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Events & ECA Round Up

Fri 18th Dec 2020

Extra Curricular Activities

A wide range of after-school activities have continued throughout the Michaelmas term. This meant that some activities saw reduced numbers or were held outdoors for a time but students and staff adapted superbly during the ever-changing situation. Activities that have continued include Dance, Book Club, Pottery, Cooking, Debating, Artistic Performance, Photography as well as Drama and Music. This year also saw the addition of new extra-curricular activities that have proved very enjoyable - Film Club and Virtual Gaming.

KH Tiny School Desk

As a Covid-friendly alternative to our traditional Friday Performances, the KH Tiny School Desk was created for performing arts students to display their talent on the King's Hospital Official Youtube channel each week. All of the performances can be viewed here: Tiny School Desk Performances

Events

The Student Council teamed up with staff and the Headmaster to create a calendar of events in November and December, with a view to brightening up the shorter days and bringing some festive cheer to the school in the lead up to Christmas. Where possible, the events were also held in aid of charity with students raising much-needed funds.

Staff were asked to submit their childhood photographs for the Staff Baby Photo contest and each class guessed who each teacher was from their photos! Well done to Ms Cooney's Form 4 Maths class who guessed the most correctly and who then decided to create their own baby photo contest!

Ms Hanlon and her Form 4 class organised a fantastic "Staff Rap Battle" which brought out some, perhaps unexpected, talent among the staff! Students and staff purchased raffle tickets to support Pieta House, raising €1800. There were wonderful prizes for the winning ticket holders, thank you to all of the sponsors. Congratulations s to Ms Murphy who was awarded top spot by our guest judge, Mr Deacon, and to Mr Shaw who won the popular vote!

Congratulations to the Form 6 students who were awarded Honours Ties for their significant contribution to Sports and/or Performing Arts since joining the King's Hospital.

Charter Day was celebrated with a service led by Rev. Campion and the school choir, directed by Ms Roycroft. Staff and students donned colourful Christmas Jumpers and were treated to delicious Teddy's ice-creams. Thank you to Mr Hardy who created a very festive atmosphere with plenty of Christmas tunes while students enjoyed their Christmas lunch in the Dining Hall. To understand the significance of Charter Day and the answer the burning question of why 'Hospital' is in our school name, read this very enlightening speech - CHARTER DAY SPEECH BY Sarang Thayyil.pdf

The Student Council Talent Show was streamed into classrooms on December 15th. The judging panel had an incredibly difficult job in deciding on a winner as the talent was to such a high standard! Congratulations to everyone involved including staff and students who worked tirelessly to keep this wonderful KH tradition going in unusual circumstances. 

Daily Music and Christmas Messages and Prayers from Chapel were shown every day last week in class for a few minutes to bring some Christmas cheer and retain a connection to the morning chapel, students are used to. From the Jazz Band playing 'Blue Christmas, a barbershop quartet of Rev. Campion and 3 Form 6 boys singing White Christmas, to a beautiful Christmas Story from Jerome Devitt.

The Christmas Carol Service. Traditionally, every Christmas, we welcome the entire King's Hospital community to a Carol Service, led by Rev Campion. This is a wonderful occasion that allows us to reflect on the year and enjoy festive music by the school choir and orchestra. As we cannot gather together as a community at present, we are bringing the Service to you virtually.

This year we are also marking the retirement of our esteemed Head of Music, Ms Helen Roycroft, who has been part of the King's Hospital staff for almost 40 years. Ms Roycroft has brought music to life at the school and she will be dearly missed. Staff, students and pupils past and present have a special surprise for her at the end of the Carol Service which we hope you will enjoy. To view the Service, please click on the following link: http://bit.ly/KHCarolService2020

Farewell to Helen Roycroft - Head of Music. Please click through as we wish Helen well in her retirement after 40 years of dedication to the the musical life of the school. Watch a beautiful spoken and musical tribute to Helen from past and current pupils, and colleagues. 

Welcome Colm O'Regan - Head of Music. There is no way that Helen Roycroft would leave KH without ensuring that the music department was in capable hands and we are delighted to welcome Colm O'Regan to this role. Please click through to read Colm's bio and see how he has already made his mark producing the wonderful choral tribute to Helen.

FUSE

FUSE is an anti-bullying and online safety programme developed by the Anti-Bullying Research and Resource centre in DCU, supported by Facebook. The King’s Hospital was one of the original schools to take part when the programme when it launched in September 2019 and are taking part again this year.

Myself and Amy McGinn, have undertaken the training from DCU, which is grounded in Irish and international best practice research and enables them to give a series of workshops to 2nd year students. Together with their CSPE teachers, the students then work on projects, the best of which will be show-cased in DCU in 2021. Click here to read more about FUSE. FUSE Anti-Bullying Programe

Kerrie O'Reilly - Head of Arts & Culture