Parents singled out for praise at Awards Night

The Principal of Donegal Town’s Abbey Vocational School paid tribute to the many parents who became involved in the school’s activities, at the annual awards last weekend. Emmanuel McCormack said, “In schools today it is not all about books - there are so many extracurricular activities which give the student of today a balanced education and an essential learning curve.

The Principal of Donegal Town’s Abbey Vocational School paid tribute to the many parents who became involved in the school’s activities, at the annual awards last weekend. Emmanuel McCormack said, “In schools today it is not all about books - there are so many extracurricular activities which give the student of today a balanced education and an essential learning curve.

“This could be in sport, in drama, music or even community affairs and it is the parents that make themselves available to bring them to the various destinations or indeed do the washing after the matches ensuring that the school always presents a good image wherever they go.

Mr. McCormack paid tribute to the late Aimee Lee Meehan the first year student who passed away so suddenly less than a fortnight ago. “Aimee Lee was a very special and important person to us all here at the school - she has left a lasting legacy on us all.

“I must confess to being particularly proud of how the students dealt with the tragedy - they all loved her and showed that in the dignified way that they dealt with this tragedy.”

Mr McCormack added that he had just returned from listening to the Minister of Education, on the future of education which put a strong emphasis on projects outside the classroom.

“In future a high percentage of marks in the Junior Cert will be allocated to these activities - I am delighted to say that we have been operating this system for many years.”

Brian McEniff was the special guest of honour. The All Ireland winning manager of 1992 said: “I have only a few words for you - get involved, whatever that might be - this will keep you on the right path in life.”

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