Gallen CS held their annual celebration of Academic Excellence at the Gallen CS Academic Awards in the school on Friday October 26 last.
Guest of Honour was Owen Diviney ,a management professional, mental strength coach with national and international athletes , lecturer in Performance Sports Coaching in NUIG as well as being a Senior Tutor with Super Generation helping young people to learn and lead more effectively.
Gallen CS also welcomed Mrs Geraldine Keena , Chairperson of Gallen CS Board of Management, Mr Paddy Egan and Mr Joe Grennan representing St Brigids Credit Union, Mr Frank Sugrue representing the Sugrue Family and Mr Larry Rohan , Chairperson , Gallen CS Parents Association.
Gallen CS was very honoured to welcome its guests, staff , past and present students and their families to our Annual Academic Awards 2018.
Mrs Ursula Finnegan , Principal , Gallen CS in her introductory address talked about the quest for excellence , hard work and grit as being the hallmarks of success.Mrs Finnegan also thanked Mrs Breen for her help in organising the Awards night.
Owen Diviney in his address talked about everyone in life striving to be the best they can be. Mr Diviney said that everyone has a purpose and a talent and that some of the skills he learned in his capacity as an international oarsman can be applied in the spheres of life and education.
Mr Diviney listed noteworthy qualities such as motivation , determination , resilience and grit , all praiseworthy qualities that he had prefaced earlier that day in his address to 5th and 6th years.
Mr Diviney remarked that you must foster a growth mindset if you are to succeed . In addition to this you must have patience , perseverance and take responsibility if you are to succeed he said.
Mrs Frances Scully Deputy Principal Gallen CS then introduced the Award Categories.
FIRST YEAR ACADEMIC AWARDS-
with the criteria being best results in 7 subjects in Summer Tests 2018 went to
Best Students in St Enda’s- Abaigeal Connon , Ruairi o Neill , Ava o Connor .
Best Students in St Finbarr’s – Josh Dunican, Lily Kennedy , Gemma Reams , Saran Flynn.
Mrs Finnegan and Mr Larry Rohan presented the students with their awards.
SECOND YEAR ACADEMIC AWARDS
with the criteria being best results in 7 subjects in Summer Tests 2018 went to.
Best Students in St Mels – Moya Ibbotson , Katie Flynn.
Best students in St Colms – Mollie Flynn , Ava Grace Egan , Eoin Sheridan.
Mrs Finnegan and Mrs Geraldine Keena presented these awards.
FIFTH YEAR ACADEMIC AWARDS
with the criteria being best results in 6 subjects at Higher Level in Summer Tests 2018 went to.
Sara Madden , Colin Wren and Katie mc Creedy.
Mrs Finnegan and Mrs Keena presented these awards.
PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES FROM THE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
with the criteria being Best Junior and Leaving Cert projects submitted to E.T.T.A Area 1 final went to
Jack Conroy- First Place OL Metalwork Project
Deema Feehan – Second Place HL Metalwork Project.
Evan Mulrooney – Second Place HL Engineering Project.
Mr John Doyle , Engineering Teacher presented these awards.
JUNIOR CERTIFICATE AWARD 2018
to the students who received the best Junior Cert results in 2018 went to
Chloe Healy , Katie Flaherty , Katie Moran , Kira Hackett and Luke Balsiger.
Mr Owen Diviney and Mrs Finnegan presented the awards.
CREDIT UNION JUNIOR CERTIFICATE AWARD 2018
with the award based on best results in 10 subjects at Higher Level went to
Mr Paddy Egan and Mr Joe Grennan representing St Brigids Credit Union presented the award to Ffion.
JOHN SUGRUE MEMORIAL CUP FOR ART
with the award based on best Leaving Cert result and imagination , willingness to learn and creativity went to
Mr Frank Sugrue continuing the Sugrue family’s great support of our school presented Melanie with the cup.
LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2018.
with the award given to the students who received excellence , that is top grades in Leaving Cert subjects.
1. Excellence in Business – David Gavin.
Award presented by Mrs K Shine Business Studies Teacher.
2. Excellence in Business and DCG -Kieron Leonard.
Awards Presented by Mrs K Shine and Mr O Neill , DCG Teacher.
3 Excellence in Design and Communications Graphics – Michael Egan.
Award presented by Mr o Neill , DCG Teacher.
4 Excellence in Construction – Andrea Arnold
Award presented by Mr M mac Cartain , Construction Teacher.
5 Excellence in Engineering – Simon Healy and Shane Hynes.
Award presented by Mr J Doyle , Engineering Teacher.
6 Excellence in Home Economics – Bronagh Coughlan and Niamh Brazil.
Awards presented by Mrs E Mc Dermott , Home Economics Teacher.
7 Excellence in Music – Grainne Kenny.
Award presented by Mrs D Quinn , Music Teacher.
8 Excellence in Agricultural Science – Tara Dunican , Cathal o Shea , Aoife Coughlan , Marie Egan , Sinead Egan.
Awards Presented by Ms Brennan ,Agricultural Science Teacher.
9 Excellence in Biology , Agricultural Science and English – Siobhan Dillon.
Awards presented by Ms N Buckley , Biology teacher
Mrs Scully Deputy Principal
Ms Brennan , Agricultural Science Teacher.
AWARD FOR HIGHEST LEAVING CERTIFICATE RESULTS 2018
with the award given to the student who received the highest Leaving Certificate Results 2018
Winner – Kieron Leonard
Awards Presented by Mr Owen Diviney and Mrs Finnegan.
This concluded the formal awards ceremony and after the concluding words a most enjoyable and successful night ended with the customary refreshments.