St. Kilian's Community School, Ballywaltrim, Bray

Mind your Mind Week

Mon, Mar 4th, 2019

Mind Your Mind Week 2018

At St. Kilian’s Community School, we recognise the importance of promoting positive mental health and tackling stigma attached to mental illness. This year, as part of efforts to celebrate inclusivity and diversity, the school’s Yellow Flag Committee has successfully planned and implemented our very first Mental Health Awareness Week. St. Kilian’s has built a valuable week-long initiative, ‘Mind Your Mind Week’, into the school calendar. The focus of the week was promoting positive mental health and well-being.

 

Throughout the week we introduced a number of activities and experiences to address the issue of mental health and build strength and resilience amongst our students. We began the week with a cycle Against Suicide ‘School Spin’. Our students clocked up an amazing 409 km during a 7 hour period: we cycled from Bray to the Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork! The week continued with spinning, body pump and strength classes at Shoreline Leisure Centre, ‘Social Media and Mental Health’ sessions with Zeeko and ‘Positive Mental Health’ workshops with BeWell Bray. The students also focussed on nutrition and mental health throughout the week with the Transition Year smoothies going down a treat. Students also participated in yoga and meditation classes, random acts of kindness and a ‘Drop Everything and Read’ initiative.

 

We concluded a fantastic week with St. Kilian’s ‘Weighted Walk’. All students and teachers of the school were invited to write their stress and worries on a rock. 150 students, accompanied by parents and teachers, carried the 450 worry rocks 13,690 steps to Bray Harbour, where they cast all the worries away. We are extremely grateful to everyone who gave their time to make this week such a success and we hope that our efforts have made a lasting impact on our school community.


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COVID-19

3 Mar

The Board of Management of St Kilian's Community School extends its best wishes to the school community and to the wider community at this worrying and challenging time.
School information and relevant information/advice from the DES, HSE and other agencies will be made accessible to you here, as it becomes available (click on this article's heading above).
In the event of any school-related emergency, please call (087)4443028.
We wish you and your families good health and safety at this time.


Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise!

20 Dec

Best wishes to all of our students and past-pupils, to their families and to all of our friends for Christmas and the New Year.


College/Careers Awareness Week 2019

3 Dec

Careers/College Awareness Week takes place from December 2nd to 6th.This year there are thirty talks, with a strong emphasis on presentations from past pupils who have gone on to a wide and varied range of successful careers.


Stand Up Awareness Week 2019

25 Nov

Stand Up Awareness Week 2019 took place from November 11th to 15th. There was a full programme of interactive events, encouraging friendship with and understanding of LGBTQI+ young people.


Parents' Association AGM

20 Nov

The Annual General Meeting of the school's Parents' Association takes place on Thursday, November 21st at 7.15pm in the School Library.
A committee for this school year will be elected - not everyone is expected to be a committee member.
This is a great opportunity for parents/guardians to become involved in and to learn more about the school.


Ms Kate D'Arcy R.I.P.

10 Oct

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ms Kate D'Arcy, a member of the school's teaching staff. Ms D'Arcy passed away on Thursday evening, October 9th, after a year-long illness.
On behalf of the whole school community, the Board of Management extends its sympathy to Ms D'Arcy's husband Pat, her children, her mother and her extended family and friends.
Solas na bhFlaitheas uirthí.


Open Night 2019

5 Oct

This year’s Open Night will take place on Thursday, October 10th, from 6.45 pm to 9.00pm. This is a great opportunity for families to gain a new experience of life at St Kilian’s. Please encourage your friends to come along too. All are welcome!


Junior Certificate/Cycle and LCA Results 2019

4 Oct

Congratulations to those students who received such great Junior Certificate today, and to their families, their teachers and all other school personnel who helped them over the line.
Congratulations, too, to the 6LCA class, who recently received fantastic results for their 5th Year work. A remarkable 12 out of 17 students received a Distinction grade! Well done to everyone!


EMBED: 6th Year Mentoring Programme

11 Sep

St Kilian’s is the pilot school for a new programme with the UCD Access Office, called EMBED. The idea was developed with Dr Daniel Crean, a past-pupil and now an Assistant Professor in the School of Veterinary at UCD. The initiative involves Dr Crean being based at the school every Tuesday morning until Christmas. In cooperation with the school’s Guidance Team, he is leading a mentoring programme with the 6th Years.


Retirement: Mr Gerry Dunne

10 Sep

Mr Gerry Dunne has retired from his position as Biology/Science/Maths teacher, which he has held since 1984. Over those years, Mr Dunne made an invaluable contribution to the school and its students and built a wonderful reputation as a highly skilled, dedicated and caring teacher. We wish him a long and happy retirement.