St Joseph's Secondary School Rush Receives School of Distinction Award

On Tuesday, 18th November 2014, St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush North County Dublin was honoured to host Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast, Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice Frank Clarke and Dr Oran Doyle, Head of the School of Law, Trinity College for the presentation of the ‘School of Distinction Award 2013 – 2014’ from College For Every Student (CFES) and Trinity College.

Following the presentation, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, (pictured on left addressing students) met with 50 students participating in law programmes in Trinity College and The Law Society.

He also presented Diana Oprea, winner of Future Voices, with a textbook on the Irish legal system.

The distinguished visitors congratulated the school’s Model United Nations Team, who brought home the title for the second year in a row.

This is the first time in the history of the competition the same school has won the competition and retained the title for two consecutive years.

School Principal Ms Patricia Hayden said, “We are very proud to be the first School of Distinction in Ireland. The award recognises the huge commitment of the staff and the positive, ‘can do’ culture of our school. St Joseph’s has a reputation for being progressive and forward thinking and our students are very lucky to have the support and interest of the Provost, Mr Justice Clarke and Dr Oran Doyle. We are glad to report that Trinity College believes this network has great potential to support St Joseph’s and students in the years to come and that it will continue to grow.”

Following the presentations at St Joseph’s, the Provost and the Second Year student departed for a large mentoring showcase in the Convention Centre Dublin which is a 'prelude' to College Awareness Week.

Around 1,200 Second Year students across Trinity College partner schools met with over 300 former TAP students who worked as mentors at this event and will also do so over the coming years.

The mentoring showcase was followed by a lovely concert and reflections by Lord David Puttnam and his son Sacha.

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD who launched the ‘College For Every Student’ initiative in the Google Foundry Building on 11th of October 2014, was also in attendance.

St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush Co. Dublin is the only school outside the US to receive the ‘School of Distinction’ award. See Huffington Post article

Click here to view photo gallery from the event.