Prizegiving evening at the Royal and Prior

Teachers, students and pupils attended one of the most important evenings in the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School calendar last Friday evening.

Teachers, students and pupils attended one of the most important evenings in the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School calendar last Friday evening.

The annual prize distribution sees many well deserved students go home at the end of the evening with the true recognition that they deserve. The event took place in the Cathedral Hall in Raphoe for the first time. It was an evening of firsts, as this was the first occasion that both the junior and senior prizes were both held together. They were welcomed warmly by the Chairman, Archdeacon M.S. Harte.

In his opening address principal, Doctor Howard Welch, welcomed guest speaker and former member of the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Alderman Maurice Devenney, the Mayor of Derry and his wife, Martha a native of Raphoe and a past pupil of the school.

He said: “I would like to join the Chairman in welcoming Alderman Devenney and his wife to the Cathedral Hall this evening. Alderman Devenney, became active in local politics and was elected to Derry City Council for the Rural Ward in 2005 as a Democratic Unionist Party member. Having served as Deputy Mayor on two occasions from 2008 to 2010 he was then elected Mayor.”

The Head Girl, Rebecca Brennan presented a report on the sporting life of the school, followed by the Head Boy, Sam Pearson who presented his report on the co-curricular life of the school. Sam and Rebecca gave those present a very broad outline of the many highlights the school has enjoyed over the past year.