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Post Primary Schools

Kilkenny is the focus for second level education in the region and there are several post primary schools in the city. The schools have been to the forefront in the development of ICT and a significant portion of the €1,3000,000 information town's prize fund was invested in education.

The Kilkenny IT 2000 initiative was a series of ICT projects undertaken by all the schools in the city focusing on finding innovative and creative ways of integrating ICT into the curriculum and their impact on the participants. These projects included the use of data logging in the science subjects, the integration of ICT into a transition year programme and the use of multimedia in presentation of famous historical events.

All the projects were evaluated by the Centre for Research in IT in Education Trinity College (CRITE). Technical support was identified as one of the major barriers encountered and in 2001 Kilkenny Information Age and the Kilkenny Schools established and funded a technical support for the schools.

Loreto Convent

Loreto Convent
The School promotes a philosophy where love, freedom, justice, sincerity and joy find expression, where young people feel accepted and are allowed to experience the exercise of appropriate responsibility. Loreto have been successful participants in the "Spin a Web" Competition and hockey and debating are amongst the schools other pursuits. The school's SIP project investigated the use of data logging in the science subjects.

The Science teachers in the Loreto Secondary School are developing teaching methodologies using data logging equipment in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This equipment is also being used for practical/experimental work in class and students have the opportunity to use it in project work

Presentation Secondary School

Presentation Secondary School
Established in Kilkenny in 1880 by a group of Presentation sisters, the school was originally situated in James St and moved to a new purpose built school in Loughboy in 1985. Parents, teachers and pupils share a Christian vision of life based on "equality, partnership, quality, accountability and pluralism". The school collaborates with St Kierans College in presenting a musical production every year.

Teachers from the Presentation Secondary school are integrating ICT into the Transition Year Programme. This project covers a wide range of subjects including Irish, English, Biology, French, Spanish, Religion, History and Geography and findings from this project will give an indication of the best way of incorporating ICT into a Transition year programme.

The project classroom has been designed so the teacher can integrate a traditional "chalk and talk" class with ICT. Pupils and teachers have been very enthusiastic in developing the various programs. Jerry O'Dwyer, is the project co-ordinator and he has been instrumental in the development of the project.

Kilkenny City Vocational School

Kilkenny City Vocational School
The aim of the school is to recognise and encourage all talents amongst the pupils. The school is co-educational and the emphasis is placed on vocational subjects and sports. The motto of the school " Ad Totem Persona" translates " For the whole person". The school has participated in a number of educational programme directed at early school leavers.

The main focus of their ICT project was the development of an ICT resource centre for educationally disadvantaged children. ICT is being integrated across the curriculum wherever possible to help first and second year students increase their literacy, numeracy and overall motivation levels. An IT class assistant was appointed to assist with the delivery of ICT initiatives in the classroom,

St Kieran's College

St. Kieran's College
Founded in 1782, the "first Catholic School in the Kingdom" to open its doors after Grattan's Parliament had relaxed the Penal Laws in the same year. The college in keeping with the aims of its founders strive to prepare: "an educated, committed, Catholic laity, keeping in mind its particular role in promoting strong Christian values." The college is known as the nursery of hurling and the National University of Ireland Maynooth has an out-reach campus at St Kieran's College.

The teachers and transition students of St. Kierans College have completed two innovative ICT projects. Their first project was titled "Kilkenny Then & Now", a multimedia project focusing on the history of Kilkenny through its architectural and archaeological heritage. Subjects included Music, Computer Studies Technical Drawing, Local History and English and the result of their endeavours was a website, a printed publication, a CD and video. Their second project was

C.B.S. Secondary School

CBS Secondary School
The Christian Brothers Secondary School is a catholic school in Kilkenny and dates back to 1860. The philosophy of the school is to "Prepare a young person as a Christian and as a modern citizen in modern Ireland". In addition to seeking high academic achievement; Hurling, Gaelic Football, Debating, Basketball, Music, Theatre & Drama are its predominant interests. The School has a branch of "Amnesty International" and organises a biennial musical show in association with Loreto Secondary school in addition to its other productions.

CBS Secondary school is concentrating on finding ways of incorporating ICT into the teaching of foreign languages. Currently students and teachers are investigating the benefit of CD-ROM based French and German language software in a networked computer environment. Collaborative email and video conferencing projects will be undertaken with partner schools in France and Germany.

Kilkenny College
Kilkenny College provides schooling mainly for the protestant sector of the community but is also open to other denominations. It caters for both a boarders and day-pupil.
Founded in 1538 A.D to replace the School of the Vicars Choral, which was founded in 1234 A.D. Kilkenny College has had a long, colourful and varied history. Many distinguished pupils attended the school including Jonathan Swift, George Berkeley, Luke Wadding, William Congreve, George Farquer, John Banim and Thomas Prior.
Originally known as Kilkenny Grammer School and sited adjoining the library of St Canices Cathedral in 1538. It was closed for a period in the 1650's and reopened as Kilkenny College in 1667 on a site overlooking the river Nore in John St. In 1989 the college was relocated to the 63 acre site at Celbridge House on the outskirts of the city.
It is one of 5 Irish Schools in the country taking part in a pilot project on self-assessment and interchange in conjunction with 100 other European schools. The ethos of the school is one of a family community and a big emphasis is placed on team sport in particular rugby and hockey.

Ormonde College
The college offers a number of Post Leaving Certificate courses to meet the needs of local businesses and industry. All courses are accredited by N.C.V.A. and include a teleservices course, media production, archaeology & heritage studies and print journalism.

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