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Holy Child School Killiney Holy Child School Killiney
Management Team

Management Team

Caroline O'Brien, Principal

Caroline was appointed Principal of Holy Child School in 2017 and has taught in Holy Child since 1983.  She is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth.  Caroline taught Religious Education and Civic, Social and Political Education.  Caroline was subject co-ordinator for Religious Education.

Caroline has worked as Transition year co-ordinator and as the co-ordinator for School Self Evaluation and School Planning.  Caroline has been a member of the NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and is actively involved in Special Olympics.

Nickola Dempsey, Deputy Principal

Nickola Dempsey graduated from NUI Maynooth in 1999, with a degree in Irish and Geography. She did her H. Dip in Trinity College, completing her work placement in Loreto College, St. Stephen’s Green. Nickola came to HCK in September 2001. Over the years, she has taught Irish and SPHE to all levels, Geography at Junior Cycle, Digital Literacy, ECDL, First Aid and she has been a form teacher at both Junior and Senior levels.

Positions that Nickola has previously held in HCK include Senior Year Head and SSE Co-ordinator, and had taken on the role as the social action link teacher between HCK and Le Chéile Catholic Schools Trust, Transition Year Co-ordinator and Year Head, Examinations Co-ordinator, Supervised Study Co-ordinator, Green Schools Co-ordinator, Literacy Co-ordinator, SPHE Co-ordinator and subject co-ordinator for the Irish Department. She was also responsible for the school journals and was a core member of the IT Team for a number of years.

Nickola is now the Deputy Principal.

Fionnuala O’Leary, Junior Year Head 

Fionnuala is a Maths & Geography graduate from University College Dublin. She commenced teaching in 1988 and taught in St. Raphaela’s and Blackrock College before coming to Holy Child in 1988.  Fionnuala is subject co-ordinator for Maths.

She joined the senior management team in 2012 taking on the role of Junior Year Head to first, second and third years.

Lucinda Packham, 

Lucinda is a graduate from Trinity College, Dublin where she studied Business and Economics and undertook a M.Sc. in Educational Management. She commenced teaching in 1993 and taught Business and Economics in Portmarnock Community School for ten years before being Seconded by the Department of Education to implement the School Completion Programme in Ballinteer Community School. In 2014 Lucinda was appointed Deputy Principal in The High School Dublin. In 2017 Lucinda took Study Leave to further her studies in school leadership before joining the senior management team in Holy Child in 2019.