It’s Literacy Week at Ennis Community College, running from Monday 5th – Friday 9th of March. The event aims to foster and encourage a love of reading among our students. Teachers of all subjects are putting an emphasis on literacy. The events planned for the week are as follows:

Members of the Student Council are pictured with their teacher Mr Brendan Garragher, Principal Mr Brian O’Donoghue and Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Timmy Dooley TD. The students have organised a recycling initiative within the school.

Jakub Bajerski in 6th Year is currently in process of applying to study Film Production in Dún Laoghaire.

He’s made a number of short films. His latest tells the story of a teenager in the Gaeltacht.

Other students involved in the production include Conláed Ó Cearbhalláin who helped with Irish and Molly Marshall who was the make up artist. Irish Teacher Ms Ní Scanláin provided some of the voice-over.

We wish Jakub every success and look forward to seeing more of his work.

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