St Joseph's Rush Win Educational Achievement Awards

Six students from St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush were honoured at the Trinity College Access Programme (TAP) Educational Achievement Awards.

The winning students were Eamonn Mackey for his project on The English Monarchy, Kerrie McMahon for her project on Ireland, Roisin Corr for her project entitled ‘How a Bank Broke a Country,’ Dylan Curley for his project on The 1916 Rising, Laura Healy for her project on the Titanic and Aire Bruzas for her project on New York.

Students from schools all over Dublin presented projects to Trinity College. Students and parents were invited to a ceremony in Trinity College to receive their awards from the Provost, Patrick Prendergast.

The students also met guest speaker John Lonergan who is former Governor of Mountjoy.

Pictured above (LtoR) Daragh Nealon Guidance Counsellor, Judi O Boyle First Year - Year Head, John Lonergan, Jacinta Owens Deputy principal, Patricia Hayden Principal, with the students. (Photo courtesy of Joseph Corr).

Speaking at the event Principal Patricia Hayden said, “St Joseph’s Rush began its relationship with the Trinity Access Programme in 2007. At that stage just 14% of the students progressed to third level.

There was a huge increase in 2011 with 75% of our students progressing to third level. Those statistics speak for themselves. The Trinity Access Programme has been central to bringing about that improvement.”

To mark the occasion Ms Hayden presented Provost of Trinity College, Patrick Prendergast with a metal sculpture of a bird taken from the St Joseph’s Golden Jubilee sculpture ‘The Tree of Life.’

In presenting the sculpture, Ms Hayden said that “Many hopes and dreams will be fulfilled because of TAP and I hope one day a student from St Joseph’s will be Provost of Trinity and look at the sculpture and celebrate their achievement.”

Golden Jubilee

St Joseph’s Secondary School celebrated its Golden Jubilee this year. As part of those celebrations, they commissioned a commemorative sculpture.

The pupils were asked to suggest ideas about the design of the sculpture. The artist, Paul Flynn used steel and tiles to create The Tree of Life. He used negative space to suggest five birds, which represented the five decades the school has been in existence.

The Bird sculpture presented to the Provost of Trinity was made from the steel the artist removed to create negative space in the tree.

St Joseph’s pupils raised all the funds to pay for this sculpture; the steel alone cost €5,000. They were happy and proud to pay for this piece of art- they saw its value. Pupils are proud of the role they played in being involved in creating the piece of art.