Students starting or recommencing their studies at CBS Secondary School in Carrick-on-Suir can take motivation and inspiration from their fellow peers who were acknowledged for their endeavours at end of last term.
Transition Year students at CBS Secondary School were amongst those presented with awards at the special ceremony. The number of students choosing Transition Year at the school continues to increase, with the variety of projects last year’s class undertook reflecting a conscious focus on learning, experimenting with business ventures and helping out in the community.
Student and MC at the occasion, Declan Duggan, presented a slide show of the Transition Year students’ achievements to all guests. Former teacher Noel Casey, who helps coordinate Transition Year activities, praised the students and the community for their cooperation in facilitating the different projects. The Meals on Wheels Tuesday morning deliveries to the elderly were a welcome visit for both the students and the local people. Students moved out of their comfort zone, engaging with another aspect of daily living and learning from older people.
Compliments from the local community were shared by Noel to the students after they had taken the challenge to read at morning mass during the year. Noel also thanked them for their courtesy to him at all times and their good manners.
School principal Mr. O’Farrell complimented the students on representing the school so well.
“They were an excellent class during the year,” he said, adding that the now sophisticated Transition Year programme had been built up over years. He also paid tribute to deputy principal Myles Mitchell and the other teachers who had supported it wholeheartedly.
Special guest and former student Richie Kennedy, who played professional football in England after Carrick United, regaled his life and the challenges he faced as a younger man when he left school. He vividly recalled his soccer career and how he decided to return home ten years ago to Rathgormack, setting up his personal training career in his ‘Fitness Freak’ gym located there. He also told them of his passion for fitness backed up with nutrition and how working with the chef in SuperValu on a nutritional programme with the students had been a great success in promoting an all-round health package for them. “Follow your gut feeling and instincts and hopefully you will fall into a career you enjoy,” he advised them.
Special guest Ray Power represented the Carrick-on-Suir Credit Union who sponsored the Student of the Year Awards and also a special bursary to the Senior Student of the Year. Manager of Bank of Ireland in Carrick-on-Suir Donncha Fahy also attended the awards night and presented certificates to the in-school student bank personnel.
The award winners were as follows: Senior Student of the Year- David Doyle and Michael Whelan; Junior Student of the Year - Thomas Parle and Morgan McKnight; The 2nd Year Student of the Year - Jack Keane and Mark O’Meara; 1st Year Student of the Year - Wayne Gill-O’Loughlin and Kyle Walsh; Senior Sportsperson of the Year Award was shared between John Lyons, who was selected on to the Tipperary minor hurling team, and Michael Whelan who was selected for the Waterford minor hurling team. A special sports award was also presented to Cathal Purcell, a member of the Irish Cycling squad, and Junior Sports Person of the Year went to Mark O’Meara, Capt. of the U/15 school soccer team.
BOI Bank Manager in Carrick-on-Suir, Donncha Fahy, also presented bank certs to the School Bank personnel which included Conor O’Shea, Cillian Fitzgerald, David Baker, Cillian Crowley, Adam Hunt and Declan Duggan.