A wonderful Awards Evening was held in Sacred Heart on Friday 19th May. The event was organised by Mrs. O'Sullivan who was also the MC for the evening. The guest of honour at the event was Mayor of Clonakilty, Cionnaith O’Suilleabháin. The Board of Management was represented by the Chairperson, Sr. Mary Donovan, and John Loughnan. The Trustee body, CEIST, was represented by Catherine McCormack. Other invited guests included Mgr. Aidan O'Driscoll, and Laurence Coughlan who presented the Niamh Coughlan memorial award; this award is presented to the student who achieved the highest marks in Leaving Certificate Accountancy. Laurence presented the award in memory of his late wife Niamh, who was a former teacher in the school. This year the worthy recipient was Sinéad McCarthy. Sinéad was also the recipient of the Leaving Certificate Award in recognition of being the top performing student in Leaving Certificate 2015 . She was also recognised for achieving the top mark in Leaving Certificate Chemistry 2015.
A large number of students, parents and staff were present at the event. They were treated to some wonderful musical performances by Serena Sheane and Breda McCarthy. Serena was recognised for achieving the highest mark in Junior Certificate Music 2013 and Breda received the Pauline Cullinane Hicks Memorial Award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Music in Sacred Heart Secondary School .
The Applied Leaving Certificate Award was presented to Aisling O’Brien; she shares the award with Aileen Brennan and Martha Mielecka who were unable to attend. Amy O’Sullivan was named the LCVP student of the year. Katie Sexton and Lauren O’Sullivan received the Junior Certificate 2015 student of the year. The Duais award is presented to the student who embraced with courage, competence and confidence the ethos of our Transition Year; this year’s worthy winner was Amy Sexton.
The Sr. Benedicta Barry Award is a much coveted award that was introduced by the former Principal Sr. Benedicta. It is presented to student who has been deemed to have contributed most to upholding the ethos of the school. This year’s winner is Emily O’Connell. Kellie Scannell was the recipient of the Sr Eilís McGrath awardin recognition of her contribution in the area of Sport through teamwork, commitment, support for others and honesty.
Catherine McCormack presented the inaugural CEIST Perpetual Award. This award is presented to students in the 110 CEIST who are deemed to have best embraced the CEIST values of Showing Respect, Creating Community and Being Just and Resopnsible. The winner of the award in Sacred Heart was 2nd year student Leah McAree.
Certificates were presented to the 18 students who received John Paul II awards. Fifteen students were presented with their GAISCE Bronze medals by their mentor Mr. Pegler. The sport team of the year was the minor hockey team. They remained unbeaten all year, and won both the cup and the league. They were presented with their medals by Mr. Walsh.
Last June three Sacred Heart students, under the guidance of Ms. Claire Holland, won the International INESPO final in Amsterdam. The achievement of these girls, Niamh Nyhan, Ellen Fitzgerald and Aoife Dolan, was acknowledged. In April there were great celebrations in Sacred Heart when Laura Clancy, Cliodhna Condan, Aoife Dolan and Meadhbh Sexton were named the inaugural winners of The Certified Irish Angus Beef School Competition. The girls had worked tirelessly on this project for eighteen months under the guidance of their teacher Ms. Bríd Hennessy. Their achievement was recognised at the awards evening