Giuseppina and Sivakumar SethuramanParents - Vidya 6 A and Siddarth 10 B
When we moved to Dublin from Switzerland five years ago, one big obvious question was finding the best suitable school for both our children, especially as ours is a bilingual family. When we found out about St. Kilian’s German School and visited it for the first time, it was love at first sight for our children! We as parents were very impressed as well and found our worry about their schooling dissipate. We experienced a warm welcome from staff and other families at St Kilian’s. Our children immediately felt included, and their integration became a natural progression. In our opinion, St. Kilian’s offers an equally high standard of education in both German and English. For a family like ours, there could be no better school; where both languages are taught at that level under one roof. The German teachers are all native German speakers and the Irish teachers work closely with the German teachers to make the learning as smooth as possible for the students. The atmosphere at St. Kilian’s German School is international, multicultural and buzzing. Teachers work passionately to make school life as exciting and varied as possible. Through the sports teams and various other projects, friendships are made and strengthened across races, school classes and social backgrounds. It makes the pupils feel like a part of a single force that wants to excel and always strive for the best possible achievements. We could not imagine a better place of learning for both our children. We feel like we are a part of something special.
Des SmythPrimary School Parent
“Being parents at St. Kilian’s Primary School for the last two years, we feel strongly that the school offers our son (class 2) the suitable framework to explore and define his own binational (German-Irish) heritage and identity, and helps to stimulate and strenghthen his development in both languages. It is amazing to see him literate to such an equal degree in both his languages. The encounter with various subject teachers each day has led to a great independence on his behalf. Multiple teaching styles, differing personalities and diverse approaches create a stimulating and challenging learning environment for him. The positive learning experience in St. Kilian’s is further enhanced by the importance of music in the primary school. Our son feels very much at home in the school, which is the best indicator to us that St. Kilian’s is the right choice”
Naghmeh ReillySecondary School Parent
“Both our children (Emma and Christopher) attended St. Killian’s from primary school right through to leaving certificate. They have both now left the school as well rounded high achieving young adults and that is due to their wonderful experience of their schooling and education at Kilian’s. The mix of different nationalities and religions exposed them to many cultures from a young age. The size of the school and the classes created a homely atmosphere where they were all part of a family. Unlike other schools that only the best sports people get to play for the school team, all the pupils in Kilian’s get a chance to be on the school hockey and football teams. I have no hesitation in recommending Kilian’s to any parent who are looking for a school that combines a wonderful mixture of dedicated teachers, pupils from around the globe and a nurturing environment”
Alexander SkudayskiPast Student
“Looking back on the time spent in St Kilian’s German School brings forth many nice and fun memories. I truly enjoyed my three years of education here and must acknowledge the amount of time invested by teachers in their students. You wouldn’t find this kind of pupil– teacher interaction in many other schools. My favourite subjects at the time were art and geography. Some of the highlights I recall were the school concerts, the art trip to Paris and the many other fieldtrips we were taken on. During Transition Year St Kilian’s works with students on their weakest areas in subjects. Furthermore they teach cookery, woodworks, arts and crafts and prepare the students for their Driving Test. The entire process of Transition Year is of great importance, as students get to research different fields of interest, discover new strengths and are encouraged to transform into young adults. The adventure trip in Kerry teaches significant survival and teamwork skills and creates a wonderful strong bond amongst classmates. Needless to say, many things learned, accompanied me through my studies at University College Dublin, various multi-lingual jobs, employment at the States Examinations Commission (German Department) and my travels in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.”