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.’’
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.