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.
Congratulations to Cherie Pageot (5LCA) who recently became a World Champion at the World Irish Dancing Championships held in Castlebar. Cherie dances with the Berry Irish Dance Academy in Bray.
Congratulations to the peer leaders who raised €3,890 for Pieta House before Christmas. The majority of the members of the group, which is based at Ballywaltrim Community Centre, are students at St Kilian's.
On the evening of December 13th, 2017, the Polish community of St Kilian's CS came together at the school, to celebrate Wigilia, Polish Christmas Eve.
Best wishes to all of our students, past pupils and friends, and to their families, for a very happy Christmas and a healthy, safe and peaceful New Year.
The school's current and past Polish students and their families are invited to Wigilia at St Kilian's CS on Wednesday, December 13th at 6.00pm. Wigilia is the traditional Polish Christmas Eve celebration.
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2017 College Awareness Week takes place at St. Kilian's from December 4th to 8th.
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The Board of Management extends its sympathy to the family and friends of our highly esteemed colleague, John Doyle, on the sad occasion of his untimely passing.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
The Parents' Association AGM will be held at the school on Wednesday, November 15th at 7.00pm.
All parents and guardians are welcome.
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!