Support and Advice: Target the Crisis

HSE Translated Resources

FAO students, parents and family members of the international KCVS community, the above link may be of some use to you as it is translated from English into many different languages and details departmental guidelines surrounding the Coronavirus crisis. Thanks to Mr Fogarty for supplying this document.

Please do not be afraid to ask for help in these difficult times, remember the words of Cicero the Ancient Roman statesman
“Non nobis solum nati sumus.

(Not for ourselves alone are we born.)”

Students, parents and guardians, we understand that during this crisis stress and anxiety can be all too much especially for our student body. Natural anxieties and worries regarding studying and upcoming examinations become tenfold due to our current situation globally. It is important to remember that as your school we are here to support you. Our priority is first and foremost your mental and physical wellbeing. You can contact us with any queries you may have and we will also be uploading various instructional videos on our school website to support you with taking care of your overall wellbeing. Our school support team is available to you at any stage with any issues you may have. The team email addresses are listed below.

School Guidance Counsellor Ms. O’Donovan –

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator Ms. McCormack –

Behaviour for Learning Teacher Ms. Kirwan –

Home School Community Liaison Ms. Cullen –

Parentline is a FREE phone line where Parents can phone to discuss all sorts of problems. There are no typical calls. Calls come from parents of new born babies, toddlers, pre-teens and teenagers – children of all ages. All ages offer different challenges. This phone line gives parents the opportunity to unburden themselves to a supportive and non-judgmental listening ear.  Please don’t be afraid to reach out and get support or even just have a listening ear during these extraordinary times.  Click on the link below for details.


Click on the link above to be redirected to the NCSE website for some really useful tips for parents and students. Ms Kirwan

Talking to Children and Young People


Coping with Study Worry

Ms McCormack

Please Look After Yourselves

Useful Websites

Above is a link to a guide for parents on dealing with your kids during the Corona Virus crisis. Simply click on the link to be redirected to the file on the NCSE website.

Sixth Year Theatre Trip

This is a link to a YouTube clip of the trip 6th Years took part in it is available from 23/4/2020 at 2 pm

6th Year Higher Level English students went on a trip to Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin on the 6th November to see a performance of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”.

This performance was directed by international theatre director Joe Dowling. Students experienced a one and a half production of the play followed by a post- show workshop featuring a Q & A session with the cast about relationships, characters and themes. They also received a student workbook with information on general vision and viewpoint, the role of women in the play, exploration of the idea of death, symbols, an introduction to the main characters and theatrical information.

As well as this the company also provided a pre-show video which introduced them to the play. This featured interviews with the play’s director and the actor playing Hamlet, commentary on the cultural impact of Hamlet, the revenge genre and exploration of the idea of a tragic hero.

This was a wonderful experience which was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance. The students gained a huge amount from the overall experience and no doubt it will stand to them when they sit their Leaving Cert exam in June next year.

This group will also attend the play “The Playboy of the Western World” later this month.

Kilkenny Careers Day

Students got an opportunity to attend our local Careers Day in Hotel Kilkenny. Students of TY, Fifth and Sixth year got the opportunity to interact and gather information on the many options available to them after their post primary education.

In total there was 39 stands at the careers fair, some of the exhibitors present on this day included most of the CAO Colleges, St Mary’s London, University of Sunderland, University of South Wales, Staffordshire University, University of Bradford, Eunicas, Apprenticeships, Teagasc, Qualifax, Gardai, F.I.T., Ossory Youth, Ormonde College, Kilkenny School of Beauty, Careers Portal, and the Defence Forces.

The student’s response to this day was extremely positive and they reported feeling that the day was of a huge benefit in terms of meeting with the various representatives from colleges and relevant organisations.

Students are looking forward to their upcoming College Day Visits.


Future Guidance Events at KCVS

  • Hillary Dempsey from Carlow IT – Talk on the Design Programmes – 11th November (For students of DCG, Engineering, Construction and Art)
  • St Patricks College Carlow – School Visit 11th of November
  • College Awareness Week 18th – 22nd of November
  • Engineering at LIT 19th of November
  • Virginia Bohan – Apprenticeships 21st of November
  • WIT Open Day 22nd of November
  • WIT School Visit 25th of November
  • LIT School Visit 28th of November

Kilkenny Comhairle na nÓG

Ten KCVS students attended the AGM of Kilkenny Comhairle na nÓg in Springhill Hotel on Friday 17 October.

The two topics chosen for focus by Kilkenny Comhairle na nÓg for 2020 are Climate Change and Individuality in School.

Once again KCVS students were to the fore and the Student Council is delighted to announce that our idea of a token economy for plastic bottle refunds has been chosen as one of the campaigns of Kilkenny Comhairle na nÓg going forward in 2020. This is a topic close to the KCVS student body’s’ heart after Plastic Nemesis project and it is one we will fully row in behind in the coming year and beyond.