St Kilian’s Community School, Bray
GREEN FOR GO!
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.
UCD SCIENCE VISIT
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.