Momentous day at FCJ as awards handed out
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.