Pupils praised at Larne High School awards night

Pictured at the Larne High School prizegiving evening are special guest Gary Haveron (2nd left) Sports Development Officer at the Cliff and Manager of Carrick Rangers FC with girlfriend Lisa Mulvenna and William Mc Neill,Chairman of the Board of Governors and School Principal Mr John Armstrong. INLT 43-009-PSB

Pictured at the Larne High School prizegiving evening are special guest Gary Haveron (2nd left) Sports Development Officer at the Cliff and Manager of Carrick Rangers FC with girlfriend Lisa Mulvenna and William Mc Neill,Chairman of the Board of Governors and School Principal Mr John Armstrong. INLT 43-009-PSB

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New Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron was the guest speaker at the recent Larne High School prize night.

Principal John Armstrong welcomed Gary – a former pupil at the school – to the event, along with pupils, parents, Governors and other guests.

Mr Armstrong told those present that the event was a celebration of pupils’ achievements “both academically and in other fields”.

He added: “As ever I wish to make the personal point that we do not judge young people’s success in terms of artificially contrived benchmarks. I have been quoted in my opposition to the current Government meddling with examinations and the seeming obliviousness to the human impact on young people’s futures.

“Our job is to assist them to fulfil their potential whatever their ability level and I take as much pleasure and pride in a pupil’s success, whether it be in the number of As or Ds and Es, if they have overcome learning difficulties or other challenges.”

The principal also paid tribute to others involved in the pupils’ success.

“I wish to thank all the staff, both teaching and non-teaching for their 
unstinting support and hard work throughout the year. I also wish to thank my Chairman and Governors who have once again been behind me all the way.

“Thanks as well to the parents; no-one could ask for better support,” Mr Armstrong concluded.

Trophy winners:

Best Progress in Literacy in Year 8, (9DN) Zoe McConnell;

Best Progress in Numeracy in Year 8, (9AC) Katie Bell;

Mitchell Cups for Creative Writing, (Senior) (13A) Lauren McKenzie, (Junior) (11AK) Rebecca MacFadyen;

Award for KS3 English, (11AK) Katie McMullan & Louise Jamison;

Class of 73 Reunion Cup for KS3 Science, (11AK) Nathan Lambert;

Jay Alexander Award for KS3 Mathematics, (11AK) Nathan Lambert;

Dorothy Batch Shield for Endeavour in Home Economics, (Junior School) (11AK) Emma Whiteford;

Rev G L and Mrs McAdoo Cup for Religious Education, (11AK) Daryn Somerville & Chloe Linton;

Beedham Cup for KS3 Art, (11AK) Scott Henderson;

The Mayor’s Handwriting Cup, (9DN) Callum McConnell;

Montgomery Cup for Development, (11PM) Chloe Brownlee;

Gillespie Award for Endeavour, Matthew Sluman;

Eco Schools Award, Rachel Taylor;

Aaron Wilson Mem Award for Endeavour at KS3, (11FR) Tom Wood;

The Warwick Cup for Technology, Matthew Dempsey;

Sustained Effort in music, (13A) Emma Hobbs;

McConnell Award Community Service, Amber Bryson;

Oasis Design Cup for Endeavour in Art, (9JW) Stuart McKay;

Milligan Cup for Endeavour in Science, (11FR) Ryan McFaul, (11FR) Jonathan McRoberts;

Best Newcomer Year 8, (9DN) Claire Hopkins.