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Saturday 19 April 2014

A year to remember for Mounthawk students

Mercy Mounthawk TY Awards winners Niall Buckley, Elisha Buckley, Maedhbh Lyons and Andrew McEllistrim, with Principal John O'Rourke.

The Transition Years at Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk celebrated the end of their school year with their annual awards ceremony and showcase of work in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel recently.

On the night the 112 T.Y.'s received awards in recognition of their outstanding work throughout the year. The pupils also presented a number of drama and musical pieces which they had been working on since the previous September.

As well as entertainment provided by the students, each class exhibited stands of their academic and extracurricular achievements which were viewed by members of staff and the parents and families of the pupils.

Twenty eight students received their bronze Gaisce awards on the night and it is hoped that these President's awards winners will progress to the silver award next year.

During the ceremony four students received Leadership and student of the year awards, for their outstanding effort and engagement with the programme as a whole.

Elisha Buckley, Andrew McEllistrim, Niall Buckley and Maeve Lyons were presented with specially commissioned trophies in recognition of their leadership and their enormous contribution to what was a very busy and successful Transition Year.

Other awards winners included:

Chinese - Nicole Leahy

Environment - Mark O'Connor, Lucas Cronin and Marcus O'Brien

Art - Aisling O'Sulivan

Drama - Seija Nevalainen

Christian leadership - Ciara O'Sullivan, Sarah Cooper, Siobhan Breen

Peer tutoring - Stuart Dodd

Entrepreneurship - Colin Doody, Ciara Kelliher

The night in Ballyroe proved hugely entertaining with drama pieces and musical interludes including rock, traditional and solo performances. A surprise hit on the night was Mounthawk's own version of One Direction which brought the house down early on in the evening.

Guest speaker on the night was local businesswoman Maeve Townsend who impressed with her speech about finding someone, in life, to be inspired by and to use that inspiration to drive forward to achieve success in school, college or the working world.

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