St Killian’s College welcomed a large crowd of P7s and P6s with their parents to the college on Saturday 25th January. Despite the inclement weather, the students and their parents had a fantastic day.
The parents and prospective pupils were welcomed to the college by Mr Brady, Principal of St Killian’s, who in his opening remarks highlighted the many successes that the college has enjoyed as a result of the commitment and dedication of staff, parents and pupils who ensured that the St Killian’s community continues to develop from strength to strength.
‘My firm belief is that these are the three factors (staff, parents and Students) that are the foundation of a good school, where everyone is encouraged to develop their own talents and abilities to the full. One of my greatest ambitions is that your child will be happy at St Killian’s. A happy child is a child who is confident in their own ability, ambitions and dreams for the future. They will as a result achieve their full potential in whatever walk of life they choose.
“Indeed this was clearly recognised by the Education and Training Inspectorate who highlighted that the students of St Killian’s had a strong belief in themselves, are confident and that there is a clear and vibrant school community. At St Killian’s, as you will see from the students that you meet today are happy, feel secure and safe within the college where they know they are cared for, challenged and respected.
“I, along with the whole staff, will ensure that the college will continue to be a centre of excellence in all areas of life. School should be a place of formation where young people within it grow to maturity and develop all of the skills, qualities and attributes that will ensure they are positive contributors to our society, a place where overall standards of education for all of our children are very good and where there is an overriding belief in the fact that they can, and will, succeed.
St Killian’s is about developing young people who are proud of themselves and of whom in turn we can be proud.’
“St Killian’s is providing for the Glens and East Antrim area a post primary college that gives our young people a seamless transition from primary school. There is close collaboration between St Killian’s and its partner primary schools so that the young people will come to us well used to the big school environment.
“For example, links have been made where, primary school pupils are able to visit the college regularly, whether that be for Curriculum days, such as our involvement in Forensic Science in Primary Schools with St John’s, Corran Primary School, St Anthony’s and St MacNissi’s or the cross community PIEE project between St Mary’s Cargan, Seaview and Carnlough Integrated Primaries or where the college has been used as a base for Primary schools to meet with each other to share experiences such as Glenann and Glengormley Integrated Primary school.”
Mr Brady continued,
“The young people who come to this college and the staff who work here have created and built a rich and inclusive community where all are looked after and encouraged to achieve their potential. One of the most powerful statements made by the Inspection team last year about this college is the fact that no student is marginalised or left behind. We all are proud of the college and all that it stands for. Students have a pride in their uniform, college and their achievements and I have no doubts that you will see this today.”
The visitors enjoyed guided tours by St Killian’s students and a number of parents commented upon the fantastic ambassadors that the young people were for the college and the educational provision that it provides.
The high quality learning and teaching that was highlighted in the recent Educational and Training Inspection of the college was clearly evident in the enthusiasm of both the teachers and students on the day.
Students demonstrated their skills in a range of subject areas, from cookery in HE, writing poems in English to developing software programming in ICT to creating new labour saving devices in Technology and Design.