Presentation College Awards Academic Excellence
On Friday, 18th October a distinguished gathering from the world of academia converged on the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow for the thirteenth annual Presentation College Academic Awards ceremony.
Shortly after his appointment as Principal of Presentation College, Mr Ray Murray requested the Board of Management to implement a system of Academic Awards for the top achieving students in the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations. The Board readily agreed to this request and since then the top achieving students in the Junior and Leaving Certificate Examinations have been honoured. This time it was the turn of the Presentation College high achievers in the 2019 summer state examinations. The Academic Awards, implemented by the Board of Management, are designed to recognise and reward academic achievement among the students in Presentation College and to publicly celebrate their success.
The Academic Awards are just one of a series of initiatives introduced in the college to acknowledge, support and sustain the high level of performance and success by the students in that centre of excellence. The high achieving students in the non-state exam classes, based on last summer’s in-house exams, will shortly be presented with their Subject Certificates at ceremonies to be held in the school. Third and Sixth Year students have recently completed Study Skills seminars and numerous students also avail of after school Supervised Study from Monday to Thursday evening and on Friday afternoon. Testament to the academic ability of the students is the collection of numerous national titles the school has collected in the areas of business, enterprise, ICT, technology and public speaking. Most notably, Presentation College has secured awards at three World Finals, in Kuala Lumpur and Abu Dhabi, of the very prestigious F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.
Academic achievement among the students is a top priority in Presentation College and they perform consistently at a very high level in terms of results in the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations each summer. This is due in no small manner to the hard work ethos of the students and their teachers coupled with the support and encouragement of their parents.
The Awards Ceremony on Friday night consisted of a sit-down meal for all recipients and their parents, along with the Principal, Deputy Principals, Year Heads, Deans of Discipline and Board of Management members followed by the presentation of awards. The Principal, Mr Murray, presented awards to the Junior and Leaving Certificate high-achievers. He wished the senior students every success in their future studies and encouraged the junior students to return for further awards based on a successful Leaving Cert.
(Photo: Leaving Certificate Awards Recipients with Principal - Mr Ray Murray, Former Deputy Principal – Mr Billy Delaney, Deputy Principals – Ms Lorraine Gillespie and Mr Gary Carly, Year Head – Mr Declan O’Connor and Dean of Discipline – Ms Vanessa Byrne)
Photo: Junior Certificate Award Recipients with Principal Mr Ray Murray, Former Deputy Principal – Mr Billy Delaney, Deputy Principals - Ms Lorraine Gillespie and Mr Gary Carly, Year Head – Mr Mike Ryan and Dean of Discipline – Ms Ann Coburn)