PLASTISEA, Kilkenny City Vocational School’s Junk Kouture entry reached the Southern Regional Finals of Junk Kouture Recycling Competition. A record breaking, 1,590 entries were submitted to judges this year where we reached the Top 80 in Southern Region.
Similar to last year, the painstaking voting began for a week long period 19th – 23rd February. Voting accounts for 10% of judges votes. Competing against huge schools from Limerick, Cork, Kerry and other counties across the south we finished a very commendable 11th at the close of voting. Our small, close knit school in the heart of Kilkenny finished more than ten places clear of any other Kilkenny School in public vote. This result was due to an active voting campaign, including radio interviews, social media and posters as examples.
On the 9th March we then travelled to University Concert Hall, Limerick, where model Tanya put on great performance and really had the crowd on their feet. When it came to the final top eighteen we unfortunately did not make it through to All Ireland.
The students must be commended for their excellent behaviour, work ethic and motivation. Their attitude was fantastic and they represented themselves, their classmates and our school excellently on the day. We are very proud.
A thank you also must be extended to staff members Ms Sheehy, Ms Corrigan, Ms Healy and principal, Ms McSorley for supervising the supporter’s bus. The supporters were impeccable in uniform and courteous in behaviour, moreover, they were gracious and supportive in defeat, representing the school well on the day.
The tragic tale of the two star crossed lovers is a story that has been recounted innumerable times. However, this time the production of Shakespeare’s most notorious plays caught and retained the attention of a packed theatre of young adolescents, an arduous task by anyone’s calculations.
The play was performed by a mere cast consisting of only four exhilarating and animated characters. Quick costume changes and different accents made it easy to identify the characters on stage. Both Capulets and Montagues wore distinguishing red and blue costumes to help the audience identify what camp each character was from.
Another interesting technique deployed by ‘Cyclone Rep’ was the use of very simple props used to construct different settings in separate scenes, such as the famous balcony scene. Though the use of props was limited, those that were used helped the audience to visualise the set and allowed them to envisage the different locations in the play. The actors used the props to jump, lie and hide behind them, which made for some humorous and intriguing scenes.
For me however, the star of the show was performed by Luke Barry. He told a story not only through dialogue but also through the energy and passion associated with his characters. Almost every time he made an appearance the whole audience would laugh hysterically, the audience were mesmerised by his captivating stage presence which was enchanting.
In terms of the overall performance itself, the production’s amazing cast made it extremely memorable. The sterling performances of the marvelous actors made it easy for students to comprehend the often difficult to decipher Shakespearean dialogue. After every act the play came to a halt for an interactive session and summary of the previous scenes. The workshop style presentation is geared to aid students in their understanding and engagement of the challenging text and from this teacher’s point of view it certainly succeeded in doing this.
Niall de Burca, Irish storyteller visited Kilkenny City Vocational School during Seactain na Gaeilge and certainly enchanted our students. Students from senior cycle with his interesting and funny stories and tales.
Niall made his stories feel completely Irish with his use of Irish language and with actions and the characters he adapted. He captivated all of us with his humour and energy. this energy along with his enthusiasm was infectious and had both teachers and students completely energised in his many ancient stories and folklore.
Our 2nd year class certainly feel more confident in their oral language and more prepared for their oral presentation, which they will undertake in English class.
Students also received some interesting prizes from Foras na Gaeilge to acknowledge their participation in Seachtain na Gaeilge.
Bhain siad taitneamh as an lá. Cuireadh na daltaí ón scoil ar an dtalllan ó thus go deireadh le saineolas an seachaí seo.