Presentation Secondary School Clonmel Awards Day

Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel celebrated the 14th Annual Presentation Awards for Excellence in St. Mary's Church Irishtown for the students on the 5th October 2010. The awards acknowledge the tremendous achievements of the girls across the whole spectrum in education in the school. The awards recognize 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 evening is a celebration of the achievements of the students over the past school year.

The evening began a beautiful rendition of “One Step Beyond” by the Junior School Choir under the guidance of music teachers, Ms.Siobhan Alley and Mr. Keith Greene.

The school was delighted to have Siobhan Ambrose, Mayor of Clonmel and Mary Cummins, both past students of the school as special guests.


Fr. Billy Meehan opened with the ceremony with a prayer and paid tribute to the Presentation community for its continued excellent role in educating young girls in Clonmel. Siobhan Ambrose (Mayor of Clonmel) spoke about her fond memories of her secondary school days. She paid tribute to the school and especially the Presentation Sisters for their role in education. She congratulated all the prizewinners and nominees.

Mr. Michael O’Loughlin (Principal) welcomed the large attendance which included special guests Siobhan Ambrose, Mayor of Clonmel and Mary Cummins, Margaret Farrell of CEIST, Presentation Sisters from the local community and the trustees representatives, members of the Board of Management, Teachers, Parents, Sponsors and most importantly, the students themselves.

Mr. O’Loughlin said “Awards Day for all of us in Presentation Clonmel is one of the major highlights in the school calendar and I want to congratulate all the students whom you will see here today as they receive their certificates and awards. I say well done to you all, we are really proud of your achievements and wish you continued success in the years ahead both in school and outside of it as well. 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”.

He added also that despite difficult times for people at the moment, the girls’ achievements brought great joy and a huge sense of pride to the school, their families and their local community. He congratulated all those who participated in the ceremony.

Certificates of Recognition of Outside Achievement in Extra Curricular Activity

The evening started with a presentation by Ms.Kathriona Murphy to over 80 girls for their involvement in extra-curricular activity. In presenting these certificates, the school recognized the outstanding achievements of the students in their chosen field of activity and is acknowledging the ambassadorial of the students on behalf of the school.











Student of the Year Awards

The Student of the Year Award from the 1st to 6th year groups were presented by the respective Year Head in association with the sponsor of each year group. Nominations from each year were invited on stage and with mounting tension, the Year Head read out the winner. These awards were followed by the Academic Awards.

Junior Cert Academic Award

Mrs. Anne Dwyer (Deputy-Principal) presented the Junior Certificate Academic Award. He said that “the Presentation ethos will always be to help students to reach their potential and in our school, our girls are very fortunate to be supported by a highly dedicated teaching staff. There is no doubt looking at this year’s Junior Cert results that everyone reached their potential.”

Hanagh Byrne won the Junior Cert Academic Award, a past student of Presentation Primary School who achieved nine As and 1 B in all honours papers. Due to family work commitments, Hanagh is now studying in Brussels. Mrs. Dwyer presented the award to Hanagh’s aunt, Margaret Connery. Molly Moclair and Aisling Ni Cheallaigh were also presented with Academic Award because of their outstanding results.











Leaving Cert Academic Award

Mr. Michael O’Loughlin (Principal) presented Leaving Cert Academic Awards. Leaving Certificate Award was presented to Niamh Healy, a past student of the Presentation Primary who achieved 555 points in her Leaving Certificate. When it came to Leaving Cert she shone with a brilliant result, which included 5A grades resulting in a total CAO score of 555 points. She is currently studying psychology in Trinity College and due to pressure of lectures Niamh was unable to attend the Award Ceremony.

Johanna Walsh, a past student of the Sisters of Charity, was the winner of the Leaving Cert Applied Academic Award. A variety of assessment methods are used in Leaving Cert Applied and credits are gained for class work and attendance, 7 projects, interviews, oral language exams, work experience placement and final year practical and written exams. Johanna worked very hard and consistently since starting their programme in September 2008 and is described by her teachers as an excellent student who showed great care for others as well











Special Category Awards

Special Category Awards were presented in areas such as Creativity, Enterprise & Initiative, Leadership, Sports Awards, Student Peer Awards, Scientific Endeavour and Master Chef, a new addition to the awards this year. These awards recognized the tremendous work by students outside the academic area and their participation in extra curricular areas in the school community.

Margaret Farrell, on behalf of CEIST, presented the Social Innovation Award was presented to Aoife Breen and Aisling O’Meara. The Social Awareness award is designed to cater for those involved in social or environmental issues. The criteria included interest in and concern about social justice and environmental issues. Students should be involved and actively participate in activities to deal with such issues. Ideally they should be involved in voluntary work or activities totally on their own initiative. They should also promote voluntary activities or social justice and environmental awareness.

The winners were Aoife Breen and Aisling O' Meara. Aisling ran a fundraiser for T.S.P.C.A. During a work experience with South Tipp Today, Aisling accompanied a reporter to visit T.S.P.C.A. and saw an animal who had to be put down due to neglect. Knowing that T.S.P.C.A. receives little government support, she organized a gig for young people which raised €1200. Inspired by Aisling, Aoife, who became aware that REHAB were short of
funding, organised a gig for REHAB which included a number of young bands and raised a substantial amount of money. Both girls were deserving winners.

After the presentation of the awards, the audience listened to an inspiring speech from Mary Cummins. Mary spoke with great fondness of her times as a “Pres girl” and enthralled the audience with her recollections of her students in Presentation Clonmel.

Aoife Breen, President of the Student Council, presented a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the students to Sr.Colette and Sr.Marie Stella for the Presentation Sisters, Siobhan Ambrose, Mary Cummins and Margaret Farrell of CEIST. She also presented badges to all members of the student council.

Finally, Aoife Breen made a special presentation on behalf of the students to Mrs.Breen, Mrs.Barry, Ms.Costigan and Mrs.Ormond who retired from the teaching staff this year. Also, a presentation was made to Carrie Kenny, who retired from the secretarial staff.

Mr.O’Loughlin concluded the ceremony by congratulating all the award recipients for their individual achievements and paid tribute to Ms.Jean Rogers for organizing the smooth running of the event. The Awards ceremony concluded with the Junior Choir singing, “You raised me up”.

The Award winners were as follows;

Academic Awards: Junior Cert: Hanagh Byrne

Leaving Certificate: Niamh Healy Leaving Cert Applied: Johanna Walsh

Student of the Year: Aine Mackey (First Year), Jenny Murphy (Second Year) Fiona Maxwell (Third Year) Aoife Breen (Fifth year) Mary Ann Lambert (Sixth Year)

Special Category Awards; Orla Byrne (Creativity), Orla O’Dea (Enterprise and initiative), Aisling O’Donavan (Sports) Niamh Byrne(Scientific Endeavour) Sarah Kearney(Leadership) Clodagh Dunphy (Master Chef)

Student Peer Awards:
First Year: Louise Igoe Second Year: Tanya Crotty Third Year: Vivian Kenneally Fifth Year: Meghan Quinn Sixth Year: Hayleigh Lonergan and Niamh Guiry