Hive of activity in Abbeyleix FEC

ABBEYLEIX Further Education Centre is a hive of activity at the moment, as Laois VEC members heard at their monthly meeting which was held in the centre on Monday.

ABBEYLEIX Further Education Centre is a hive of activity at the moment, as Laois VEC members heard at their monthly meeting which was held in the centre on Monday.

Centre director Helen Kavanagh welcomed the group to the centre and gave them details of the activities taking place in Abbeyleix FEC at the moment. The centre has just finished its FETAC assesments for this year in which three external examiners travelled to the centre to mark the work. “The feedback we got from the externs was very, very positive and we are very pleased with their comments”, said Ms Kavanagh. This year saw 140 students enter the FETAC programme.

The centre’s art department will be opening their art exhibition on Friday evening in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, and this exhibition will be the culmination of a year’s work by FETAC level 5 and level 6 students. “Pieces have been selected from the students’ work that they have been doing all year and the exhibition will run for the month of June. We also have the great privelige of our exhibition showing in the centre when the president of Ireland visits there on June 13”, said Ms Kavanagh who added that two students from the course will be selected to walk the president through the exhibition and discuss the work.

The centre’s 30 Junior and Leaving cert students will begin their examinations on June 6, and after that the centre will be preparing for the next school year in September. “We hope to have 150 full time students and 100 part time students in September and we hope to have places filled by the end of June”, added Ms Kavanagh who thanked the VEC committee for their support.

VEC chairperson Mary Sweeney praised the centre. “The positive feedback is great news and I’m sure the centre will fly through the examinations. I look forward to seeing the exhibtition as well”.