Joe Schmidt, Ireland Head Rugby Coach, was a welcome and popular special guest at Kilkenny College on Wednesday 7th December. Joe made time in his busy schedule to travel to the College and speak to the assembled school community before rounding off his visit by meeting as many students and staff as time permitted.
Upon arrival Joe was met by a group of junior cycle students who are captains of their respective sports teams. He was shown the Irish representative jerseys from a variety of sports worn by former students of the College which hang in Red Square. The was an atmosphere of celebration in the College Sports Hall upon Joe’s entrance reflecting the success of the Irish team’s recent achievements in defeating South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
Joe Schmidt then spoke to the students and staff reminding them that excellence is achieved through repeated practice and preparation. It is not given to anyone. He emphasized that a group or team succeeds best when each person within it is working to be the best that they can be. It is then that the combined effort will achieve the best possible results.
The captains of the four senior girls and boys rugby and hockey teams then made a presentation of thanks to Joe, including a Kilkenny College rugby jersey.Joe’s natural warmth and empathy shone through during his visit. A Whole School ‘Selfie’ and a lap of honour around the all the year groups brought the Assembly to a conclusion. Joe was gone, but the halo lives on
KILKENNY COLLEGE SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS
In The Cathedral Church of St. Canice @ 11:00 a.m. On Monday the 19th of December. Refreshments for Parents/Guardians in Rothe House, Parliament Street following the Service Courtesy of the Parents’ Association.
‘15 Third Level Scholarships and national awards for members of the Leaving Certificate Class of 2016 at Kilkenny College.’
The achievements of significant numbers of students from the Leaving Certificate Class of 2016 have been recognised by a variety of third level institutions and associations in recent weeks.
Three Entrance Scholarships were awarded by Trinity College Dublin to members of the class of 2016 on the 22nd November. Sarah Morrow, Castlecomer Road and Daire Pryal, Holdensrath, two of the recipients, both achieved 625 CAO points in the Leaving Certificate 2016. Both Sarah and Daire are now studying Medicine. Sophie Cairns, who attained 605 CAO points is now studying Engineering.
TY Business class are currently half way through their share trading game which started in September. Players started with $100,000 and can make trades online at any time. In a fluctuating market Students are finding it a lot harder than last year to show good returns, a cooling of some of the more fashionable Technology stocks which are always popular with the students has seen returns well down on last year. Those students with a varied portfolio have performed well with David O’Brien leading the way with a very healthy €2,558 profit in current circumstances. Mr. Ashmore is making up for last years bottom of the table finish with a credible 2nd place, closely followed by Daniel Thompson only €28 behind in 3rd place. The rest of the top 5 is made up of Jack Foley and Susan James. The competition runs until the end of this term with many twists and turns to come. Click the read more buton to see a full league table.