Coláiste Íosagáin Portarlington bid farewell to teacher Sr. Maureen O’Rourke PBVM
Sr. Maureen O’Rourke PBVM who is living in the Presentation Community Portlaoise is retiring form the Teaching staff in Coláiste Iosagáin, Portarlington this month. Sr. Maureen has been a Religion and English Teacher with us since 2003. Before that she was in Scoil Mhuire, Clane and Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise. Sr. Maureen is one of the last Presentation Sisters to be still teaching in a secondary school. While Sr. Maureen is retired from teaching thankfully she will be returning to us to continue her work as a school chaplain. To mark her retirement Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin visited the school to formally acknowledge her contribution to education and thank her for loyal and dedicated service.
Below are some photos taken from the day.
Leaving Certificate Graduation Ceremony 23rd May 2019
On 23rd May the Leaving Certificate students of Coláiste ĺosagáin, Portarlington graduated from school. The day was a busy one for the 180 plus students. The morning started at 9.00 am with a wellbeing session delivered by one of their RE teachers Ms. M. Nolan. After that the Bishop Denis Nulty arrived to meet the students and wish them well as they embarked on the next stage of their life journey. Bishop Denis also presented a number of awards and certificates. Students were recognised for their role in Meitheal and on the Student Council.
After their breakfast was served students continued the morning with more awards and students were recognised in such areas as Exceptional Attendance, Leadership, Helping Hands, Academic and Most improved.
Later that evening the students and their families assembled in the Parish Church for mass celebrated by school chaplain and local curate Fr. Pat Highes. Back in the school afterwards the families were entertained by the students and further awards were presented. The award recipients included the CEIST Award winner, Robyn McRedmond and Students of the Year, Aoibh Kehoe and Zohra Anjum. Kasper Nosal received the John Gorman Memorial Award. The award is given to promising Construction students in memory of the late past pupil who was tragically killed in a car accident.
A number of students were also recognised for their achievements in sport. Michelle Byrne and Patrick Hurley were recognised as Footballers of the Year while Michael Cunningham and Caoimhe O’Connor were awarded Basketballers of the Year. Emmanuel was recognised as Athlete of the Year for his achievements on the running track.
Karen Walsh, 6th Year Head concluded the evening by acknowledging the contrition of all students and wishing them well in their upcoming exams. 179 Leaving Certificate Established students and 25 Leaving Certificate Applied students graduated on the evening and will commence their exams on Wednesday 5th June.
Meanwhile 5th Year student Damien Geoghegan was the worthy recipient of the inaugural Nano Nagle Award. This award which was sponsored by staff member Sr. Maureen O’Rourke PBVM will be an annual award which will presented to one 5th Year student who models the Nano Nagle ethos of care, compassion and willingness to get involved and assist others. Damien who is a member of the Student Council is also pursuing the John Paul 11 Award.
Below are some pictures of the winners from the day.