St. Oliver's CC students win All Ireland Scholarship awards
St. Oliver's Community College students Joseph Catlett and Andrej Gorochov have been awarded the most prestigious and valuable scholarship awards available to Leaving Certificate students. In a presentation ceremony in the University of Limerick attended by sponsor, JP McManus and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, awards were presented to 120 students from all counties in Ireland with a commitment to each county getting at least two awards. St. Oliver's CC students have been awarded six awards since 2008 culminating in the 2018 double award.
JP McManus originally contributed €32 million in 2008 to the All-Ireland Scholarships. Ultimately, he will have contributed €66.5 million to Third Level Education, the largest amount by an individual in the state.
The scholarships are set at €6,750 per annum in Ireland and stg£5,500 in Northern Ireland and will continue for the duration of the undergraduate programmes chosen by the scholarship winners. They are awarded to top performing Leaving Certificate students attending non-fee paying schools.
In announcing the continuation of the Programme for a further ten years JP Mc Manus said:
"Barriers to participation in higher education for students can be complex and varied. Such barriers rob high achieving Leaving Certificate students the opportunity to access third level education. I hope that the decision of my wife Noreen and our family to fund a further ten year extension of the "All Ireland Scholarships" programme will help many students over the coming ten years to overcome those obstacles and build a better Ireland throughout the entire island."
Joseph Catlett from Moneymore has been an outstanding student in St. Oliver's CC over the past six years with a particular talent for debating and performance to enhance his academic abilities. St. Oliver's Community College principal, John Halpin, reports his particular pride in Joseph's decision to continue his studies for his Engineering in the Netherlands.
Andrej Gorochov scored the five H1 and two H2 grades in his Leaving Certificate with special talents in Mathematics and Sciences. He is currently studying Computers in Dundalk Institute of Technology. It is expected that Andrej will make a significant impact in his area of expertise in the coming years.
St. Oliver's students participate in Languages Connect Exchange
The Spanish Department in St Oliver's Community College is running a language exchange in March and April with partner school Alkala Najar in Alcala de Henares outside Madrid, Spain. Excitement is growing in the school as the group of 23 students and 2 teachers make final preparations for their upcoming trip.
The group will spend a week in this old university town, honing their language skills and savouring Spanish hospitality and culture. Students will stay with host families and attend classes in Alkala Najar. Day trips to Toledo, Segovia and Madrid are part of the exciting itinerary of activities planned. The Spanish students will then pay a return visit to St. Oliver's and Drogheda from April 6th to 12th.
This exchange is part of Languages Connect, Ireland's Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience total immersion in the language they have been studying since first year. They will experience life with their host family, make new friends and learn to be more independent.