TY Awards 2016
St. Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin TY Celebration and Awards May 19th 2015
A night of celebration for the Transition Year students of St. Paul’s Secondary School, was held in the school gym on Wednesday 25th May.
The evening commenced with a slide show of all of the activities and participants throughout the year. The students and large attendance of family and friends then joined in a Spiritual Ceremony organised by teachers Ms. Nollaig Eoghan, Ms Eimear Dempsey and Ms. Caroline Murray and presented by School Chaplin Fr. Liam Merrigan PP.
The large attendance was then welcomed by Paul Marron, Programmes Coordinator who thanked all who supported the very successful TY Programme in St. Paul’s. Parents were thanked for their support of their sons/daughters and for the school community throughout the school year. Paul referred to the TY Programme expanding and improving every year as a result of listening to and responding to the opinions of parents, students and teachers, through regular evaluation and re-evaluation of the programme. This has led to the St. Paul’s Transition Year Programme being considered one of the best TY Programmes in the country.
Members of the teaching, administration and ancillary staff were thanked for their dedication and expertise in helping to deliver the programme.
Paul also thanked the students themselves for their work throughout the school year and reminded students that they were flying out from Dublin Airport very early on the following morning for a very special trip to Alton Towers.
There were special mentions for the Personal Development Programme facilitators, including Helena Doherty and James Conroy of Glanbia Home and Garden in Monasterevin, Declan Costello and staff at Scoil Eimhin Naofa, John Cullen and staff at St Peter’s NS, Dr Karen Willoughby and staff at St John’s NS. Michael Murphy and staff in the Horticulture Department of Muiriosa Foundation, Brian Bourke and staff of Muiriosa Foundation Recreation Department, Teresa Troy, Camilla O’Sullivan and all at Monasterevin Tidy Towns, Nicky O’ Neill and staff at Racefield Equitation in Clonbullogue, Marie Boland, Mary Walsh, Frances Havens and staff at Monasterevin Alzheimer’s Society , Rebecca Long, Mick Lovern and Pauline Deasy representing St. Vincent De Paul Society in Monasterevin and Private Paddy Gately and staff at the Defence Forces Equitation Centre in the Curragh. Home School Community Liaison Coordinator Wayne Harrington made specific reference to the expansion of the PDP programme that now includes all of the ‘feeder’ schools at St. Paul’s Secondary School. He thanked most especially those parents who had volunteered to drive the students to Rath N.S., Kildangan N.S. and Lackagh N.S.as well as the Principals and managements of these schools.
The local media (Press and Radio), Mel Doyle Photography and the wider community of Monasterevin were also thanked for their continued support of the TY Programme, demonstrated among other things by their large attendances at and sponsorship of TY Show-‘Oliver’ and Strictly Come Dancing. Celine Broughall and all at Kildare Library Services were thanked for their continued support of St. Paul’s Secondary School through the provision of various initiatives and programmes.
School Principal Brian Bergin then congratulated the students on a very successful year and made reference to idea that having completed Transition Year and moving on to complete their Leaving Certificate, that they have entered a new stage of ‘transition’ in their lives towards becoming young adults. Like everything in life you ‘get out of it what you put in to it’ and duly urged the students to take this in to consideration in their future endeavours. Mr Bergin also thanked staff, parents and the community of Monasterevin and beyond for their support of our TY Programme.
Special mention was made on behalf of all in St. Paul’s to Sr. Angela Cushen, Anita Siney and Brian Kaye for their ‘behind the scenes’ work such as preparations for shows, bus driving and so on.
PDP facilitators Pauline Deasy and Marie Boland thanked the students and the school for the support of their organisation’s programmes.
Certificates for the following were then presented to all who participated: ‘Drive for Life’, Creative Writing, GAA Coaching, Student Enterprise, CPR/AED, KAS Certificate-Rape Crisis and Counselling Service (Knowledge Awareness and Safety Programme)
Transition Year Certificates were presented as follows…
TY Student Merit Awards
TY Students of the Year
Aine Doyle, Katie Burke, Anna Connolly, Aoife Fanning Siney …TY fundraisers of the year
St. Paul’s…TY journal of the year award recipients….. Mary Mullally (Deputy Principal ) Annie Curran Eilis Hogbin
Jordan Higgins and Anna Connolly actor and actress of the year (Oliver)