Senior Soccer Team

Congratulations to the Kilkenny City Vocational School Senior School teams on participating in the Kilkenny Schools annual indoor Soccer tournament in Wallslough.

The boys won two from three matches in their group stages and each faced each other in the shield final.

KCVS had 3 teams competing in the tournament.

Kilkenny City Vocational School Ladies soccer team are in action next week! Watch this space!image

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Kilkenny City Vocational School is delighted to announce that Mick Power and Sharon McGorrian have been selected to go on the Pilgrimage to Lourdes as part of Ossary Diocese. Several TY students applied for the privilege to go, thus it made the selection process very difficult. The application process involved students writing a letter of application and then undergoing a thorough interview. The standard of application and interview were exceptionally high but in the end Mick and Sharon topped the class. As a school we are immensely proud of Mick and Sharon and we wish them all the best in their preparations for the Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

In order to go to Lourdes the students must raise over €2,000. The students with the help of their teacher Miss Butler have undertaken an extensive fundraising campaign. The successful fundraisers coordinated to date include a bucket collection in Kilkenny City, a Christmas Jumper day and a Last Man Standing Competition. The students have raised €2,000 and they are now organising their final fundraiser to get the last €200. We would like to thank everyone for their support and generous donations towards the pilgrimage to Lourdes. The students and their teacher Miss Butler will attend the Pilgrimage to Lourdes from Monday 22nd – Saturday 27th May 2017.

The students are travelling to Lourdes as youth leaders and they will be assisting the sick and elderly over there as helpers.

img_7466Its a fantastic opportunity for the two students.

Drop Everything and Solve

At KCVS we have a numeracy strategy called Drop Everything and Solve.

This involves students stopping what they are doing to  try and solve a whole school numeracy problem.

This is done every month to help promote and develop students ability to solve problems in numeracy.

Pictures are of the students who have won over the last two months. Well Done to all who entered.

Keep a lookout for next months numeracy problem and drop the answers to Ms O’Donovan or Mr. Aylward. march-2017-001 march-2017-003 march-2017-046 march-2017-048

Basketball for 1st and 2nd Years

Well done to the 1st and 2nd year students who played Carlow Vocational School in a basket ball match and displayed an excellent team performance. Both teams were unfortunate in losing out by a few baskets but will build on this for their next game.

Thanks you to Ms Sheehy our couch and PE teacher for organising the game.

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Transition Year Trip to School of Food, Thomastown

img_6778 img_6783 img_6787 img_6788 img_6792 img_6793 img_6821 img_6834 img_6837 img_6799 img_6802 img_6826 img_6840 img_6844On Wednesday 1st February Ms Sheehy and Ms Doyle brought Transition Year students to the Thomastown School of Food, a fun and informative day was enjoyed by all!

On the day learners were treated to a healthy lunch menu that they prepared, cooked and served themselves. Salmon goujons with a lemon and dill dip was a starter. Falafels and pickled red cabbage served as main course, this was finished off with scrumptious and nutty apple crumble. As always on trips students were exemplary in their behaviour and great Transition Year memories were created. Moreover, we have some budding chefs in our midst!

Spanish Cultural Day

Spanish Cultural Day

As part of the new Transition Year programme the module ‘Life Skills’ equips learners with important skills for everyday living. This includes anything from healthy eating guidelines, cooking and sewing to wiring a plug and planning a budget. The Transition Year group who are now taking this module with Ms Doyle prepared, cooked and served the Spanish Dish ‘Paella’ for their whole year group. This was a particularly enjoyable event as we have many Spanish exchange students currently attending Kilkenny City Vocational School. A great afternoon was had, filled with development of ethnic knowledge and cooking skills. Each of the Transition Years will be quick to note the most fun off all was had by their year head Mr Aylward who really enjoyed his place setting at the head of the table!

Huge thanks to Ms. Doyle for arranging the afternoon.october-2016-002 october-2016-006 october-2016-013 october-2016-014 october-2016-015 october-2016-016 october-2016-017 october-2016-018 october-2016-019 october-2016-023

TY visit to Troy’s Court Day Care Centre

The Transition Years would like to thank the staff of Troy’s Court Day Care Centre for facilitating a rewarding afternoon on March 13th 2017.

Students were given a talk on the facilities available in Troy’s Court and then students got an opportunity to chat, interact, help and have fun with the elderly in our community. It was a fantastic afternoon and the students thoroughly enjoyed it.march-15-2017-007







Kilkenny City Vocational School students are now All Ireland Finalists!!! On the 10th of March in the University Concert Hall Limerick Marta Barbera, Sharon McGorrian and Courtney Dwyer along with their Home Economics teacher, Ms Sarah Doyle represented their school with pride.
Beating off over 1,300 entries, and two stages of judging, including public voting Kilkenny City Vocational School and their entry ‘HAIR DRESS HER’ are now heading to the All-Ireland Final on the 27th April in the 3 Arena, Dublin. HAIR DRESS HER is made from recycled hair extensions and hair cuttings from hairdressers and barbers. The students of Kilkenny City Vocational School contacted local hair salons around Kilkenny, where they gathered recycled hair extensions. Staff members, students and the wider school community also recycled hair extensions. The Home Economics Department even had some enthusiastic donations from male staff members at end of ‘Movember’!
Late evenings after school and endless braiding and plaiting of hair has finally paid off! Group model Marta Barbera put on one hell of an electric catwalk performance to guarantee progression to the final stage of the competition. Marta’s make up was done by 6th year student, Courtney Dwyer, as always it was fantastic on the night! Each of the three group members worked very hard on the dress. Supporters on night and staff members who accompanied the supports were excellent, and really let the crowd know they were in the building!
The next stage for girls and their teacher is 3 Arena in Dublin in front of X Factor’s Louis Walsh, the Saturday’s singer Una Healy and other Junk Kouture judges including Tracey Fahey, Jane Leavey and Rhys Ellis . This is a huge achievement for the school and wider community. The students and their teacher would like to extend their gratitude to all members of public who kindly took the time to vote at an earlier stage of competition. Shortly we will require assistance with voting again, this is an integral part of competition as it accounts for 10% of overall judging. Details to come! #hairdressher

Two Good Idea’s from KCVS

Kilkenny City Vocational School were successful in their endeavour in the junior category of the ‘One Good Idea’ National Competition. KCVS are the only school in the country to have two teams advance in the competition. ‘Nation Domination’ and ‘The Best’ have been chosen as two of the top 50 teams in Ireland out of hundreds to progress to stage 2 of the SEAI competition. Both teams are comprised of 2nd year students who undertook the project as part of their CSPE course.



The competition is open to primary and secondary schools nationwide to come up with one good idea that inspires local changes to save energy and fight climate change.

The students leading ‘Nation Domination’ are Nathan Fahy, Zoe Meagher, Maggie Jackman, Layla Delaney and Mohammad SalaUddin. These students aim to encourage people in the community to save energy in the household and to consider their usage of everyday household appliances. The students were inspired with this idea after a school workshop with Pedal Energy where they had to work up a sweat to power the machines to make their own smoothies!

Denis Torlakovic, Jason Treacy and Gabriele Morkunaite are putting ‘The Best’ foot forward in their mission to promote energy saving in Kilkenny City Vocational School amongst both students and staff. This group are hopeful that their ideas, which are being kept under lock and key until the next deadline in March will inspire other local schools to also become more energy efficient.

The teams must now submit a video and a pitch of their project, with 20 finalists to be announced in April for the final in May in Croke Park.

Best of luck to all involved and teachers Ms. Butler and Ms. Sheehy.