StKil­ian’s Com­mu­nity School

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SPORTS DAY

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.

DE­BAT­ING

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.

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