Deele College in Raphoe had its annual prize giving ceremony this afternoon but it was quite different from previous years due to covid restrictions. Despite this, the school put together an excellent ceremony, which was broadcast online to students throughout the school. The ceremony was once again presented by Guidance Counsellor, Miss Gearoidin Brady and despite the unusual circumstances, she gave her usual polished performance, keeping students entertained throughout.
The Mick Hogan Award for Student Voice was presented to Tara Toye in recognition for her work on the Student Council. This award is in memory of former teacher, Mick Hogan, a much loved former member of staff who did so much for the Deele College Community. Mick was a key figure in establishing the Student Council and encouraging students to use their voice so it’s an appropriate award in memory of a man who gave so much to the school. Tara also picked up the Danny Conaghan award for Overall School Spirit
The Noel Rodden Award for Service to the Community was presented to Joshua Mc Glinchey. Noel was a much valued member of the board and gave great service to the school over the years.
The McGivern Cup, sponsored by the late Brian McGivern and his wife Maureen has been a popular award in recent years. This award for excellence in Home Economics was presented to Niamh Toye.
Two former students from last year, Katie Allen and Maura Sweeney both returned on the day to accept the Kathleen O’Donnell Award for Irish and Pope John Paul Papal Cross respectively. Congratulations to both.
School principal, Mr Joe Boyle said, “I think it’s really important to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our student community who stuck to their task of engaging and learning throughout the year. The students have been a credit to themselves and their families and I think they should be highly commended for their attitude towards work over the past months.
“I would also like to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of our staff members, the teachers, the SNAs, the office staff and the ancillary staff who have all put the shoulder to the wheel for the benefit of the students.
“I would like to pay particular thanks to Miss Brady, who, as usual, presented the ceremony with all the professionalism that we have grown to expect and to Miss Mary Gibbons, for once again organising and planning our award ceremony that is a cornerstone of life here at Deele College. It is a massive undertaking in an ever growing school and with so many achievements to be recognised.
Deputy Principals, Miss Carmel Mulligan and Mr Shane Mc Art echoed the sentiments of Mr Boyle and said that it was important that students use their summer holidays to relax after a tough year.
“I’d like to congratulate all the award winners here today, they’ve represented the school with distinction throughout the year. I hope that they now enjoy their summer holidays and get a chance to relax during their time off.
“I’d also like to wish our Leaving Certs all the best as they approach their final set of exams and begin a new chapter in their lives either at college, apprenticeships or in the world of work.”
Some of the Main Prize Winners include:
Danny Connaghan Award for Overall School Spirit: Tara Toye
Kathleen O’Donnell Award for Irish: Katie Allen
Joe Porter Student of the Year: Aine Marie Mc Bride
Mick Hogan Award for Student Voice: Tara Toye
Grainne O’Donnell Award for Science: Enya Clarke
Pat McFadden Business Award: Emma Hamilton
Annette Cunningham Award for Public Speaking: Alisha Kilpatrick
Mary McNulty Award for LCA: Lee Wood
Noel Rodden Award for Involvement in School Community : Joshua Mc Glinchey
Maureen and Brian McGivern Award for Home Economics: Niamh Toye
Raphoe/Lifford Credit Union Award: Ellie Rose Henry
Anne Roulstone JCSP Student of the Year: Eunan O’Hagan
Damien McDevitt Award for Prefect of the Year: Aine Marie Mc Bride
Sammy Fisher Award for Engineering: Kate Coll
Marita Bonner Award for IT and Innovation: Caoimhe Parke, Sadie Logan and Zoe Boyce
Frank Morning Award for Woodwork: Bailey Coyle Mitchell
PJ Mc Gowan Cup for Sport: Oisin Toye