On Tuesday 11th September the staff and students of Beech Hill College held their first school assembly of 2018-2019. Principal Mr. Patrick Mc Ardle welcomed everyone back to Beech Hill College following the summer holidays. In particular, he welcomed the 6th year students for what is to be their last year in Beech Hill College. “I know this will be a particularly busy time for you as you begin the preparations for the next stage of your journey”
Mr.Mc Ardle also welcomed the new first year students to Beech Hill College “I look forward to seeing you all grow and reach your full potential over the next six years. You are now part of a very special school community, a community that cares for you, a community that is always trying to improve a community that wants you to “BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE”
The entire school watched a short film commissioned by ETBI which encapsulates Irish Schools in the 21st century. Ms Foster and the Beech Hill College Film Club contributed greatly to this film which saw lots of Beech Hill College students and their achievements being celebrated. The Branch Manager of the Beech Hill College School, Bank 5th year student Sean Donnelly addressed the group and welcomed Jack Mc Carron from Bank of Ireland.
The newly formed student leader group were introduced to the entire school body to a rapturous round of applause. Mr. Tony Mc Hugh presented certificates and cinema vouchers to students who had perfect and excellent attendance last year. Ms.Suzanne Mc Ginnity presented well deserved handball trophies. Student achievements in the Tydavnet Show, The Local Enterprise programme and The Trinity Music Exams were celebrated.
The ceremony concluded by announcing the recipients of the Ms Clarke bursaries. These awards are in memory of Ms Mona Clarke and are in recognition of the highest points achieved in the Leaving Certificate and the highest level achieved in the Leaving Certificate Applied. This year the recipients are Jody Murphy, Fiona Drayne and Helena Mc Carron. Mr Mc Ardle wished them and all the sixth year students well.
In addition to this Beech Hill College was only one of 20 schools in the entire country to receive bursaries from the Ireland Funds under the ‘’No mind left Behind’ programme which aims to provide promising young people with the support they need to access and complete third level education. Chloe Keenan and Sean Treanor have both been awarded €3,000 per year for the duration of their studies.