St. David's Annual Presentation Day took place on the morning of Wednesday 15th May 2019. The sun was shining as students made their way to the outside courts for the annual awards ceremony. The awards ceremony gives teachers and management within the school a chance to mark any special achievements from students throughout the year. It is also the time of year when the winning class from each year group from Sports Day is announced along with the prize for the best class in the school and the wooden spoon for the class with the lowest points return. As always, the event was hosted by Mr. Dunne and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for organising the event and for putting his own sense of humour on the proceedings.
The event began with the awards for the TY Media group. Awards were presented for excellence in reporting, photography, editing and designing. This set the tone for awards in GAA (male and female), badminton, soccer, basketball, rugby, sailing, school show, music club and chess, to name just a few! Special awards were presented on the day to Eoin O'Toole Carrick from 5th Year who was recently crowned U-18 World Irish Dancing Champion. An extraordinary award was presented to Ms. Doyle to mark her amazing achievement over the May bank holiday weekend where our very own home economics teacher was part of the winning crew who rowed from Arklow to Aberystwyth (90 nautical miles!!) as part of the Celtic Challenge competition.
Next up it was time for the announcement of the Head Boy and Head Girl, along with Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl for the next academic year. Well done to Stephen Bowes and Carolann MacDonald on their respective appointments as Head Boy and Head Girl. Huge congratulations also to Norbert Stochla and Ava McGlynn on their appointments as Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl.
These announcements were closely followed by the Gerard Scully award. This award is presented to a student each year who has portrayed huge dedication, commitment and leadership to sport both within and outside of school. This year there was several nominations from a range of different activities but the list was whittled down to just one student. We were delighted to announce Tom Cleary as the recipient this year based on his dedication to rugby, both as player and coach over his last six years in St. David's.
The penultimate segment of the awards ceremony seen the victorious 6th Year Tug of War team receive their plaque from Ms. Doughty. Following on from defeats in the last two years it is now widely anticipated that Ms. Doughty will be coming out of retirement to take part in next year's event.
The last stage of the awards ceremony crowned the winning classes from each of the year groups. Class group 1.14, 2.10, 3.9, 5.21 and 6.28 were all presented with sweets and chocolates on account of their victories. Next up was the overall class winner in the school which was awarded to Ms. Edinborough's 1.14 group. Finally Mr. Doyle had the embarrassment of collecting the wooden spoon award on account of the performance of his class at Sports Day where they picked up just two gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
All in all it was a very successful event!