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Music Project

Students write and record an original song "We Believe We Are One (February 2016)" as part of the GMC Beats Rap Workshops here at Coláiste Gleann Lí.

Engineering awards

Two talented Coláiste Gleann Lí students scooped highly sought after accolades for their Junior and Leaving Certificate Engineering projects. Paul McCarthy, Tralee received the honour for his higher level Junior Certificate Engineering project. Zahra Al Saedi received an award for her Leaving Certificate ordinary level project. The awards were sponsored by the Institute of Technology, Tralee on behalf of the 'Engineering Technology Teachers' Association' (ETTA). The projects were judged by Mr Brendan O Donnell, Head of Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the Institute of Technology Tralee, who commended the students on their engineering abilities.

Teacher at the school, Michael O' Sullivan congratulated his students saying "These students worked extremely diligently to bring their projects to fruition; they produced expertly crafted pieces and are very deserving winners. Coláiste Gleann Lí has forged a reputation for excellence in engineering". ETTA promotes the subjects of Engineering, Design & Communication Graphics and Technology at second level and awards excellence displayed by learners.The winning students receive an engraved plaque.

1916 Commemoration

Coláiste Gleann Lí held a massive commemorative ceremony to honour the patriots of the 1916 Easter Rising on Wednesday 16 March. The event was commemorated by all students and the spirit of cooperation and inclusivity, across the multicultural population, lived out the sentiment and vision of the 100-year-old proclamation. It was a very colourful and entertaining celebration with food, artistic backdrops, rap songs and orations prepared and presented by the students on the day. Students led the ceremony in song and many recited their own poetry which they penned to mark the occasion. Special guests included: storyteller Gabriel Fitzmaurice and a range of traditional musicians. The event was a complete success and highlighted the outstanding commitment of students and staff to marking the historic event appropriately.

Lights, Camera, Action!

This year marked the introduction of a filming course at Coláiste Gleann Lí, where students were offered an opportunity to conceptualise and create their own short film. Since January a group of 2nd and 5th year students advanced their idea, from script to screen, with zeal and enthusiasm. The piece centres around positive mental health and issues affecting young people in modern society. The filming initiative has been deemed an overwhelming success by all involved and the entire school community look forward to the premier which is due to take place at the end of May.

The theme of positivity was also explored through music before Christmas when a group of talent students composed and recorded a contemporary rap song entitled 'You Are'. The rap features gripping lyrics which are explored through a range of solo voices and harmonies. The rap is also due to be released in May as part of our Coláiste Gleann Lí summer celebrations.

Robots and Programming Course

Coláiste Gleann Lí's 'Arduino Robots and Programming Course' in association with Michael Davern of IT, Tralee has been a major success with students. The course has been offered weekly in our cutting-edge Design Communication Graphics (DCG) facility. The course has provided students with the fundamental principles needed to pursue further third level study or training in robotics and/or programming. This initiative is part of our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strategy where our school is engaging and linking with STEM industries in the region. This strategy has enabled Coláiste Gleann Lí to link with and visit Kerry-based multinationals such as Liebherr in Killarney and Kerry Group, Tralee and Listowel.

Anti-Bullying

Coláiste Gleann Lí- flying the flags for anti-bullying and positive mental health promotion

Coláiste Gleann Lí has become the first school in Kerry and one of only 5 post-primary schools nationally to be presented with the ISPCCs ‘Anti-bullying’ flag. The accolade is presented in recognition of the school community’s commitment to strengthening their preventative and proactive approach to bullying. The prestigious flag was raised by Kerry player and School Mentor Darren O’ Sullivan on the 8th of February last to the applause of the students and staff of the post-primary school.

The ‘Anti-bullying Flag’ is an honour bestowed on schools that have made concrete efforts to ensure the implementation of an evidence-informed approach to the management and prevention of bullying. The flag is awarded to schools and clubs that not only fully implement the ISPCCs Shield Campaign but fulfill six additional criteria, such as: completing the ISPCC Shield My School of Anti-Bullying Toolkit; ensuring a dedicated Anti-Bullying coordinator is assigned within the school; installing the ISPCC ‘Stand Up' Report (online) Tool to their web page; as well as a range of cross-curricular events and activities. One of the most noticeable visual reminders of the school’s proactive approach to positive mental health is the large anti-bullying wall that greets you as you enter the main corridor. This wall was created by the students and is regularly updated with information and supports available to students.

At the official launch, the ISPCC’s Sinead McKee commended the staff and students of Coláiste Gleann Lí for their continuous efforts to prevent and combat bullying in the school. She explained that “All too often within the ISPCC we see the damage and impact bullying can have on a young person’s self-esteem and confidence. The experience of bullying can prevent a young person from reaching their full potential in childhood and can have long lasting negative effects into adulthood. The ISPCC are extremely proud of Coláiste Gleann Lí for taking a preventative and evidence informed approach to bullying. They are now leading the way in the Kingdom, as shining examples on working that extra mile towards the Flag”

The Anti-bullying flag was raised in tandem with a recently awarded ‘Amber Flag’ for positive mental health promotion. The Amber Flag was presented to the school for its relentless work on bringing about a cultural change in the promotion of positive mental health within the school context. This initiative was coordinated by Kerry ETB’s Ms. Niamh Mulligan.

The school’s characteristic spirit has been commended for promoting mental and physical health and for breaking down barriers to inclusion by combatting racism, bullying and isolation. Many of the speakers at the launch commented on the positive feeling they got on entering the school. Youth and Community Engagement Worker with Jigsaw Kerry, Donagh Hennebry captured the sentiment when he commented on the ‘warm, welcoming and open atmosphere that captured him’ when he first came to speak with students a number of years ago. The relationship with agencies, such as Jigsaw has proved invaluable to realizing the school’s objective to lead the way in creating a positive learning environment

Coláiste Gleann Lí stands up to bullying

Coláiste Gleann Lí stands up to bullying and launches the ISPCC bangle in Kerry

The ISPCC has launched its 2016 Shield Campaign, raising awareness of the need to Stand Up Against Bullying, and asking the public to support the campaign by buying a bangle in Penneys’ stores nationwide. Last year, the Penneys bangles raised over €36,000 for the Shield Anti-Bullying programme.

You can support this campaign by simply purchasing a Shield bangle in Penneys Tralee. The ISPCC bangle features the shield pendant with a bangle for women and a band for men, both featuring the blue Shield colour. The bangles cost just €2.50 and you can also buy Shield pins, which cost €2, at all Penneys outlets nationwide. All profits will be donated to the ISPCC Shield programme.

Coláiste Gleann Lí, who were the first school in Kerry to receive the Shield Flag as part of the Shield Anti-Bullying programme, will launch the Shield bangle in Kerry.

IPSCC Chief Executive Grainia Long stated: “In 2015, 7,048 contacts were made to Childline about bullying. The young people we work with in our mentoring and emotional and behavioural support services in the community also bring up bullying as a key issue for them.* The Shield Programme is available to schools, clubs and other groups working with young people, with a range of supports to help them to tackle and prevent bullying – Shield My School Toolkit, Shield My Club Toolkit, Shield Flag and the Shield Youth Award; all developed by the ISPCC to support our communities.

Coláiste Gleann Lí’s Assistant Principal Maryanne Lowney stated: “Colaiste Gleann Li were the first school in Kerry to receive a Shield Flag so we are hoping to encourage other schools in the area to get involved in the anti-bullying campaign. We are delighted to be involved in the Shield campaign and continue to stand up to bullying.

“What you wear can make a difference. Buy your bangle in Penneys Tralee and help support a really good cause.”

Anti Bullying

Coláiste Gleann Lí was selected to launch the ISPCC’s Anti-bullying Campaign earlier this year. The campaign launch took place in conjunction with Penneys stores throughout the country. Coláiste Gleann Lí was chosen by the ISPCC as it is the first in the county and one of only 6 nationally to be awarded the Anti-bullying Flag.

At the launch, the ISPCC commended Coláiste Gleann Lí on their continuous efforts over the last few months and on reflection of this experience Sinead Mckee stated that ‘All too often within the ISPCC we see the damage and impact bullying can have on a young person’s self-esteem and confidence. The experience of bullying can prevent a young person from reaching their full potential in childhood and can have long lasting negative effects into adulthood. The ISPCC are extremely proud of Coláiste Gleann Lí for taking a preventative and evidence informed approach to bullying. They are now leading the way in the Kingdom, as shining examples on working that extra mile towards the Flag to which their schools, clubs and early years’ services in Kerry.

Biggest Open Day Turn-out Yet for Coláiste Gleann Lí

The school’s 2016/2017 Open Day saw unprecedented numbers attending. The staff put on a wonderful range of taster programmes and demonstrations for the potential students in attendance. The Parents’ Council and Students’ Council played a support role by welcoming parents and guardians and their children. Coláiste Gleann Lí has seen a steady increase in enrolments since it was established in 2014.

Coláiste Gleann Lí -study skills programme

A team of teachers have rolled out a comprehensive study skills programme for all students in the school. This programme involved workshops in ‘Learning to Learn’, ‘Planning for Success’ in tandem with the schools Home Work Club which runs three days per week. In addition, supervised study was facilitated two evenings per week after school which proved to be a great success with a strong uptake weekly. Thank you to all the teachers involved in this worthwhile programme.

Coláiste Gleann Lí- creating a Mindful School!

This year marked the introduction of an initiative to create a culture of ‘Mindfulness’ in Coláiste Gleann Lí. The ‘Dot Be’ programme centres on introducing mindfulness to students and has been facilitated by our school. The first strand of the programme was implemented for 2nd years in term one. The feedback from the programme was generally positive and many students commented that it was a great help to them in times of emotional stress. The second phase of the initiative has involved examination classes for Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students and fifth year students. This phase commenced in late February at the request of the Students’ Council. The students have responded positively to the programme and it will continue to run weekly in school until the State examinations commence.

EA Robot Games

Coláiste Gleann Lí to enter the 2016 EA Robot Games Ireland.

Excitement is building as our second year students perfect their robots for entry into the '2016 EA Robot Games Ireland'. Our second year students have prepared two robots for battle!, under the watchful eye of their teacher Mr. O’ Sullivan. The two robots, named MARS and JaM will competing to dominate a circular platform at the games which will be held in Dublin in May. MARS (the red bot) was designed by students Melanie Smith, Aislinn Quirke, Rachel Dunne and Snjezana Herbsts and the other robot named JaM was created by John Bailey and Michael Laleye. Best of luck to our two robots and their makers!

1916

Coláiste Gleann Lí held a massive commemorative ceremony to honour the patriots of the 1916 Easter Rising on Wednesday 16 March. The event was commemorated by all students and the spirit of cooperation and inclusivity, across the multicultural population, lived out the sentiment and vision of the 100-year-old proclamation. It was a very colourful and entertaining celebration with food, artistic backdrops, rap songs and orations prepared and presented by the students on the day. Students led the ceremony in song and many recited their own poetry which they penned to mark the occasion. Special guests included: storyteller Gabriel Fitzmaurice and a range of traditional musicians. The event was a complete success and highlighted the outstanding commitment of students and staff to marking the historic event appropriately.

Sports Capital

Coláiste Gleann Lí post-primary school, Tralee was the biggest Kerry benefactor in the Sports Capital programme grants earlier this year. It also had the honour of being the only school-based application that received a grant in the county. The Clash-based school received 90,000 euro to build a changing room and associated facilities for its existing onsite astro turf pitch. The announcement was welcomed by students, staff and management as an endorsement of a school 'on the rise' in Tralee town.

Coláiste Gleann Lí has got the G'Lí Factor!

This year's Christmas talent show was a resounding success; warming the hearts of all students, SNAs, teachers and parents who gathered together in song. The event was hosted by Ms Myrna Egan and Mr John Creagh in tandem with renowned author, poet and musician Mr Gabriel Fitzmaurice who kept young and old entertained with lively tales and tunes. The entire show was saturated by talented singers, musicians, dancers and comedians and all assembled soaked up the heart-warming Christmas atmosphere.

There were some classic impromptu performances that cannot go unmentioned. Mr Lawlor kindly obliged some polite hecklers, imploring him to sing, by melodically voicing 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas'. Meanwhile Mr Creagh took on the uber-talented Zdenek Zupko in a dance-off! Neck in neck, Mr Creagh clinched a last-minute win by unleashing his signature dance routine- the chicken dance- amid a spectrum of student gasps that ranged from disbelief to admiration. A big thank you to everyone who got involved and made it such an unforgettable day.

Sam Comes to Visit

KERRY stars Kieran Donaghy and Barry John Keane paid a joyous visit to Coláiste Gleann Lí with the Sam Maguire, earlier this academic year. While students got a chance to get their hands on Sam, it was also an occasion for the players to officially open the school’s brand new astro turf pitch. The pitch has been a major asset to the school, especially in their regular training sessions with Kerry Minor Manager Jack O Connor.