December 5th 2013
UCD BIOLOGY TRIP
On Tuesday 3rd December, Mr Dunne's 5th Year Biology class visited UCD. The tour was facilitated by St. Kilian's past pupil, Dr Daniel Crean, who works as a research scientist in UCD. He invited many lecturers to come and talk to the students. The lecturers spoke about their experiences of studying science at university and their work in the college. The academics were open to questions, and some students took this opportunity to enquire about various aspects of scientific research and development. The class also did many laboratory experiments, which they found fascinating. Everybody thought the trip was interesting and worthwhile.
Thanks to Mr Dunne and Dr Crean for facilitating this trip.
FIRST YEAR BOYS' GAELIC FOOTBALL
St. Kilian's Community School 5-7
St. Brendan’s 1-2
On Wednesday December 4th, St. Kilian’s First Year Boys finished off their group matches with a fine victory over local rivals St. Brendan’s. This result sees them reach the quarter finals, which are due to be played early in the New Year.
This result was never really in question. St. Kilian’s got off to a blistering start, scoring 1-3 in the first five minutes, all of the scores coming from Michael McMahon. Shane Devlin, who started his first game for the school, also contributed to the scoring and ended up with an impressive tally of 3-1.
The defence did have to endure long periods of pressure in both halves but coped admirably. In particular, Gary Purcell, Jordon Conroy and Sean Leggett excelled in the back line. Other scorers on the day were Christopher Shortt (1-0) and Dylan Bermingham (0-1).
The team can be very happy with this performance. Every player worked extremely hard and the team were very clinical in attack. A similar level of performance will be required if they want to progress further in this competition. Congratulations and well done to the team and to Mr Donohoe.
PARENTS' CAO INFORMATION NIGHT
On Wednesday December 4th, a Sixth Year Parents' CAO Information Night was held. Ms Fitzpatrick gave a number of comprehensive presentations on the CAO application system, the Leaving Cert points systems, applying for PLC courses, the HEAR and DARE programmes and applications for Third Level Grants.
The informative evening should allow parents and guardians to provide invaluable support to their sons and daughters over the coming stressful months.
THIRD YEAR PARENT-TEACHER MEETING
On Tuesday 10th December, the Third Year parent-teacher meeting took place. The meeting was well attended. Parents were given feedback on the progress of students based on the results of the recent November house exams and effort made in class. Thanks to all who attended the meeting.
SENIOR HISTORY LECTURE
On Tuesday, December 3rd, Rachel Nolan from the youth section of ICTU visited St. Kilian's. All the senior History students attended a workshop and seminar on the 1913 Strike and Lockout. It was a very informative and interesting presentation and many of our students were appalled at the actual living conditions in Dublin in 1913. As well as learning about the main figures involved in the Lock-out, it was a wonderful opportunity to learn about workers' rights today and the importance of being in a trade union. The presentation involved power points, short films and group discussion.
Many thanks to Ms Nolan for such an interesting presentation and to the senior History teachers for organising this lecture.
Ho! Ho! Ho!!! The R.E. Department and their students are currently doing trojan work in decorating the school with festive artwork. All the social areas are festooned with festive imagery and paraphernalia, which add to the fun and build-up to Christmas in the school. A Christmas concert and pantomime is being held on the last day of term, so the holiday season is truly marked and celebrated in the school. Thanks to all the R.E. team and the many students who have acted as Santa's little elves for the past week!!
November 29th 2013
BOYS SENIOR GAELIC FOOTBALL
St. Kilian’s were very unlucky in defeat against Coláiste Ráithín in the Boys Senior Gaelic Football competition. The game took place at St. Kilian’s on Thursday, November 14th. The result was 3-9 to 3-5 in favour of Coláiste Raithín after a very competitive game played at a high standard. Best of luck to Coláiste Ráithín in the remainder of the competition and with those representing Bray Emmets in the County Minor Hurling Final.
Keith Kelly (Captain), Joseph McLaughlin, Stephen Keeley, Michael Doyle, Jordan Maher, Jordan Ebbs, Barry O’Brien, Terry O’Toole (0-01), Adam Kelly, Jamie McGrane (1-00), James Cahill (0-02), Martin Molloy, Sam Mulligan (0-01), Stephen Harris (0-01), Nathan Monahan (2-00).
Wayne Hinch for Jordan Maher, Paul McGrath for Joe McLaughlin, Jamie Fitzpatrick for Martin Molloy, Ross Doyle for Sam Mulligan, Adam McGrath, Luke Walsh, Adam Casserly, Michael O’Brien, Dylan Donnelly, Ian Mahoney.
The Sixth and Third Year students had a study skills seminar on Monday 18th November. The seminar was hosted by Mr Michael Bond, an ex-school principal and All-Ireland Hurling winning coach with Offaly in 1998. The students were given an individual study scheme and offered guidance on useful study practices. Everybody found the seminar to be most helpful and informative. Thanks to Mr Murphy for organising the seminar.
Well done to all students who worked hard for the mid-winter exams. The exams were a great opportunity for the students to consolidate their learning since September.
LCA WORK EXPERIENCE
Well done to all the LCA students who successfully completed a two-week work experience placement recently. LCA Coordinator, Ms Kells, visited all the students during their placements. She was very happy with the contribution the students had made in their various workplaces. Thanks to all the local businesses who facilitated our students with work placements.
November 12th 2013
JOURNALISM & PUBLISHING WORKSHOP
On November 7th, a small group of Transition Year students from St.Kilian's, Presentation College and Loreto Bray came together to begin a project which will help them improve their writing skills and understand more about journalism and publishing. They met with journalist Frank Corr, from the Knights of Columbanus in Presentation College to discuss ideas and tasks they would complete for the Christmas edition of the “God R Us” Newsletter. This will then be distributed to schools around Bray. The group will also plan for an Easter edition of the newsletter to be made after Christmas.
Well done to Georgia-Lee Flynn, Caitriona Gillman and Dmitri Chizhikov from TY in St. Kilian's for taking part in this project.
U-15 WICKLOW / WEXFORD SOCCER LEAGUE
The U-15 team had an epic football league game versus Gaelcholáiste na Mara, Arklow on Friday, October 25th in torrential rain in Ballywaltrim. The Kilian’s performance was one of the best team performances in many years and unfortunately it wasn’t enough as they were very unlucky in a 7-5 defeat. Kilian’s missed numerous chances and Gaelcholáiste na Mara were clinical with any chances they created and punished any errors.
Kilian’s started very well and proved very strong down the left wing with Oisín Doyle and Karl Mulligan causing huge problems for the opposition. Defence was solid led by Alan Acres and ably assisted by Jack Ronan. Mark Curran offered an attacking option from right back who was solid throughout. Brandon McGrath led the team from midfield beside Dylan Kelly. William Coogan dominated midfield, especially when switched to the centre. Anthony Fitzpatrick and Dion McGovern were causing huge problems up front with endless running and were very unlucky with a few chances. Dion fully deserved his two goals. Andrew Knight made a huge impression on his introduction and created numerous chances from the right wing. Congratulations to Pedro Huertas on his debut for St. Kilian’s in goals on a very difficult day to play in goals and made some very important saves and there is great competition for that spot between himself and Ryan Kealy who also impressed on his introduction. Jordan De Sousa replaced William Coogan towards the end after a nasty clash of heads which resulted in William’s departure from the field and best wishes to him in his recovery.
Special mention goes to Man of the Match Karl Mulligan, who fully deserved his hat trick and was very unlucky not to have scored more. It was one of the best individual displays by a St. Kilian’s student in a long time. Most impressive was his hard work for the team, and this was complemented by some lovely touches and even some beautiful dummies which created chances for others. He tormented the opposition down the left and was very dangerous when moved up front.
The team now face East Glendalough School, Wicklow and Dublin Oak Academy, Kilcroney, with training continuing on Fridays after school. The 2nd Years are looking for revenge after a defeat by the 3rd Years on Friday 8th November including an Asmir Begovic goal from goalkeeper Ryan Kealy!
Team: Pedro Huertas, Mark Curran, Oisín Doyle, Jack Ronan, Alan Acres, Dylan Kelly, William Coogan, Brandon McGrath (C), Anthony Fitzpatrick, Dion McGovern, Karl Mulligan.
Subs used: Andrew Knight, Ryan Kealy, Michael Vickers, Jordan De Sousa.
Subs not used: Ben Clarke, Graham Kane, Cian Mangan, James Cash Fell, Josh O’Connell (injured), Aaron Forrestall, Tristin O’Toole, John Cahill.
TY BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE
Transition Year Business & Enterprise students are making great progress with their Mini Companies and hopefully will soon be making profits to reward their enterprise. They have completed Idea Generation and Idea Screening stages along with Concept Development and now are currently working on the Feasibility Study and Prototype Development stages. All St. Kilian’s students can expect to take part in market research in coming weeks. We look forward to seeing more from Brain Freeze, Happy Hashtags and NERDIE.
Many thanks to Anne-Michelle McDonald from Wicklow County Enterprise Board for her advice and guidance. Keep up the good work and best of luck to all the students involved.
1ST YEAR BOYS' GAELIC FOOTBALL
St. Kilian’s CS 3- 10 St. David’s 7 -2
St. Kilian’s came very close to a very hard fought win against a strong St. David’s team but fell short at the very end. A last minute goal took away any hope from taking something from this match.
But there were many positives to be taken from this game. The mid-field pairing of Michael McMahon and Jake O Brien both played extremely well. In defence, Jordan Conroy and Michael Moorehouse broke down many attacks in the 2nd half for St. Kilian's
Up next for this team, is a match against St. Brendan’s. It is a must-win match if St. Kilian’s want to proceed to the next stage in this competition. Best wishes to the team in this match.
Best wishes to both the TY and LCA students in St. Kilian's who are currently out on work experience in shops, schools and various businesses around the Bray area. Thanks to all the business owners for facilitating our students with this essential part of their course.
GOLD GAISCE AWARDS
On Tuesday 12th November, Karen Robinson and Nicole Johnston (Leaving Cert 2012) received the Gaisce Gold Award in the President's Awards Scheme. This was a great honour for our school as only 33 students nationwide received the gold award this year. Whilst many students start out and achieve their bronze award, very few find the time or have the dedication to work through the silver award and on to gold.
Both Karen and Nicole put in many hours of volunteering, working in the community and building personal skills to achieve the gold award. The students were mentored in the Gaisce scheme by Mr Walsh and Ms Murray, who were their "pals" for Gaisce. Karen and Nicole, their families, along with Mr Walsh and Ms Murray attended the Gold awards scheme, which was held in Dublin Castle. It was held in St. Patrick's Hall in the castle, a venue that is used for state occasions.
The ceremony was hosted by Katherine Thomas and the president Michael D. Higgins was guest of honour. The president addressed the students before presenting the recipients with their medals and certs. A short film showed the achievements of the gold award winners. The Garda band played for the afternoon and Mr Walsh really enjoyed the delicious refreshments.
Well done to Karen and Nicole, you have made us very proud!
November 6th 2013
On Wednesday October 23rd, the school’s Orienteering Team travelled to Santry Demesne for an orienteering competition.
This was the first competitive outing for many of the forty team members.
The TY Boys course had 23 points in it and was 4.4km in length. The TY girls had to run a 17 point course that was 3.2km in length. Best performances came from Hannah Johnston who was placed 2nd in the TY Girls' competition, finishing in a time of 23:24 and Aaron Kelly who finished in 4th place in the TY Boys’ category in a time of 31:54.
Orla Devlin, Lucy Masterson, Hannah Leonard, Sophie Mooney, Brendan Smith and Dmitri Chizhikov all put in very strong performances on the day.
The students’ orienteering mentor, Mr Lawless, was very happy with everyone’s results. Training continues for the next competition in December.
Well done to Mr Shane Walsh who successfully completed his first marathon on Bank Holiday Monday in Dublin. The months of arduous training and self-denial paid off as he ran the marathon in 3:31:49. In addition, Shane raised funds for the Laura Lynn Foundation by completing the race. Well done Mr Walsh!
WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL'S ENVIRONMENTAL DEBATING COMPETITION
On Wednesday November 6th, the St. Kilian's debating team of Sarah McGrath, Sophie Mooney and Alex Byrne travelled to Wicklow to take on East Glendalough School in the Wicklow Co. Council's Environmental Debating competition. St. Kilian's had to propose the motion that the "Irish Government is failing to act to protect the climate."
Sarah McGrath captained the team and defined the motion excellently. She and her fellow team-mates spoke with poise and confidence against a very competent and well-coached opposition team, who won this competition last year.
The standard of argument and rebuttal was excellent on the day, and the result was in the balance until the judges delivered their verdict. Unfortunately for St. Kilian's, East Glendalough were declared the winners and therefore progress to the next round.
Sarah, Sophie and Alex should be proud of their hard work and efforts. Well done to all!
Thanks to Ms Kavanagh and Ms Murray for mentoring the team.
October 23rd 2013
FIRST YEAR BOYS' GAELIC FOOTBALL
St. Kilian's 5-7 Coláiste Ráithín 2-0
St Kilian's 1st Year Boys got off to a flying start to the league when they beat Colaiste Ráithín in Ballywaltrim on Friday, October 18th. Played in terrible conditions, this team produced a very attractive brand of football to see off their opponents.
St. Kilian's played the 1st Half into a very stiff breeze and found themselves losing by one point at half time, 1-2 to 2-0. The backs were under constant pressure throughout this half and Gary Purcell, Sean Leggett and Jason King broke down these attacks on numerous occasions. CJ Buckley, St. Kilian's goalkeeper, pulled off a couple of great saves in the 1st Half to keep his team in touch going into the break.
With the wind behind them in the second half, St Kilian's forwards got to see a lot more of the ball and they made it count. Michael Moorehouse was the most prolific, scoring a hat trick of goals. Another Michael and captain for the day, Michael McMahon, kept the scoreboard ticking over with a total of five frees throughout this match. In the full forward line, Kyle Stephenson scored two goals and Christopher Shortt got the last.
A number of other players stood out with their performances: Jake O' Brien, Christopher Lynch and Dylan Bermingham in particular. Hopefully this team will maintain this high standard of football for the duration on the competition and experience many more favourable results. Thanks to Mr. Donohoe for his sterling efforts in coaching this and other teams in the school.
6LCA VISIT THE CHOCOLATE GARDEN!
On Thursday, October 17th,as part of their HCT class, 6LCA paid a visit to the Chocolate Garden of Ireland, which is located near Tullow in Co. Carlow. The students got to see how chocolate was made and where the cocoa beans came from. They also got to sample white, milk and dark chocolate and some lovely caramels. The class were also shown how ice-cream was made.
Each student got to make and decorate a chocolate bear to bring home. Everyone received a certificate for their participation in the chocolate workshop. The trip concluded with a visit to the nearby Rathwood Garden Centre where everyone had a lovely lunch before embarking upon the long return journey to Bray!
The outing was both informative and enjoyable and the feedback from students was very positive! Well done everyone! Special thanks are due to Ms. Whelan for organising the outing.
TY SUGARCRAFT DEMONSTRATION
On Wednesday 9th October, Miss Whelan's Transition Year Sugarcraft class were very lucky to have the wonderful Trudy O' Rourke come to visit and demonstrate how to make edible Converse runners! These can be used to decorate the top of many celebration cakes. The colours chosen by the students were brilliant and their wonderful work was displayed in the school library for all to see! Well done to everyone!
PRIDE IN DEFEAT!
Commiserations to Mr. Duggan and his Bray Emmets team mates on their narrow defeat to Glenealy in the Wicklow Senior Hurling Final which was held on Sunday last. Mr. Duggan got a lot of support from the students and staff of St. Kilian's before the match. The school was bedecked in the Emmets' colours of green, white and navy. Many students made the long journey down to Aughrim to cheer on their teacher! Hard luck but well done also to Mr Duggan on the fine achievement of reaching a senior county final.
Best wishes to Mr Walsh who is the final stages of an arduous training schedule to run the Dublin City Marathon on October Bank Holiday Monday. As a Geography teacher, Mr Walsh should have no difficulty in following the 26 miles, 385 yards route around the streets of Dublin. Training has been going well and he expects to break the four hour mark in his first attempt at a marathon. Best of luck Mr Walsh!
SIXTH YEAR ART TRIPS
On Friday 11th October, St Kilian's 6th Year Art class visited the National Gallery and the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. In the National Gallery, they studied European paintings by famous artists such as Monet and Jack B. Yeats. They learned about Impressionism and its techniques. In the museum, they saw objects that dated back to the Bronze and Iron Age in Irish history. They observed famous historical treasures such as the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch. The students were given wonderful guided tours which provided them with a lot of information for their Leaving Cert course.
On Tuesday 22nd October, the 6th Year students took an Art trip to the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Hugh Lane Gallery. At IMMA, the class had a guided tour of the Eileen Gray exhibition. Everyone was impressed with the iconic work of this Irish designer.
Afterwards, the students went to the Hugh Lane Gallery to see some European paintings by artists such as Leech and Renoir. They also went to see the actual studio of the twentieth century artist, Francis Bacon. Fantastic tour guides helped to enrich the learning experiences of the students.
Thanks to Ms. Hume for organising both excursions and to Shannon Doonan (6th Year) for drafting this article about the Art trips.
October 16th 2013
October 14th to 18th is Maths' Week in St. Kilian's. A lot of fun events are being held both inside and outside the classroom. A Mega Maths Quiz is being organised for all First Year students. A Maths poster competition for all year groups is also taking place, with prizes given for the most innovative and artistic creations.
There are many fun in-class activities in Maths classes this week also. Magnetic Darts are being "thrown" to test computational skills, and the Flashmasters computer challenge is another innovative and enjoyable way used to test mathematical proficiency.
It promises to be a fun-filled and excellent learning experience for all the students. Well done to all the teachers in the Maths department for thinking outside the box and making their subject more accessible and less daunting for the students.
UNDER 17 BOYS' SOCCER
The Under 17 football team played Arklow Community College in Arklow on Wednesday, October 16th. This was the first match of the year and the team got off to a great start with a 4-2 victory. St. Kilian’s started the match strongly and took the lead through James Kehoe with a well-placed free kick. St Kilian’s were well on top for the first 30 minutes with great play from Michael O’Brien, Alex Byrne and Lee Ward and they took advantage of this period of dominance with a great goal from Aaron Kelly, set up by James Kehoe. The first half was rounded off with another goal from James Kehoe who had an excellent half.
Arklow came out fighting in the second half but the defensive line of Adam McGrath, Gary O’Sullivan, Josh Treacy and Dan Byrne played with passion, clearing their lines on numerous occasions. Ben Brown Roche was having a great game in goals but was finally beaten from a close range shot following an Arklow attack. St Kilian’s rallied and Ian Mahoney scored the fourth with a well-placed strike. Jordan Maher, Jason Somers, Padraig Mc Donald and Pablo Cueto came on in the second half and all had a positive impact on the game.
Arklow scored a second with about ten minutes remaining but there was never a doubt about the outcome of the match. St Kilian’s were deserved winners and can now look forward to their next match.
Thanks to Mr Forde for coaching the team. He is hopeful that the team can have a good season following this promising first match.
WICKLOW SENIOR HURLING FINAL
Best wishes to our Business and Accounting teacher, Mr Brian Duggan , who is due to line out for Bray Emmets in the Wicklow Senior Hurling Final against Glenealy on Sunday next. Everyone in the school wishes Mr Duggan and the Bray team the best of luck and it is hoped that Emmets can bridge a 61 year gap by winning the senior title this year.
5LCA TRIP TO MERMAID THEATRE
Ms Fox’s 5LCA English class went on a trip on Thursday October 10th to see the comedian Ger Carey perform in the Mermaid Theatre in Bray. The show was especially enjoyable for the students, as it was aimed specifically at teenagers. The theatre was full of excited students and accompanying teachers from schools around Bray.
Carey joked about school life, but focused particularly on the weird and wonderful life of the teenager. He dealt with everything from teenagers' funny mannerisms and laziness, to uniforms and relationships. Everyone showed that they had a good sense of humour and were able to laugh at Carey's insightful parodies of the modern teenager. Teachers didn't get off the hook either; Carey lampooned their mannerisms and idiosyncrasies mercilessly. His jokes drew uproarious laughter from the audience.
Thanks to Ms Fox and Ms Farrell who accompanied the students. Thanks also to Pauline in the LCA office and Jenny in the main office for booking the trip.
SIXTH YEAR ADVENTURE RETREAT
The 6th year students at St. Kilian’s Community School had a well-deserved break from study as they took part in an Adventure retreat at Ovoca Manor on Tuesday, October 15th. The students experienced the thrill, exhilaration and unquestionable benefits of the outdoor adventure experience before they took part in a later workshop inside. Amongst the activities the students were involved in were the high ropes course, rock climbing on their purpose-built wall and various other team-building activities.
Ovoca Manor is Scripture Union’s Retreat and Adventure Centre. It is located in the stunning Vale of Avoca, Co Wicklow. Set high above the valley floor, the centre boasts breathtaking views. The 21 acres of grounds encompass river walks, forest trails and an incredible array of facilities.
The students really enjoyed the time-out from their academic studies. Thanks to Ms. Sinnott for organising the retreat.
The care and wellbeing of all students is a priority at St. Kilian’s Community School.
Over the last two weeks, First, Second and Third Year students participated in highly interactive workshops which addressed the issues of bullying and internet safety.
These workshops were carried out by Bully 4u.
Bully 4u has established an excellent reputation in the provision of anti-bullying services for primary and secondary schools in Ireland. The workshops aimed to empower students to deal with bullying behaviour while interactive exercises engaged all students and challenged them to put themselves into the shoes of a victim of bullying behaviour.
During the workshops, cyber bullying was an issue very much to the fore and strategies were offered that would help empower students to respond in a positive manner to cyber- bullying, thereby fostering a culture of e-safety. The consequences of posting data online for future employment and college applications was also addressed.
Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the issues which confronted them during this thought provoking and emotional production.
The workshops received a very positive response from both students and staff.
Thanks to Ms Sinnott for organising these valuable workshops for our students.
October 9th 2013
TY Art Trip
On Thursday, October 3rd, the Transition Year Art class were brought on the first of two trips organised for them. They began by going to see the Marino Casino in Dublin. This is a neo-classical building designed to look like an ancient Greek temple. The class were given plenty of information about the style and architecture of the house which will be very useful for their Leaving Certificate.
For the afternoon portion of the tour, the class were brought on a walking tour of the Docklands area of Dublin. The tour began at the Customs House Building and ended at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The guide was very helpful and taught the class about the different stages of development in Dublin from Georgian architecture to modern buildings.
Despite the inclement weather on the day, the class thoroughly enjoyed their trip and would like to thank their art teacher Ms Hume for organising the outing. Everyone is eagerly looking forward to their next tour!
Under 19 Soccer - St. Kilian’s CS 1 Benildus CS 0
On Wednesday, October 2nd, St. Kilian’s U-19 got their season off to a very good start against a very physically strong Benildus side. Played in very tough conditions, both teams produced some excellent passing football.
With a number of players from the winning U-17 team of the Wicklow-Wexford League last year, St. Kilian’s showed that they will be a very hard team to break down this year again. Even on the rare occasion when the defence was breached, PJ Conroy, the keeper, was fit for anything Benildus shot at him.
The midfield partnership of Ross Doyle and Sam Mulligan were at the centre of all the action and both were very unlucky with a number of efforts. Michael O Brien and Adam Kelly showed lots of individual skill and speed down the wings also. Up front, Dylan Donnelly and Jamie Fitzpatrick, worked extremely hard and held up the ball excellently.
St. Kilian’s goal came midway through the 2nd half; Adam Kelly powered home a header from a pinpoint corner kick by Ross Doyle. This was the only chance which St Kilian’s managed to convert but this was not down to the lack of opportunities created. Benildus’ keeper pulled off some brilliant saves, the best of which were two efforts in quick succession from Nathan Monahan.
Two players who stood out with their very impressive performance were Michael Doyle and Stephen Downey. Both showed great composure on the ball and worked hard throughout the game.
This was an excellent start to the season and with a large number of players missing the match, it really shows the depth of talent that St. Kilian’s have at this level.
Sixth Year Art Trip
On 26th September, St Kilian's 6th Year art class took a trip to the Marino Casino and the Docklands near O' Connell Street in Dublin.
In the Marino Casino, the class were given a guided tour. The guide, Ruth, told them of the architect William Chambers and his beautiful designs in the Marino Casino. Then the tour moved on to the Docklands. There, the group were given a guided tour around O' Connell Street and its surrounding areas. The guide, Simon, showed them various different buildings and discussed the architecture of the GPO and the Custom House. This was very educational and stimulating for the students.
Thanks to Ms. Hume for organising the outing and to the two excellent tour guides for their insightful and interesting presentations.
3K History Tour
Class 3K took a fun-filled history trip to Dublin on Friday October 4th. The class were accompanied by Mr. Leonard and Mr. Stokes. Everyone had a riotous time on a Viking Splash tour, learning about the settlement of Dublin and its development over the next 1200 years. It was both an informing and comic look at Dublin's past.
After a quick stop for lunch, the class moved onto the Natural History Museum, aka 'The Dead Zoo'! Stuffed animals and preserved examples of Ireland's rich bio-diversity fill the galleries in an exhibition that fascinated the students. This experience provided the students with not just the opportunity to stare close up at a stuffed tiger or see an elephant's skeleton, but also to question the history and practice of killing and displaying animals in a museum.
An excellent day was had by all the students. Thanks to Mr. Stokes and Mr. Leonard for facilitating the outing for 3K.
October 2nd 2013
FIRST YEAR RETREAT
The five First Year classes took part in an adventure based retreat on Tuesday 1st October in Ovoca Manor. Ovoca Manor is Scripture Union’s Retreat and Adventure Centre located in the stunning Vale of Avoca, Co Wicklow. Set high above the valley floor, the centre boasts breathtaking views. The 21 acres of grounds encompass river walks, forest trails and an incredible array of facilities.
Amongst the activities the students were involved in were, archery, leap of faith, rock climbing on their purpose built wall and team building activities. All this provided exciting, physical and mental challenges that pushed boundaries and left students feeling on top of the world. The students also took time out to chat and reflect in small groups on the important issues in their lives.
Thanks to Ms. Sinnott, our Chaplain, for organising the retreat.
TRANSITION YEAR ACTIVITIES
On Monday 30th September, the TY students were split into three groups for out-of-school activities. One group went mountain-biking with Mr. Lawless in Ballinastoe Woods; a second group went rock-climbing and caving in Dalkey and the final group remained on the school premises and engaged in the more sedentary pursuit of animation.
The activities on offer provided students with a wonderful opportunity to try out new experiences and face exciting personal challenges. All the students entered into the spirit of the day with gusto! Everybody thoroughly enjoyed participating in the activities day. Thanks to Mr. Lawless for organising the events.
SIXTH YEAR PARENT-TEACHER MEETING
On Tuesday 2nd October, the Sixth Year Parent - Teacher meeting took place. The meeting provided parents and students with an opportunity to gain valuable feedback and insight into the academic progress of students in their various subject areas. The meeting was extremely well-attended and it is hoped that it will provide a spur to the Sixth Years to value their education and work hard to succeed to the best of their respective abilities.
Well done to four Sixth Year girls and their teacher, Ms. Lawlor, who went on the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in early September. The four students were: Lydia Griffith, Kathleen Greene, Joanna Czyz and Chloe Redmond.
The students helped elderly, incapacitated and unwell pilgrims during the five-day long stay in Lourdes. Their work involved assisting the pilgrims at religious services, providing companionship and ensuring they were having a good time! Other duties involved flag-bearing, participation in religious ceremonies and night prayer. All the students performed the various duties and represented St. Kilian's with grace and honour.
The students all felt the experience was humbling and life-changing.
Thanks to everyone involved; namely Ms. Power, the St. Kilian's Dublin Diocescan Pilgrimage Coordinator, Ms. Lawlor, and to the four students.
September 26th 2103
TRANSITION YEAR ACTIVITIES
On Friday 20th September, all TY students were involved in an Activities Day.
The students were split into three groups. The first group went hillwalking in Glendalough. This group thoroughly enjoyed the walk and were accompanied by Mr. Walsh and Ms. Finger on this activity. Another group went mountain biking. This group had a wonderful day in Ballinastoe Woods and were led by Mr. Stokes on the trip. Finally, Mr. Lawless led the third group to Dalkey where they went rock-climbing and later this group went kayaking at Bray Harbour. Safety precautions were paramount for these particular activities and the students enjoyed the experience immensely.
The TY students cannot wait until Monday September 30th, the next Activity Day. The activities on this day will be rock-climbing and caving, animation and mountain biking.
On Thursday 26th September, Ms Hume led a group of Sixth Year students on an Art trip to Dublin. The trip is an essential component of the Leaving Cert. Art curriculum. The group visited the Marino Casino and went on an architectural walking tour of Dublin city. The only thing to dampen their spirits was the inclement weather on the day.
A more detailed account of the trip will follow next week.
Evening study has begun for the Leaving, Fifth Year and Junior Cert. students in St. Kilian's. After school study benefits participating students immensely. They get the opportunity to do homework and engage in revision for upcoming exams. We encourage as many students as possible to sign up for evening study. A quiet atmosphere conducive to effective learning is assured!
GAA skills coaching has begun in St. Kilian's on Thursdays after school concludes. The first coaching session was well attended by enthusiastic First Year students and the session was conducted by a qualified GAA Schools' Skills Coach. Thanks to Mr Duggan for facilitating these coaching sessions.
BRAY EMMETS' SENIOR HURLING SUCCESS!
Congratulations to Mr Brian Duggan (St. Kilian's Business & Accounting teacher) and his fellow teammates on the Bray Emmets' Senior Hurling team. They comprehensively defeated St. Pat's of Wicklow in the county semi-final last weekend and now are looking forward to their first county final since 1952.
Mr Duggan is the team's full-forward and he scored 1-0 in the defeat of St. Pat's. Everyone at St. Kilian's wishes Mr Duggan and the team the best of luck in the upcoming final.
September 19th 2013
On Monday September 9th, a memorial Mass was held in St. Kilian's for Mr Barry O' Leary R.I.P..
Mr. O' Leary died on March 16th this year. He had worked in St. Kilian's as a Business, Accounting and Geography teacher for 19 years from 1986 to 2005.
The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Pat Power OFM, the school's former chaplain. Fr. Pat spoke warmly of Barry's good humour, friendliness and professionalism. These sentiments were echoed by the large number of staff and former students of Barry's who attended the ceremony. Barry's family travelled from Co. Clare to attend the memorial service and agreed that the ceremony fittingly celebrated the life of a lovely man and a dedicated teacher.
Special thanks is due to Mr Murphy, our Principal, for organising the ceremony. He spoke very warmly in a eulogy about the contribution that Barry made to life in St. Kilian's. Much credit is also due to Ms Sinnott, the current Chaplain, for preparing the religious aspect of the ceremony. Finally, a huge debt of gratitude is due to Ms Noreen Scanlon, who prepared delicious food and refreshments for everybody.
TRANSITION YEAR NEWS
Well done to Ms. Murray and her dedicated group of art-workers in TY. They have decorated their assembly area in the colours of Mayo and Dublin, in preparation for the eagerly anticipated All-Ireland Football Final clash on September 22nd. The colours of green/red and sky blue/navy are appropriate considering the friendly rivalry between Mr O' Kelly, a true-blue Dub and Mr Kelly, the English teacher, who is a long-suffering Mayo fan!
The assembly area looks resplendent with coloured bunting, flags and posters. It is a fitting way to mark the showpiece day of our national game.
Prizes were awarded to Natalie Sroka, Jessie Lopez and Jenny Harris for their trojan efforts in decorating the TY social area. Well done to all concerned for their efforts!
The Seamus Heaney Poetry Competition also took place recently. TY students were encouraged to design a competition entry based on a poem of Seamus Heaney's. Prizes were given for the most innovative and creative entries in the competition. Thanks to TY Year Head, Mr O' Kelly for organising the competition and to the English teachers, who provided advice and guidance to many students about their entries.
Prize winners in the competition were judged by Ms Kavanagh and Mr Kelly. Both teachers agreed that the standard of entries were excellent. After much deliberation, the winning entries were selected. The winners were: Allanagh O' Dowd, Georgia-Lee Flynn, Alison McGrath and Caitriona Gillman.
JUNIOR CERT RESULTS
Well done to all our Junior Cert. students who performed commendably in the 2013 examinations. Results were very good in all subject areas and students were rewarded for the work they put in during their first three years in the school. Congratulations to all the students and thanks to all the subject teachers for their hard work in preparing their students excellently.
Well done to the 6LCA students who received their overall results for Year 1 of the LCA course. Ms Kells, the LCA co-ordinator, was happy with the grades awarded and she hopes that the students will build on this success in 6th Year.
HIGHER OPTIONS CONFERENCE
Sixth Year students from St. Kilian's Community School attended the Higher Options conference in the RDS on Wednesday, 18th September. This is a unique opportunity for students to access information on a wide range of college courses and career options. Our aim in St. Kilian's Community School is to maintain our very high progression rate to third level education. Thanks to Ms Fitzpatrick for organising the trip to the conference.
September 12th 2013
Kevin Meehan R.I.P.
The news of Mr Kevin Meehan’s passing on September 9th was met with great sadness by everyone at St Kilian’s Community School. A Dublin man, Mr Meehan was the school’s first Principal, serving in that role from 1981 until his retirement in 1998. He had previously served on the teaching staff and as Vice Principal of St Brendan’s College, Bray.
As Principal, Mr Meehan was an inspirational leader, extremely progressive in his approach to education and at all times committed to the values of fairness, inclusion and community.
Mr Meehan’s commitment to community extended far beyond the grounds of the school. He played a central role in countless civic, sporting and community organisations. His work with the Ballywaltrim and District Recreational Development Association established the school’s Sports Hall and Playing Field, and he was a tireless campaigner for the preservation, for sporting and recreational use, of what is now the Ballywaltrim Recreational Park. He played a major role in facilitating the establishment of Bray Choral Society, and was their Life Patron. Mr Meehan also served as President of Woodbrook Golf Club.
Mr Meehan’s vision led to the establishment of the twinning of St Kilian’s Community School with Matthias Grünewald Gymnasium in Würzburg, Bavaria in 1983. This was the platform for the strong civic and business links that the two areas now enjoy, due to the subsequent formal twinning of the town of Bray and the county of Wicklow with the city of Würzburg.
Mr Meehan served for thirty-five years on the Board of Management of Marino School, Bray, twenty years of this as Chairperson. He also served on the Board of Directors of Enable Ireland.
Nationally, Mr Meehan played an influential role in educational debate and development across several decades. He served as President of both the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools (ACCS) and the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) and was instrumental in the establishment of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD). Mr Meehan also served, for many years, on the Board of Thomond College of Physical Education, Limerick.
At St Kilian’s, Mr Kevin Meehan will be remembered as a progressive educationalist, a fair and supportive leader, a gentleman and a wise and loyal friend to all who knew him.
The community of St Kilian’s Community School extends heartfelt condolences to his wife, Bríd, his son, Dáire, and Mr Meehan’s extended family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
September 5th 2013
We would like to welcome staff and students back to St. Kilian's for the new academic year. In particular, a special welcome is extended to new staff members, including:
Everyone at St. Kilian's would like to wish Dr Maureen O' Rafferty a long and healthy retirement after many years of long and distinguished service to the school. Dr O' Rafferty taught Maths, Science and Physics at St. Kilian's. She was one of the school's original members of staff and commenced employment at the school in 1981. Best wishes are extended to her from everyone at the school.
Tuesday September 2nd saw the start of the new TY year with an activities day facilitated by Danny and the team from Bray Youth Service.
Each of the TY classes got their chance to take part in team building games in the playing fields outside the school. The games were designed to help them get to know each other better and to develop team skills. Mostly the students had a ball in the brilliant sunshine and are looking forward to more activities later this month.
ORIENTEERING AND CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING
The first training session recently took place in the new school field. There was a large turnout of students from across all the different years and the training catered for all abilities. St Kilian's had great results in last year's Leinster Schools' Orienteering League and hope to repeat the success this season.
This year will also see a return to the cross county schools' league for the students of St Kilian's. Mr Lawless is confident that the high standards achieved in previous years will be maintained and bettered in competitions this year.
Congratulations to our quilters who brought home three rosettes from the All Ireland Open Quilt Competition at the Tinahely Agricultural Show on August 6th. The quilts made during Transition Year used traditional designs such as Grandmother's Flower Garden and Scrappy Strings. Every student in the class groups made some aspect of the quilts, a great team effort! Two quilts were quilted by hand using a traditional quilting frame. The three quilts will be donated to Henry Bear Heart Children in Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Well done to all who worked on these beautiful quilts. In particular, congratulations to Mrs Dodd for all her hard work in tutoring her students to such a high standard. Looking forward to this year's creations!
May 23rd 2013
LEAVING CERT GRADUATION CEREMONY
On Thursday, May 23rd, the Sixth Years drew the curtain on their second level education in St. Kilian's with a lavish Graduation Ceremony at the school. On the previous day, Subject Award winners were announced, as teachers rewarded students who had excelled and worked hard in specific subject areas.
The Graduation Ceremony opened with a religious service, which was conducted by Ms Sinnott, the school's Chaplain. This was followed by the presentation of the major awards, which were kept a closely guarded secret until the night.
The MAJOR AWARD WINNERS were as follows:
Special thanks must be paid to the Graduation Coordinator, Ms Murray, and the R.E. Department for all their hard work in organising this event.
We wish our outgoing Sixth Years every success in the Leaving Cert and the best of luck in the future.
TY ACTIVITIES DAY
On Monday 20th May, Mr Lawless organised his TY students into three groups and ran three different activities. Mountain Biking and Hill Walking took place in Ballinastoe, and an Animation Workshop took place in the school. It was a great last activity day for all of the Fourth Years who really enjoyed it.
Class 2M organised a Harlem Shake on Tuesday 14th May as part of their CSPE Action Project. It was a great success and raised money for Bray Cancer Support. Class 2M intend to raise further money throughout the course of the next academic year and greatly enjoyed the visit by the charity's founder Veronica O'Leary earlier that day.
Thanks to Ms Darcy for organising this event.
May 15th 2013
On Wednesday 15th May, the school held its annual Sports Day. The event proved to be a huge success with many students taking part in various events. Events were varied, ranging from conventional to the unusual. Sprints and Javelin throwing vied with Nerf throwing and the Long Kick for popularity. Events were organised into Senior and Junior categories, and mixed relay races were staged and proved to be a great success. An early cloudburst threatened to hamper proceedings, but thankfully the weather cleared sufficiently in order that all the scheduled events took place.
Best Overall Senior Athlete was Cathy Waters (6B) and Ben Brown-Roche (3N) won the Best Overall Junior Athlete. A big Thank You goes to to P.E. teacher, Mr Conway, for organising the Sports Day and well done to all the students who took part in any event on the day.
TEACHERS WIN AGAIN!
Congratulations to the teachers on their third victory in a row over the Sixth Years in the annual Staff v Students soccer match. This event concludes the school's Sports Day, and a large crowd stayed on to watch the match. This year, the teachers emerged victorious on a 4-0 scoreline. Yet the result belies the fact that this was a hard-fought and sporting match, and the result was in the balance until the latter stages of the second half.
Mr Duggan was the undoubted star of the match. He scored a hat-trick of goals, and his pace and power up front proved too much for the students to handle. Other teachers to impress were Mr Fitzpatrick (Year Head & Team Captain), Mr Donohoe, Mr Connolly, Mr Jones and Mr Walsh. Best for the students were Jamie Doyle, Jamie Brierton, Gordon Leonard and Graham Sutton.
CULTURAL STUDIES/ART HISTORY TRIP
Ms Hume's TY Cultural Studies class and her Fifth Year Art class went on a trip to Russborough House near Blessington and Castletown House in Co. Kildare on Tuesday, May 14th. The students were shown around both houses by tour guides, who explained the history and architecture of each place. The students found the trip informative and interesting and look forward to similar cultural trips in the future!
Thanks to Ms Hume for organising this outing.
Congratulations to the current Fifth Year students who were selected to be prefects for the next academic year. Also, interviews were held to select a Head and Deputy Head Boy and Girl. The successful candidates were: Aisling Morris (Head Girl), Stephen Keeley (Head Boy), Emily Kelly (Deputy Head Girl) and Nathan Monahan (Deputy Head Boy).
The chairperson of the interview board praised the enthusiasm, energy, insight and forethought displayed by all candidates who were interviewed, and it took a lot of deliberation before a final decision was reached.
May 9th 2013
TY SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOPS
As part of this year's RE programme, all Transition Year students recently took part in two social justice workshops which complemented the topics covered in class.
The first workshop was held on Tuesday 30th April and was facilitated by an organisation called SERVE. SERVE is a development and volunteering organisation committed to tackling poverty in the majority of the world. In a world bound by poverty, SERVE is committed to justice, equality and sustainable development. The workshop focused on the areas of Absolute Poverty, Global Citizenship and Fair Trade.
The second workshop was delivered the following week by CONCERN. Concern work in partnership with the very poorest people in the world's poorest countries, directly enabling them to improve their lives, as well as using our knowledge and experience to influence decisions made at a local, national and international level that can significantly reduce extreme poverty. Concern personnel delivered a very impressive and inspiring workshop, exploring some of the complex issues relating to Concern’s work in a simple and understandable way. The facilitator of the workshop shared his own experiences from his trip to Uganda. In doing this, he explored gender issues, child soldiers, lack of health care and education as some of the problems he witnessed and causes of world hunger.
Thanks to our Chaplain, Ms. Sinnott, for organising these workshops.
6th YEAR GRADUATION 2013
Preparations continue for the Sixth Year Graduation which is due to take place on Thursday 23rd May. This year's theme is "Journeys".
The students have been working hard to prepare artwork, singing and other celebrations. We wish the graduation team the best of luck with this year's celebration.
Mr. Conway, our PE teacher, is busily preparing for Sports Day, which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th. A large number of running, field and novelty events are being organised for the students.
A highlight of the day is the annual Teachers v Sixth Years soccer match. The students are hoping to halt the teachers' attempt to achieve their third consecutive victory in the match. Best of luck to all concerned!
STATE PRACTICAL AND ORAL EXAMINATIONS CONCLUDE
Leaving and Junior Certificate students have concluded their practical and oral examinations in Art, Home Economics, Woodwork, Metalwork, Building Construction, Music, French, German and Irish.
Students were generally pleased with how they performed in these exams. We wish everybody the best of luck in the forthcoming written exams and take this opportunity to thank our teachers for all their hard work in preparing the students for the state examinations.
GAELIC FOOTBALL: 1st YEAR SUPER 7’s
St. Kilian’s had 25 Boys and Girls attending the GAA 1st Year Super 7’s Gaelic Football County Final Blitz in Bray Emmets GAA Grounds on Wednesday May 1st. This was our biggest representation for a number of years and it was great to see both a Boys and Girls Team in attendance.
The Boys team started slowly and were beaten by eventually finalists Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass in the first game. They saved their best performance for the game v St. Brendan’s. St. Kilian’s were leading by a point at half time by a score of 2-2 to 2-1 but two Brendan’s goals in the second half meant Kilian’s would not be making the semi-finals as only one team qualified per group. Coláiste Bhride from Carnew provided the opposition in the final game and ran out winners. Congratulations to their first team on winning the competition. The standard of football all day was very high and it was great to see the big number of teams entered.
The Girls’ team recorded an excellent victory against Blessington CC after defeats to Coláiste Chill Mhantáin and Arklow CC. This was their first outing and they showed some great skills and a determined attitude all day. Thanks to Ms. Roses for looking after this team.
Panel & Scorers:
Ross Maloney, Jack Ronan, Cian Mangan, William Coogan (2-1), Michael Vickers (0-1), Karl Mulligan (C), Andrew Knight (1-3), Michael Mulcair, John Cahill, Tristin O’Toole, Jamie Fitzgerald, Mark Curran, Graham Kane, John Paul Verdon, Jordan de Sousa.
Sophie Thomas, Chloe Murphy, Zoe Kelly, Chloe Gray (1-0), Amber Murray (1-1), Georgia Browne (C) (0-2), Kelly Waters, Shannon Reilly, Codie O’Brien.
Heartiest congratulations to Shannon Reilly (1st Year) who recently won a gold medal at the under-14 All-Ireland Girls' Boxing Championships.
May 2nd 2013
FIRST YEAR GAA YEAR SUPER 7'S HURLING
St. Kilian’s 1st Years attended the Chill Mhantáin Post Primary Schools County Finals at Bray Emmets GAA Grounds on Wednesday 24th April 2013. It has been a few years since we entered a hurling team and the lads did the school proud.
The opening game was against Scoil Chlonglais, Baltinglass and the game finished in a draw with a score line 1-02 to 1-02. With the top two teams going through to the semi-finals, a victory was important in the next two games. Although dominating periods of both games, luck was not with us but with some practice and match sharpness there is the foundation of a very good hurling team. St. Kilian’s could not put away the chances they were working hard to create. A last minute goal against Arklow CBS resulted in a two point defeat.
The group was so competitive that score difference may have been important and the relentless pursuit of goals in the final game against Presentation College, Bray was in vain. It was an excellent team performance with great attitude, discipline and work rate evident throughout the entire squad. Again, a late goal caught us and another tough two point defeat meant we wouldn’t be making the semi-finals.
It was a very enjoyable day and great experience for the panel which will stand to them in the upcoming Gaelic Football blitz. There is great potential in the panel and all players are encouraged to train and play with their clubs. Big thanks is due to Hugh Kenny and the organisers, referees and Bray Emmets for an excellent day and we hope the First Year boys and girls enjoy the upcoming Gaelic Football Blitz.
Panel & Scorers:
Tristin O’Toole, Jack Ronan, Cian Mangan (Captain), Michael Vickers (0-01), William Coogan (1-02), John Cahill (0-01), Andrew Knight (0-01), Karl Mulligan, Ross Moloney, Michael Mulcair, Jamie Fitzgerald.
TY TREE PLANTING
This week, eight TY students were hard at work planting trees and gardening in order that we will soon have our very first orchard at St. Kilian's Community School. These 4th years spent the past couple of days digging holes, planting trees, and sawing stakes to start the foundation of our school orchard. The students and teachers who helped out enjoyed this activity, and it will hopefully be carried on by the incoming TY students next year, to help and improve the orchard, and give our school something else to be proud of. Many thanks to Mr. Lawless for organising this great activity.
U-17 BOYS’ SOCCER RUN COMES TO AN END!
On Friday 26th April, St Kilian’s U-17 team's great run in this year's soccer competitions came to an end. Unfortunately, they were beaten 4-1 after extra time in the semi-final of the Leinster U-17s Cup. But, this is a score-line which does not do any justice to this team.
The match took place at the Oscar Traynor Astro-turf pitch in Coolock, Dublin and was played in extremely blustery conditions. St Kilian’s played the first half with the aid of the wind but started very nervously. Their opponents, Balbriggan CC, put them under pressure from the very beginning and, for the opening 10 minutes, St. Kilian’s were pinned back in their own half. They failed to get their passing game together but even during this period, the defence and midfield stood up to all Balbriggan had to offer.
After this period, St Kilian’s started to string some passes together. Jamie Fitzpatrick made brilliant runs down the channels and was unlucky to be called offside on a few occasions. The game was flowing freely from one end to the other and both sides looked dangerous on the counter attack. Balbriggan received the best chance to open the scoring in the 1st half, after their striker made the most of a slight nudge by Jamie Mc Grane in the penalty area. St. Kilian’s keeper, PJ Conroy came to the rescue with a brilliant save down to his right hand post and this gave St. Kilian's a huge lift. St Kilian’s had their best spell of the match at this point with Ross Doyle and Ian Mahoney bringing the best out of the Balbriggan keeper. Sam Mulligan was unfortunate not to win a penalty during this period also. St Kilian’s did not want the first half to end but the teams went in at half time nil all.
The second half began much the same as the first with St Kilian’s defence under lots of pressure but Jordan Ebbs and Seán Jennings were having an outstanding game and dealt with everything very comfortably. Unfortunately, Adam Kelly and Jamie Mc Grane did not get to venture forward as much as in previous games but, when they did, St. Kilian’s looked very dangerous, especially Ian Mahoney up front. Balbriggan opened the scoring with a scrappy goal. Our defence failed to clear their lines and we played the ultimate price when the ball fell kindly for their striker and he finished very well. Like on many occasions previously, St. Kilian’s had to dig deep and had to find an answer and once again they were able to do so. Great pressure from Ian Mahoney won the ball back and he played a lovely ball over the top to Jamie Fitzpatrick. Using his strength, Jamie shrugged off the defender to coolly slot the ball home. St. Kilian’s ran themselves into the ground for the remaining part of the match, in particular the two wingers, Alex Byrne and Michael O' Brien. Michael close to the end had to be substituted due to injury but Barry O' Brien continued where he left off. The second half came to a close wityh the sides level at 1-1, with both sides’ defences on top.
In extra time, Balbriggan’s depth on their bench was the difference between the two sides. St. Kilian’s continued to work as hard as they could but when Balbriggan scored a stunning free kick just before the end of the first period, it gave them the boast they needed. Even with Adam McGrath and Stephen Downey coming on to raise the energy levels, St. Kilian’s could not find an answer. Balbriggan finished off the match on top, scoring another two goals before the final whistle.
St. Kilian’s can walk away from this competition with their heads held high. They produced some amazing performances in winning the Wicklow-Wexford League, something which had not been achieved for 12 years in the school. Hopefully they will learn from these experiences and go on to bigger and better achievements next year.
Team; PJ Conroy, Jamie Mc Grane, Seán Jennings, Jordan Ebbs, Adam Kelly, Alex Byrne, Sam Mulligan, Ross Doyle, Michael O Brien, Ian Mahoney, Jamie Fitzpatrick. Subs: Barry O Brien, Stephen Downey and Adam McGrath.
Congratulations to the Fifth Years who were recently appointed as prefects for the 2013-2014 academic year. Being appointed as prefect in Sixth Year is an honour bestowed upon our best students and those appointed wear the designated black jumper with pride and carry out a lot of mentoring and supervisory duties during their final year in St. Kilian's.
The Head Girl, Head Boy and the Deputy Head Girl and Boy will be appointed from the chosen prefects following an interview process.
KARATE SCOTTISH OPEN
Aisling Morris (5th Year) represented Ireland on the Senior Ladies’ Karate team at the Scottish Open on April 27th. As the number teams entered in the Ladies’ Kata was small, the ladies teams were put into the Men’s section. Despite competing against the men, Aisling and her colleagues managed to finish in a very creditable 3rd position.
In her individual section, Aisling was unlucky to be drawn against the World Under-21 Champion in the knockout stages but, overall, can be very happy with her performance in the tournament. Well done, Aisling!
April 25th 2013
LEINSTER BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS SUCCESS!
Heartiest congratulations to Shannon Reilly (1.F) on winning the 60kg category in the Leinster Girls' Boxing Championships on Saturday April 13th. Shannon had to defeat three opponents to win the Championship and everyone at St. Kilian's would like to congratulate her on this achievement. Lets hope that Shannon has taken the first step on the road to emulating the boxing achievements of our famous past pupil - Katie Taylor.
TY GEOGRAPHY CLASS OUTING
On Thursday April 18th, the 4th Year Geography class visited Dublin Zoo. They were accompanied by their class teachers, Mr. Donohoe and Ms. Roses. The students had an extremely enjoyable and educational day, learning about endangered species and animal conservation. The highlights of the day were the African plains and the very slow-moving sloth! Well done to all who took part.
SAMARITANS' TALK TO FIFTH YEAR CLASSES
As part of promoting the well-being and pastoral care of our students, the 5th years attended a talk from two Samaritan volunteers on Friday 19th April. The talk was given to the individual 5th year class groups, and it focused on students' emotional health and the work of the Samaritans.
The Samaritans is a national charity. It operates 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people of all ages who are experiencing feelings of emotional distress or despair. Their services (phone lines, emails, letters and in branch) are manned by people who volunteer for the Samaritans. These volunteers been through months of thorough training to qualify as a Samaritan.
The Fifth Years found the talk by the Samaritans' representatives to be very informative and useful. Thanks to Ms. Sinnott for facilitating this class visit.
You can contact Samaritans at Tel: 08457 909090. Email: email@example.com
TY ARCHITECTURE TRIP
On Tuesday 23rd April, Ms. Hume's TY Architecture class went on a trip to Dublin. She, Mr. Connolly and 20 students went on the tourof three prominent city landmarks.
The first visit was to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. A tour guide met the group there. Her name was Denise and she was an architect herself. The class had a brief tour of the building and Denise explained its history and architecture. The tour guide then brought the group to Harp Bridge. Finally, Denise led everyone up to the Custom House and told of the history of the building. This was the end of the trip around the Dublin Docklands. The class thanked the tour guide for her interesting and informative presentation of facts.
After lunch, the group met at Christchurch Cathedral for the next tour. The class went inside to meet the next tour guide. His name was John. He told us a lot about the cathedral's history. He informed the students about the reasons why the building was rebuilt many times during medieval and Victorian times. The entire class enjoyed this trip because it was full of interesting facts and history.
The final destination that the group visited was the Aviva Stadium. This proved to be the highlight of the day for the students, as many are avid soccer and rugby fans. Lesley, the tour guide, led the group to the press rooms and explained how a press conference is conducted. Thereafter, Lesley brought the class through to the dressing rooms and finally through the tunnels and onto the hallowed turf of the Aviva Stadium. Everyone loved this part of the tour as they could imagine the atmosphere created on many great occasions in Irish sport held in this marvellous stadium.
Thanks to Ms. Hume for organising this interesting and enjoyable excursion. Special thanks to Daniel Byrne for writing this article.
On Wednesday 24th April, 22 students from St Kilian's travelled to the woods at the Hellfire Club, County Dublin. Students came from all different age groups and included both girls and boys. This was the final schools event of the year and students were eager to do well. They travelled early to the venue and carried out some technical map training and pacing exercises.
St Kilian's students were competing against 200 students from eight different Dublin schools. Emma Kelly from First Year did well, finishing in the top 10 in her year group.
The best of the 3rd year boys was Mikolai Piotrowski who finished in 5th place, six minutes behind two members of the Irish Junior Squad. Notable performances also came from Abdallah Balasmeh who finished in 8th place. He was closely followed by Dimitri Chizhikov in 9th. The three St. Kilian's boys can be proud of their top ten placings from a field of over 30 competitors.
Expectations were high for Maciek Piotrowski in 6th year, who is the current Senior Schools' League Winner. He was only beaten once in the league all year, and was the clear favourite before the race commenced. He did not disappoint with a flawless run in 39 minutes to take first place and become the new Senior Boys' Schools' Orienteering Champion. Well done Maciek on a marvellous performance!
The Senior Girls' category threw up an unexpected result. Miriam Verdon in 6th year, was favourite to take first place. Miriam had won the Senior Girls' League with some consistently good performances. However luck was not on her side on this day. Miriam made an early error which proved costly and actually cost her a podium finish.
However, St Kilian's can still claim the Senior Girls' champion, courtesy of a deserved win by the resilient and consistent Jeslyvette Lopez. She was delighted with her win, which is the result of her commitment to the sport. Aisling Cooling Nolan and Anne-Marie Edwards, both 6th year students, had great runs and deservedly finished in 2nd and 3rd places respectively. So St. Kilian's senior girls made a clean sweep and secured all the podium places. A great achievement by the girls!
Although the courses were challenging, the students from St Kilian's found the day rewarding and are looking forward to the new league which is to begin in September 2013. New members are always welcome! Well done to Mr. Lawless for all his hard work in promoting the sport of orienteering in the school.
Best wishes are extended to Aisling Morris (5.B) who has been selected to represent Ireland this weekend in The Scottish Open 2013. She was selected for the Irish Karate team in January and has been training with the elite squad every fortnight and four/five nights a week in her own club (Wicklow Karate Org - Kilmacanogue). Aisling will be competing in three sections in Scotland: U17's kata, Senior ladies team kata and Open U21's kata.
Aisling is no stranger to international selection. In September 2008 as a 13-year-old, she competed in the World Traditional Karate Association Championship which was held in Italy. Aisling came 2nd overall in the U-18 competition and is now a First Dan Black Belt in traditional Shitoryu Karate.
Everyone in St. Kilian's wishes Aisling the best of luck in her upcoming fights.
APRIL 17TH 2013
THIRD YEAR PARENTS' NIGHT
St. Kilian’s Community School hosted a meeting for third year students on Monday 15th April. The purpose of this meeting was to inform students about Transition Year, the Leaving Certificate Applied and subject choice for Senior Cycle.
The meeting was attended by an extremely large group of parents, guadians and students who were both informed and entertained; informed about subject choices and career options for students after school, and entertained by the videos depicting Transition Year student activities during the 2012/2013 school year.
All who attended enjoyed the night and hopefully left with a greater knowledge of the possibilities after Junior Cycle.
FIFTH YEAR ART TRIP TO NEWGRANGE & KNOWTH
On Tuesday April 16th, Ms. Hume, Ms. Murray and 17 Fifth Year Art students travelled to Co. Meath to see at first hand the wonders of Newgrange and Knowth. The weather gods shone brightly on the excursion and everyone was delighted that the trip wasn't spoiled by inclement weather. Instead, sunshine and short sleeves was the order of the day as the group enjoyed an informative day away from the classroom.
This trip brought to life the Leaving Cert. Art History course. Students were able to experience at first hand the wonderful megalithic art. The trip started with a guided tour of Newgrange Passage Tomb. The students were captivated by Maeve, the excellent tour guide, who gave great insights into the building of Newgrange. Due to the size of the group, the students were lucky to spend a lot of time inside the passage tomb. Here, they saw the corbelled roof and cruciform chambers. The tour of Newgrange concluded with a walk around the monument exploring megalithic art.
The students had a delicious lunch at the Brú Na Bóinne Centre. They attended the exhibition area and completed worksheets before setting off to the second destination: Knowth. This is a larger passage tomb, which is currently still under excavation. The group was allowed to enter part of the east passageway and learn of the importance of the monument. Our tour guide, Declan, showed us around the numerous other satellite monuments. The students busily sketched examples of megalithic art.
A wonderful day was had by all. It brought Art History and our heritage to life. Thanks to Ms. Hume for organising the trip.
From April 15th until 19th inclusive, all the TY students in St. Kilian's were put through their paces as they faced an interview about the contribution they had made in Fourth Year. Each student had to bring along a portfolio of work from the year. The student was then subjected to a 15-20 minute interview about what they had experienced, learned and volunteered to do whilst in TY.
Students prepared diligently for the interview by ensuring that the portfolio was content-filled with information that they had gathered during TY. The interviewers commented on the confidence and insight displayed by the majority of students at their interviews. The students were then graded on their performance at the interview, as well as their overall contribution and effort in TY. Well done to all concerned.
STATE EXAMS - ORALS & PRACTICALS BEGIN!
Best wishes to our Leaving and Junior Certificate students who have recently started their oral and practical examinations in a number of subjects. Leaving Cert. Oral Irish occurred this week, as well as practicals in Junior Cert. Home Economics and Music. More Oral and Practical exams will happen in the next few weeks, as the reality of state examinations finally dawns for the students. St. Kilian's would like to like to wish all our students best wishes in Oral, Practical and Written exams in the upcoming weeks.
April 10th 2013
EUROPEAN IRISH DANCING CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESS!
On Saturday April 6th, three students who attend St.Kilian's Community School competed in the W.I.D.A. European Irish Dancing Championships which were held in Dusseldorf, Germany. The competition itself was based in the Maritim Hotel. The three girls, Sara Treacy , Abbie Treacy and Nikki Moloney have been dancing for many years and are a part of The Berry Dance Academy which is based in Bray Bowling Alley. Altogether, 23 Berry dancers competed in Germany last weekend.
The three girls Sara, Abbie and Nikki did themselves and their school proud. Sara Treacy danced in the under-17 age category. She was placed 1st in her category and is now the under-17 European Irish Dancing Champion! Nikki Moloney also competed in the under- 17 category. Nikki did remarkably well also, as she secured 5th place overall in this category.
Abbie Treacy achieved 4th place in the under-14 age category's overall standings. This is a remarkable achievement for a girl who has been Irish dancing for only four years. Congratulations to all three girls on their remarkable achievements.
Recently, 22 of our students along with their teachers, Ms. Lawlor and Mr. Kelly, had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the town of Wurzburg in Germany. Our school is twinned with the Mattheis Grunewald Gymnasium School in Wurzburg.
Bi-annually, our students travel to Germany and stay with a host family from the school. They attend school and experience the German education system. They also attend many cultural visits and experience German family life. It is of great benefit to our students studying German.
This year is the 30th anniversary of the exchange and many past teachers travelled to Wurzburg to commemorate this event. Everybody enjoyed the celebrations and had a great time in Germany. Next year, we will repay the compliment as our German friends will come to Bray and stay with Irish host families.
BRAY LIONS' CLUB DEBATING DISAPPOINTMENT!
Commiserations to our senior debating team who were defeated in the semi-final of the Bray Lions' Club debating competition on Wednesday 10th April. The St. Kilian's team consisted of four TY students who were all making their debuts at the debating plinth. The team members were: Sarah McGrath (Capt.), Sophie Mooney, Kate McCarthy and Alex Byrne.
The motion for the debate was: "The private lives of public figures should be exploited in the media". St. Kilian's had to oppose this motion and Loreto Bray proposed the argument.
A lively and skilled debate ensued and every speaker excelled on the day. The inexperienced St. Kilian's team performed marvellously. All spoke with poise, confidence and eloquence. The result was in doubt at the end, and the three judges took a long time to deliberate and declare that Loreto were the winners. We congratulate them and wish them well in the final.
Well done to Sarah, Sophie, Kate and Alex for their excellent performance on the day. Each of them cannot wait for an opportunity to debate again for the school. Thanks to Ms. Kavanagh, Ms. Murray and Mr. Kelly for helping the students prepare for the debate.
SOCCER - LEINSTER U-17 SEMI-FINAL
Best wishes to Mr. Donohoe's under-17 boys' soccer squad who are scheduled to play opponents from Balbriggan, Dublin in the Leinster semi-final. The game is due to be played on Wednesday, April 24th. It's been a long time since a team from the school has gotten to the Leinster stage of a soccer competition. This follows their recent victory in the Wicklow-Wexford competition in March. Best wishes to all concerned.
March 20th 2103
MR. BARRY O' LEARY R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing, after an illness, of our friend, former teacher and colleague, Mr. Barry O'Leary. Mr. O'Leary taught Business Studies and Geography in St. Kilian's from 1986 until 2005.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.
On Wednesday, March 20th, a large group of TY and Fifth Year students embarked on an arduous walk along the Wicklow Way as part of the President's Gaisce Awards. The participating Fifth Years are aiming to get the Silver Award while the TYs are seeking the Bronze Award.
Each day, the students had to walk long distances. Those seeking the silver medal had to endure two overnights and three lengthy walks, whereas their bronze counterparts had only one overnight and two long walks to overcome.
The school has a long-standing tradition in entering students for the President's Awards scheme. Many thanks to Mr. Walsh and Mr. Lawless for their continued work in facilitating this scheme in St. Kilian's and congratulations to all students who took part in the recent excursion along the Wicklow Way.
SERVICE OF FORGIVENESS
On Wednesday, March 20th, St. Kilian's staff and students participated in a Lenten Service of Forgiveness in St. Fergal's Church. The service provided everyone with time for reflection and prayer. The themes of forgiveness and understanding were central messages imparted to the congregation, who listened with patience and respect.
Thanks to our new Chaplain Ms. Sinnott, and the R.E. department for organising the service. Well done to the students who enhanced the service by being involved as readers, in the choir or in the procession.
MOROCCAN COOKERY DEMOSTRATION
On Tuesday, March 19th, Mr. Paul Doyle, a chef at the Little Marakesh restaurant in Dublin gave a Moroccan cookery demonstration to the 6LCA class as part of their Hotel, Catering and Tourism course. The chef prepared a wonderful feast of exotic Moroccan food, including spicy lamb with cous cous. The students and staff had the opportunity to sample the wonderful food, and all agreed that it was delicious! Thanks to Mrs. Dodd for organising this event.
DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Congratulations to four Fifth Year students, Chloe Redmond, Kathleen Greene, Lydia Griffith and Joanna Cycz on being selected to represent St. Kilian's on the 2013 Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage which is to take place next September.
These four students were selected after a rigorous interview process which took place on Friday 15th March. We wish these students every success in the upcoming pilgrimage. Thanks to Ms. Power and the RE Department for all their work in facilitating this process.
MARCH 13th 2013
U-17 BOYS' SOCCER FINAL SUCCESS!!
Congratulations to the U-17 Boys' Soccer squad on their wonderful victory in the final of the Wicklow - Wexford Soccer League on Wednesday, March 13th. The team's opponents were Wexford CC and the final score of 4-1 did not flatter the Bray team, as they were skillfully and physically superior throughout the match.
St. Kilian's began the final, which was held in Lamberton, Arklow very much on the offensive. Despite playing against the breeze, St. Kilian's pushed forward repeatedly in the first half. The full-backs, Jamie McGrane and Adam Kelly got forward to supplement the attack often and they were ably supported by driving runs from the midfielders, Sam Mulligan, Ross Doyle and Alex Byrne. Unfortunately, St. Kilian's were unable to make their pressure tell on the scoreboard in the first half. A number of good scoring chances were spurned; the best opportunity lost was when Jamie Fitzpatrick fired over following a marauding raid and cross from the right wing by McGrane.
As so often happens when a team fails to convert their superiority into goals, they are vulnerable to a swift counter attack by the opposition. Such was the case in this match. Wexford CC launched a lightning raid down the right and in a desperate attempt to stop the attack, captain Jordan Ebbs mistimed his tackle in the penalty area and fouled the Wexford attacker. It was a clear penalty and the Wexford forward firmly planted the kick past PJ Conroy in the St. Kilian's goal. This proved to be the only score in the first half, but St. Kilian's could feel pleased with the way that they played during the period.
The team's coach Mr. Donohoe, gave a calming and insightful half-time talk to the team. He urged patience and calmness and told the team to keep bringing the game to the opposition. To the team's credit, they carried out his instructions perfectly in a blistering second half performance.
From the first whistle, St. Kilian's laid siege to the Wexford penalty area. In a game-changing ten minute period after half-time, St. Kilian's scored three goals to turn a deficit into an unassailable lead. Ross Doyle led the way with a brilliant solo goal. He made a barnstorming run down the left, cut into the penalty area and drilled a hard right foot shot into the top corner of the net! Suddenly the shackles were off for St. Kilian's and before long, Alex Byrne broke through the defence and coolly slotted a right foot shot to the bottom corner of the net to make the score 2-1 to St. Kilian's. Wexford were reeling from the shock of this turnaround and their gentle migraine soon became a full-blown headache when Sam Mulligan headed into the Wexford net following Ross Doyle's corner kick. This proved to be the decisive score as St. Kilian's assumed total control until the end of the game. The icing was put on the cake by Ian Mahoney, as he brilliantly converted a pinpoint through pass by Michael O' Brien to make the final score 4-1 to St. Kilian's.
Delirious scenes of joy and excitement were seen at the end of the match as the supporters rushed onto the field to congratulate the team. Special thanks must be paid to the large band of St. Kilian's students and teachers who provided vociferous support for the team and created a memorable atmosphere on the day. The team and Mr. Donohoe deserve great credit for their performance and the graciousness with which they accepted victory at the end of the match. Jordan Ebbs marked a great performance on the pitch with a gracious acceptance speech that drew praise from the competition's organiser.
To conclude, this was St. Kilian's first victory in a soccer final since 2002. The school had lost a number of finals over the past decade so the succession of near-misses, what-ifs and hard luck stories were finally put to rest last Wednesday. Well done to all concerned and best of luck to the team in the Leinster stage of the U-17 competition.
TEAM: PJ Conroy, Jamie McGrane, Adam Kelly, Sean Jennings, Jordan Ebbs (C), Alex Byrne, Michael O' Brien, Sam Mulligan, Ross Doyle, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Ian Mahoney.
Subs: Adam McGrath, Lee Ward, James Keogh, Stephen Downey.
STUDENT COUNCIL FUNDRAISER
Recently the Student Council in St. Kilian's organised a fundraiser for the Marie Keating Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons were sold to the students and staff. A total of €261 was raised for this worthy cause. Well done to the student council for their initiative in organising this event. Thanks to Ms. Taaffe, the Student Welfare Officer, for all her hard work with the Student Council.
SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE
St. Kilian’s Community School celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge this week. The classroom doors of the school were adorned with signs “as Gaeilge” and pupils displayed their impressive artistic talents in the popular “Comórtas na bPóstaeir”. On Thursday afternoon, Second Year pupils took part in a “Tráth na gCeist” where they put their knowledge on “sport”, “ceol” and “leabhair” to the test. On Friday morning, St. Kilian’s joined forces with the 4th class from St. Fergal’s and danced the morning away at the traditional Céilí Mór. A great week was had by all. Buíochas mór le gach duine a ghlac páirt ann.
TY SPEAKER - IRISH DEAF SOCIETY
All Fourth Years are participating in a course of Sign Language classes as part of their Religious Education Programme with the Chaplain, Ms Sinnott. The course is led by Chris Derwin, a seminarian working in St. Fergal’s Parish. Deaf Awareness Training was also provided to the Fourth Years on Monday, March 11th. This training was carried out by The Irish Deaf Society. Mr Eddie Redmond communicated via a translator about the everyday experiences of a deaf person and made the students aware of the different ways they can communicate with deaf people.
FEIS CEOIL SUCCESS!
Heartiest congratulations to our music teacher, Mr. Frank Kelly and his family for their third consecutive victory in the Family Ensemble set of the Feis Ceoil. Frank, Rebecca, Orlaith, Emily and John Kelly sang "Java Jive ", a song made famous by Manhattan Transfer in the 1970s. Emily and John are both currrent students at the school, while Rebecca and Orlaith are past pupils. The competition took place in the RDS on March 12th and everybody in St. Kilian's wishes to congratulate the Kelly family on this remarkable musical accomplishment.
March 6th 2013
DROP EVERYTHING AND READ! (D.E.A.R)
As part of World Book day celebrations on Thursday 7th March, St Kilian's students decided to Drop Everything And Read. All of our 1st and 2nd year students took part in the event which saw them stop their normal classes and become engrossed in a book, magazine or even one of the generously donated copies of the Bray People!
Students also received a World Book Day book token to celebrate their success and encourage the reading habit. Thanks to Mr. Stokes for organising this event.
'Dave's Jungle' came to St Kilian's Library on Friday 15th March. Dave brought along a host of spiders, snakes, lizards and creepy crawleys of all types. Students were given the opportunity to learn all about these animals, from how they sensed prey, killed their victims and managed to survive in the wild. The really brave ones even got to feel tiny taps of a tarantula walk over their hands! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience to get up close and personal with the natural world.
Well done to James Cahill (3L) who got to the final in the 54kg category of the Leinster Boys' Boxing competition. James won a number of bouts to progress to the final, where he succumbed to a strong opponent from Athy Boxing Club. James deserves great credit for this achievement and everyone in St. Kilian's wishes him well in future competitions.
U-17 BOYS' SOCCER FINAL
Best wishes to the Boys' U-17 Soccer team in the final of the Wicklow-Wexford soccer league. Their opponents are Wexford CBS and the game is scheduled to be played in Arklow on Wednesday March 13th. The school hopes to end a long, unwelcome run of defeat in soccer finals. Perhaps Lady Luck will shine on the team and power them to success on this occasion! Good luck to everyone concerned!
FEBRUARY 27th 2013
HEADSTRONG - TALK TO PARENTS
On Monday 25th February, Ms. Gillian O' Brien from Headstrong gave a talk to parents of students in St. Kilian's C.S. about mental health issues involving young people.
Headstrong is The National Centre for Youth Mental Health - a non-profit organisation supporting young people's mental health in Ireland. Headstrong works with communities and statutory services to empower young people to develop the skills, self-confidence and resilience to cope with mental health challenges. Their vision is to give every young person in Ireland somewhere to turn to and someone to talk to. They also work with the government, media and direct community outreach to change the way Ireland thinks about youth mental health.
Ms. O' Brien was accompanied by people from other concerned groups and agencies. Sgt. John Fitzpatrick and Garda Tommy Devereux from the Community Policing unit of An Garda Siochana; Mary Mullaney (NEPS psychologist); Dermot O' Brien from the Bray High Rise Youth Project and Gabrielle O' Herlihy, a specialist in child psychology, all attended on the night. Over 80 parents attended the talk and found it to be very enlightening and interesting.
Thanks to all the parents who attended and to the principal, Mr. Murphy for organising the wide array of speakers on this sensitive and important issue.
Well done to the Transition Years and students from 6LCA who took part in the "Give It A Swirl" environmental clean-up day in the school on Thursday 28th February. Thanks to their efforts, the school grounds are clean, tidy and litter-free. Well done to Mr. Lawless for organising this initiative.
6th YEAR GEOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP
The two Sixth Year Geography classes went on a field trip on Thursday 28th February. Over 50 students were accompanied by Mr. Walsh and Mr. Donohoe to the River Dargle in Bray. While there, the students took soil samples and investigated issues such as the river's erosion and deposition.
The field study is an essential component of the Leaving Cert course and a report on the study must be written and is worth 20% of the overall mark in the exam. The teachers were very happy that the trip was successful and hope that their students utilise the knowledge gained on the field trip to write an informative report for the Leaving Cert.
FEBRUARY 20th 2013
3T - CSPE ACTION PROJECT IN AID OF THE LAURA LYNN FOUNDATION
Students from 3.N have been raising money for the LauraLynn Children's Hospice in Dublin in recent weeks. They have been doing this for their CSPE Action Project for their Junior Certificate. They have campaigned by making posters and collecting money from students and staff of St.Kilian's, and the action involved doing a sponsored walk from Bray to Greystones to raise money for this worthy cause.
The LauraLynn Children's Hospice is a hospice for terminally ill children and is the only one of its kind in the country. Class 3T have raised €285 for the cause and presented this cheque to a representative from the foundation, who came to the school to inform the class and thank them for their fundraising efforts.
This class visit happened on Friday 8th February. Mr. Kevin Murphy from the foundation came to St.Kilian's to give a talk and to answer questions that the students in Class 3T had about LauraLynn and the work that they do. The students found the talk both interesting and informative, and it raised awareness of the wonderful work that the LauraLynn Foundation do for sick children and their families.
Well done to all concerned for their efforts in raising this money.
3N - CSPE ACTION PROJECT - TRIP TO DAIL EIREANN
On Thursday 7th February, students from Class 3N in St Kilian's Community School visited Government Buildings. As part of their CSPE action project, pupils were tasked with petitioning Ministers on the issue of lowering the voting age to sixteen. As it happened the day turned out to be both historic and enlightening. Having toured both the Dail and the Seanad, TD Martin Ferris and local Sinn Fein councillor John Brady then spoke at length on many key issues concerning young people today.
There was a great buzz around the Dail as TDs had just spent a marathon session passing the Emergency legislation required to dissolve the IBRC and renegotiate the terms on the promissory note. Everywhere, bleary eyed ministers were giving impromptu interviews to the world's press. It provided huge insight into the workings of government and students got a rare view of history playing out before them.
TY TALK WITH THE SAMARITANS
On Tuesday 19th February, two volunteers from the Samaritans organisation in Dublin, Michael and Debbie, came in to the school to speak to the 4th years about their work. The Samaritans is a helpline which supports people's (and particularly teenagers') mental health, by being open to the public 24/7. The Samaritans give advice to everyone who seeks help and are a listening and patient sounding board for those in need or distress.
The TY students were very interested and interactive with the speakers from start to finish and the talk was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Many thanks to Mr. Lawless for organising the talk for the students.
Congratulations to Ms. Power and her 5LCA Vocational Preparation and Guidance class who ran a very successful pancake sale on Wednesday 20th February. The students worked hard in planning and implementing their enterprise, which is an essential component of the LCA course in Fifth Year. Their efforts were rewarded by healthy sales figures and the students learned a lot about how to plan, market and implement an enterprise by organising the pancake sale. Special thanks is due to Ms. Whelan in the Home Economics department for her help in facilitating the enterprise on the day. The principal, Mr. Murphy, proved to be one of 5LCA's best clients as he scoffed quite a few of the delicious pancakes!!!
FIRST YEAR ENROLMENTS
Application Forms for First Years for the 2013/2014 school year are now available from the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org and (01)2828126).
Application forms should be submitted without delay.
Assessment testing for incoming First Years will take place on Saturday 2nd March.
Parents/Guardians of students who have already completed applications, will by now have received further documentation in the post.
There will be a meeting in the school library for parents/guardians of incoming First Years at 10am on Wednesday 27th February. Parents with queries about the Assessment Day or other matters are welcome to attend.
ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN-UP DAY
On Thursday 28th February, both the Transition Years and 5LCA are planning a clean up of the surrounding school area. It has been organised by the TY Environmental Studies class as part of their portfolio and LCA will use it as part of their assignment. The students will clean the whole school and grounds. Thanks to Mr. Lawless for organising this event.
JANUARY 27th 2013
SPONSORED WALK FOR LAURA LYNN FOUNDATION
On Wednesday January 30th, Class 3T and their CSPE teacher, Mr. Donohoe, braved the elements and undertook the seven kilometre cliff walk from Bray to Greystones. The class members raised well over €200 for the Laura Lynn foundation, which looks after children with terminal illnesses.
Everyone had a great time on the walk and are using this as their "action project" for the CSPE Junior Cert. examination. Mr. Donohue will now assist the class in writing up the booklet for the project. He anticipates that class 3T will undertake the written aspect of the project as enthusiastically as they did the fund-raising and the sponsored walk! Well done to everyone concerned for their efforts.
A representative from Carlow Institute of Technology, gave a talk to the senior students at St. Kilian’s Community School on Friday, January 25th. A talk was given on course options at Carlow IT and there was a discussion on career possibilities after graduation.
On Tuesday January 29th, a lecturer from the Engineering Deaprtment at Dublin Institute of Technology visited the students in St. Kilian’s to talk about Engineering courses in the college and possible career options. An interesting piece of information which emerged from the lectures is that girls generally do better in all Engineering courses. Something for our male students in senior cycle to think about!
MARIE KEATING FOUNDATION
This week, February 4th to 8th, the Student Council have been hosting a "Think Pink" week in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation. They have been selling pink ribbon badges throughout the week and on Friday 8th, there will be a Pink Day where both students and teachers are being encouraged to wear a pink accessory and donate to the cause. Many thanks to all involved in the preparations and running of the fundraiser.
Congratulations to Maciek Piotrowski (6th year) and Miriam Verdon (6th year) who, for the second year running, each took 1st place in the Senior Boys' and Senior Girls' categories in the Leinster Schools' Orienteering League. The League consisted of three separate events held in different parks throughout Dublin. Competition was against ten other Dublin schools. Both students have been orienteering in St.Kilian's for the past six years and always with great success.
The 6th Year Girls' team also took the 1st place in the Senior Team event. Great performances were put in by Anne Marie Edwards, Aisling Cooling-Nolan, Jelsyvette Lopez and Aisling Morris.
Emma Kelly (1st Year) and Celine Carmen (1st Year) also competed really well. They came 2nd and 3rd in the 1st Year Girls' League. Both girls have turned up regularly to training and were rewarded with their fine successes.
Darragh Lynch and Graham Kane (both 1st Year) also had commendable performances with 10th and 12th place finishes, respectively. Best 3rd year boys finisher was Matthew Brennan in 6th place, and this placing reflects his consistently strong performances in the competition.
A big thanks to Mr.Lawless (coach) and Mr.Walsh (assistant coach) for all their hard work over the years.
The 6LCA class went on retreat to Ovoca House, near Avoca in County Wicklow, on Tuesday February 5th. The class were accompanied by their Year Head, Mr. Fitzpatrick and the Chaplain, Ms. Sinnott.
The class thoroughly enjoyed team-building exercises and the time for contemplation and reflection that the retreat offered them. Well done to all concerned.
Leaving and Junior Cert. students will have a busy mid-term break preparing for their mock examinations, which will begin on February 20th. Best wishes are extended to all students who are doing the mock written and practical examinations.
ST VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATIONS!
St. Kilian's is getting "loved up" for St. Valentine's Day by virtue of a romantic poem/story writing competition. Fifth Year girls are the driving force behind the competition, which encourages students to pen a short poem/story to their beloved. Many prizes are on offer and the judges will have a difficult job in adjudicating, considering the large volume of entries received. Well done to the girls for their initiative in organising this competition.
January 20th 2013
U-17 BOYS' SOCCER SUCCESS!
St Kilian’s Community School 3 - 1 New Ross CBS
St Kilian’s came through an extremely competitive U-17 Wicklow-Wexford league semi-final against New Ross CBS in Arklow on Tuesday January 29th. In a gale force wind and driving rain, the St Kilian’s team adapted to the conditions quickly and put the New Ross defence under pressure from the start. The wingers, Alex Byrne and Mikey O Brien, pushed forward throughout the first half. They supplied numerous crosses to the forwards, Ian Mahoney and Jamie Fitzpatrick, but neither could get the breakthrough.
The pressure on the New Ross defence eventually told when Ross Doyle opened the scoring for St. Kilian’s. He hit a stunning volley from outside the box mid-way through the first half. New Ross rallied after that and the St. Kilian's 1-0 lead was taken into half time, only thanks to a magnificent goal-line clearance by Sam Mulligan.
St. Kilian’s started the brighter in the second half. Only for the heroic saves of the New Ross keeper, St Kilian’s could have found themselves several goals up in the first 15 minutes. However against the run of play, New Ross drew level midway through the half from a set piece. The referee was in a perfect position to see the ball bouncing over the line and then back into PJ Conroy’s hands.
St Kilian’s had to regroup at this stage and they showed true character to take the lead again. A well-worked short corner was directed into Sam Mulligan's feet, and he calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner. Three minutes later, Ross Doyle scored his second of the match; a brilliant individual effort to give St Kilian’s a much needed two-goal cushion.
The last five minutes saw New Ross pump lots of high ball into the St. Kilian's rearguard but the centre defence partnership of Jordan Ebbs and Sean Jennings dealt very well with the pressure. Well done to the panel on reaching the final but the job is not finished yet! Congratulations to team coach Mr. Donohoe also.
Best of luck to everyone concerned in the final.
Best wishes to the LCA students who have their interviews for the General and Social Education tasks this week.
Preparations are well underway for the mock examinations for Leaving and Junior Certificate which are due to start in St. Kilian's on Wednesday February 20th. The mid-term break will offer students a chance to engage in much needed revision for the mocks. We wish all our students the best of luck in the forthcoming exams.
PARENTS' TRIP TO UCD
On Thursday February 7th, a group of parents of students from St. Kilian's will pay a visit to UCD in the company of Home School Liaison Officer, Ms. Garvey. The aim of this visit is to see the UCD campus at first hand and to learn more about the huge range of courses on offer at the college. It promises to be a very worthwhile and interesting experience. Thanks to Ms. Garvey for organising this event.
BRAY LITERACY INITIATIVE
On Monday February 4th, class 1J will visit the Mermaid Theatre in Bray to view the film version of Katherine Patterson's novel entitled "The Bridge To Terabithia". 1J have read this book in their English classes and are looking forward to seeing the film. They have participated in 'story sacks' and a quiz based on the novel and have enjoyed the whole experience very much.
This is the fourth year of this literacy initiative in Bray and St. Kilian's is delighted to participate in the scheme. Thanks to Ms. Garvey, Ms. Farrell and Mr. Leonard for all their work in facilitating this initiative at St. Kilian's.
January 23rd 2013
TY COMPUTER CLEAN-UP!
On Thursday January 17th, the TY students of St Kilian's spent their morning collecting all of the broken computers from every nook and cranny of the school. They were counted and boxed by the 4th years, collected by the organisation Camara Ireland to be repaired, and then shipped out to be used in less privileged countries in Africa. It proved to be a lot of work on behalf of the students, but it would have been a more difficult task to complete without the help of Mr. Lawless and Mr. Dunne. Well done to the TY students and their teachers for participating in this initiative, which was a great success.
Twelve students from St. Kilian’s Community School in Bray attended the Centre for Talented Youth in Dublin City University on Saturday 19th January. The centre aims to identify students with exceptional academic ability and to provide them with services and for their parents and their teachers.
Students who are identified as academically talented are offered a range of programmes in 30 subject areas. There is also an opportunity for students to meet other young people with similar interests. We wish all our students from St. Kilian’s good luck in this talent search.
CSPE ACTION PROJECT
On Wednesday, January 30th, class 3T and their CSPE teacher, Mr Donohue, will do a sponsored walk for the Laura Lynn foundation. This foundation looks after very sick children who have terminal illnesses.
The walk will take place from the school to Bray Head. From there, the group will walk to Greystones, a distance of approximately seven kilometres. We hope that all involved will enjoy the outing and that a lot of funds are raised for a very worthwhile cause.
5LCA FUNDRAISING EVENT
Class 5LCA are holding a raffle to raise funds from the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, which the school takes part in every September. Ms Ní Mhurchú, 5LCA's RE teacher, organised the raffle and the class are selling tickets at a healthy rate for some lovely prizes. The fundraising event is part of 5LCA's RE assignment which require the students to make contact with an outside agency - in this case the Dublin Diocescan Pilgrimage. Ms Ní Mhurchú and the 5LCA class would like to thank all who have supported this project.
LOLLIPOPS FOR S.V. de P.
At lunchtime on Thursday January 24th, First Year students, from class 1F, in St Kilian's Community School, ran an appeal to help the work of the local conference of the S.V. de P.. The students planned their appeal in their Religion class under the tutelage of Mr Walshe. The class had been studying the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as an example of a community of faith. This study inspired the students to organise their appeal. The idea that the class came up with was to sell lollipops to staff and students while raising awareness of the charitable work of the S.V. de P. The appeal was an overwhelming success with a superb response from the whole school community, largely due to the enthusiastic and intricate planning of the 1F class group.
Class 1F would like to thank all those students and staff who supported their appeal. Mr. Walshe would like to give a special note of congratulations to the students of 1F for their tremendous effort in the planning of this appeal in class and at home, as well as their dedication in giving up their lunch break within which this highly successful appeal took place.
January 16th 2013
VISIT TO BT YOUNG SCIENTISTS' EXHIBITION
On Friday January 11th, Mrs Lannin organised a TY trip to the BT Young Scientists' Exhibition which was held in the RDS. There were over 450 exhibits on show and those visiting could ask questions of the exhibitors about the projects they produced. St. Kilian's students found the exhibition to be fascinating. The standard of the projects was very high and all the exhibitors and their teachers deserve great credit for the hard work in producing such projects. Everyone enjoyed the day and hopefully it has inspired some of the St. Kilian's students to take part in next year's competition.
Everyone in St. Kilian's would like to welcome Ms. Roseanne Sinnott to the school and congratulate her on her appointment as the school's Chaplain. Ms. Sinnott began her employment in St. Kilian's this week and we wish her luck and success in her new post.
FIRST YEAR PARENT-TEACHER MEETING
Thanks to everybody who attended the First Year parent-teacher meeting which was held on Tuesday, January 22nd. The meeting was well attended and offered parents valuable feedback about how their children have settled into life in St. Kilian's.
U-17 BOYS' SOCCER
Best wishes are extended to Mr. Donohue's U-17 boys' soccer squad who are scheduled to play New Ross CBS in the semi-final of the Wicklow-Wexford league on January 23rd. The team are as yet unbeaten this season, but a tough match is expected in the semi-final against their opponents from Wexford.
January 9th 2013
St. Kilian's ended the Christmas term with a bang with the holding of its annual "extravaganza" - a variety show organised by the R.E. department. This year, the entertainment was provided by a number of acts including singing solos by Megan O' Daly, John Kelly and Emily Kelly among others. A particular highlight was an exhibition of Irish dancing, which was performed by Sara Treacy, Nikki Moloney and Abbie Treacy. These girls belong to the Berry Dance Academy and have won awards at national level in their age categories. No less entertaining, but a little less polished, was a performance of the popular " Gangham Style" dance. Thanks to the TY boys who managed to persuade Messrs. Donohue, Duggan and Walsh to embarrass themselves in front of the student body!
As usual, an alternative take on the Christmas Nativity was performed by an ensemble of staff and students. The audience enjoyed the light-hearted, slightly irreverent nature of the piece judging by the frequent raucous bursts of laughter. Great credit is due to the R.E. department who integrated technology with dialogue to make for a very entertaining piece of drama.
Thanks to Ms. Murray, Ms. Power and Ms. Ni Mhurchu for all their hard work in organising the event and to Mr Frank Kelly for his work with the musical acts.
December 19th 2012
CSPE TRIP TO DAIL EIREANN
Class 2H went to Leinster House on Thursday 13th December 2012 as part of their CSPE Action Project. It was a very informative trip as pupils were able to see TDs debate the Social Welfare Bill that was passed later that day. Other highlights included a visit to the Seanad, a classroom lesson, a debate on democracy and a question and answer session with Billy Timmons, the Fine Gael TD for the Wicklow/Carlow constituency.
Students were particularly concerned about the broken glass and lack of lighting in the park area by the playground in Ballywaltrim and raised this issue with their TD.
Thanks to Ms. Darcy and Ms. Murphy for accompanying the class on the trip.
U-17 BOYS' SOCCER
St Kilian’s 4
Arklow CC 1
St Kilian’s Community School progressed to the semi final of the U-17 School Boys' B competition. After been taken to extra time, St. Kilian’s ran out comprehensive winners in the end.
Both teams started very nervously in the opening half which was played in tough, wet and blustery conditions. But St Kilian’s soon found their stride and got their passing game going. After a number of close chances, St Kilian’s took the lead. A superb diagonal ball from left back Adam Kelly found Mikey O Brien; his cross located the in-rushing Ian O' Mahoney who slotted home from six yards out.
That lead was held until mid-way through the 2nd half when Arklow headed home from a corner. This woke St. Kilian’s up again but try as they might, they could not find a winner before the final whistle. Sam Mulligan came closest by hitting the post on two separate occasions.
In the first period of extra time, Alex Byrne reacted the fastest to a rebound off the post to give St Kilian’s the lead again. St Kilian’s finished the game off with two goals from Sam Mulligan - the first of them was an amazing individual effort; the other from a free-kick.
St Kilian’s were excellent right across the pitch, from Jordan Ebbs and Sean Jennings in the centre of defence to Jamie Fitzpatrick up front. Hopefully all this hard work will eventually see them into a final. Congratulations to the squad and best wishes for their next fixture. Well done to Mr. Donohoe for all his hard work in preparing soccer teams this year in St. Kilian's.
RETIREMENT OF CHAPLAIN
Everyone in St. Kilian's wishes Mr. Tom Purcell a long and happy retirement. Tom has served as chaplain in the school for the past five years; up until then he had taught Religious Education and History in St. Kilian's, since he commenced working here in 1989.
Tom served as Director of Adult Education in St. Kilian's for many years. He organised several educational tours to Italy over the years and many students benefited from his hard work and dedication to the job. His good humour and compassion made him a popular figure among staff and students alike.
A former captain of Kilcoole Golf Club, Tom hopes to be able to spend more time on the fairways in the next year. He looks forward to lowering his handicap with the free time that retirement will offer him. Everyone in St. Kilian's sincerely offer Tom the best wishes for a long and fulfilling retirement.
Ms. Whelan held a Christmas Sugar Craft class on Wednesday 19th December after school ended. Students decorated their cakes with snowmen, Santas and lots of other edible festive decorations that they made. Lots of festive fun was had by all! Thanks to Ms. Whelan for organising this fun event in the school.
LCA ENGLISH & COMMUNICATIONS OUTING
On Tuesday December 18th, members of 5LCA went to see the latest "Twilight" film in The Square Cinema, Tallaght as an assignment for their English & Communications course. The class were accompanied by Ms. Power and Ms. Brophy. Everyone found the film riveting viewing and they will write a report on their experience in English class as the assignment. Thanks to Ms. Power for organising the trip.
TY ACTIVITIES DAY
On Thursday December 12th, all the TY students braved the elements to go on a pre-planned activities day. Class 4A were the "culture vultures" on the day. They went to Dublin where they saw the Book of Kells in Trinity College. This was followed by a tour of Kilmainham Jail. The class found both tours very interesting and would like to thank Ms. Kavanagh and Mr.Stokes for accompanying them on the outing.
Class 4B had the more energetic pursuits. They went to Dalkey where rock-climbing and team-building games awaited them. All the students participated enthusiastically and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The class would like to thank Mr. Walsh for taking part in all the activities and showing himself to be quite an adrenaline junkie in the process!
December 12th 2012
PAUL ANTHONY SHORTT'S VISIT
On Thursday 6th December, St. Kilian's welcomed a past pupil, Paul Anthony Shortt (L.C. 1998), back to the school. Paul has recently published his first novel, which is entitled "Locked Within". The book is classified in the urban fantasy genre and it took Paul almost three years to write and edit it and then get it published.
Paul kindly agreed to come back to his alma mater to talk to the senior classes about the life of an author and the difficulty in getting a novel published. Paul told the fascinated students how he combines his day job with at least four hours of writing each day. He outlined how his novel underwent extensive editing and is almost unrecognisable from its original draft. The students were amazed at Paul's drive and dedication in order to follow his dream in order to see his novel published.
The talk ended with a question and answer session. The students asked many interesting questions and thoroughly enjoyed and learned about writing from listening to Paul. Many thanks to Paul for coming to St. Kilian's and we wish him continued success with book sales and in his future literary exploits.
Thanks to Mr. Murphy and Mr. Stokes for facilitating the visit of Paul to the school.
LIBRARIAN TO AUTHOR!
On Wednesday December 5th, Ms. Carmel Kelly, formerly the librarian at St. Kilian's, returned to promote and speak about an Irish children's book that she has recently written and had published. The book is entitled "Spidey".
Carmel spoke to the JSPE and First Year classes about her book. The children were captivated by Carmel's engaging manner and interesting anecdotes. St. Kilian's would like to thank Carmel for coming into the school and we wish her every success in her literary venture. Thanks to Ms. Farrell for organising the visit.
THIRD YEAR PARENT-TEACHER MEETING
Thanks to everyone who attended the Third Year Parent-Teacher meeting which took place on Tuesday December 11th. The meeting was very well attended and proved beneficial in providing feedback on students' academic progress in the light of the recent November examinations.
Evening study is provided in St. Kilian's for students and is well attended. We particularly encourage our 3rd and 6th Year students to avail of this service. Thanks to all teachers who supervise after-school study.
RESTYLED MR. DONOHOE!
Congratulations to Mr. Donohoe on raising over €150 for prostate cancer awareness as a result of partaking in the "Movember" campaign. The students and staff of St. Kilian's donated the money to select an appropriate facial hairstyle for Mr. Donohoe. As a result of majority selection, Mr. Donohoe is now sporting a "trendy" handlebars moustache, a la Padraig Harrington! Thanks to Mr. Donohoe for being a great sport and in raising money for a worthwhile charity.
ALL-IRELAND SCHOOLS' TALENT SEARCH COMPETITION
Congratulations to 2nd Year student Megan O' Daly who has progressed to the Leinster semi-final of the All-Ireland Schools' Talent search competition. This nationwide competition is run in aid of Cheerio's Childline.
On Sunday 25th November, Megan was one of eight qualifiers from a field of 29 contestants in the first round of the regional competition. Megan sang "Turning Tables" by Adele in the heat which took place in the Arklow Bay Hotel. She was complimented on her performance by the judges and was thrilled to progress in the competition.
We wish Megan the best of luck in the next round. If she is fortunate enough to qualify from the next heat, she will go through to the live TV final, which is to be held in Dublin next March.
CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT
Congratulations to past pupil Ross Scanlon (L.C. 2005) who performed the Christmas by Candlelight concert on Saturday 15th December in St. Fergal's Parish Church in Ballywaltrim. It was a homecoming for Ross, as in previous years he had performed this concert in venues such as Christchurch in Dublin. The church was packed to capacity on Friday night. Everyone in the congregation was captivated by the awesome power and beauty of Ross' stunning voice.
Ross currently lives in London where he sings professionally. The Irish Times recently credited Ross by calling him the "most promising Irish Tenor heard in years." Such an accolade is highly deserved, as Ross has won numerous national awards for his craft. Everyone in St. Kilian's wishes Ross continued success in his singing career.
As a footnote to this story, both of Ross' proud parents, John and Noreen, work at St. Kilian's.
ANYONE 4 MATHS?
The Anyone 4 Maths workshop visited St Kilian's library on Monday December 10th. All 1st Years students attended this one-hour show which brought maths to life with demonstrations in mind reading, logic and even floating bowling balls - yes some bowling balls do indeed float! The show was a window into the ways that mathematics surround us everyday and the ways in which numbers can be stranger than fiction. Thanks to Mr. Stokes for organising this event.
On Tuesday December 11th, Ms. Garvey and a number of other teachers from a variety of different primary schools came together to organise a quiz for 6th class and 1st year students. Transition year students were asked to help out and there was a great turnout of over 70 students. A great day was had by all! Thanks to Ms. Garvey for organising this event.
Recently, 42 students from St Kilian's took part in the Leinster Schools' Orienteering League, which took place in St Anne's Park, Dublin. This was the second event out of a scheduled three competitions. This year sees the largest number of students from St. Kilian's ever to take part in the Leinster Schools' Orienteering League.
Students attend training sessions on Wednesdays, which are aimed at helping them navigate their way around courses. They use maps and take part in drills which help them develop their map-reading skills.
On the day of the event, the weather conditions were cold and the paths in St Anne's Park were icy. Students had to be cautious to avoid mishaps and heavy falls.
COMPETITION RESULTS: In the First Year Girls' competition, Celine Carman came 5th with a time of 27:17. In the First Year Boys' event, J.P. Verdon came 1st, with an impressive time of 17:24. This was a remarkable achievement for J.P., as it was his first time taking part in an orienteering competition. In the Junior Boys' competition, Mikolai Piotrowski came sixth in an impressive time of 34:02. Alex Byrne made his debut in orienteering competition and he finished in a commendable 6th place in the Transition Year Boys' event, with a time of 36:53. Miriam Verdon won the Senior Girls' competition with an excellent time of 33:11. This is Miriam's second straight win and she has high hopes of securing top place in the final standings. In the Senior Boys' event, Kevin Shortt achieved first place with a flawless run. His time was 32:47. Kevin beat his old rival, Maciek Piotrowski by just over one minute. Maciek is looking forward to the final event in the league where he hopes to turn the tables on Kevin. This competition is due to take place early in the new year.
Well done to all who took part in the event and thanks to Mr. Lawless for preparing the team so meticulously.
December 5th 2012
TY CULTURAL STUDIES OUTING
On Tuesday November 20th, Ms Hume's Transition Year Cultural Studies class visited both Castletown House in Co. Kildare and Russborough House in West Wicklow. Mr. Lawless, the Transition Year co-ordinator, also joined the group on the outing.
Castletown was the first house visited. The tour guide, Claire, met the St. Kilian's group at the West Wing of the house. This was where the female servants were placed to work back in the 18th century. Claire gave the group a detailed tour of the Palladian style building. They learned that the house itself was built for William Connolly, who later became the speaker for the House of Commons.
Castletown was the first 18th century house built in Ireland. Thankfully, all the furniture and paintings were carefully looked after and are preserved beautifully to this day. The wonderfully preserved interior and manicured lawns outside met the approval of everyone on the trip.
The second port of call was Russborough House. On this occasion, the guide's name was Anne and she did not hesitate to answer any questions the group put to her about the origins of the house. The house was designed by the German architect, Richard Cassels. The plaster work on the ceiling inside was particularly striking. It is called Stucco, and was designed by the La Franchini Brothers, who were also responsible for the design in the Castletown hallway.
When the tour of Russborough House concluded, the students were given the chance to go through the maze. The maze is located in the sprawling gardens of the house. Everyone had a great time running around trying to find a way out of the maze. Eventually everyone emerged out of the maze safe and sound amid much mirth and laughter!
Everyone in the TY Cultural Studies class had a marvellous day out. Thanks to the wonderful tour guides and to Ms. Hume and Mr. Lawless for organising the excursion.
HAIR TODAY...GONE TOMORROW!
Best wishes to a hirsute Mr. Donohoe as he prepares to lose his well-developed facial hair, so perfectly grown since the beginning of November. Like so many others, Mr. Donohue is partaking in the "Movember" campaign. This worthy campaign highlights awareness of men's health issues, and in particular, prostate cancer.
Mr. Donohoe has "grown" very attached to his facial hair. Now that the time has come to shave it off, he has decided to offer the students of St. Kilian's the opportunity to donate to the Movember campaign. For the princely sum of 50 cents, a student can choose his/her preferred look for the new and improved Mr. Donohoe. They can choose from a variety of styles including handlebars, Groucho Marx's, goatees, Tom Sellecks and even clean-shaven. Mr. Donohue has pledged to style himself according to the majority's wishes! Goodness knows what he will look like next week!
Thanks to Mr. Donohoe for taking part in this event and raising funds for charity.
The final match of the Girls' Junior League was played between St. Kilian's and St. Mary's, Arklow on Monday 3rd December. St. Mary's physical power and strength proved decisive and they ran out convincing winners on a scoreline of 40-18.
St. Kilian's girls showed a major improvement on their previous matches and were competitive throughout the game. Among the scorers for St Kilian's were Orla Devlin and Hannah Johnston, who converted two baskets each. Georgia-Lee Flynn played very well and Lucy Masterson converted a wonderful three-pointer near the end of the match.
Sadly, the basketball season is now over for the girls. But they should be proud of their efforts and skills improvement as the season progressed. The team is looking forward to next season already and wish to thank Mr. Conway for coaching them.
IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS...
It's that time of year again when St. Kilian's becomes awash with festive decorations and colour. Since Monday last, the RE teachers and the festive helpers/elves have been busily turning the school into a Winter Wonderland. This year, the team decided to decorate each classroom door in wrapping paper. Every class was instrumental in making the decorations for their area. Many hours have gone into the marvellous artwork and helped to make the school a special place this Christmas.
Many thanks to the RE team and all the students concerned.
Welcome back to school to the Fifth and Sixth year LCA classes. Both classes were on a two week work experience module. St. Kilian's would like to thank to all the employers in the local area who provided our students with the opportunity to gain work experience.
November 28th 2012
VISIT OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TO ST. KILIAN'S
On Thursday November 22nd, St Kilian’s was honoured to receive Mr Tomi Reichental, a survivor from the Nazi Holocaust.
Mr Reichental, originally from Slovakia, was imprisoned in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany as a child. After suffering appalling deprivation, he was freed from the camp at the end of World War II and has lived in Ireland since the late 1950s. Mr Reichental spoke for almost two hours to senior students about his childhood before the outbreak of the war and his experiences in the camp. Students had an opportunity to ask questions and have a photo taken with Mr Reichental before a presentation was made to him by the school.
Students and staff alike were entirely absorbed by this rare opportunity to meet and engage with a Holocaust survivor. Many thanks to Ms. Kavanagh for organising this visit.
TY CONSTRUCTION STUDIES TRIP
On Wednesday November 21st, Mr. Connolly's TY Construction Studies class paid a visit to a historical cottage, which is currently being revamped and modernised by Friel Contractors. The house is located on the Kilcroney Road and the class availed of the bright, crisp weather conditions prevailing to walk from the school to the site last week.
Friel Contractors are constructing a high quality contemporary two-storey extension to an existing cut-stone cottage. Restoration work has just begun on the cottage and is progressing well. The TY class are studying the build, with the aid of detailed architectural drawings and regular visits to the site. Everyone enjoyed the first trip and are looking forward to returning in the new year to see how the work is progressing. Thanks to Mr. Connolly for organising the outing.
FIRST YEAR GAELIC FOOTBALL
St. Kilian’s were defeated by Coláiste Ráithín in a very exciting game of Gaelic Football played in Bray Emmets on Wednesday 21st November. The final score of a very exciting game was 8-13 (37) to 10-01 (31). It was a fantastic team effort from St. Kilian’s and excellent performers on the day included Jamie Fitzgerald, Jack Ronan and Karl Mulligan.
Team: Jamie Fitzgerald, Michael Mulcair, Jack Ronan, Robert Byrne, Jordan De Sousa, Michael Vickers (2-0), Cian Mangan (1-0), John Paul Verdon, Jordan Dunne (1-0), Andrew Knight (1-1), Karl Mulligan (3-0), Ross Moloney (2-0). Subs: John Cahill, William Coogan.
FIRST YEAR BOYS' SOCCER
St. Kilian’s lost their opening game in the First Year Wicklow-Wexford League on Friday 9th November away to an excellent Dublin Oak Academy. Kilian’s struggled with the size of the opposition in the first half and conceded numerous headed goals. Kilian’s trailed 8-0 at half time, but an excellent second half performance left the final score 8-4.
There was a fantastic team spirit evident and the team never stopped encouraging each other and worked very hard. Jordan De Sousa kept St. Kilian's in the game on numerous occasions with some fantastic saves. Jack Ronan led the defence and was ably assisted by Graham Kane, John Paul Verdon, Cian Mangan and Mark Curran. Michael Vickers was superb in midfield with the help of Andrew Knight, Jordan Dunne and Ross Moloney. Karl Mulligan was a constant threat up front and deserved his goal. Jordan Dunne scored twice and Andrew Knight got his first of the season.
Team: Jordan De Sousa, Graham Kane, Jack Ronan, John Paul Verdon, Mark Curran, Jordan Dunne, Cian Mangan, Michael Vickers, Ross Moloney (C), Andrew Knight, Karl Mulligan.
Subs: John Cahill, Robert Byrne, Michael Mulcair.
On Friday 23rd November, St. Kilian’s travelled to St. Brendan’s for their final group match and were beaten 7-2 by a much physically bigger Brendan’s side who played very well on the day. The Kilian’s side showed great heart and determination as they have done in all their games this season. They battled right to the end and were unlucky with some very close efforts, including a magnificent lob from William Coogan which cannoned off the crossbar. Andrew Knight got another goal for the season and Mark Curran got a deserved goal after excellent attacking in the second half.
Team: Jordan De Sousa, John Paul Verdon, Jack Ronan (C), Cian Mangan, Mark Curran, Jordan Dunne, Michael Vickers, William Coogan, Ross Moloney, Andrew Knight, Karl Mulligan. Subs used: Graham Kane, Michael Mulcair.
Thanks to Mr. Duggan for all his work in mentoring the team.
U-17 BOYS' SOCCER
St. Kilian’s 3 East Glendalough 2
St. Kilian’s U-17 boys' soccer squad have progressed to the quarter-final stage of the Wicklow-Wexford League. The team scored a great victory over East Glendalough on Wednesday 21st November. St. Kilian's came from behind twice in the match, and this shows the mental strength of a very mature and determined team.
In a frenetic opening to the match, St. Kilian’s found themselves 1- 0 down within ten minutes. This did not unsettle the St. Kilian's boys. They regrouped and carved out a number of great opportunities before the first half ended. The best of these was a shot from Ross Doyle which was cleared off the line. However, St. Kilian's failed to find an equaliser before half time.
The second period continued in much the same way as the first, with St. Kilian’s dominating possession. Eventually, this pressure paid off when Ross Doyle levelled things courtesy of a fine shot from outside the box. But the score did not stay like this for long, as East Glendalough took advantage of a defensive lapse in concentration to go 2 – 1 up. This setback seemed to bring the best out in St. Kilian’s. They raised the tempo and Ian O' Mahoney finished off a great one-two with Sam Mulligan. This score drew the sides level. However, St. Kilian’s continued to push on. Their persistence paid off when Ross Doyle scored his second goal, when a quick throw put him through and he converted the opportunity calmly. This goal ended the scoring, leaving the result 3-2 to St. Kilian's.
There were a number of performances that stood out for St. Kilian's. In defence, Adam Mc Grath and Jamie McGrane both excelled. Ross Doyle and Michael O' Brien had tremendous games in midfield, and up front the pair of Sam Mulligan and Ian O' Mahoney worked extremely hard throughout the game.
St. Kilian's finish top of their group with two wins out of two and are looking forward to the upcoming quarter-final. Well done to the team and to Mr. Donohoe, their coach.
LCA WORK EXPERIENCE
Best wishes to our Fifth and Sixth year LCA students who are currently on their two week work experience module. This is an integral part of the LCA course, as it helps students to make informed career choices by sampling different jobs and trades. There are four work experience modules over the two years of the LCA course. Students are taught the practicalities of the world of work as they "learn by doing" on the job. We wish all our students well and hope that they gain valuable insight and knowledge from their work experience.
November 21st 2012
St. Kilian’s 2 St. David’s 1
St. Kilian’s Boys came away with the points on Wednesday 14th November in Greystones by virtue of a well deserved victory against St. David’s. For long periods of the 1st Half, St. Kilian’s dominated possession but failed to convert their chances, Jordon Ebbs coming closest with a shot from outside the box, just rising over the crossbar. St Kilian’s were made to pay for their missed chances as they found themselves 1-0 down at half time.
However, the 2nd Half got off to the perfect start when Alex Byrne volleyed home a clearance to get St. Kilian’s back on level terms. This gave the team the boast they needed and they pushed on from there. Jamie McGrane, Ross Doyle and Jamie Fitzpatrick worked extremely hard and this work paid off when Alex Byrne won a penalty. Sam Mulligan placed the penalty in the corner to give St. Kilian’s the lead. From here, they saw the match out comfortably and have put themselves in the driving seat in the league.
They face East Glendalough on Wednesday 21st November, and will need another composed performance to garner three more points. Best wishes to the team in this fixture.
SENIOR BOYS' GAELIC FOOTBALL
St. Kilian’s 3-6 St. Brendan’s 7-9
St Kilian’s put up a brave performance against a strong St Brendan’s team on Thursday 15th November. The game was extremely competitive until mid-way through the 2nd half when St Brendan’s strength really began to show.
Mark Dempsey and Jamie McTernan showed up well throughout the game and they both set up Graham Sutton on a number of occasions. Graham Sutton finished the game with an impressive tally of 2-1. Adam McGrath, playing in goals for St. Kilian’s, pulled off some amazing saves, including from a penalty in the 1st Half! Ian Mahoney produced some excellent free taking throughout the game.
St Kilian’s boys should take a lot of heart from their performance and keep up with their training.
U-15 BOYS' SOCCER
St. Kilian’s 0 Dublin Oak Academy 4
St. Kilian’s U-15 soccer team were eliminated from the Wicklow-Wexford league competition at the group stage but can hold their heads up high. The score does not do this team justice in the effort, work and wonderful team spirit they showed throughout this campaign.
St. Kilian’s central trio of Luke O’Sullivan, Ben Brown Roche and Gerard Clancy covered a huge amount of ground to limit Dublin Oak’s chances. But they found themselves one-nil down at half time due to a deflected long range effort.
Throughout the 2nd half, St. Kilian’s team worked themselves to a standstill. In defense, James Cahill and Gary O’Sullivan were extremely solid and broke down several attacks of Dublin Oak. In goal, Alan Arces produced a very commanding performance. Unfortunately, in the last few minutes of the games as St. Kilian’s pushed for an equaliser, they were caught out on a couple of occasions.
Mr. Donohoe is delighted with the effort put in by his panel since the start of the year and looks forward to more competitions in 2013.
INFORMATION NIGHT FOR SENIOR CYCLE PARENTS
Parents of senior students attended a college information night on Wednesday 14th November. The Guidance Counsellor, Ms. Fitzpatrick, gave parents all the relevant information needed for applications to Third Level education.
Parents enjoyed a series of presentations and talks on the following topics:
We, at St. Kilian’s, feel that is vitally important to inform students about the college application system as early as possible. It can be quite complicated and it is essential that parents are kept up-to-date with any new developments or changes.
It also helps us to uphold our tradition of large numbers of students progressing to third level. Students are guided through each step of the application process and given much help in applying for other grants or scholarships.
TY CULTURAL STUDIES OUTING
The inside of the house was just as beautiful as the outside. Since it was the first 18th century house built in Ireland, all the furniture and paintings were carefully looked after up until this day. The beautifully preserved interior and manicured lawns outside met the approval of everyone on the trip.
The second port of call was Russborough House. The guide name was Anne and she did not hesitate to answer any questions the group put to her about the origins of the house. The house was designed by the German architect, Richard Cassels. The plaster work on the ceiling inside was particularly striking. It is called Stucco, and was designed by the La Franchini Brothers, who were also responsible for the design in the Castletown hallway.
When the tour of Russborough House concluded, the students were given the chance to go through the maze. The maze is located in the sprawling gardens of the house. Everyone had a great time running around trying to find a way out of the maze. Eventually everyone emerged out of the maze safe and sound amid much mirth and laughter!
Everyone in the TY Cultural Studies class had a marvellous day out.
Thanks to the wonderful tour guides and to our dedicated teachers.
IRISH DANCING SUCCESS!
Heartiest congratulations to three girls from St. Kilian's who took part in the Irish Step Dancing championships, which took place in Ashbourne, Co. Meath on Saturday 17th November. The three students are: Sara Treacy (5B), Nikki Moloney (3R) and Abbie Treacy (1V). All three belong to the Berry Dance Academy in Bray and each of them have qualified for the European Championship, which is to be held in Dusseldorf, Germany in April 2013.
Sara Treacy, who is 16 years of age, competed in the under-25 ladies' category. Despite her tender years, Sara enjoyed amazing success! She was placed first in the reel, second in both the slip jig and open reel categories and third in the triple jig competition. Sara finished third in the overall under-25 championship.
Sara's sister, Abbie, also did the Treacy family proud by coming fourth overall in the under-13 girls' competition. Nikki Moloney finished third overall in the under-15 girls' competition. Nikki achieved second place in the light jig category and finished fourth in both the reel and slip jig competitions.
The achievements of all three girls must be commended. Over 130 dance schools competed in the national championship for Irish dancing. St. Kilian's are proud of our three students and hope that they fly the flag proudly for themselves and their school in Germany next year! Well done girls!
GERMAN TY TRIP
On Monday 19th November, Ms. Heaney's TY German class went to the Mermaid Theatre in Bray. The class saw the brilliant German movie Winter Tochter (Winter's Daughter). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the outing and found the movie to be engaging and informative. Thanks to Ms. Heaney for organising the trip.
Best wishes to all students in St. Kilian's as they are sitting house exams from Monday 26th - Friday 30th November.
November 14th 2012
U-16 BOYS' BASKETBALL
On Thursday 8th November, St. Kilian's U16 boys' basketball team showed improved teamwork to defeat St. Conleth's, Ballsbridge. This was their third fixture in the group and a victory was much needed for confidence and effort.
St. Kilian's began the match aggressively. Led by Jesse Lopez and Lorenz Garcia, St. Kilian's attacked the opposition's rearguard with menace. Adam Peacock and Linden Liu grabbed vital rebounds and scored valuable baskets so that St. Kilian's surged into a quick lead and that proved the groundwork for victory.
To their credit, St. Conleth's battled back and tied the game at 19 points apiece. St. Kilian's team coach, Mr. Brewer, made some defensive adjustments, and as a result, they limited Conleth's to just one three-pointer in the final quarter. St. Kilian's ended the game with a flourish. Ryan Kealy was especially dominant at this stage. He drove his colleagues on and made some astute passes to teammates, who profited by scoring easy baskets. At the final whistle, St. Kilian's triumphed by eight points. The final score was 30 to 22.
Man of the Match - Jessie Lopez (St. Kilian's)
Thirty two students from the Fifth and Sixth Year English classes ventured across the Liffey to see the Second Age Theatre Company's production of Macbeth at the Helix Theatre in DCU on Tuesday 13th November. Blood and battles combined with heckling and humour and these elements ensured that the students were enthralled from beginning to end. The trip proved to be a very worthwhile experience in bringing the play to life for the students and all thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Thanks to Mr. Kelly and Ms. Taaffe for accompanying the students to the evening show in Dublin.
St. Kilian's U-15 soccer team made their exit from the Wicklow-Wexford league on Monday 12th November with a 5-2 defeat to St. Thomas's, Bray. This followed a heavy defeat in their first game to St. Brendan's. Ben Brown-Roche and Luke O' Sullivan were St. Kilian's standout players in their two matches.
Unfortunately the first year boys didn't fare any better in their first outing of the season. On Thursday 8th November, the first year team were vanquished by Dublin Oak Academy on a scoreline of 8-4. The strength and physical size of the opposition proved the difference as five of the goals they conceded came from headers! Nevertheless Mr. Duggan was pleased with the plucky, never-say-die enthusiasm of the St. Kilian's team and he predicts a better result in the next match. Commiserations to both teams, and thanks to Mr. Donohoe and Mr. Duggan for managing the respective squads.
The school welcomed the gifted storyteller, Niall De Burca, back on Monday 12th November. Niall has visited St. Kilian's on many previous occasions and has always captivated his audiences. He didn't disappoint on this occasion either. Niall has an engaging style of delivery, which encourages the students to participate in his stories rather than being passive listeners. As a result, everyone laughed uproariously at his anecdotes and mimics. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all concerned.
GAELTACHT INFORMATION EVENING
On Wednesday 14th November, St. Kilian's hosted a Gaeltacht Information Evening for parents and students of First, Second and Fifth Year. The aim of the evening was to provide information about the various Gaeltacht colleges and to encourage students to attend summer courses in these colleges.
Six Irish summer schools exhibited on the evening and their representatives provided information about the courses and facilities on offer for students.
Five Third Year students who went to the Gaeltacht last summer spoke to the audience about their experiences in the Irish colleges. They all waxed lyrical about the fun they had, the friendships they forged and the "cúpla focail" that they learned!
As spoken Irish now makes up 40% of the Junior and Leaving Cert. exams, a trip to the Gaeltacht is a huge benefit to any student learning Irish, as it develops their listening and speaking skills in the language.
The information evening was a great success. It was very well attended and it is hoped that the many students who expressed an interest in going to the Gaeltacht next summer will do so. Many thanks to Ms. Murphy and the members of Class 4B for organising the event.
St. Kilian's girls' U-16 basketball team played their third match of the Wicklow Schools' League on Thursday November 8th. Their opponents were GSM Arklow. Unfortunately the St. Kilian's girls lost a closely-fought encounter but were extremely competitive throughout. St. Kilian's scores on the day came from Shannon O' Sullivan, Georgia-Lee Flynn and Hannah Johnston.
Mr. Conway, the team's coach, was very pleased with the performance of the team. Thanks to TY students: Sophie Mooney, Sarah-Jane Fox and Sarah McGrath who were learning how to do match score- keeping duties for the upcoming First Year league.
Basketball training continues on Wednesdays and all First Year girls are expected to attend.
Congratulations to the St. Kilian's past pupil, Paul Anthony Shortt, (Leaving Cert 1998) who recently launched his first fantasy novel entitled, "Locked Within." The book was officially released on November 8th. We wish Paul every success with sales and congratulate him on his wonderful achievement in getting his novel published.
November 7th 2012
GAISCE FOUR-DAY WALK
Heartiest congratulations to Karen Robinson, Nicole Johnston (both L.C. 2012) and current 6th year, Gordon Leonard, who have just completed a gruelling four-day 80km walk as part of the Gold Gaisce President's Awards. Only 23 people in Ireland are going for the gold award in 2012; so Karen, Nicole and Gordon are part of a very exclusive club indeed. All three students did the necessary five-day voluntary work aspect of the Gaisce Awards by going on the Dublin Diocesan Sick Pilgrimage to Lourdes with the school, and the four-day walk was the final piece in the jigsaw for them to achieve this prestigious award.
The walk took place over the Halloween mid-term break. The students began the walk on Saturday when they journeyed from Marley Park along the Wicklow Way to Knockree Hostel near Enniskerry. The group battled inclement weather on Sunday. Their walk was from Knockree to Glendalough, and they were accompanied by Mr. Lawless on Sunday. On Bank Holiday Monday, Mr. Murray, Mr. Kelly and some adult family members accompanied the group on the six-hour 21km walk from Glendalough to Lough Dan and back again. The delighted trio completed the 80km on Tuesday by walking from Glendalough to Roundwood.
Everyone at St. Kilian's would like to congratulate Karen, Nicole and Gordon for their fantastic dedication in achieving the requirements for the Gaisce Gold President's Awards. The group will meet President Higgins in the Aras in the new year to be presented with their gold medals. Thanks to Mr. Walsh and Mr. Lawless for facilitating the Gaisce Awards in St. Kilian's.
U-20 BOYS' SOCCER TEAM ELIMINATED!
St. Kilian's senior soccer team have made a disappointing exit from the U-20 Wicklow-Wexford league.Their elimination from the competition is due to successive defeats suffered in matches versus Presentation College and St. Brendan's. The team battled hard in both matches, but succumbed on each occasion to very strong opponents.
On Thursday 25th October, St. Kilian's senior team suffered a crushing 4-0 defeat to Presentation College at a blustery Greystones. However the one-sided nature of the result is misleading, as Pres. did not score their first goal until twenty minutes from the end of the match. Up until that point, both sides were very evenly matched. St. Kilian's best performers on the day were goalkeeper, P.J. Dowling, Sam Mulligan, Stephen Kearney and Adam Casserly.
As a result of the defeat V. Pres., St. Kilian's had it all to do in the final group match versus St. Brendan's. The group leaders, St. Brendan's, hosted the fixture on Wednesday 7th November. Unfortunately St. Kilian's were overpowered by skilful opponents and lost by 7-2. The game remained in the balance until the latter stages of the second half, when St. Kilian's embarked upon all-out attack in a game that they simply had to win. Thus, the scoreline is an inaccurate reflection on the balance of the play in what was a close and competitive match.
Stephen Kearney and Mark Dempsey scored a goal in each half for St. Kilian's. The team battled manfully throughout. Jamie Doyle and Mark Dempsey tried especially hard, but the team's efforts were hampered by injuries to key players, Sam Mulligan, Jamie McTernan and Jordan Ebbs. Commiserations to the team and their coach, Mr. Duggan.
FIFTH YEAR PARENT-TEACHER MEETING
The fifth year parent-teacher took place on Tuesday November 5th. The meeting was well attended and valuable feedback about academic and behavioural progress was provided to parents and students. Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting.
October 25th 2012
U-16 BOYS' BASKETBALL
St, Kilian's vs. St. Mark's (29-39)
On Thursday 18th October, St. Kilian's hosted St. Mark's in a cadet boys' basketball match. St. Kilian's came out of the blocks fast, by scoring the first three baskets. Jesse Lopez led the attack, with help from James Wong and Matthew Brennan. Kilian's continued to keep the opposition on their heels by playing good defence, particularly Adam Peacock who had numerous steals. Matthew Brennan and Jesse Lopez led the team in rebounding, both grabbing rebounds over the taller St. Mark's players.
St. Mark's started the second half with a surge and went ahead. But to their credit, St. Kilian's continued to fight and keep the score within five points until the last two minutes. However the superior strength of the opposition led to a couple of break away scores and the match ended with St. Mark's getting the win by 39 - 29.
Apart from the aforementioned players, other creditable performances came from Brady Yeoh and Gary O'Sullivan for St. Kilian's. Well done to the team for a great effort and special thanks to Mr. Brewer, the team's coach. Best of luck to the lads in their upcoming matches.
SIXTH YEAR ART TRIP
On Tuesday 23rd October, Ms.Hume's 6th year Art class went on a trip to Dublin. The class visited three places on the trip: the Marino Casino, the National Art Gallery and the National History Museum.
The group went on a very interesting and informative guided tour of the 18th century building, the Marino Casino. They were treated to amazing Irish examples of architecture, which were explained concisely and informatively to them by a tour guide from the Marino Casino.
From there, the class travelled to the National Art Gallery. Unfortunately they only had a short amount of time in the gallery. Despite not having much time, the group saw fantastic examples of European Art, as well as some of Jack Yeats' most celebrated works.
Lastly, the group went on a guided tour of the National History Museum, where they viewed objects ranging from Bronze Age sun disks and lunulas to the intricate Tara Brooch. It was a very interesting end to the trip.
Many thanks to Ruth (Marino Casino) and Mary-Jane (National History Museum) for excellent guided tours, and of course special thanks to Ms. Hume from her 6th year art class for a wonderful trip.
TRANSITION YEAR ACTIVITY DAY
On Wednesday 23rd October, the Transition Year classes, A and B, went on two separate trips. Class A went to Bray and Dalkey Harbours where they took part in kayaking and rock climbing/abseiling. Class B went to Glendalough where they went on a eight mile hill walk! Everybody participated enthusiastically and were physically drained by the end of the day. All activities were thoroughly enjoyed by all the students. Thanks to the teachers who organised and took part in the activities.
EDCO COMPETITION SUCCESS!
Congratulations to Alison McGrath (3.T) on her success in winning an Apple iPad in Edco's recent nationwide competition. Alison simply liked and shared a photo on Edco's Facebook page when they were having a competition over a span of four weeks. Whilst doing some exam practice on the Edco web-site, Alison stumbled across the competition and decided to enter. It proved to be a very good decision!
Four IPads in total were awarded as prizes and Alison was the lucky recipient of an IPad for being the fourth winner in the competition! Naturally, Alison was thrilled with her prize and has been enjoying it since it was presented to her on Monday 22nd October. Well done Alison!
Congratulations to Josh O' Connell (2.Z) on being one of the winners in a national journalistic competition called "Generation Information". The project aims to get the opinions of young people in Ireland heard. Eight young people from around Ireland were chosen as "roving reporters" for their region. Josh O' Connell was one of lucky eight chosen from hundreds of applicants.
Josh will have to report on a wide variety of topics including the Young Scientists' Exhibition, the recession and the influence of social media on the lives of young people. Josh has been supplied with a video camera and, after receiving his training, his interviews will be posted on the Young Scientist website.
HALLOWEEN SHORT STORY & POETRY COMPETITION
Thanks to all the students who participated in a short story and poem writing competition for Halloween. The theme of the works had to associated with ghouls, ghosts and vampires and many entries were received and judged by Mr. Stokes, the school's librarian. Prizes were awarded to all participants in the competition and the standard of entries was very impressive. Well done to all concerned.
October 18th 2012
U-20 WICKLOW/WEXFORD SOCCER LEAGUE
On Wednesday last, St. Kilian's played their opening match in the U-20 league with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against St. David's Greystones. The match was played in abysmal conditions and great credit is due to both teams for an excellent match.
St. David's played with the elements in the first half. Despite excellent defensive contributions from Sam Mulligan, Mark Dempsey and Jamie McTernan, the Greystones school went ahead with a well-worked goal after 20 minutes. To their credit, the St. Kilian's team battled bravely. Their persistence paid off in the closing stages of the first half when Jamie McGrane headed the equaliser, following excellent work by Sam Mulligan.
St. Kilian's were the dominant team in the second period. Dylan Donnelly, Adam Kelly and Jamie Doyle all did trojan work in midfield, and St. Kilian's took the lead due to an own goal by a Greystones defender following a dangerous cross into the penalty area by Adam Kelly.
The match ended cruelly for St. Kilian's. In the final minute, St. David's won a free kick just outside the penalty area. The resultant free kick found the corner of the Kilian's net, and the score was 2-2. There was still time for Jamie McTernan to force a save from the 'keeper and in the ensuing scramble the ball hit the Greystones crossbar before being hacked to safety.
The final whistle was greeted with disappointment on the St. Kilian's bench, as victory had been snatched away so close to the end. Nevertheless the team should be very happy with the performance. Best for St. Kilian's on the day were: Sam Mulligan, Jamie McTernan, Dylan Donnelly and substitute, Barry O' Brien. Thanks to Mr. Duggan for preparing the team so well and best of luck to the lads in their forthcoming matches.
FIRST YEAR RETREAT
On Tuesday last, the three First Year classes went on retreat to Ovoca House in Avoca, Co. Wicklow. The retreat gave the First Years a chance to reflect on their early experiences of life at St. Kilian's. The students also took part in team-building exercises, which everybody enjoyed immensely. The students enjoyed the retreat very much as it provided a refreshing alternative to the classroom. Thanks to Mr. Purcell for organising the retreat.
Welcome back to the Transition Years who have returned to class after their two weeks Work Experience. We hope the students found the work experience to be useful and valuable in making an informed career choice in the future.
UNDER 15 WICKLOW/WEXFORD LEAGUE
St Brendan’s 6 St Kilian’s 0.
On Wednesday afternoon, St Kilian’s came across a very strong St Brendan’s team. Both teams started very brightly with some attacking football. The best chances for Kilian’s in the 1st half came from Gerard Clancy with a long range effort and Luke O’Sullivan with a disallowed goal for offside. However, Brendan’s made the most of their opportunities, and enjoyed a three goal lead at the break.
St. Brendan’s physical size helped them push on in very tough conditions in the 2nd half. St Kilian’s found themselves defending for long periods. Edward Cranley and Padraig Mc Donald put in very good shifts in defence. Goalkeeper Ben Browne Roche pulled off some outstanding saves to keep the score respectable. Gary O’ Sullivan had the best chance in the 2nd half, hitting the crossbar from 25 yards out with a free kick. As Kilian’s pressed forward to try and get back in the game, they were caught with a few counter attacks towards the end of the game. St. Brendan's managed to score three more goals to seal a comprehensive victory.
Despite the scoreline, St. Kilian’s can take a lot of positives from the game and are sure to improve in their next encounter against St. Thomas’s. Well done to all the players for their efforts against strong opponents. Special thanks to Mr. Donohoe, the coach of the St. Kilian's squad.
GER CASEY LIVE!
On Thursday 11th October, the 5th and 6th LCA classes attended a comedy performance in the Royal Hotel in Bray. This trip was arranged as a requirement of the English & Communications module. An "out of class" trip is a requirement for the English module and happens every year for the LCA classes.
Everybody laughed uproariously at Ger Casey's hilarious anecdotes and jokes. The outing was a wonderful success. Thanks to the teachers who organised the trip.
OCTOBER 11th 2012
Mr. Lawless is delighted with the progress of the St. Kilian's orienteering squad as they prepare for the first round of the Leinster Schools' League competition which takes place on 24th October. There are 34 competitors from St. Kilian's due to take part in the Leinster Schools' League. Mr. Lawless is especially happy with seven new recruits from First Year. They participate enthusiastically in training sessions and are learning the map-reading and navigational skills necessary to excel in this difficult discipline.
St. Kilian's has had plenty of success in the past in orienteering. Maciek Piotrowski and Miriam Verdon (6th Year) have won many schools' competitions and Mr Lawless hopes that the squad will be as successful this season. Best of luck to all concerned.
Commiserations to the U/16 girls' team who lost a closely-fought match with Avondale College, Rathdrum on Thursday last. The St. Kilian's girls showed plenty of fighting spirit against a physically imposing and skilful team. Mr. Conway was pleased with their attitude. The intense training schedule will continue and hopefully this will benefit the girls' results and performances in forthcoming matches. Well done to all concerned.
On Tuesday 9th October, the Leaving Cert Applied classes went on retreat to Ovoca Manor in Avoca village. They were accompanied by Mr. Tom Purcell, the school's Chaplain. The retreat gave the students the opportunity to reflect on their lives and examine their relationships with each other. The retreat was a valuable experience for all who attended.
CSPE ACTION PROJECT
Class 3L completed their "action" for the CSPE project by restoring the Garden of Remembrance in St. Kilian's to its former glories. Over the past weeks 3L, under the supervision of their teacher, Mr. Kelly, have weeded and cleaned out the area which had become a little overgrown. The students planted daffodils, crocuses and narcissi in the garden. When the flowers bloom in Spring, the hard work that everybody in the class put into the project can be appreciated by everyone. The only task left for everyone is to write up the report on the action project. Mr. Kelly hopes that 3L participate as enthusiastically in this task, just as they did in their time outside the classroom working in the garden!
Over forty Transition year and Fifth year St. Kilian's students have signed up for the highly successful "Gaisce: The President’s Award" programme run in the school by Mr. Walsh. Students take part in four prescribed activities, including developing a personal skill, taking on a physical challenge and volunteering in the local community. The Gaisce challenge will culminate in an adventure journey involving a three day walk across the Wicklow Mountains. Students are currently finalising their activities and are looking forward to embracing the challenges that Gaisce presents.
Two former students, Karen Robinson and Nicole Johnston, along with current Sixth Year students Gordon Leonard, Cathy Waters and Miriam Verdon, have been working on the Gaisce programme for the last three years. These students are currently undertaking the prestigious Gold Gaisce challenge and are planning a gruelling four day 100km hike as part of their challenge. They have already completed most of the requirements and are hoping to be the latestSt. Kilian's students to complete the Gold Award and meet the President, Michael D Higgins, at their Awards Ceremony. Well done so far and we wish them all the best in their efforts.
GER CASEY LIVE!
On Thursday last, the 5th and 6th LCA classes attended a comedy performance in the Royal Hotel in Bray. This trip was arranged as requirement of the English & Communications module. An "out of class" trip is a requirement for the English module and happens every year for the LCA classes.
Everybody laughed uproariously at Ger Casey's hilarious anecdotes and jokes. The trip was a wonderful success. Thanks to Ms. Power and Ms. Taaffe who organised the classes to the event.
October 4th 2012
KATIE TAYLOR'S TRIUMPHANT RETURN!
On Tuesday 2nd October, the Olympic Lightweight Boxing Gold medalist, Katie Taylor, returned to her alma mater to celebrate her tremendous achievement at London 2012. Katie was accompanied by her father and coach, Peter, and the pair received a rapturous reception in the sports hall. Her former teachers and the current students of St. Kilian's joined together to celebrate Katie's success in London. The rousing strains of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" boomed out as the champion entered the hall and Katie was afforded a standing ovation and prolonged applause befitting her achievement.
The principal, Mr. John Murphy, led the tributes to Katie. Mr. Murphy praised Katie's extraordinary determination to succeed and emphasised her position as a positive role model for all young people today. He highlighted the role that her parents played in her upbringing and pointed out that her popularity stems from her innate modesty, humility and lack of egotism. His well-judged speech drew much appreciative applause.
Mr. Paul Connolly, Katie's former year-head in St. Kilian's, was the Master of Ceremonies. He called on Katie to answer a few questions about her achievements in boxing and her schooldays in St. Kilian's. She spoke with warmth and fondness about the school and the captivated audience hung on her every word.
When the formalities ended, Katie waited for almost two hours to sign autographs and pose for photographs with her fans. Her charm, good humour and genuine warmth for everyone was wonderful.
Her return to the school as an Olympic Champion was a special and memorable day in the history of the school. Thanks to everyone involved in organising the event and in particular to the Parents' Association for providing refreshments.
TRANSITION YEAR WORK EXPERIENCE
Best wishes to all our TY students who began their two-week work experience on Monday last. Work experience is an integral and valuable aspect of transition year and can lead to students to making informed career choices in the future. St. Kilian's wishes to thank all local businesses for allowing our students to experience the world of work for the first time.
SIXTH YEAR PARENT-TEACHER MEETING
On Tuesday last, the 6th year parent-teacher meeting took place. The meeting was well attended and afforded parents the opportunity to see how their sons and daughters are progressing in subjects for the upcoming Leaving Cert. Valuable feedback and guidance regarding appropriate study practices were imparted to students and parents during the meeting. Thanks to all parents who attended.
Congratulations to the following students who were recently appointed to the St. Kilian's Student Council for 2012-2013: Tom Hui (Head Boy); Miriam Verdon (Head Girl); Robert Farrell (Deputy Head Boy) and Cathy Waters (Deputy Head Girl. In addition, the following students were elected as their year representatives: Michael Vickers & Amber Murray (1st); Ryan Clancy & Emma O' Reilly (2nd); James Kehoe & Laura Drew (3rd); Stephen Downey & Sophie Mooney (4th); Kalum Vella Whelan & Nicole O' Brien (5th) and Dylan McDermott & Michaela McGrath (6th).
We wish the above students and the Student Welfare Officer, Ms. Taaffe, the very best of luck in their deliberations during the current school year.
Mr. Donohue's strenuous training regime for the U/17 soccer squad is in full swing at the moment. The team are preparing hard for the beginning of the Wicklow-Wexford competition. The team are due to play their first game next week. We wish the team and their mentor the best of luck in a competition that they came so close to winning last year. So let's hope that the team has a successful season! More news on their progress next week!
September 27th 2012
MATHS IS FUN!
Transition year students decided this week to try and make learning Maths fun. They organised a Maths quiz for the 4th years and class 2M. The event was a great success. All the participants had great fun and there was a keen sense of competition for the top prizes! Refreshments were provided and prizes were organised by the TY co-ordinator. The winners on the day were: Aine Peare, Michelle Moran and Shannon Doyle (4th Year) as well as Kirsty Moloney, Rebecca Fitzpatrick and Nadia Devlin in 2nd year.
Many thanks to Mr. O' Kelly and his TY students for organising this event.
TRANSITION YEAR ART TRIP
Last Tuesday, the T.Y Art class spent the day in Dublin, visiting two of its many galleries across town. After arriving in Dublin at Pearse Street station, the group spent the morning at the Jack B. Yeats exhibition, observing his many famous paintings, comics, etc. Due to the gallery's building itself being under construction, many exhibits were closed; but there was still plenty to see. Following a short lunch break, the T.Y students took what they claimed to be a long walk to the opposite side of the city, where they viewed masterpieces such as "The Eve of St. Agnus" by Harry Clarke and paintings by Claude Monet in the Hugh Lane art gallery. Accompanied by Mr. Lawless, most of the art students enjoyed the trip - even if the weather was quite inclement on the day!
FOURTH YEAR RETREAT
On Thursday last, our school chaplain Mr. Tom Purcell took the entire TY group on a bus to Avoca, where the students spent the day at Ovoca House, participating in group games, activities and much more. Everyone had a great time at the retreat. It was a wonderful bonding experience for the group.
Many thanks to Mr. Purcell for organising a great day for the TY students.
Many thanks to Ms. Bools for organising a coffee morning in aid of the Hospice Movement on Wednesday last. This was part of a national drive to raise funds for the Hospice Movement and it proved to be a great success in St. Kilian's.
On Wednesday 3rd October, the Parents' Association AGM will take place in the school at 8pm. All parents and guardians are invited to attend this important meeting.
September 20th 2012
Our opening Mass for celebrating the beginning of the school year was held on Thursday last in St. Fergal's Church. It was a wonderful occasion and a chance for the whole school to come together and pray. As part of the worship, our first year students were welcomed. Each first year class made a class banner which was carried to the altar by a class representative.
Many thanks to Fr. Brendan Scully for celebrating with our community. Thanks also to our religion department.
Lunchtime activities such as chess and table tennis continue in Room 1 and the social area at lunch time. All students are very welcome to come along and try both sports. Many students avail of these activities and special thanks to Ms. Ni Mhurchu and Ms. Power who give up their lunch breaks to supervise.
Why not drop in to our school library and borrow a book? Our school library is a very popular part in our school and has a wide range of interests to suit everybody. From the latest releases in fiction, sport and specialist topics , new titles are added every week. Pop in during break or lunchtime and avail of this wonderful facility! The librarian, Mr. Stokes, will help all students with any queries they may have and is delighted to see our pupils avail of this wonderful facility in St. Kilian's.
On Thursday last our 6LCA class had the great opportunity to visit the Titanic exhibition in Belfast. The class left Bray at a very early hour and travelled by coach. Ms. Dodd and Ms. Farrell accompanied the class on the journey. They found the exhibition to be enthralling and very engaging. In particular they loved then personal stories of the various passengers. The students enjoyed lunch in Belfast and many thanks to all involved.
SIXTH YEAR HIGHER OPTIONS
All Sixth Year students from St. Kilian's Community School attended the Higher Options in the RDS on Friday 21 September 2012. This is a career event which allows students to access a wide range of information on career options.
On the day the students met representatives from colleges, universities and institutes of further education to discuss further education and training choices. They also attended lectures delivered by experts in different fields of education and training.
The Higher Options Open Day is a very worthwhile event which has always been instrumental in helping students to make positive career choices.
September 13th 2012
NEW SCHOOL WEBSITE
The school has launched its new website www.stkilianscs.com.
Students and parents should find it useful for keeping up to date with school news and events. We hope that the website will grow and develop and become an effective communication link between the school and the wider community. Parents and students are encouraged to visit our new website to gain insight into and information about life in St. Kilian's. So we encourage you to log on to stkilianscs.com to learn more about what goes on in the school.
JUNIOR CERT RESULTS
Congratulations to all students who received their state exam results last week. In general, the results were very encouraging and most students were delighted with the grades that they achieved. Well done to all students and to their teachers for preparing them excellently for their exams.
CLASS 3.L CSPE PROJECT
Class 3L are embarking on an interesting CSPE project by restoring the Garden of Remembrance to its former glory. Everyone in the class has shown great enthusiasm and desire to work hard as they have dug out weeds and cut overgrown shrubbery. Finally when the garden and its surrounding paths are fully cleaned out, shrubs will be planted. It is hoped to complete the project in the next few weeks. Let's hope that the weather gods will smile kindly on the work! The teacher, Mr. Kelly, is looking forward to the physical work being completed so that class 3L can get down to the serious task of writing up their role in the project!
Three 6th years students, Cathy Waters, Miriam Verdon and Gordon Leonard have returned from the Dublin Diocesan Sick Pilgrimage to Lourdes. All the students found the experience very rewarding and fulfilling. They worked hard in caring for the sick and elderly pilgrims but fulfilled all their tasks excellently. Well done to the students and to Mr. Donohue who accompanied them to France.
Mr. Lawless has begun training in earnest for this year's orienteering competitions. The school has had remarkable success in past Leinster championships and Mr. Lawless is confident that his charges this year will continue the school's good run in competitions. First years are especially encouraged to attend training sessions and are guaranteed to enjoy a healthy and competitive pursuit.
September 6th 2012
St. Kilian's C.S. is very proud of our past pupil, Katie Taylor, (L.Cert. 2005) on her fantastic achievement at winning a gold medal in the women's lightweight boxing competition at the London Olympics.
Katie was a model student during her time in St. Kilian's. She was diligent and hardworking and very popular with both students and teachers. In spite of her gruelling sporting schedule as a champion boxer and an Irish international soccer player, Katie excelled in the classroom also and achieved commendable results in her Leaving Cert.
Her achievements in the London Olympics brought pride to the nation and to the Ballywaltrim community in particular. Katie behaved with dignity and humility in the plethora of media and public appearances following her Olympic success. She is truly a credit to her family and to the nation in general.
Everybody in St. Kilian's wish to congratulate Katie and her family on her amazing success. We are very proud to have educated an Olympic Champion!
Everyone in St. Kilian's would like to congratulate another past pupil, Padraic Moran, (L. Cert 2004) on his participation in the Paralympics in London. He competed in Boccia, but unfortunately was unsuccessful in capturing a medal for Ireland. Still, Padraic has a lot to be proud of as he has achieved success in previous world championships at this event.
Once again, heartiest congratulations to our two past pupils on their amazing achievements over the past few weeks. Well done from everyone connected with St. Kilian's.
RETURN TO SCHOOL
We would like to welcome back all our students and teachers as we begin a new school year. In particular, we welcome the first years, who have come from no less than 14 primary schools in the surrounding area. St. Kilian's also welcomes two new teachers - Mr. Tim Jones who will teach Woodwork and DCG and Ms. Brianna Primmer, who has arrived to us from Wisconsin USA to teach English until December.
LEAVING CERT RESULTS
The school was very pleased with the results attained by our students in the recent Leaving Cert. examinations. Many students achieved the necessary number of points to secure places in third level courses and the LCA students achieved distinctions and merits in their exams. We would like to congratulate all students on their results and thank their teachers for their hard work in preparing the students for their exams.
The Leaving Cert class of 2012 let their hair down and celebrated the culmination of their 2nd level education in style with the Debs Ball. The celebration was held in the Red Cow Inn. Great style was seen on the night as the former students "glammed up" in their finery. Beautiful ball gowns and dapper suits were the order of the day. A large number of teachers attended to pay tribute to the class of 2012. A great night was has by all!
Final preparations are underway for the 6th years who will travel to Lourdes on Friday as part of the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage. Our four students are Cathy Waters, Miriam Verdon, Shannon Hussey and Gordon Leonard. They are accompanied by their teacher, Mr. Donohue. Our students will act as helpers to the sick and elderly pilgrims. We wish them all the best for what is certain to be an enriching and character-shaping experience for all involved.