Present and past students of St Mary’s High School celebrated their achievements at the annual Presentation Evening on 14th November 2018. Laura Grant, Head Girl, welcomed the guests who included members of the Board of Governors, Primary School Principals, Representatives from Danske and Bank of Ireland, Parents, Pupils past and present and the Guest Speaker Ms Dearbhail Mc Donald. Ms Dearbhail Mc Donald congratulated the students on their excellent GCSE, GCE Advanced Level results and on their many curricular and extracurricular achievements while at St Mary’s High School. Her inspiring words encouraged the students to nurture the values and opportunities they have experienced in their lives and enjoy the rewards of an excellent education.
Mrs Margo Cosgrove, Principal commented that in St Mary’s, “we are maintaining our high standards and all departments continue to drive whole school improvement to ensure success for each and every student. Coupled with our strong links with our primary, post primary partners and local business community, we are ensuring pupils are equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications to confidently take their place in Higher Education and the working world. This is a night of great celebration, a time to reflect on the many achievements: academic, pastoral, musical and sporting” She commended the dedication of the school community and noted the many accolades achieved over recent years such as The Investors In People GOLD Award, The Rights Respecting School’s Award, and ECO Ambassador Award. These recognise the combined achievements of all staff in ensuring St Mary’s creates an environment that values people, is proactive in embracing change, embedding new initiatives and celebrating success. Mrs Cosgrove also paid tribute to the school’s partnership with parents who support the students on their journey to success. She commended the sterling work carried out in the local primary schools where the ground work for the evening successes was firmly established. She paid tribute to Governors, Parents, Pupils and Staff and all those who generously give their time and expertise including a wide range of Financial and Business Partners along with many agencies and individuals whose support enriches the life of the school.