THE participation by transition year students from St Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin in a variety of programmes and skills development activities was celebrated at an awards event at the school recently.
The celebration took place at the school gym and the event began with a spiritual ceremony organised by teachers Nollaig Eoghan, Eimear Dempsey and Caroline Murray and presented by school chaplain Fr Liam Merrigan and the TY students.
After a welcome from event MC, Áine Doyle, school principal Brian Bergin congratulated the students on a very successful year and made reference to the idea that, having completed transition year and moving on to complete their leaving certificate, they have entered a new stage of ‘transition’ in their lives towards becoming young adults.
Mr Bergin said that, like everything in life, you get out of it what you put in to it and he duly urged the students to take this into consideration in their future endeavours.
Mr Bergin also thanked staff, parents and the community of Monasterevin and beyond for their support of the school’s TY programme, which has developed into one of which the school is very proud.
Programmes coordinator Paul Marron thanked parents for their support of their sons and daughters and the school community throughout the year. Members of the teaching, administration and ancillary staff were thanked for their dedication and expertise in helping to deliver the programme and the students themselves for taking opportunities to display politeness, courtesy and kindness throughout the school year. He thanked all staff members, school management and community groups, agencies and schools with whom the school engages for their continued support and help throughout the school year.
Throughout the year, St Paul’s home school completion liaison Wayne Harrington helped with the organisation of the personal development programme, garda vetting and linking the school with the local primary schools and other community agencies.
Others who were instrumental in the success of the TY year included Celine Broughall from the Kildare Library Services and Anita Siney and Brian Kaye, who worked behind the scenes at the TY shows throughout the year and provided transport for students.
TY certificates based on credits achieved were presented to the following students: distinction – Katie Walsh, Sarah Duffy, Darcie Murray and Sarah Martin; merit honours – Aleksandra Kieltyka, Gary Morrissey, Ellen Mahon, Adam Ryan, Adam Gordon Gaffney, Liam Harrison, Jack Donnelly, Ross O’Donoghue, Sean Dunne, Marita Clinton, Kerrie Dunne, Samantha Kelly, Corey Farrell and Killian Keane; merit pass – Dougie Anderson, Clodagh Colgan, Scott Higgins, Gloria Mushia, Stacey Dunne, Pauric Harrison, Oisin Hyland and Killian Maher; participation – Tori Maher, Sara Nolan, Mikey Delahunty, Roisin Shallow, Ben Fleming, Daniel Gilnagh, Shannon O’Neill and Shane Conlan; certificate – Evan Fallon, Conor O’Keeffe, Jamie Robinson, Robert Mulpeter, Courteney Thorpe and Cia Keogh.
A personalised framed photograph courtesy of Mel Doyle Photography and a DVD of the TY show Cinderella were also presented to each student, along with certificates of participation in programmes such as KAS (counselling programme), Young Social Innovator, Scifest, Young Scientist competition and Kildare Library Services.