Mon, Feb 20th, 2017
Multicultural Day at St Kilian’s Community School
St. Kilian’s Community School, Ballywaltrim, Bray hosted its third annual Multicultural Day on Friday 27th January 2017 and, as always, it was a hugely successful and enjoyable event. The day was a celebration of the diversity that exists both within the school community and, in broader terms, in 2017 Irish society.
Multicultural Day is a whole-school event, with teachers, parents and students all planning and working together during the preceding months to ensure the day’s success. The Student Council and Parents’ Association both play significant roles, with the Home School and Community Liaison Coordinator, Ms Siobhán Garvey, orchestrating and coordinating everyone’s ideas and efforts.
The centrepiece of the day is a major food fair, with students and their families preparing national dishes and delicacies from both far-flung countries and ones nearer to home. Many students wear traditional dress and face-painting is provided by Transition Year students. The school is decorated with national flags and displays representing the thirty different nationalities of the school’s students.
Each year there are presentations and workshops focusing on cultural aspects of various countries. This year, a member of the teaching staff, Ms Aderonke Arogundade, a native of Nigeria, hosted hugely interesting and entertaining workshops about the marriage customs of the Yoruba people. Her student helpers, wearing traditional dress, gave demonstrations of African drumming and everyone took part in African games. Other workshops included one on the Japanese kimono, led by parent, Ms Yumiko Wilde, and a group of her Japanese friends. Students had an opportunity to learn about the different types of kimono and to wear the yukata, a casual summer kimono worn by young women.
There was an international-themed concert in the canteen at lunchtime, which brought proceedings to a close for this year. Multicultural Day has earned a special place in the St Kilian’s CS school calendar. It is an extraordinary day in how the celebration of the differences that exist between the thirty nationalities at our school serve only to bring us ever closer as a community.
Soundwaves, St Kilian's CS's Music Festival, takes place during the week beginning Monday, October 16th. The week is chock-a-block with interesting, varied and enjoyable recitals, workshops, talks, concerts and other performances. Many thanks to Ms O'Sullivan for a tremendous feat of organising and good luck to her and everyone involved for the week ahead.
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Congratulations to Oscar Yeoh (4th Year) who, on the basis of his Junior Cert results, has been shortlisted to represent Ireland at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) and the European Union Science Olympiad (EUSO). Final team selections will take place in the coming months. Best of luck, Oscar!
St Kilian's CS's continued partnership with Amgen has been confirmed for 2017-2018. The school looks forward to a continuation of the great benefits experienced by our students last year. These included specialised laboratory work, a careers event and a site visit to the Amgen Dún Laoghaire plant. The school greatly appreciates our links with Amgen, and the work of Business in the Community in establishing the partnership.
Congratulations to the 3rd Year Class of 2017 on achieving some of the best results seen at St Kilian's for many years. Many thanks to their teachers and families for their hard work and support in ensuring that this could happen.
Five 6th Year students are currently in Lourdes as helpers on the annual Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage. Best wishes to Georgia Browne, Amber Murray, Niamh Murray, Seán O'Dowd and Iuliane Ureche and their Year Head, Mrs Helen Dodd, who is accompanying them.
A very warm 'Welcome Back' to all students and staff from what, we hope, was a very enjoyable summer break. A special welcome to our First Year students and to those students transferring from other local schools and from abroad. We hope that you will be very happy at St Kilian's.
Many thanks to all of the staff of the school, to the Parents' Association and to their student helpers who have worked so hard over the summer months.
Best wishes to everyone for an enjoyable and successful new school year!
Congratulations to the 6th Year Class of 2017 on their great results in the Leaving Certificate examinations!
Best wishes to all of the students in the years ahead, in their chosen college courses and careers. Students who need CAO or careers advice should contact the school.
Please return all outstanding books to the Book Rental Office in Room 33 immediately.
Many thanks to the Parents' Association and Mrs Helen Browne for their voluntary efforts in running the Scheme.
Students, Parents and Guardians, please read the attached important notice.
The school's inaugural Soundwaves music festival was held this week, May8th to 12th. The week's events were a showcase for the school's many talented students, as well as providing opportunities for masterclasses, recitals and collaborations with a host of local and national figures from across the music world. Many thanks to Ms Louise O'Sullivan for making this wonderful event such a tremendous success.