StKilian’s Community School
On Wednesday, May 18, St Kilian’s held its annual sports day and the weather gods were kind as the day was generally dry and bright. There was a wide variety of events held, ranging from endurance tests like the one mile run, to sprints, relay races and a variety of field events. The field events included the javelin, shot putt, soccer skills, long kick, long puck and nerf throw to name but a few. All events were held at senior and junior level and for both girls and boys.
So a long and busy schedule of events were held and the large number of students who participated thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third in each event and will be presented in front of a whole school assembly on the day following the Leaving Cert graduation – Friday, May 27.
The Best Senior Athlete on the day was Ben Brown Roche (6B – Five gold medals) while James Ryan (Four gold medals) won the Best Junior Athlete award. Special mention is due to Nicole Keogh who won three events in the junior category also. Well done to Ben and James and indeed to all the students who participated with such enthusiasm. Thanks to Mr Conway for organising the sports day.
TEACHERS VS TUDENTS GAMES
The teachers and Sixth Year students played three fun matches in different sports to celebrate the end-of – year events in St Kilian’s. The teachers were victorious in two sports, but the students came out on top in boys’ soccer. First up was a basketball challenge on Tuesday, May 17. The teachers’ starting five of Ms Ryan, Mr Forde, Mr Jenkins, Mr Stokes and Mr Brewer proved too strong for the gallant students on a scoreline of 35-20. Jessie Lopez, Abdullah Balasmeh and Adam Peacock played valiantly for the vanquished students.
On Wednesday, following the school’s sports day, the female staff played the girls of Sixth Year in a rounders match and annihilated the students on a scoreline of 5015. The game was played in great spirit and with great enthusiasm by everyone. It was competitive in spite of the final scoreline. All the teachers were impressive, but special mention is due to Ms Ryan for organising the challenge and to Ms O’Shea, Ms Lawlor, Ms Watson, Ms Bools, Ms Brophy, both Ms Murrays and Ms Dodd for their fighting spirit and skill shown in the match. Well done ladies!
The students got their revenge in the soccer match. It was an excellently fought, competitive affair and it was played in wonderful spirit by both teams. The final score was 4-3 to the students. Goalscorers for the Sixth Years were: James Kehoe (2), Theo Farrell and Adam McGrath while Mr Forde replied with two goals and Mr Reddan scored one for the defeated staff. The teachers threw everything apart from the kitchen sink at the students’ goal in the final stages to try and grab an equaliser, but the Sixth Years held on for a deserved triumph (the third win in a row over the staff!)
The three matches were played in the proper spirit and displayed the good relationship between the staff and students in St Kilian’s. Well done to everyone who participated.
Sincere commiserations to the senior debating who narrowly lost the final of the Bray Lions’ Club debating competition to Pres. Bray on Monday, May 16. The three judges were split on who to award the debate to, but unfortunately St Kilian’s lost out on this occasion.
It was an excellent debate on the motion, ‘Climate Change is damaging Ireland’s Eco-system’. Pres. proposed and St Kilian’s opposed the motion. The four speakers from St Kilian’s were Josh O’Connell, Adelin Cojan, Patrycja Struzynska and Barbara Krupinska. Everyone on the team ought to be proud of themselves for the hard work they put into researching this challenging topic and for the eloquent way they presented their arguments to the house in the final. Alas, success went to Pres. and we congratulate them on their victory.
Thanks to the teachers who assisted the students in preparing for the debate. Well done to all concerned. Thanks to Bray Lions for sponsoring this competition, which is in its 21st year.
MATHS DICE TOURNAMENT
On May 11, four representatives from First Year class 1V attended a Maths Dice tournament in Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun. Eight schools took part in the tournament with St Kilian’s Abbie Doyle finishing second in the individual tournament. Kacey Flanagan also received an award for being the most enthusiastic student by getting involved in the day. The four students that took part were Abbie Doyle, Kacey Flanagan, Conor Greene and Ryan Kennedy. Great fun was had by all on a very enjoyable day. Thanks to Ms Hayes for organising the event.