KCVS 4th and 5th years had a hugely beneficial and highly informative trip to Dublin on Wednesday January 24th. There were two ports of call on the agenda, and two more interesting sites would be hard to find, namely The National Gallery of Ireland and The Royal Irish Academy. First up was a guided tour of the National Gallery and this piqued the interest of all students and teachers present. The first of the items on show was the Jack Yeats room where the group perused his paintings and took part in a Q&A session with the guide afterwards. This was an excellent way to begin proceedings and the manner in which the students reacted was extremely positive with a plethora of questions coming from the floor afterwards. Next up then was a visit to the Atrium and a piece by Cork artist Joseph Walsh which was a 7m high by 2.5 m wide ash sculpture, which used Kilkenny Limestone for the base. After that we were treated to a viewing of the recently renovated The Marriage of Strongbowand Aoife by Daniel Maclise in the Shaw Room. This painting really resonated with the students, due to a number of reasons, not least the sheer vastness of the project, but more importantly the historical content of the painting. They were also fascinated by the renovation process itself and the practicalities of that project. The final segment of the tour took us to the Portrait Gallery and the Hennessy Portrait Prize and this was the highlight of the tour for most. The attention to detail was a thing to behold, particularly in the oil paintings and on another point of local interest, the winner of last years’ prize, Gerry Davis was commissioned to paint our own Henry Shefflin, whose portrait hangs proudly in the entrance to the Portrait Gallery. The interactive nature of this tour really struck a chord with the students and this was evident in the amount of questions and inquiries to each and every aspect of the tour. All involved expressed a desire to return to further peruse the treasure trove available.
Following a lunch/shopping break the next item on the agenda was The Royal Irish Academy. While this was a tour of a different kind, it was, nonetheless an equally interesting one. Some of the items available at first hand are simply staggering. One of the highlights on display here was the collection of Irish manuscripts and this triggered huge interest from the students, with each clamouring to research their local area in the Kilkenny Tome. We learnt an enormous amount here about the history of the Academy, not least the list of dignitaries that have been happy to be known as members.the Academy is an all-Ireland body, and organises conferences, arranges discourses and public lectures, and also conducts research, some of which was recently aiding the Irish Government is assessing and predicting how Brexit might manifest itself in terms of the effect on Ireland. With the assistance of a staffing complement of 80 in addition to the approximately 400 members there are also more than 60 distinguished honorary members, who in the past have included Edmund Burke, Charles Darwin, Enrico Fermi, Max Planck, Maria Edgeworth, Theodor Mommsen, Albert Einstein and Max Born. The material that has been housed here down through the ages includes some of the country’s best-known treasures, such as the Cross of Cong, the Tara Brooch, and the Ardagh Chalice; some of these had been donated or bequeathed to the academy, others bought through subscriptions from the individual members. All in all, this outing proved to be one of the more popular of the many undertaken by KCVS students this academic year, to a student they wished they could have stayed in both venues for longer than the assigned time. This in itself is a ringing endorsement of the facilities of both The National Gallery of Ireland and The Royal Irish Academy and all students are looking forward to visiting both venues again in the not too distant futur
On Wednesday 20th December Kilkenny City Vocational School, teachers and student were in the festive spirit to celebrate the academic achievements of their Junior Students since the start of this school year.
Under the umbrella of the Junior Certificate Schools Programme, the Christmas Awards Celebration took place in the school library to recognise the work and dedication students had put in over the last few months.
As we are half way through the school year it is important to affirm to students that every day of school counts towards their success and this year our First, Second and Third Year students had not let us down.
Teacher nominations were made in each of the subject areas and after much debate, certificates were awarded in each of the areas. Exemplary awards were given to students who had excelled in attendance and also students who have gone that extra mile in their learning and extra- curricular activities.
The morning of celebration, which was organised by Mr Henebery, Mr Holden and Ms Duggan, culminated in an afternoon of ice skating which was kindly funded by the School Completion Programme.
The vision for the new Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) is to place “students at the centre of the educational experience, enabling them to actively participate in their communities and in society and to be resourceful and confident learners in all aspects and stages of their lives” (Framework for Junior Cycle, 2015).
Our Transition Year students are our first cohort of students to receive their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA). The report captures the broad range of learning experienced by our students. The new Junior Cycle provides a wide choice of learning experiences in the curriculum and facilitates the development of 8 Key Skills and 24 Statements of Learning. The JCPA includes the results of the written state exams and for the first time other areas of achievement will be included. Our current Transition Year students achieved other areas of learning in basketball, project work, Savour Kilkenny, fund-raising and information technology. Students will receive their new certificate in the coming week. As well as the certificate stating their results from the state exams it will also contain the results of the classroom based assessment for English. The new junior cycle is being phased in up until 2020, by then all the CBA’s will be reported on.
The senior boys and senior girls soccer finals took place on Thursday last 14th December. KCVS invited local schools for the tournament in the Kilkenny Carlow ETB.
After a successful tournament Colaiste Pobal Osraí came out on top in both the girls and boys tournament.
It was a tough blow for the KCVS boys who had won all their games up to the final. With nobody from the team in 6th year they will come back stronger and learn from the defeat. Final Score CPO 2 – KCVS 1
Huge congratulations to CPO and a big thank you to all the teams who participated.
The girls senior final saw Colaiste Pobail Osraí V Duiske College.
CPO started the game with two early goals and managed to keep the lead until the final whistle.
Final score CPO 2 — Duiske College 0
KCVS girls were unfortunately knocked out by the CPO girls in the Semi-Finals.
Schools that entered the competition were CPO, Tyndall College, Duiske College and KCVS
Huge thank you has to go to teacher and Senior Boys Coach Mr. Farrell for organising the tournament for both the boys and girls. They thoroughly enjoyed it.