KCVS was delighted to welcome home the trophy to our trophy case.
The Senior soccer boys won the local soccer tournament on Thursday 31st January in stormy conditions against the CPO. The boys started well and took an early lead in front of strong support from the school. The result finished 4-1 with some emotional celebrations from the departing 6th years in particular who were delighted to finish their school soccer experience with a trophy.
Mr Farrell and Mr Stackpoole were trilled with the boys effort all year and the school welcomed the team back to a hero’s welcome in the assembly hall. The joint captains were overcome by emotion as they thanked their trainers, school and supporters for a day they will always cherish.
Schools who participated in the tournament were KCVS, Tyndall College, Duiske College and Colaiste Pobail Osraí
GIRLS Senior Soccer
Sadly the girls senior soccer team were narrowly defeated by Duiske College in the semi-final. The girls fought hard all game and were unlucky to lose 2-1. The girls had great wins throughout this tournament.
Big thanks to Ms. Corrway and Ellen for putting a huge effort with the girls all year.
Our Junior Soccer League will start after the Mid-Term Break. There is great excitment in the school after the boy’s big win and the juniors are looking to emulate it. Training for the girls is Thursday after school with Ellen and Ms. Corrway taking charge again. Training for the boys is with Mr. Holden and Mr. Fogarty every Friday after school.
The Transition Year students took part in a workshop to make Christmas Table Centres. They learned about the different types of plants and how to make an oasis arrangement.
When all the arrangements were completed they were sold at a pop up shop in MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre. The group were very successful in selling all of the arrangements. They decided to donate the money to a local organisation, The Irish Wheelchair Association. The students raised €350 from their sales and donations. A presentation was made to the IWA on Friday 8th February.
We hope to join up with the organisation in the coming weeks for the students to experience some wheelchair sports.
The Transition Year students organised a fundraiser in aid of the Good Shepherd Centre. The students attended a very informative talk with Noel, a member of staff from the centre. Noel explained the different services that they offer to the community and the supports that they have in place.
Following on from the talk the students organised an awareness campaign in the school and held a non-uniform day. They were very successful in raising €220.
A presentation took place with a small number of the students to a member of staff from The Good Shepherd Centre.
Well done to the TY students and their Young Social Innovator teachers, Ms. Butler and Ms. Sheehy.
on Thursday 6th December, we showcased our Coffee Barista skills when “The Coffee Laboratory” came to our school to show our students how to make a range of coffees, Cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolates and some festive Christmas coffees.
The workshop was delivered by a Q grader and SCA fully qualified trainer to make sure the students received the highest standard throughout the day. Each student received a certified Coffee Barista Certificate at the end of the day which is extremely valuable in the working world. this proved very successful as many students got work experience from this workshop.
We invited in the families of our Transition Year students to enjoy a festive coffee and a selection of cakes.
Big thank you to our Home Economics Teacher Ms. Doyle who along with the TY students made a huge selection of tasty treats to enjoy with the coffee.
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