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Yearbook Foreword 2013

Words from the Principal 2013

There are times when I say this prayer and none more so than during this past year:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

In 2012-13 our school community experienced the saddest and happiest of times. We lost loved ones, people who left this world before their time but who left us much love and goodness. It proved to be a time of solidarity, with the community rallying and coming together amidst the sorrow. One is reminded of the Irish seanfhocal Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine - People live in each other's shadows. We remember all those who have passed away and draw inspiration from their lives.

At the same we have experienced moments of immense satisfaction, notable success and great joy. You will see for yourself within these pages, or on our school website www.glenamaddycs.ie that there is much to reflect upon and enjoy.  If I may I will allude to some of the things I recall happening this year and offer my thanks for them.

 

Glenamaddy Community School is getting better all the time. Take whatever measure you wish, our school is right up there with the best. We are justifiably proud of our school community and its dedication to the education of our students. Our students are a credit to themselves and their families in the way they conduct themselves, the way they apply themselves, engage with our staff and visitors and for the spirit they bring to our school. We urge our students to continue to make the most of their talents, to always do their best and to realise their full potential.  What we sow now, we will harvest later.

 

To celebrate our 10th birthday this year, we planted The Bullrushes out front in the spring. Thanks to funding from the Per Cent Art Scheme we have also commissioned an engraved school name stone, a mini amphitheatre and a Teletubby style lawn to complete the garden. Further creative talent was revealed at our recent Art Exhibition and a sculpture designed by the Transition Years as part of the NAPD Creative Engagement to celebrate the life of students was unveiled. If the essence of art is gratitude, we are extremely grateful to all those who funded or lent to our art collection.

There are four steps to accomplishment: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently. So much has been accomplished here during the year both within and without class. Consistently excellent exam results and an almost 100% continuation to Third Level education is the result of dedicated work by all in our school community. Hard work is rewarded. Our students enjoyed local and national success in a myriad of co-curricular activities and competitions in Art, Music, Business, Home Economics, Maths and Science. We’ve enjoyed the John Paul II Awards, The Bovine Brigade Dairy Campaign, Gaisce, the Cup Cake Bake Off and CU Factor.

Once again sport played an exhilarating part in our life. Who will ever forget the day our girls were crowned All Ireland Junior A champions following an epic 5-20 to 8-9 extra-time win over St. Pauls, Bessbrook. Fifteen hundred people crowded into the Glenamaddy GAA Pitch to watch one of the greatest games ever seen in these parishes. The team’s spirit and their will to win was incredible. There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. And that is what our girls did.

Our congratulations and thanks go to the twenty one girls, their managers, their clubs and supporters who created history and brought such honour to our school. The girls toured their homeplaces with the cup and were greeted by bonfires and parties at every crossroads and club. By then they knew they had ‘Finished the Business’ just as they promised.

 

Thanks to the commitment of so many teachers and clubs, there are some seriously talented footballers in the school at the moment, both girls and boys. The U14 girls won their Connacht final in style, the Second Year Boys contested our first ever Connacht B final and the First Year Boys have qualified for their Connacht Final. All this augurs well for the future. As Alex Ferguson said ‘As long as there are games to play it’s not over.

Our Senior Girls basketballers won their Regional Final for a fourth time in a row to reach the All Ireland playoffs. I’m convinced they will not stop until they achieve their dream. Nor will our athletes who ran their heart out this year all the way to the All-Ireland Finals in Belfast.  There were also some tremendous displays by our soccer teams and with the talent available success will inevitably follow. Great tribute and thanks go to all our students and teachers who represent our school so sportingly and with such commitment and dedication.

Those of a certain vintage ceratinly loved this year’s musical Back to The 80s, with the catchy electro pop and power ballads of their youth, the Star Wars, Atari and rubix cube references, the psychedelic leg warmers and all those in jokes one got if you’d survived that decade. The sellout shows were pure entertainment and wonderful fun in front of and back of stage.  Bravo to the entire cast and crew.  We had the time of our life! Two of my favourite school gatherings are our musical soirees when our own little voices and tuneful talents come alive for Music for a Summers Evening and Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. If you have never been, do come along, you are in for a treat. 

 

This year we bade farewell to The Master, Mr Coy who after over forty years left down his the red felt tip pen.  Mr Coy was one of life’s true educators, a renaissance man who opened up the world of reading and writing, literature and life for his students. His students wanted to do well for him because Mr Coy not only made a difference he often made the difference. We wish him many years of health and happiness with his family and we look forward to his first book, hopefully a wonderfully witty account of his days in Glenamaddy.

 

It has been said that an investment in education earns the best interest. Amidst all the austerity cuts, we must prioritise our children’s welfare and education. Our school is committed to doing its best for them. With the guidance and reassurance of parents and teachers our students will create the future. We commend our students and school community for raising thousands of euro for Concern, The Marie Keating Foundation and The St.Vincent De Paul Society. Very often it is in the giving that we receive. 

 

In conclusion, we thank our friends and the businesses whose generous sponsorship enable us to print this annual. Special thanks to Ms. McGann for undertaking the mammoth task of producing our yearbook and doing such a marvellous job.  Once again I thank all our educational partners for sustaining our school and making it such an enjoyable place to study and work - to our students, entire school staff, parents, the Parents’ Association, Board of Management, our Trustees, Fr Paddy and local Clergy and the Department of Education alike, ar aghaidh linn le cheile!

Beir bua agus beannacht.

James Duignan

 

 

Glenamaddy Community School, Church Street, Glenamaddy, Via Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, F45KF50

 

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