News from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty

The following news snippets were kindly shared by Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co. Cork highlighting student achievements and projects undertaken in the school.

Clonakilty TY students rear Angus calves for national competition

Four transition year students at Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty have a very special project on their hands for the next two years- they'll be rearing five Angus cross calves for 24 months as part of the national Certified Irish Angus Beef competition.

The girls all from farming backgrounds have a huge interest in farming and would like to pursue careers in the area of Food or agriculture. They are delighted to be one of five school chosen based on an initial application from 65 schools.

They were one of twenty schools chosen to make it to the second stage of the competition where they gave a seven minute presentation and were interviewed for 15 minutes. The girls wooed the judges with their professionalism, enthusiasm and knowledge.

The girls will be presented with their five calves at the National Ploughing Championships in September. The girls success had created great excitement in the school and they have named the five calves after staff members. We wish Aoife , Laura, Clionadh and Meabhdh the very best as they embark on rearing the five calves.

Pictured above are Brid Hennessy (Teacher) John ABP Bandon, Laura Clancy, Clionadh Condon, Aoife Dullea, Meabhdh Sexton, Ann Marie Brosnan (Principal), Brendan Walsh (Deputy Principal) and Charles Smith (Angus Producer Group).

Awards Evening Celebrated Sacred Heart Secondary School

Sacred Heart Secondary School recently celebrated its annual “Awards Night”. Attending the evening were Môn senior Aidan O’ Driscoll, former CEO of CEIST, Anne Kelleher, Chairperson of the Board of Management, Sr. Mary Donovan, teachers, parents and students.

Claire Dullea, student council chairperson welcomed everyone and congratulated all students who were being recognised for many achievements. 

The evening was compered by Deputy Principal Brendan Walsh, who introduced and announced each award recipient.

In total 15 students received awards on the evening including notable additions this year for best Leaving certificate Biology and Technology results in Ireland. Anne Kelleher former CEO of the trustees for the school, CEIST was the guest speaker and she thanked the school again for the invitation.

Ms. Kelleher congratulated the magnificent achievements of the school and its pupils. In her speech she reminded the girls that they were in the prime of their lives and that they all possessed considerable potential, much of which they had yet to be discovered. In her speech Anne focused on the importance of encouraging young people as well as advising them to follow their ambitions.

The full list of award recipients included.

  • Full Attendance Award to Kate Jennings, for 6 years full attendance
  • Technology (Junior Cycle) -  Caroline Crowley/Kate O’ Donovan
  • Junior Cert - Caroline Crowley/Kate Ryan
  • Applied Leaving Cert - Jamie O’ Regan
  • Recognition of The Fergal Quinn Award - Katie Moloney
  • LCVP - Madeline Files
  • Recognition of Zoe O’ Brien - Leaving Certificate Biology Award
  • Technology (Leaving Cert) -  Caroline Hayes
  • Niamh Coughlin Award - Rachel Hurley
  • Pauline Cullinane-Hicks Award - Madeline Files
  • An Duais Award - Amy O’ Sullivan

Award Ceremony Photos

Success for ABBA Bank!

On April 3rd 2014, “ABBA Bank” from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty won the AIB Build a Bank Challenge.

28 schools from Ireland qualified for the National Finals and the standard was exceptionally high.

The girls went through an intense interview process to win the title. This consisted of 20 minutes of showcasing their bank followed by 2 minute analyses by both the head judges and the co-founder of Coder- Dojo for the Digital Prize.

The top six banks were asked to make a four minute presentation on the events of the year and the judges deliberated on the winning teams whilst the students enjoyed a performance by a new Irish band “The Original Rude Boys”.

ABBA Bank feels they owe their success to the school community who evidently supported their bank openings. The girls have opened 82 new student accounts in the school and have accumulated over €34’000 on deposit. The school community have also participated in the bank’s innovative YouTube videos which have received over 8’000 views to date.

Here is a link to the channel:

Each bank member took home a tablet, the winning trophy and a cheque to the value of €5,000 for the school.

The bank members include:

  • Kate Ryan- Bank Manager
  • Alice O’Regan- Assistant Manager
  • Elena Dineen-Customer Service Representative
  • Anne-Marie O’Donovan- Customer Service Representative
  • Sarah Benson- Sales & Marketing Executive
  • Serena Sheane- Financial Controller