Sophie O’Meara is CCS Student of The Year 2021



Congratulations to sixth year student Sophie O’Meara who has been announced as CCS Student of the Year 2021. Mr. John Gallagher, Principal, stated, “The most prestigious award of the school year is the Student of the Year Award. When students arrive on our doorstep we ask them to fulfil their potential in a respectful manner. This is an opportunity to highlight outstanding deeds – the contribution that someone has made to the school and the wider community; and the inspirational nature of these accomplishments. The Student of the Year Award recognises a unique student who has attained this goal and in doing so as left an impregnable mark on all they have come into contact with them throughout their school life both inside and outside the classroom”. Mr. Gallagher went on to say Sophie’s outstanding display of academic achievements, personal qualities and support for school values, have added to the integrity of this award. In making their selection teachers were asked to take the following into consideration: academic record, achievements, leadership and initiative qualities, good interpersonal skills, school involvement, moral courage, any positive quality and someone who has credibility with both the staff and student body. The attributes displayed by Sophie over her time here has seen her always setting the bar at the highest level while prepared to push herself out of her comfort zone. Sophie has a great potential. She has displayed very strong moral values and an unbending will throughout the times spent with us. There is a satisfaction shining inside of Sophie. Having had the pleasure of observing Sophie, I can safely say she can serve as an example to many an adult with the level of responsibility and personal qualities shown on her journey within our school community. Sophie as a student is caring, demonstrates friendly attitudes to other students and always strives to help others. This is a sign of the outstanding person. She has friendly relationships with their peers and respects all people. Various people in their surroundings characterise this student as very pleasant, caring and attentive person”. As a Principal I can emphasise the character features which contribute to a really strong individual. Such students are the dream of any teacher. Aristotle stated, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit". I completely agree with this saying and emphasise that Sophie O’Meara is habitually excellent. She does not strive for recognition but focuses on the real and true values and contributions they can make. Sophie is a true citizen and I am sure will be a massive benefit to our society with their qualities and achievements. To conclude, I want to mention the words of famous scientist Albert Einstein, who said, "Try not to become a person of success but a person of value". It does not matter what is your position in the society and how many regalia do you have. The most important thing is to be someone who brings quality to society, who contributes their efforts, skills and knowledge to improve one's life and the lives of other people. To this end, I believe Sophie is worthy of the award the Student of the Year. We wish to acknowledge all the students who did not win awards this year but nonetheless make a very valuable contribution to life in Cashel Community School. We encourage your ongoing participation in school life and look forward to being able to reward your achievements in the future. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí mar a deir a seanfhocal. We also wish all our award winners the very best in the future and especially our 6th year students who will be facing into state examinations in the coming weeks.