Picture special: Monkstown pupils pick up prizes

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Monkstown Community School rewarded its top performing pupils of the last 12 months at its annual prize night recently.

Guests were welcomed to the event in the school assembly hall by the sound of African drums. The rhythmical opening to the awards ceremony was performed by a group of pupils.

Sporting prize winners: Katie Sloan with the Ballyearl Cup for most improved games player, Jordan Devenney with the Carrick Rugby Shield for most progress in rugby and Courtney Moore with the Junior Girls Athletics Shield. INNT 46-507CON

Sporting prize winners: Katie Sloan with the Ballyearl Cup for most improved games player, Jordan Devenney with the Carrick Rugby Shield for most progress in rugby and Courtney Moore with the Junior Girls Athletics Shield. INNT 46-507CON

Principal Nigel Pell-Ilderton opted not to make a traditional prize night speech, instead showing a motivational film designed to enthuse pupils and their parents.

The headmaster did congratulate all the prize winners on their success and encouraged them to “soar” in their chosen fields.

During the annual celebration of academic and extra curricular success, Corrie Earley, winner of the Bleasdale Music Cup for most promising senior, captivated the audience with a rendition of ‘Fields of Gold’.

On the night, prizes were awarded to students for academic attainment, good attendance and extra curricular achievements such as sporting successes and excellence in music and the arts.

The evening concluded with light refreshments for all of the prizewinners and their guests.

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