GCSE jubilation at Dean Maguirc College
There were scenes of delight and jubilation when pupils received their 2018 G.C.S.E. results at Dean Maguirc College as the grades achieved by so many of the pupils were very impressive indeed. Reflecting on the results, the principal, Mr. Warnock spoke of the performance of the pupils of the
all-ability school which entailed 81% of the pupils achieving A* – C in 5 subjects or more in this year’s examinations. He said “I am very happy and pleased with the performance of our pupils which saw 61% of the all-ability year group achieving 7 or more G.C.S.E. A* – C grades with 70% of the boys achieving A* – C in 5 or more subjects. As a school catering for all abilities which entails the provision of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, it is great to see our pupils achieve their full potential in the academic and vocational subjects.” He added. “Our success today stems undoubtedly from the hard work of both pupils and staff, the school working in partnership with the parents and the dedicated teachers who act as mentors for our Year 12 pupils. I congratulate all who have been involved in enabling the pupils to achieve and even surpass their target grades.”
Top achievers were: Jack Conway, Tara Conneely, Dara Curran, Oisin McCann, Michael McCallan, Mairead McGarrity, John Rafferty, Laura McDermott, Bridgin McNally, Sarah McCallion, Emma Conlon, Aimee McElhone, Claire McGarrity, Tiarnan McGarrity, Grainne Curran, Caoimhe Grimes, Marie Gormley, Shannon Logue, Kara Owens, Denise Rafferty, Lucie Cullen, Emer Condon, Brona Stewart, Sean Conneely and Fergal McCrory.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper transmitted live from the R.T.E. studios in Dublin which was co-ordinated by Trócaire involved representatives from both Trócaire and the parish of Greencastle, Co. Tyrone as well as pupils and staff from Dean Maguirc College, Co. Tyrone. The celebrant of the Mass was Fr. Edward Gallagher P.P. of Greencastle who was part of a ten strong delegation of Trócaire representatives from throughout Ireland who visited Honduras in Central America last November as preparation for this year’s Lenten Campaign. The focus of the 2017 campaign is Honduras itself and the effects of climate change on its coastal communities.
Commenting on the school’s participation in this Trócaire Mass for Holy Thursday, the principal, Mr. James Warnock said “We are delighted and honoured to have been asked to be involved in this very special liturgy and I thank all the participants from the college, especially the choir who have put so much effort into preparing for this unique event. We do fundraising in the school each Lent for Trócaire and I am delighted to say that we have reached our target of £3000 for 2017.’’
The 27th annual public speaking competition sponsored by The Friendly Care Group, Termonmaguirc was recently held in Dean Maguirc College, Carrickmore.
Adjudicators Mr Declan Forde, Mrs Lisa O’Neill and Mr Michael Murphy pictured with Head of English, Mrs Claire O’Hanlon, Principal Mr James Warnock and The Friendly Care Group representatives, Mrs Mary Mc Cartan, Mrs Mary Ward and Mr Albert Breen. The winning speakers were, Glen Mulholland, Tiarnan Mc Garrity, Muireann Keenan, Lorcan Mc Garrity, Claire Mc Garrity and overall winner Laura Mc Dermott.
We have great talent in the sport of Handball with the following pupils already achieving highly this year.
Ciaran Cuddy showed great determination in the Intermediate singles to win the Ulster title beating a pupil from St McCartan’ s in the final of the 60 X 30 Ulster Colleges. He then did the double when he beat Daire Savage from St Colmans Newry to lift the 40 X 20 Ulster Under 19 singles title.
In the girls’ junior singles Caitlin Conway beat Loreto Convent’s Mairead Fox in the game of the day. The two girls played to such a high standard and Caitlin finally came through winning the tie-breaker to take the 60 X 30 Ulster Under 17 singles title
In the 60 X 30 Ulster Under 15 doubles, Cahir Munroe and Fionntan McNamee won the junior boys doubles beating St. McCartans in the final. The boys played excellently and won on a score line of 15-7, 15-11.
The Dean travelled to Beech Hill College in Monaghan to play in the Ulster under 16 One wall girls tournament. There were 18 teams from schools throughout Ulster and the girls had to win their group to make it through to the semi-final. They beat St Pauls Bessbrook in their two doubles games where Sarah Devlin and Seana Clarke won 15-7 with Clare Conway and Laura Tuohey winning 15-5. In the final they played the hosts Beech Hill. This was a tough encounter but the girls played a stormer and went on to win the title 15-10, 15-11.
Congratulations to Leah Mc Guigan, Seana Clarke, Meghan Clarke and Vivienne Scott Browne who were Runners-up in the Ulster Final of the annual Gael Linn Tráth na gCeist (Irish Quiz)on Friday 20th January in the Ashburn Hotel, Lurgan. The girls won first place in the Omagh heat of the competition in October. Maith sibh!
The 2017 Dean History trip included visiting Wansee House, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, The Reichstag building and The Brandenburg Gate over the course of two days. Then in Krakow the group toured the city, spent a day in Auschwitz and visited to the Wieliczka Salt Mines. The group are pictured in front of the Reichstag – Germans parliament building.
Last year we had the privilege of having two pupils selected from the Dean to represent Tyrone Minors
Conall Grimes (who was last year’s Captain ) and Cathaoir Gallagher
We also had two players on the Tyrone team that won the inaugural All- Ireland U-17 Trophy
Ryan Gumley and Ruairi Slane with the team being captained by Cormac Munroe a past pupil.