St. Kil­ian’s Com­mu­nity School

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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!

CHRIST­MAS EX­TRAV­A­GANZA

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.

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