ST. MARY’S STUDENTS RECEIVE FAITH AWARDS

Posted on 18th March 2013 | General

Students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt pictured with Cardinal Sean Brady at the recent Pope John Paul II Awards

On Monday 15 April 2013, 105 students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt travelled to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh to attend a special ceremony recognising their successful completion of the Muiredach Cross Award, Pope John Paul II Award or Papal Cross Award.  

The pupils, drawn from Years 12-14, were presented with their award by Cardinal Sean Brady. The ceremony was attended by teachers from the Religious Studies Department, form teachers, parents/guardians and Principal of St. Mary’s, Mrs Gillespie.

Year 12 and Year 13 students received the Muiredach Cross Award in recognition of the positive contribution they have made to the ethos and spirit of their school or parish community through involvement in a range of projects and activities, while Year 14 students received the Pope John Paul II Award in recognition of the active role they have played in the life of their Church, their community and society. The successful completion of each award reflects students’ understanding of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world.

Having previously been awarded the Pope John Paul II Gold Award, Year 14 student, Laura McKenna, received the Papal Cross Award in recognition of her extended involvement in Pope John Paul II Award activities.

Addressing the congregation during the ceremony, Year 13 student, Meabh McGee, shared her experience of the Muiredach Award and explained how it has contributed to her personal and faith development.

“I am always proud of our pupils and watching them put their faith into practice in such an enthusiastic way inspires me.”

Expressing her pride in St. Mary’s students, Mrs Hynds, Head of Religious Studies, commented: “I am always proud of our pupils and watching them put their faith into practice in such an enthusiastic way inspires me. It is wonderful to see more and more pupils showing an interest in and commitment to these faith awards.  It is so important and gratifying to see young people realise that religion and faith are not just for learning but for living.”