St Kil­ian’s Com­mu­nity School, Bray

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Hearti­est con­grat­u­la­tions to Mr Dono­hoe and the Green School Com­mit­tee. The school was pre­sented with a green flag for lit­ter and waste man­age­ment in a cer­e­mony held in Croke Park on Wed­nes­day, May 4. Mr Dono­hue at­tended the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony along with four stu­dents from the Green School Com­mit­tee – Leon O’Donoghue, Weronika Roszczak, Melinda Sz­abo and Dy­lan O’Toole. The hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the com­mit­tee over the past num­ber of years in the school has fi­nally been duly re­warded and great credit is due to ev­ery­one in­volved. A Green School in­spec­tion took place in the school last week, and on the ba­sis of the favourable re­port by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Of­fi­cer, the school was awarded its green flag. The flag will fly proudly out­side the school to recog­nise the achieve­ment, and the chal­lenge re­mains to keep up the high stan­dards into the fu­ture.


Past pupil Jor­dan Mooney (LC 2012), a grad­u­ate in Culi­nary Arts and a pub­lished fea­ture writer in Food and Wine Mag­a­zine, vis­ited St Kil­ian’s on Wed­nes­day, May 4. Jor­dan did a demon­stra­tion and prac­ti­cal work­shop on an in­no­va­tive caramel cup­cake recipe, some dec­o­ra­tive ic­ing and some cre­ative cho­co­late de­signs. Classes 1V and 2Z at­tended the work­shop, which was or­gan­ised by Ms Dodd. Ev­ery­one had a very en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence and we would like to thank Jor­dan for com­ing back to her alma mater to give us the ben­e­fit of her ex­per­tise. We wish her the best of luck in her ca­reer.


Re­cently, Mr Dunne’s and Ms Wat­son’s Fifth Year Bi­ol­ogy classes went on an ed­u­ca­tional trip to UCD Vet­eri­nary School. The group’s first pre­sen­ta­tion was given by a past pupil of St Kil­ian’s, Dr Daniel Crean (LC 1999). Dr Crean works as an in­flam­ma­tion bi­ol­o­gist in UCD and he fa­cil­i­tated the whole visit by or­gan­is­ing var­i­ous pro­fes­sors of sci­ence to talk to the stu­dents about their re­search and work in the col­lege.

Pro­fes­sor Alan Baird spoke to the stu­dents about fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and how it dif­fers from sec­ond level. He was an in­ter­est­ing speaker who ad­dressed eth­i­cal is­sues such as ge­netic en­gi­neer­ing and the use of an­i­mals in ex­per­i­ments.

Pro­fes­sor Cather­ine God­son, a re­searcher in di­a­betes, spoke to the stu­dents about her work. The stu­dents learned about the two types of di­a­betes and how the dis­ease has re­cently be­come more com­mon in younger in­di­vid­u­als, due to stress and un­healthy life­styles. She spoke about the in­creased dan­gers of strokes and heart dis­ease and how di­a­betes is treated by in­sulin.

The fi­nal speaker was Dr Caitri­ona McEvoy, a nephrol­o­gist. Her pre­sen­ta­tion ex­plained the dis­ease and how lungs should ap­pear black on an x-ray, sig­ni­fy­ing that there are full of oxy­gen and are healthy.

The St Kil­ian’s group were given a tour of the UCD cam­pus and saw the 50-me­tre swim­ming pool in the state-of-the-art sports cen­tre and some of the larger lec­ture the­atres. Fi­nally, the group were taken on a tour of the vet­eri­nary build­ing and were treated to an ex­per­i­ment in­volv­ing urine test­ing, con­ducted by Dr Crean. The group thor­oughly en­joyed the trip to UCD and found it to be an ed­u­ca­tional and in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Hope­fully, many of the group will re­turn to UCD as third level stu­dents them­selves in the near fu­ture.


St Kil­ian’s has rea­son to be proud of a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment by one of our stu­dents. Me­gan O’Daly in Fifth Year won the Le­in­ster re­gion of the Black­rock Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre’s 1916 poster con­test re­cently. The ti­tle of the com­pe­ti­tion was as fol­lows : ‘What will Ire­land look like in 2016?’ The com­pe­ti­tion was in­au­gu­rated to mark the cen­te­nary of the Easter Ris­ing of 1916.

Me­gan’s work de­picted two girls hold­ing hands, while dressed in clothes of the early 20th cen­tury. In fact, one of the girls is wear­ing Count­ess Markievicz’s uni­form on O’Con­nell Street in Dublin to­day. Around these two beau­ti­fully-painted girls is the phrase ‘1916 Fought To­gether, 2016 To­gether For­ever’.

Me­gan’s paint­ing also in­cluded mod­ern im­ages from Dublin’s cityscape such as the Spire, the statue of Jim Larkin and even a Dublin bus.

The work means a lot to Me­gan, as she feels that it rep­re­sents the women in 1916 who got air­brushed out of his­tory. More­over, the paint­ing de­picts that the girls are to­gether as a cou­ple. She wanted to show that since the re­cent le­gal­i­sa­tion of same-sex mar­riage in Ire­land, we are now a proud, mod­ern and pro­gres­sive na­tion, largely thanks to the self­less strug­gle of men and women in 1916.

For win­ning such a pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion, Me­gan’s work will be dis­played in the Na­tional Gallery. On be­ing asked her feel­ings af­ter her suc­cess, Me­gan sim­ply replied: ‘I hon­estly feel so mind blown that my sim­ple idea could go so far, let alone win. It’s such an hon­our.’ Ev­ery­one in St Kil­ian’s echoes Me­gan’s sen­ti­ments. Well done to her on her mar­vel­lous achieve­ment.


On Thurs­day, May 5, 5LCA en­joyed a beau­ti­ful three-course meal in the Martello Ho­tel on the Seafront in Bray as part of their Ho­tel and Cater­ing mo­d­ule task. Ms Whe­lan and Ms Chow ac­com­pa­nied the class on the visit, which in­cluded a tour of the kitchen and a cook­ery demon­stra­tion.

An en­joy­able day was had by ev­ery­one.

Nick White, Kevin Do­herty and Luke and Tim Wel­don stretch­ing be­fore the 10km fundraiser for Loreto Sec­ondary School, Bray, in Kil­rud­dery.

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