The Patrician Presentation Annual Awards’ Ceremony and the Opening of the School Year Mass took place in the School Hall on Friday, October 11.
The Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Gerry Horan, OSA and Parish Priest, Fr. Tom Breen who asked for God’s Blessing on the school during the coming year. Music for the Mass was provided by Benny and Michael Raggett with the School Choir led by Ms Megan Raggett. This year’s guest speaker was Mr Denis Burke who was introduced by our new principal, Mr Michael O’Sullivan.
Mr O’Sullivan acknowledged the hard work of those present and not just the award winners. Many had strived to do their best and he believes that they represent the true spirit of our school. Mr O’Sullivan went on to congratulate all the award winners and to encourage other students to take the risk, to rise to the challenge and not to be afraid to compete both in school and in life. Finally, he complimented the organising committee of the event: Mr John Cummins, Ms Marie Maher and Ms Caitriona McKeogh, Ms Megan Raggett and the school choir, deputy principal Ms Fogarty, caretaker Connie O’Sullivan, secretary Gwen Cronin and all the staff.
Our guest speaker Mr Burke talked about his experience of the school as a past-pupil, as a retired teacher of the school and as a parent of children who attended the school. He enumerated the many qualities of the school and said that he is proud to be connected with the school. Mr Burke went on to urge the pupils to have pride in themselves, in their school and in their town. He asked the pupils to take responsibility for themselves and to be pro-active both in school and at home. This means doing things for themselves and taking charge of their lives.
The following awards were presented at the recent Fethard Patrician Presentation School Awards Day:
1st Year Pupil of the Year: Shauna O’Neill, Lisronagh. 2nd Year Pupil of the Year: Kate Davey, Farranshea. 5th Year Pupil of the Year: Michelle Walsh, Killusty.
The winner of the Bishop Delaney Award of €2000 for the best Leaving Cert Results 2013 was Ms Emma Hayes.
The Patrick Pearse Award for the best results in Irish, History and English in this year’s Junior Cert: Orla Walsh Killusty. Marian Gilpin Literary, Arts and Music Award: Jonathan Hennessy, Fethard. Fethard Quill Award for Literature: Junior Section Aisling Prendergast 1st Year and Senior Section Adam Fitzgerald 5th Year. Sports Awards: Molly O’Meara, Killusty and Danny O’Regan, Lisronagh. Student Council Certificates: 2nd Year: Jack Spillane, Tullamaine and Carly Tobin, Fethard. 3rd Year Cassie Needham, Fethard and Corey Carroll, Fethard. 4th Year Katie Whyte Lisronagh and William O’Meara, Fethard. 5th Year Thomas Channon Lisronagh and Hannah Tobin Fethard. 6th Year James Maher Clerihan and Tara Horan Tullamaine. Mentor Awards: Niamh Morrissey, Cloneen and Niamh Crotty, Killusty. Attendance and Punctuality Certificates: 2nd Year: Jack Spillane, Tullamaine and Emma Cronin, Coleman. 3rd Year: Kate Davey Farranshea. 4th Year: Orla Walsh, Killusty. 5th Year: Hannah Tobin, Fethard and Clodagh Bradshaw, Fethard. 6th Year: Michelle Walsh, Killusty.
Special Achievement Awards: Woodwork Art – Keith Cronin, Coleman; Art Awards – Katie Whyte, Lisronagh; Orla Walsh, Killusty; Kiya Lawrence, Fethard; Mike Earl, Fethard and Tiernan O’Neill, Lisronagh. Great Fethard ‘Bake Off’ was presented to Molly O’Meara, Killusty.