College Record 2011

The publication of the College Record over the years has always been an occasion of celebration.  Each edition has been very well received. Each has included a comprehensive chronicle of the main events and the good news stories in the life of the College since the previous edition.  The 2011 edition is no different. I warmly welcome its publication.

However, on this occasion it would be remiss of me not to refer to the National Mood and climate in which we find ourselves. The ongoing challenging economic situation and the restructuring of our country’s finances and banks continue to place many demands on all citizens, young and old.  We are now in our fourth year of recession.  We are faced with public and private indebtedness. Parents strive to meet the needs of their children on a reduced budget.  Many of our students are anxious about what the future holds for them.  Unemployment and involuntary emigration have revisited us with a vengeance.

For the family that is St Kieran’s and everybody involved in education and formation the impact has become more and more obvious and will sadly become more serious. Government finances, department budgets, sponsorship, personal disposable income will all come under further pressure. This in turn will further impact on our service provision for our students and on our staff. This reality now calls for a new and deeper sense of solidarity with one another – where we can sense that we are not alone in our efforts.

When you read through this edition you will feel that strong sense – from the pages rejoicing with the good news that detail the commitment and the dedication to our living traditions.  You will sense the level of teamwork, shared responsibilities, inclusiveness, pride of place and belonging.  You will sense a happy place, a campus of new initiatives – this year these have involved the W.I.T. Research and Innovation Project, St Patrick’s College Maynooth and Adult Faith Development Service as well as the on-going refurbishment of the school facilities – a good place for students and staff.

For all this much thanks are due to Mr John Curtis, Principal, Mr Adrian Finan, Deputy Principal, Fr Dermot Ryan and the Chaplaincy Team, all the staff, students and students’ council, parents and their association, my colleagues on the new Board of Management and the Trustees. The hard work, dedication, support and much goodwill mean that St Kieran’s College is well equipped to face the new reality and the challenges ahead.

As we nurture anew our lives based on our ethos, on our traditions and in God’s spirit, let us continue to pray with and for one another.

Monsignor Kieron Kennedy

College President and Chairman Board of Management

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Key Dates

August
Wednesday 25th
Staff Day (No school for students)
Thursday 26th
6th Years return to school at 8:50am
Thursday 26th
Induction for First Year students at 2pm
Friday 27th
Third and Fifth Year students return at 8:50am
Monday 30th
Second Year and Transition Year students return to school at 8:50am
September
Friday 3rd
Leaving Certificate Results
Friday 17th
Sports Day (To be confirmed)
October
Monday 11th
TY Work Experience Begins
Friday 22nd
Mid-Term Break Begins
November
Monday 1st
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursday 4th
LC Careers Information Evening (TBC)
Thursday 11th
Sixth Year P/T Meeting (TBC)

Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the above times and dates. Please check back to this webpage throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

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.

December
Thursday 2nd
Fifth Year P/T Meeting Online (4:15-6:45pm)
Thursday 9th
3rd Year P/T Meeting Online (4:15-6:45pm)
Wednesday 22nd
Christmas Holidays Begin at 1pm
January
Thursday 6th
School reopens after Christmas at 8:50am
Tuesday 11th
Subject Choice Meeting for 1st Year Parents
Thursday 20th
1st Year P/T Meeting Online (4:15-6:45pm)
Friday 21st
JCT Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
Monday 24th
JCT Cluster Day (No school for students)
Thursday 27th
2nd Year P/T Meeting Online (4:15-6:45pm)
February
Tuesday 1st
Subject Choice Online Meeting for Transition Year Parents
Monday 7th
TY Work Experience begins for two weeks
Thursday 10th
Transition Year P/T Meeting Online (4:15-6:45pm)
Friday 18th
Mid-Term Break Begins
Monday 28th
School reopens after M/T Break
March
Thursday 3rd
St Kieran's Day Mass
Friday 4th
St Kieran's Day Activities
Thursday 17th
St Patrick's Day - School Closed
Friday 18th
Bank Holiday - School Closed
Monday 21st
Free Day - No school for students
April
Friday 8th
Easter Holidays Begin @1pm
Monday 25th
School reopens after the Easter Holidays @8:50am
Thursday 28th
3rd Year Parents Information Evening for TY
May
Monday 2nd
School Closed (Bank Holiday)
June
Friday 3rd
Summer holidays begin @1pm

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