St. Kilian's Community School, Ballywaltrim, Bray

Wigilia, December 13th 2017

Fri, Jan 5th, 2018

Wigilia 2017

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. The event was the brainchild of Ms Monika Uí Annaidh, a native of Poland, who joined St Kilian's as a Maths teacher in September 2017.

In the weeks prior to the event, Ms Uí Annaidh was helped, with planning and preparation for the event, by a large group of students, parents and teachers. Good use was made of WhatsApp in coordinating everyone's efforts, and everyone worked hard to ensure that the evening was well publicised.

Guests arrived from 6.00pm, and were led along the darkened, candle-lit corridor to the School Library, which had been transformed by the students involved. Everywhere was festively decorated, with a Polish theme, with the centrepiece being a magnificent dining table to seat the sixty guests present. A group of musicians provided entertainment with traditional Polish music and songs.

In the Polish tradition, events began with everyone present sharing the Eucharist with one another, while sharing greetings and blessings for Christmas and the New Year. Following this, guests shared a wonderful meal, which had been prepared by the families themselves. The tradition with Wigilia is that the food is mostly vegetarian, with some fish sometimes involved. Desserts and cakes were also both delicious and plentiful. Afterwards, everyone joined in singing traditional Polish Christmas carols.

Ms Uí Annaidh and Mr John Murphy, Principal, both spoke and thanked everyone who had made the evening such a wonderful and memorable success. Mr Murphy spoke about the many characteristics and values that  Polish and Irish people share. He paid tribute to the many Polish students, both past and present, and to their families for the significant contribution that they have made to St Kilian's. He talked about how 'community' is at the centre of everything that happens in the school and how the Wigilia celebration had been such a wonderful example of this. He reserved special praise and thanks for Ms Uí Annaidh, whose hard work and enthusiasm had ensured that the evening had been such a special and memorable one.

Everyone present on the night is already looking forward to Wigilia 2018!


More news:

Daina Moorehouse (TY) wins Gold!

29 Apr

Congratulations to Daina Moorehouse (TY) who has won the Gold Medal, in the Light-Flyweight division, at the European Youth Boxing Championships in Italy.


TY Killary Trip 2018

28 Apr

The TY group spent a great few days in the West of Ireland in mid-April. The annual visit to Killary Adventure Centre in Leenane, County Galway, was another great success this year.


Junk Kouture 2017-2018

20 Apr

This has been another fantastic year for the TY Junk Kouture students. Well done to all of the students involved, and their teacher, Ms Ring.


Rusangano Family at St. Kilian's

16 Apr

The Choice Music Award winning rappers, The Rusangano Family, gave an amazing workshop for 4th and 5th Year Music students on Thursday, April 12th.


Hail and Rain!

6 Apr

Congratulations to Nathan Flanagan (6th Year) and Ben Rowsome (5th Year), better known as Hail and Rain, on winning the Public Vote at Stepping Stones: Battle of the Bands in Greystones.


Multicultural Day 2018

6 Apr

Multicultural Day 2018 was another outstanding success, with fantastic participation from students, their families and the staff of the school. The annual event is a tremendous celebration of the school's inclusive ethos and the diversity in our school community.


German Exchange 2018

6 Apr

Welcome to our twenty-two student guests, accompanied by two of their teachers, from our partner school, Matthias-Grünewald-Gymnasium in Würzburg, Germany. This year, our Würzburg friends will visit from April 6th to 14th. This is the thirty-sixth year of the exchange, which started in 1983. We hope that everyone has a great time over the next week.


School Closure due to Adverse Weather

28 Feb

Update 2: The school will reopen on Monday, March 5th - business as usual!
Update 1: The school will remain closed on Thursday and Friday, March 1st and 2nd.
Notice: St. Kilian's CS will remain closed today, Wednesday February 28th, and until further notice, due to the adverse weather conditions and the Status Red Weather Notice. Please consult this website, the school's Facebook page and local media for updates.
We hope that everyone stays safe and well over the coming days.


World Champion Irish Dancer!

11 Jan

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.


Connect Youth Ballywaltrim

5 Jan

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.