An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar visits St Kevin’s Community College

We were delighted to welcome An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD to St Kevin’s Community College on Thursday, November 7th 2019. Despite atrocious weather conditions, and an extremely busy schedule, Mr Varadkar took time out from dealing with national issues, Brexit and other European matters to visit us for the afternoon.

Mr Barry, Ms Hickey and representatives of the Students’ Council welcomed An Taoiseach and invited him to visit our newly opened autistic classroom, Class Neptune. Mr Varadkar unveiled a plaque in the classroom to commemorate his visit.

He was then introduced to students who had been awarded prizes for our Every School Day Counts art competition, encouraging students to have full attendance for the month of November. He took time to speak to the students and and admire their impressive art work and had a lengthy discussion with Ms Deirdre Dalton, our Home School Community Liaison teacher.

Following a visit to our JCSP library, where he got to meet our Gluais team with some of our 1st year students,  he visited our Garden of Remembrance where he laid a wreath in memory of members of our school community who we have lost over the past few years.

He ended his tour of the school by helping us to raise our Green Schools Flag which we were honoured to have received last year after the excellent hard work of many of our 6th year students, ably assisted by Ms Waldron, Mr Darmody & Ms Carty.

The students gave him an excellent send off following a number of waves from An Taoiseach to all those waiting, sheltered out of the rain.

Thank you to every single person who worked hard to ensure the school was looking its best and helped to prepare in any small way for the smooth running of the event.

Please see our Twitter feed on the right hand side for two videos showcasing the visit of An Taoiseach.

 

 

Droichead School

St Kevin’s Community College is delighted to announce that we are a Droichead school.  The Droichead process is an integrated professional induction framework for newly qualified teachers (NQTs).  The main objective of the Droichead process is to support the professional learning of the NQTs during the induction phase, thus laying the foundations for subsequent professional growth and learning for the next phase of their career.

We have a full trained Professional Support Team, who mentor NQTs through the Droichead process.  We look forward to working with NQTs to enrich our school culture.  For more information, please visit the NIPT website. www.teacherinduction.ie

Have You Heard The Story About The Hill? I Couldn’t Get Over It.

Students from St Kevin’s had a fantastic evening out on Tibradden and Ticknock for the first hike of the season. Students from 2nd-5th year basked in glorious sunshine as they trekked through the Dublin mountains.

Many thanks to Ms.Hudson, Mr Cassidy and Mr Gorham for accompanying the students.
A great crowd turned up, and it was wonderful to see both new and familiar faces out hiking and enjoying uch glorious weather.
Well done to everyone who attended.

Our next hike will be on Thursday 3rd October.

Please see Ms Hudson for more information and permission slips.

Open Evening 2019

Our school open evening will take place on Thursday, September 26th 2019 from 6-8pm.

We invite all parents of 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils in the locality to come and visit our warm, safe and friendly school.

You can find a poster for our open evening here – St Kevin’s Community College Open Night Promo

We look forward to welcoming you all and having a chat over a cuppa.

One Good School Survey

St Kevin’s CC is delighted to announce that we are one of a select number of schools working with Jigsaw’s One Good School initiative. One Good School is a comprehensive
initiative which supports the mental health and well-being of young people, and those around them,by developing a shared responsibility across the whole school community.

The One Good School initiative provides a comprehensive programme of education workshops and specific initiatives for students, teachers, parents and school leadership personnel.

As a first step in the One Good School process, to review and evaluate what is going well in the area of mental health and well-being, to identify what areas need to be improved and, specifically, which can be supported by Jigsaw’s One Good Schools  initiative.

We would be grateful if all parents/guardians could complete this really quick survey which can be found here

Thanks in advance for helping us to ensure we can offer the best well-being supports to our students.

If you’d like to learn more about this initiative, you can watch this short video 

 

 

Welcome Back

JCSP Library Competition

If you would like to do quizzes on the books you read and see your reading ability improve throughout the year, sign up for Accelerated Reader, with our librarian, Mr. Cassidy.

Every time you pass a quiz your name will be added to our bingo draw where you can win your choice of chocolates. Also, by passing a quiz, you can also join the JCSP book club which meets twice a month on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Every time you score 100% a certificate will be displayed on the library noticeboard and will be sent home at the end of the month.

The student who reads the most words at the end of the year will be presented with the Laura Brady Award for Reading at Awards Night, and the top ten readers will win an award also.

The link for Accelerated Reader is https://ukhosted20.renlearn.co.uk/2255129.

Mr Cassidy

A very warm welcome back to all Staff & Students for the 2019/2020 school year. 

This promises to be a great year for all staff and students as we look forward to the opening of our Autism class, we trial our new school timetable, we welcome new teachers to our excellent staff and we see the complete roll-out of the new Junior Cycle for our incoming 1st years.

The Autism Class attempts to enable all students with Autism to belong to an educational community without prejudice and within which individual difference is celebrated. The class reflects the inclusive ethos of St Kevin’s Community College and wherever possible the students in the Autism Class (named Class Neptune) will be integrated within the mainstream school. We know that the rest of the students in the school will be respectful and helpful towards all the students in Class Neptune.

There are also a few changes to the structure of the school day. Here is a quick reminder: There will be Registration EVERY morning – including Wednesdays (all at 8.50am). Our lunch break is now 30 minutes long and the school day will finish at 15.40 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Canteen facilities will be available to provide lunch for all students on these days. 1st and 2nd year students MUST stay in school for all lunches. All other students may leave the school for lunch, but they MUST be back in time for afternoon classes at 13.40. If they can’t make it home and back in time, then they should stay in school for lunch.

Parents and Guardians will be able to access our school attendance software (VSWare) from home from the middle of September this year. We are doing this to help ensure we have 100% accurate records on attendance and to help us improve our attendance rates.

A reminder that Online payments can now be made using the MIT system which you can access from the top right of the school website – please remember to click ‘Create Account’ if you haven’t used the system before.

We look forward to welcoming all our students back and to getting to know our new 1st year students. Please continue to work with us to ensure that St Kevin’s is the best school we can make it and they we can offer the best possible education to your sons and daughters,

Let’s make this a great school year,

Tony Barry & Ciarán Duffy

Parent/Guardian Newsletter Summer 2019

Summer Newsletter 2019

We are delighted to release our latest newsletter for summer 2019.

We hope you enjoy the read and that it gives you a flavour of the many activities and sports that take place in our school throughout the year.

The newsletter contains some important back to school information for August 2019, important dates and times, and uniform reminders. The newsletter can be downloaded summer newsletter 2019 final Web

We wish you all a happy, fun and safe summer 2019.