Prize Giving 20 September 2012 address By Guest Speaker Mr Paddy Clerkin
Reverent Fathers, Principal Brady, distinguished guests, teachers, proud parents and gifted students,
The last time I stood on this stage I was dressed up as a Japanese maid in the Mikado opera, so if I start dancing you will know why!
“Could you have done any better?” That was the question that changed my life.
Tonight I will give you a few tales about my experiences since I first walked through the gates of this great school 31 years ago. I’ve had some success and many failures. Thankfully the most valuable lessons I have learnt are not from my success, but from my failures.
Mr Brady opened the evening by welcoming all to St Killian’s College to celebrate the achievements that students have attained in the last year. He congratulated each and every prize winner present and stated that they are a representative body for many others in the college community who also deserve recognition for their admirable achievements throughout the last year. As Principal, he added that he could not:
…. ‘ask for a nicer group of young people to ensure that all that is great about this college will be and is characterised by the achievements of these year groups.’
It has just been announced that St Killian’s student Kathy Darragh has been awarded 3rd place in Chemistry in the NI A Level examinations taken in June.[singlepic id=40 w=320 h=240 float=right]
Kathy’s A* in Chemistry was complemented by 2 more A* – in Maths and Biology – and a Grade A in Spanish.
Kathy has just begun her university career, reading Environmental Studies in Cambridge.
St Killian’s Principal Mr Jonny Brady was delighted with the award.
“I congratulate Kathy on this outstanding achievement. Kathy is a credit to herself, her family and her school and thoroughly deserves this high accolade. She was a very committed student and, with the help of her teachers, she certainly reached her potential during her time with us in St Killian’s. I wish her every success in Higher Education studies in Cambridge.”
Dr Jonathan Huddleston, Head of Science and Chemistry, added to the congratulations :
“This is a fantastic achievement for a hard-working and dedicated student who was a pleasure to teach. She will act as an inspiration to those who follow in her footsteps and choose Chemistry at A-level in St Killian’s”.