The past week has been a hectic week in the lives of the 2013 Sixth Year class. On Thursday, May 23, they celebrated their Graduation Mass in a transformed sports hall, in the company of parents, guardians, families, school staff and friends.
After the Mass, the school principal addressed the graduates, acknowledging their high calibre and wishing them well for the future. Fionn Hogan replied on their behalf with a neat and witty piece of verse. Each student was presented with a crafted school pin, while the final step was the presentation of a commemorative yearbook, the first copy of which was put into the hands of Joe Cronin, tireless chairperson of the editorial committee.
The next night many of the graduates were honoured at the annual awards ceremony. Then, last Monday, the school treated the graduates to a day out in Trabolgan. This fun-filled last day together has become a tradition at CCS and refelcts the warm relationship between staff and students. On their return students planted an oak sapling at the school to symbolise their future journey in life and their on-going inner growth.
The annual student Awards ceremony was held on last Friday night. Guest of honour this year was Dr. Stewart Hickey, a native of Hore Abbey, Cashel. Stewart sat the Leaving Certificate at CCS in 2001 and went on to study electronic engineering at U.L. Throughout his years at university he distinguished himself in his chosen field and was ultimately conferred with a doctorate. More recently he added an MBA to his list of academic achievements.
This year’s Student of the Year is Kevin O’Donnell. Sixth year student Kevin is son of Seán and Mary O’Donnell, Knockevan, Clerihan. Throughout his six years at the Community School, Kevin has entered wholeheartedly into the ethos of the school, giving of his very best in classwork while engaging with great spirit and leadership in the school’s extracurricular and voluntary programmes.
Special Awards - Colin Ryan and Daniel Hayes (handball world titles); Áine Bourke (commitment to maths); Colin Dikkenberg (generosity and commitment to Pieta House walk/run); P.J. Hannigan (dedication and determination); Anthony Lobow (dedication to the LINKS programme); Andrew Grossen (spirited engagement with school life).
Creative Writing Awards - Senior: Andrew Grossen (essay); Teresa Curtin (short story); Cliona Mahon (poetry). Junior: Mitchell Marnane (essay); Kevin Tobin (short story); Danielle Gayson (poetry). First Year: Rebecca Delahunty (essay); Jamie Wade (short story); Rachel O’Carroll (poetry). Sports Awards - Basketball (junior): Aideen Bergin; Gaelic football: Kevin O’Donnell (senior), Nathan Ryan (junior); hurling: Josh Keane (senior), Ger Browne (junior); camogie: Amy Crosse (senior), Orla Gahan (junior); soccer: Niall Anglim (senior), Alan O’Donnell (junior); rugby: Ben Blackford (junior). Cultural Awards - Art : Fintan O’Dwyer (senior), Hannah Croke (junior); Music: Sinéad Fitzgerald (senior), Bethany Entwhistle & Eoin Hand (junior); Choir: Kate Fanning & Shane Murphy (senior), Orla Purcell & Maeve Yee (junior); School Musical: Sinéad Magner & Jerry O’Rourke. Full Attendance 2007 – 2013: Thomas Hayes.