Mary Immaculate Secondary School

Leaving Cert online graduation and student awards

Leaving Cert online graduation and student awards

The Class of 2020 at Mary Immaculate Secondary School graduated in an online ceremony which was held on the 26 May. The theme of the graduation ceremony was resilience. A number of video presentations were shown. These includes messages from all the staff as well as a surprise video greeting from Doireann Garrihy from 2FM. After the opening comments by the year head, Ms. Gallery the principal gave her address.

Principals Address

“Parents Staff Students your Class of 2020. It is an honour and a privilege to speak to you as your Principal. It is a surreal moment in all your lives. You are, and will always be, incredibly special to our school.

We will never, ever forget the Class of 2020 and the unique and wonderful human beings you are. I know you will be the most memorable Leaving Cert graduation group I will every address.

I will remember you because you are such a pleasant, heartwarming and kind, group of individuals. Independent minded, resilient and strong. You have all shown great courage throughout this crisis. Resilience and courage, which are the themes of your graduation today. You epitomize these and hope as well, all our hopes.

With this Gathering today, you have so generously invited us into your lives and spaces, for the briefest of moments. In doing so, a truly special moment has been created, One that all of us can enjoy and share. For this, we are grateful.

We are navigating new paths. We are in many ways leading the way, a new way. We have dug deep and unearthed our possibilities and glimmers of our full potential have emerged.

We are more than we can ever imagine. Nothing is ever impossible. Believe that you can achieve your dreams; you can reach for the stars and live your life freely.

And in doing so, inspire, care for one another, do good, give back, turn the other cheek, hold your hand up, apologize, shake of that chip of hurt from your shoulder, learn to befriend, learn to stand stronger, trust more, be kind, light a way for others, a way that is caring and respectful to all, especially yourself.

We now know, nothing in this life is straightforward. You have learned in this brief time, that you must adapt to life’s unexpected surprises. Plans are just plans, not necessarily the way things are going to be.

This gathering provides us all with an opportunity to acknowledge this, and give thanks for our togetherness and our will to continue to connect and be a school community despite all the challenges present and in our way.

This moment of being present and focusing on nothing else but celebrating you, and all you have achieved, this is our precious gift today. You are what makes everything worthwhile.

As Ms. Gallery spoke so beautifully in her opening address “may you stay forever young.” In addition, let your hearts be open, be adaptable, yes this is our new normal, live it, focus on what is good about today. Savor this time. It will pass, and the future will be full with opportunity.

Over the last few months especially, I have been praying for you. I just want you to know we are so proud of you, and what you have done, over these last few months in particular; you have inspired your teachers with your good humor, your kindness to one another and your courage. We have also heard your fears and your frustrations. Your disconcerting moments.

However, during these difficult weeks you have kept each other going. What we have learned today is that even the most difficult and challenging times can produce joy. Therefore, we hope you enjoy this time of remembering and of celebrating.

I know this is one chapter of your life, not the whole story. You are unique and brilliant, living through very strange times. Continue to inspire one another and your families. One thing we can all remember is not to take things that are plentiful, for granted.”

Ms. Hynes quoted an extract from a poem composed by a Maori woman Nadine Ann Hura called Mother Earth.

“God bless you all here today. May God’s Presence be with you always and watch over and mind your lives”.

Finally, she thanked all those who contributed so selflessly to the online graduating ceremony.


The second part of the ceremony was the annual awards ceremony. The awards for Leaving Cert students were announced online. The first award presented was the Senior student of the year award​. This was presented by the 6th year year-head, Ms. Gallery to Kate Considine.

The Mercy Award was presented by Mr. Sims to Amy Woods. The Hughie Kivlehan Award​ was presented by Ms. Conneely to Rian Flanagan. This year it was decided to present the CEIST award ​to two students. The Principal, Ms. Hynes, presented the award to Emma Kelly and Aimée Burke.

Details of further L. C. awards will be given in future CEIST newsletters.

As well as being presented with certificates and awards, the Leaving Certificate classes are always presented with St. Christopher medals. This year we are also presenting each Leaving Certificate student with a photobook of photos taken of them throughout the past six years.

The awards for the rest of the school will be announced in the autumn.

Doireann Garrihy addressing the LC students

Screenshots from the LC Awards Ceremony

Amy Woods – Mercy Award

Kate Considine – Senior Student of the Year

Rian Flanagan who received the Hughie Kivlehan award

Emma Kelly and aimee Burke joint recipients of the CEIST award

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