Ard Scoil na nDéise
Convent Road, Dungarvan
County Waterford, Ireland

Tel: (058) 41464
E-mail:
info@ardscoildungarvan.com

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Ard Scoil na nDéise Annual Awards Night


Angela Conway (Chairperson of Board of Management),
Doireann Conway (Guest Speaker) with her children, Dorothy Hughes (Principal)

Last Friday, October 9th, Árd Scoil na nDéise held its 25th Annual Awards Night. Students, parents, teachers and distinguished guests were welcomed by the school’s Irish Traditional Music group as they gathered in the Junior Hall for the special event. The evening was hosted by Mr. Tommy Collins, who made it quite enjoyable with his usual humour. Students were recognised for their participation in music, sports, art, public speaking, writing, elocution, German, volunteering and academic achievements.

Our guest of honour for the evening was Ms. Doireann Conway, who made an interesting and inspiring speech for all. If there is one thing to take away from her speech, it is ‘reach for the stars!’ Closing remarks were made by Principal Dorothy Hughes, who acknowledged the achievements and thanked all of the sponsors. Light refreshments were served by the Parents’ Council in the Senior Hall after the awards ceremony (the highlight of the evening!).

Amy Reynolds, Transition Year

Awards Night Guest Speaker

Doireann Conway's Speech

Our Annual Awards Night took place on Friday, October 9th.  This was a very happy occasion at which our students’ talents and achievements were celebrated, and we will have photos and full details for next week’s news.

Our Guest Speaker this year was Doireann Conway, a past pupil of Ard Scoil na nDéise who started her secondary education with us in 1990, when the new amalgamated school began.  Doireann was an excellent student in every respect, but she had a particular love of languages.  Having achieved one of the highest national results in Junior Certificate German in 1993 she was awarded a Summer scholarship to study in Germany in 1994, the first of her many outstanding academic achievements. Doireann studied German and Spanish at U.C.C., during which time she was awarded the title of U.C.C. College Scholar in October 1996, based on achieving the highest German results in the First Year examination. 

In 1997 she was awarded a one year scholarship to study at Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany, and in 1999 she was awarded a two year University of Konstanz/U.C.C. scholarship and lectorship, based on achieving the best U.C.C. degree results in German that year.  Doireann was also awarded a one year scholarship by the European Social Fund to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Languages and Business at the University of Ulster in Coleraine which she completed in 2000.  She followed this with an M.A. in Applied Languages and Business at the University of Ulster, and an M.B.A. from Coventy University in 2004. 

From 2000 to 2001 Doireann worked in Nürnberg in  Marketing Communications at Siemens Production and Logistics, and since 2001 she has been a Lecturer in Languages and Marketing at Athlone Institute of Technology. 

Doireann began her talk by congratulating all the award winners.

“Tonight is your night!  Tonight we celebrate your talents, your hard work, your dedication, your perseverance, your achievements.  Tonight is a very proud night for your Mums, Dads, guardians and families, whose love, encouragement, patience and support helped to make these achievements possible”.

Doireann has happy memories of her time in the school and she said she was proud to be an Ard Scoil girl.  “What stands out for me is the patience, encouragement and kindness of the teaching staff, who inspired me to pursue a career in lecturing”.

During her speech Doireann said: “A very wise woman - my Mum - often told me "your education is your fortune" and how right she was!”  Our students listened attentively as Doireann spoke of the merits of a good education.  She encouraged them to consider continuing their study of languages, as Irish graduates with a second/third language are in short supply, and languages open doors to a world of opportunities, in addition to being fun to learn. She finished with a quotation from the great Nelson Mandela: "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to a man in his own language, that goes to his heart."

We were delighted to welcome Doireann back to Ard Scoil na nDéise to speak to our award winning students and their families, and we hope that her encouraging words will help our present students to “reach for the stars” too.

Dorothy Hughes, Principal

Doireann Conway's Speech

Class Awards.

Back row left to right: Katie Kiely (Sip n Surf), Alannah Carey, Amy Prendergast, Bernice Basnayake, Emma Buckley, Emily Power, Dearbhla Flynn, Tamara Sheehan, Sophie Coyne, Aisling Hallinan, Aileen Organ (Sip n Surf).  Front row left to right: Maggie Veale, Anne McGrath, Nevaeh Tutty, Aoife Loome, Brona Coleman, Elaine Drohan.

Fifth Year Music Award

Back row left to right:Laura Cusack, Caitríona O’Brien, Alana Coyne, Jamie Mulcahy, Lucy Kirwan.  Front row left to right: Jill Montgomery, Dervla Duhig, Hannah Warren, Aisling Curran, Shannon Kearney. Absent from photo: Sibéal Harney.

Transition Year Music Award

Back row left to right: Rachel Sheehan, Sinéad O’Donnell, Muireann Walsh, Ellie Janes.

Front row left to right: Brona Coleman, Dawn Drummey, Kate Faherty.

Junior Music Awards

Back row left to right: Dearbhla Ní Hallacháin, Anne McGrath, Niamh Hayes

Front row left to right: Bernice Basnayake, Amy Reynolds, Laura Mannion.  Absent from photo: Caoimhe Kiely

Traditional Music Awards

Shannon Kearney, Clara Mannion, Laura Mannion.  Absent from photo: Kate Faherty and Muireann Walsh.

Elocution Awards

Aoife Dee, Mollaí Gough, Robyn Power, Caoimhe Kiely, Cifa Clancy Davies, Mrs Joan Clancy (Elocution teacher)

German Award and Sport Volunteering Awards

Shanice Mc Govern (German Award), Caoimhe Fogarty, Kate McGrath, Amy O’Riordan, Sinéad O’Donnell

Public Speaking Awards

Maebh Power, Mrs Simons (English teacher), Doireann O’Brien

Writing Competition

Mrs Simons (English teacher) with Lauren Mulvihill

Art Awards

Eve Keating, Mrs Clancy (Elocution teacher), Lauren Mulvihill.

Sport Awards

Back row left to right: Emma Gildea, Clodagh Curran, Sinéad McCarthy, Kayleigh Veale, Sibéal Harney, Aisling Baumann, Aoife Dee, Ms Rochford (P.E. teacher)

Front row left to right: Taylor Murray, Ger Wyley (Sponsor), Kate McGrath (Sports Star of the Year), Orla Hickey, Sarah Lacey, John Joe Queally (for Stella Queally).

Sports Star of the Year

Ger Wyley (sponsor) with Kate McGrath, Sports Star of the Year.

Sports Awards

Back row left to right: Orla Keane, Talitha MacCauley, Lucy Holmes, Kate Hickey, Aoife Dee, Anne McGrath, Sarah Lacey, Mrs Ashe (Athletics coach and retired P.E. teacher).

Front row left to right: Grace Heffernan, Ornaith Keane, Kate McGrath, Sinéad O’Brien, Ger Wyley (sponsor).

Junior Certificate Academic Awards

Kayla McCarey, Saoirse Culloo, Amy Reynolds, Eileen Fitzgerald, Clodagh Curran

Margaret Radley Leaving Certificate Geography Award

Angela Radley (sponsor), Catherine Bowen, Denise Radley (sponsor)

Leaving Certificate Academic Awards

Back row left to right: Kayleigh Veale, Sophie Coyne, Aisling Foley, Edel Looby, Catherine Bowen.

Front row left to right: John Joe Queally (for Stella Queally), Laura Duggan and Lauren Mulvihill.
Angela Conway (Chairperson of Board of Management), Doireann Conway (Guest Speaker), with her children, Dorothy Hughes (Principal).

Spirit of Transition Year Awards

Ms Joanne Brosnan (Deputy Principal), Sinéad O’Donell and Muireann Walsh.

Sports Awards

Ms Sara Flavin (teacher and sports coach), Ms Fiona Rochford (P.E. teacher), Kate McGrath holding the Intermediate All Ireland Ladies Football cup, Mrs Ashe (Athletics coach and retired P.E. teacher), Sibéal Harney, holding the Intermediate All Ireland Camogie cup, and Ms Carol McCarthy (teacher and camogie coach) holding the National League camogie cup.

Ard Scoil na nDéise Awards Night

Back row left to right: Mrs Dorothy Hughes, Principal, Mr Tommy Collins (teacher and M.C. for the Awards Night), Ms Joanne Brosnan (Deputy Principal), Mrs Angela Conway (Chairperson of Board of Management), Mrs Mary Ashe (Athletics coach and retired P.E. teacher), Mr Tom Keith, Friend of the Ard Scoil.

Front row left to right: Mrs Colette Power (former Deputy Principal), Nóirín Bean Ní Chionaola (retired teacher), Guest Speaker Ms Doireann Conway, Sister Loreto.

Ard Scoil na nDéise Awards Night

Back row left to right: Mrs Dorothy Hughes, Principal, Ms Anne Gleeson (teacher), Ms Joanne Brosnan (Deputy Principal), Mrs Angela Conway (Chairperson of Board of Management), Mrs Eibhlín Power (retired teacher), Mrs Evelyn Simons (teacher), Mr Tommy Collins (teacher and M.C. for the Awards Night).

Front row left to right: Mrs Colette Power (former Deputy Principal), Nóirín Bean Ní Chionaola (retired teacher), Ms Doireann Conway (Guest speaker), Sister Loreto (retired teacher).
Principal Dorothy Hughes and Tom Keith, Friend of the Ard Scoil.
Mr Tommy Collins (teacher and M.C.) at the Ard Scoil na nDéise Awards Night.

Principal's Message

I would like to congratulate all our students who received awards at our annual Award Night. I also wish to thank the parents/guardians and the teachers of the students for their encouragement and support which enable the girls to experience success in so many ways. I am very grateful to our Parents’ Council who hosted the refreshments after the ceremony, and to everybody involved in the preparations and on the night.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of our Awards Night: Anonymous Ard Scoil na nDéise Parents; Ballymount Accounting; Clearwave I.T. Networking; Copymoore; Brian Dewick (Kilnatoora Cleaning); Easons; Eddie Parks (Gem Cleaning); Ger Wyley Sports; Jitterbeans; John Regan Construction; Parents’ Council; Radley Family; Sip’n’Surf; Solve IT; The Park Hotel; David Walsh Office Supplies.

Dorothy Hughes, Principal

 

 

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