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.

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

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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.

Kilkenny College is changing to a new communications system called 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 .   This is a new system that allows schools to contact parents through smartphone apps for free. Rather than using its own app, 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 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

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

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.