Mary Immaculate Secondary School

Adult Education Award Giving Cermony November 29th

02-December-19

Further Education Students Celebrate their Graduation

The graduation ceremony for the Further Education students at Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna was held in the school on Friday night last, November 29th.

90 students were the recipients of the school’s QQI level 5 programmes in Health Service Skills, Early Childhood Care and Education, Tourism with Business and Construction Technology and level 6 programmes in Health Services Supervisory Management , Early Childhood Care and Education and Tourism with Business.

Among those graduating were a number of asylum seekers from the Thomond Hotel direct provision centre.

The students and their family members were welcomed by Principal, Mona Hynes who highlighted the school’s long and well-established tradition in Further Ed , pointing out that this was the 22nd annual such graduation ceremony.

She referred to the value of lifelong education for personal development, educational accreditation, pursuing higher education at 3rd level and indeed employment opportunities.

“This opportunity, coupled with the foundations of your rich tapestry of life experience, is magic and enriches all”, she told the students.

Three students outlined their experiences of further education at Mary Immaculate.

Ken Dwyer, recipient of a level 6 award in Health Services Management Skills, spoke of the welcoming and helpful atmosphere in the school and of the value he received from his award. Ken is now working in the Health services area.

Audrey Chifungo, who moved to Lisdoonvarna as an asylum seeker, outlined the difficulty of settling in to a new place, away from family and friends.

She commented on the fact that the community of Lisdoonvarna was welcoming to the asylum seekers, adding “Let’s strive to build each other in a community learning to come to terms with new blood, new cultures and different ways in which we do things.”

She stated that the children were happy in Lisdoonvarna and that “ it is a lovely part of the world to find yourself again”

A third speaker, Kinga Versenyi, thanked the school for the opportunities it provides in a local setting for so many students , adding that she is now studying for a BA in Early Childhood Care and Education at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick

Further Education Administrator, Teresa Conneely, congratulated the graduating students and welcomed Catherine O’Sullivan, Director of Further Education with the JMB and ACMSS who presented the awards.

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