A celebration of all that's good about St. Peter's College
St Peter's College held its annual mass and prize giving at Bride St Church with Bishop Denis Brennan the principal celebrant.
Principal Robert O'Callaghan said the event was a celebration of all that is good about St Peter's College.
'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,' he said, thanking staff for their dedication and hard work and 'especially for going the extra mile for the benefit of our students'.
Highlights of the achievements and presentations made were:
Students nominated for the student of the year award were Aaron Maddock, Joe O'Connor, Sean Maher, Michael McNamara, Fintan O'Connor and Harry O'Connor. The winner was Fintan O'Connor who received his award from David Power, the President of the Past Pupils Union.
Fintan is the son of Kevin and Sarah O'Connor from Forth Commons, Wexford. He is a member of the school Orchestra and the Students' Council, an academically excellent student who exerts a very positive influence throughout the school. Fintan is a very popular young man with staff and students alike.
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 Joseph Wickham.
Junior Cert Gold Medals - Gold medals for outstanding results in the Junior Cert were awarded to Peter Barry, John Corrigan, Jack Cronin, Conor Gormley, Conor Hillis, Liam Jowett, Evan Kinlough, Barry O'Connor, Michael O'Leary, Peter O'Shea, Carl Reardon and Joseph Wickham.
Past Pupils' Union Achievement Awards - Three students were honoured - the first was awarded to Martin Foley as a member of 'Team Ireland' at the 2014 World Taekwondo Championships held in Rome in July where he won two bronze medals. He also won silver at the British Championships in October. The second was awarded to Darryl Power, a young man who has represented Ireland playing soccer on numerous occasions. While in 3rd year, he played u16 for Ireland three times, as an u17 he played for the Irish schools as well as the national team and this year as an u19, he played two international games. The final award went to Conor Glynn who was the overall winner of this year's Wexford Rotary Leadership Competition, and he was also successful in the regional finals winning a trip to Stormont and to the parliament in Strasbourg as his prize.
Transition Year - SPC has a total of 114 students in Transition Year this year and having completed a very successful year, the TY Students were presented with their Portfolios of Achievements. This year five students achieved a 'Master Grade' for Microsoft Office Specialist 2010. This is indicative of the highest level of IT competence.
TY student Derek Dodebier won the 'Enable Access Across Generations' poster competition. His poster will be used nationwide by the Dept. Of Education and Skills and the Department of Transport as well as featuring in all county councils in the country.
Meanwhile, Jack Cronin and Barry O'Connor represented the school with their Driver Awareness Enterprise earning them a merit at the county awards ceremony.
In Basketball, the senior basketball team was crowned u19 Wexford League Champions. The 1st Year team was also crowned Wexford League Champions.
In Gaelic Games, pride of place must go to the senior hurling team who made it all the way to the All-Ireland semi-final only to lose narrowly in a cracking game to Thurles CBS. Junior hurlers eventually lost out in the Leinster Final while the Senior footballers were winners of the Keevans Cup Presentations were made to Senior football Captain Aaron Maddock and Senior hurling Captain Joe O'Connor. The Senior Sportsman of the Year was awarded to Aaron Maddock.
In Athletics, Cian Kinlough received the Mangan Cup as the best athlete at the Junior Cert Sports Day.
In the Co. Wexford cross country in November, the school had medal winners in Cian Kinlough and Cian Bates who were 1st and 2nd in the minor - Fionn Roche was 2nd in the intermediate and Enda Cloake who won the senior event. In the South Leinster track and field held in Kilkenny - in the minor - Cian Bates was 2nd in the high jump, Jack Hayden was 2nd in the long jump, while in the senior Mikey Cullen was 1st in the long jump, Conor Gaffney was 2nd in the 400M hurdles while Enda Cloake was 2nd in the 200 and 3rd in the 1500. Peter O'Shea not only won the intermediate Javelin, but threw a new record of 50.8 M. This qualified them for the Leinsters where on Wednesday, Jack was 2nd in Leinster in the u16 long jump while Enda was also 2nd in Leinster in the senior steeplechase.
Swimming - In the Leinster Schools; Sean Maher, Matthew Arthur, Darragh Sinnott and Cameron Steel won Gold in 2 relays while individually Cameron won Gold in the 100 backstroke. They then went on to the inter-provincial where they won 2nd in both relays and Cameron was 4th in the 100 backstroke.
In Equestrian - In the All-Ireland Interschools Show Jumping Competition, the following came 4th - Patrick Hamilton; Eoin Whelan; Edmond Cleary and Sean Staples. At the same event Sean Staples came 4th in the Individuals. In the Novice Wexford Equestrian Show Jumping Team Event, 1st place went to Walter Ronan; Chris O'Connor; Dylan Moore and James Mernagh.
Music - The college orchestra was recently re-formed and on March 22 last, they gave an outstanding performance at the 3rd County Wexford Orchestra festival in the now National Opera House. Daniel Bury represented St. Peters in the All Ireland Teen stars singing contest and he came in the top 10 out of over 1,400 entries.
Art, in the Wexford Credit Union Art Competition - 1st places went to Jack Moore (senior category) and Stephen McGuinness (junior category). In the Wexford Naturalists Field Club Art Competition, Rhys Conor was 1st and Barry Oliver was 2nd in the senior category and in the junior section Eoin Pinaqui finished 1st, Ryan Long 2nd and Fionn HeAdley was 3rd. In the National Youth Media Poster competition Jack Hayden finished runner-up.
All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad, 34 students competed at school level and 3 of those qualified for the All-Ireland and they were Luke Byrne, Conor Gaffney (bronze) and David Ronan.
German Debates, The school entered the All-Ireland Siemens German Debating competition this year where the students competed at All-Ireland level where their progress was eventually halted by the eventual winners.