PORTLAOISE College held a very successful awards ceremony last week, with special guest Miriam O’ Callaghan coming to view the students’ work. Also present was Inspector Seamus Knox from the Department of Education.
Miriam arrived at the school accompanied by Laois VEC CEO Anne O’ Keeffe and met with school management and prefects before the awards. Miriam was given a rapturous applause when she arrived onto the stage from the large crowd of students, parents, teachers and invited guests. The format for the ceremony consisted of each subject area represented with a display of the students’ work. Present at each display were the award winners for that subject accompanied by their teachers.
Escorted by deputy principal, Mr Daly, Miriam made her way from subject to subject, interacting with the students and questioning them on their success, future plans and school life. She made presentations to each individual student and other presentations were made to the Student Council and extra-curricular activities including Gaisce, John Paul Two Awards, Co-Operation North Project, Sport, Young Entrepreneurs.
Miriam was treated to a short video presentation of the 5th year students’ trip to Gambia in Africa during the Easter holidays. She then launched this year’s yearbook with Mr McEvoy, of the English Department and his editorial team.
Seamus Knox praised the school’s maths department before making a presentation to a number of second year students. The year heads introduce the overall class tutorial and Student of The Year Awards for each year. Each recipient received a specially commissioned plaque. The overall winner for Student of The Year in 6th year went to Patrick Nowakowski.