Tuesday 23 January 2018

Young scientist exhibition

Blessington Community College 50th Anniversary
Blessington Community College 50th Anniversary

COLAISTE Chraobh Abhann/


Well done to Maciej Goszczycki, who received a highly commended award at the recent Young Scientist's Exhibition in the RDS in January. For the project, he developed an interactive first person shooter game where a user must write specific pieces of code to enable his/her character to perform actions. The overall aim of the project is to teach programming to young people by introducing simple code to the player in a fun and interactive way.


Rehearsals for the upcoming school musical have recommenced! This year's musical, 'Grease', will be performed in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th March 2013. Students and staff are looking forward to a great show and the excitement is already building. Tickets are available from the Mermaid box office, on (01) 2723140, at and through the school. We look forward to seeing everyone there!


A reminder to all parents and guardians of fifth year students that the Parent-Teacher-Student meeting will take place on Thursday January 30th from 4.15p.m. - 6.45p.m. The students will also meet with their mentors at this time.

Loreto Secondary School


Congratulations to the Senior Loreto Bray Basketball team who are through to the Final of the Inter Loreto Basketball League. Well done girls and best of luck in the forthcoming Final.


Congratulations to Fon Duangnet-Hughes, Rizza Mamuric, Erin Montejo and Claire Tracey who were Silver medal winners in the Leinster League. Well done girls.


On Friday 17th January a number of Transition Year students attended Conradh na Gaeilge's "Séo Bothair". This is a comprehensive interactive workshop which aims to promote the use of Irish language in daily life, through games, role plays, discussions and debates. The students were informed of all the state services which they can access and the opportunities available to them using their "Gaeilge".


Would any of you out there still have a Loreto Bray blazer lurking in the back of a wardrobe or in the attic. Would you consider donating it to your old Alma MAter. We need black blazers urgently, preferably our own, but any black blazer would be welcome. Kindly drop into the secondary school office. Míle buíchas.


It's that time of the year again when we celebrate the founder of the Loreto Order, Mary Ward. This year we took the theme of the difficulties women and girls can encounter in accessing education. We looked at the work of the Loreto Order in six countries, Ireland, Canada, South Sudan, Vietnam, East Timor and India.

All students participated in a Justice game in the sports hall, took part in a quiz and other fun activities. While everyone enjoyed the fun and games there was a serious theme underpinning the day and students grew in their awareness of the difficulties encountered by many girls throughout the world in accessing education.

At the end of the mornings activities the whole school community assembled in the Sports Hall for a prayer service where a letter from the students in Loreto, Rumbek, South Sudan was read. The principal of Loreto, Rumbek is an ex student of the school, Sr. Orla Treacy.

We were united in praying for peace in South Sudan and throughout the world. A big thank you to Sr. Phil and the beautiful choir and singers who made the prayer service so memorable.

St. Kilian's Community School


Commiserations to the boys' under-17 soccer squad who narrowly lost the final of the Wicklow -Wexford League on Thursday 16th January. Their opponents were Gaelcholaiste Na Mara, Arklow and the final score was 1-0.

Greystones was the venue for the final on a bright and sunny morning which was conducive to good football. Over 120 supporters travelled to support St. Kilian's in the match and they were vociferous in their support for the team.

The first half was very evenly balanced. Ian Mahoney had a great chance to score after five minutes. He controlled a free-kick from Dan Byrne expertly, swivelled and shot in an instant. Unfortunately, his shot shaved the angle of crossbar and post and Arklow survived.

As the half wore on, Arklow went on the attack and St. Kilian's were indebted to goalkeeper, Ben Brown -Roche for two magnificent saves to keep the scoreboard blank. Ben's agility was one of the highlights of the match and he played brilliantly throughout. Alex Byrne, Lee Ward and Michael O' Brien worked tirelessly in midfield and James Kehoe was a constant threat to Arklow with his incisive and menacing runs down the left flank.

St. Kilian's best chance to score came near the end of the first half when Kehoe's inswinging corner fell to Josh Treacy six yards out. Josh's shot was smothered by a ruck of Arklow defenders crowded on the goal-line and 0-0 was the half-time score.

Arklow took charge of the match in the first period of the second half. Josh Treacy, Gary O' Sullivan , Adam McGrath and Daniel Byrne defended manfully, but the pressure told eventually. Ben Brown-Roche pulled off a great diving save low to his left, but the rebound fell to the Arklow forward who lifted his shot into the roof of the net.

The first goal was always going to be decisive in such a closely-fought game. St. Kilian's pressed forward and tried hard to get the equaliser, but all to no avail. However the team can be very proud of their efforts. They tried very hard and were just beaten by a strong and skilful side. Well done to everyone and special thanks to Mr. Forde, the team's coach.

TEAM: Ben Brown Roche, Adam McGrath, Gary O' Sullivan, Josh Treacy, Dan Byrne, Aaron Kelly, Michael O' Brien, Alex Byrne, James Kehoe, Lee Ward and Ian Mahoney. Subs used: Luke O' Sullivan, Craig Melia and Pablo Cueto.


St. Kilian's CS 1 Dublin Oak Academy 4: St Kilian's First Year Boys were very unlucky not to take some points away from this game but definitely can be very proud of their performance. Two very late goals made this result look very flattering to Dublin Oak Academy.

In an action packed opening half, St. Kilian's dominated possession but found it hard to create clear goal chances. However, Dublin Oak Academy did make the most of their chances and St. Kilian's were 2-nil down after 20 minutes. The mid-field of St Kilian's started to string lots of passes together at this point, with Michael Moorehouse, Dylan Bermingham, Shane Devlin and Gary Purcell all becoming very influential. Jordan Conroy got St. Kilian's back into the match with a stunning free-kick from 25 metres out. This was the last significant act in the first half, which ended with D.O.A. leading 2-1.

The defence of St. Kilian's played extremely well throughout this match. Captain of the team, CJ Buckley and James Ryan were solid in the centre of the defence and Jordon Smith and Jason King played their part too. Ryan Ebbs pulled off some outstanding saves to keep his team in this match and he can be very happy with his performance.

In the 2nd second, St. Kilian's had a number of chances to get back level. The best of which fell to Gary Purcell, whose strike came off the post, following a lovely weighted pass from Michael Mc Mahon. Oisin O' Leary- Broughan worked his socks off, constantly up and down the wing and made the keeper work hard on a number of occasions.

As St Kilian's pressed for the equaliser, but they fell victim to two swift counter attacks in the dying moments. The team can take lots of positives from this match and hopefully will get what they deserve in their next match. Keep up the hard work.


On Tuesday 21st January, Mr. Kelly's Sixth Year English class travelled to UCD to see the college's Dramsoc's production of the Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth, which is on the Leaving Cert course in 2014. The students found the play to be both entertaining and informative, and everyone agreed that the trip was a beneficial experience with the dreaded "mocks" just around the corner! The performances and production level were of a high standard and an enjoyable afternoon was had by Mr. Kelly and the 26 students who went on the trip to UCD.


St. Kilian's would like to thank all the First Year parents and guardians who attended the parent-teacher meeting in the school on Tuesday 21st January. Nearly 90% of parents attended, and they were very happy and positive about the feedback received from teachers about their children's academic progress and social integration at second - level. Well done to the Year-Head of First Year, Mr. Fitzpatrick, for organising the meeting and for facilitating the high parental turnout at the event.


St Kilian's 5LCA class attended Elavon In Cherrywood, Co. Dublin on Monday 20th January. The students are taking part in the "Business in the Community" programme. The class had a tour of the business and got to hear about the jobs of various people and how they came to work in Elavon. The students had a great time and enjoyed seeing the inside of this large company that do business all over the world. Thanks to Ms. Brophy, the Business and Enterprise teacher of 5LCA, for organising the visit to Elavon.


On Thursday 23rd January, all the students in First Year enjoyed a trip to the Mermaid Theatre in Bray to see the film version of "Coraline", which was read during the English classes since the start of this term. "Coraline" written by Neil Gaiman, is a supernatural fantasy novel aimed at older children, and the students enjoyed studying the novel immensely. As part of the Film and Book initiative, students read a novel, watch the film and attend a quiz based on the book and film.

The quiz is to happen soon and is eagerly anticipated by the students. Thanks to Ms. Garvey, St. Kilian's Home School Liaison officer, for organising the film excursion to the Mermaid Theatre.

Bray People

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