StKilian’s Community School
TY LITTER PICK-UP
On Wednesday, April 20, class 4A carried out a tidy-up in the Ballywaltrim playground. The students got out to enjoy some beautiful sunshine and left the local playground in wonderful condition. Not only did the students tidy up the playground, but the school’s road was also left litter-free. Well done to all involved.
This will be followed up by a National Spring Cleaning Day on Thursday, April 28. Mr Lawless will organise the TY students to tidy up the local area. Best of luck.
GREEN SCHOOLS INSPECTION
St Kilian’s received its first Green Schools inspection on Tuesday, April 26. The Green Schools Committee met with Jim Callery, Environmental Officer from Wicklow County Council, to discuss the changes they have brought in to St Kilian’s over the last 2 years with regard to litter and waste.
The committee have recorded an approximately 25% reduction in waste going to landfill and a 30% increased in recycling. They have brought in changes to the habits of both students and all staff and should be very proud of their work and achievements.
Special praise must be given to the sterling efforts of Mr Donohue and his Green Schools Committee over the past few years. Let’s hope that St Kilian’s reaped the benefits of their hard work and enthusiasm by raising a green flag in the very near future! A decision is due on this matter towards the end of May. Fingers crossed everyone!
An activity day will take place for all TY students on Friday, April 29. One group of students will be going to Baltinglass Adventure Centre and the rest of the students will be going to Dublin for a GPO tour. This will be followed by the 1916 Freedom Tour around the city’s historical landmarks.
On Thursday, April 28, a short four week course in dance for all the TY girls commenced. The aim of the class is to get everyone to participate in dance and enjoy the experience. Ruth from the Bray Sports’ Promotion Unit facilitated the course, and the TY girls are enjoying and participating enthusiastically in the hour-long weekly dance session.
On Thursday, April 28, all the TY students and 5LCA took part in the annual ‘Spring Clean’. All students were absented from class for two hours and made a thorough cleanup of the school surrounds as well as the Ballywaltrim recreational pitches and Schools Road area. The students did a marvellous job and must be commended for their efforts.
VISIT OF JOHN LONERGAN
On Monday, April 25, the parents and fourthd and fifth Year students from St Kilian’s were treated to a very informative talk given by Mr John Lonergan, the ex-governor of Mountjoy Prison.
Mr Lonergan spoke about his time as governor of the prison and his down-to-earth, anecdotal style of narration really engaged his listeners. He told them that over 20% of prisoners in the system had serious literacy problems, many more suffered from drug and alcohol issues but above all, his humanity and compassion for both perpetrators and victims of crime was evident as he spoke at length about prison life. Mr Lonergan lamented the fact that after his tenure as governor of Mountjoy ended, the new governor ceased school visits to the prison.
Mr Lonergan felt that schools visits were a wonderful education tool for young people about the perils of getting involved in crime and the harsh reality of prison life. Increased security demands within the prison led to the suspension of the school visits, but he understood but regretted their suspension on such grounds.
He was a thoroughly engaging speaker who connected excellently with his audience. All at St Kilian’s would like to thank him for sharing his vast experience with us.
On Tuesday, May 10, St Kilian’s will debate against Pres. Bray in the final of the Bray Lions’ Club debating competition. The motion has not been received as yet, but we wish the team and their researchers the best of luck in the upcoming final.