At First Glance
Abbey Community College is a co-educational secondary school lying on the border of counties Kilkenny and Waterford. It was established in the year 2000 by County Kilkenny VEC and is under the joint trusteeship of County Kilkenny VEC and the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary Ferrybank. It currently has an enrolment of 645 students and aims to provide each student with a learning environment in which they can achieve the highest academic standards, personal growth and social fulfillment. It has proudly taken as its motto on its tenth anniversary "Together Towards Excellence"
TY Sudents Attend Parliament in Strasbourg
Eight Transition Year students from Abbey Community attended the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday 30th January. They were accompanied by their teacher, Mrs. Catherine Donegan. One of the students, Tadhg Williams (winner of the Euro Scola Competition) addressed the assembly in Spanish, contributed to the Q & A session with EU parliament officials, chaired a committee group on the “2014 European Year against Food Waste,” and responded to feedback from the committee on “Youth Employment.” All eight students engaged in discussion and evaluation on a number of topics. They took part in electronic voting on the issues discussed and were given the floor to air their views within the parliament chamber.
Kevin Dwyer was a member of the winning team in the Euro Quiz game and received a medal in recognition of his team’s success. This was a unique experience for all of the students involved and undoubtedly gave the students a better understanding of the role of an MEP raising their awareness of the work being done in the Strasbourg Parliament while also affording them the opportunity to air their views on matters of European concern.