THE prizewinners at St Paul’s College in Kilrea have been described as “role models for the whole school community.”
Speaking during the school’s annual prize night last Thursday, principal Aine Bradley, described the occasion as “always one of the most special events in the school calendar.
She told the audience of pupils, teachers, parents and governors: “Coming together to recognise and give thanks for the talent, endeavour and commitment of our young people strengthens our sense of community and inspires us as an organisation to aim for real and lasting improvement.
“The year 2011-12 was memorable not just in terms of results but also because of all that we achieved as a school community. The sporting success that our students enjoyed, their involvement in theatrical showcases; art exhibitions, trips, competitions and charity events speaks volumes about their talents and abilities.
“Our prizewinners tonight are outstanding young people. They are excellent role models for the whole school community.
“They have added much to the life and spirit of the College and have helped to shape the aspirations and goals of the children following in their footsteps.”
Turning to the college’s GCSE results, the headmistress said: “Over 87% of pupils achieved 5A*-C grades. The attitude, commitment and endeavour of our pupils and staff are exemplary, so it is only right and fitting, that we, as a college, communicate our appreciation of all our pupils achieved.”
Mrs Bradley said that “faith life” is an extremely important aspect of life in St. Paul’s and that pupils were once again involved in the ‘Ambassadors of St. Paul’s Awards.’
She explained: “The programme, founded by Mrs B Ferguson, encourages young people to actively engage with their culture, community and faith. The fact that the programme is now being piloted in every school in the diocese emphasises the richness of the experience and the values it espouses.
“In the past year the school body has continued to grow in strength and number. We have developed and sustained important links, particularly at A-Level with other local schools and colleges and in doing so have enriched the academic provision of all our young people.
“We have also built real and lasting connections with other organisations, industries and businesses which have helped students see links between their education and the society and economy they live in.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their generosity in supplying the awards which so beautifully recognise our pupils’ achievements.
“The trophies and prizes that they donate help to make Prize-Giving memorable, and allow us to celebrate and sing their success. Congratulations to each and every one of our prize winners and their families.
“You have each achieved something wonderful and are on course to secure a bright and glittering future. Enjoy your success it is richly deserved.”
Businesswoman addresses pupils
THE guest speaker at St Paul’s College, Kilrea, was businesswoman Lisa McIlvena.
A past pupil of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt, Mrs McIlvena is an associate lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast on the MSc in Sustainability and CSR in Queen’s University Management School, delivering modules on International CSR and Corporate Governance and CSR.
She has a background in account management, sales, consultancy with a particular interest in challenging and supporting companies in improving their corporate responsibility performance.