Friday 20th September 2019
The past few days have been one of celebration in the College.
This afternoon we hosted the annual Prize-Giving Ceremony to recognise, celebrate and congratulate the many wonderful achievements of our school community in terms of subject qualifications, extra-curricular activities, those who worked for the good of their fellow pupils and for the school community. Guest of Honour for the occasion was Mrs Theresa Mc Erlean, a past pupil, and now, Contracts Manager with Heron Bros Ltd, Draperstown. Theresa addressed the students re the different routes that can be taken for future study / employment and also advocated the role of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) disciplines. Congratulations to all who received Awards and to everyone who helped organise different aspects of the event, in particular Mrs Quinn who coordinated the Ceremony, Ms Mc Gorrey who ensured that all trophies etc were in the proper order, and of course our Senior Choir and instrumentalists who gave a lovely rendition of ‘Lift The Wings’ under the guidance of Miss Mc Curry and Mr Mc Gartland. Well done everyone!
Earlier this morning, we also opened our new Post 16 Study Room, funded via Co-operation Ireland as a community initiative involving Sixth Tyrone Scouts, St Vincent De Paul, Lilac Cancer Cookstown, The Hub, Gold Community Group and the College itself. This refurbishment has enhanced our student facilities in addition to providing a well resourced space for ICT Classes / training for all partner groups in the evenings. Our thanks are extended to Mr Mc Stocker for pursuing this great work.
The IT Department also launched their Digital Schoolhouse Programme free to Primary schools. What is this I hear you ask? Well, the IT Department went through a rigorous application process to be selected as a Digital Hub, one of a few schools in Northern Ireland, combining computing, fun, creativity and innovation for the Primary curriculum. What makes this programme more exciting is that Nintendo UK has come on board as the lead partner and via resources and staff training, I am confident that our Primary pupils will be well inspired through play-based learning initiatives. Good Luck to Mr Mc Stocker, Mr Mc Veigh and the whole IT Team on this exciting journey!
Sports Prize-Giving occurred yesterday afternoon as well, with the Guest of Honour being none other than Tyrone Senior Player, Cathal Mc Shane. The event was an excellent endorsement of the hard work that occurs to develop different teams and individuals in a range of sports both in and out of school. Well done to Mr Canavan, Mr Mc Keever, the PE Department and coaches for this successful event, and a huge thanks to everyone involved for their commitment and time to training and matches. It is very much appreciated and instils a love of sport in our young people.
Other events during the week were: Year 8 received their Gideon Bibles during Assembly on Monday morning; Year 13 participated in a University Roadshow, receiving advice on completing their UCAS / CAO Applications to universities across the UK and Ireland, and also on student finance. The U-16 Girls had a great win against St.Ronan’s Lurgan, with friendly games for the Year 12 Boys and U-20 Girls.
And finally, well done to Year 8 today, who completed their CAT Assessments in order to determine their KS3 potential. Preparation is key to ensuring the computer based tests operate smoothly, so a huge thanks to Mr O’ Donnell, Mrs Mc Elhatton and the SEN & SLT Teams for your contributions in this area.
Have a great weekend!