On Thursday 24 September North Coast Integrated College held its annual prize day event. The Principal, Mr Paul Mullan, opened the ceremony by welcoming the guest speaker, Mr Jim Breen, global technology entrepreneur. Other distinguished guests included members of the Board of Governors and Maria McLaughlin from the Bank of Ireland, Coleraine. The Principal’s welcome was also extended to parents, staff and of course to the students who were to receive an array of awards for their remarkable achievements.
In his address, Mr Mullan began by highlighting the wonderful results achieved by A Level and GCSE students alike, “These students achieved pass rates of 79% and 98% respectively in their public examinations. Such success stories are the product of hard work, determination and supportive parents.” Mr Mullan went on to thank the dedicated team of teaching staff who work tirelessly to ensure that each student at the College achieves their true potential in every discipline. He continued in this vein, ” here in school the small army of Non-Teaching staff including the Lunchtime Supervisors, the Cleaners, the Caretaker, the Canteen Staff, the Office staff, the Bursar, the Librarian, the Technician, the Classroom Assistants and the Governors all play a vital role in our school and I am glad to have the opportunity to publicly thank you for all that you do.”
Mr Mullan congratulated the many students on their university placements and wished everyone well with their further studies and chosen career pathways. He extended an open ended invitation for their return, to share all their successes with the prize winners of the future.
Mr Mullan emphasised that there is more to school life than being in the classroom and completing homework, “as usual we have a full programme of extra-curricular activities to be proud of. May I encourage you to avail of the wonderful choice that the College offers. Would you believe that choice extends to over twenty different activities both during the school day and in the afternoons? From the Animal club to Arts and Crafts, from Gardening to Guitar, from Soccer to the School Newsletter, from Gaelic to the Great North Coast Integrated Bake off – the choice goes on and on.”
Prior to the Guest Speaker taking centre stage Head Boy, Aaron Doherty and Head Girl, Lucie Mc Gonigle addressed the audience. Both students encouraged the prize winners to persevere with their efforts, as well as with their commitment to the whole life of the College. Lucie said, “it has been here that I have made lifelong friends; and it has been here that some of my dearest memories have been formed, I look forward to making many more memories this year, and I hope you do the same along with me.”
The Guest Speaker, Jim Breen reiterated the message of the importance of perseverance in his captivating address. Jim Breen is a self-made man who, having started his business from humble beginnings, is now firmly on the global stage as COE of PULSE Learning. This success alone is an inspiration, not to mention the active role he plays as COE of the charity “Cycle Against Suicide”. Jim urged all the young people to never give up even though life can be difficult at times; resilience and supporting one another on life’s journey are the pre-requisites of achieving all that you can.
In drawing the proceedings to an end, Mr Mullan concluded, “today proves that we at North Coast Integrated College continue to be committed to this community and together, whatever our role – student, parent, staff member, governor – we shall continue to work in partnership and go from strength to strength, providing a 21st century education for all our young people.”