PUPILS from fourteen schools across Northern Ireland were honoured at a special event on Monday to celebrate the completion of their school journey without missing a single day.
The Education Authority (EA) hosted the event at St Catherine’s College, Armagh, where young people and their families were congratulated by EA Board Member, Mrs Patricia Carville OBE, and Dr Clare Mangan, Director of Children and Young People’s Services.
Seventeen young people attended the event and were presented with certificates to recognise completion of either 12 or 14 years of school in June 2019 with a full attendance record.
Mrs Carville OBE, congratulated the pupils for their achievement. “May I, as Chairperson of Children and Young People’s Services Committee, add my congratulations to all the young people here today who have accomplished a remarkable feat of dedication and commitment in their young lives,” she said.
Mrs Carville OBE, went on to commend the young people’s wider support networks.
“I have no doubt that while the personal motivation and positive endeavour of every young person here has to be recognised, the parents, carers and extended family have no doubt had a significant role. May I congratulate you also.”
Dr Mangan, spoke about the young people’s approach to their schooling careers, “The dedication that you have shown leaves me in no doubt that you have the resilience and determination to deal with any challenges that you may encounter throughout further study, work and life in general.”
Dr Mangan added: “Approximately 22,000 young people complete their school journey each year when they finish year 12 or year 14. Not many can say they have done this without missing a day. You can be truly proud of this outstanding achievement.”
In her closing remarks, Dr Mangan emphasised that the dedication the young people have shown demonstrates that they possess the resilience and determination to deal with any challenges that they encounter throughout further study, work and life in general.
Students with Full Attendance – Ballymena Office
· Jonathon Hogg – Ballymena Academy
· Wallace Shanks – Ballyclare Secondary School
· Rebekkah Erskrine – Antrim Grammar School
· Martin Mayberry – St Conor’s College, Clady.