The Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel celebrated the 16th Annual Presentation Awards for Excellence in St. Mary’s Church, Irishtown.
The awards acknowledge the tremendous achievements of the girls across the whole spectrum of education in the school. The awards recognise that this pursuit of excellence is not confined to academic achievement but encompasses the whole range of activities that makes for a rounded and balanced education and the evening is a celebration of the achievements of the students over the past school year.
The ceremony, organised by Jean Rogers, began a beautiful rendition of One Step Beyond by the Junior School Choir under the guidance of music teachers, Tracey Whelan and Jennifer Williams.
The school was delighted to have Dr. Claire O’Brien as the guest speaker. It was no coincidence that Dr. O’ Brien was with the school when they celebrated Talent and Creativity as the theme of the day as her work takes her to the heart of innovation and research. Dr. Claire spent several years in research and product development in the University of Limerick. She now leads a team of scientists and engineers working in the areas of materials developments in Johnson and Johnson,Cork, that helps to develop medical devices such as hip,knees,shoulders and ankles replacements. Dr. Claire spoke about the necessity of following a career path in which students have a keen interest.
Fr. Billy Meehan, Parish Priest of St. Mary’s paid tribute to the Presentation community for its continued excellent role in educating young girls in Clonmel.
Principal Michael O’Loughlin said “Awards Day for all of us in Presentation Clonmel is one of the major highlights in the school calendar and I congratulate all the students whom you will see here today as they receive their certificates and awards. I say well done to you all, we are really proud of your achievements and wish you continued success in the years ahead both in school and outside of it as well. The range of awards that will be presented reflects all aspects of school life and represents our mission of offering to our students a holistic catholic education in a caring environment”.
The evening started with a presentation by Kathriona Murphy to over 90 girls for their involvement in extra-curricular activity. In presenting these certificates the school recognised the outstanding achievements of the students in their chosen field of activity and is acknowledging the ambassadorial role of the students on behalf of the school.
The Student of the Year Awards from the 1st to 6th Year groups were presented by the respective Year Head in association with the sponsor of each year group. Nominations from each year were invited on stage and with mounting tension, the Year Head read out the winners - Eileen Flannery and Katelyn Owens (First Year), Annie Coffey (Second Year), Ellie Mackey and Roisin Walsh (Third Year), Keeley Ahearne (TY), Karen McGrath (Fifth Year) and Mairead Lambert (Sixth Year).
Anne Dwyer (Deputy-Principal) presented the Junior Certificate Academic Award, which was shared by Laura Mulcahy and Lorna Ni Cheallaigh. Laura is a past student of Ballymac Primary School and Lorna is a past student of St. Oliver’s, Clonmel.
Michael O’Loughlin presented the Leaving Cert Academic Awards. The Boston Scientific Leaving Certificate Award was presented to Sorcha Murray, a past pupil of St. Michael’s Clerihan N.S. who achieved 605 points in her Leaving Certificate. Sorcha is now studying Pharmacy in Trinity College, Dublin.
During the six years that she has spent as a student of Presentation Secondary, Sorcha has shown herself to be a student of exceptional ability. As well shining in the academic area, in her spare time she achieved a silver medal in the Gaisce President Awards. She is an excellent racquetball player, plays the piano and was a member of senior school choir. Needless to say when it came to Leaving Cert she shone again with a brilliant result, which included 4 A1 and 2 A2 grades.
Rebecca Hunt, a past student of the Sisters of Charity, was the winner of the Leaving Cert Applied Academic Award. Rebecca worked very hard and consistently since starting her programme in September 2010 and is described by her teachers as an excellent student who showed great care for others as well. Rebecca is now studying a PLC course in CTI Clonmel.
Special Category Awards were presented in areas such as Creativity, Enterprise and Initiative, Leadership, Sports Awards, Student Peer Awards, Scientific Endeavour and Master Chef. These awards recognised the tremendous work by students outside the academic area and their participation in extra-curricular areas in the school community.
Special Category Awards - Grainne Wilson and Emma Clancy (Creativity), Jaimie Caron (Enterprise and Initiative) Danielle Hallahan (Sports) Fatima Haruna (Scientific Endeavour), Edel Moroney (Master Chef), Maire Buckley, Clare Nolan, Gillian Hickey, Meabh Kennedy and Emer Lyons (CEIST Social Awareness Award).
An addition to the evening was the presentation of Bank Of Ireland Student Awards to students who received a high number of nominations in the different categories. They were Kayleigh Tobin, Laura Nagle, Chloe Anderson, Leanne O’Regan, Rebecca Fennessy, Roisin McGrath, Keeley Ahearne, Rebecca Mullins, Maire Buckley, Lorna Ni Cheallaigh and Caitlin Orum Olesen.
Student Peer Awards: First Year - Kayleigh Tobin; Second Year - Anne Marie Power; Third Year - Lorna Ni Cheallaigh; Fifth Year - Maire Buckley and Sixth Year - Roisin McCarthy.