‘Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)’ survey.

The National Parents Council pp has been in contact (via Compass) offering our parents an opportunity to take part  in a consultation as part of the discussions it is having with the Dept of Education and Skills regarding ‘Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)’ and possible changes in the curriculum. NPCpp has has set up a link for a the survey it is carrying out as part of its submission to the DES. We are all encouraged to participate. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/82HP8KY

90 Speakers at 2019 Careers Information Evening

Thanks to all the wonderful  speakers who shared their insights with students at the very successful Careers Information evening on Tuesday 15 January.  Over 90 people – many parents but also a number of people with no connection to the school – volunteered their valuable time which was much appreciated .   With career advice across a broad spectrum of careers (ranging from the army, the Gardai, to art and design, dentistry and engineering  to name a few) feedback from students and teachers was that they found the evening most valuable.  Thanks to all  Committee members  who were involved in the organisation and the event.  

To have 90+ professionals meeting with 300+ students over the course of 2 1/2 hours is quite an achievement and, I suspect, unique.” – Simon Thompson, Principal






Reminder to parents of 4th, 5th and 6th formers – the PA Careers Information Night Tuesday 15th January.

Parents’ Association Careers Information Night for 4th, 5th and 6th Forms in the Swift building.

81 speakers – representing professions and trades – are lined up to share their insights and career advice with students next Tuesday, 15th January.

The event – which is structured like a Parent Teachers meeting (or speed dating) is held across three rooms in the Swift Building.

Please remind your son or daughter if they are in the 4th, 5th or 6th forms.

Reminder to quickly register as a parent on SchoolAlerts.ie

Kilkenny College is changing to a new communications system called SchoolAlerts.ie and parents are advised to register quickly – as the College will soon no longer be using text messaging .

Until now, Kilkenny College has used traditional SMS text messaging as a means to communicate with parents.  As SMS texting costs have increased dramatically over the past few years, the decision was taken to move to  SchoolAlerts.ie .   This is a new system that allows schools to contact parents through smartphone apps for free. Rather than using its own app, SchoolAlerts.ie sends messages to parents using free apps that you are already familiar with such as Viber, Messenger and Telegram. There are no parent costs at any stage.


Viber, or Messenger can be used ….

To allow Kilkenny College contact you on your preferred app, you must quickly register on SchoolAlerts.ie. This is
a simple task that takes about 2-3 minutes to complete. There is no cost to register, the apps are free and all messages
sent to parents are free. Follow these steps to link up with your preferred app:

New Parents Association Committee members 2018/2019

Mr Ger O’Neill recently chaired the first meeting of the newly elected Parents Association Committee. 

Photographed here are members of the Committee  accompanied by Principal, Simon Thompson, who addresses each monthly meeting. 


For information here is a list of members

Kilkenny Ger O’Neill  Chairperson
Wicklow Sinead Hamilton – Secretary
Kilkenny Kieran Pryal – Treasurer
Tipperary Eileen Spens- DeputyChairperson
Kilkenny Geraldine Kearney – PRO
Kilkenny Sol Saez
Kilkenny Amanada O’Flaherty
Kilkenny Jenny Cahill
Kilkenny Lorraine Braben
Kilkenny Jackie Treacy
Kilkenny Paul Hughes 
Kilkenny Brenda Murtagh
Kilkenny Colin Phelan
Kilkenny Sharon O’ Gorman
Kilkenny Eleanor Duggan
Carlow Surine Hillebrand
Carlow Stephanie Codd
Carlow Catriona Ashmore
Kildare Siobhan Hanway
Laois/Offaly Valerie Whitten
Laois/Offaly Gillian Purser
Tipperary Rebecca Moran
Wicklow/Dublin Dawn Barrett
Wicklow/Dublin Doro Callinan
Waterford Henry Chamney
Wexford Nicola Jacob
Ex-Officio Brian Scobie 
Ex-Officio Dorcas Collier Hannon

“Your Parental Wellbeing and its’ Impact on your Children”


National Association of COMPASS

Co-operation of Minority Religions & Protestant

Parent Associations (Post Primary)


 You are invited to: Compass Interactive Meeting


Date: Saturday 17th November, 2018 at 10.30 a.m.

Venue:  Midleton College, Midleton, Co. Cork



10.30 a.m.    Coffee on arrival


11.00a.m.      Presentation on National Parents’ Council Post Primary by Paul Rolston, Deputy President Compass and Director Npcpp.


11.45 a.m.     Talk and Discussion


“Your Parental Wellbeing and its’ Impact on your Children”


We are delighted that this talk will be presented by  Mr. Brendan Dennehy


Brendan is a facilitator, trainer and author of the book ‘Fed Funded and Ferried – A Father’s Guide to Happy Children’. In 2010, he developed ‘The Fatherhood Programme’ which he has delivered to hundreds of fathers and mothers in schools, organisations and community settings throughout Ireland. (See fatherhood.ie). Brendan is a guest lecturer on the SafeMed Programme, an evidence-based health and wellbeing programme, in the School of Medicine & Health UCC and Harvard Medical School. Brendan is a Director of the NPCpp (National Parents Council Post Primary), a member of NCCA (National Council for Curriculum Assessment) and a member of PACCS (Parents Association of Comprehensive & Community Schools). He is a coordinator for a mental health programme, married with three children and lives in Cork.


1.00 p.m.      Lunch for those who would like to avail of it.  (If so please email martin114@eircom.net)


We hope that many parents from Compass affiliated schools can attend and look forward to seeing you at School.  We extend our thanks to the Principal, Mr. Edward Gash and the Parent Teacher Association, for facilitating this Interactive Meeting.


Julie Carr – Secretary


PRESIDENT:                                                                                           Mob:  087 7822016

Patrick Empey                                                                                           pempey@pobox.com


HON. SECRETARY:                                                                               Tel:  041 9822007 Mob:  087 9901981

Julie Carr                                                                                                   martin114@eircom.net


Kilkenny College Prize day

Kilkenny College Prize Day took place on Friday 12th October in the Willoughby Hall.  This year the  guest speaker was a former student, ( class of 2002), Caroline Byrne.  Since leaving Kilkenny, Caroline has forged a successful career of outstanding creative leadership as a Theatre Director,  mainly in the West End of London.  She is currently Education Associate at  the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Caroline  spoke warmly and honestly about her time at Kilkenny College and the teachers who encouraged her.   She  inspired the audience,  in particular the students whom she advised to be brave, not be embarrassed to be ambitious and to “find their own voices” .

Caroline presented the Class prizes, Junior Cert, Subject prizes and also prizes to the sixth year pupils who achieved over 500 points this year.

The Parents Association special prize was presented by our Chairman,  Ger O’Neill, to Anna Dowley who achieved the highest points in the 2018 Leaving Certificate.


Chairman, Ger O’Neill, is pictured here presenting the Parents Association  beautiful bog oak sculpture to Anna Dowley.



Photoghed here are the prefects with Caroline Byrne.


Kilkenny College Rugby Trip: South Africa 2021.

Mr Jeremy Clarke and Mr Jeff Carter are planning a Senior Boys Rugby Trip to South Africa in 2021, which will link in with the next The British & Irish Lions Tour to South Africa. Boys currently in forms 2 and 3 will be make up our Squad.

To launch the trip and to fundraise, A Dinner is being held in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow on November 16th. This is the eve of the Ireland v All Blacks game. The plan is to have a number of past pupils who are now Professional Players present, as well as some of the current Women’s International  Squad present . Please contact:  trishwalsh@kilennycollege.ie for ticket enquires

Parents Association AGM 2018

The AGM of the Parents Association took place last week in the College.

Our Guest Speaker was Dr Steven Minton, who gave a very interesting talk on Cyber Aggression


Last years’ Vice Chairman Mr Ger O’Neill  replaces Mr Nick Bennett in the Chair

12 New Members of the Parents Association Committee were proposed and accepted so welcome: –

Eleanor Duggan, Colin Phelan, Paul Hughes, Sharon O’Gorman, Jackie Treacy, Lorraine Braben, Brenda Murtagh, Stephanie Codd, Catriona Ashmore, Rebecca Moran, Nicola Jacob.

The first meeting of the new committee will be on Tuesday 9th October at 7.45