Students graduate with honours
PADRAIG Foley was named at the Student of the Year at the 2014 annual Mass and prizegiving at St. Peter's College in Wexford.
Pádraig, the son of Brian and Mary Foley, from Augnanure, Crossabeg, received his award from Past Pupils' Union President David Power.
He is a talented sportsman who excels in Handball, Football and Hurling. He is also a Meitheal Leader and a Student Council member. A very popular young man with staff and students alike, Pádraig is a member of the Crossabeg Ballymurn GAA Club.
Bishop Denis Brennan was the principal celebrant of the mass, which took place at Bride Street Church.
He was assisted by the school chaplain Rev Aodhan Marken and Monsignor Joe McGrath.
Bishop Brennan's homily focused on a quote from Pope John XXIII who said 'live out of your hopes and dreams not out of your fears'. He ended by wishing the congregation well, especially the Leaving Certs and whatever their dreams are that they be accompanied by faith, hope and love.
Following the Mass, the annual prize giving ceremony was held. Principal Robert O'Callaghan welcomed Bishop Brennan, members of the Board of Management, the Parents' Council, and the Past Pupils Union.
'Today is a celebration of all that is good about St Peter's College,' said Mr. O'Callaghan.
'It is an opportunity to acknowledge academic excellence throughout the school and also recognise the broad range of extra-curricular activities that are an essential part of the college. This combination is the essence of what St Peter's is about.'
The academic and extra-curricular prizes for the year were then presented.
Highlights of the achievements and presentations made were:
Handball: In the 60x30 doubles, Bryan Kehoe and Oisin Foley were Leinster champions and All Ireland semi finalists while in the u19 singles Galen Riordan was Leinster Champion and All Ireland runner up.
Athletics: John Murphy received the Mangan Cup as the best athlete at the Junior Cert sports day
Swimming: In the Leinster Schools Sean Maher, Matthew Arthur, Darragh Sinnott and Cameron Steel won gold in two relays while individually Darragh won a silver and Cameron won silver and two bronzes. They were also on the Leinster team for the inter provincials.
Gaelic Games: The school continues to participate at the highest level in all age groups in Leinster A competition in both hurling and football. This year the Junior hurlers made it to the Leinster Final while the juveniles made it to the Leinster semi final. Presentations were made to Senior football Captain Donal Shanley and Senior Hurling Captain Naomhan Rossiter. The senior sportsman of the year was awarded to Galen Riordan.
Basketball: The U16 squad were winners of their group; Runners up in the south Leinster final and qualified for the All-Ireland play-offs in Mayo this January.
Equestrianism: In the All Ireland inter schools hunter trials, Paddy Whelan was seventh in the senior singles, while Dylan Moore was sixth in the junior singles. In One Day Eventing, Paddy Whelan was second in Irelnad. In showjumping, the novice team of Darragh Turner, Cathal Gahan, Eoin Whelan and Dylan Moore won the Wexford title, while in the All Ireland Inter-Schools event, Edmund Cleary came fourth.
Music: This year the school again joined forces with the students from Loreto College to stage the bi-annual musical which this time was a production of The Pirates of Penzance – an amazing show staged in Dun Mhuire in December. Meanwhile, Sam O'Shea, a Leaving Cert student, will be representing Ireland at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood LA in July.
Art: In the annual environment Artwork competition, the overall Secondary School winner was Stephen Maguire. In the Wexford Naturalists Field Club Art competition, in senior category, joint first were Padraig Foley and Michael Carroll. Second was Darragh Allen. Joint third were Oisin Kehoe and Ryan Allen. In the Mental Health Art Competition, Conor Clarke and Rory Ward were winners.
Linguistics: Twenty students competed at school level in the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad and four of those qualified for the All Irelands
German Debates: The school entered the All Ireland Siemens German Debating competition this year where the students competed at All Ireland level before their progress was eventually halted by the eventual winners.
Meitheal Certificates: Sixteen Leaving Cert students participated this year, providing a major contribution to the integration of First Year students into the school community.
Transition Year: St Peter's College had a total of 112 students in Transition Year this year and having completed a very successful year, the TY Students were presented with their Portfolios of Achievements. Twelve students achieved a 'Master Grade' for Microsoft Office Specialist 2010.
The school had another exceptional year in the Enterprise Awards which resulted in a very successful Christmas Fair. 'Shapes Sockwear' were school winners, 'CK Inc' received a county merit and 'Team Tiernan' received a special merit on awards night.
Colm McLoughlin Memorial Award: This award was inaugurated to commemorate Colm, a young man of outstanding personal qualities who died suddenly in 1996 while a student in the school. This year, the award went to Cormac Jones.
Junior Cert Gold Medals: Gold medals for outstanding results in the junior cert were awarded to: Oisin Foley, Patrick Hamilton, Tiernan O'Connor, Peter Callaghan, Conor Glynn, Gareth Jones, Cormac Jones and Ryan O'Donnell:
Past Pupils' Union Achievement Awards: Three students were honoured. The first was given to Shane Carter a Leaving Cert student, who won the Irish and European Taekwondo title in 2013 and just recently won the All Ireland Junior Welterweight Kick Boxing title. The second was given to Darren Cousins, a Third Year student, representing the Clonard Boxing club who won the All Ireland Boys 86 Kg Championship at the National Stadium, Dublin in April. The final award went to Paddy Whelan, another Leaving Cert student, competing at the highest level in the All Ireland Pony Club championships he was the best overall rider in 2013 winning four of the six events and finishing second and third in the others. He also won the All Ireland Pony Club eventing league in both 2012 and 2013.
Students nominated for the Student of the Year award were John Cardiff, Bill Eviston, Padraig Foley, Joseph Mahon, Jim Rossiter and Donal Shanley.