September 2020 is fast approaching, and the St. Kevin’s Community is looking forward to opening our doors as part of the Educate Together network, and there is a great energy in the school as we prepare for this.
One of the most visual signifiers will be our name change. We have had an extensive period of consultation with students, parents, staff and the wider community, and we are delighted to announce that Clogher Road Community College will be opening its doors in September 2020.
We are delighted to invite you to our Visitors’ Evening on Thursday May 7th at 6.30pm. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend to attend, so we have an approximate idea of numbers on the night.
New Developments in the School
We were delighted to be able to add Music to the curriculum this year and the uptake is very encouraging. Our Music department is flourishing, all our students have the opportunity to take part in one on one music lessons with tutors from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and upcoming performances include being guest performers at the Belvedere College Music Evening.
Language Exchanges and Global Networking
We had our inaugural German Exchange with Ochsenhausen, where 12 of our students stayed with families in the beautiful Bavarian countryside, a truly wonderful experience for all involved. And we are excited to be hosting our new German friends back in Dublin at the end of March.
As part of a programme to grow our global network, two of our students spent a week in Boston College on the Ever to Excel programme during the summer. We are also developing links with one of the top performing schools in Salford in the UK, and 20 of our students are visiting the school for a soccer tournament in March.
The Lynott Library
The Lynott Library is host to many creative and cultural endeavours; our Dungeons and Dragons literacy initiative is proving very popular, we hosted 12 schools for a chess tournament, and many of our local primary schools took part in an Ancient Roman Civilisation workshop. Our TYs are currently enjoying their experience of a 12 week taster in Classical Studies.
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One of the most exciting additions has been our aquaponics system. We are committed to increasing student awareness of sustainability and climate justice, and our closed aquaponics system is an innovative and thought provoking way to encourage debate, research and action on how we source our food, what impact our actions have on the oceans and how the future of urbanisation is green. We are very lucky to have such space around us and the allotments and our horticulture modules for first year complement this important work.
As part of our Digital Literacy Plan, we introduced coding as a short course for First Years. This has been met with resounding positivity and we are delighted to celebrate winning the Leinster Championship at the VEX robotics competition. Over the February midterm one of our two computer rooms is being upgraded to be a project based learning hub complete with 3D printers.
We are also in the process of converting one of our spaces into a sensory room, to support some of our students who would benefit from the opportunity to have quiet time out sessions during a busy school day.
Our newly renovated Guidance Office on the top floor is alive with conversations, plans and dreams being made into reality for our 6th years who are exploring options from law and teaching to apprenticeships and job opportunities. We are very focused on the individual and encouraging them to explore what drives them rather than what points dictate to them. Our school minibus driver has been kept busy with trips to and from different campuses giving them a taster of college life. A new feature to the guidance programme has been lunchtime talks, where different representatives from universities or the world of work meet our students during lunch and share their experiences with them.
We were delighted to host the Ambassador to Thailand, Tony Cotter, who gave an enlightening talk on Ireland’s role on a global level. He also presented the school with a UN flag and a copy of the Sustainable Goals.
Our basketball team have been training hard in our gym for their upcoming final in March; there is great excitement around the school for it and we look forward to going as a school community to support them in the National Basketball Arena.
Finally, wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do here, and we are delighted to be one of only ten schools in the country wo is nominated as Jigsaw’s One Good School. This is a comprehensive support that has involved student led workshops, training of peer mentors to deliver programmes to younger years, staff self care workshops, and we had the first of three parent support mornings that was really welcomed by our parents.
We welcome visitors at any stage. If you would like to take a visit, meet some of our students or teachers please feel free to contact the school on email@example.com and we hope to see you at our Visitors’ Evening on May 7th at 6.30pm.
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