Tyndall College Annual Report

2017-2018

Tyndall College opened in August 2017. It is the newest school in Kilkenny and Carlow Education & Training Board and has arisen from the closure of Carlow Vocational School and the Separation of Carlow VS and Carlow Institute of Further Education. It aims to serve the needs of post primary students in the Carlow area and its environs. The school is part of the ‘Delivering Equality of Education in Schools’ (DEIS) programme and provides a broad and balanced post-primary curriculum.

Mission Statement

Staff and parents at Tyndall College are committed to promoting a secure, caring and inclusive educational community for students. Parents are recognised as the first educators, and teachers as facilitators of the learning process. In partnership, we will provide an atmosphere, which encourages respect, responsibility and commitment.

Tyndall College celebrates the diverse and unique identities of our students and is dedicated in providing a balanced, co-educational and student-centred curriculum that promotes a holistic, inter-cultural and multi-belief education, where each individual student is enabled to develop and achieve their full potential.

It is our expectation that every student who leaves Tyndall College will be equipped to take their place in life and make their own positive contribution to society.

Board of Management

Seamus O’Donoghue – Chairperson
Keith Shirley – ETB Nominee
Denis Foley – ETB Nominee
Andrea Dalton – ETB Nominee
Noel Barcoe – Community Nominee
Irene O’Brien – Parent Nominee
Thomas O’Donoghue – Parent Nominee
Pat Kinsella – Staff Nominee
Audrey Howard Bowles – Staff Nominee
Gerry McGill – Secretary
Emer Morrissey – Recording Secretary

Highlights

Student Council:

Our student council have been very active over the past year. Meeting twice per month the student council have had input in the following important issues in our new school. (a). New Code of Conduct Survey. (b). Drafting of the Tyndall College Student Charter. (c). Running of a suicide awareness day. (d). The design of a new student friendly student journal for 2018-19. (e). Provided feedback on our schools Critical Incident Policy. (f). We voted on the new Tyndall College PE Top and the new Junior Cycle uniform jumper.

Intercultural Week:

“Tyndall College, Everyone is Welcome Here”. This was the message echoing around the corridors of our school as we held our first ever Intercultural week. The school has students from 19 different countries, the decision to celebrate this was made and a colourful display of flags, greetings, fact files and globes were visible all throughout our school.

Green Schools:

To date, Carlow VS had been awarded three green flags. The committee are now actively working on securing a fourth flag on the Travel Theme. The committee took part in various themes throughout the year such as a recycling workshop in IT Carlow.

Development Education:

This year our students took part in many projects such as: Concern Worldwide, Trócarie, Amnesty International and several more. The school were awarded a Global Passport at a ceremony during the year due to their dedication and commitment to Development Education.

Sport:

We had a great year in sport, achieving the following: (a). Basketball – 2nd Year Boys were runners up in the regional final, Under 16 Girls were also runners up in the regional final. Under 16 boys reached the regional semi final and 1st Year Boys also reached the regional semi final. (b). Cross Country – Intermediate Boys team won gold at the three counties cross country championships. (c). GAA – Tyndall College competed in U14, U16 Gaelic Football this year. (d). Tyndall College also competed in 1st Year, U16 and U19 soccer competitions this year and were unfortunate losing out in both the U16 cup and league finals.

Music:

We had many events in Tyndall College with music at the centre of so much of what we do. We have an excellent choir who perform at all school events. We have Music Generation on site for our woodwind and brass programme and we had several music trips this year not least a trip to the National Concert Hall.