Fr Raymond presented our first three pupils to achieve the Pope John Paul II awards with their
medals and certificates at today’s assembly.
The three U6 pupils, Emma Downey, Clare McCormick and Anna O’Loan have worked for two years to
achieve this award by leading by example within their school, parish and community. Emma and
Clare were awarded the Gold John Paul medal and Anna the Silver in recognition of their work in
translating their faith into action. Mrs Willighan has worked with the girls in pursuit of
their awards and Miss Rainey took the pupils to Belfast last Thursday where they were awarded
their medals along with pupils from all over the diocese. Ms Ronan congratulated the girls and
their RE teachers and expressed her wish that others in the school would follow their example
Praising these pupils as “ambassadors for our school and for Pope John Paul 11”, Fr Raymond
reflected on the power of individuals to change the world. He spoke about how a young Karol
Wojtyla chose to join a group of twelve students in his formative years in Poland to pray for
peace and a world beyond war. He drew parallels in the same “power of one mentality” in the
example of Fredereick Ozanam who went on to found the SVP society. Having been challenged to
provide evidence of his living faith, Frederick gathered firewood for the downtrodden in Paris.
Fr Raymond also compared our three award winners to Eunice Shriver whose determination to found
Camp Shriver led to the Special Olympics. Concluding today’s assembly Fr Raymond reflected:
“Never underestimate the power of ordinary people to change the world: they are the only thing
that ever has”.
Well done girls on an outstanding achievement.
Well done to our Key stage three pupils who have raised more than £1500 this year for the school’s annual Readon campaign designed to support NICFC.
Mrs Davies, our school librarian, stamped more than 500 books from the school library over the Christmas period and pupils ravenously read books from home too to meet the Readon challenge. Pupils were encouraged to read for pleasure at the end of last term and over the Christmas period.
Ryan Taggart from Year 9 has been nominated for a special prize for his exceptional efforts within this year’s campaign and the class prize for the most money raised has gone to year 9 group 2 with a total of £416.
Later today Ms McGowan’s class will celebrate with their very own Readon cake. Also recognised at today’s assembly for their excellent endeavours were Sophie Smith, Sasha Tannahill and Jessica Hanson. Several pupils were also drawn from a list of all readers to receive special prizes of movie and bowling passes. These pupils were Oran Doherty, Jessica Lyons, Alana Smyth, Ava Kelly, Lucy Glass and Sophie O’ Brien.
The school will present a cheque to Rebecca Spiers from NICFC next week and it is hope that the total sum raised may rise further.