In the decades since the move to its present site Kilkenny College has undertaken a series of development projects which have resulted in an enviable campus with facilities among the best in Ireland. Major developments have been the completion of Yates House, a wonderful boarding facility for senior girls and the opening of the Jonathan Swift Building. This state of the art building is a self-contained school in itself. It contains 11 general classrooms, 2 Science laboratories, a drawing room, staff room and staff study equipped to the highest standards. There is also a large social area and the chaplain’s office. The I.T. facilities here are updated annually. In addition to specialist computer rooms, all classrooms are equipped with data projectors. We use Moodle for offsite interactive learning and the e-Portal system for record management.
Butler House, the junior and intermediate boys’ boarding house has been completely refurbished to provide contemporary accommodation for one hundred and sixty boys.
The Board of Directors is most grateful for the donations from parents and other benefactors who have provided funding for almost half of the cost of these projects. Our trustee the Incorporated Society and the Department of Education and Skills have also given vital assistance. The present and future generations of pupils will benefit from this generosity.
The Kilkenny College Foundation has been established to secure funding for the continuing development needs of the college. The Directors have also formed a Strategy Group, representative of the various partners in education to plan for our future. It has a broad remit to report on all aspects of the college.
The Development Plan includes:
• A new building that will be the focus point of the campus to include music, drama and art facilities.
• Improving the facilities for a wide range of sporting activities.
• Provision of the most modern facilities for teaching and learning.
• Development of a new library.
Along with its main general classroom complex, the school contains seven fully equipped Science Laboratories. It also has an ultra-modern, fully-equipped Computer Room while all classrooms are equipped with computer access and digital projectors. There are two Home Economics Rooms and specialised rooms for Languages. The Media Room features a video conferencing facility along with a computer section. The current development plan includes a new building for Music, Art and Drama, a new library, upgraded sports facilities and changing rooms along with social space for pupils.
Specialised Rooms for:
(Specialised rooms are all computerised)
• Wood Work
• Technical Graphics
• Home Economics
• Language Laboratories
Our Library features a video conferencing facility along with a comprehensive reference and computer section
The Jonathan Swift Building, completed in 2007, includes:
• 2 further Science Laboratories
• New Art Room
• Study facilities for day and boarder pupils
• An Tearmann (meaning Sanctuary) – a ‘Quiet Room’ for worship, religious education and pastoral care
• 12 classrooms
A five year Development Plan was launched in June 2015. See details for ongoing expansion of the College