ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Sharing Vision, Sharing Effort,Sharing Success
On Thursday 13 September 2018, St. Mary’s Grammar School held its Annual Awards Ceremony to acknowledge the achievements and successes of pupils throughout the last academic year.
The theme for the evening was: “Sharing Vision, Sharing Effort, Sharing Success”.
Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, Ms Gillespie, Principal, commented: “This evening is a special evening for us. It provides an opportunity for us to recognise and reward the hard work and exceptional talents of our students which have led to much success in many disciplines - academic, sporting, musical and leadership to name a few.”
Reflecting on the previous year, Ms Gillespie recalled “a year of joy and celebration but also a year of deep sorrow and loss.” She said: “As the 2017/18 year began, we looked forward to the school’s 90th anniversary and the events planned to mark this significant milestone in the history of St. Mary’s, including the musical production of “Guys and Dolls” in November, the Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin in December and the official opening and blessing of the new school buildings. In April, however, our school community was saddened by the passing of our Assistant Principal, Mrs Irene Hynds. Held in the highest esteem by pupils, staff and parents, Mrs Hynds was a skilled, dedicated and compassionate professional. She began her teaching career in St. Mary’s in 1991 and enjoyed every year in the school until illness befell her in March 2017. While we continue to feel the loss of Mrs Hynds, we are thankful for her life, her loyalty to the school and her outstanding contribution to St. Mary’s over a long period of time.”
The Guest Speaker for the evening was Sir Bob Salisbury. Welcoming Sir Bob to St. Mary’s, Ms Gillespie said: “It is a privilege to have Sir Bob Salisbury as our Guest Speaker. A leading figure in the field of education, both locally and nationally, Sir Bob was Headteacher of Garibaldi School – a mixed comprehensive school in Nottinghamshire, England – between 1989 and 1999. Prior to the appointment of Sir Bob, Garibaldi School had experienced a range of challenges and difficulties. During his time as Headteacher, Sir Bob transformed Garibaldi School, motivating staff, engaging pupils and winning the confidence and support of parents and the local community. He set the school on a path of continuous improvement and achievement and, in 1998, Sir Bob received a Knighthood for his services to education.” Sir Bob delivered an inspirational address encouraging young people to develop independence, resilience and perseverance.
Full Details of Award Winners: (Click for Images)
Sports Captains: Anna Loughran (U16), Lauren Crozier (Ulster Junior A Colleges), Johnny McErlain (Rannafast Cup) & Anna Martin (U20), (missing from photo).
Key Stage 5 Award Winners:
Niamh Walls, Michael Kearney, Daniel McNamee, Ruairi Craig, Aaron McAllister, Johnny Campbell, John Collins, Eadaoin Donaghy, Clare Cassidy, Eimear McCann, James McAuley, Catriona McCoy, Tara Lynch, Kayla Cunningham, James Donnelly
Key Stage 4 Overall Award Winners:
Presented annually by St Mary’s to students who are leading House Champions in his/her house in Year 12. This year’s awards were presented to: Conor Lynn, Mirren Mckenna, Erin Walls, Conor McGarry, Thomas Doherty
Key Stage 4 Award Winners:
Erin Forbes, Finola Bateson, Se Gallagher, Ryan Martin, Clodagh Gillen, Anna Mcgale, Erin Pickering, Grainne Mckee, Eimear Tohill, Aoife Quinn, Helen McPeake, Evelina McElhone, Caitriona Toner, Helen Doherty, Hannah Larkin pictured with Vice Principal, Mr F. Dunlop.
Perpetual Shield Winners:
John McMorrow, Jack Magill, Niamh McCloy, Anna McKee, Sean McKeefry, Emma McNally, Aine McPeake, Sile Murray, Mya Quinn, Aoife Walsh, Philip Baine, Catherine Byrne, Katie Cushley, Sean Hendry & Leah McKenna pictured with Vice Principal, Mr F. Dunlop.
Academic Shields Winners:
Eva Hirst (McKeown’s Jeweller’s Shield), Jack Magill (Brandon Construction Shield), Niamh McCloy (Lough Neagh Feis Shield), Anna McKee (McLarnon (Floral Bliss) Shield),Sean McKeefry (Tonagh Electrics (D’town) Shield), Emma McNally (Homecare (M’felt) Shield), Aine McPeake (Ulster Bank Shield), Sile Murray (Bank ofIreland Shield), Mya Quinn (Trustee Savings Bank Shield), Aoife Walsh(Coriprint Shield), Philip Baine (McErlean (Uniform suppliers) Shield), Catherine Byrne (Brian Tohill Shield), Katie Cushley (Cassidy Shield), Sean Hendry (McErlain (Bakery) Shield), Leah McKenna (Chambers Shield). Pictured with Vice Principal, Mr F. Dunlop.
The Margaret McAuley Trophy, awarded for excellence in Mathematics at GCSE:
Vice Principal, Mr F. Dunlop pictured with joint recipients of The Margaret McAuley Trophy: Conor Bradley, Ethan Carey-Small, Mark Comer, David Cosgrove, Helen Doherty (Yr11), Thomas Doherty, Sarah Graham (Yr11), Karen Lagan, Conor Maguire (yr11), Niall McAuley (Yr11), Luke McCallion, Luke McCann (Yr11), Aidan McCluskey, Anna McGale (Yr11), Ella McKenna, Tom Muldoon (Yr11), Declan Murray, Luke O’Neill (Yr11), Callum Ormsby, Enda Quigley & Diarmuid Scullin.
2018 Cup Winners:
Mr F. Dunlop,Vice-Principal, pictured with St. Mary’s Cup winners: Karen Lagan (MonsignorWard Cup), Catherine Skelly (Staff Golden Jubilee Cup), Ciara Cassidy (Sr Marie Therese Cup), Meabh Cassidy (Holy Family Cup), David Cosgrove (McAvoy Cup), Luke McCallion (Duggan Cup), Ryan McKenna (O’Neill and McBride Cup), Maeve Shields (Past pupils Union Cup), Emma Taggart (Quinn Coach Hire Cup), Lauren Toner (Eamon Doherty Cup), Gemma Doyle (Fiolta Cup), Joseph Harper (Keenan Quarries Cup), Anna Loughran (Bank of Ireland Cup), Bláithín Rafferty (Michael McKay Cup), Diarmuid Scullin (Burns and Co. Cup).
2018 Subject Cup Winners:
Conor Bradley& Callum Ormsby, First Trust Cup for English Language. Declan Murray Michael Donoghue Cup for Science. Declan Murray & Enda Quigley, Mary Donnelly Cup for Add Maths. Una Campbell, Sr Immaculata Cup for RE & The Hamilton Cup for German. Mollie Graffin, Sayee Family Cup for Art. Mark Comer, O’Halloran Cup for Drama. Conor McGarry, Corn Ui Chathain for Irish & the Mod Langs (Bank of Ireland) Cup for Top dual linguist St. Mary’s Cup Winners pictured with Vice-Principal Mr F. Dunlop.
The Governor’s Cup, awarded to Top Student: (Joint winners) Conor Bradley, Emma Dace, Thomas Doherty, Orlaith Hegarty, Aidan McCluskey, Conor McGarry, Ella McKenna, Declan Murray, Callum Ormsby & Enda Quigley.
House Star Champion winners:
Presented annually by St Mary’s to students who are leading House Champions in his/her house in Year 12: Conor Lynn, Mirren McKenna, Erin Walls, Conor McGarry & Thomas Doherty.
House Star Champion winners:
Presented annually by St Mary’s to students who are leading House Champions in his/her house in Year 14. This year the award was presented to Anna McManus & Sarah-Louise Duffin. Additional winners include Matthew McErlean, Clare Mulholland & Jack Loughran.
Magherafelt Market Trustees Cup Winner: Fearghal McKenna.
Presented by the Magherafelt Market Trustees and awarded to the pupil in Lower Sixth who best displayed enterprise and entrepreneurship throughout Year 13. The Magherafelt Market Trustees have given a generous bursary to award winner Fearghal McKenna, pictured with Principal Ms D. Gillespie.
BP McKeefry Award winner: Thomas Doherty
Presented by B.P. McKeefry and awarded for excellence in Technology and Design B.P. McKeefry has given a generous bursary to award winner Thomas Doherty, pictured with Principal Ms D. Gillespie.
The Joanne McConville Cup winner (Girl): Mollie Graffin
Two trophies, presented by the McConville Family in memory of Joanne, are awarded to the boy and girl in Year 12 who, in the opinion of teachers, most consistently displayed kindness, consideration and friendship to other pupils in the year group. Principal Ms D. Gillespie presented Molly Graffin with the award on the night.
The Salt of The Earth Cup winner: Hugh McKenna
Introduced in 2013, the Salt of Earth Award is presented annually by each school within the Magherafelt Learning Partnership to one student who has made outstanding personal efforts in serving the local, national and/or international community. The recipient of the award in St Mary’s was Hugh McKenna, pictured with Principal Ms D. Gillespie.
The Margaret Mooney Cup winner: Eimear McKernan
This cup is presented by Principal Ms D. Gillespie, on behalf of the staff of St Mary’s and is awarded to a Senior student who has, in the opinion of teachers, most consistently shown care, compassion and consideration to other pupils. This year Eimear McKernan was the proud recipient of the cup.
The 90th Anniversary Cup winners:
Presented by the staff of St Mary’s and awarded to a Senior pupil who has managed to successfully balance curricular and extra-curricular school activities. This year’s trophy was awarded to Conall Devlin, Tiarnach Donaghy & Adam Connolly by Principal Ms D. Gillespie.
The 75th & 80th Anniversary Cup winners: Zoe Dunlop & Tiarnan McAteer
The 75th and 80th Anniversary Cups presented by the staff of St Mary’s and awarded to the Upper Sixth boy and girl who have made the most contribution to the community spirit of the school. Tiarnan McAteer was awarded the 80th Cup & Zoe McAllister received the 75th Cup. Pictured with Principal Ms D. Gillespie.
The Joanne McConville Cup winner (Boy): Dannan McGroggan
Two trophies, presented by the McConville Family in memory of Joanne, are awarded to the boy and girl in Year 12 who, in the opinion of teachers, most consistently displayed kindness, consideration and friendship to other pupils in the year group. Principal Ms D. Gillespie was delighted to name Dannan McGroggan as this year’s recipient.
Ulster All Star Awards – Camogie, Clare Mulholland.
Clare achieved her second Ulster All-Star award in Year 14 for the second year running. Clare plays club camogie for Newbridge GAC and has been playing camogie since the age of five. Clare has represented St. Mary’s at both Junior and Senior level. Clare was thrilled to achieve this award and is very grateful for the coaching and support she has received during her time in St. Mary’s. Congratulations!
Ulster All Star Awards – Ladies Football; Caoimhe Meek & Orlaith Prenter:
Caoimhe and Orlaith received Ulster All-Star awards for the third year running. They were selected from over 200 All-Star hopefuls. The girls took part in the inter-provincial series playing against All-Stars from the other provinces. Ulster won the series and the girls received All-Ireland medals. “Ulster Colleges were crowned Interprovincial All-Ireland Champions after winning the Lidl All-Ireland Interprovincial Tournament 2018. St. Mary’s Caoimhe Meeke and Orlaith Prenter played pivotal roles in all games, with Orlaith hitting crucial scores throughout.”
Caoimhe plays her club football with Fr. Rocks, Cookstown and has been playing Gaelic football since the age of five. Caoimhe has also represented her county in Ladies’ Gaelic Football.
For the third year in a row, Orlaith achieved her All-Star award. Orlaith plays her club football for St. Ergnats, Moneyglass and has been playing Gaelic football since the age of seven. She has represented St. Mary’s at Junior and Senior level.