The annual Student Awards Ceremony took place in Cashel Community School on Thursday, May 24 - one of the highlights of the school calendar.
Guest speaker was past pupil Dearbhla Ryan from Dundrum, class of 2010. Dearbhla obtained a BDS Honours Degree in Dentistry from University College Cork. She is now working as a dentist in Mallow.
Dearbhla spoke of the many opportunities she received in Cashel Community School and of some of her memories of school life.
She regaled with stories about the fun she had with her friends during her time in school and spoke of the value of making life-long friends. She congratulated the award winners and wished the students the very best in their upcoming exams.
142 awards were presented over nine different categories - class, full attendance, sport, creative writing, cultural, best Leaving and Junior Certificate results, project work, special awards, and Student of the Year.
60 students managed to achieve full attendance in the 2017/18 school year. 6th Year students Kate O’Donnell and Leah Ryan achieved full attendance for their entire six years in CCS.
Seven students obtained creative writing awards in the areas of poetry, short stories and essays. 17 awards were given out in the sporting areas including basketball, camogie, hurling, Gaelic football, ladies football, soccer and rugby. This category also included the Friends of Cashel Community School GAA Awards which were presented to two students.
11 students were presented with awards for art, music, choir and the musical. Three students were presented with awards for project work in the areas of agricultural science, woodwork, technology and craftsmanship.
3rd Year student Saoirse Browne was the winner of the inaugural Gerry Ryan Memorial Award for excellence in art. Gerry taught art in Cashel Community School from the day it opened. His commitment to his students and to the school was boundless. His talent for sharing his skills with his students was prodigious.
The inaugural Michael Purcell Memorial Award was presented to third year student Leonie Farrell for her Junior Certificate Woodwork project. Michael was a woodwork and technical graphics teacher in Cashel Community School from 2003 until his untimely passing in 2016. He had a huge interest in design and loved to see students use and develop their design skills as part of their Junior Certificate Woodwork Project.
Hannah McSweeney was presented with the award for Best Leaving Certificate results 2017. Kate Bourke and Aoife Linehan obtained the best Junior Certificate results with 10 A grades.
4 Special Awards were presented for achievements in rugby, contribution towards Cycle against Suicide, exceptional commitment and dedication to school work and studies.
The most prestigious award of the night was Student of the Year. Kate O’Donnell was named as Student of the Year 2018. Kate is the daughter of Ellen and the late PJ O’Donnell of Cashel and is a very worthy winner of this accolade.
John Gallagher, principal of Cashel Community School described Kate as “a true silent leader, a real role model to us all, who completes everything in a quiet non-descript manner and always delivers with a smile on her face.”
Kate is no stranger to the school awards system having received class awards, full attendance awards for each of her six years in Cashel Community School, and a basketball award. Kate received a Certificate of Excellence in TY and completed a number of courses such as First Aid Course, Law Course and GAA Coaching Course during that year. She was involved in the school musical and Build a Bank committee. She took part in the Cycle against Suicide, played both basketball and camogie with Cashel Community School and was a member of the school choir.
Kate is a 6th Year Link student helping first year students settle into life in Cashel Community School. Outside of school she plays soccer and camogie and holds certificates in Speech and Drama.
Music was provided by the Equal Voice and Senior Boys Choirs under the direction of John Murray and accompanist Helen Colbert.
Emily Kirwan (Student Awards Co-ordinator) was assisted on the night by members of the Student Council Zak Flanagan, Alexandra Davern, Marjorie de Castro and Mamie Keating.
We acknowledge all the students who did not win awards this year but nonetheless make a very valuable contribution to life in Cashel Community School. We encourage your ongoing participation in school life and look forward to being able to reward your achievements in the future.
On Friday 25th May Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly celebrated this year’s Graduation Mass. He spoke of the importance of the family and remembering our roots.