Feargal Quinn Awards
The Leaving Certificate Applied National Awards (LCANA) “Feargal Quinn Awards” are presented each year to those students who obtain the top results in the Leaving Certificate Applied Examination of that year, as notified by the State Examinations Commission.
Nenagh College are very proud to have such a student in Emma Freeman, who was one of the students to obtain the best Leaving Certificate Applied results in Ireland in 2022.Emma is pictured with Ms Catherine O Keeffe (LCA Co-ordinator) at the awards ceremony in The Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone, on 21st January 2023 with Eamonn Quinn.
Emma’s final credit total is based on her performance in the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) Examination over 5th year and 6th year, due to the continuous assessment mode of the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme. She is currently studying Applied Psychology and Social Studies in Templemore College of Further Education.
The awards are financed by sponsorship from Fergal Quinn, and the awards are named after Senator Fergal Quinn, who was the first Chairman of the steering committee for the then new Leaving Certificate Applied in 1995. It was he who oversaw the rolling out of the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, the embedding of it in the Irish Education system, and he oversaw its continuing development in the following years.
Students of Nenagh College participated in the VEX Robotics competition for the first time this year. The Mid-West regional qualifying round was held in Dell Limerick and the Nenagh team succeeded in making it through and reaching the national finals in Pairc Uí Caoimh in Cork.
The competition involved students planning, designing and building a robot to compete in the 2023 SpinUp event. The robot had to be programmed to traverse an arena, spin rollers and move discs to a certain area of the arena gaining points for different tasks performed on the journey. Each school team in the competition was competing against other schools’ robots at the same time.
The Nenagh College team was made up of students studying the Coding short course for Junior Cycle and senior cycle students taking Computer Science for their Leaving Certificate. The VEX Robotics competition is a great way to work as part of a team – communicate and collaborate with each other and problem solve whilst developing their programming skills. The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers.
The VEX Robotics team is looking forward to the new competition being announced in May and are gearing up for this in their lunchtime coding club.
Transition Year students reached the semi finals of the ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA).
Awards ceremony is an opportunity for the school to acknowledge students whose activities have represented the school in a positive way throughout the year.
Categories of Achievements:
Sports- Boy & Girl – Awards x 2
“This award is presented to the students who are deemed to have made the biggest contribution to sports in the school this year. These students will have personified the values of team work, honest endeavour and have striven to do their best, at all times. This award will go to the students who have brought honour to the school and have represented the whole school community with pride.”
Winners: Dylan McCormack (1) & Hazel Cawley (3)
Arts / Music & Culture- Boy & Girl – Awards x 2
“This award is presented to the students who have displayed a cultural awareness and an interest in music and the arts. These pupils have used their talents for the benefit of the school and others. They have achieved a high level of excellence in their chosen discipline and an awareness of the arts visual, perceptual and in performance.”
Winners: Emmet O Brien (5) & Kadence McCarthy (2)
Social Awareness – Awards
“This award is presented to the students who have displayed an awareness of those in society whose needs are perhaps greater than ours. This social awareness is evident in their charitable works and projects. The winners of this award have shown an understanding of issues local, national and global, and have displayed initiative in responding to these issues.”
Winners: Aine Corrigan Forde (2nd) / Jack Duff (5th / Mariea Tobin(2nd)
STEM Award – Awards x 2
“This award is presented to the students who have excelled throughout the year in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.”
Winners: Denis Rohan (3rd) / Chloe Griffin (3rd)
Endeavour Award x 4
“This award is presented to the student from years 1/2/3/5 who have worked to achieve their potential throughout the year. This award recognises students who have contributed to the life of the school whilst working towards this goal”.
Winners: Holly Archard (1) Fiona Grace (2) Sadhbh Clancy (3) /Amal Johnson (5)
Outstanding Achievement / Spirit of Nenagh College Award. – Boy & Girl – Awards x 2
“This award is presented to the students who have displayed the characteristics which we strive to see in our students. These students are an example to others in the manner with which they contribute to the many different aspects of school life in Nenagh College”.
Winners: Kieran O Connor (5) and Aisling Ryan (3)