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This year’s Open Night was a great success, with record numbers turning out to see the school, staff and students put their best foot forward.

ECC Open Night 2017

IT Tralee is inviting secondary school pupils to a one-day taster programme, to learn more about studying Adult General and Mental Health Nursing at IT Tralee, on Thursday 16th November, Wednesday 29th November, or Wednesday 6th December.

For more information, download this letter , and the timetable for the day. To book a place, contact Ms Christie.

The closing date for applications to attend one of these days is Friday 27th October 2017.

Ennis Community College Teachers participating in the development of the Logged-On programme. From left: Mr Murphy, Ms O'Brien, Ms McCarthy, Ms Doolan, Mr O'Brien

Ennis Community College Teachers participating in the development of the Logged-On programme. From left: Mr Murphy, Ms O’Brien, Ms McCarthy, Ms Doolan, Mr O’Brien

An EU-sponsored educational technology initiative will hold the first in a series of free in-service training courses for teachers this week in Ennis.

The course is titled ‘Empowering Learning with Technology’, and will be held at the Clare Education Centre on October 24th and 25th. It’s part of the Logged-On project, which is supported by Erasmus+, the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.

The course is being hosted by Ennis Community College, which is one of five schools from across Europe who are partners in the development of the Logged-On project. The project aims to bring the benefits of Internet and Communications Technology (ICT) to non-specialist teachers, and enhance their capacity to provide interactive, student-centred teaching and learning.

The delegation from the visiting European schools will visit Ennis Community College on Monday 23rd October. They will get a tour of the school, including the Metalwork, Woodwork, Home Economics, Art, Technical Graphics and Computer rooms, and they will be entertained in the foyer by the music students.

The 2-day course is fully funded by the EU and free-of-charge to participants. It’s open to all teachers (both primary and secondary), principals and teacher trainees.

The aim of the course is to give teachers the chance to experience new and innovative ICT teaching methodologies which will benefit students learning in the classroom. These techniques were developed by the teachers from the five partner schools: Ennis Community College, and schools from England, Italy, Norway and Spain, all of whom piloted the technologies in their own classrooms.

The programme builds on the digital skills students already possess, explains technology teacher Ramona McCarthy. “We must educate them for a world in which people take the lead in their own lifelong learning. This calls for a new approach to classroom work, away from ‘passive’ lectures, to a process where the students are more engaged in the acquisition of knowledge.”

  • Each day there will be a maths problem placed on the noticeboards throughout the school as well as on the door of room 13.  Students will  answer these problems and return the answers to Mr Murphy in Room 13. The first person who gives the correct answer back to Mr Murphy will get a daily prize.
  • 2nd and 5th year students will be involved in the PRISM  problem solving competition.
  • 2nd year ECC students will be going on ORBITAL to complete the shopping task where they compare the prices of items from Aldi, Dunnes and Tesco to see which shop offers the best value.
  • Maths Eyes: All students are encouraged to open their “Maths Eyes” and begin to take pictures that can be submitted in the Poster Competition – All Maths teachers are assisting students with their entries but all Teachers are encouraged to participate as there is Maths in everything.​
  • ​All Maths teachers will be engaging their students in various activities and quizzes throughout the week such as the 15 Question Problem Solving activity.
  • Transition year students will creating origami shapes and will be engaging in a daily challenge with their teacher.
  • The 1st year Learning Support class have been working on fair games with dice, spinners etc. They will set up in the foyer for one break time to show these games to other students in the school.
  • Princess and Abena in 2nd Year will be formally presented with the prizes they  won in last years math eyes competition.

Click to download the flyer

Tralee IT is holding an Open Day on Friday 27th October. For further details, download this PDF.

Those interested should contact the guidance counselor, Ms Christie.

The LCA Wake & Bake Café opened this morning, with all funds raised going to Cahercalla Hospice. Well done to everyone involved!

LCA2 Coffee Morning for Cahercalla Hospice - October 2017

Ennis Community College will host a free 2-day in-service course on ICT  (Internet & Communications Technology) for all teachers (both primary and secondary), principals and teacher trainees on the 24th and 25th of October in Clare Education Centre.

The course is titled ‘Empowering Learning with Technology’ and is part of the Logged-On project, which is supported by Erasmus+, the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.

This EU project aims to enhance the capacity of non-specialist ICT teachers to provide interactive, student-centred teaching and learning. Ennis Community College is one of five schools from across Europe that are partners in its development.

The course will encourage the demonstration and sharing of best practice between the LOGGED-ON partners and the course participants. This course will also aim to enhance participants knowledge of ICT in the classroom whilst also giving teachers the chance to experience new and innovative ICT teaching methodologies which will benefit students learning in the classroom.

The course is free of charge and lunch will be provided on both days.

For more information, click here to download the brochure. (This can be printed out and displayed on school noticeboards).

To book your place please go to www.loggedon.eu, Click on the word ‘Training’ and register your interest today.

The Student Council for Ennis Community College and Gaelcholáiste an Chláir have recently held their in inaugural meeting for 2017/2018. They are pictured with the Principal, Mr O’Donoghue.

Congratulations to 3rd year student Naomi O’ Shaughnessy on her selection with the Munster Schools U15 girls soccer team.

Our school has been selected once again this year to participate in the Music Generation project. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to avail of music lessons from experienced professional tutors.

We are looking for 30 enthusiastic students to commit to 25 weeks of music lessons. Classes are suited to beginners and improvers. If you don’t have an instrument, you can rent at a significantly reduced cost of €25 per annum non-returnable.

Instruments:

  • Concertina
  • Fiddle
  • Banjo
  • Guitar

Other instruments will be considered depending on demand.

Tuition will begin on 3rd October 2017; days and times are to be confirmed.

Cost of Lessons

€150 tuition fee is payable in advance in two payments. €75 must be paid before Friday 29th September 2017. The second payment of €75 will be payable in January 2018. This works out at €6 per lesson and is extremely good value. Individual agreement forms will need to be signed by each parent/guardian and returned to the school. Parents/guardians are liable for tuition fees irrespective of attendance.

Please encourage your child to avail of this opportunity to acquire a life skill that will stay with them throughout their lives. Application forms available at school – return to the college by Friday 22nd September 2017.