Alive and Kicking

Clare Champion, Friday, 7th May 1999

Kilmihil Vocational School is full of life and thriving. That is the picture emerging as it completes another term that has brought much success in a generally very successful year. And, judged by strong and consistently rising enrolments, the year that will bring it into the new millennium will be even more worthwhile.

One of the most significant developments in the current academic year was the decision of the Department of Education & Science to erect a new science laboratory. Building is to begin shortly of a unit providing the most modern facilities available to students.

A key to the increase in students enrolling for first year this year, which has been the case over the last number of years also, has to be seen in the broad curricula provided by the school, covering a wide range of subjects. This year, Kilmihil will have transition year on offer to all third year students. Subjects involved are Irish, English, Maths, French, Horticulture, Photography, Agricultural Science, Music and Drama, Computer Applications and Business Enterprise. To boot, an overseas trip is being planned for the transition year students for next spring.

Students of information technology in St. Michael's have experienced a huge improvement in facilities in the computer laboratory in the 1998-99 school year. It acquired five new state of the art personal computers besides a scanner, printer and photocopier. One of the PC's was bought by the second year class who won first prize of £1,000 in a countrywide project on the theme 'Governing Our Country - Governing Our County', which was promoted by Clare County Council and sponsored by AIB with the aim of furthering within schools a lively knowledge of national and local government.

St. Michael's also received a Gateway 2000 series computer with internet access and e-mail as part of 'Schools IT2000 Initiative', compliments of Telecom Eireann. A further three new computers have just been purchased. One of these is located in the social area where the entire student body has convenient access for research purposes in various areas of their curriculum. Students of computers conduct their studies in the areas of word processing, database and spreadsheets and complete a computer applications examination at the end of the year. They likewise browse the worldwide web and learn how to use e-mail. Computers are also used to produce attractive projects and design briefs for examination subjects.

The Kilmihil school is also fortunate to have located in it the local branch of Clare County Library. This enables students to research projects and avail of a huge range of books.

Other activities include the school ceili band who recently performed at Feile na hÍnse in Ennis. St. Michael's also has strong junior and senior debating teams who reached high places in recent county and national competitions.

A west Clare school hardly would be worthy of its name if it did not have distinctions in sport. Kilmihil Vocational School maintains that proud tradition, winning this year the Munster B boys competition in football, a title that is a major boost and repeats the success of 1993. At the same time, the girls were unlucky to lose the senior schools football final only a few Sundays ago. Successes have been recorded also in athletics. The school's junior team came third in the All Ireland schools championship and Colette Corry is now on the Irish junior athletic team.

French teacher, Geraldine Corbett, with some
of her second year students.
Senior debating team members, Marie Darcy,
Maria Keane and Tomas Kelly preparing in
the library.

Photographs by Eamon Ward, Clare Champion.

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