EVERY year Heywood Community School tries to acknowledge the contributions made to academic, social and sporting life in the school.
While the school is primarily about academic progress and maximizing education performance it also offers opportunities to shine in cultural, sporting and personal areas, and these form a crucial part of the life of the school.
So an occasion like the annual awards gives the school the chance to recognise, appreciate and cherish the contributions made in every area.
This was acknowledged by the speakers who presented the awards on the night. Ms Aileen Phelan, artist and art teacher spoke of the contribution made by the arts and cultural activities both in an individual’s personal life, but also in the wider community.
Teacher and star sportsman Darren Maher stressed the importance of sporting and physical activities in building school and community coherence. He talked about the friends he had made through sporting activities and the joy and satisfaction he had experienced. He also took the time to remember a past pupil, Antony Moore who died recently.
The academic awards were presented by Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy TD who was making a return visit to the school. She was delighted to see that the school not only recognised the academic excellence of its students but also their sporting and artistic achievement.
She spoke of her own children and the importance of sporting and cultural diversions in coping with the stresses of study. She remembered her own schooldays and how crucial they were for her.
For many others they could also open career possibilities or lifelong interests that can enhance their personal satisfaction and sense of achievement.
The evening was punctuated by performances from the school choir and Young Voice of Laois finalist ,Michael Kirkman.