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College Record 2006

It is with a sense of optimism that I welcome this edition of the St. Kieran’s College Record. In keeping with the many changes which have taken place at St. Kieran’s over the past few years this edition mirrors these changes and it will strive, in future editions, to publish a chronicle of the main events in the life of the College since 2002, the 219th Academic Year, when a new-look Record was first presented.

St. Kieran’s College was founded, as you know, in 1782, the first Catholic school after the repeal of the Penal Laws. Over the decades St. Kieran’s has had to face serious challenges and much change but in all this time two pillars have remained constant and solid – our mission of (1) Education and (2) Formation based on Gospel Values.

In these days, the twin pillars of Education and Formation are found on campus – In our Secondary Day School under the stewardship of our newly appointed Principal Mr. John Curtis and the Chaplaincy team headed by Fr. Sean O’Connor – In the Creidim Centre, a centre for Adult Religious Education and Faith Formation for the Diocese, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Declan Murphy and a newly appointed Steering Committee – In the N.U.I.M.(National University of Ireland, Maynooth) Outreach Campus, where at present 220 adult students avail of a range of courses at undergraduate and post graduate level under the managership of Mr. Chris Reid and his team. With these concrete expressions of Education and Formation, St. Kieran’s maintains a central role in the academic and faith life of Kilkenny, both city and county and the Diocese of Ossory.

Over the past few years St. Kieran’s has been very fortunate in managing all the changes facing it and related demands. The new services, new facilities and refurbishment programmes which you see or have experienced are the result of much hard work, dedication and support from many people, especially staff, students, parents’ council, Board of Management, Trustees and our patron, Bishop Forristal.

Since being appointed President in August 2004 I have been inspired personally by the levels of commitment shown and energy expended by all involved in the mission of St. Kieran’s- some now no longer with us, especially Mr. Micheál Ó Diarmada, who retired in 2005 after eleven years as principal. With such obvious commitment we can face the future with confidence and a great sense of optimism – all the more reason to welcome this and future editions of The Record.

Fr. Kieron J. Kennedy. President.

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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.

September
Friday 23rd
Sports Day for all students
Monday 26th
Open Night for Incoming First Years 2023 beginning at 6:30pm
October
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
November
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
December
Thursday 1st
3rd Year P/T meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Monday 12th
Christmas Exams Begin (Provisional)
Wednesday 21st @1pm
Christmas Holidays Begin
January
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)
February
Monday 6th
St Brigid's Day (School Closed)
Friday 10th @1pm
Mid-Term Break Begins
Monday 20th
Class resumes after Mid-Term Break (8:50am)
Thursday 23rd (7pm)
Subject Choice Meeting for TY Parents
March
Saturday 11th
Entrance Assessment Test
Thursday 9th
Transition Year P/T meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Thursday 17th
St Patrick's Day (School Closed)
Monday 20th
JCT State Training Day (No School for Students)
Friday 31st @ 1pm
Easter Holidays Begin
April
Monday 17th @8:50am
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Thursday 27th @7pm
Third Year Parents Information Evening for TY
May
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)
June
Friday 2nd @1pm
Summer Holidays Begin
Wednesday 7th
State Examinations Begin

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