The 6th Year Graduation took place on Friday the 28th of May. This year the main component of the graduation took place in the Holy Rosary Church in Greystones. Fr. Gerard lead the celebrations on behalf of the Church. There were touching moments throughout the socially-distanced occasion as students finally began to come to terms with the fact that they were finishing up in secondary school after five or six years.
There were excellent musical performances throughout from several of the 6th Year students, including Dylan Anderson, Aoife Finnegan, Ciara Power, Rita Chernikova, Lore Barth and Cian Parkinson.
Mr. Maguire, as Year Head, spoke of the fond memories that he has of the students and complimented them on their work ethic and commitment over the past number of years, but in particular over the past two years in the face of Covid. Mr. Carey, Deputy Principal, discussed his experiences with the current group of students and wished them well on the next chapter of their lives.
Ms. O' Doherty, spoke of how the current group of 6th Years will be her final as Principal. After sixteen years leading St. David's Secondary School Ms. O'Doherty is moving on to academia at the end of this academic year.
Mr. Maguire announced the winner of the student of the year award before bringing an end to the Church component of proceedings. This years students of the year winner is Rosie Mitchell on account of her exemplary attitude, strong work ethic and impeccable dedication to the school and her studies.
For some students this is the end of their time in St. David's. For others the Leaving Certificate will commence in a couple of weeks. No matter what path students are taking all of the staff at St. David's wish them well in their upcoming ventures.
A big thank you to all who were involved in making this afternoon's graduation such a memorable occasion. This includes Mr. Maguire (Year Head), Ms. Kane, Ms. Cunningham, Ms. McCormack, Ms. Murphy and Ms, Wilson.
Below are several pictures from the ceremony.
The annual Transition Year graduation ceremony took place on Wednesday the of May. This was the culmination of a strange year for students and teachers alike. To restrict the numbers in attendance the graduation took place over Zoom with each class located in their base classrooms.
Mr. Carey, Ms. O'Doherty and Ms. Courtney spoke to the students and thanked them for their commitment to the activities throughout Transition Year.
Presentations were made to Ms. Brosnan who started out the year as TY co-ordinator.
The Spirit of TY was then awarded to Abigail Azzopardi on account of the excellent attitude and commitment she portrayed throughout the year.
Friday the 21st of May was a major date in the history of St. David’s Holy Faith Secondary School. School Principal, Ms. Mary O’Doherty, was finishing up after sixteen years of service in St. David’s.
School Deputy Principal, Simon Carey, opened proceedings by welcoming a small number of guests to the event which all took place in line with Covid-19 restrictions.
Fifth Year student Emily Farrell set the tone for the event with a wonderful rendition of the song ‘Landslide’ by Fleetwood Mac, accompanied on guitar by Ms. Joyce Murphy. School Deputy Principal, Mr. Simon Carey then returned to the podium to officially welcome Ms. Mary O’Doherty and other guests to the special occasion. Mr. Carey then proceeded to outline some of Ms. O’Doherty’s accomplishments over her past 16 years as Principal of St. David’s and 42 years of service in total within the education sector. Mr. Carey spoke of how he and Ms. O’ Doherty dovetailed in terms of characteristics whilst leading St. David’s. Mr. Carey finished his speech by wishing Ms. O’Doherty well in the future culminating in the line, “Well done, be proud and God bless!”
First Year student Rian O’Gorman, Sixth Year student Iseult Brosnan, and Fifth Year student Emily Farrell then recited some carefully-selected poems in both English and Gaeilge which were truly fitting to the occasion.
Head Boy, Daniel Hicks, and Head Girl, Ava Stokes then took to the podium to speak of their experiences as students under the care of Ms. O’Doherty. They spoke of how Ms. O’Doherty inspires all students to reach their full potential. They also discussed what memories will remain with them as Ms. O’Doherty moves on into academia. These memories included care and kindness, weekly emails, song choices, selection boxes and Easter eggs. Ms. Aisling Keaveney spoke on behalf of the staff members of St. David’s. Ms. Keaveney wished Ms. O’Doherty well in the future. She also spoke of her first experiences with Ms. O’Doherty, and described Ms. O’Doherty’s never-ending drive for academic excellence, her passion in relation to securing the best resources possible, and her dedication to securing the new school building and refurbishment of St. David’s Secondary School.
Ms. O’Doherty was then presented with cards from the Deputy Head Boys and Deputy Head Girls which had been signed by different communities within the school. Ms. Sarah Ward congratulated Ms. O’Doherty on behalf of the Parent’s Association before Ms. Jessie-Anne Sheridan congratulated Ms. O’Doherty on behalf of the students of St. David’s.
Ms. O’Doherty, her guests, students and staff were then shown an excellent video which had been compiled by Mr. Redmond, Mr. Geoghegan and a number of Transition Year students. The video contained goodbye messages from teachers and students in the school. The video was accompanied by the song ‘Free Falling’ by John Mayer which is Ms. O’Doherty’s favourite song.
Ms. O’Doherty then took centre-stage and spoke of everything which had led her to where she was today, from her time in secondary school in Galway to her experiences on returning to academia to work on her PhD. The importance of providing quality education for all, no matter what the financial situation has always been a top priority for Ms. O’Doherty. She spoke of how education should be utilised as a means of how to do good in the world, how to look after the lonely, and how to make the country a better place in which to live.
On a more local level Ms. O’Doherty discussed education in St. David’s, how it is much more than just learning facts and figures, but also encompasses values, morals, beliefs and habits. These are all aspects of the development of a student and take place in every part of the school, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Ms. O’Doherty then proceeded to thank several people who had supported and guided her over her 16 years as Principal of St. David’s Secondary School. These included Mr. Seamus Howley (of the Board of Management), the parents of the students of St. David’s (both the Parent’s Association and Fundraising Association), the school staff, the local Parish Priests, Sr. Anna and Sr. Berna, Mr. Simon Carey (Mr. Organised!), Celina, Aoife, Anne, Yola and Yvonna. The final thank you was to her own family who understood the commitment that Ms. O’Doherty had to the students of St. David’s Secondary School.
The final component of the celebration consisted of a virtual rendition of the Green Day classic ‘Time of Your Life’ by the St. David’s school choir. It truly was a fitting conclusion to a celebration for someone who had given so much to St. David’s Secondary School.
On Wednesday the 19th of May the Senior Student Liaison Team for the academic year 2021-22 were announced by School Principal Ms. Mary O'Doherty in a year group assembly.
The list of successful candidates are as follows:
Head Boy - Michael Martin
Head Girl - Paris Nevin
Deputy Head Boy - Maksymilian Slusarczyk
Deputy Head Girl - Hollie Kelly
Well done to all students who completed the application and went through the interview process. A big thank you to Year Head Ms. Bailey who guided students through the process.
In a fitting tribute the newly-elected senior student liaison team presented Ms. O'Doherty with a large bunch of flowers and thanked her for the time she has dedicated to the students of St. David's.
Congratulations to Joseph Donegan, Emily Fahy, James Kelly, Luca Toth, Megan Byrne and Ruth Brougham for taking part in the 2021 Incognito Art Exhibition in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation. The pieces submitted by these students were sold and raised a total of €480 for the charity. Well done to all who submitted.
An Dreoilín ar an Trá do SnaG 2021! #seachtainnagaeilge
Every Christmas the 6th Years of St. David’s organise a Christmas party for the students of St. Catherine’s school. Normally St. Catherine’s visit Greystones and are greeted by the 6th Year students before having a party and meeting Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus!
But with Covid-19 restrictions this year was a little different and students had to think outside the box.
The venue was switched to St. Catherine’s school and the visiting group was limited to Mr. and Mrs. Claus, along with the four head elves. The rest of the sixth years began preparing by creating Christmas cards and recording Christmas carols.
On Wednesday 16th of December Ms. Courtney and Mr. Maguire escorted the elves to St. Catherine’s School. Mr. and Mrs. Claus made their own way by grabbing a lift with Greystones fire department.
The students of St. Catherine’s got the chance to meet the visiting entourage from the North Pole in their own surroundings.
And, as always, the 6th Year students of St. David’s ensured that Christmas would remain a special time of year to the students of St. Catherine’s.
Well done to Ms. Courtney and Mr. Maguire on your work to ensure that St. Catherine’s party went ahead this year but most of all well done to the 6th Year students who contributed so much to make it such a special occasion.
Happy Christmas to all!