Ballincollig students honoured at annual Academic Awards ceremony

Ballincollig Community School students were honoured at their recently held annual Academic Awards ceremony. During her opening address principal Kathleen Lowney said, “ Ladies and Gentleman, students passed and present you are all very welcome to our annual Academic Awards ceremony. I want to extend a special BCS welcome to our guest for the evening, John Fitzgerald,, Director of Information Services and Librarian at UCC. Each year the school holds 2 awards ceremonies – one in May – our Eacht Awards, when we acknowledge the tremendous work done by our students both inside and outside of the classroom, on the playing fields, on the stage and in the many Extra Curricular Activities in which the students are involved. At this time of the year we have the pleasure of recognising our top achievers in the State Examinations in Leaving Certificate, Leaving Cert Applied and Junior Certificate. Here at Ballincollig Community School we are proud of all of our students who achieve a personal best in the State Examinations. Those of you being honoured tonight have excelled and you are to be congratulated for your achievements. Junior Certificate students of 2014 – you worked hard and you have set yourselves in very good stead for the future. You have proven to yourselves and to others that you not only have the ability to apply yourselves, you also have the talent to succeed. Well done to you all. You are now deeply involved in Transition Year, a year that is providing you with the opportunity to grow and develop so that you can take the next step in your education. We look forward to working with you as you move through the next chapters of your education here at Ballincollig Community School. Tonight we have the pleasure of honouring one of our Leaving Cert Applied student, Chloe Yelverton. Chloe received a Distinction, the highest possible grade in the course. Chloe, this is a result so richly deserved. Not only did you apply yourself with total commitment to the course, you very quickly emerged as a leader of the group, wielding a very positive influence over your fellow students. To our Leaving Cert students, I also say well done! The fact that you are with us tonight means that you have reached an A1 Grade and in doing so, you achieved 90% or more in a Higher Level paper. This is no small achievement and indeed some of you did that more than once. Your achievement has placed you in a privileged group of your peers throughout the country as a whole. You have proven that you have the wherewithal to go places academically. You are excellent ambassadors for you school and indeed your families in your new places of study. Tonight I would like to congratulate you the parents and guardians, if you like the backroom team. Whether it is through your example, your encouragement, your interest, the practical supports of creature comforts and endless cups of tea, you have given your sons and daughters the space to do well and to achieve. You too deserve their success. I want to thank you for your commitment to Ballincollig Community School and indeed for your ongoing support for what we do here at the school. None of the achievements of our young people would be possible but for the fact that the school is blessed with a dedicated, professional and committed staff who genuinely care about their students. I want to publicly thank the staff of the school for the part they play in preparing our young people for their future. In doing so I want to say a special thank you to Year Heads, Ms Owens, Ms Forde, and Ms Dinan and the co-ordinator of the Leaving Cert Applied, Mrs Kelly. It is you who give the final push or offer the final word of encouragement and I thank you for that. My final words are for the young people being honoured here tonight. Congratulations and well done to each and everyone of you. In the words of the great world leader, Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon that we can use to change the world.’ He also declared that we are masters of our own fate and captains of our destiny. Each one of you has started your life’s journey so very strongly. I am sure that tonight’s award will be the first of many for you. I would like to take this opportunity and on behalf of the Board of Management, the staff and the whole school community, I wish you all the very best in the future.”bcs awards_3674

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