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College Record 2002

Monsignor James Cassin, College President

St Kieran’s has entered a new century, a new millennium, a new era. I am happy to note that from a reading of The RECORD one is struck by the ability of our college to respond to new challenges and grasp new opportunities. The work of teachers, students, parents and all associated with the college is impressive. New developments in education give new life to the college and call for a renewed engagement from pupils and teachers alike. The RECORD exudes affection for a venerable institution that continues to serve us well after a history of more than two hundred years. Developments are logged with pride; events of the past are recalled with a certain reverence for time and place. Nobody passes through these halls of learning without struggle and sometimes pain yet the alma mater somehow cares for students so that they can live with and sometimes make sense of the ups and downs of college life and benefit from the school curricula. It is always impressive when former staff and students revisit with humour and affection their student days in St Kieran’s. For those of us who work here it gives meaning to what we do and encourages us to commit ourselves each day to the work of education, drawing forth the best that is in our pupils. We are living through the best of times and the worst of times. Was it ever any different? We have witnessed brokered peace process after peace process all over the world while at the same time there are outbreaks of hostilities and the reality and increasing threats of terrorist attack. Ireland has a booming economy yielding great prosperity to thousands of people yet social and personal deprivation is on the increase leading to family breakdown and to various forms of unhealthy dependence. There is a search for a spirituality that is in tune with the contemporary world coupled with a widespread rejection of the teachings and values of the Church. Making sense of the world of our time is never easy and for each one is a lifelong project. Without a value system it is well nigh impossible. St Kieran’s College, a Catholic school, proposes a set of values based on the message and teaching of Christ. It engenders love, respect for the individual, tolerance, a commitment to prayer and the Gospel, a special care for the poor and marginalized and a willingness to be guided by the Church’s teaching. The contents of The RECORD lead me to believe that the current staff and students of our college are inspired by this value system. By their fruits, so evident in this publication, you shall know them.

A tinge of sadness touches me as I write the foreword for the 2002 RECORD. In the years to come we will say goodbye to the boarding school. As a former St. Kieran’s boarder, I have a special attachment to the boarding school and owe a debt of gratitude to my alma mater. Boarding brought a unique dimension to the college and gave it the feeling of home. Close bonds were made that endured for life. Now in response to new needs and new circumstances the boarding school is being phased out. The deans of the boarding school had a special place in the lives of students. Their memories live on through the generations. To all who passed through St Kieran’s College Boarding School and especially to the current Deans, Fr Richard Scriven and Fr Patrick Carey, and the current students we say thank you for all you contribute to the life of the college and we pray that your experience in St Kieran’s College will serve you well through life.

If growth is the sign of life, then St Kieran’s College is truly alive. With the unstinting support of Bishop Forristal, our patron, College Management maintains a vision for the college that constantly looks towards development in response to current need and with an eye to the future. We are privileged to have a capable and experienced College Administrator in Fr Kieron Kennedy. His financial acumen and proven ability in forward planning serves us in good stead.

The expansion of educational provision in all departments of the college is remarkable. The Secondary School, under the able stewardship of Principal Micheal 6 Diarmada together with his staff, offer a wide curriculum to students. CREIDIM continues to develop new programs and courses. This year sees the delivery of two new MA programmes on site in the college. NUIM Campus Manager, Chris Reid, and his staff oversee the development of third level courses and a range of other initiatives and have arrived at a point where space has become a problem.

I welcome the new-look RECORD of life at St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny. It is appropriate that the first edition in the new millennium should re-invent the work of chronicling the events of college life. The age of electronic information and communication offers amazing possibilities that will surely leave future generations a wealth of data on the people and events of this time. Only somebody with the immense expertise, energy and enthusiasm of the editor, Fr Richard Scriven, would have undertaken the herculean task of assembling the vast array of material that is between the covers of The RECORD. In his hands modern technology has served us well in the production of this interesting and entertaining vista on St Kieran’s College. The RECORD has done us a great service in affording us a new perspective on ourselves whence we can give thanks for what has been, rejoice in what is, and go forward to the future with confidence.

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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.

Friday 23rd
Sports Day for all students
Monday 26th
Open Night for Incoming First Years 2023 beginning at 6:30pm
Monday 17th - Friday 28th
TY Work Experience
Thursday 27th
6th Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Friday 28th
Midterm Break Begins at 1pm
Monday 7th
School reopens after Mid-Term Break at 8:50am
Thursday 10th
6th Year Careers Information Evening for Parents at 7pm
Thursday 17th
5th Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Friday 25th
Staff Training Day - No school for students
Monday 28th
JCT Cluster Day - No school for students
Thursday 1st
3rd Year P/T meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Monday 12th
Christmas Exams Begin (Provisional)
Wednesday 21st @1pm
Christmas Holidays Begin
Thursday 5th
School reopens after Christmas at 8:50am
Thursday 12th
Subject Choice Meeting for 1st Year Parents
Thursday 19th
1st Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Thursday 26th
2nd Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Monday 6th
St Brigid's Day (School Closed)
Thursday 9th (7pm)
Subject Choice Meeting for TY Parents
Friday 10th @1pm
Mid-Term Break Begins
Monday 20th
Class resumes after Mid-Term Break (8:50am)
Thursday 23rd
Transition Year P/T meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Saturday 11th
Entrance Assessment Test (9am - 1pm)
Friday 17th
St Patrick's Day (School Closed)
Friday 31st @ 1pm
Easter Holidays Begin
Monday 17th @8:50am
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Thursday 27th @7pm
Third Year Parents Information Evening for TY
Monday 1st
Bank Holiday (School Closed)
Tuesday 2nd
Free Day (School Closed)
Monday 23rd
End of Year Awards Night
Monday 29th
Summer Exams Begin (Provisional)
Friday 2nd @1pm
Summer Holidays Begin
Wednesday 7th
State Examinations Begin

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