StKil­ian’s Com­mu­nity School

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Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mayling Chong and Miko­lai Piotrowski, two of St Kil­ian’s Com­mu­nity School 2016 Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate stu­dents who have won places on the Trin­ity Ac­cess Pro­gramme. These are highly cov­eted places on the Sci­ence ac­cess pro­gramme which only ad­mits 25 stu­dents per year. Stu­dents are cho­sen, af­ter a lengthly ap­pli­ca­tion process and an in-depth in­ter­view; from schools all over the coun­try.

Af­ter com­ple­tion of this course Mayling and Miko­lai will be el­i­gi­ble to com­pete for one of the high­tly sought af­ter de­gree cour­ses in Trin­ity. Well done to both these stu­dents on beat­ing many hun­dreds of other stu­dents to secure their places on this course. And of course con­grat­u­la­tions to all the staff and man­age­ment in St Kil­ian’s for their con­tin­ued hard work and sup­port of our stu­dents, in par­tic­u­lar thanks go to our very mo­ti­vat­ing and en­er­getic ca­reer guid­ance team Ms Fitzpatrick and Ms Casey.

We wish Mayling and Miko­lai much suc­cess in the fu­ture


In early De­cem­ber, St Kil­ian’s TY stu­dents took part in a po­etry slam work­shop, held in the school library. It was an ex­pe­ri­ence the stu­dents will never for­get, as it was a new and ex­cit­ing way to learn abut po­etry. Stu­dents also learned that the most im­por­tant thing about po­etry is that it is a re­ally ef­fec­tive way to ex­press your deep­est thoughts and emo­tions.

Stephen Mur­ray, who ran the work­shop, brain­stormed ideas for new po­etry with the stu­dents. To get things go­ing, stu­dents came up with a list of things they felt strongly about.

Ev­ery­one re­ally en­joyed the work­shop, as Stephen was en­er­getic, en­thu­si­as­tic and re­ally funny. The stu­dents would have liked longer to craft their orig­i­nal po­ems, as some felt that one pe­riod was not long enough.

A big thank-you to Stephen for a re­ally en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence, to Ms Ka­vanagh for or­gan­is­ing such a worth­while event, also to Ms Fox and to Chris Stokes, our in­no­va­tive li­brar­ian for host­ing. (This piece was writ­ten by stu­dents in class 4C)


The St Kil­ian’s Young So­cial In­no­va­tors are do­ing tro­jan work on their men­tal health project.

On De­cem­ber 9, they hosted Lara from ‘Liv­ing Life’ Bray, who gave them an in­sight into the amaz­ing work that ‘Liv­ing Life’ do.

On De­cem­ber 15, they at­tended the Bray branch of Bank of Ire­land and dis­played their project to the com­mu­nity, while rais­ing money and aware­ness for both ‘Be Well Bray’ and ‘Liv­ing Life’. They hope to con­tinue this into the new-year.

On Fri­day, Jan­uary 13, the fourth year Young So­cial In­no­va­tors had a very im­por­tant meet­ing with Min­is­ter for Health Si­mon Har­ris. He took time out of his very busy sched­ule to come and talk to them about their project on pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive men­tal health in the school.

He was very help­ful and has in­vited the team to the Depart­ment of Health to make their pro­posal to him­self and Min­is­ter of State for Men­tal Health, He­len McEn­tee. The stu­dents are very much look­ing for­ward to this.

Many thanks to all the peo­ple who sup­ported them so far on their jour­ney as Young So­cial In­no­va­tors, in par­tic­u­lar to Ms. Bro­phy, who is tire­less in her pur­suit of wonderful ‘health­ful’ ideas for her stu­dents.


6LCA went on a trip to the Dogs Trust on Tues­day, Jan­uary 17, as part of their So­cial Ed­u­ca­tion course. One stu­dent is do­ing his project on An­i­mal Wel­fare and so they all de­cided to pay a visit to the Dogs Trust to learn about what ex­actly they do there.

The stu­dents had a wonderful time and learned a lot about the valu­able work they do in places like Dogs Trust. Thanks again to Ms. Bro­phy and to the Dogs Trust.


1ST YEARS BOYS CUP – St Kil­ian’s four, St Lau­rence’s 5: The first game for the first Year Boys in St Kil­ian’s proved to be an epic. Un­for­tu­nately they were to lose this match by a sin­gle goal but walked off the pitch with their heads held high.

Both teams played a very at­tack­ing style of foot­ball and should be com­mended for their ef­forts. It only took 10 min­utes for the first goal, which St Lau­rence’s scored and they fol­lowed that up shortly af­ter with a sec­ond. Even go­ing two goals down so early, St Kil­ian’s were play­ing fan­tas­tic foot­ball and had cre­ated a num­ber of chanc- es – fall­ing to dif­fer­ent play­ers in­clud­ing Conor Fuller­ton, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Gergo Kabai.

At this point, St Kil­ian’s re­ally started to put the pres­sure on and it even­tu­ally paid off for Josh McGlone, who scored our first just be­fore half time. St Kil­ian’s would have been happy to see this score line out to half time but St Lau­rence’s got their third af­ter Owen Tobin saved a long range ef­fort, but the St Lau­rence’s striker re­acted quicker than the St Kil­ian’s de­fence to tap the ball home. It fin­ished three – one to St Lau­rence’s at the break.

The St Kil­ian’s play­ers knew they were go­ing to have to give it their all in the sec­ond half if they were go­ing to get back into this match and this they did. Within two min­utes of the start, Paddy Moore­house fin­ished bril­liantly af­ter Gergo Kabai’s header was cleared off the line. This was then fol­lowed up by a wonderful in­di­vid­ual run from mid-field by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who stroked the ball coolly into the bot­tom right, mak­ing it three all.

At this point, St Kil­ian’s were on top and dom­i­nat­ing but a mis­placed pass in de­fence gave the St Lau­rence’s striker the chance to take the lead, which he did. This hurt St Kil­ian’s con­fi­dence and they con­ceded an­other goal shortly af­ter. For the last 10 min­utes St Kil­ian’s again took over. Josh McGlone had a shot cleared off the line and Paddy Moore­house shot cen­time­tres wide. Ryan Fitzpatrick went on an­other amaz­ing run and once again pro­duced a stun­ning goal.

St Lau­rence’s were hold­ing on by the skin of their teeth. In the dy­ing mo­ments, the cap­tain of St Kil­ian’s, Josh McGlone worked his way into the box and man­aged to hit the right post with a great left foot shoot. Sadly, this was the last ef­fort for St Kil­ian’s on goal.

The de­fence of St Kil­ian’s made up by Daniel Browne, Tadgh Allen, Séa­mus Browne O’Reilly and Ro­nan Carey can be very happy with their ef­forts. They chased ev­ery­thing down and tack­led ex­tremely well. The two wingers Tariq Fitzpatrick and Conor Fuller­ton worked tire­lessly through the match and put in a great shift. Hope­fully the team will learn a lot from their first match and bring this pos­i­tive at­ti­tude into their league cam­paign, which will start in the New Year.

Very well down to all in­volved it sounds like a very ex­cit­ing match. And well done to Mr Dono­hue for men­tor­ing the boys and for his ex­cit­ing write-up.

UN­DER 15’S – St Kil­ian’s CS five Gael­choláiste na Mara 1: St Kil­ian’s un­der-15s pro­duced a su­perb per­for­mance to beat Cho­laiste na Mara, and reach the fi­nal of the Wick­low/Wex­ford league. Fac­ing the same team that put them out of the Le­in­ster Cup on penal­ties, St Kil­ian’s had re­venge on their minds and they got it.

Af­ter a very cau­tious open­ing 15 min­utes, St Kil­ian’s’s hit first gear and in the space of six min­utes scored three goals. Two of these scored by Adam Byrne, the first a beau­ti­fully struck free kick from the edge of the box and the other com­ing from a cor­ner, which he headed home very bravely. Kyle O’Con­nor scored the sec­ond af­ter great work by Ryan Stafford pick­ing out Adam Byrne, who crossed bril­liantly for Kyle to head home. St Kil­ian’s fourth was scored by Davy Berry af­ter an­other great cross and head pro­duced an out­stand­ing save from the keeper, but Davy Berry was there to fol­low up the re­bound. Coláiste na Mara gave them­selves a life­line just be­fore half time to score with a well worked move.

St Kil­ian’s went out at the start of the sec­ond half with the aim of scor­ing first, and this they suc­ceeded in do­ing af­ter only three min­utes. Matthew Tyn­dall’s long range ef­fort was pushed on to the cross­bar by the keeper but like any good striker, Adam Byrne re­acted quick­est and was there to score and get his first hat-trick for his school.

From that point on, St Kil­ian’s con­trolled the match and showed great ma­tu­rity in their per­for­mance. It al­lowed Mr Dono­hoe to make a lot of sub­sti­tutes and give these play­ers some valu­able game time. Mr Dono­hoe was ex­tremely happy with the de­fen­sive dis­play from his team, start­ing with To­mas o Con­nor in nets, who was al­ways there when called upon. The back line of Jake McMahon, Dy­lan O’Ha­gan, Sergiu Lu­pes and Mark Byrne were very im­pres­sive. Hope­fully they can pro­duce the same per­for­mance in the fi­nal. Well done to the team and the very best of luck in the fi­nal.

An­other very ex­cit­ing write-up from Mr Dono­hue, and very well­done to the boys who put in such a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance.


Early in Jan­uary, Ms Lawlor’s sixth Year Chem­istry class trav­elled to DCU to com­plete a num­ber of Or­ganic ex­per­i­ments in the un­der­grad­u­ate labs. This was a great op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to work in a univer­sity en­vi­ron­ment and com­plete manda­tory ex­per­i­ments for their up­com­ing ex­ams. A great time was had by all, and I’m sure many were in­spired to take their Chem­istry stud­ies to the next level.

Thank you to Ms. Lawlor for or­gan­is­ing such an in­spir­ing and worth­while out­ing for her stu­dents.


On Thurs­day, Jan­uary 19, St Kil­ian’s TY stu­dents en­joyed a full ac­tiv­ity day. A large group went to north Dublin to GoQuest, which is an in­door ad­ven­ture cen­tre. Teams of five were formed and stu­dents had to work to­gether to solve many phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges. Ev­ery­one en­joyed this ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing the year head, Mr Fitzpatrick, who ac­com­pa­nied the stu­dents on this ac­tiv­ity.

An­other large group went to Wick­low to visit Wick­low Gaol fol­lowed by a ses­sion of 10-pin bowl­ing. These ac­tiv­i­ties were en­joyed by ev­ery­one and thanks to Ms Wat­son for ac­com­pa­ny­ing this group.

Fi­nally, 12 girls stayed in school to do a beauty, cleans­ing and nails course fa­cil­i­tated by BIFE. The girls were shown many dif­fer­ent beauty tech­niques and had their faces and nails beau­ti­fully made up and man­i­cured. All the par­tic­i­pants had a great time and thor­oughly en­joyed them­selves.

The sec­ond pe­riod of Work Ex­pe­ri­ence for the TYs is to take place from Fe­bru­ary 6 to Fe­bru­ary 10 in­clu­sive. Thanks to all the lo­cal busi­nesses and shops for fa­cil­i­tat­ing our stu­dents with work ex­pe­ri­ence. This is much ap­pre­ci­ated by St Kil­ian’s.

Our tran­si­tion year stu­dents are lov­ing all the wonderful ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised for them this year by Mr Kelly the TY co-or­di­na­tor, so a big thank-you to him also.

Stu­dents from Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin en­joy­ing an in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tion by celebrity chef Louise Len­nox from RTE’s The Restau­rant dur­ing Healthy Liv­ing Week.

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