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5th Year LCVP – A Flying Start!

5A welcomed Clodagh Kavanagh to CPC as part of their LCVP programme.

Clodagh took on the role of Darley International Student Programme General Manager in 2003. Clodagh was motivated by Sheikh Mohammed’s vision of creating a management training programme to recruit and develop the “Future Leaders of the Thoroughbred Industry”. Clodaghs role centres around maintaining the standard and relevance of the syllabus as well as coaching and mentoring the trainees. She manages the recruitment and marketing of the programme and guides a team of coordinators who implement the program locally.

Previously General Manager of the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) in Kildare, Clodagh also worked as a part-time Racing Official with Irish Turf Club.

Clodagh’s career in the thoroughbred industry stemmed from her early introduction to horses on the hunting field and pony club. Clodagh worked for some of the best in the thoroughbred business worldwide including Eaton-Williams, Kentucky, Segenhoe Stud and Colin Hayes in Australia, Ballysheehan, Moyglare, Airlie and Derrinstown Studs in Ireland and Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand.

Clodagh is a graduate of University College Dublin, obtaining a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.  She has a Diploma in Leadership and is an MBTI practitioner.

A big thank you to Clodagh for visiting our school and giving the students a most interesting presentation. It was a very useful learning experience for the class and a real opprtunity to learn about enterprise.



Senior Boys Basketball

As the majority of the country was at a standstill due to the heavy rainfall, an eleven man team set out seeking their first win of the season. Thankfully, the game was played indoors to avoid the downpour.

The match threw in at 11.30 am, away to Mountmellick Community College. The five players who started the match got off to a great start and took the lead from the outset. After the first quarter (seven minutes), CPC Kilcullen were leading 6 – 4 and appeared to be dominated in all areas of the court.

In the second quarter, we maintained the lead and held our own against a determined Mountmellick side. At the end of this quarter, and going in to half time, CPC Kilcullen led 16 – 9. However, as the whistle blew for the start of the third quarter, the home side found their purple patch and added to the scoreboard without a response from Kilcullen. The score going in to the final quarter gave the away side a three point cushion to contend with (19 – 16). Further pressure from Mountmellick in the last remaining minutes mounted the pressure on CPC Kilcullen but the clever tactics used to run down the clock saw us worthy winners when the final whistle blew. The final score was 24 – 21, a great promising start by all involved.

Team: Daniel Kell, Ben Merrins, Dylan Mulhall, Dean Hyland, Peter Sheehan, Cillian O Halloran, David Howe, David Nolan, Lorcan O Rourke, John Keatley, Daniel Kearney.

1st and 2nd Year Disco Cancelled

The 1st and 2nd year disco scheduled for Thursday 17th November in the school has been cancelled. This was a fund-raising event organised by the 5th Year LCVP class but it has had to be called off due to low ticket sales. The event would simply not have been viable. The 5th Year students put in a significant amount of work to prepare for this event but sadly it wasn’t to be. Well done to the 5th Years for their efforts. Those 1st and 2nd Year students who purchased tickets will be refunded.

LC Business – HR Visit

The 6th year Business class recently welcomed Helen Colleton to CPC. Helen came to the school to discuss Human Resource (HR) Management. As a member of the HR Dept in HRI (Horse Racing Ireland), Helen could describe the role of HR in a real world setting. This helped to bring the theory of the textbook to life for the students.

There was a wide-ranging discussion of the functions of HR Management touching on issues such as manpower planning, recruitment, the training and development of people. The students had the opportunity to listen to a very informative talk and could ask questions too.

It was a very worthwhile experience for the students and a most useful learning opportunity. Thanks to Helen (and David Wright) for making this possible and taking the time to visit our school.

Jersey Day 2011


This year Jersey Day was on the 7th of October. Jersey Day is a fundraising day where everyone pays two euro and in return gets to wear their Jersey to work or school. All the money raised goes to Goal. Goal is a non-governmental organisation and works wide trying to reduce the suffering of the poorest people in today’s world. It was founded in 1977 by an Irishman named John O’Shea and since then has spent €300 million in the developing world. As part of our Junior Cert Project for C.S.P.E. (Civil Social Political Education) our class group 3H from Cross and Passion College decided to take on the task of Jersey Day. On the day we raised €1,066 for Goal and we also raised awareness for people in the developing world by wearing our team colours. On behalf of 3H and Cross and Passion College I would like to thank everyone who took part and I hope that next year will be an even bigger success.
By Aaron McLoughlin Sutherland


Cross & Passion College, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

Presidential Candidate Visits CPC

Mary Davis visited CPC today (Tuesday 25th October 2011) to meet some of the students and discuss the presidency. A group of students made up of 4th, 2nd and 1st years gathered to hear the Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia (SOEE) describe why she is running for the Irish Presidency. Mary explained the role of the President and put forward her vision for the position. (see marydavis.ie)

This provided a great learning opportunity for the students and they put some interesting questions to Mary. It was very worthwhile and thanks to Mary for taking time out of a busy campaign to visit our school. We wish her well in the future and good luck in the election this Thursday.  Thanks also to Fiona O’Loughlin for helping to arrange this visit.

TY Equine Studies – Jockey Visit

Leading jockey Johnny Murtagh recently visited CPC to talk to the 4B class about his life in the racing game. Johnny has enjoyed a wonderfully successful career and he is one of Ireland’s greatest ever sportsmen. The students had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and there was a wide ranging discussion about many issues.

It was a wonderful experience to meet a master of his profesion and the students will remember it for a long time. A big thank you to Johnny for taking the time out of his busy schedule visit our school

5th Year Economics – MEP Visit

Nessa Childers recently visited CPC to talk to the 5th year Economics class about her work as an MEP (Member of the European Parliament) for the Leinster area. Nessa is a member of the Labour Party and was accompanied to the school by the local Labour TD Jack Wall.

It was a great learning experience to meet and chat with Nessa who is a daughter of former Irish President Erskine Childers. There was an interesting and wide ranging discussion about many issues  including economic issues. Thanks to Nessa and Jack for taking the time to visit our school.

TY Economics – Local PoliticianVisit

Local County Councillor and past pupil Suzanne Doyle recently visited CPC to meet 4D as part of their Economics module.

During the term, the students had looked at the aims of government and the policies used to achieve these aims. Suzanne was invited into the school to talk to the students about the role of of local government. Suzanne explained about her work in Kildare County Council and how she got involved in public life.

There was a wide ranging discussion about many interesting issues and it was a huge learning opportunity for the students.

A big thank you to Suzanne for visiting our school to help out the students.

5th Year LCVP – ITM Speaker

Michael O’Hagan recently visited CPC to speak with 5A about his role in Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM). Michael travels the world in his quest to attract overseas investors into Ireland. The objective is to market Ireland as a centre of excellence in all things equestrian and so attract inward investment. Michael is very enterprising and he gave a most interesting talk to the students. It was a great learning opportunity and thanks to Michael for taking time out of a very busy schedule to visit our school.