StKil­ian’s Com­mu­nity School

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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!

TY NEWS

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.

SE­NIOR DE­BAT­ING

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.

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