On Thursday the 22nd of December the Beech Hill College community gathered to celebrate the successful term, pause for reflection, enjoy some entertainment and look forward to the holidays!
Fr. Joyce led the whole school in an advent celebration with carols from the sweet-singing Beech Hill College choir. Ms Sheerin (Deputy Principal) reminded all that at Christmas time it is very easy to get carried away with buying endless gifts for others and treats for ourselves. It is important to take the time to consider those less fortunate who may not even have the bare necessities let alone the luxuries we all look forward to. She said that she was very proud that in Beech Hill College students and staff are aware of the difficulties that others face: Ms. Daly and the third year students were busy hosting many events to raise money for Crocus. Mary Carragher from Crocus was presented with a cheque for this worthy cause.
Ms Gleeson and some TY students ran the mini marathon last year and presented the money to Martina Crudden who tragically lost her son Daniel in a road traffic accident, this donation will be used to help fund road safety awareness initiatives and support groups. Ms Mc Ginnity and TY pupils had also worked tirelessly in the run up to Christmas collecting foodstuffs from staff and students to create 40 hampers. A new record! Mary O’Hagan and Anthony Bannon from St. Vincent de Paul accepted the hampers and spoke to all assembled about the important work that St. Vincent de Paul do in Monaghan town and surrounding communities.
The day ended with the traditional Beech Hill College Christmas concert organised by Ms Boyle and Mr. O Shea. This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils and teachers to showcase their talents! Music star and past pupil Molly Mc Keever was a guest judge and entertained the audience with some songs. Mr Mc Ardle thanked all staff and students, wished everyone a Happy Christmas and said he was looking forward to seeing everyone back in Beech Hill College on the 8th of January 2017.