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Presentation Clonmel 16th Annual Excellence Awards

Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel celebrated the 16th Annual Presentation Awards for Excellence in St. Mary's Church Irishtown in October. 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. Tracey Whelan and Ms. Jennifer Williams. The school was delighted to have Dr. Claire O Brien as the guest speaker. It was no coincidence that Dr. Claire O Brien was with us on a day that we celebrated “Talent and Creativity” as the theme of the day.

Dr Clare’s work takes her to the heart of innovation and research. Dr Claire spent several years in research and product development in the University of Limerick. She now leads a team of scientists and engineers working in the areas of materials developments in Johnson & Johnson, Cork, which helps to develop medical devices such as hip, knees, shoulders and ankles replacements. Dr. Claire spoke about the necessity of following a career path that students have a keen interest in. It would be more fulfilling for someone and would give them great confidence in their own ability.

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. Mr. Michael O’Loughlin (Principal) welcomed the large attendance which included special guests, Presentation Sisters from the local community and the Trustee's 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”.

Certificates of Recognition of Outside Achievement in Extra Curricular Activity

The evening started with a presentation by Ms. Kathriona Murphy to over 90 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.” Laura Mulcahy and Lorna Ni Cheallaigh were joint winners the Junior Cert Academic Award. Laura is a past student of Ballymac NS Primary School and Lorna is a past student of St. Oliver’s, Clonmel.

Leaving Cert Academic Award

Mr. Michael O’Loughlin (Principal) presented Leaving Cert Academic Awards. Boston Scientific Leaving Certificate Award was presented to Sorcha Murray, a past pupil of St. Michaels Clerihan N.S. who achieved 605 points in her Leaving Certificate. Sorcha Murray is now studying Pharmacy in Trinity College, Dublin. During the six years which she has spent as a student of Presentation Secondary, Sorcha has shown herself to be a student of exceptional ability. As well shining in the academic area, in her spare time, Sorcha achieved a silver medal in the Gaisce President Awards, she is an excellent racquetball player, plays the piano and was a member of senior school choir. Needless to say when it came to Leaving Cert she shone again with a brilliant result which included 4 A1 & 2 A2 grades.

Rebecca Hunt, a past student of the Sisters of Charity, was the winner of the Leaving Cert Applied Academic Award.Rebecca worked very hard and consistently since starting her programme in September 2010 and is described by her teachers as an excellent student who showed great care for others as well. Rebecca is studying a PLC course in CTI Clonmel.

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. These awards recognized the tremendous work by students outside the academic area and their participation in extra curricular areas in the school community.

An addition to the evening was the presentation of Bank of Ireland Student Awards to students who received a high number of nominations in the different categories.

President of the Student Council, Maura Buckley presented a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the school to Sr. Anne Healy (Presentation Sisters), Mrs Catherine McCormack (CEIST) and Dr. Claire O Brien(Guest speaker).

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, “If you really want it, you can get it”.

The Award winners were as follows;

Academic Awards

Junior Cert: Laura Mulcahy and Lorna Ni Cheallaigh

Leaving Certificate: Sorcha Murray

Leaving Cert Applied: Rebecca Hunt

Student of the Year: Eileen Flannery & Katelyn Owens (First Year), Annie Coffey (Second Year), Ellie Mackey & Roisin Walsh (Third Year), Keeley Ahearne (TY) Karen McGrath (Fifth Year) and Mairead Lambert (Sixth Year).

Special Category Awards; Grainne Wilson & Emma Clancy (Creativity), Jamie Caron (Enterprise and initiative), Danielle Hallahan (Sports), Fatima Haruna (Scientific Endeavour), Edel Moroney (Master Chef), Maire Buckley, Clare Nolan, Gillian Hickey, Meabh Kennedy and Emer Lyons (CEIST Social Awareness Award).

Student Peer Awards

First Year: Kayleigh Tobin

Second Year: Anne Marie Power

Third Year: Lorna Ni Cheallaigh

Fifth Year: Maire Buckley

Sixth Year: Roisin McCarthy

Bank of Ireland Award winners: Kayleigh Tobin, Laura Nagle, Chloe Anderson, Leanne O Regan, Rebecca Fennessy, Roisin McGrath, Keeley Ahearne, Rebecca Mullins, Maire Buckley, Lorna Ni Cheallaigh and Caitlin Orum Olesen.

Photos from the Awards Ceremony