The Principal and staff of Our Lady’s Secondary School were delighted to welcome back the Leaving Cert Class of 2017 to a reception in the school last Thursday 31st  August.  Leaving Cert results… college places….debs… there was much to talk about and discuss.  In what can best be described as an atmosphere of congratulations and celebration, these young people took time out from their busy college preparations to once again meet their teachers with whom they had worked so closely for the last six years.  The staff, for their part, took the opportunity to offer congratulations to this group of students who had achieved outstanding results, many attaining personal bests. 

Speaking at the school during the week Principal, Mr Eddie Kelly commented on this year’s excellent Leaving Cert results, “as a school we are absolutely delighted with this year’s Leaving Certificate results as all of our students across many different levels achieved above and beyond what they had expected. Over 10% of the year group achieved in excess of 500 points, 41 students achieved in excess of 400 points and over 60 students achieved over 350 points. A special word of congratulations goes to two students, Deslit George and Cormac McKenna, both of whom achieved in excess of 600 points. We are extremely proud of all our students as they leave not only with a set of excellent Leaving Certificate results but have necessary traits & characteristics that will ensure they will be successful as they move into next phase of their lives”.

These results allow them to pursue courses in Medicine, Pharmacy, Primary School teaching,  International Business, Performing Arts, Science, Commerce, Arts, & nursing to name but a few, and puts them up there with the best in the country.  Like their predecessors, this fine group of young people, leave a very strong legacy behind them in their sporting, literary and theatrical pursuits and achievements and have left their mark on the school with their friendly, generous and balanced natures. Any school in Ireland would be proud of such fine ambassadors.

As many of the students head off to take up their college places over the next few weeks, there is an air of anticipation and expectation although tinged with a little sadness, as one student put it ‘they were leaving their second home, in leaving Our Lady’s’.  This year’s group, like other years, head off in large numbers to DCU, UCD, Trinity, Maynooth, IT’s, St Pat’s, Wilkes College, Cardiff, MIFET and Cavan IT to name but a few.

As we bid farewell to this class, preparations are already being put in place by Guidance Counsellor,  Mr Geraghty, for the current 6th Years to attend the Higher Options Conference in the RDS mid September and so the cycle begins again.

Thomas Boyle, Michael Connolly, Gavan Callaghan & Darren McEneaney chat with school Principal, Mr Eddie Kelly

Staff members, Mr Hugh Lyons & Tony Graham pictured here with Daragh Drury, Eoghan Markey, Cormac McKenna & Frank Connolly at the Leaving Cert reception.