Wednesday, May 22 saw the Annual Awards Day at Abbey Community College, when the Board of Management and staff recognise and applaud those students who have excelled academically, creatively and in the sporting sphere over the past year.
Eileen Curtis, CEO of Co Kilkenny VEC, was invited to be the Guest of Honour because she will be the last CEO of County Kilkenny VEC; from next term, the school will be part of the Kilkenny Carlow Education Training Board and Kilkenny VEC will cease to exist.
Principal Detta Cahill outlined how the school wanted to show appreciation for the VEC since the establishment of Abbey Community College.
“The support for the college and our work here has been outstanding and we wish to acknowledge our deep gratitude to all VEC members, past and present,” she said.
Also presenting awards were: Dick Dowling, chairman of the Board of Management; Sr Phillippa O’ Sullivan, representing the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary; Br Denis Minehane, Board of Management; Dympna Morrissey, chairperson of the Parents’ Association; and Cllr John Brennan, Board of Management.
Certificates were awarded to students across a wide range of disciplines: Best Leaving Certificate 2012 Orla Deevy, Best Junior Certificate 2012 Alan O’ Kane and Dearbhla Kearns, Student of the Year Bronagh Kearns, Personal Achievement Paddy Gahan and Ellie Smith, Sacred Heart of Mary Life Award Emma Walsh, O’ Keeffe Award for Art Conor Foran, Female Sports Star of Year Iona Heffernan, Male Sports Star of the Year Eoin Kenny, Gaisce Awards Amber Quigley, Aoife Oates,Emily Ryan, TY Student of the Year Anne Hayden.
Academic Awards, Irish Fainne Awards, Sports Prefects, Senior Prefects, Subject Awards, Academic Application to Work, Contribution to School Life, Sports Awards, Music Awards, Homework Club, Table tennis Club, Electronics Club, Justice Group, School Council, Student Council, and Green Schools Committee which also presented Environmentalist of the Year to Liam Doyle.
Guest of Honour, Eileen Curtis said how delighted she was to be at the Abbey Awards Day and congratulated all the recipients on their success. In her speech she compared life to a game of hurling, sometimes the wind is at our back, sometimes in our face but it always changes direction.
We all have All-Ireland winning moments and these are the achievements that were celebrated on Awards Day. She went on to wish students the best of luck in their upcoming exams and hoped the Education they received in Abbey Community College would bring them on the path to success.
Principal Cahill thanked Ms Curtis and all guests for attending and went on to acknowledge the wealth of talents and successes in the school.
“We delight in marking the achievements of so many students, who have excelled in academics, leadership, sport, all types of extra curricular activities and humanitarian projects,” she said.
“Today, highlights the best of what we are and what we can hope to be in Abbey Community College and it has been so lovely to present awards to so many. I congratulate all the recipients, your teachers and families.”