StKilian’s Community School
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)
YOUNG SOCIAL INNOVATORS
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.
CHEMISTRY VISIT TO DCU
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.
TRANSITION YEAR UPDATE
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.