StKilian’s Community School
SIXTH YEAR GRADUATION
On Thursday, May 26, the Sixth Years drew the curtain on their second level education in St Kilian’s with a lavish graduation ceremony at the school. On Tuesday last, subjects award winners were announced, as teachers rewarded students who excelled and worked hard in specific subject areas.
The theme for this year’s graduation ceremony came from a line was a quotation attributed to David Bowie from an interview he did early in his career. The line ‘I don’t know where I am going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring’ struck a chord with the Sixth Years and it was adopted as the theme for this year’s ceremony.
The four graduating classes 6A, 6B, 6C and 6LCA each adopted an element of the earth and designed a beautiful symbol to represent their class. 6A adopted earth as their symbol, 6B fire, 6C water and 6LCA’s symbol encapsulated the element of air.
At the entrance procession, each class member placed a balloon on their class’s symbol. The symbolism represented how St Kilian’s has nurtured each student on the educational journey and helped them soar to achieve their individual potential in life.
The graduation ceremony opened with a religious service, which was conducted by Ms. Murtagh, the school’s chaplain. This was followed by the presentation of the major awards, which were kept a closely guarded secret till the night.
The MAJOR AWARD WINNERS were as follows: Dmitri Chizhikov (Student of the Year) – Georgia-Lee Flynn and Caitriona Gillman (Academic Excellence – Joint Winners) – Theo Farrell (Bray Lions’ Club Endeavour Award) – Allanagh O’Dowd (Community Spirit Award)Ben Daly-McKenna (Special Attendance Award)Lucy Masterson (Prefect of the Year) Ben Brown Roche (Sports Award) Annie McCann (Irish Award)Jason Somers (LCA Student of the Year)
Twelve other Leaving Cert students received Courtesy Awards on the night. Courtesy Award winners were: Graham Farrell, Matthew Brennan, Nikkita Moloney, Mayling Chong, James Kehoe, Hannah Johnston, Claudine Murphy, Jessie Lopez, Jennifer Harris, Jason Somers, Daniel Kennedy, Anthony Fitzpatrick.
We would like to congratulate all the prize winners on their achievements. Special thanks must be paid to the Graduation Co-ordinator, Ms. Murray, and the RE Department for all their hard work in organising this event.
CYCLE TO SCHOOL DAY
As part of National Bike Week Ireland, St Kilian’s ran a successful ‘Cycle to School Day’ on Friday, May 27. Mr Lawless organised the event and many students and members of staff took to the saddle on the day. Numerous spot prizes were awarded and the day’s highlight was a ‘Slow Bicycle Race’ which took place at lunchtime on the sports field.
Great fun was had by all who participated in or watched this event. The Cycle to School Day was a new initiative launched in the school, and it is hoped to continue this tradition into the future considering its success this year.
SCHOOL AWARDS’ CEREMONY
On Friday, May 27, St Kilian’s held its annual awards’ ceremony for all years apart from the outgoing Sixth Years, who graduated on the previous night. Each class group were presented with four awards – Academic Excellence, Academic Endeavour, Courtesy and Community Spirit. Students were rewarded for hard work and good manners shown throughout the year. Well done to the many students who received awards for their efforts.
In addition, the awards from the recent sports day were presented to the successful participants. James Ryan (3T) and Ben Brown Roche (6B) were the winners of the Best Junior and Best Senior Athlete respectively. Well done to all the prizewinners on the day.
TY PARENTS’ NIGHT
On Tuesday, May 31, the annual TY parents’ night will take place in St Kilian’s at 7 p.m. We invite all parents to attend. A presentation celebrating the large numbers of activities that took place in TY will happen on the night. Thanks to Mr Lawless, the TY coordinator, for all his hard work in promoting TY and organising the many activities for the students in St Kilian’s.
We wish our Sixth and Third Year students every success in the state examinations that commence on Wednesday, June 8.