Mon, Nov 25th, 2019
Stand Up Awareness Week 2019
Stand Up Awareness Week 2019 took place in our school from November 11th-15th, 2019. Stand Up Awareness Week is a time for members of our school community to come together and take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. The focus of the week was encouraging friendship and positive understanding of LGBTQI+ young people.
We started off the week with a Pride Flag signing; students were invited to stand in solidarity with their LGBTQI+ peers by signing the flag and displaying it throughout the week. The flag stood as a declaration of acceptance and tolerance within our school.
First and Second Year students were invited to the canteen to take part in an LGBTQI+ table quiz that was created by Transition Year members of the Yellow Schools Committee. This table quiz was designed to educate students and raise awareness of the challenges faced by members of the LGBTQI+ community throughout history. The many contributions that individuals of the community have made to society were also incorporated into the quiz. Fifth Year students helped to ensure that the day went very smoothly and that First and Second years had a great day.
Thursday involved a film screening of ‘Love, Simon’ for all of the 5th Year and 6LCA students. ‘Love, Simon’ tells the story of Simon Spier, a teenager coming to terms with his sexuality, who faces an attempt at blackmail. The film elicited an emotional response from students and prompted a reflective discussion about the way society deals with issues surrounding sexual orientation.
The week concluded with a fantastic LGBTQI+ themed ‘Lunchtime to Shine’.This was a wonderful way to end a week that really highlighted the strength and supportive nature of our school community, as well as bringing to the fore important discussions around identity, acceptance, tolerance, support and friendship.
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.
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 took place from November 11th to 15th. There was a full programme of interactive events, encouraging friendship with and understanding of LGBTQI+ young people.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
From September 4th to 9th, five 6th Year students, Naoise O’Connell, Amy Howick, Nicole Keogh, Kayleigh Howick and Dylan O’Toole, accompanied by their Year Head, Ms Maeve Taaffe, took part as helpers on the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. This is the tenth year of the school’s involvement with the pilgrimage.