Principal Mr. Patrick Mc Ardle welcomed all students back to Beech Hill College following the Christmas holidays and wished all a happy new year. The students were assembled to celebrate success and recognise student achievements in all areas of school life.
Junior Cycle profiles of achievement awarded at Beech Hill College – Education History in the making
Students who completed their Junior Certificate/Cycle in June of last year at Beech Hill College, Monaghan were awarded for the first time their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievements. Mr. Patrick McArdle, Principal made the opening remarks and said that “today is a very special day for Beech Hill College, one that sees “history in the making” in terms of the New Junior Cycle and for both our teachers (particularly our English department teachers) and of course our current TY and LCA1 students who completed their Junior Certificate/Cycle in June of last year.” He went on to acknowledge the presence of Mr. Paddy Flood (Director of Schools in CMETB) and to thank him for coming to be with them on this very special day, Paddy has been one of the initial pioneers of Junior Cycle Reform who worked in a senior capacity within Junior Cycle for Teachers before he took up his current role at CMETB and that they felt privileged to have him there with them to share his views on the progress made so far in terms of the implementation of the New Junior Cycle.
Paddy addressed the ceremony and said that he was delighted to have been invited to attend as guest speaker. He said the he was like so many at Beech Hill College, passionate about the reform measures embedded within Junior Cycle Reform. He acknowledged that Beech Hill College has embraced those reform measures and thanked the entire teaching staff for their commitment over the recent years and continues support over the years ahead. He said that this will ensure that the New Junior Cycle is a very real learning experience for their students. He congratulated the students on being awarded their Junior Cycle Profiles of Achievements which he said “captures, recognises and rewards a much wider set of student achievements”. He went on to say that learning in all its forms will now be strongly promoted within Junior Cycle and that it is the key skills of being able to work with others, being able to problem solve, being able to work with creativity and innovation and to display these with both confidence and positivity, this he said was now what employers are looking for in the workplace. The JCPA nationally, recognises and rewards achievements across a wide area of learning by all students over 3 years. Over the next number of years the JCPA will report on achievements within “Classroom Based Assessments (2 for most subjects), possible Short Courses, Wellbeing, Other Areas of Learning and of course the SEC (State Examination Commission) Final Exam results”. The “Other Areas of Learning” capture, recognise and reward learning that takes place outside of classrooms but within Beech Hill College and include supporting the college in Open Evenings, consistent participation within our College Christmas Concerts, involvement in the College Accelerated Reading programme, fundraising for Charities such as St. Vincent de Paul etc., developing a record of “Exceptional Attendance”, successful participation within our Junior Certificate Schools Programme, membership of our College Choir, participation within Sports, Special Interest weeks such as Seachtain na Gaeilge, Maths Week, Science Week, Active Week and many more.
Mr Mc Ardle stated that many of these “will be recognised and celebrated in today’s Whole School Assembly and it is fitting that these will for the first time, be officially recognised within our education system and will provide a permanent record of the learning that takes place both within the classroom and indeed outside of the classroom”.
Bank Of Ireland
Jack Mc Carron and Bronagh Connaughton from Bank Of Ireland awarded retirement certificates to the outgoing branch officials for the Beech Hill College school bank and announced the names of the incoming committee. Student customers were reminded of the importance of regular saving and making informed financial choices.
Before Christmas there was a 4 week Every Day Counts attendance campaign in Beech Hill College. This campaign focused everybody’s attention on just how crucial it is to come to school each day. There were many features of this campaign but one of the most important was the competition to design a badge to promote attendance. The winner was Kayla Molloy from first year. There were two runners up Wiktoria Stanasek and Klara Kovaolvsky. The winners of the overall class prize was 1N who had 97% attendance and will be rewarded with a trip to Monaghan cinema in February.
The Handballer of the year competitions took place from January to May and were a great success with so many students taking part in the various categories both boys and girls.
The winner of the 1st year hand-baller of the year competiton was Denis Juozaitis and the runner up was Oran Maguire. Both these boys were also on the School 1st year team that won the Ulster Silver Medal. Also on that team was Ryan Larmer and Arvydas Apyvala.
The winner of the 2nd and 3rd year competiton was Jakub Szcup and the runner up was Davidus Kalakite.
The winner of the Senior Handballer of the year competiton was Hubert Scheinback and the runner up was Mohammed Abrahim.
The winner of the Junior Girl Handballer of the Year competiton was Karolina Kaklauskas and the runner up was Caoimhe Mc Carra. Caoimhe was also on the team that won the Ulster Silver medal with Emma Ward, Katie Murphy and Reece Hamilton. The Senior girl Handballer of the year was Cliodhna Mc Ardle and the runner up was Nicola Boylan.
Five students were presented with bronze Gaisce awards from Ms Barbara Gleeson. The President's Award is the National Challenge Award given by the President to young people in Ireland between the ages of 15 and 25 years. The students were rewarded for setting and achieving demanding challenges for themselves in each of 4 different areas of activity: Community involvement, Peronal skill, Physical recreation, and Adventure activity.
Mr Mc Ardle concluded the ceremony by remembering Ms Mona Clarke whose anniversary occurs at this time, and those who are no longer with us. All gathered were reminded that Ms Clarke’s legacy is the encouragement and kindness she showed to every student in Beech Hill College. “Let us build on her legacy by being kind to each other, today, tomorrow and always”