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Awards Ceremony 2019

Posted on 18th September 2019 | News


St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has held its annual Awards Ceremony to recognise and reward the academic and extra-curricular achievements of pupils. The event took place in the school on the evening of Tuesday 10 September 2019 in the presence of Guest Speaker, Professor Roderick Paisley, who holds the Chair of Scots Law at the University of Aberdeen. 

The theme for the evening was: “Success leaves footprints.  Leave footprints of love and kindness wherever you go.”  Reflecting on the achievements of pupils and their contribution to school life, Ms Gillespie, Principal, commented: “The young people before me this evening have certainly left their mark in St. Mary’s and I know that they will continue to create lasting impressions along whatever pathways they choose to tread in the future.” 

Following the welcome and introduction provided by Mrs Anne-Marie Campbell, Chair of the Board of Governors, Ms Gillespie delivered a comprehensive account of the school’s successes and achievements throughout the academic year 2018-19.  As well as reporting the outstanding attainment of pupils in recent GCSE and A-Level examinations, the Principal also shared a summary of accomplishments in extra-curricular activities and external competitions, ranging from sport to public speaking. 

In his inspirational and engaging address, Professor Paisley offered key advice to pupils and parents/guardians as they begin to consider or embark upon university education and life.  Through his wise words, Professor Paisley gave sound guidance on everything from university and course selection to developing friendships and learning to cook. The Awards Ceremony was particularly significant for the staff of St. Mary’s this year as they presented, for the first time, the Living Faith Award in memory of their friend and colleague, Mrs Irene Hynds (Assistant Principal), who passed away in April 2018.  Introducing the award, Father Gates paid tribute to Mrs Hynds and the imprint she had made on the hearts and minds of those who knew her.  He explained that the bespoke award had been specially commissioned and was symbolic of so many elements in the life of Mrs Hynds.  The family of Mrs Hynds, including her husband, Seamus, and son, Daniel, attended the Awards Ceremony and Mr Hynds presented the Living Faith Award to its first recipient -Year 14 student, Laura Diamond.

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