Leaving Certificate Graduation 2015
The Leaving Certificate Graduation 2015 was held in the school gym on Thursday May 21st. The evening started with a meaningful and personal mass con-celebrated by Bishop Denis Nulty and the school chaplain Fr Liam Merrigan. In his homily Bishop Denis reminded students of the key role their parents, teachers and God have played in getting them to this point in their lives. He thanked the students for their commitment to the school, wished them luck in the Leaving Cert and gave them all a short prayer for their exams. He praised the school for its inclusivity and complemented the work of the Board of Management, Parents Council and staff.
Students were involved in all stages of the mass, including the readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory, candle lighting and communion reflections. Students Dean Porter and Emily Woods sang two poignant songs and the musical society, as always, added great reverence to the occasion.
The school Principal, Mr Bergin, thanked all those involved in the preparation of the significant occasion. He thanked the parents for their support of their children and the school. He thanked the staff for the unfailing energy, commitment, guidance and care they have given the students during their time at St Pauls. In an emotional tribute Mr Bergin complimented the students, whom he said, had been a “joy to teach and know” and complimented them on becoming “kind, upstanding and respectful young adults”. He wished them the very best for their upcoming exams and their future lives.
A memorable slideshow of the students times at St Paul’s followed and senior prefect Dean Murphy thanked all in attendance. A special presentation was made to Sr Angela, who Dean described as a most inspirational person, for the unwavering support, help and love she has shown each student during their years at St Paul’s. Her outstanding contribution to the school was acknowledged by a thoroughly deserved standing ovation. The evening concluded with some light refreshments organised by the hard working Parents Council.