Twentieth Annual Awards Night at Ard Scoil na nDéise

Ard Scoil na nDéise celebrated their twentieth Annual Awards Night on Friday, 13th October. It was a wonderful occasion which brought together a large cross-section of the Ard Scoil community to celebrate all that is good about our school and our students.

Our guest of honour on the night was Dr. Marie Griffin, CEO of our Trust, CEIST. We were delighted that she was able to take time out of her busy schedule to come and celebrate our Awards Night with us. Dr. Griffin spoke very highly of the school and the students and drew particular attention to the fact that the five core values of CEIST schools were very evident in the daily life of the Ard Scoil and that we were quite clearly an inclusive school community that strives to ensure the holistic development of every student.

The Principal, Ms. Jennifer O’Keeffe highlighted the fact that combining the five CEIST values of promoting spiritual and human development, achieving quality in teaching and learning, showing respect for every person, creating community, and being just and responsible, with our school mission statement of ‘Reaching our potential with respect, care, and friendship’ gave rise to a can-do attitude permeating everything that we do in our school and encourages the students to always strive to be the best that they can be.

As always, the awards presented on the night acknowledged achievements across a broad spectrum of achievements, both curricular and co-curricular, placing emphasis on the holistic development of our students.

We were very proud to see an abundance of evidence of our students’ commitment to their academic work as well as to a range of extra-curricular activities. Looking at the scope and variety of awards presented on the night, it was clearly evident that there really is something for everyone here at the Ard Scoil. We are truly grateful to our dedicated and committed teachers who work so hard with the girls to help them develop their many talents.

We would also like to congratulate the girls for making the effort to move outside their comfort zones and to take up new challenges and try new things. We never know our limits until we are pushed and our students are clearly pushing themselves to be the best that they can be.

We had two beautiful musical performances on the evening. Our Traditional music ensemble provided a wonderful taste of Irish culture at the beginning of the night’s proceedings. We were also treated to a wonderful musical interlude from Fifth Year student Jeanne Harrington who took the brave leap of faith to apply for the X Factor last summer.

We wish to thank our generous sponsors Ballymount Accounting, Copymoore, Sip n Surf, Jitterbeans, Printmaster, David Walsh, Comeragh Oil, Sisters of Mercy, Parents’ Council, Tomas Walsh, Baumann Jewellers, & The Park Hotel. Events like Awards Night are so important in the school calendar but they simply would not be possible without financial support from the community.

Well done to all of our award recipients. We very much look forward to seeing what the future holds for you all!!


Class Awards
Back Row: Caragh Geoghegan, Ellen Donovan, Caoimhe Power, Kellie Hallahan, Rose Gantly, Tara Fitzgerald, Dearbhla Ní hAllacháin.
Front Row: Sarah Nyhan, Mary Bradfield, Elaine Drohan, Shanise McCarthy, Rachael Bumster, Alice Sullivan

Senior Music Awards
Back Row: Muireann walsh, Brona Coleman, Bernice Basnayake, Kathleen Troy of Baumann’s Jewellers.
Front Row: Ellie Janes, Sinéad O’Donnell, Kate Faherty

Sci Fest Winners
Elia Tutty & Ella Harrington

Spirit of CEIST Award
Ms. Joanne Brosnan, Deputy Principal, Dr. Marie Griffin, CEO of CEIST, Denise Murray, Ms. Jennifer O’Keeffe, Principal

Sports Star of the Year
Ms. Sara Flavin, Aisling Baumann, Ms. Fiona Rochford, Ms. Carol McCarthy

Spirit of Transition Year
Back Row: Fr. John Harris, Ms. Joanne Brosnan, Deputy Principal, Dr. Marie Griffin, CEO of CEIST, Ms. Jennifer O’Keeffe, Principal, Mr. Tommy Collins, Master of Ceremonies
Front Row: Mr. John O’Brien, Sinéad O’Brien, Mrs. Sylvia O’Brien.

Margaret Radley Geography Award
Ms. Angela Radley, Sarah Walsh, Ms. Denise Radley

Guest of Honour Dr. Marie Griffin pictured with the Awards Committee
Back Row: Fr. John Harris, Ms. Joanne Brosnan, Deputy Principal, Dr. Marie Griffin, CEO of CEIST, Ms. Jennifer O’Keeffe, Principal, Mrs. Angela Conway, Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. Tommy Collins, Master of Ceremonies
Front Row: Ms. Anne Gleeson, Ms. Fiona Troy, Ms. Fiona Rochford, Ms. Sara Flavin, Ms. Carol McCarthy

Highest Leaving Certificate Results. June 2017.
Eight students obtained over 500 points in the Leaving Certificate.
Back Row: Shanice McGovern, Urte Mozeryte, Brona Coleman, Rosa Pabianiak
Front Row: Muireann Walsh, Kate McGrath, Caroline Fennell, Klaudia Lewanska

Sports Captains.
The three students who captained the three teams that reached Munster finals in Senior Football, Junior Camogie, and Senior Camogie.
Ms. Carol McCarthy, Kate McGrath, Aisling Baumann, Amy O’Riordan, Ms. Fiona Rochford.

WIT Business Studies Awards for students who achieved A grades in Junior Certificate 2017
Caoimhe Kiely, Kate Hickey, Ms. Anne Gleeson, Anne McGrath, Dearbhla Ní hAllacháin

Highest Junior Certificate Results. June 2017.
Lucy Holmes, Katelyn Horsom, Anne McGrath, Caoimhe Kiely

Art Awards
Aoife Dee, Sheenagh Hallahan, Ciara Walsh, Lucy Holmes, Molly McCloskey

Athletics Awards
Sarah Nyhan, Kate Hickey, Anna Hickey, Beth Gardner, Mary Bradfield, Aoibhín Walsh

Cross Country
Ms. Sara Flavin, Orla Keane, Kate Hickey, Mary Kate Prendergast, Aoife O’Brien, Lucy Holmes

Green Schools Committee Award
Caoimhe Keane & Lauren Douris

Eurofins Essay Competition Winners
Orna O’Brien & Sinéad O’Brien

Outstanding Contribution to Sport
Niamh McComb, Kate McGrath, Caoimhe Fogarty, Amy O’Riordan, Muireann Walsh, Ms. Fiona Rochford

Waterford All-Ireland U16B Medal Winners
Sarah Lacey, Kirsty O’Leary Green, Aoife Brazil, Ms. Fiona Rochford

Leadership and Support in Sports Awards
Lydia Troy, Sadhbh Ní Fhaoláin, Ms. Carol McCarthy, Kirsty O’Leary Green, Niamh Reddy