On Tuesday 15thMay 2018 360 of the Kilkenny College community (students and staff) participated in a Fun Walk/Run in aid of Pieta House.
Organising Committee with Chairperson Sarah Darker
A committee of Staff, Fifth Years and Second Years organised this event. The route took in 6.2km of the College grounds and the Ring Road. 53 of the Transition Year pupils stewarded the event with their responsibilities including on campus traffic, stewarding along the route and providing well-earned water afterwards to the participants. The event started with a warm-up lead by teachers Jeff Carter and David Lowry who set the tone for a fun-filled afternoon.
Teachers Sarah Rice, Regina Ryan, and Nurse Henebry
The run was led by Leah Lyons member of the Irish Ladies Rugby team who was presented with flowers and a book ‘Where Swift and Berkley Learnt: A History of Kilkenny College”.
First across the line was TY student Luke Thompson in a great time of 22 minutes and 54 seconds, followed closely by Second Year’s Charlie Hackett. The first girl across the line was Fifth Year’s Maria Cairns and hot on her heels was TY Co-ordinator Richard Willis.
Attending the Fun Walk/Run: Principal, Simon Thompson, Transition Year Co-ordinator, Richard Willis, Teacher, Sarah Rice
But the day was about far more than times! As a whole-school project there was great anticipation and excitement throughout the school. This event allowed each person to participate at their own pace and enjoy the afternoon out in the fresh air. The TY stewards provided great encouragement along the route and a huge welcome awaited each and every person who crossed the line. The comradery across years and between staff and pupils was wonderful. The event is something that most of the Kilkenny College community will remember for a long time!
As well as the benefit to each person’s Wellbeing the event raised just over €2000 for the nominated charity of Pieta House.
Kilkenny College was recently presented with teaching resources for Leaving Cert. Construction Studies, which were sponsored by Dan Morrissey & Co., Carlow. They have sponsored many schools and colleges in the South East region to help improve Construction within the education system.
The teaching resources are produced by Mr. Patrick Larkin of the House Builder Guide, himself a retired teacher who saw the need for more visual learning aids in the subject. The resources consist of the ‘Building Blocks’ Teaching and Training DVD series and are suitable not only for Leaving Cert. Students but also students studying Architecture, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Construction Apprenticeship Trades.
Our photograph shows Mr. Patrick Larkin, House Builder Guide presenting Leaving Cert students with the resources. Also included is Mr. Sam O’Rourke, Business Development Manager with Dan Morrissey & Co. Carlow. Mr. Simon Thompson, Principal, Kilkenny College and Mr. Stephen Boyle Construction Studies Teacher, Kilkenny College.
After previous successes with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 2017, and “A Knight to Remember” in 2016, teachers and students at Kilkenny College were eager to get another play in the works. In September 2017, a meeting was held for those interested, and production on “Dancing at Lughnasa” began.
“Dancing at Lughnasa” is a play based around the Michael, the narrator’s memories of his life with his mother and aunts in 1930s rural Ireland, more specifically Ballybeg. The cast was comprised TY students, 5thform students and a 6thyear, some of whom were newcomers and others veterans of the stage.
There is no sole star in the show, and though Michael may be a titular character, he takes a back-seat as the sisters own the stage. Everyone did an absolutely incredible job;
Joshua Good, Sean Gordon Dalton, Aidan Donohoe, Emma Norse, Sophia Peschke, Alex McNeill, Ellie Fogarty and Sophie Perry
Sheena Doyle, Nyika Empey, Jemma Beale and Katie McKenna
And we all owe a big thanks to the teachers involved, Mr. Jerry Clarke, Ms Trini Kenny, and Ms Sinead Keher, and the school hopes that drama will continue to flourish and grow in the coming years.
By Aidan Donohoe TY