St. Kilian’s Community School
YOUNG SOCIAL INNOVATORS
The YSI team have presented Claire from the WH Five Loaves charity with 25 “Christmas Presents” equipped with socks, underwear, gloves, hats, shower gel, deodorant etc. The Five Loaves were absolutely delighted with the donation. Thanks to everyone who donated. They have also visited the Bank Of Ireland to display their project and tell the local community about it. They managed to raise another €500 that day to buy more sleeping bags for rough sleepers.
We would like to thank the Bank of Ireland, Bray Credit Union and the general public for their very generous donations. We have a raffle taking place this week with great prizes. Anyone who is interested in buying tickets, please see the YSI team members.
BUILD A BANK
We have decided to hold off on opening the bank until the New Year as school is so busy at the moment. Students can collect forms now to open a bank account and the accounts will get up and running in the New Year. There will be free pizza for any new account opened on the launch day in early January. So save a few euro over the holidays and invest after Christmas!
Two of our three mini-companies will begin trading this week at the St.Kilian’s craft fair on December 12th. We have a company selling very special jars of sweets and another selling one of a kind, handmade candle holders, made from local driftwood collected on the beach in Bray. Please search the companies on Facebook to place an order or look at what they have to offer. The three companies are entitled: Sugar Rush, Jars of Joy and DrifTY. Best of luck with the trading everyone!
SENIOR GIRLS’ SOCCER
St. Kilian’s senior girls’ soccer team played St. Mary’s School Goldenbridge on December 4th in Crumlin. St. Kilian’s lost the match 2-0 but showed admirable determination and spirit in what was their first competitive outing of the season.
The St. Kilian’s girls began the match in whirlwind fashion. From the outset, Orla Devlin kept the opposition’s goal keeper on her toes after a few very close attempts to score. Donna Kelly, Michelle Moran, Lorena Radu and Yasmin Keogh formed a formidable defence for St. Kilian’s. However midway through the first half, a fortuitous shot from a St. Mary’s player made the score one-nil.
Nevertheless in the second half, the team redoubled their efforts and were eager to fight again for victory. After a good battle of 20 mins the team was unlucky as a player from St. Mary’s scored another goal for her team. Even with the score standing at 2-0, St. Kilian’s girls never succumbed. The team’s motto is, ‘defend until the end’ and this characterises their spirit and fight which was displayed abundantly in this match.
The player of the match was awarded to Aimee Coogan ,the St. Kilian’s goal keeper. Throughout the match, she saved many rasping drives that seemed destined for the back of the net. Even the referee throughout the match commented on her goalkeeping skills. The girls should take heart from their excellent display and we wish them the best of luck in their forthcoming fixtures- which are due to occur before the Christmas break. Thanks to Ms. McCoy for her time and effort in coaching the team.
BOYS’ U-20’S SOCCER
St. Kilian’s CS under 20’s boys played a home game against East Glendalough in the group stages of the Wicklow/Wexford league on Tuesday 9th December. Despite poor weather conditions,
St. Kilian’s produced some good football and won a very closely-fought encounter by 3-2. The first goal of the game came after 14 minutes with a great counter attack by St Kilian’s. It started from the back with Stephen Downey playing a wide ball to James Kehoe. James played it up the line to Dan Byrne who switched it to Michael O’Brien. Michael found Alex Byrne who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper.
East Glendalough struck back when St Kilian’s defence attempts to clear the ball were blocked down and the striker had an easy finish past keeper Ben Brown Roche, who was helpless to prevent the score. Nevertheless, St. Kilian’s lads didn’t lose heart at this setback and just before the half time whistle they took the lead again with a deflected shot from range by James Kehoe.
Ten minutes into the second half St Kilian’s struck again, Gary O’Sullivan won a great tackle on the wing and produced a good cross for Alex Byrne. Alex’s shot was saved but Stephen Harris volleyed to the top corner to make it 3-1. East Glendalough brought it back to 3-2 with a very good header from a corner, but St Kilian’s finished strong and had numerous chances which were denied by the excellent East Glendalough goalkeeper. The match finished 3-2 which means St Kilian’s top the group and advance to the final which will be played early in the new year.
On Tuesday December 9th, the senior French students went to the Mermaid Theatre to see a French film entitled “Populaire”. This movie charts the rise of female liberation in the late 1950s. It is set in Normandy and the main character, Rose wants more from life than an arranged marriage to a man whom she doesn’t love or even know well.
Thus, she embarks upon a career as a secretary and discovers that she is particularly adept at using a typewriter, which becomes a symbol of progress and liberation in the film. The film was enjoyed immensely by all the students. Special thanks goes to Ms Arogundade, who teaches French in St. Kilian’s, for organising the outing for the senior students.
CHRISTMAS ON ICE
The TY students enjoyed an enjoyable outing to the Christmas on Ice extravaganza at the RDS on Tuesday 9th December. Varying degrees of skill on the ice were displayed by the students and the teachers who accompanied them on the trip. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and thankfully there were no accidents or injuries reported after the hour spent on the ice. The only thing broken for most of the participants was their pride, as they picked themselves up from the ice after countless failed attempts at double axles or triple toe-loops!