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By Michelle Crean

Students as Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra (SPSL) have been awarded and celebrated for their achievements.

Shane Ryan pictured with Junior Sliabh Luachra Arts & Cultural Award winners Colleen Angland and Nóirín Healy at the annual school awards in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

Senior Sliabh Luachra Arts & Cultural Award recipient was Grace Angland pictured with Shane Ryan at the annual school awards in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

The Active Citizenship Award went to John Hughes who is pictured with with Shane Ryan and Denis Kerins (Principal) at the annual school awards in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

Outstanding Sporting Excellence Representing the School was given to the U15 Boys Basketball Teams in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

Tara Buckley pictured with special guest Shane Ryan was named Transition Year Student of the Year at the annual school awards at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

Niamh Collins was awarded Leaving Certificate Applied Student of the Year. She is pictured with Shane Ryan Susan Collins and Denis Kerins (Principal) at the annual school awards in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

The Endeavour Award went to Keri Ann Hanrahan who is pictured with her parents Maria and Mike and special guest Shane Ryan at the annual school awards in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

The Principal’s Award went to Joshua O’Sullivan who is pictured with Principal Denis Kerins and Shane Ryan at the annual school awards in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

Anne Casey Joy Memorial Shield was awarded to Katie Rea pictured with Shane Ryan at the annual school awards in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

Environmental Award - Andee Lenihan and Amy Donnelly with Shane Ryan at the annual school awards in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

Exceptional Contribution in Team Activities Outside of School went to Orla Cronin and Tiarna Dineen (Camogie) Ella Guerin-Crowley and Joanne O’Keeffe (Rugby) and Jamie Daly (Rowing). They are pictured with Shane Ryan at the annual school awards in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

Megan Kiely was named Leaving Cert Student of the Year at the annual school awards in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. She is pictured with Shane Ryan her mother Noreen and Principal Denis Kerins.

Academic Excellence in Leaving Cert Applied Award at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra from left: Shane Ryan (Special Guest) with Kacper Mocarski Tara McLarnon Niamh Collins Shauna Heapes and Denis Kerins (Principal). Missing from photo is Danny Hickey.

The Paud O’Leary Memorial Shield went to the U14 Boys Basketball Team pictured with their coaches Jim Hughes John Hughes and Joan O’Mahony at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

On Friday, October 28 there was an extra element of excitement in the air as special guest Shane Ryan had just be announced as a recipient of this year’s GAA All-Star Awards.

Shane, who was a student at the school, presented them with their awards for curricular and extra-curricular activities.

He gave generously of his time and wisdom before dashing off to Dublin for his own awards ceremony.

Shane, who won an All-Ireland medal with Kerry at senior level this year, had previously won a Minor title with the Kingdom in 2013, which was also the year he sat the Leaving Certificate in SPSL.

In his inspiring speech to students Shane reminded them about the importance of having a passion in life, to set goals for what they really want and then to put in the hard work that is needed to achieve success.

“Nothing in life worth having comes easily,” he said, “go out and earn what is yours.”

He also had a message about the importance of building relationships.

“From First to Sixth Year in school you are sharing an important journey with great people and the people around you in school contribute hugely to who you become.”

Acknowledging the variety of awards being presented, Shane reminded the students about the range of skills and competencies that can be gained from getting involved in non-academic activities including resilience, teamwork, commitment, leadership and the appetite to succeed in the areas and interests which energise them.

He also emphasised the importance of enjoying the journey rather than being totally focused on the destination as well the significance of treating people well.

“People will remember you not always for what you have achieved but for how you made them feel,” he said.

Miriam O'Regan did a great job as MC to ensure the event ran smoothly and on time and Principal, Denis Kerins, thanked all of the staff involved behind the scenes to organise such an uplifting school event to celebrate the hard work and achievements of so many students in the school.

Recipients of awards were:

Active Citizenship Award - John Hughes

Exceptional Contribution in Team Activities Outside of School - Orla Cronin and Tiarna Dineen, Ella Guerin-
Crowley, Joanne O’Keeffe and Jamie Daly

Exceptional Excellence in Individual Activities Outside of School - Kate Murphy

Spirit of the School Community Award - Jade Fitzgerald

Environmental Award - Amy Donnelly and Andee Lenihan

Endeavour Award - Keri Ann Hanrahan

Junior Sliabh Luachra Arts & Cultural Award - Colleen Angland and Nóirín Healy

Senior Sliabh Luachra Arts & Cultural Award - Grace Angland

Outstanding Sporting Excellence Representing the School - U14 and U15 Boys Basketball Teams

Paud O’Leary Memorial Shield - U14 Boys Basketball Team

Anne Casey Joy Memorial Shield - Katie Rea

Principal’s Award - Joshua O’Sullivan

Transition Year Student Tara Buckley

Academic Excellence in Leaving Cert Applied - Niamh Collins, Tara McLarnon, Danny Hickey, Shauna Heapes and Kacper Mocarski

Leaving Certificate Applied Student of the Year - Niamh Collins

Academic Excellence in Leaving Certificate - Michelle Cronin, Miriam Dineen, Keri Ann Hanrahan, Cathy Kiely, Michael McSweeney, Ellen O’Connor, Neil O’Connor, Megan O’Donoghue, Maura O’Keeffe, Alice O’Leary, Katelyn O’Leary, Tara O’Leary, Mairead O’Mahony, Joshua O’Sullivan and Siobhán Twomey.

Leaving Certificate Student of the Year - Megan Kiely.

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Rathmore students look to the future

Students in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore looked to the future as they explored third level opportunities. The teens took part in a number of activities to mark College Awareness […]

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Students in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore looked to the future as they explored third level opportunities.

The teens took part in a number of activities to mark College Awareness Week which was held in schools and other education settings nationwide last week.

The focus throughout the week in their school was to highlight the wide range of options open to them when they leave school and to realise that there are pathways to suit all types of learners.

Students from First to Sixth Year took part in activities to get them thinking about their future plans.

First and Second year students completed a module on ‘My Pathways’ and Third Years had an introductory talk on options after school.

Transition Year students worked on a display on all the options and pathways available after school which will remain up permanently.

Senior Cycle students attended the Careers Fair in Munster Technological University (MTU) where they got a chance to meet universities, colleges of Further Education, agricultural colleges, apprenticeship and more education and training providers from around the country including past sudent Aidan O’Mahony at the stand with An Garda Síochána.

Leaving Cert and LCA students had a really informative talk in school on Further Education and apprenticeships from Ella O’Donoghue, Admissions Officer of Kerry College.

The week finished with a talk for Senior Cycle students on Business and Law options in UCC by Ian Wallace.

“A highlight of the week was the involvement of past students, who sent us video clips on their career stories so far and shared tips with students,” Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor at the school, said.

“It was fabulous to see how well our former students have done and it was really important for our current students to see the diversity of pathways they have taken including apprenticeships, Further Education courses, university, travel, setting up businesses and returning to education as mature students. We are really grateful to the past students who reconnected with us for this week, their input was inspiring and invaluable.”

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Students have education and fun London trip

Leaving Certificate students from St Brigid’s returned home Saturday night after a hectic four-day tour to London. The 87 girls took a tour of London on their first day in the city […]

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Leaving Certificate students from St Brigid’s returned home Saturday night after a hectic four-day tour to London.

The 87 girls took a tour of London on their first day in the city after landing. They visited some of the famous locations on the journey, such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square. They enjoyed a night at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End watching ‘The Lion King’.

The girls went to The Natural History Museum on day two, which has one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artefacts. They took their time looking around the massive cathedral-like structure’s sculptures and frescoes. Four coloured zones that focus on topics including the environment, evolution, the planet, and wildlife make up the museum’s divisions. They then took pleasure in a trip to the fascinating Science Museum. It was the ideal location for someone with an inquisitive mind, full of amazing things to do and explore.

The Victoria and Albert Museum was the next stop on the itinerary. The V&A’s collection of art spans 5,000 years, from prehistoric periods to the modern era. The Mouse Trap, an Agatha Christie play, was the entertainment for this evening at the St Martin’s Lane Theatre. The play’s 70th anniversary was this week.

On day three, the girls boarded a capsule for a 30-minute spin of the London Eye and marvelled at the breath-taking sights of London. After that, they went to the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Planetarium and Astronomy Centre, where they experienced an amazing adventure through space. They went to the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, planting one foot on the eastern and the other on the western hemisphere of our planet.

The girls ended their evening at what was a highlight for many at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

On the final day before flying home, the girls went to Oxford Street to do a spot of shopping.

“A great trip was had by all where many memories were made,” said Sheree Murphy, one of the teachers who travelled with them on the trip.

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