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Mass Theme:  I ask you to swim against the tide.” (Pope Francis)

On the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st the entire school community came together to celebrate the Graduation Mass and to confer the Good Fellowship Award on a 6th year student who had been outstanding in their contribution to the school. The Mass was celebrated by the C.C. of Kilmyshall parish, Rev. Patrick Duffy, in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Bunclody.

Following Mass, the Principal, Ms. Frances Threadgold, spoke to the congregation.    “Today as another academic year comes to an end we are gathered as a school community to celebrate. The End of Year Mass is a time honoured FCJ tradition and has always been central to school life for us. It is a formal declaration of our school spirit where the worth, dignity and potential of each person is acknowledged.”    The principal thanked Fr. Duffy and all who had contributed to the Mass preparation:  RE teachers, 6th years and other students who participated in the Mass and all involved in the Service of Light, Mr. Hennessy – music, Mr. Pat O’Gorman – sound, and Ms. Eileen Martin & Ms. Nicola Carr – Mass booklets.

The principal continued, “Especially this afternoon I would like to thank the staff, teaching and non, for all their help this afternoon – I really appreciate it.  As always I take this opportunity to formally and publicly thank the Deputy Principal, Mr. Brendan Daly, for his tireless commitment and the support he gives wholeheartedly to you the students, to the school and to me as principal.”   On behalf of students and staff she extended deepest sympathies to Mr. Daly on the recent sad loss of his father.  She also sympathised with Ms. Margo Halpin on the death of her brother and any students and staff who had been recently bereaved.

“The School Mass too is a formal celebration of the end of another school year – the completion of yet another cycle – and one that is     coloured with emotion as another group of students leave us.   One of the many emotions I feel today is pride.   I cannot say often enough how proud I am of our school and of course who wouldn’t be proud of the lovely grounds we have and the great facilities the FCJ Sisters have gifted to us – but that is NOT what I mean when I talk about being privileged to be principal of this school.  I am instead referring to all the people who are our school community.”

She particularly thanked the 6th Years because, “as a group you have been a pleasure to work with and a joy to have in the school.   I wish each of you the very best as you leave us.   I hope that you will always know what it is to be a faithful companion to others on your journey and that with courage and confidence you will walk tall and aspire to be the very best.”

Following the Head Girl and Head Boy’s address, presentations to the Senior Prefects and Meitheal Leaders were made as a token of gratitude for the leadership they had shown in the school.   The awarding of Graduation Certificates to the 6th Years then took place followed by the announcement of the Good Fellowship Award winner, Fionn Fortune, who was also presented with the F.C.J. Companionship Award.

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