Student welfare is important to us. All staff play a role in ensuring student welfare is a priority. One way of doing this is through our mentoring system as well as support from the teams of staff who are designated contact people for first aid, bullying issues, substance use issues etc should they arise. Check out Kildaltons Policy documents for team members. All staff are willing to help where they can.
Kildalton Mentoring System
Each student is assigned a dedicated mentor at the start of the academic year. This tutor is responsible for supporting the academic performance and general well-being of students while they are at Kildalton College. This system helps students to quickly settle into Kildalton College and give them a chance to discuss any difficulties which arise. This is provided through Spectrum life and is available to all full-time students on the Level 5 & 6 programmes in the college.
Students with a Learning Difficulty / Disability
Students with a specific learning difficulty or with a disability are encouraged to disclose without prejudice their difficulty so that supports can be put in place. There is a designated Access Officer in Kildalton College responsible for coordinating services to students. There are a wide range of supports available from assisted technologies in software to study support in the evenings on submission of a clinical report.
Kildalton Clubs and Societies
Student development is a vital part of the college year in Kildalton. Students are invited to participate in a range of activities.
Kildalton participates in the All Ireland inter college’s football, hurling, and soccer tournaments. In the last five years Kildalton has won three all Ireland hurling titles, two fifteen-a-side football and two national soccer competitions.
Past students of Kildalton include Charlie Carter (Kilkenny), Noel Hickey (Kilkenny), Timmy McCarthy (Cork), John Doyle (Kildare), Tadgh Fennin (Kildare), Paul McDonald (Laois), John Dalton (Kilkenny), Ger Power (Waterford), Eamon Walsh (Waterford) & Richie Mullally (Kilkenny).
Kildaton has a commitment to assist students in a variety of other activities including indoor soccer, badminton, squash / racketball, basketball, swimming, circuit training, pool, table quizzes & salsa dancing.
Students are also encouraged to partake in other social activities to make their time in Kildalton a memorable as well as educational experience. In the past number of years students have raised several thousand for local charities through such events as sponsored charity hill walks. This money has been put to good use and helps to integrate students into the local community. Each year students travel abroad to see how the agricultural industry is changing in other EU countries. Such study trips have proven to be both informative and enjoyable.
Many social events are arranged throughout the academic year. These include a Freshers Ball in September; and Halloween, Christmas and Spring Parties. For many the highlight of the year is the end of the year function when staff and students hit Kilkenny for dinner, the presentation of sports awards and a late night party.
Kildalton Equine Students
Kildalton Equine Club holds a variety of competitions throughout the year such as show jumping leagues and county cup competitions. These are very enjoyable competitions which encourages the students enthusiasm whilst improving their riding skills.