A wonderful celebration of academic excellence in the state exams took place last night. Mr Higgins whose glorious artwork formed an historical backdrop to a great night transformed the Assembly Hall into an impressive arena of awards. Parents witnessed students being presented with the fabulous awards depicted above which were also designed and created by Mr. Higgins. Our returning Leaving Certificate and last years Junior Certificate students who excelled in their exams through dedication and long hours of study will treasure them for a very long time.
Our Principal, Ms Deeney, welcomed our special guest speaker Mr Shaun Quinn, Chief Executive of Fáilte Ireland. Mr Quinn exhorted the students to retain their work ethic, as it is this that will set them apart from others with similar skills. He emphasised a focus on goals as important but also saw interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence as attributes that will enhance opportunities.
Mr Quinn then presented our most successful Junior Certificate students with their certificates. Ms Norris read out the list of names concluding with Rachel Donnelly-Lawlor who won the Overall Award. Mr Clarke then called the Leaving Certificate students forward, concluding with our Overall Award winner Mark Nolan. Mark is studying Medicine in TCD and continues to be a remarkable individual who is not only highly focused on his studies but also on his community.
We were delighted that Ms Geraldine Kenny returned to PCS to present our annual Mathematics Award to Kate Hawkshaw. Ms Kenny spoke passionately of the centrality of Maths in so many aspects of modern life. She expressed delight at so many female students pursuing Science and Maths related courses.
Our Head Boy and Head Girl, Ultain O’Moráin and Ailbhe Twomey presented our Students of the Year with their trophies and medals. Students from each year are marked out as contributing in a significant way to school spirit. The winners were: Holly Ramsey (1st Year); Ashlee Rocliffe (2nd Year); Oisín Reilly (3rd Year); Faolan Radcliffe-McGovern (4th Year) and Kate Finnucane (5th Year).
The Principal’s Award is given to a student that has excelled academically but also contributed widely to our school community. Mark Nolan was the deserving recipient.
All in all a marvellous night marking the rewards that come with dedication and hard work was enjoyed by parents, students and teachers alike.