The annual Parents’ Day and Awards ceremony took place in Knockbeg College on Friday 25th May.
The day started at 2pm with the traditional Mass which, this year, was concelebrated by the former Rector of the College and Diocesan Administrator for Kildare and Leighlin, Monsignor Brendan Byrne and Fr. John Dunphy, the Chairperson of the Board of Management.
Musical accompaniment was provided by members of the school’s music classes under the direction of music teacher, Ms. Joan Davis.
Following the ceremony Mr Bernard Cashman, the Deputy Principal, who was MC for the afternoon got proceedings underway.
As is traditional, Trophies and Plaques won by sportsmen from the school were presented by the various captains to the school principal, Mr. Cyril Hughes. Certificates of Achievement and Merit in each subject and class were presented to Leaving Certificate students by Year head Mr. Phil Leahy.
The Students of the Year Medals were presented to the winners in each year by the respective Year Heads and an engraved Cross pen was also presented to the winner of the Achievement Award in each year.
Each of the four highest achieviving points students from the Leaving Cert class of 2011 was presented with an inscribed Duiske Glass bowl to mark his achievement.
A cheque for €1100 was presented to the St Luke’s Hospital Trust on behalf of those students who had organised the Annual Tractor Run.
Mr. Hughes gave the final address. He spoke about it being the end of a very significant year on a number of fronts. Firstly it was the first year without boarding. He complimented the classes, particularly the outgoing Leaving Cert class, for how they had set a great tone and atmosphere throughout the year.
It was also a significant year concerning our Building Project.
The Design Team has been appointed and is currently working on the first phase of the design. The new school will have a complete refurbishment of the two wings which have been listed an foot of a conservation architect’s report. In addition, there will be 22 new rooms including classroom and administrative. There will be a new PE Hall external basketball courts and play areas.