Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel celebrated the 17th 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. They 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.
The school was delighted to have Sr.Anne Healy as the guest speaker on a day when the Presentation continued its celebrations of the Bi-Centenary year. Sr.Anne shared the story of her life’s journey as a Presentation student, teacher and Sister and her work takes her to the core of Presentation education.
Fr.Billy Meehan, Parish Priest, St. Mary’s, paid tribute to the Presentation community for its continued excellent role in educating young girls in Clonmel.
Congratulating the students, of whom he said they were proud, Principal Michael O’Loughlin said “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”.
Presenting the Junior Certificate Academic Award to Aoife McCarthy, a past student of Powerstown NS, Deputy Principal Anne Dwyer said that “the Presentation ethos will always be to help students to reach their potential. In our school our girls are very fortunate to be supported by a highly dedicated teaching staff”
The Boston Scientific Leaving Certificate Award was presented to Molly Moclair, a past pupil of Lisronagh NS, who achieved 625 points in her Leaving Certificate and is now studying medicine in Trinity College.
Stacey Hughes, a past student of the Sisters of Charity, was the winner of the Leaving Cert Applied Academic Award and 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. Certificates of Recognition of Outside Achievement in Extra Curricular Activity were also presented.
The Mayor of Clonmel, Pat English congratulated the Presentation community for its outstanding work in the community for the last 200 years.
The ceremony concluded with the TY class singing their chart-topping song My Hero in memory of their late teacher Alice Strain.
Academic Awards - Junior Cert: Aoife McCarthy; Leaving Certificate: Molly Moclair; Leaving Cert Applied: Stacey Hughes.
Student of the Year: Amy Higgins and Aoife O’Farrell (First Year), Eileen Flannery (Second Year), Anne Marie Power (Third Year), Sinead English (TY), Ailish McCarthy (Fifth Year) and Molly Moclair (Sixth Year).
Special Category Awards: Grainne Wilson (Creativity), Jaimie Caron (Enterprise and initiative), Courtney Lonergan (Sports Senior), Molly Moclair (Scientific Endeavour), Jaimie Carron (Master Chef Junior), Moya O’Dwyer (Master Chef Senior) and CEIST Social Awareness Award - Ellie Mackey, Orla Moroney and Lauren Quigley.
Student Peer Awards - First Year: Sophie McArdle and Amy Hogg; Second Year: Kayleigh Tobin; Third Year: Anne Marie Power; Fifth Year: Ailish McCarthy and Sixth Year: Maire Buckley.