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Jan202015

Kerry ETB Student Awards 2014 Press Release

 

Over 220 people attended the Kerry Education and Training Board Annual Student Awards event which was held in the Institute of Technology Tralee, North Campus, Dromtacker, Tralee, on Friday 16th January 2015.  Guest of honour, Karen Gearon humanitarian and equality activist and one of the original 11 Dunnes Stores strikers was the guest speaker and presented the awards to 78 exceptional students on the night. 

Colm McEvoy CEO Kerry ETB emphasised that “This is one of the most important annual events for all involved in Kerry ETB.  It is an opportunity for the organisation to celebrate and highlight the achievements of students in Kerry ETB schools and in Youthreach Centres which Kerry ETB provide in partnership with the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS) in Tralee, Killarney and Listowel.”

Colm stressed that “a good education system is beneficial for society and education plays a very important role in personal development. In education today we are currently preparing students for future that we cannot predict. Students who entered first year in secondary school this year will retire from work in 2065. What jobs will they retire from? One thing that we are sure of is that most of these job titles don’t currently exist. In some cases, the careers they'll take on haven't even been invented. Thirty years ago, 'Apple' was still a fruit. Fifteen years ago, Google was a funny word. The challenge for the education system is to ensure that the education we provide to our students fosters creativity and innovation and ensures that the students maximise their talents as they progress though life. Human development is an organic and not a mechanical process. We cannot predict the outcome of human development. We must create the conditions where the natural talents of our students begin to flourish.”

Over 3,100 students attend Kerry ETB post primary schools and 120 participants attend Youthreach centres. Kerry ETB is very proud of their schools and centres which provide a comprehensive education for all their students.  Over the last 6 years through the Kerry ETB Developing Schools Enriching Learning initiative Kerry ETB schools have put huge additional efforts into improving the quality of teaching and learning and pastoral care.

According to Education Officer Ann O’Dwyer “This awards event celebrates both academic achievement and also awards personal growth and leadership development which is strongly emphasised in each school and Youthreach centre.  Voluntary work is also rewarded through the Leadership and Active Citizenship Awards. These activities provide excellent opportunities for learning and personal awareness which will benefit our students in every area of their lives in the future.”  Ann went on to highlight a new Digital Literacy Award introduced this year. “This is the first year that the individual students will receive a Digital Literacy Award for their achievements in ICT and highlights the commitment and expertise of Kerry ETB in the area of technology in post primary education.”

Paul Lucey husband and the family of the late Kathleen Lucey a former Irish Teacher of Tralee Community College have kindly commissioned a special award for Oral Irish in Kathleen’s memory.  This is now an annual award for the student who achieves the highest results in the Optional Oral Irish in the Junior Certificate.

Jim Finucane Cathaoirleach Kerry ETB welcomed “a new school award which has been introduced in collaboration with the ITT and Aspen Grove Solutions, Tralee. This programme involves students receiving technical training to run and manage lunch-time coding clubs in their school.  The aim of the programme is to expose more students to the vital skill of computer coding and eventually encourage a higher uptake in third-level technology based programmes.” The iMentor Award sponsored by Aspen Grove Solutions is being presented to the school which best engaged with the iMentor programme.  The winning school was chosen through their blog which outlined the student’s experience of setting up and managing the coding clubs.

Jim Finucane as Cathaoirleach Kerry ETB presented the Gold Medal Awards for best overall Academic Achievement to Peter O’Brien Causeway Comprehensive and Róisín Ní Dhomhnaill Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí who both achieved 600 points in their Leaving Certificate in 2014.  Peter is currently studying Pharmacy in UCC and Róisín is studying Medicine in Trinity College Dublin.

Kerry ETB wishes to warmly congratulate and thank all the students who received awards for their courage and commitment.  School and Youthreach centre management, teachers, resource workers and parents/guardians also deserve our appreciation for their enormous contribution to education.

 

 


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