All pupils study Irish, English, Mathematics and French (except for those exempt and deemed eligible for learning support). All have classes of Physical Education, Religious Education, Career Guidance and R.S.E. (Relationships & Sexuality Education).
Our aim is to enable each pupil to study four additional subjects and to take as many at honours level as his/her capability allows.
Pupils select from the following:
• Home Economics
• Architectural Technology
• Agricultural Science
• Design and Communication Graphics
• Applied Mathematics
Most combinations are possible.
This Department expands to take in visits to the theatre and lectures with occasional drama productions on the school stage.
Within the Irish Department many pupils attend summer courses in the Gaeltacht regions and groups have also been to the Aran Islands and participate in other cultural activities.
There are two fully equipped Home Economics rooms supported by a preparation area. Both boys and girls, become skilled in cooking, nutrition and household organisation.
As part of the enterprise development programme, mini-companies (theoretical and practical experience) are created each year for Transition Year with emphasis on creating products and services for sale. Inter-school competition, regionally and nationally, has been very successful in winning awards for enterprise for the College in recent years. A ‘Dragons’ Den’ style competition for young entrepreneurs is run each year.
Kilkenny College is one of the first schools in the country offering RE as a subject in both Junior and Leaving Certificate levels.
Art is a timetabled subject in first year and then a subject of choice for the Junior and Leaving Certificates. The department offers a broad range of craft as well as the fine arts. There is an active Art Club every day after school where pupils can work on current projects helped by a member of staff. Pupils are assisted with their portfolio presentations for Art College.
This department has worked with the Arts Council ‘Artist-in-Residence scheme’, with which it has produced an animation film and a portrait exhibition which won national success in the Form and Fusion competition. Recent pupils’ work is to be seen throughout the college.
Technology Projects created each year in the woodwork, construction, engineering and metalwork departments are displayed on open days and are entered in the examination process each year.
Both academic and practical skills are developed in our flourishing Music Department. Like art, music is a timetabled subject in first year and is available as an option in the Junior and Leaving Certificate cycles.
Singing and a wide selection of instruments are taught. Pupils may borrow from the school’s extensive collection of instruments when they start. All instrumentalists are encouraged to play in the orchestra and/or jazz band, both of which give performances and compete at festivals during the year. The three choirs cover a large repertoire and perform regularly.
As well as the experience gained in performance, pupils also attend concerts, recitals and workshops. Pupils are prepared for examination with the R.I.A.M. or a similar board.