Senior Prize Giving
St Louis’ Senior Prize Giving Ceremony was held on Friday 21stSeptember, to celebrate the success of A Level and GCSE students. In attendance for this special event were parents, staff, past and present pupils, along with proud extended family members and friends.
Principal, Mr Rafferty, acknowledged what an important and memorable afternoon it was for everyone involved. Once again, the school celebrated tremendous results with almost 96% of students achieving three A*-C grades at A Level, and almost 100% of pupils attaining seven A*-C grades in their GCSEs including Maths and English. Mr Rafferty paid tribute to the many students who were presented with awards and certificates on the day but commented that every single student in these cohorts had reason to celebrate.
The top students at A Level were David Byrne and Eimear Smyth with an incredible 4A* grades each. David also won four more awards, achieving the highest scores in each of his subjects as well as receiving the Gertrude Laverty trophy which is awarded to the Year 14 student who has embodied the school ethos in their conduct throughout their seven years at the school. In total, a remarkable thirty six students achieved 3 A*/A grades or more in their A Levels.
At AS Level, the highest achieving students were Gabrielle Carland, Neska Connon, Peter McCormick and James McKeown who achieved 4A grades each.
St Louis’ students also excelled in their GCSEs with forty five achieving 8A grades or better. Evanna Woodside attained a phenomenal 11A* grades and was the top achiever in five of her GCSE subjects.
This year’s esteemed guest speaker was past pupil, Professor Gavin Andrews, Chair of Pharmaceutical Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast. Professor Andrews, spoke to his assembled audience of the risks, sacrifices and hard work involved to reach such a high level in academia. He urged students to learn through experience and to grasp every opportunity that comes their way. He attributed much of his success to his formative years in St Louis and the teachers who evidently loved their subjects and inspired him to pursue his passion.
Mr Rafferty then reflected on the huge range of activities which students were involved in throughout the past academic year in addition to classroom teaching.The afternoon concluded with the inauguration of the new Head Boy and Head Girl, James McKeown and Gabrielle Carland, along with their team of Deputies.