Nov 19, 2013

Awards Night 2013 - Principals Address

Awards Night 2013 - Principal's Address

A Chairde,

Tonight is a time to celebrate with your daughter, as we reward academic achievement, dedication and
improvement.  The focus of our school lies in the provision of a holistic education in the tradition handed down tous from the vision of Nano Nagle. Tonight is particularly a rewards night to remember as it fall on the
Feast Day of the Presentation Sisters and today our school was invited to join with other Presentation communities as we celebrated the great news that Nano Nagle was declared Venerable by Pope Francis on 31st October 2013.

Nano Nagle was born Honora Nagle in Ballygriffin, in Cork, in 1718, a turbulent time in Irish history due to the
penal laws.  The Nagle family was a wealthy Catholic family and Nano had the benefit of a European education and privileged lifestyle.  She devoted her life to God and to working with people on the margins of society.  Nano set up her first school in Cobh Lane in Cork City in 1754 and founded the Presentation Sisters two decades later.  She died in Cork in 1784 and is buried in South Presentation Convent grounds.

Clondalkin is very proud of its rich roots within the Presentation Community and strong tradition of providing
education for girls at primary and post-primary levels.  By being invited here tonight you are receiving a strong message from our school that your daughter is performing well in school, that her teachers wish to acknowledge her good work and that she keeps up this positive attitude towards her studies.

This year Coláiste Bríde is one of 6 schools in Ireland who were chosen to have a Positive Behaviour Liaison
Teacher for one year only.   Ms Ronan was appointed to the position and she is working with the entire staff, student and parent bodies to reinforce messaging around behaviour, attendance, rules, rewards, attitude and responsibility.  Based on feedback from surveys carried out last year with staff, parents and students we are looking at ways to improve rewarding students and creating more awareness around Awards, achievements, announcements and celebrations.  We have excellent students within our school, we set high standards and our girls continue to show high levels of achievement in State Exams and through their further studies in
colleges and universities.  Your daughter is on that path to success too.  Be proud and keep encouraging and supporting her.

As you know many students excel outside the classroom and recognition is given for this at the end of year
awards ceremonies for both junior and senior students.  I firmly believe in the saying “Mol an óige
agus tiocfaidh sí”, our students have amazing talents which we aim to foster within the school community.  School doesn’t finish at half past three her any day for our dedicated staff and students based on respect and care for each other.

I take this opportunity to congratulate the Green Flag Team of teachers and students who were awarded
Green Flag 5 last May on behalf of the school.  Coláiste Bríde again is among the leading schools caring for the environment and we have already started our new campaign for Green Flag 6 which involves the theme of Global Citizenship and we are linking with our sister school in Delhi 6, India to help us achieve some of our aims in “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and we ask you as families to join us on this campaign.

I once again remind you to encourage your daughter to get involved in extra-curricular activities, in
leadership through the student council, mentors, prefects, class captains, sports captains etc.  Students build their CVs and school references from the time they start in Coláiste Bríde.  Perhaps as parents you have seen the notes on your daughter’s e-portal profile regarding awards that she was nominated for, this is important information which shows to prospective employers/colleges that your daughter has a positive profile and reputation.

We are delighted to welcome Jim Gavin, our local hero, Manager of the All-Ireland winning Dublin team to our
school awards ceremony.  Jim is a great role-model for our young girls as he is a firm believer in working hard,
showing commitment and having the vision to set realistic goals and targets to work towards.  Coláiste Bríde is
delighted that Jim took time out of his busy schedule to be here with us tonight.

Finally, I thank you the students and parents for your cooperation, the teachers for all their nominations, Ms
Keeshan who was the Awards Coordinator for last year and the team in administration who helped organise this event.

Bain taitneamh as an oíche. 
Comhghairdeas cách.

Is mise, le meas

Marie-Thérèse Kilmartin

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