Kildare Town Community School

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Readathon 2014

Seventeen First Year Students took part in the MS Readathon raising a whopping €879.00 in aid of MS Readathon. Well done to all involved in promoting reading and literacy in our school.

First Years go to War Horse at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre

On the 2nd of April, Ms. McLoughlin, Ms. Duffy and Ms. G. O’Malley accompanied a group of first year students to ‘War Horse’ at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The production was amazing and featured fantastic puppetry: the horses were life sized puppets and were incredibly convincing.  The war scenes were imaginatively realised with visuals, sound and music. The students and teachers really enjoyed the experience. 

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge took place in the school from Monday 10th of March to Thursday 13th of March. The first event run was a GAA match between students and staff. A very competitive game was enjoyed by the school community.  A traditional music concert was held on Wednesday. Musicians from the area together with some of our own students and teachers took part. We also had a wonderful display of Irish Dancing. TY students organised the ‘tráth na gceist’ and 5th year students took part. Bhain gach duine sult agus craic as an seachtain go léir. 

School Band

The school band has had another busy year playing at the November Remembrance Ceremony, the school carol service, Seachtain na Gaelige and the Leaving Certificate Graduation.  Mr Hetherington and Ms. Tonry would like to thank all the students that have been involved throughout the year and hope to see you all after the summer holidays.

Milk It Awards

Five first year students from KTCS were chosen to represent KTCS in the All-Ireland finals of the National dairy Council’s  Milk It awards in Dublin’s mansion House on Thursday 15th May . The students, Niamh Crowe, Maria O’ Malley, Kirsty Hyland Mulhall, Shannon O’ Shea and Meg Donnelly were asked to develop an advertising campaign to promote dairy products amongst their peers. The Moo Cows was one of 10 Junior Cycle teams who made it to the National Finals.
KTCS was brimming over with milk, cheese and yogurt as the students have been tempted by a variety of smoothies, cheeses and Dairy Delights as the Moo Cows’s campaign gained momentum. GAA All Star, Tadhg Fennin, lent his support to the campaign by coming out to the school at break time to endorse the Dairy Dimension and to encourage students to dive into a smoothies at their morning break. Proceeds received were donated to the Donal Walsh Foundation.
3e presenter Deric Hartigan hosted the event in the Mansion House.  The students represented themselves and their school very well in the final and A wonderful day was had by all.

5th Year LCVP Trip to the Chocolate Garden of Ireland

On Friday 7th February , 20 students along with their teachers Ms J Barry & Ms L Urell visited The Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Tullow, Co Carlow. This trip provided a unique experience for students to learn about the confectionary business and the importance of enterprise. Students were given the very important job of sampling various grades of chocolates and flavours. They were also given a brief introduction to the story of chocolate by being shown a film of the journey of the cocoa beans to the factory and the process the beans go through to get the chocolate we know today.  They were then given a demonstration of the production process and also received a demonstration on how chocolates and Easter Eggs are made.  They also learned about how the Chocolate Garden diversified into the ice-cream making business. The real fun part came when the students got to put on their aprons and start the business of making their own chocolate creations using moulds and a lot of imagination!  All students received a certificate from the Chocolate Garden for their participation and got to bring home their hand designed goodies. It was a very enjoyable day and all students agreed that it was a very educational trip.

School Bank

In recognition of the work Kildare Town Community School and its students have put into running the School Bank for 2013/2014, student staff of the school bank were presented with an iPad mini and cheque for €750 from Orla Kelly (Bank of Ireland). Congratulations to all involved.
The Bank of Ireland School Bank has been designed to support schools in providing financial education to students. It gives students the opportunity to work in the School Bank branch across a variety of roles from Bank Manager to Customer Service Official learning about banking and how to work as an effective team. The School Bank also provides the opportunity for students to open a bank account and makes it easy for them to save on a regular basis, via frequent onsite School Bank visits. The Student School Bank team is supported by experienced Bank of Ireland staff members from the local branch in Kildare Town to ensure the smooth operation of the School Bank, and to support the team with any questions and queries they may have.
At the presentation were Michaela Delaney (Bank Manager), Alex Crooke, Mr Flynn (Principal), Ms O’Grady and Orla Kelly (Bank of Ireland, Kildare Town).

KTCS Bake Off

Chef’s hats were on in Kildare Town Community School for the 2014 BAKE OFF competition!
Competing were the 5 student finalists; Grace Berney, Sorcha burke, Caoimhe Fennelly, Olivia Brock and Kirsten Durney and 2 teacher teams; the all-male team John Rourke and John Finn and the ladies, Grace O’Loughlin and Jessica Barry. The theme of the competition was to make, bake and decorate a celebratory cake representing our School or Kildare Town.
It was all action from 9am as cakes ranging in flavours from lemon, ginger, vanilla, chocolate and red velvet were mixed and baked and cooled ready for adornment. Then the intricate process of icing the delicate creations began. Fondant, butter and water icings together with a variety of implements were used to create a dazzling variety of structures. The finished cakes were astounding and described by the esteemed judges as truly spectacular. Students were allowed to vote at lunch and the proceeds raised were donated to the Donal Walsh  charity.
After a most difficult judging process, joint first place was awarded to 2nd year Grace Berney for her Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting in the shape of a book featuring the school’s crest and motto perfectly carved from fondant icing. Caoimhe Fennelly tied for first place with her Cill Dara Golf club Lemon Drizzle cake topped with lemon butter icing and fondant icing featuring a golf ball, sheep and grass!
Runners up certificates and prizes were awarded to Sorcha Burke for her 3 tier Red Velvet cake adorned with fondant icing and a variety of items representing the school, Olivia Brock for her Cill Dara GAA chocolate gateau festooned with chocolate fingers and Kirsten Durney for her Bridge of Life ginger and vanilla masterpiece.
First prize in the teachers category was awarded to the all-female team for the truly magnificent 3 tier Chocolate Gateau representing the trilogy of the 3 schools from Kildare Town which came together to create  Kildare Town Community School, and the variety of elements which make up our school.  The runners up prize was awarded to the male teacher team for their Drill shaped ‘work of art’, the vital implement used to create our wonderful school building!
A wonderful day was had by all: spectators, participants and judges. You can see photos of the cakes in the gallery.