Loreto’s TY host an awards ceremony to rival the Oscars

LORETO Kilkenny’s TY award night was held for parents and friends in the school on Thursday, May 10.

LORETO Kilkenny’s TY award night was held for parents and friends in the school on Thursday, May 10.

The 107 TY students put on a great night’s entertainment. Student Claire Healy welcomed everyone to the school and introduced the opening act - a performance by the TY choir with their version of the Radiohead hit “Creep”, which was highly commended at the recent Kilkenny Music Festival.

The theme of the evening was the Oscars, with the colourful banner “You have never seen Oscars like this before” as the backdrop to the stage. There was a great display of talent on the night all put together by the TY students – from dancing, singing, comedy and a specially put together TY orchestra performance.

There was a fantastic parade of colourful and creative hats and masks made by the students in Art and Crafts classes. The entertainment was interspersed with short talks on the various activities undertaken during their Transition year. There was a great variety of activities – Young Social Innovator projects, Green Schools, 421 Peer Drugs Education, Photography, Fashion Show, Fundraising, Work Experience, Enterprise competition, St Vincent de Paul, Justice and Peace group, Active Flag, Log-on-Learning, visits to St Patrick’s Centre and the Fr McGrath Centre, Carlingford Adventure Centre, the Lourdes trip and a great variety of sporting achievements.

The portfolio kept by each student during the year was also discussed and was on display.

Towards the end of the evening, it was time for the Transition Year awards. Each student was called up and presented with her folder of certificates by the Principal Mr Keher.

The students thanked the TY co-ordinator Ms K Murphy for all her hard work throughout the year - especially her work in the preparation for the night. The girls presented Ms Murphy and music teacher Ms L Halley with bouquets of flowers.

Retired Home Economics teacher, Mrs Roche, was there to present a special award to the best Home Economics student and that was Amy Shortall.

It was then time for the Programme co-ordinator Mrs Dunne to announce the TY Student of the year award. This award is given to a student who has got involved in a lot of the TY activities on offer to students, someone who has shown great leadership skills within the group. There was a winner from each of the four classes: Mary Pat O’Sullivan, Chloe Power, Fiona Nolan and Louise McKenna.

The overall winner was Fiona Nolan. This brought the evening – which had been a great night’s entertainment for everyone - to a close.