Kilkenny City Vocational School Flying the Flag for Positive Mental Health!

Massive congratulation to the Kilkenny City Vocational School Amber Flag team who were successfully awarded the Amber Flag by Suicide Aware. The students worked extremely hard through out the year to achieve this Amber Flag. In order to be awarded the Amber Flag Kilkenny City Vocational School had to set three targets which had to be achieved over the year. Students coordinated a Mental Health Awareness event at the start of the academic year and successfully raised funds for St. Patrick’s Mental Health services. The Amber Flag team created an inspirational positive quotes wall in the canteen and finally a Mental Health noticeboard was created for students. All this hard work and commitment ensured Kilkenny City Vocational School achieved the Amber Flag.

Massive thank you and congratulations to all the students involved and their coordinator Miss H. Butler.


JCSP and Home School Liaison Collaboration with the Home Economics Department

Students of KCVS enjoyed a great day of Home Baking with their Parents and guardians on Wednesday 4th May.

Home Economics teacher Sarah Doyle and Celebrity Chef Alan Foley co-ordinated the day’s activities. Ms Doyle worked as Mr. Foley’s pastry chef for four years while training for St. Angela’s College so it was nice.

Carlow’s Alan Foley is formally of the Step House Hotel in Borris, Co. Carlow and Michelin star chef of Dublin’s Chapter One so participants on the day were in for an experience like no other. The event was jointly organised in accordance with the Home School and Community Liaison Officer, and JCSP Co-ordinator Ms. Helen Duggan. This was a fantastic day of cooking and it was a great event enjoyed by parents and students.

The day ran with the importance of healthy eating, basic life skills and home baking on a budget! Participants on the day were split into two teams, simple healthy recipes such as homemade brown bread and Spring Vegetable Soup brought students and parents back to basics.

The afternoon events then saw more challenging recipes such as a mouth-watering free range pork belly with mustard sauce served for the main course.  According to all students nothing however was quite as delicious as the chocolate hot fondant with raspberry or the lemon posset with home-made honeycomb. As noted by Mr Foley ‘ the future of cooking is save in the hands of all students in Kilkenny City Vocational School’

Science Week at KCVS

Science Week 2015 at KCVS was a huge success. A week of events was organised for all of our science students at KCVS. The week kicked off with a review of the science week papers and hands on experiments in the science lab. Both of which were thoroughly enjoyed by all of our students.

Students were then brought to the Reptile Village in Gowran on Tuesday and Wednesday. Student’s really enjoyed this experience.  This is an excellent facility and well run. Students could walk through and view the animals in their habitat. They were then brought to an animal encounter area where they got to handle some of the animals. The instructors also spoke about some of the animals they have in the zoo. This talk was very informative and students learned a lot.

Wednesday afternoon 5th and 6th year Biology and Chemistry students were brought to Carlow IT for a lecture titled “From the Big Bang to the Little Apple”. Students were very impressed with this lecture. The lecturer Gary Cahill was very entertaining in giving his lecture. He spoke about many topics in physics including how fast light travels, the size of the earth compared to the planets and the universe. He also spoke about about Rosetta the probe that was landed on a comet in 2014. Students were blown away by this lecture.


Science week in KCVS ended with a science quiz. It was very competitive with two team’s neck in neck the whole way through. A big congratulations to our overall winners, Woden Clarke, Daire Long And Eric Tanikem.

Well done to all our students who took part not only in the science quiz but in all of the events that took place over science week.

Active Week

A very successful Active Week ran from the 19th-23rd October with all years participating in the fun. Each day the groups took part in a 5K run in Castle Park and winners of the Junior Cycle competitions were awarded Busy Bank Tokens as their prize. The students also enjoyed a trip to the Watershed where activities such as; Swimming, Bootcamp, Gym sessions, Spinning classes and Team Challenge Cross-Fit were provided. The final block of the day consisted of games on school grounds which were facilitated by the teachers. Students and staff got involved in soccer, rounders, dodgeball and a very competitive Tug-of-War competition. To finish the week on a high note the whole school ran 5k in the Castle Park as part of the Esther Mullins Memorial Run.

Savour Kilkenny Participation

The students of Kilkenny City Vocational School recently baked and sold produce at the 9th Annual Savour Kilkenny Food Festival. The food stall took a lot of organisation which saw over twenty students come together and work well as a team.

Learners appeared on Irish TV where a link of this can be viewed on their website under video 72 for Kilkenny Matters, some ten minutes into the programme.

Local Food Bloggers including Biblicook, chefs and politicians tweeted and commented about the school during the festival also. Many of which can be viewed on the Kilkenny City Vocational School Facebook Page. Students displayed great innovative skills well done to all involved!


Liam visits the School

1Kilkenny City Vocational School Welcomes their Hero Home

Joey Holden, teacher in KCVS, got a rapturous welcome when he brought the Liam McCarthy Cup back to Kilkenny and into his City School with John Joe Farrell.
Joey, who is a permanent Engineering teacher in the school, was hailed as a hero, captaining his home county to All Ireland victory in his first season. As he said himself “This is beyond a dream….You can’t dream this stuff up”.

Mr Holden, as Ms Mc Sorley Principal of KCVS said, “He has all the traits of a hero but behind all his glory, there is hard work, discipline and dedication and an indomitable spirit that never gives up”. Ms Mc Sorley said that this is evident in Joey’s day job working quietly in the background in the school often below the radar to achieve his goals. She said Joe Canning and the Galway team witnesses this last Sunday in Croke Park. Three points up at half-time and the momentum was with Galway but Joey and his team came out fighting. That indomitable spirit that was not going to give up and the culture of success that giant of management, Brian Cody has cultivated prevailed and the Liam McCarthy was brought home to its rightful place by Mr. Holden.
The principal congratulated Joey and his team on behalf of all the teachers, students and parents and all the KCVS community. She finished by saying “It’s a proud moment for Joey, his family, his school and his county! Long may his success continue”
Joey was presented with an engraved crystal sliotar to acknowledge his momentous achievement in his hurling career.
Well Done Mr. Holden