GRAD­U­AT­ING CLASS SAYS FAREWELL

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THE cer­e­mony for Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann’s Grad­u­a­tion Class of 2018 took place on Thurs­day, May 24, when achieve­ments were cel­e­brated, fun mem­o­ries rekin­dled and emotional farewells shared by all.

The theme of the cer­e­mony was ‘ Tak­ing Flight,’ with an air­port des­ti­na­tion board back­drop an­nounc­ing that that Flight Num­ber 240518 was ready to board. The cer­e­mony was opened by the beau­ti­ful singing of Glenda Ti­gi­rigi, fol­lowed by read­ings and of­fer­ings by sixth year stu­dents and class tu­tors, wish­ing each grad­u­at­ing stu­dent ad­vice and best wishes for their fu­ture.

Class tu­tors Ms O’Driscoll, Ms Phillips, Mr Bro­phy, Mr Halpin and Mr McRory then called their class roll­call for the very last time and each stu­dent was pre­sented with their grad­u­a­tion cert and medal.

Rev William Ben­nett gave a thought-pro­vok­ing ad­dress to the stu­dents, telling them that if there are tur­bu­lent times ahead, never to be afraid to ask for help and sup­port to help them through.

Molly Hayes gave a won­der­ful read­ing of a poem she wrote for the oc­ca­sion, be­fore the fi­nal ad­dress by Head Boy and Head Girl, Brian Short and Jade Byrne, thanked every­one for the mem­o­ries shared and the friend­ships wrought in the past six years, with spe­cial recog­ni­tion given to their year heads for sixth year and fifth year, Ms McCor­mack and Mr Evoy re­spec­tively.

Mr Eivers stressed the im­por­tance of travel and ed­u­ca­tion in his ad­dress, with a few funny ob­ser­va­tion be­ing read out from the Grad­u­a­tion Year Book to the em­bar­rass­ment of a few blush­ing stu­dents.

Par­ents Helen Crimes and Áine Con­way ad­dressed the class, while board of man­age­ment mem­ber Shay Cullen ac­knowl­edged the ‘ two cap­tains’ of the flight – Mr Eivers and Ms Buckley – who, he said, go above and beyond to sup­port each stu­dent who steps through the doors of Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann.

Ms Buckley then awarded Kate Toner a cert for full at­ten­dance over her en­tire six years in CCA. Mr Eivers awarded the Gradam Speisialta (an award for out­stand­ing achieve­ment) to Aoife Cul­li­nan, Brian Short and Molly Hayes, be­fore Year Head Mar­garet McCor­mack pre­sented the the awards for Rogha na Bliana (stu­dent of the Year Award) to Mark Brady and Kate Toner.

The evening was brought to a close with a se­lec­tion of songs from Luke Byrne with the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of a num­ber of sixth year singers. Thanks have been ex­tended to every­one in­volved in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the cer­e­mony: Mr Eivers and Ms Buckley; year heads Ms McCor­mack and Mr Evoy; sixth year class tu­tors Ms O’Driscoll, Ms Phillips, Mr McRory, Mr Bro­phy and Mr Halpin; Ms Tar­rant, Mr McRory and the sixth year art stu­dents who cre­ated the ‘Tak­ing Flight’ art­work; Ms Reilly and Molly Hayes, who de­signed the Grad­u­a­tion Year Book; the mu­si­cians, Pre­fect Team and the par­ents’ coun­cil.

Luke Byrne (on gui­tar) lead­ing some of the sixth year singers at the close of the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony.

Prin­ci­pal Shane Eivers, year head Mar­garet McCor­mack and deputy prin­ci­pal Carol Buckley with the Sixth Year Stu­dents of the Year, Marc Brady and Kate Toner.

Sixth year head Mar­garet McCor­mack with Aoife Cul­li­nan, Brian Short and Molly Hayes who re­ceived their Gradam Speisialta from prin­ci­pal Shane Eivers and deputy prin­ci­pal Carol Buckley.

Bronte Magee Baker, Kynon Martin and Nathan Cork­ish.

Head Boy Brian Short.

Glenda Ti­gi­rigi singing at the cer­e­mony.

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