St. Macartan’s reward student excellence.
Staff, students and parents gathered on Thursday last in the Sports Hall at St. Macartan’s College to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of over 150 students of the College during the last year. Special guests on the day were Co. Manager Mr. Declan Nelson, chairman of the Board of Management Fr. Shane Mc Caughey and Chairman of the Parents Association Mr. Joseph Smyth. The ceremony began with the presentation of merit awards to junior school students by Mr. Joseph Smyth. These students were commended for their contribution to class, involvement in extra-curricular activities and academic endeavours. Fr. John Chester then presented 6th Year student Simon O’Toole an award for his contribution to music in the school.
The music award was followed by presentations to students for their involvement in charitable fundraising. Conor Tierney was commended for his involvement in the Terry Fox Run, Dean Mc Carron for his work on behalf of Trocáire Gary Hughes and Feargal O’ Dowd were involved in a project on behalf of Bóthar, Andrew Hall was involved in a project on behalf of St. Vincent de Paul Aidan Connell and John Cusack organised a n event for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Michael Mahony and Daniel Murphy and their First Year Year group were involved in a very successful Jump for Joy basketball event on behalf of Crumlin Children’s hospital. Third Year student Peadar O’ Lamhna was commended for his work on behalf of Concern. In total the school raised well in excess of €20,000 for various charities in the past year.
Fr. Chester also presented two Second Year students, Shane Colton and Niall Crudden for their contribution to the school environment. They were commended for their efforts in promoting recycling in the school.
The Arts awards saw Luke Treanor win the Visual Arts award which was presented by Mr. Nelius Flynn. Ms. Siobhan Colreavy presented the Senior Debater of the Year award to Christopher Moran, Micheal Callaghan and Micheal Mc Phillips, the three students involved in the Irish team who took part in the Mace Debates in Cambridge University. Ms. Colreavy also presented the Junior Poetry award to Darragh Mc Girr, Darren Mc Mahon and Gregory Mc Nally.
The Sports Awards saw students awarded for their contribution to soccer, athletics, basketball, Gaelic Football, hurling, handball and Golf. The U 19 Ulster champions were presented with their winners medals by Mr. Garrett Coyle while the All Ireland winning junior basketball team were presented with their medals by Ms. Fionnuala Gallagher. Mr. Pascal Smyth presented the Mac Rory Cup finalists with their medals while Mr. Seamus Meehan presented the Ulster title winning U 15 hurling team with their medals.
At this point Co. Manager Mr. Declan Nelson addressed the audience on the role of the Co. Manager and the workings of local Government. His addressed was followed by a presentation on behalf of the College to Mr. Nelson by Head Prefect Simon O’Toole.
Newly appointed Deputy Principal Ms. Marion Mc Donald presented the best Junior Certificate results awards to Kieran Greenan, Micheal Callaghan, Jawad Anjum and Brian Fitzpatrick. Outstanding Junior Certificate awards were presented to Micheal Callaghan for his maximum 11 A grades and to Jawad Anjum for his maximum 10 A grades. Jawad was exempt from Irish.
Deputy Principal Mr. Vincent Lee presented the best 2006 LCA Results award to James Sherry and Best 2006 Leaving Certificate to Emmett Kinsella for his 6 A Leaving Cert. In reply to this award Emmett thanked the teachers and the school for the support and guidance he received during his time in the Sem. He also thanked his parents for their support and help.
College principal Mr. Raymond Mc Hugh presented the Special Achievements Award to Peter Mc Mahon on his selection on the Republic of Ireland’s U 17 team. Special Achievement Awards were also presented to Parrick Mc Carron for his success at national level in athletics and to Shane Maguire for his success at national level in motor sport.
Two students were awarded for displaying qualities of outstanding leadership. The recipients were Nerius Pauza for his work in helping non-Irish students integrate into the College and to Conor Galligan for leadership shown during this years Mac Rory Cup Campaign.
The ceremony concluded with an address by the principal Mr. Mc Hugh during which he mentioned the fact that the school had gathered to recognise the students who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of our school during the past year. Referring to the schools mission statement he noted that St. Macartan’s aspires to their students making a positive contribution to their respective communities and the fact that as a school St. Macartan’s can be very proud of the contribution St. Macartan’s pupils and past pupils make to their respective communities in North Monaghan and further a field.
Mr. Mc Hugh noted that St. Macartan’s College is indebted to the teachers who give so freely of their time to afford their students opportunities they may not necessarily have otherwise had. He stated that St. Macartan’s teachers have prepared students in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and travelled through out Ireland, Britain and Europe with students to give them opportunities to develop and show their talents to the full.
Speaking of change in the College during the year, Mr. Mc Hugh thanked his predecessor Mr. Duffy for the incredible contribution made by Mr. Duffy to St. Macartan’s. He also paid tribute to Mr Lee who is due to retire from St. Macartan’s in August for his contribution to the school as a teacher, a coach and as Deputy Principal. The principal stated that Mr Lee has given over forty years service to the school , he mention the that the College sports hall would not be there but for the dedicated efforts, resilience and never say die attitude of Mr. Lee.
Mr. Mc Hugh concluded by thanking the Co. Manager Mr. Nelson for his attendance at the presentation ceremony. He also thanked the school community you all their for help during his first months as principal.
First Year Merit Award winners with their Year Head Ms. Carroll.
Outstanding Award winners Nerius Paulsa and Conor Galligan