Awards day huge success

Published 10/06/2014 | 05:24

The annual awards day at St. Leo's secondary school was once again an outstanding success this year.

The Awards Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of students in a multiplicity of areas ranging from the academic and cultural to the voluntary. In the presence of the Board of Management, Parents Council and invited guests, this event truly showcased the wonderful opportunities that the school has to offer and are so truly embraced by the student body. Ms Clare Ryan along with Deputy Principals Ms Lillian Fogarty and Ms Helen Regan were on the stage to acknowledge the efforts of the students and to make various presentations.

Fund raising by the various bodies in school such as Junior St. Vincent de Paul, GOAL was acknowledged. Indeed the regional representative of GOAL drove from Galway to make a presentation. She was eloquent in her praise for the St. Leo's GOAL committee and other such committees in the school.

The efforts of Gaisce students was praised by Ms Ruth McHugh. Ms Ann Buckeridge presented medals to a large number of students who had a 100% record of attendance for the year.

There was special praise for the Green Schools Committee whose hard work was praised both by MS Ryan and MS Connors. Their hard work resulted in the retention of the Green Flag for the year.

Ms Ann Rennick, Ms Fiona Kelly and Ms Vivienne Kelly outlined the great successes at local, regional and national level achieved in the PE Dept throughout the year. They acknowledged the wonderful work of the sports prefects throughout the year and made presentations to those who had completed a GAA , Hockey and Spikeball coaching courses. Their presentation ended with the announcement of joint winners of the prestigious Sports Person of the Year Award to Michaela Nolan and Niamh Smith.

The Catherine McAuley award was presented by Ms Ryan to Ailbhe Kehoe. This very prestigious award is awarded to the student who best espouses the values of Mother Catherine McAuley foundress of the Mercy Order. Ailbhe was praised for her outstanding contribution both to the community of St. Leo's and to the wider community. Ailbhe gave selflessly of her time and talents throughout her years in St. Leo's providing music at Liturgical events and supporting younger students in preparation for exams; a most deserving recipient.

It was then time to announce the Student of the Year the most coveted prize of all. The nominees were Ailbhe Kehoe, Roisin Whelan, Katie McGloin, Izzy Mathuska and Niamh Dundon. Ms Ryan said that the competition was extremely close before announcing Katie McGloin as the winner. Katie's parents Noeleen and Joe were then invited on to the stage. It was indeed an emotional moment for Katie who was a very deserving winner.

The ceremony concluded with a short concert given by boy band Taken.

* The Principal Ms Ryan wish all the very best to the Leaving and Junior Certificate students who are continuing to sit their exams.

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