The school hosted its annual ecumenical service on Thursday evening for sixth year students and their parents in the school sports hall. The service was conducted by members of the clergy from different denominations. The service was, as usual, a great success with a large turnout. The students were given valuable advice by the speakers and the overall message of the evening was ‘never give up.’
The school’s annual prize giving was held on Friday afternoon. This year, the school had three guests of honour, with PJ McGowan, Terry McDermott and Dessie Griffen, all past principals of the school joining the student population for their awards. It was fitting that the three principals, who have steered the school over the past half century were there on the 50th anniversary. For details of prize winners go to the school website www.deelecollege.ie.
On Monday and Tuesday of this week, 6th class students who will be coming to Deele College were given the opportunity to spend time in the school getting used to the surroundings, as part of our ‘transfer programme.’ The students were given a time-table of classes, where they completed various projects in practical subjects like woodwork, art, home economics and metalwork. The students had a great time and it will make life easier for them in September when they join the student population in the school.
Various trips and activities were held during the week to mark the end of the school year. The 5th year students underwent the dreaded ‘mud run’ in Letterkenny, while the winners of the school’s ‘FA Cup’ had the opportunity to travel to the ‘Go-Karting Centre’ in Letterkenny. Both events were a great success and were enjoyable for all of the students.
The annual ‘Rounders’ match between staff and students took place on Thursday afternoon on the school’s football pitch, with the students earning a last gasp draw, although the score-line is being disputed in some quarters. For a full match report, see the school’s website.
Transition Year students in the school were presented with their ‘TY Certificates’ at a presentation night on Wednesday night in the school. 48 students completed the TY programme and they have gained many practical skills such as First Aid, Customer Service, ECDL and Coaching. It was an exciting year for the students, who will be going into fifth year next September.
Well done to Alisha Coll and Jamie Marshall, both students at the school who won poetry awards at the recent North West Words Poetry Competition. This is a great achievement for both students and the school would like to congratulate them both on their awards.
Next week sees the beginning of the school’s ‘summer exams’ with first, second and fifth years undertaking exams in all of their subjects. The Junior and Leaving Cert students will be given the opportunity to do ‘block classes’ with their teachers in preparation for their final exams. Everyone at the school would like to wish all of the students sitting their exams the very best of luck and we hope that they all get the grades, which they deserve.