The school day operates at the following times: Monday to Thursday: 8.25 a.m. – 4.10 p.m. Friday: 8.25 a.m. – 12.50 p.m. The school day is made up of ten 40 minute periods. There are two substantial breaks at 10.25 a.m. for 25 minutes and from 12.50 p.m. until 1.30 p.m. The school holidays are in accordance with the standardised school year prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills and can be downloaded here.
The book lists for all year groups for the current school year are available here.
Student exchange programmes
We have been running a very successful exchange programme with the Immanuel-Kant Gymnasium in Hamburg since 1987. Every year about 20-25 of our Transition Year students participate in a three-week exchange programme during which they will stay in their exchange partners’ homes. They complete 2 weeks of work experience in placements provided by the Rotary Club in Hamburg and will also go on various day trips to places of interest around Hamburg and also to Berlin. Their German partners (boys and girls, aged 14/15 years) also complete two weeks of work experience in placements during their stay in Ireland. This programme offers an excellent opportunity both to obtain work experience and to improve language skills.
The student exchange programme with the Siebold Gymnasium in Würzburg was initiated during the school year 2010/2011 and has become an integral part of our school curriculum. The programme gives 7th class St. Kilian’s and LFI students the opportunity to visit the city of Würzburg and to improve their German language skills during a stay in a German host family in March of each year. Apart from experiencing a normal school day of classes at the Gymnasium, they also have the opportunity to visit the Würzburg Residence, the City of Nürnberg, the Fortress Marienberg and to get to know the region of Franken. The German exchange students visit St. Kilian’s during the previous March, spending a week living with the family of their Irish counterparts and experiencing school life in Ireland, as well as being taken on a number of day trips in the area.