St Patrick’s Grammar School Year 14 Prizegiving took place recently with students, parents, guests and staff enjoying a memorable, albeit socially distanced and informal evening.
Mr. Clarke began proceedings at Prizegiving acknowledging the many and varied ways in which the students and staff of St Patrick’s Grammar School have responded to the challenges and opportunities presented to them in the past academic year. He spoke of the hard work and commitment required for success in these challenging times and praised the efforts of the St Patrick’s school community in maintaining effective teaching and learning during school closures.
Addressing the most recent past pupils in attendance he congratulated them on their achievements but remembered all the students in the St. Patrick’s community and mentioned how so many of them had worked hard and realised their full potential over the last seven years.
Mr. Clarke commented, “Awarding grades this year was difficult for everyone but at the centre of the process were real people; many of whom awaited grades to guide their next step in life.”
Mr. Clarke continued, “Our Centre Determined Grades were sent through to the awarding bodies, sampled, moderated and eventually grades were awarded to students. These are hard earned grades achieved through the system set in place by the awarding bodies and following a series of robust assessments over a concentrated period of time. Make no mistake, these grades and awards are real.”
Mr. Clarke then presented plaques to those students who were chosen by staff to be top achievers in each A Level subject at St Patrick’s, and it was affirming to see the obvious pride of students, staff and families when these awards were being presented.
He also presented awards for outstanding achievement in last year’s A Level process and the twenty-six students who had achieved three straight A grades or more also received Special Achievement awards. These students displayed the St. Patrick’s values of “diligence” and “determination” at all times during their seven years in the school. Congratulations to Oisin Conaty, Jude Conway, Ryan Cullen, Oisin Curran, Anthony Dimitrov, John Donnelly, Galin Eldho, Jack Furphy, Matthew Gildea, Aidan Harney, Matthew Lennon, Iarlaith Maguire, Christopher McAnallen, Callum McCreanor, Cian McCrory, Diarmuid McGurk, Eoin McKee, Conor McLean, Eamon Metcalfe, Fiachra Moore, Conor Mullan, Shea Murphy, Adam Murtagh and Mark O’Hare. These twenty four students achieved an unbelievable 48 A grade and 26 A* grades between them. Three other top achieving students are worthy of mention. Aidan Hegarty and Andrew Wilson both achieved three straight A* grades at A Level and are joint winners of the Brendan Vallely Memorial Cup for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Aidan is heading to Liverpool to study Medicine and Andrew is heading to QUB to study Business Information Technology.
Five AS awards were presented in recognition of impressive academic achievement at AS level. Lorcan Bradshaw, Brendan Fields, Charlie McKeagney, Michael McLoughlin and Cillian Rooney all achieved four A grades in the subjects of History, Politics, English, Biology, Chemistry, Health and Social Care, Mathematics, Geography and Physics.
Two GCSE students were awarded the Professor Paisley Bursary for top award in GCSE English and Mathematics in 2021. Michael Connolly received this award for English and Shea Maxwell was awarded the Mathematics accolade. It is of note that Shea was only a Year 11 student when he completed his Mathematics GCSE assessment.
The Ciarán Donnelly Memorial Cup, presented to a student who encapsulates the spirit of the St Patrick’s community, was given this year to a very worthy recipient, Matthew Gildea.
This was followed by the presentation of The Henry Murray & Co Cup for services to local voluntary work to Fergus Grew, who represented the St. Patrick’s community as a School Aid Romania fundraiser and an ambassador for a range of charities in the Armagh community.
Aidan Harney, Head Boy for 2020/21 received the accolade of Sportsman of the Year and Caolan McReynolds received the Cormac McAnallen Memorial Cup for Sports Endeavour. Both students were highly commended for the determination and commitment to sports in St. Patrick’s Grammar School.
Before the final address by Mrs. Carmel Harney, member of St Patrick’s Board of Governors, tokens of the school’s gratitude and appreciation were made to the Head Boy and Deputy Head Boys. Mrs. Harney spoke with pride of the commitment and compassion of staff and governors in recent times. There was also mention of fond memories her three sons, Se, Cillian and Aidan have of their time at St. Patrick’s, a school which she stated had a profound positive impact on all her sons’ lives. This ended a most enjoyable celebration of academic, cultural and sporting success by the senior students of St Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh, during 2020/21.
Top AS Academic Achievers, Cillian Rooney, Lorcan Bradshaw, Charlie McKeagney, Brendan Fields and Michael McLaughlin, pictured with Vice Principal, Mrs RoseAnne Slane.
Winner of the Spirit of St.Patrick’s Ciaran Donnelly Memorial Award, Matthew Gildea, pictured here with Prizegiving Co-Ordinator Mrs Julianne Denvir and his proud parents
The Henry Murray Award for local voluntary work is presented to a deserving Fergus Grew by Vice-Principal, Mrs RoseAnne Slane.
Winners of the Brendan Vallely Award for Academic Achievement at A Level, Aidan Hegarty and Andrew Wilson, pictured with Principal, Mr Clarke.
Head of PE, Mr Matthew McGleenan, presents Aidan Harney, Head Boy for 2020/21, with the award for School Sportsman of the Year.
Top A Level Academic Achiever, Aidan Hegarty, pictured here with his proud mum and grandmother
Caolan McReynolds is presented with the Cormac McAnallen Memorial Cup for Sports Endeavour, by Head of PE, Mr Matthew McGleenan
Top AS Achiever, Michael McLaughlin, pictured here with his proud mum.
Conor McLean, one of St. Patrick‘s top academic achievers at A-Level, pictured here with his proud dad and grandmother.
Diarmuid McGurk, a top A Level Academic Achiever, pictured here with proud mum and grandmother.
Callum McCreanor, an SPGS top academic achiever, pictured here with his proud parents.
Principal Mr.Clarke, presents top academic achiever Conor Mullan , with his individual subject award for Economics.