St. Kilian’s Primary and Kindergarten welcomes children aged 4 to 12 years and covers Kindergarten (Junior Infants), Vorschule (Senior Infants) and Primary School from 1st to 6th class. Our teachers in Kindergarten are qualified Kindergarten teachers and all children are cared for by bilingual staff ensuring that children are exposed to both English and German.
In Kindergarten we follow a blend of what we consider to be the best of the Irish and German curricula for this age group and children attend Jolly Phonic classes as well as German classes and sports classes. Kindergarten and Vorschule children are mixed in classes, as would be the norm in Germany. In Primary School the Irish Primary School Curriculum (DoE) with the exception, initially, of the Irish language is taught. Starting on the first day of school at the age of four, St. Kilian’s pupils learn German; however, prior knowledge of German is not a requirement.
Having started with German as their first foreign language, the children will learn Irish from 5th and optionally French from 6th class. In addition to their class teacher, children have subject teachers in Primary school. Depending on their German results by the end of 4th class, children may qualify for the additional German Curricular Stream from 5th class or alternatively continue with the Irish curriculum only. Sport is a core subject in Primary school and is taught on a daily basis.
The school offers afterschool care from Kindergarten to 2nd class and supervised study for children in classes 3-6 until 6.00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
St. Kilian’s is a multinational and interdenominational school and we aim to ensure that our classes include an even mix of children regarding sex, German mother and foreign tongue as well as nationality. Our German and Irish roots are important to us and we celebrate both cultures throughout the whole school year. Our aim is for our students to be happy, confident Europeans with a love of learning.