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College Record 1966

EVENTS in the College have now been chronicled in this  biennial form for a decade for it was in 1956 that ST. KIERAN’S COLLEGE first made its diffident bow to the public. Set against the 183 years of the College’s existence, a span of ten years diminished into insignificance, yet the changes which have taken place in that decade match those of any other similar period one cares to name. These arc not evident in stone and wood and glass, though a closer scrutiny shows that the material structure is not so unchanging as a first glanre might suggest, but the changes lie in less tangible form. The Vatican Council and the Report of the Commission on Education, in their separate spheres, are both reacting on the kind of education that is being given today to students, lay and clerical – outward-looking, searching, challenging, optimistic. A teaching; staff of twenty-seven, as against twenty-two a decade ago, indicates the awareness of the College of its responsibility in keeping apace with the strides education is now making.

In this Golden Jubilee Year of the 1916 Rising, ST. KIERAN S COLLEGE RECORD pays tribute to the leaders of the Insurrection in the person of Thomas MacDonagh, one-time teacher in the College. Father Gerard Rice has dug deep into the character of the man and the Kilkenny of the period when MacDonagh walked between St. Kieran’s and his lodgings in High Street. The result is a critical and authoritative evaluation of the teacher, poet and soldier. The remammg articles, features, students’ reviews, news reports, miscellania, in their wide diversification, all have the purpose of entertaining our readers, and bringing them into closer touch with the College. Of one department at the end of the RECORD it is difficult to escape the feeling that it is the most popular of all – an idea that seems to reflect on the mentality of our readers and on the value of the more seriously considered pages which precede it. The department is titled “News from Far and Near.” It does not demand imaginative writing; its content is completely governed by the material sent in by correspondents. If some areas of the globe get more cover than others, this is not a measure of. their greater imJJOrtance, but merely that other parts, equally cherished, have less diligent correspondents. So let. us make a pressing appeal to our readers by qualifying the title of this department: “More News from Farther and N;arer.”

The 1964 issue of the RECORD had scarcely appeared when the College changed its President. Canon Gabriel Loughry made way for Canon John Holohan. May we wish both men ‘Ad multos annos’: the one on the banks of his beloved Nore at its most picturesque point, Inistioge, and the other in that most responsible and influential post, the President’s Room.

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Key Dates

Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the below times and dates. Please check the school website throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

August
Thursday 24th
6th year students return at 8:50
Friday 25th
3rd year students return 8:50am/ 1st Year Induction at 11am
Monday 28th
2nd year, 5th year and TY students return to school at 8:50am
September
Monday 18th
Open Evening
Friday 22nd
Sports Day
Monday 25th
School Closed
October
Thursday 19th (4:15-6:45pm)
6th Year P/T Meeting
Friday 27th
Mid-Term Break Begins @ 1pm
November
Monday 6th
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursdays 9th (7pm)
6th Year Careers Information Evening
Thursday 16th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
3rd Year P/T Meeting
Thursday 23rd (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
5th Year P/T Meeting
Friday 24th
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
Monday 27th
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
December
Friday 14th
Christmas Carol Service @ 7:30pm
Friday 22nd
Christmas Holidays Begin @ 1pm
January
Monday 8th
School Reopens after Christmas Holidays
Thursday 11th (7pm)
Subject Choice Meeting for 1st Year Parents
Thursday 18th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
1st Year P/T Meeting
Monday 22nd
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
Thursday 25th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
2nd Year P/T Meeting
February
Monday 29th (Jan) - Friday 9th (Feb)
Mock Examinations for JC & LC
Monday 5th
St Brigid's Day (School Closed)
Wednesday 7th (7pm)
Subject Choice Meeting for Transition Year Parents
Friday 9th
Mid -Term Break Begins @ 1pm
Monday 19th
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursday 22nd (4:15-6:45pm)
TY P/T Meeting
March
Friday 8th
St Kieran's Day Activities
Monday 18th
School Closed
Friday 22nd
Easter Holidays Begin @ 1pm
April
Monday 8th
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Thursday 18th (7pm)
3rd Year Parents Information Evening for TY
May
Monday 6th
School Closed (Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 7th
School Closed
Friday 31st
Summer Holidays Begin
June
Wednesday 5th
Junior & Leaving cert exams start

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