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Senior PrizeGiving 2022

St Patrick’s Grammar School Senior Prizegiving took place recently with students, parents, guests and staff enjoying a memorable celebration of recent external examination results. 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 after recent challenging times. 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.

Guest speaker for the evening was past pupil, Mr Karl Jordan. Karl is an experienced Construction Project Manager for Gilbert Ash, a leading NI construction firm. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Builders, soon to be a Fellow. Karl has won many prestigious awards and accolades in his career and was the Construction Manager of the Year 2018 Gold Medal Winner in the Leisure Category where judges were extremely impressed by his “Collaborative, design led approach” and commented on his “insight, intelligence, vision and talent.” Karl spoke with passion and enthusiasm about his time as a student in St. Patrick’s and kept all entertained with anecdotes and memories of memorable lessons and trips. Karl advised prizewinners to take the school motto “Fratres In Unum” to heart and reminded students that the friendships and relationships formed in St.Patrick’s will remain with them for years to come.

Plaques were presented to those students who were chosen by staff to be top achievers in each GCSE and 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. Several students were recognised for outstanding achievement at A Level. These students displayed the St. Patrick’s values of “diligence” and “determination” at all times during their seven years in the school. Congratulations to Lorcan Bradshaw, Brendan Fields, Eoin Murtagh, Cillian Rooney, Jake Toal and Daniel Hutton. These boys achieved straight A*/A grades at A level. Lorcan Bradshaw is heading to QUB to study Pharmacy, Brendan Fields will begin Maths and Finance at QUB. Eoghan Murtagh will study Accounting at QUB, Jake Toal heads to University of Ulster to study Marketing. Cillian Rooney begins study of Actuarial Science in QUB and Daniel Hutton will head to QUB to study Software Engineering.

The Drohan Award for A level achievement was shared by two A level students, Diarmuid Nelson and Adam Hart. Each achieved A*A*A in their chosen subjects. Diarmuid is heading to University of Ulster for to study Architecture and Adam is starting at QUB to study Computing and Information Technology.

The student of Year award went to top achiever at A level, Ryan McParland, who received an amazing A*A*A B in his subjects of History, Politics, Business Studies and Construction. When asked to describe him, his A level teachers used the words “A true gentleman and a great ambassador to our school. We cannot speak highly enough of Ryan in terms of manners, respect, work ethic and most importantly compassion.” Rumour has it that he once delivered a calf at the same time as attending an online zoom class over lockdown and staff became used to having him join online classes whilst he was driving a tractor. Such is his dedication and commitment to his studies! A well-deserved accolade. Two GCSE students were awarded the Professor Paisley Bursary for top award in GCSE English and Mathematics in 2021. Lonan Rooney received this award for English and Jack Daly was awarded the Mathematics accolade. It is of note that Jack 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, Charlie McKeagney, outgoing Head Boy for 2021/2022. Head of Senior School, Miss Lisa McMahon praised Charlie as a student, “who has truly shown to both peers and staff that he really cares and is committed, to every aspect of school life. His winning smile and self-contained attitude said to everyone (without telling anyone) that he was happy and at home here in the school. His diligence to his studies, dependability, ready wit and capacity to represent his peers are all attributes that make this award so special and deserved this evening. Charlie’s dedication to the role of Head Boy is a wonderful testament to the person he is, a credit to his parents and his teachers and an example to all who follow him in the role.”

This award was followed by the presentation of The Henry Murray & Co Cup for services to local voluntary work to both Ryan McParland and Dara McGahan. Both boys were very active members of our SVDP team. Regularly attending the SDVP shop in Armagh and helping in school in any way they could. Over the summer both students offered their services in helping with general administrations tasks in the Armagh Parish office. Vice Principal, Mrs RoseAnne Slane spoke highly of these students stating, “Ryan and Dara epitomise all that is good about being a St. Patrick’s student. Both these young men achieved a gold medal in their John Paul II award. As Eucharistic ministers they faithfully helped out when needed during various masses in Armagh cathedral. Two inspirational, thoughtful and kind young men who thoroughly deserve this award. We wish them both every success as they head to St Mary’s University College, Belfast and we have no doubt will be inspirational teachers in the future.”

An address from Martin O’Hanlon, Chair of Governors, reminding the leavers of 2022 that the doors of the school will always be open to them, ended a most enjoyable celebration of academic, cultural and sporting success by the senior students of St Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh, during 2021/2022.

 

 

 

Vice Principal, Mr McAlary, and Martin O’Hanlon, Chair of Governors, present Head Boy for 2021/22, Charlie McKeagney with the Ciaran Donnelly Memorial Cup for best epitomising “The Spirit Of St Patrick’s”.  A most deserving recipient.

 

Vice Principal, Mr McAlary, and Martin O’Hanlon, Chair of Governors, present Ryan McParland and Dara McGahan with the cup for services to local voluntary groups. This award is sponsored by Chartered accountants Henry Murray and Co, in Lurgan who have a long tradition rooted in St Patrick’s, with many past pupils on staff and they also provide work placement for current St Patrick’s students.  Two wonderful St Patrick’s ambassadors. 

 

Martin O’Hanlon, Chair of Governors, presents Ryan McParland with the Brendan Vallely Memorial Cup for Student of the Year.  A deserving winner who achieved an amazing two A*, one A grade and a B grade in his subjects of History, Politics, Business Studies and Construction.  Well done Ryan!

 

Guest speaker, Mr Karl Jordan presents the GCSE award for Arabic to Mohammed Alissa.  Mohammed also collects the awards for Construction and OCN Religious Studies.  Well done Mohammed- an impressive three top awards!

Principal, Mr Dominic Clarke, presents the award for GCSE Student of the year to the very modest Shea Maxwell achieved a superb 10 A* grades at GCSE in addition to three top individual GCSE awards.  Very well done and well deserved Shea.

Professor Roddy Paisley, representing the University of Aberdeen, presented Lonan Rooney and Jake Daly with the top awards in GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics respectively.  Each student received a generous bursary from Professor Paisley.  Well done gentlemen!

Mr Karl Jordan presents Adam Monaghan with the AS Individual Subject Award for Spanish. Bien hecho Adam!

 

Mr Clarke presents the Rice Office Supplies Cup for AS Student of the Year to the two top AS students, Matthew Morrison and Cormac Toner. Both students achieved FOUR A grades in their chose AS subjects as well as picking up 5 individual subject awards between them! Well done gentlemen.

Mr Martin O’Hanlon presents the Drohan Award for A Level achievement to Adam Hart who achieved two A* grades and one A grade at A Level. Adam is heading to QUB to study Computing and Information Technology.

Mr Martin O’Hanlon presents the Drohan Award for A Level achievement to Diarmuid Nelson who achieved two A* grades and one A grade at A Level. Diarmuid is beginning his studies in Architecture at University of Ulster.

Professor Paisley presents The Brian and Eithne Vallely Award, for Senior Traditional Musician of the Year to Saran O Machail.   Widely known among music circles in Armagh, he is to be commended for his contribution to the community during Covid lockdowns. He even became a Facebook sensation after performing in his own back garden to raise community spirits!  Well done Saran.

 

The Senior Cantor of the Year sponsored by Mr Dessie Feeney of Dessie’s in Armagh is Ben Hoole.  A talented singer who has been involved in the school choir since Yr 8.  Ben recently auditioned and gained a place in the Ulster Youth Choir and is a wonderful musical ambassador for our school.  Well done Ben.

The Special Achievement Award in music goes to Ross Cunningham.  While Ross is an accomplished musician on the trumpet, it is his singing voice that has gained him a plethora of successes. Recently gaining a place in the Ulster Youth Choir, Ross has won many awards in the music festival scene in Newry, Portadown and Belfast.  A well deserving winner of this award. 

Mr Clarke presents Lorcan Bradshaw the award for Casement Cup player of the year. Lorcan is an extremely talented Hurler who has a tremendous attitude and an infectious positive personality about hurling and life in general. Lorcan is a leader in school, both on and off the pitch and his performances set standards for others to follow.