Heywood Community School students once again donated money, food and toys this Christmas to charity, presenting cheques to Abbeyleix St Vincent de Paul and the Simon Community at a carol service in the school.
During the year the school also supported LOFFA and the Cuisle Centre.
There were plenty of high achievers in 2014. Leaving Cert student Evan Ladd won a JP McManus Scholarship for €6,750 for each year in college. Evan plans to start his studies next September.
In Maynooth University Janie Connolly and Aimhrigin Byrne were awarded entrance scholarships while in UCD David Dalton and Daniel Delaney were recognised at the Entrance Awards for their high Leaving Cert scores. David achieved the highest grade in Leaving Cert Economics in the country and will receive a Gold Medal from the Business Teachers Association.
The Heywood Senior Choir scored 94% in RIAM choir exams and were nominated for their second High Achiever Award. The choir later performed at the award ceremony in Mullingar Arts Centre, conducted by Ms Ryan and accompanied by Ms Catherine Hyland.
Heywood Community School under 16 boys and girls teams won their way into the Midlands Regional Finals and both teams successfully won their matches, now through to the All-Ireland Play Offs in January.
The Transition Year Quiz Team have won their way to the Leinster Final, losing out by a single point in the Laois quiz recently.
Heywood students Lisa Daly, Anna Mezzapelle, Leah Moffitt and Jessica Barrett won in the Irish League of Credit Unions art competition, while Karen Phelan and Hannah Scott won a HSE poster competition on positive mental health.