Sun, Dec 4th, 2022
Update on Days 1 & 2
College & Careers Week at St Kilian’s CS has got off to a great start. A number of past pupils returned to St Kilian’s to share their career stories. Oran O'Toole kicked off the week with an excellent talk on his role as an advanced paramedic in the fire brigade and emergency services. @Brian Devlin and Dr. @Daniel Crean both work in the biomedical field and shared their journeys from St Kilians to careers in radiography and biomedical research respectively. Mikolaj Piotrowski also a past pupil shared his experience of the Trinity Access Program, studying for an engineering degree and his current role as a process engineer at Intel Corporation.
The local Colleges of Further Education are also big supporters of our careers week and I would like to thank Stephen Murphy and
LucyTierney for their very interesting presentations on the fitness and beauty programs at Sallynoggin College of Further Education. A special thanks also to Paul Cruise for his comprehensive talk on a broad range of apprenticeships from construction to catering and IT to Retail and Accounting offered by KWETB.
Sean Cryan from Bray Institute of Further Education had a really interesting take on all things legal. Students heard of the multiple entry routes into career as a solicitor, barrister and judge, how to transition to a career in education and the importance of following your passion. . And last but not least, thank you to Michael Conlon for his very informative presentation on careers in engineering Technological University Dublin.
Report on Days 3, 4 & 5
The final three days of careers week at St Kilian’s CS were really exciting and informative for 60+ leaving certificate and senior cycle students who gained insights into a variety of careers and education opportunities available to them.
Thanks so much to Aidan Heynes, Dell Technologies, Ben Brown Roche, Setanta College, Dr. Marie Morris ,Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland @Adam Burke, Jigsaw - The National Centre for Youth Mental Health, Oscar Yeoh, UCD, @David Gallagher Amgen and Corey Bishop Amgen and Sharon O'Reilly EVROS all past pupils who shared their experience of building their careers in a broad range of disciplines, including computer science, solutions engineering, IT recruitment and cyber security, strength and conditioning, youth mental health, nursing and education and manufacturing. Thank you Paul Collins Elavon Europe for your insights into Cyber and Information security.
Thanks also to Lorraine Dunster Access Office, University College Dublin, Karen Campbell National College of Ireland, Alison Moore SETU Extended Campus, Emer Shortall BIFE, Jessica Mckeown Fastrack into Information Technology (FIT) who clarified entry and access routes to appfenticeships, Further and Higher Education. Thanks also to all the teachers at St Kilian's who facilitated students attending these career talks.
All in all, a great week for students at St Kilian's Community School.
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Very best wishes to our Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied and Junior Cycle students over the coming days and weeks! Thank you to your families, teachers and school staff who have prepared and supported you so well. Remember, we are here if you need us over the next while.
Do your best and look after one another!
A very successful Transition Year was brought to a close with the annual TY night for parents and guardians on May 31st. The student-led event gave a comprehensive overview of the wide range of events, activities and experiences enjoyed across the school year. There was also time for lots of awards and for the students' portfolios to be viewed by all the guests. All agreed that a lot of growing up and maturing had taken place and that the students were now well-prepared to achieve well at Senior Cycle.
The 6th Years had their night in the spotlight on the evening of Thursday, May 25th at the school's sports hall. This was the first school-based graduation night since 2019; alternative arrangements had to be made in the intervening years.
This year's graduating class had 'Up, Up and Away!' as their theme. It was a very special night of reminiscing and celebrating and wishing this fine group of young people the very best in their future lives. Everyone joined with their Year Head, Mr. Paul Connolly, in expressing great pride in the Class of 2023.
This year's TY students participated in a very successful Junior Achievement Ireland Career Success programme with Elavon INC. and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland. This was facilitated by Junior Achievement Ireland.
The weather gods smiled on the school on Wednesday, May 17th as we enjoyed a fantastic Sports Day. Thank you to all who organised and well done to the students for their enthusiastic participation.
Congratulations to Abbie Costello (6th Year) and Ryan Owens (3rd Year), who were the Senior and Junior Sports Stars, respectively.
The school is taking part in East Coast Radio's Wicklow Wide Coffee Morning, in aid of Cancer Support service and Wicklow Hospice.
All are welcome to drop into the school on Friday, April 21st from 9.00am until 1.00pm to support this worthy cause.
6th Year students who, over the past two years, have been taking part in the Power2Progress programme took part in a Mock Trial, facilitated by Zurich Ireland staff members, led by Louise Beirne (past-pupil).
The P2P programme is organised by UCD and funded by Zurich.
This year's Music & Culture Week takes place from Monday to Friday, January 23rd to 27th.
Alongside a busy programme of music workshops and performances, there are lots of other literary and cultural events to satisfy everyone's taste
Every good wish to all of our students and past-pupils, to their families and to all of our friends for Christmas and New Year.
We hope that you all stay safe and well over the Christmas period, and that you find time to relax and spend time with your loved ones.
Best wishes to everyone for health and happiness in 2023.
School reopens on Thursday, January 5th 2023.
On Wednesday, December 21st, Monica Davidson, the School Secretary, will retire after over twenty years of loyal service to St Kilian's Community School. Monica's kindness to everyone, her friendly voice and welcoming smile have brightened the lives of everyone down through the years. She will be greatly missed by students, staff, parents and families alike. We wish Monica a long and very happy retirement.