Career Guidance News
Parent Talk on Ways to Well-Being for Students
Kildare Education Centre are holding a talk for parents on Ways to Well-Being for Students on Wedensday, 29th of March from 7-9pm. The talk is free and parents who are interested can book online here. The talk is presented by John Doran, a secondary school teacher who has developed the Ways to Well-Being for Students Programme. John has worked as a teacher in the Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge for over 20 years and is currently a guidance counsellor there. He builds upon his own experience of delivering well-being courses to students.
KTCS gets it's Third Green Flag
Congratulations to KTCS Green Schools in receiving their 3rd International Green Flag. An Taisce will hold the award ceremony in May. This is a wonderful achievement for KTCS, well done! A special thanks to all who have helped in achieving this excellent award.
Greens Schools Coordinator KTCS, Mrs Majella Murphy.
Visit of Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi
Kildare Town Community School was delighted to welcome Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi - President of the Federal National Council of the UAE (the region’s first female leader of a national assembly) on Thursday 2nd March. She was on a State visit to Ireland. She will meet a random selection of students and visit some classrooms. Former TD and now Cllr. Mary Hanfin will accompany her on this visit. Dr Amal Al Qubaisi was presented with gifts from the school.
KTCS reach Junk Kouture Regional Finals
Junk Kouture is a nationwide competition in which teams from secondary schools come together to create a wearable outfit of high end fashion. A group of students from Kildare Town Community School came together to design a dress made of various materials, including coffee filters, lace curtains and beads from jewellery.
The team consisting of Sinead Reid, Shannon O’Shea and Dean Morgan have made it through to the regional final on March 3rd.
This is the link to the Kildare Town Community School entry. http://jkireland2017.wnthis.com/KsDNJb/mb5bV?w=56543996&e=149924600.
This is their first time to enter the competition and they are delighted to get through to the Regional Finals. All work carried out after school was over. Their teachers are Edel Bartley and Mairead Murphy.
Blurb from TY Student Sinead McNamara
Our team met up after school to work on the costume. We started off with the base of the dress by sticking beads and pearls to the shoulders to add bling, we then put coke can tabs along the straps. We added broken pieces of CDs to the front to give the top a mirror effect. This helped to make it look edgy. Then from the waist down we stuck on coffee filters which had been stained with coffee and scrunched up into small flowers. This helped to give the dress dimension. A lot of “coffee filter” flowers had to be used to achieve the fullness of the dress. The brown stained coffee colour gives the dress a rustic feel. The last part we completed was the headpiece. We used wire shapes as the base and stuffed the wire shapes with black paper to give it a black colour.
Overall the dress turned out a success and all the team members enjoyed planning and executing the project. Our completed dress is now on show in our school canteen.
1st Year Basketball
On the 16th of February the KTCS Boys 1st year basketball team was playing their final group game against St.Conleth’s Community College. The nerves were getting the better of them in the 1st quarter as they were trailing 4-2.Coming into the 2nd quarter, the confidence began to grow with a couple of scores coming from Thomas Staunton and Darragh Nevin. KTCS then took control of the game by dominating the 3rd and 4th quarters through some excellent plays which included a 3 point buzzer by CJ Merrins. The final score was 24-11 to KTCS. Well done to all involved. Thanks to coaches Ms.Russell and Ms. Murphy and to assistant coaches Colin English and James Ebbs. KTCS topped the group and now qualify for the regional midlands semi-final which will be played after midterm. Best of luck to the team.
6th Year HEAR/DARE CAO Application
March 1st is the closing date for completion of Online DARE form and full completion of HEAR.
April 1st is the latest date for support documents to arrive at CAO.
Bishop Nulty visits KTCS
On Friday last, February 3rd, Bishop Denis Nulty visited KTCS. He joined Fr. Adrian in celebrating a Prayer Service which was organised by Ms. Tonry and our JPII students. The choir, under the guidance of Ms. Dee also took part in the service. All first Years and TY students attended. After the Service Bishop Nulty was given a tour of our school and had tea and cupcakes with our Senior Prefects. It was an honour to have Bishop Nulty visit the school. Kildare Town Community School is under the joint patronage of the Dioceses and Kildare and Wicklow ETB.
St. Brigid's Day
Well done to the JPII students who were busy preparing for Saint Brigid's Day.
BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
Best of luck to Rourke Luttrell and Luke McBride in 3rd Year who qualified to represent our school in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Their poject is titled 'Can Fidgeting Help To Focus and Concentrate in The Classroom and What The Most Suitable ‘Fidget’'.
All Ireland Spikeball Finals
Well done to the 1st Year Girls Spikeball team who have qualified for the All-Ireland Finals next week in Dublin. This is the first time a girls team have reached the competition final from the school. Well done girls!
Green Schools KTCS 2017
Green school would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Kildare Tidy Towns on winning the IBAL award for Kildare Town. Also we would like to acknowledge the students and the staff whom have participated in helping to achieve this noble award. As a school we are constantly mindful of our environment. We as a school community take great pride in our links with Kildare Town and are very proud of our close link with Kildare Tidy Towns and Kildare County Council which reflects our school motto "Illuminate, Love and Serve". Our Green Schools Team are presently at the final stages of our third flag, so this Spring we hope to fly our third flag high outside our school.
Maths Trails Pictures
In late October as part of Maths Weeks, 80 students went to Castlecomer Discovery Park for a day of Maths Trails. You can see the pictures in our Gallery page.
Career Speed Dating
The school featured in the Leinster Leader this week. The Career Guidance Department organised a College Speed Dating Event on Wednesday, 21st of December. You can read the article here.
Members of the Kildare Town Community School choir, school band members and John Paul II award students accompanied by Ms Dee, music teacher and Ms Tonry, School Chaplain, entertained members of the day care centre at their annual Christmas party organised by Tesco. Monica Tonry, School Chaplain KTCS
SVDP Food Appeal
JPII students and TY students collected food and toys for SVDP, leaving Cert students raised €1000 for SVDP in Kildare. Thank you to all who contributed.
New Application System for Apprenticeship in the Construction Industry
Are you interested in an Apprenticeship in the Construction Industry? The Construction Industry Federation have just launched a new website promoting opportunities in the construction industry for apprenticeships – www.apprentices.ie.
6th Years Apprenticeship Vacancies in Kildare in
Carpentry & Joinery
Brick & Stine Laying
Construction & Plant Fitting
DCU application forms available in Guidance Lobby
Maynooth University Sports Scholarship applications open online
UCD Elite Ad Astra sporting scholarships open until 31-01-2017 (eg For inter county GAA).
Enrolment for First Year 2017/2018
You can view the Powerpoint Presentation from tonight's (23rd of November) Enrolment for First Year 2017/2018 Meeting here. REMINDER: Enrolment will be on Monday 28th November @7pm - 9pm and for the remainder of that week during school hours.
Letter to Parents re CAT4 Assessments
Ms. Urell is sending out a letter re CAT4 Assessments. You can view the letter here.
The French Dept. is taking part in an e-Twinning project with a secondary school in Montpellier in France during the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of e-Twinning is to develop a platform for schools in Europe to collaborate with each other and develop links with a partner school. First year students have already written pen pal letters to French students their own age, as a first step in the project. The aim of the project is to help students improve their skills in the language and increase their awareness of French culture. The focus of the project will be to compare students’ ideas about their partner country. First year students are looking forward to receiving the replies from their pen pals, after the mid-term break.
The second year French students had a great school tour in Paris over the Mid Term Break.
CAO Applications Open
Please see the Career Gudiance page for more information.
Florida Tour 2018
You can view the letter re the Florida Tour here.
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