St. Kilian’s Deutsche Schule began as a Sunday school, offering German classes to children who came to Ireland as part of the programme run by the “Save the German Children Society”.
The school was named St. Kilian’s and three years later relocated to a site on the Stillorgan Road in Dublin, which could also accommodate a Kindergarten.
The school expanded and grew to incorporate the beginnings of a new secondary school. The German Government formalised its support with the allocation of a delegated teacher. By now the school had 6 classes and 60 pupils.
The school had a delegated Headmaster from Germany and a Deputy Principal supported by the Department of Education in Ireland.
Move to the current campus in Clonskeagh and the beginning of the secondary school as we now know it.
The school was recognised by the Irish Department of Education and given a roll number. Two years later the first group of St. Kilian’s students sat the Leaving Certificate.
Introduction of the Transition Year programme
Introduction of the Sprachdiplom Exams, a significant step in establishing the higher pedagogical benchmark for the teaching and learning of German in the school.
St. Kilian’s celebrated its 40th anniversary.
An extension with four new classrooms was completed.
A further extension of nine extra classrooms was completed and was officially opened by the then President Mary McAleese on the occasion of the school’s 50th anniversary.
The Lyceé Francais d’Irlande (LFI) relocated to temporary buildings on the campus. This was the first step towards official cooperation between the two schools.
St. Kilian’s entered into an agreement with the LFI to amalgamate the Junior Cycle classes and create the Eurocampus.
Mary Hanafin, then Minister for Education, signed off on the new Bilingual Leaving Certificate course combining German Language, Literature and European History.
2009 A new building to house the LFI and Eurocampus classes was officially opened.
2012 The first non-German Principal, Alice Lynch, was appointed. The German Government continues to support four seconded teachers, and through the network for German schools abroad it continues to fund the teaching and learning of German in the Secondary and Primary Schools.
A Gymnasialer Bildungsgang (German curricular stream) is introduced at St. Kilian’s; eligible students will be able to sit Sek1 exams in 10th class from the school year 2018/19.
Our new multi-purpose hall, “Lynn Hall”, is completed. It was named after Dr. Kathleen Lynn who played a significant role in the Easter Rising as Chief Medical Officer and was Vice-President of the Save the German Children organisation after World War II.
A new “K” logo is introduced at St. Kilian’s.