Grammar head congratulates pupils on success

Special guests at the Larne Grammar School prize night Alan Hunter (Chief Executive of the Law Society in Northern Ireland) and Mrs Maxine Hunter, with Eve Pijl - Dean Fair Memorial, McCurdy Memorial, Whiteford Geoservices Cup and Norman Allen Cup;  Calum McKay - Crawford Exhibition (GCSE), Captain Alan Gingles Memorial, Dean Fair Memorial and Whiteford Geoservices Cup and Melanie Hamilton - Captain James Arthur Balfour Carson Scholarship, and school Principal Mr Wylie. INLT 39-803-CON
Special guests at the Larne Grammar School prize night Alan Hunter (Chief Executive of the Law Society in Northern Ireland) and Mrs Maxine Hunter, with Eve Pijl - Dean Fair Memorial, McCurdy Memorial, Whiteford Geoservices Cup and Norman Allen Cup; Calum McKay - Crawford Exhibition (GCSE), Captain Alan Gingles Memorial, Dean Fair Memorial and Whiteford Geoservices Cup and Melanie Hamilton - Captain James Arthur Balfour Carson Scholarship, and school Principal Mr Wylie. INLT 39-803-CON
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Larne Grammar School Principal Jonathan Wylie has paid tribute to pupils, staff and teachers for their success in this year’s GCSE and A level examinations.

Speaking at the recent prize giving night, Mr Wylie – who succeeded former principal John Wilson last year – said: “As Principal, I have had the pleasure this evening of outlining all of our successes.

“But over the past year yet I didn’t plan a single lesson, teach a single class, assess a single piece of work, write a single report, lead a single extra-curricular activity or organise a single trip. You, the teaching staff, did and I thank you for all of your efforts in enabling our pupils to fulfil their promise.

“I didn’t do a single homework, revise for a single test, sit a single exam or get up early on a Saturday morning to represent the school. You, the pupils, did and I congratulate you on your well-deserved success.

“I didn’t encourage my child to study, support them through difficult examination periods, help them with homework, ferry them backwards and forwards from school or attend parent-teacher meetings and other school events. You, the parents, did and I acknowledge the significant part that you have played in your child’s education. You have every right to be proud, as are we, of their achievements.”

At A level, 60 per cent of entries were awarded either an A*, A or B grade, with 14 students achieving three A grades or better.

Meanwhile, almost one fifth of all GCSE entries were awarded an A* and 48 per cent of entries were either an A* or an A grade.

Prizes:

Year 8 Special Awards

Margaret Crawford Prize: Jodie Mills;

Valerie Woodside Cup: Nicholas Guy;

Robert Gordon Memorial Cup: Ellen McCarlie, Robbie McKeegan;

Governors’ Year Prize: Rebecca Ayre

Year 9 Special Awards

John Blair Prizes: Chloe McIlroy, David Balmer;

Governors’ Year Prize: Kim Niblock

Year 10 Special Awards

Lady Dixon Prize: Courtney Hawthorn;

Sir Thomas Dixon Prize: Jack Carson;

Brian Blair Memorial Prize: Samuel Holst;

Governors’ Year Prize: BJ McFaul

Year 11 Special Awards

Eileen Gordon Prizes: Sarah Armstrong, Paul Cameron;

Ruby Crawford Prize: Eyrin Beggs;

TS Boyle Prize: Mark Henry;

Governor’s Year Prize: Tyler Smith

Year 12 Special Awards

Captain J.A.B. Carson Scholarship: Melanie Hamilton;

Crawford Exhibition: Calum McKay;

Captain Alan Gingles Memorial Prize: Calum McKay;

Northern Bank Cup: Jocelyn Hill;

Steele Trophy: Clare Murphy;

Dean Fair Memorial Prize: Calum McKay, Eve Pijl;

Hamill Cup: Sara Edwards;

Jean McAuley Cup: Melanie Hamilton;

FG Wilson Technology and Design Award: Jonny Barry;

Williamson Prize: Kim Montgomery;

McCurdy Memorial Cup: Eve Pijl;

John Esler Medal: Jonny Barry;

Whiteford Geoservices Cup: Calum McKay, Eve Pijl;

Norman Allen Cup: Jonny Barry, Eve Pijl;

Ida McGeown Scholarship: Tegan Bodles, Grace Garstin;

Governors’ Year Prize: Molly Fekkes

Year 13 Special Awards

Robert Irwin Prize: Lee Murray, Kirsty McKinty;

Principal’s Prizes: Sarah Booth, Judith Cameron, Lauren Cameron, Scott Copeland, Jenna Mulholland, Connor Smyth;

Rachel Magill Memorial Cup: Lauren Cameron;

Lawson Cup: Judith Cameron;

Reunion Cup: Jithin Kuriakose;

Governors’ Year Prize: James Bacon

Year 14 Special Awards

George McAuley Memorial Cup: Luke Cameron;

Magill Scholarship: Elizabeth Brown;

Lt Col Herbert Wm Carson Scholarship: Aoife Thornton;

McFerran Prize: Aisling Madden;

Howden Prize: Carla McGookin;

Atkinson Prize: Aaron Bell, Sara Coulter, Olivia Gillespie, Sarah Hunter, Sharon Ross;

Governors’ Prize: Amy Beggs, Ellen Esler, Andrew Gilliland, Bethany McDowell;

Miss McKinley Memorial Prize: Kevin Leitch;

TS Boyle Prize: Sarah Hunter;

Tom McKinley Prize: Aaron Bell;

Benson Prize: Aisling Madden;

Boyd Prize: Elizabeth Brown;

Dorman Prize: Nathan McCullough;

Dr Cosgrave Memorial Cup: Elizabeth Brown;

Gray Salver: Stephanie Bradbury;

Lynas Prize: Sara Coulter;

DJ Thompson Cup and Prize: Elizabeth Brown;

McKinley Cup: Chris Davison;

Morrow Cup: Aisling Madden;

STBE Shield: Carla McGookin;

Engineering Bursary: Neil McCombe;

FG Wilson Prize: Elizabeth Brown, Aisling Madden;

Governors’ Year Prize: Claire Taggart