St Killian’s pupils ‘should be proud’

Former Garron Tower pupil Anne McReynolds who is Chief Executive of the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), Belfast, was back at her old school last week as guest of honour at the St Killian's College prize night. She is seen here with school principal Mr Jonny Brady (front left) vice-chairman of the Board of Governors Sean Doherty (front right), fellow guest Fr Martin O'Hagan, Head Boy Ronan McAuley and Head Girl Hanna McIlwaine.  INLT 40-813-CON

Former Garron Tower pupil Anne McReynolds who is Chief Executive of the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), Belfast, was back at her old school last week as guest of honour at the St Killian's College prize night. She is seen here with school principal Mr Jonny Brady (front left) vice-chairman of the Board of Governors Sean Doherty (front right), fellow guest Fr Martin O'Hagan, Head Boy Ronan McAuley and Head Girl Hanna McIlwaine. INLT 40-813-CON

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Pupils at St Killian’s College have been congratulated on their recent academic achievements at the school’s annual prize night.

Former Garron Tower pupil Anne McReynolds, chief executive of the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC), Belfast, was guest speaker at the event and paid tribute the young people for their “amazing” success in this year’s GCSE and A Level examinations.

She also spoke fondly of her time at the school and told pupils: “I think you should also feel genuinely lucky to be part of a school like St Killian’s.

“Garron Tower (as St Killian’s was then) was the first place in my academic life where I was treated as a young adult to be listened to, rather than a child to be talked at.

“In fact the culture of this school was so radically different to what I had experienced up to that point that I was bowled over by the concept of mutual respect between teachers and their students. Now, in 2013, it seems like a total no-brainer, but back then it was revolutionary, and it changed my world.”

Special awards:

MGR Tumelty Cup, Lauren O’Boyle (AS Geography);

Thomas Hughes Shield, Ryan Craig (GCSE Geography);

Leisure and Tourism Award, Michaela Roche (GCSE Leisure and Tourism);

O’Donaghue Cup, Emma Lismore (AS History);

Fr McGarry Cup, James Allen (GCSE History);

Clerkin Cup, Roisin O’Kane (AS Chemistry);

Robert Foster Memorial Cup, Gabriel Bryson (AS Physics);

Praeger Cup, Katie Burns (AS Biology);

Anderson Cup, Aimee McKay (GCSE Double Award Science);

SA Science Award, Declan McKeown (GCSE Single Award Science);

Carnanee Trophy, Ronan McAuley (AS Mathematics);

Bishop Walsh/Fr McHugh Shield, Meghan O’Loughlin (GCSE Mathematics);

Dunn Cup, Eimhear Carey (GCSE Technology);

Engineering Award, Daire Taylor (AS Engineering);

Contract Services Trophy, Mark Petticrew (AS Construction);

Construction Award, Michael McCallion (GCSE Construction);

CEM Trophy, Conor Mallon (AS ICT);

Staff Cup for ICT, Martin O’Kane (GCSE ICT);

Level 2 National Award for ICT, Joseph Campbell;

PJ Magee Cup, Dervla Black and Erin Petticrew (GCSE French);

Sean Dobbin Memorial Cup, Shannon Mullan (Excellence in French);

Spanish Cup, Tanya Austin (AS Spanish);

Dr Fitzpatrick Cup, Ashling Mulvenna (GCSE Spanish);

Duffin Shield, Molly McAuley (GCSE Irish);

Leahy Award, Jennifer McHenry (AS English);

English Award, Andrea Mulvenna (GCSE English);

Sixth Form Cup, Aimee McIlwaine (Awarded by Peers);

The Priest’s Trophy, Andrea and Michaela Mulvenna & Laura and Rachael O’Boyle (Excellent contribution to Music);

Fr McKavanagh Cup, Rachael O’Boyle (GCSE Music);

BT Communications Award, Ronan O’Loughlin (AS Theatre Studies);

Close Trophy, Diane McFaul (GCSE Writing & Drama);

Fr Agnew Cup, Sean Crawford (AS RE);

James Loughrey Memorial Cup, Gemma Ferris (GCSE RE);

McAuley Trophy, Hannah Fergie (AS Art);

Sayers Trophy, Patrycja Krys (GCSE Art);

Burns Award, Clare Diamond (AS Business Studies);

Woodsides Cup, Aidan McCurry (GCSE Business Studies);

Fr McCartan Memorial Cup, Neil McKinstry (AS PE);

Warner Cup, Matthew Devine (GCSE PE);

Level 2 National Award for Sports Studies, Cathal McKillop;

McCool Trophy, Sarah Kane (Girls Sport);

Fr MacSorley Trophy, Niall McNaughton (Boys Sport);

Lurig Award, Christy McNaughton (Achievement in Sport);

Bank of Ireland Trophy, Corey Beggs (Best performance on Sports Day);

Castlewood Award, Hannah McIlwaine (AS Home Economics);

Patricia McDermott Award, Aileen Allen (GCSE Home Economics);

Health and Social Care Cup, Ben Murphy (AS Health and Social Care);

Health and Social Care Award, Rachel McNeill (GCSE Health and Social Care);

Fr Cosgrove Cup, Nicole McToal (GCSE Child Development);

LLW Award, Hugh McNeill (GCSE Learning for Life and Work);

Motor Vehicle Award, Sean Dobbin (GCSE Motor Vehicle & Road User Studies);

Jubilee Award, Sophie Watterson;

Glenariffe Cup, Fionntan Callan;

Northern Bank Cup, Paul O’Loan;

President’s Shield, Aine McDonnell.