Art club meets once a week, during various blocks of the year. Pupils get the opportunity to use specialist materials and work on developing their creativity. Past projects include, making ceramic items to sell in Made In Mourne and at our Christmas Fair and painting a mural with a visiting artist. Art club has an informal and fun atmosphere where all pupils are made to feel welcome.
The Athletics’ club meets in the Summer term in preparation for the various competitions, the School Sports’ Day; Pupils compete at the Co. Down, Ulster and Irish Schools’ Athletics’ Championships and also the Northern Ireland Age Group Championships. Pupils try to improve their personal bests in a range of track and field events.
Cookery Club is a very popular extra-curricular activity at Kilkeel High School. Aimed at KS3 pupils, it is an opportunity to increase confidence and improve skills. Cookery club runs for approximately four weeks in both the winter and summer terms. Pupils involved get the opportunity to make a range of exciting, skilful and tasty dishes.
The Cross-country club meets during the Autumn and Winter months as pupils train for the school cross-country event, the Newry, Mourne and Down Cross-Country Championships and the Country Down Schools’ Cross-country Event.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD
A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who’ve achieved a DofE Award.
Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working.
There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The boys and girls enter various competitions in football. The girls compete in the County Down indoor and outdoor competitions and have achieved many successes in recent years. The Boys have teams in a range of South Down leagues and Cup competitions. The Under 13 and Under 15 Boys compete in the South Down League. The Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 boys’ teams compete in the South Down Knockout Cup. The boys have known many triumphs in these competitions over the past few years.
The school has a great tradition of hockey and the boys and girls field teams each Saturday to compete against other Grammar and Secondary Schools throughout Ulster. The Girls have 1stx1, Under 14 and Under 13 teams and the Boys have teams which compete in each of the age categories in the cup competitions which take place each year during their Games’ times.
The KHS English Department has a strong tradition of Public Speaking, with competition success at all ages. Our teams have been UK finalists 5 times in the Business and Professional Women’s Public Speaking Competition – once as runners-up, twice as winners, with 6 individual awards. A KHS pupil has also won BPW Best Speaker in Ireland.
This is a recreational after school club that meets each Friday. It is fun to learn a new sport and the skills of the pupils improve greatly through time.
The club organise a trip to the Portadown Rink to experience a proper hockey venue and competition and there is always much anticipation for the annual trip to the Belfast Giants.
There are boys’ and girls’ teams competing in various Blitz Tournaments. These are fun local events that are against schools of a similar standard and there are practices after school in preparation for these competitions.
Scripture Union exists to help staff and students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the scriptures and to grow in their relationship with Jesus. All ages, abilities and denominations are welcome to attend, knowing they will be welcomed and encouraged.
In Kilkeel High School the Scripture Union is organised by a committee of staff and senior students. Each member will take responsibility for a particular task and together the committee lead Junior SU each week. The Junior programme includes Bible readings, talks, memory verses, singing and drama. In addition the senior students mentor a group of younger students, praying with them for the week ahead.
The senior programme strives to encourage our students to further their relationship with Christ. Guest speakers are in attendance to encourage and challenge the Scripture Union community.
Each year the Scripture Union students enjoy an overnight stay in various venues around the area. This is always a relaxed time, enabling students to make and develop friendships and their relationship with Christ.
The Swimming Gala for Year 8 takes place after their swimming lessons. It involves a House competition in the various swimming strokes for all standard of swimmers. Pupils win medals and points for their House teams.
At Technology Club we make a wide range of projects. The aim of the Technology club is to give pupils an extra opportunity to practise the skills they have been developing in class.