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St. Kevin’s Community College Newsletter Christmas 2011 Dear Parents, School life is continuing at a lively pace as we near end of the first term. Students are busy with their academic programme but hopefully are finding time be involved in the many other areas of school life which are offered. This engagement in full school life is essential to help students develop as well rounded young people. In particular I am heartened to see so many students involved in a very active Student Council this year. Along with our excellent Prefects and Class Leaders they are making such a positive contribution to school life in St. Kevin’s. Other students are representing the College in sporting, scientific and cultural events as you will see in this edition of the College Newsletter. One success in particular is worth a mention because three students, David Kelly, Cerys Mac Allister and Laura Lenehan, represented our College in the All Ireland Semi-Finals of the Poetry Aloud Competition in the National Library last week. Having been successful in the regional heats they were selected from among hundreds of students around the country. Laura Lenehan was then selected to be one of fifteen All - Ireland finalists who will now compete on December 9th. I wish her and Ms. Doyle continued success. Preparations are well underway for the Christmas Variety Concert which takes place on December 13th at 7.30p.m. It promises to be an excellent evening’s entertainment with many of our students and staff having an opportunity to show their talents. Your support would be appreciated and I look forward to meeting you there. Christmas examinations and Mock examinations are fast approaching for all students and it is important that a busy schedule of revision is now in place in addition to homework each evening and at weekends. Well revised work is the key to good results in examinations and it has been shown time after time that revision which is left too late will result in disappointing results. It is expected that examination classes also follow a programme of revision over their Christmas holidays to ensure they are well prepared for their examinations in January. Saturday study is now in operation from 9.00 am to 1.00p.m.for students. This should be of particular interest to examination classes and senior students. I wish to thank the Parents’ Council for their ongoing work. As the outgoing Council and Officers end their term of office I would like to extend my appreciation for their support and help. I extend a particular thank you to the Debs Sub -Committee, the Book Fair Sub- Committee, the Hospitality team and Bernie McAtamnee, PRO, for the November edition of the Parents’ Council Newsletter. I wish the new Officers lead by Lisa Charles, Chairperson, every success in their endeavours this year and thank them for their commitment to St. Kevin’s. Finally I would like to wish each and every family a very happy and peaceful Christmas together. May it be an opportunity to create happy memories and special moments as we celebrate the importance of family and special friends in our lives, Catherine Burke, Principal

October RUGBY NEWS... Interest in Rugby continues to grow in St Kevin’s with a team from the College playing its first competitive match. Despite a strong team effort St. Kevin’s were unsuccessful on the day, however success is sure to come as the sport develops in the College. Thanks to the mentors from local clubs and also to Oisin Walsh who does so much to promote sport in the school.

Kilimanjaro Talk...

A talk was given on Monday 10th October by Ian Mc Keever entitled “Overcoming Your Challenges, Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro”.

St Kevin’s Music School...

St Kevin’s is delighted that our new school of music is now up and running. The school offers lessons in String and Wind instruments, which are rented from the school, and students attend weekly lessons. The teachers are Colm O’Hara(Wind) and Christine McEvoy(Strings). Currently there are approximately 20 students enrolled and more students are welcome on payment of a modest fee.

Dunlavin Harvest Festival...

Ms. Heaney’s Transition Year Home Economics class were delighted to be invited to make a submission for this local festival which showcased a range of entries by professional and amateur flower arrangers. This event was a great success and added a flash of colour to both the town and local churches. The students thoroughly enjoyed participating

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Maths and Science Weeks 2011

Maths Week Ireland ran from 15th to 22nd October and St.Kevin’s had plenty of activities on offer for students to mark the occasion. Our artistic first year students decorated the school with posters and they also took part in a Maths quiz with Ms.Pender, Ms. Birchall and Mr.Gallagher. Some third year students took part in Geometry Bingo, during which they answered tough geometry questions in an attempt fill their Bingo lines. Brandon O’Rourke was the first student to call “Bingo” and he won a homework pass awarding him one night’s no homework for Ms. Lennon’s class. Senior students took part in “Census on School”, an online census that will prove useful when students are studying the statistics section of the new Project Maths curriculum. Maths Week coincided with Science Week and both departments invited 6th class students from local primary students into the college. The primary school students participated in fascinating science experiments with Mr. Howley and Ms. Brandon that involved shell-less eggs, the human digestive system and dissecting a heart. Mr.Padraig O’Luanaigh put on a special Maths class in the computer room emphasizing that Maths is fun and is very much part of our lives. Great fun was had by all and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Life Size Chemistry...

A selection of our second year students represented the school on Wednesday the 27th of October in the ‘Life Size Chemistry’ competition in Colaiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole. The students’ projects varied from lava lamps and glow sticks to models of penicillin and the water cycle. All of our projects were of an excellent standard due to all the hard work by students during their lunch times and meeting up outside of school and all our students are to be highly commended for this effort. The students who represented the school were: Karl Bostrom, Rossa Doyle, Killian Brooks, Ross Archbold, Ryan Murnane, Paraic Carmody, Cody Behan, Sarah Sullivan, Laura Foster, Chloe Dwyer, Aoife Byrne, Niamh Allen, Megan Charles, Samara Keogh, Chloe Clarke, Sorcha Tutty, Laura Cullen, Sheridan Hearns, Aaron Hennessy, Mary Healy, Alisha Howard, Ciara Furlong, Kelly Kemmy, Emily Forster, Ciara Devlin, Stephen Doyle, Gavin Duffy, Dylan Mullen and Craig Peate

Open Night Success...

St. Kevin’s hosted our annual open night in October. The evening was very successful with large numbers of prospective students and parents attending.

Parents should note that there is strong demand for places in the College and that late applicants may be placed on a waiting list. Application forms and enrolment policy are available on: www.colaistepc.ie

Fifth Year Music Trip...

5th and 6th year students enjoyed an afternoon of culture in the National Concert Hall recently when they were treated to a performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as part of their music programme for Leaving Certificate


November/December

2011

Archaeology Talk...

Tuesday the 8th of November was an exciting day, not only for the Transition year archaeology students but also for all our first years. Here at St. Kevin’s we were extremely excited and honoured to have the esteemed Archaeologist, Professor Tadhg O’Keeffe, head of the school of archaeology in UCD come out to visit us. Professor O’Keeffe gave a talk to the students about the wide range of interesting work that some of the archaeologists in UCD do and he brought in various prehistoric artefacts for the students to examine and handle, all real of course! This lecture was a follow up to our earlier trip to the National Museum of Ireland in Kildare St., Dublin, where students participated in a Bronze Age pottery workshop. Students and teachers got to hold weapons and tools that were up to 5,000 years old. We were thrilled to have such a rare opportunity like this and there were plenty of questions being asked by the students at the end. Professor O’Keeffe reckons there may even be a few budding archaeologists among our students so watch this space!

Strong Progression Rates to Higher Education...

St. Kevin’s CC continues to perform very well in terms of its students progressing on to third level. In the recently published Feeder Schools survey, which analysed the class of 2011, 80% of the Leaving Certficate class has now gone onto Higher Education. St Kevin’s students are well represented in all the major Universities such as UCD, UL NUIM and TCD.. Students from the class of 2011 are also strongly represented in a huge variety of the Institutes of Technology such as DIT , AIT , WIT and Carlow IT. A number of the class of 2011 are also in the smaller , but no less prestigious such as Mater Dei and St. Patrick’s Drumcondra Well done to all the students who are hopefully well settled into college

First Year Girls Football Team are County Champions...

Our First Year Girls football team are County Champions. They won the title in Roundwood on Wednesday the 16th of November and this is the second year in a row St Kevin’s has won this title. The girls first competed in a Blitz in Baltinglass before the mid term break to qualify for the county finals. The girls performed extremely well in this blitz beating all three opponents, Blessington CC, Scoil Chlongais, Baltionglass and Colaiste Bhride, Carnew. The girls defence was excellent and only conceded one point on the day and the forwards had their scoring boots on. On winning this Blitz the girls qualified along with Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass, Craobh Abhann, Kilcoole and Loreto College, Bray for the county final blitz which was played in Roundwood. The girls again beat all three opponents and again only conceded one point on the day.

Senior Girls’ Football...

Our senior girls’ team played St. Mary’s in Arklow recently but unfortunately had a narrow defeat - they lost by 3 points. Better luck in their up coming match against Arklow Community College! Photo by Hannah Figgis, TY


DCU OPEN DAY... A group of 5th and 6th year students attended this open day on 18th November. This was a good opportunity for senior students to see the facilities on the DCU campus and also to research the courses on offer at this university.

Anne Lavelle, UCD, informs Leaving Certificate students about the HEAR and DARE routes into third level

PARENTS OF LEAVING CERTIFICATE STUDENTS... Parents of 6th years are advised that there is now information available on the College website about two schemes that may help your son or daughter access a college place on reduced points! The two routes are called HEAR and DARE. The HEAR route offers the opportunity to students to apply for a place on reduced points based mainly on family income. The DARE route is for students who have any kind of difficulty such as health issues or difficulties such as dyslexia. Parents are advised to learn more about these opportunities on the College website or at accesscollege.ie

Senior Students travel to NUI Maynooth Open Day...

TY students attended the open day in Maynooth University to learn about the courses on offer. The class were welcomed to the campus by Mr. John Mc Ginnity (Registrar) who advised them regarding the programme of talks for the day and encouraged them to do as much careers research as possible in TY Important Date for Leaving Certs 20/01/12 is the closing date for early application to CAO Early application highly recommended !

Transition Year Students...

have been as busy as ever - they took part in a Ballroom and Latin Dance workshop on Thursday, November 23rd, under the guidance of Ciara Francis and Sebastian Prekun, the All Ireland Ballroom Champions for the past 5 years and who also represent Ireland internationally. Students had a fantastic afternoon and were joined on the Dance floor by their teacher, Ms Ní Éadain. They have also just completed a popular self-defence module with Niall Jones, coach of the Irish Tae Kwon Do team

First Year Drumming Workshop... Ms Butler’s first year music class have been learning all about pitched percussion in their music classes. As a follow up they had a practical class where they got to try out the pitched percussion instruments including xylophone, timapini and glockenspeil.

Under 14 Boys Football...

St Kevin’s Junior boys played a League match against Wexford CBS. Despite a strong team performance, Wexford were victorious on the Day. Thanks to Mr Colm Killeen for Mentoring the team.

Under 19 Boys Soccer...

Congratulations to our under 19 boys’ soccer team who won their match against Kildare Town on Thursday, 23rd November...”it was a close game - we took the lead early, held the game well and won 1-nil ” Jordan Dunne. Good luck in the final!

Poetry Aloud...

Well done to all the students from St. Kevin’s who represented the College so well in the recent competition. The College has a proud tradition of participation in this event encouraged by Ms Doyle from the English Department. David Kelly. Cerys MacAllister and Laura Lenehan progressed to the semi - final which took place on Friday, 28th November in the National Library. Nicola Merriman, Megan Walsh, April Lynch, Rose Merriman, Sarah O’Keeffe and Ciara O’Toole went along to support their classmates. Laura was delighted to go through to December’s Final.....Good luck Laura!!


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