Congratulations to our 3rd year CSPE students who successfully organised a visit to Dail Eireann as part of their 3rd year Action Project. The class were divided into 5 committees in order to plan and prepare for the visit to Dail Eireann. The group worked extremely well and demonstrated exceptional teamwork, communication and leadership skills over the course of this Action Project.
The 3rd years thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Dail Eireann. On the day they were enthusiastic and engaged as they wanted to learn more about the life of a politician. Their behaviour and enthusiasm was commended by the tour guide and Bobby Aylward. Bobby Aylward spoke to the students’ for over an hour and he participated in a questions and answers session with the students also.
We wish to thank TD Bobby Aylward for taking a break from his busy schedule and facilitating this visit to Dail Eireann. He really engaged the students and he commented on their interest and knowledge of politics. Well done to our 3rd year students who organised a great educational visit to Dail Eireann and who were fantastic ambassadors for our school in Leinster House.
Thank you to their CSPE teachers Ms. Butler and Ms. Corrway who coordinated the event with the 3rd year CSPE class. Thank you to Mr. Farrell, Ellen Corrigan and Mary O’Shea for accompanying the students along with their CSPE teachers to Dail Eireann.
Science Week in Kilkenny City Vocational School 2018
Science week ran from the 11th – 19th of November with all 1st, 2nd and 3rd years participating in a science scavenger hunt. Teams worked together to complete 16 scientific tasks. The students learned and developed new skills such as; using pH paper to test samples, drawing and labelling a diagram of a plant cell and measuring liquids using a graduated cylinder.
The 1st years were also brought to an interactive science talk called ‘It Takes Guts’ in the Watershed. The students learned about the parts and functions of the digestive system.
The 1st years were also involved in a bridge making competition. The students were placed into teams. They had to sketch out a plan and create a model using lollipop sticks and glue.
The 5th years were also involved in science week and taught the 1st years how to dissect and label a sheep heart. This gave the 5th year students an opportunity to come up with creative way to teach the 1st year with also giving them a better understanding.
Congratulations to the Transition Year Young Social Innovators (YSI) group, who successfully completed the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal. As part of YSI students investigate social problems and then look at creative solutions. The students were studying the topic of poverty and decided the shoebox appeal was a great initiative to try and help less fortunate children in other parts of the world.
The students coordinated a very successful Shoebox Appeal campaign. Firstly, they organised guest speakers from Team Hope to come in and talk to the class. They then created posters; put them up around the school and they made a presentation to the other year groups in order to inform them about the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal. All these initiatives got the students and staff of Kilkenny City Vocational School interested and excited in the Shoebox Appeal. The students collected shoeboxes in their spare time from shoe shops all around the city and during YSI they wrapped and filled these shoeboxes and distributed them to students who requested them.
In total the YSI group filled 77 shoeboxes. This is a great success for the group and we are very proud of their achievement.
A big thank you to all the students, staff and parents of KCVS who were very generous in their contributions to the appeal. It was great working with the group and Ms. Butler and Ms. Sheehy look forward to doing it again next year.
Kilkenny City Vocational School is delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post secondary education.
There are lots of options out there and College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider future education as part of their future.
KCVS has a number of initiatives running this week that will hopefully promote the importance of having a post secondary education plan. This plan should include choices that reflect the students interests, abilities and dreams whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a University degree.
Watch this space for updates on College Awareness Week