St Paul’s Awards Night 2018
By Ben Guinan
On Friday 9th of November at 8:00pm, St. Paul’s Secondary School Monasterevin hosted its annual Awards Night, for the academic year 2017/2018. The purpose of the Awards Night is to celebrate the academic excellence and diverse extracurricular achievements of the student body.
In attendance were a large assembly of students, past and present, parents, staff and sponsors, all eagerly anticipating the acknowledgement of the sporting, active student and academic endeavours of St. Paul’s students.
The evening commenced with a series of welcomes from teacher Ms. Áine Doyle, the emcee for the evening, school patron Bishop Denis Nulty and school Principal Mr. Brian Bergin, reminding those invited of the importance of rewarding every aspect of student success.
The Awards Ceremony began with the Active Student Awards. The Meitheal Leaders and John Paul II Award recipients of 2017/2018, were presented their awards by Bishop Denis Nulty. The Prefects of 2017/2018 were also awarded with trophies, from Principal Brian Bergin and Deputy Principal Mary Mullally. Students who achieved perfect attendance during that academic year were presented with trophies.
The Awards Ceremony then continued with the Sporting Awards, esteeming those involved in St. Paul’s many successful sports teams, including G.A.A, Soccer, Futsal, Basketball, Athletics and the Beep Test. Among the most prestigious sporting awards awarded on the night were the player of the year awards, given to those who have excelled in their sport.
Following the presentation of the various sporting awards, the focus shifted to rewarding academic excellence. The Student of the Year awards were presented to students from each class in each year group, celebrating their achievements and dedication to their studies. The Godolphin Bursary, one of the most anticipated awards of the night, was also presented, after a rigorous application and interview process undertaken by candidates. Fifteen Perpetual Cups were awarded to past students for excellence in different subject fields. Recipients’ names are engraved onto the cups, and take pride of place in the school’s trophy cabinet at reception. 5th Year students received Irish and French scholarships.
The evening concluded with The Board of Management Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Student of the Year awards, which were presented by Bishop Nulty, to students who achieved the highest results in their State Examinations.
The Award Ceremony was a night enjoyed by all in attendance, and was a great success. Thanks to all of those who came, and to all of the award sponsors. Full details of all winners are available on the school website.
Main Award Winners
Godolphin Bursary Winner – Ronan Tynan Maher
Junior Cycle Student of the Year – Ben Guinan
JCSP Student of the Year – Sophie McHale
Leaving Certificate Student of the Year – Sarah Roche
Leaving Certificate Spirit Award – Darragh Foley