Thursday 20 June 2019

Time out for a night of celebrations at St Vincent's

It was night of celebrations in St. Vincent's School recently as they held their Annual Awards Ceremony which recognises the achievements of the student body across a wide range of disciplines, including Sport, Charitable events, Science, Business, the Arts as well as Academic success.

An incredible 28 students who achieved over 500 points in the 2018 Leaving Certificate were invited back to take their place on the Principal's honour roll. Recipients of academic awards on the night included Anna Whyte, who was awarded the AnneMcDonnell Perpetual Trophy for Senior French; Aoife Craven, who received the Dr Don Hodgers Perpetual Trophy for Senior Geography, and Molly McNee, who received both the Senior Biology and Chemistry Award amongst many others recipients.

The Catherine McCauley Ceist Award, which recognises outstanding contribution to the school community, was awarded to Catherine Raftis. Principal Mrs Deirdre Matthews spoke of Catherine's embodiment of the values of Catherine McAuley, her faith and good natured friendliness.

"Her inclusivity and willingness to fully immerse herself into the school community can be seen through her role as Head Girl, her contributions to the CARE committee and the excursion to the Papal Visit to name a few. She has supported all wellbeing and care initiatives with pride in this school," cited Ms Matthews.

 As always, Sports Awards were a feature, with the First Year Basketball team receiving particular recognition as they reached the All-Ireland semi-finals which were played in the National Arena in Tallaght. This is a first for the sport in St. Vincent's and the future of basketball looks very bright indeed. 

Athletics took a large haul of awards after a particularly good year.

Senior students Patience Jumbo Gula and Kate O'Connor, who have both competed on the International stage, took first place for the school in the Leinster Finals recently in the 100m and Javelin & Long Jump respectively. The duo were also named joint Senior Sportsperson of the Year.

The minor 4x100m relay team of Rachel Culligan, Erinn Leavy, Órlaith Carolan, Lucy White and Judith Bell took first place at the event, Lucy won the individual 100m, while Erinn also took gold in the 800m. The Intermediate squad had great success also as Aoibhín McMahon took the top prize for shot put and javelin.

Science continues its success in competitions such as BT Young Scientists and Scifest. Ciara Reilly and Cara Preston won a Highly Commended Award at Scifest for her project 'A Fourier Analysis of Mathematical Wave Patterns in Irish Dancing', Ruth McGee, Erin Moore and Fiadh O'Grady won the Irish Science Teachers Association Award for their 'Investigation to Compare the Anti-microbial Effectiveness of Natural versus Synthetic Soaps' while teammates Aoife McQuillan, Ciara Gorham and Kayla Darby won the DkIT Best Junior Life Science Award for their project entitled 'Is there a Correlation between Audio Book Genres and the Narrator Gender?'.

Sixth year student Niamh Fennell won the Award for Best Attendance, with the impressive record of never having missed a day in six years in St.Vincent's.

Parents, teachers and students were treated to performances by both the Chamber Choir and the Traditional music group along with the Ukelele group which has grown in popularity in the last few years.

Principal Deirdre Matthews commended all the award recipients on their school spirit and achievements in their chosen areas, thanking both parents and teachers for their continued support.

The Argus