Kilmacow - Large attendance at schools meeting

Meeting to discuss possibility of amalgamation of schools - There was a large attendance of parents, teachers, members of the boards of management and other interested parties in the Community Centre, Kilmacow last Thursday evening to discus the possibility of beginning a process to amalgamate St. Joseph’s GNS and St. Senan’s BNS. The meeting was opened by Seamus Kennedy, Chairman of St. Joseph’s GNS who told the meeting that its purpose was to get the views of parents and people with an interest in either school on the idea.

Meeting to discuss possibility of amalgamation of schools - There was a large attendance of parents, teachers, members of the boards of management and other interested parties in the Community Centre, Kilmacow last Thursday evening to discus the possibility of beginning a process to amalgamate St. Joseph’s GNS and St. Senan’s BNS. The meeting was opened by Seamus Kennedy, Chairman of St. Joseph’s GNS who told the meeting that its purpose was to get the views of parents and people with an interest in either school on the idea.

Micheál Kavanagh, Principal of St. Joseph’s BNS and Paddy Harte, Principal of St. Senan’s outlined the advantages that would accrue if the idea was pursued to fruition.

These included the following. It would be possible to have one class per teacher. It would eliminate the dropping off and collection of pupils at two different schools. It would involve the building of a new school with completely new facilities to a modern standard and would offer new possibilities such as computer and secretarial facilities. The new school would be built on the site of the existing girls’ school and would thus be close to the Community Centre, the Church and the Sports Complex. It would also represent a better investment of Department of Education funds being applied for by the two schools this investment could be directed into a completely new building. There would not be any financial burden on the local community as the provision of a site could be considered as the local contribution by the Department of Education.

There followed a very thoughtful and considered series of questions and answers which reflected on the desire of those present to fully examine the merits of setting in train the process to pursue the amalgamation of the two schools. Among the issues raised were the wish to retain the small school ethos and to avoid the disadvantages that can sometime come with the achievement of scale. An assurance was given that the learning supports to pupils in the amalgamated school would not be diminished and in fact would be more likely to be enhanced. Variations in pupil numbers in the boy’s school and girls’ school would be evened out in an amalgamated school with the greater prospect of being able to retain teacher numbers. The meeting was advised that it would not have any impact on it as a feeder school to second level.

It was agreed to approach St. Patrick’s NS in Strangsmills, the third national school in Kilmacow to get the views of those involved in that school to the possible amalgamation. It was also agreed to liaise with other schools within the county which had amalgamated or were considering it.

It was noted at the meeting that the staffs at both schools were in favour of moving ahead with the process and also Canon Brian Flynn stated that he too was in favour.

Mr. Kavanagh informed the meeting that both schools were open to the views of everyone. A ballot paper on the matter would be circulated to the parents of pupils in the schools. Parents were invited to enclose their comments on the issue when they returned their ballot papers. Seamus Kennedy thanked everyone for their interest and thoughtful contributions to the meeting. This was the first meeting in journey that would be highly consultative throughout all stages.

KILMACOW SOCCER CLUB - UNDER 11B CUP Semi Final - Kilmacow 5 De La Salle 0

Our lads scored an emphatic 5-0 victory over a fine De La Salle team last Saturday in the semi final of the Under 11B Cup. (By the time these notes appear the final will have been played). The boys were on top throughout the match in a superb display. Darragh McDonald put us 1-0 ahead in the first half. When a Keith Butler corner was only half cleared Darragh was on hand to volley to the net. There was no further score in the first half as the lads kept De La Salle at bay any time they threatened. The second half saw our boys step up a gear. Darragh made it 2-0 following a great run up the wing by Keith and a touch on by Brian O’Mara. Dean Scully got his usual goal to make it 3-0. Tom Butler did all the work for Sean Blanchfield to score no. 4. Patrick Dollard’s header was over the line for the fifth before Sean made sure. De La Salle tried everything they could but our boys stood firm and gave nothing away. This is the first Cup Final a schoolboys’ team from the Club has reached since 1997 and following on from the first league title since 2002 makes this a memorable season.

KILMACOW: Dylan Moore; Patrick Dollard, Pádraig Dempsey (Capt), Tom Costelloe, Brian O’Mara, Tom Butler, Keith Butler, Dean Scully, Darragh McDonald, Sean Blanchfield, Brandon Walsh, Robin Davis, Ronán Leech, Conor Lyons.

New Service at Kilmacow Community Centre - The Brothers of Charity will host a new service at the Community Centre in Kilmacow whereby they hope to meet people over a cup of tea for a chat and sharing of ideas. The service will commence from 11am to 1pm on Friday, 11th May.

Kilmacow Lotto - The winning numbers in last week’s lotto were 3, 14 , 19 and 25. There were three Match 3 winners. The Jackpot for next Thursday night is €12,600.