St. Kilian’s Community School
CSPE TRIP TO DAIL
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 TD's debate the Social Welfare Bill that was passed later day.
Other highlights included a visit to the Seanad, a classroom lesson and 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. 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. SUGAR CRAFT!
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 OUTING
On Tuesday 18th December, 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 12th December, 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 into 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 rockclimbing 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!
St. Kilian's completed 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 Natalie 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 fifth year boys who managed to persuade Messers. Donohue, Duggan and Walshe 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 concert.