Monday 19 March 2018

Transition Years hold Podcasting

Transition Years had a Podcasting workshop on Thursday 18 April with Joe, who has a very successful live podcast about football. The students learned that podcasting came from a combination of the words 'ipod' and 'broadcasting'. The students were encouraged to make their podcast about anything that interested them. The podcast included the TY4 Freak Show where the presenters and guests discussed sleepwalking, night terrors and being possessed as mediums

Transition Years had a Podcasting workshop on Thursday 18 April with Joe, who has a very successful live podcast about football. The students learned that podcasting came from a combination of the words 'ipod' and 'broadcasting'. The students were encouraged to make their podcast about anything that interested them. The podcast included the TY4 Freak Show where the presenters and guests discussed sleepwalking, night terrors and being possessed as mediums

TY Drama

After months of rehearsal, the TY plays were performed on 17 and 18 April. Various genres of plays were put on stage, everything from the comedic to the serious. TY1 performed 'Ernie's incredible hallucinations', TY2 put on 'Cybermare' and TY3 did 'The Quest for Quasi', 'The Machine' was performed by TY 4 and TY5 performed 'Out of their Heads'. All of the actors performed very well and everyone had a great experience. A big 'Thank You' to Seán Leahy and Iris Keogh for all their work and effort as without them our performances would not have been possible.

Tag Rugby

On Wednesday 24 April sisters Lauren and Amy Barry, Sophie Connolly, Claire Tracey, Gillian Carroll, Jessica Barker, Elizabeth Smyth, Kellie Gilbert, Eleanor Lematti and Karen Douglas set off with Ms. Gleeson to play a tag rugby blitz in Clondalkin.

The girls played a total of six matches and although some were lost their spirits did not flag. It was a great experience and the girls enjoyed their day. They are looking forward to improving their training on Wednesdays and participating in more blitzes in the future.

suicide cycle

Monday 22nd April was a day that will go down in the annals of history in Loreto Bray. It was a day that encompassed positivity, encouragement and team work. It was the perfect start to our Power of Positivity week!

As a school community we welcomed over 400 cyclists from the amazing Cycle Against Suicide initiative. This is the brainchild of Irish entrepreneur Jim Breen in response to his appearance on the RTE's 'The Secret Millionaire'. The main objective is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available to anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.

Our first and fourth years, together with the fifth and sixth classes from St Patrick's Primary School, formed a guard of honour to cheer the cyclists up theVevay hill towards our school. The cyclists seemed to really appreciate this gesture of support and 'high-fived' many of our students as they sped past!

When they arrived we provided lunch for them in our Mary Ward building. We are very grateful for the invaluable help serving this lunch given by some of our ever-supportive parents.

A number of our local coffee shops, bakeries and supermarkets were extremely generous and provided refreshments for the weary cyclists. 'Finnbees' delivered some beautiful fresh soup to the school, 'The Larder' provided some beautiful sweet treats and bottled water, 'Superquinn' gave us fresh breadrolls and 'Centra' gave us 48 bottles of water. Musgraves also generously donated hundreds of bottles of Lucozade Sport. Our school canteen 'Good Grub Group' provided all the gorgeous sandwiches which went down very well!

After they had eaten they moved over to our Sports Hall where there were a number of entertaining, poignant and informative presentations. The whole school were rapt with attention listening to speakers such as Jim Breen, Nigel O'Callaghan from,

Joseph Dixon who lost his son to suicide, supermodels Roz Purcell and Rosanna Davidson, the comedian Pj Gallagher, the 2fm dj Colm Hayes and the Dublin footballer Jason Sherlock. The biggest cheer of the day went to Joseph Dixon who spoke so movingly about the loss of his much loved 16 year old son Fergus. These presentations have generated a lot of conversations about this sensitive topic and we hope that this will have a lasting and very positive impact on our students.

Special mention must go to our three teachers, Ms Deborah Byrne, Ms Fionnuala Gleeson and Mr Ciarán Farrell along with 20 of our fourth and fifth years who participated in the cycle. They cycled from RTE out to our school. We are very proud of them all. Laura McCarthy, one of our fifth years, was the first student back. It is no coincidence that Laura has been chosen as our sport's prefect for the next academic year 2013/2014.

We must also acknowledge the trojan work done by Katie Waters, a very busy sixth year, who spent many hours painstakingly painted a fabulous welcome banner. We are grateful for the help from many students. All of the work done to organise the day and ensure it ran smoothly really encompassed the spirit of Mary Ward and the sense of teamwork and positivity that permeates Loreto Bray!

We are very proud that we were chosen as an anchor school to host this amazing event. We wish Jim Breen and his cyclists well as they continue on their 1,400 journey around Ireland spreading their powerful message. Go néiri an bother libh!

St. Gerard's School

Trampolinists success in Newry

Congratulations to Lauren Kelly(3rd year) , who won the 15 & 16 Intermediate girls silver medal with her highest score ever, a massive 50.5. It was one of the highest scores of the day at the qualifying round. Isabelle Kelly (2nd Year), won a bronze medal in the 13 & 14 Intermediate section, she too obtained her highest score ever. Jeff Ryan (1st year) won silver in the Boys Intermediate 13 & 14 boys category. All three are now qualified for the Gymnastics Ireland Trampoline National Finals

Show Jumping Representative

Congratulations to Mark Finnerty (1st Year), who has been selected as part of the Irish "Children on Horses" Squad to jump in the Nations Cup in Deauville, France from 23rd to 26th May.

Mark will be competing in the Team Jumping event as well as the Individual Jumping event and there will be further events in Germany and Spain over the summer months. This is a remarkable achievement for Mark and we wish him every success in the Nations Cup in May.

Interschools Show Jumping

Congratulations to our Showjumping Squad who finished 3rd overall in the Interschools showjumping league recently in Mullingar. The competing team were Laura Finnerty (TY), Sophie Geraghty (3rd year), Sarah Bloor (2nd year) and Mark Finnerty (1st year). Mark Finnerty also who won the overall Individual Competition with Laura Finnerty finishing in 3rd place in the bursary class.

Model United Nations Success

Congratulations to the following Transition year and 5th year students who represented the country of South Sudan in SAIMUN over the Easter Break. Representing St. Gerard's were 5th year students; James Allen, Charles Crowley (Ambassador), Kevin Culligan, Cameron Dorlas, Ferdinand Emmet, Grace Looby. The students excelled throughout the conference and were the proud recipients of a much coveted "Commended Delegation Award". Congratulations also to Charles Crowley who secured a "Distinguished Delegate Award".

TY Geography & History

Last weekend a group of twenty TY's took off from Dublin Airport for a whistle stop tour of London's sights and sounds. First port of call on arrival was the Natural History Museum followed by the Churchill Cabinet Rooms. Having taken lunch on the hoof we took on the London Dungeons for an afternoon of terrifyingly spine tingling experiences! After dinner we went on the Jack the Ripper Tour around Whitechapel in the East End. Everybody was exhausted on our return to the hotel where we settled in for the night.

Another early start on Sunday morning saw us make our way to the HMS Belfast at Tower Bridge for a truly unique battleship experience. Our afternoon took us on a semi-rigid rib ride from Embankment Quay out as far as the Thames Barrier, at high speed. Thrilling! After all that we heading for Heathrow and our return home after a truly superb trip.

St. Kilian's Community School


Heartiest congratulations to Shannon Reilly (1F) on winning the 60kg category in the Leinster Girls' Boxing Championships on Saturday 13th April. Shannon had to defeat three opponents to win the championship and everyone in St. Kilian's would like to congratulate her on this achievement. Lets hope that Shannon has taken the first step on the road to emulating the boxing achievements of our famous past pupil - Katie Taylor.


On Thursday 18th April, the 4th Year Geography class visited Dublin Zoo. They were accompanied by their class teachers, Mr. Donohoe and Ms. Roses. The students had an extremely enjoyable and educational day, learning about endangered species and animal conservation. The highlights of the day were the African plains and the very slow-moving sloth! Well done to all who took part.


As part of promoting the well-being and pastoral care of our students, the 5th years attended a talk from two Samaritan volunteers on Friday 19th April. The talk was given to the individual 5th year class groups, and it focused students' emotional health and the work of the Samaritans.

The Samaritans is a national charity. It operates 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people of all ages who are experiencing feelings of emotional distress or despair. Their services (phone lines, emails, letters and in branch) are manned by people who volunteer for the Samaritans. These volunteers been through months of thorough training to qualify as a Samaritan.

The Fifth Years found the talk by the Samaritans' representatives to be very informative and useful. Thanks to Ms. Sinnott for facilitating this class visit.

You can contact Samaritans at Tel: 08457 909090. Email:


On Tuesday 23rd April, Ms. Hume's TY architecture class went on a trip to Dublin. She, Mr. Connolly and 20 students went on the tour where three prominent city landmarks were on the agenda to visit.

The first visit was to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. A tour guide met the group there. Her name was Denise and she was an architect herself. The class had a brief tour of the building and Denise explained its history and architecture. The tour guide then brought the group to Harp Bridge. Finally, Denise led everyone up to the Custom House and told of the history of the building. This was the end of the trip around the Dublin Docklands. The class thanked the tour guide for her interesting and informative presentation of facts.

After lunch, the group met at Christchurch Cathedral for the next tour. The class went inside to meet the next tour guide. His name was John. He told us a lot about the cathedral's history. He informed the students about the reasons why the building was rebuilt many times during medieval and Victorian times. The entire class enjoyed this trip because it was full of interesting facts and history.

The final destination that the group visited was the Aviva Stadium. This proved to be the highlight of the day for the students, as many are avid soccer and rugby fans. Lesley, the tour guide, led the group to the press rooms and explained how a press conference is conducted.

Thereafter, Lesley brought the class through to the dressing rooms and finally through the tunnels and onto the hallowed turf of the Aviva Stadium. Everyone loved this part of the tour as they could imagine the atmosphere created on many great occasions in Irish sport held in this marvellous stadium.

Thanks to Ms. Hume for organising this interesting and enjoyable excursion. Special thanks to Daniel Byrne for writing this article.


On Wednesday 24th April, 22 students from St Kilian's travelled to the woods at Hellfire Club, Co. Dublin. Students came from all different age groups and included both girls and boys. This was the final schools event of the year and students were eager to do well. They travelled early to the venue and carried out some technical map training and pacing exercises.

St Kilian's students were competing against 200 students from eight different Dublin schools. Emma Kelly from First Year did well, finishing in the top 10 in her year group. The best of the 3rd year boys was Mickolai Piotrowski who finished in 5th place, six minutes behind two members of the Irish Junior Squad. Notable performances also came from Abdullah Balasmeh who finished in 8th place. He was closely followed by Dimitri Chizhikov in 9th. The three St. Kilian's boys can be proud of their top ten placings from a field of over 30 competitors.

Expectations were high for Maciek Piotrowski in 6th year, who is the current Senior Schools' League Winner. He was only beaten once in the league all year, and was the clear favourite before the race commenced. He did not disappoint with a flawless run in 39 minutes to take first place and become the new Senior Boys' Schools' Orienteering Champion. Well done Maciek on a marvellous performance!

The Senior Girls' category threw up an unexpected result. Miriam Verdon in 6th year, was favourite to take first place. Miriam had won the Senior Girls' League with some consistently good performances. However luck was not on her side on this day. Miriam made an early error which proved costly and actually cost her a podium finish.

However, St Kilian's can still claim the Senior Girls' champion, courtesy of a deserved win by the resilient and consistent Jeslyvette Lopez. She was delighted with her win, which is the result of her commitment to the sport. Aisling Cooling Nolan and Anne-Marie Edwards, both 6th year students, had great runs and deservedly finished in 2nd and 3rd places respectively. So St. Kilian's senior girls made a clean sweep and secured all the podium places. A great achievement by the girls!

Although the courses were challenging, the students from St Kilian's found the day rewarding and are looking forward to the new league which is to begin in September 2013. New members are always welcome! Well done to Mr. Lawless for all his hard work in promoting the sport of orienteering in the school.


Best wishes are extended to Aisling Morris (5B) who has been selected to represent Ireland this weekend in The Scottish Open 2013. She was selected for the Irish Karate team in January and has been training with the elite squad every fortnight and four/five nights a week in her own club (Wicklow Karate Org - Kilmacanogue). Aisling will be competing in three sections in Scotland: U17's kata, Senior ladies team kata and Open U21's kata.

Aisling is no stranger to international selection. In September 2008 as a 13-year-old, she competed in the World Traditional Karate Association Championship which was held in Italy. Aisling came 2nd overall in the U-18 competition and is now a First Dan Black Belt in traditional Shitoryu Karate.

Everyone in St. Kilian's wishes Aisling the best of luck in her upcoming fights.

Bray People