On Thursday 20th June St Ciaran’s College celebrated the achievements of our Junior school students, particularly the Year 10 group who have completed their Key Stage 3 studies.
Students were awarded certificates, awards and prizes for attendance, merit, academic achievement, endeavour and excellence in different aspects of school life.
The guest of honour was past pupil Mr Damian McDonald, Food and Beverage Manager in the new Hastings Grand Central Hotel in Belfast. Damien’s career with Hastings began with a part time job. He quickly became a supervisor, working his way up to management. He then graduated from the University of Ulster, completing the Management Ambassador Programme in 2014. Damien leads a team of over one hundred employees and is responsible for the training and development of the future workforce within the company.Damianreflected on the “inclusivity” of the school which was always seen as a positive attribute even from his parents’ time as students. Damian commented on the ‘diversity’ of the school community today which further emphasises the school’s mission ‘including everyone, inspiring all to succeed’. He remarked on how his time at the school equipped him for the world of work and how he still recalls the encouragement he received from his teachers.
Principal, Mr Paul Lavery, praised the efforts of all the students gathered and congratulated them on their achievements both inside and outside the classroom. Emphasising the importance of not just academic achievement but also how the school aspires to develop young leaders who are rounded and grounded, he referenced the ‘tree of knowledge’ artwork, by Year 13 student Katie McMenamin, which symbolises growth and strength. “Pupils, like trees, are unique and grow well in fertile ground.” This metaphor reflects the excellent provision provided at St Ciaran’s guided by our motto ‘Fortis in Fide’.
Mr Lavery concluded by expressing his thanks to the Year 10 form teachers, Mr McCann, Mrs McGirr, Mrs Mellon, Miss Woods, Mrs Hannigan, and Mrs Kerr;the year head Mr Lennon and senior link teacher and assistant principal Mrs M. McCarron who supported the students in their achievements during their first three years at St Ciaran’s.
St Ciaran’s is also very grateful to Mrs Josephine Kelly, sister of our deceased past pupil Philomena McCann, who presented the memorial award for the Spirit of St Ciaran’s to Katie McCaffrey. Katie represented the Spirit of St Ciaran’s this year through her participation and work with many school groups and activities including Be Strong Online Ambassadors, Student Council, YPI and overall endeavour.
The talents and achievements of the year 10 group were represented in the excellently produced video that was shown during the celebration. The many facets of life at St Ciaran’s were on show and the contribution of Year 10 students recognised.
Music was provided the Junior School Traditional Ensemble group who performed “Siamsa” from Lord of the Dance and a small group of musicians also accompanied the terrific display of Irish Dancing at the end by Katie McCaffrey and Caitlin McDermott.
A full list of prizewinners can be viewed in the booklet here.
Congratulations to all the award and prize winners!