St. Kilian's Community School, Ballywaltrim, Bray

A Message from the Principal

I am proud, as Principal of St. Kilian’s Community School, to welcome you to the school's website. I hope that the website will provide useful and current information for both current and prospective students and their families, for the staff of the school and for the wider community.

The school has played a vital role in the educational life of Bray and North Wicklow since 1981. Our school has grown and developed during these years, as has the local area of Ballywaltrim where we are based. Our motto “Learning for Excellence, for Life, for All” reflects our commitment to high standards, to the holistic development of our students and to the inclusive ethos of our school.

We offer a comprehensive curriculum, and are known for our strong emphasis on the pastoral care of the students in our care. We have a proud record of participation and success in a wide variety of sporting, musical and other activities. Our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, are hugely committed and hard-working. Our students do us proud in the manner in which they conduct themselves around the school, in their academic achievement and in how they represent and reflect on us in the wider community.

For a number of years, through the Business in the Community programme, the school entered a partnership with Amgen, an American multinational biopharmaceutical company based in Dún Laoghaire. This has been a very exciting development for our school, one that our students have benefitted greatly from. We look forward to continue and strengthen our relationship with Amgen in the years ahead.

We take great pleasure in the many successes our past pupils have had in academic, sporting and other fields and value their continued links with the school. We are grateful to the many past pupils who so generously support our current students, through academic and careers mentoring. They provide great inspiration to our current students and to the staff of the school. We also place great importance on and value the positive relationships we share with our students’ parents and families and appreciate the important role they play in the life of the school.

St Kilian's has a very welcoming and inclusive ethos, and our student body reflects this. There are over thirty nationalities represented, reflecting the modern Ireland of 2018. We celebrate this wonderful diversity in a hugely succesful Multicultural Day, every January. A new addition to the school calendar in 2017-2018 was the celebration of Wigilia, Polish Christmas Eve. This was a hugely successful event, organised by Maths Teacher, and Polish native, Ms Monika Uí Annaidh, along with a team of parents, students and past-pupils.

The summer of 2018 has seen significant investment in the school's ICT infrastructure, with fibre-optic cabling and an 'Enterprise Class', high-speed, WiFi system now in place. The Guidance and LCA rooms have been fitted with student workstations, as the first phase of a planned series of such developments throughout the school.

The school has been accepted onto the Arts Council led Creative Schools programme, and will also be involved in the NAPD's Creative Engagement programme. It is hoped that the school's joint Erasmus+ proposal, with schools in Turkey, Portugal, Estonia, Poland and Romania, will be approved. All of this points to another exciting and very interesting school year in 2018-2019.

I have been very proud to be a member of the staff of St. Kilian’s since 1985 and, was extremely honoured to be appointed as Principal in March 2012. I am hugely optimistic and positive about the future of our school and look forward with the Deputy Principal, Ms Leah Bools, to ensuring that the best possible education will always be available to our students. We are both committed to excellence in everything we do as a school, and to the further strengthening of the community values that the school is built upon.

John Murphy,


September 2018.