THE end of the school year at Clonaslee College was marked by the annual awards ceremony on Thursday May 31. As the top table glistened with silverware, principal, Noreen Sweeney opened the ceremony and welcomed students, parents, teachers and members of the board of management.
Mrs Sweeney deliberated on the wonderful achievements of the school during the year, with first and second places in Ireland in two Leaving Certificate exam subjects, three All-Ireland Basketball victories, a Leaving Certificate student achieving two caps for Ireland at Under 19 level, and various other achievements. Mrs Sweeney thanked students, parents, teachers and members of the local community for making it all possible.
Mr Pat Carroll of the Parents Association paid tribute to all those involved in the school’s successes during the year and for the great achievements the school has had in its seventy-five year history. He congratulated the basketball winners and the honours they had brought to the school at the recent civic reception hosted by Laois County Council.
Sean Dalton, chairperson of the Students’ Council spoke about the activities of the Students’ Council during the year and about the wealth of experience and skills that he gained as a member of the Council. He thanked Student Council liaison teacher Mrs Pamela Cummins for her great help and hard work all year. Mrs Emma Dunne, Chairperson of the board of management, congratulated the prize-winners and thanked those involved in sports and in all activities which have made the school such a success. She wished all students well in their Junior and Leaving Certificate exams.
Mr Eamon Whelan, teacher and school football coach, thanked all the trainers involved in the school teams and thanked the Parents’ Association for their fund-raising which is essential for the success of sport in the school. He paid tribute to the students.