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Week 3

Week 3: Friday 23rd September 2022

Hello Everyone

Just back at the desk reflecting on a wonderful Prize-giving ceremony held this afternoon. A great opportunity to recognise, celebrate and congratulate the many wonderful achievements of our school community in terms of subject qualifications, students who worked for the good of their fellow pupils, and recognition of work for the school community. Guest of Honour for the occasion was Mr Brian Lagan, a past pupil, parent of 2 x current students, and also, Managing Director of J & B Engineering (Lagan Engineering Ltd), a family-owned company just outside Cookstown, offering bespoke ‘custom built’ products and machines to the sand & gravel, quarry, waste and recycling industry.

Brian addressed the students re his determination to get to where he is today – and still learning – every day is a school day – try your very best, don’t get embroiled in social media and never give up!

Congratulations to all who received Awards and to everyone who helped organise different aspects of the event, especially Mrs Quinn who coordinated the Ceremony. Of course, the Ceremony commenced with a toe-tapping repertoire of traditional music and song provided by the Senior students under the guidance of Miss Mc Curry and Mr Mc Gartland. This in itself was breathtaking (check out our Facebook page to hear them!) Well done everyone!

The PE Department also held their annual Sports Awards yesterday in recognition of the numerous football teams, individuals and Sports Day Awards for the College, Clubs and County, including other sports such as soccer, swimming and equestrian. It also gave us an opportunity to reflect back on our MacRory success last year – reaching the Final after only 3 years in the competition. Guest speaker was Oisin Mc Conville, now manager of Wicklow Senior Football Team. Similar to Brian, Oisin was full of advice to our younger students in Years 9 & 10 - to work hard, pursue your dreams, seek advice and help if you need it. The students were delighted to receive their awards and with the support of the many coaches and managers in the College, both male and female, their future is very bright. Our thanks are extended to Mr Canavan, Mr Mc Keever, PE Department and Mr Mc Girr for another excellent showcase of sport in the College.

We also connected with our environment and looking after our planet with talks in Climate Change and a visit by the World of Owls. This was a fantastic showpiece of several rare Owls on display - both Year 8 and students from Holy Trinity Primary School thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic experience. A huge thanks to Mr Mc Stocker for organising the visit.

Don’t forget, all pupil communication can be shared instantly with you via the Parent App – any time of the day. Catch up on achievement points and your child’s daily routine on your mobile, tablet or PC – anywhere.

Remember, Monday 26th is a Staff Development Day. Pupils remain at home on this day and return to school on Tuesday 27th September.

Have a great weekend

Isabel Russell

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