Mon, Jan 23rd, 2017
Partnership Launch, September 27th 2016
After several months of planning, the partnership between Amgen, Dún Laoghaire (ADL) and St Kilian's CS was formally launched on September 27th 2016. Amgen is a U.S pharmaceutical company, with a major facility in Dún Laoghaire. The partnership has been facilitated by Ms Alison Norman, Regional Coordinator with Business in the Community Ireland.
The launch took place at Amgen's facility on Pottery Road, Dún Laoghaire, where the school was represented by Mr John Murphy (Principal), Mr Gerry Dunne (Biology Teacher and Link Teacher with Amgen), Ms Nuala Fox and Ms Helen Dodd (both representing the Board of Management). Amgen was represented principally by Mr Rayne Waller (Site Head at ADL, and Vice President of Regional Manufacturing). Ms Laoise Ó Murchú (Corporate Affairs Senior Manager at ADL), who is the link person for St Kilian's CS, was, unfortunately, unavailable on the day.
On behalf of St Kilian's, Mr Murphy gratefully acknowledged the large donation of IT equipment that the school has received from Amgen. The principal beneficiaries of the partnership during the current school year will be Mr Dunne's 5th Year Biology class who will receive a number of supports from Amgen personnel and, in December, will be hosted on a site visit by Amgen, Dún Laoghaire.
Careers 'Speed-Dating', November 21st 2016
On Monday, November 23rd, a team of eight Amgen personnel, representing different careers within ADL, visited the school. In the canteen, they facilitated an hour-long session of Careers 'Speed-Dating' with the 5th Year Biology Class. It was an extremely interesting, informative and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
A highlight was the fact that one of the ADL team was a past-pupil of St Kilian's, Corey Bishop (Leaving Cert 2011). Corey now works as an Engineer at ADL.
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.
On Monday, May 8th, a group of fourteen senior students were audience guests on the Claire Byrne Live show on RTE1 television. It was a great experience of how live television programmes are put together. Thanks to Ms Tracey Brophy for all of her organising.
Bon Voyage to the group of fourteen St Kilian's CS students, accompanied by Mr Donohoe and Ms O'Shea, who will be visiting our twin school, Matthias-Grünewald-Gymnasium in Würzburg, Germany from April 21st until April 29th. This is the 32nd year of the exchange.
Seventy hardy TY souls spent an unforgettable few days at Killary Adventure Centre, County Galway in late March.
The school's gallant Under-17 Boys' Football team narrowly lost the FAI Leinster Schools Final to Balbriggan CC on a 2-1 scoreline, despite playing most of the game with just 10 men. Hard luck to the team and their manager, Mr Jenkins, but hearty congratulations to everyone, too, on a very successful year.
Last year, Megan O’Daly (6th Year) won the Leinster region of the Blackrock Education Centre’s 1916 poster contest, titled “What will Ireland look like in 2016?” The competition was held to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916. Her winning entry is now part of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland on Merrion Square.
Supervised Study takes place from 9.00am to 1.00pm during the Easter Holidays (Mon-Thurs in Week 1; Tues-Fri in Week 2). Lunch is supplied at 11.00am.
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The school's annual Multicultural Day was held on Friday, January 27th and was, as always, a hugely interesting and enjoyable event.
On January 24th, a group of St Kilian's top sportsmen and sportswomen had a memorable time at a Sky Sports Academy Day at Ireland's new National Sports Campus, where they were mentored by a host of Ireland's sporting heroes.
Congratulations to Colin Keogh (Leaving Cert 2007) who has made the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Europe. Colin, who is a research engineer at UCD, was nominated for his work in the area of Science and Healthcare