Junior Prize Night 2018

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On Thursday 27th September, Year 11 students along with their parents and guardians gathered in St. Malachy's High School, Castlewellan to celebrate Junior Prize Giving.

The evening began with a variety of musical treats courtesy of the music department. Parents, students and staff enjoyed musical numbers from the school choir, soloists and instrumentalists performing numbers from the popular ‘Greatest Showman’ & ‘Ed Sheeran’.     Principal, Mrs Orla O’Neill, was delighted to be addressing the family and friends who attended. She praised all Year 11 students for their achievements to date. She recognised this event as a significant occasion in the school calendar. Mrs O’Neill said that the evening was a perfect opportunity to showcase and celebrate the outstanding successes of a special group of young people, for both academic and extra-curricular accomplishments. Mrs O’Neill addressed the audience with pride on the school’s recent examination success, “This year, again, the results are the best in the history of the school with an amazing 88% of students achieving A*-C grades in five or more subjects and 62% achieving 7 or more A*-C grades. Many students have 10 or 11 GCSEs to their name. Once again the quality of results has increased with many students securing several A* and A grades in a wide range of subjects. Not to be out done, the A Level results attained by our Year 14 students were outstanding with 52% of the cohort achieving 3 A levels at grades A*-C an amazing increase of 14% over the last two years. A third of all grades were at A* or A with 91% leaving St Malachy’s with three good A level passes. Twenty-two of the twenty-three departments having achieved 100% A* - E grades. The percentage of our students leaving us to take up university places in a wide range of degree courses is again, well above the Northern Ireland average.”The guest speaker for the evening was ex-Head Boy, Mr Conor McAlerney. Conor was a student at St.Malachy’s High School between 2004 and 2011. At school Conor was known for being a ‘gentleman’ and worked hard on his academic success. He also played a huge part in the school’s fundraising events, winning him the Citizenship award at his very own Junior Prize night 10 years ago. After leaving school, Conor went on to study for a degree in Business Management. Through his academic knowledge and determination, Conor has built his very own business – Taste of New York Pizza, a successful local popular pizza take-away. Conor is continually trying to improve himself and his business and in an ever advancing social media era, has developed an app for ordering Pizza. Conor spoke of his school-days at St Malachy's, of the teachers who had influenced him, the subjects he enjoyed and the life skills he had acquired as a result. Mr McAlerney remembered his time at school fondly and in particular, spoke of how St Malachy’s made a lasting impression on his life. The Principal, staff and students wish to express their sincere thanks to Conor for attending the event and for his inspiring words. The evening concluded with light refreshments in the school canteen where parents, guardians, students and staff, gathered to reflect on a most enjoyable prize giving.