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Kerry ETB Student Awards 



The annual Kerry ETB Student Award ceremony took place on Friday 19 January in 2018. This is a key event in the annual calendar when we Kerry ETB celebrates the achievements of students and learners from their Post Primary Schools and Youthreach centres.

Sixty-six student awards were presented at this ceremony which is a very special occasion for all of the Award Recipients, their Parents/Guardians, Families and Teachers. The Award Recipients are excellent role models for their Schools and Centres. Students received awards for academic excellence, involvement in school life, peer mentoring, Transition Year achievements and leadership.
In addition to the official award ceremony, Kerry ETB also recognised national achievements of their schools in 2017. This included Castleisland Community College’s Planet Savers and Water Explorers who both won national awards in their efforts to protect the environment in 2017. In sport Síofra O’ Shea from Coláiste na Sceilge was recognised for her achievement in Irish Basketball and Coláiste na Ríochta’s Killian O’ Gorman was acknowledged for his win in Irish Pitch and Putt, junior team 2017. Killorglin Community College’s Jack Nagle and Timothy McGrath were awarded certificates of recognition of their achievements in STEM and innovation.
Kieran Lucid, former student of Kerry ETB School Causeway Comprehensive was the guest speaker on the night. Kieran hails from Ballyheigue, County Kerry. He has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Information Systems from University College Cork. Kieran began his career in kdb+ in 2006 and progressed on to work at numerous institutions including Bank of America, Liquidnet, Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank. He set up his own data consultancy company QuantumKDB Ltd in 2011 and successfully sold it in a multimillion euro deal in 2016. As a strong advocate of technology he focused on technical sales in non-traditional industries which he recognised had a huge growth potential. From passion and positivity to leadership and ambition, Kieran perfectly embodies the entrepreneurial spirit while remaining loyal to his family and community. His main advice to the would be entrepreneurs in the audience was “Successful start-up founders are getting younger by the year as the barriers to entry continue to lower, and indeed it’s never been easier to bring an idea to life in a short time with a small team.” 
These awards also included the Best Oral Irish Junior Certificate Award as it is a priority in the Kerry ETB strategy to support and encourage the love for the Irish language. This award is sponsored by the Lucey family in memory of the late Kathleen Lucey, a former Irish teacher in Tralee Community College. This award is especially significant this year as sadly Kathleen’s husband Paul, also a former teacher in Tralee Community College, passed away this December. It was Paul who introduced this award for the first time in 2013 and Kerry ETB would like to sincerely thank the Lucey family and offer them our deepest sympathies. 
At the ceremony Colm McEvoy in congratulating all the award recipients, stated that “in Kerry ETB we are very mindful of the importance of education and we strive to ensure that we provide a holistic educational experience for our students in our schools and centers, where students can achieve their potential and where we are true to our core values of respect, quality, equality, inclusion and learning.”
Ann O’Dwyer Director of Schools highlighted the excellence in teaching and learning in Kerry ETB schools. She quoted from recent Department of Education and Skills Whole School Evaluations which highlighted the quality of teaching and learning and student care in ETB schools. She also highlighted the strong emphasis on science, technology and the arts and congratulated Colaiste na Ríochta Listowel for being the only Kerry post primary school chosen to deliver the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science Course from this September 2018.  “This is a huge achievement for Colaiste na Ríochta Listowel and through the Kerry ETB Principals and Deputy Principals Network and ICT Strategy Team we will be able to take the learning from Listowel and implement the programme in the other ETB schools in the coming years.
Ann also took the opportunity to welcome the new principal of the Killarney Two Mile Community National School, Catherine Barry to her first Kerry ETB Award ceremony. This is the first Kerry ETB State run, Multidenominational Community National School of its kind in Kerry and will service the Aghadoe and greater Killarney area and opened its doors in September 2017.  It is currently enrolling for September 2018. “We are also working with the school Board of Management to develop special awards for the pupils of this school in future Awards events” according to Ann.

Kerry ETB also thanked the event sponsor Lee Strand Cooperative Creamery Ltd. for their kind sponsorship and also Mr Oliver Murphy, President of Tralee Institute of Technology (Tralee IT) for hosting the ceremony in the IT. 



Press release from Kerry ETB January, 12th 2018 re. Article in Irish Examiner

The article in the Irish Examiner refers to Kerry ETB spending at least €1 million, on goods and services without fully following the rules, in 2016. The areas referred to are buses and transport, cleaning, legal, recruitment, school books, exam papers and canteen costs.

Kerry ETB wishes to clarify that its practice had been to procure services, in accordance with our procurement policy and procedures, locally on an individual school/centre basis across the County. Essentially the main issue as referenced relates to the running of individual rather than composite procurement competitions for the supply of goods and services. For example currently Kerry ETBs schools and centres procure bus companies locally (in 2016 this involved 26 locally based geographically dispersed Bus Hire Companies) rather than Kerry ETB procuring all such bus services centrally on a composite basis for the scheme.

Kerry ETB confirms that it will address the matters raised in 2018.

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Kerry ETB contact details:
Kerry Education and Training Board,
John Joe Sheehy Road,
Co. Kerry.
Phone: 066 7121488



40 schools will be first to start studying Leaving Certificate Computer Science 

40 schools will be first to start studying Leaving Certificate Computer Science from this September  including one Kerry Education and Training Board school, Coláiste na Ríochta.

Minister Bruton today announced that 40 post primary schools around the country will start studying Leaving Certificate Computer Science from this September and will be the first to sit an exam in the subject in 2020.

The introduction of Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject is part of the Government’s overall commitment to embed digital technology in teaching and learning. The society our children will grow up in, will be one which has been fundamentally transformed by new technology. Our education system must prepare our children to thrive in such an environment by equipping them with skills in creativity, adaptability and problem solving.

Today’s announcement is one of a range of actions the Minister is taking in this area, as outlined in his STEM strategy and Action Plan for Education, which aims to make Ireland the best education and training service in Europe by 2026. Kerry Education and Training Board are delighted to be part of this new initiative. 


Kerry Education & Training Board Christmas card Art Competition 2017

Kerry Education and Training Board received over 200 Entries from their 8 Kerry ETB Schools throughout Kerry and as always the standard was very high.  However there can only be one overall winner with three runners up selected due to the impressive submissions made by Kerry ETB schools.

The winner and runner up’s were invited to Kerry ETB Head Office and were presented with their prizes by Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools.  According to Ann O’ Dwyer “Every card submitted demonstrated much artistic talent in our schools and we are very proud to display all the entries here at our offices in Centrepoint, Tralee for everyone to enjoy and admire. In this regard we want to thank every student who entered the competition as their art work has brightened up the offices during this festive time and  I invite people to come view the cards on display’.  The winning card was sponsored and printed by Kingdom Printers and will be sent out all over the country as the official Kerry ETB Christmas Card.

Kerry ETB would like to thank again all the students who took part and their Art teachers for their enthusiasm and interest. Finally and most importantly Kerry ETB would like to congratulate the winners.

Overall Winner: Caoimhe Curran, 5th Year, 2017, Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahersiveen
Art Teacher: Fiona Holly

The runners up are;

Runner up 1:
Conor Hope
6th Year
Coláiste na Ríochta
Art teacher: Marian Sugrue

Runner up 2
Emilia Girasole
Coláiste na Ríochta
5th Year
Art teacher: Marian Sugrue

Runner up 3;
Agne Arlauskaite
Castleisland Community College
1st year
Teacher: Pia Thorthon

Caoimhe received a Samsung Tablet sponsored by Hugh Culloty Expert, The Mall, Tralee with Brendan Culloty joining Ann O’ Dwyer in congratulating the winner Caoimhe and Runners up Conor, Emilia and Agne on their impressive card designs

Each runner up received a €30 One4all Gift Card.

Kerry ETB would also like to thank again Kingdom Printers and Hugh Culloty Expert who helped make the Kerry ETB Christmas Card Competition such a success this year. 


Kerry Education and Training Board to take responsibility for the construction of the new school building for Listellick National School, Tralee


Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) at its Board Meeting on Monday October 23rd 2017 approved the signing of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) for the delivery of a Devolved Major Project for Listellick National School, Tralee for the construction of a new 8 classroom school and ancillary accommodation. Kerry ETB was requested by the Department of Education and Skills (DoES) to take responsibility for the construction of this new National School in Tralee. Kerry ETB is a provider of Primary / Post-Primary and Adult and Further Education and Training across Co. Kerry.

The new school accommodation will include: 8 classrooms, General Purpose Room, Library, Multi-Purpose Room, Special Education Tuition Room, Office & Staff Room plus ancillary accommodation.

Speaking following the signing of the Agreement An Cathaoirleach of Kerry ETB, Cllr. Jim Finucane stated that “Kerry ETB is delighted to have been requested by the Department to take responsibility for the delivery of the building project for Listellick National School. The Education and Training Board is a statutory provider of education and training services with significant experience in the delivery of building projects and we look forward to the successful delivery of this project”.

The CEO of Kerry ETB, Mr. Colm Mc Evoy in welcoming this development said “as the local Education and Training Service for Co. Kerry, I am pleased that the Board of Kerry ETB approved the signing of the Service Level Agreement between Kerry ETB and the Department of Education and Skills for Listellick National School. This is the first occasion on which the ETB has been requested to deliver a major building project outside of its’ own Scheme. We view the Departments request as a signal of its’ confidence in Kerry ETB. We look forward to working with the Board of Management, Principal, Staff and the School Community in progressing this project to completion for December 31st 2020.

Responding to the announcement, the Principal of Listellick N.S, Ms. Annette Dineen said “Today is a great day for everyone in Listellick National School and our wider School Community. We are very excited to finally have a completion date. The Board of Management is delighted that Kerry ETB are responsible for delivering the project and we look forward to working with them.”

For further information, please contact Elaine Dreelan Jones at or 066 7121488.

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