Mo­men­tous day at FCJ as awards handed out

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

IT was a great day at FCJ Se­condary School Bun­clody re­cently as the size­able stu­dent body, staff and proud par­ents gath­ered for the be­gin­ning of year mass and awards cer­e­mony at The Church of the Most Holy Trin­ity. Prin­ci­pal Ms Frances Thread­gold got things un­der­way by wel­com­ing ev­ery­body, par­tic­u­larly those who had just started their jour­ney with the school in first year.

‘To­day marks a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment in the growth of FCJ Bun­clody as it is the first time in the his­tory of the school that we have over 900stu­dents – 902 – to be ex­act,’ she said. ‘That growth has al­lowed us to ap­point our sec­ond Deputy Prin­ci­pal and I wish Ms. Os­borne all the very best as she for­mally be­gins her work in that role.’ Ms Thread­gold also wel­comed 12 new mem­bers of staff who had taken up roles at the school as well as the par­ents of stu­dents who were to re­ceive aca­demic awards. She said it was an es­pe­cially big day for the O’Cheal­laigh and O’Muiri fam­i­lies who had more than one child re­ceiv­ing an award.

Ms Thread­gold said that last year’s Leav­ing Cert Stu­dents had per­formed par­tic­u­larly well with 10% of stu­dents at­tain­ing over 500 points and ex­actly half get­ting over 400.

The first or­der of busi­ness was the pre­sen­ta­tion of badges to stu­dents elected to the Stu­dent Coun­cil and those ap­pointed as Meitheal Lead­ers for the com­ing year, along with those ap­pointed as Se­nior Pre­fects. From th­ese, Cian Fitzhenry was se­lected as Head Boy and Ciara Banville as Head Girl. Bal­ly­cad­den Wind Farm also pre­sented a schol­ar­ship worth €1,000 be­fore a long list of awards were handed out for each class.

A to­tal of 14 stu­dents re­ceived more than 5 A’s in their Ju­nior Cert and were pre­sented with awards be­fore Grace Ke­hoe was pre­sented with the over­all Ju­nior Cert Award. The Leav­ing Cert Award went to Or­lagh Hickey who scored a whop­ping 613 points in the Leav­ing Cert and is now study­ing to be­come a Home Eco­nom­ics teacher.

Ms Thread­gold con­grat­u­lated those who re­ceived awards and thanked Fr Power for cel­e­brat­ing the mass along with her staff for all their ef­forts in en­sur­ing the day was a suc­cess.

Re­becca Red­mond, Louise Os­borne and Lorna For­tune. Head boy Cian Fitzhenry, prin­ci­pal Ms Frances Thread­gold and head girl Ciara Banville. Meitheal lead­ers pic­tured at the FCJ Bun­clody awards day.

Grace Ke­hoe, top Ju­nior Cert award win­ner with her par­ents Michael and Mary Ke­hoe. Eve Fur­long, Ed­ward Kin­sella and Ríona Byrne Stephanie Dee­gan with her mother Mary and sis­ter Muire­ann.

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