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‘Comp’ Student wins prestigious award.

 

Jordan Boyle a popular student at St. Columba’s Comprehensive scooped the Special Achievement prize at the Donegal Divisional Garda Youth Awards, and will now go on to represent the division at the National Youth Awards to be held at Templemore later in the year.

 

Jordan’s contribution to his school and his GAA club belie the fact that he has managed to overcome many obstacles on his way to this wonderful achievement. Knowing Jordan as we do here in the school community it is hard to believe that he did not speak until the age of three, was diagnosed with both ADHD and ASD and has endured various medical procedures throughout his eighteen years.

 

A stalwart of Ardara CLG, Jordan according to many in the club is indispensable. If it needs doing, Jordan is the man for the job. Indeed one of his favourite quotes is, “I’m here to do a job”. Seoirse Doherty, Chairperson of the Ardara Minor board said of him; “Jordan is always available to help in any way he can. He is a credit to himself, his family and his club.”

 

Here in the Comprehensive he is one of the leading members of the SVP, raising funds every Christmas for people in need. In addition Jordan has always helped with all sports tournaments doing organising all aspects of games including jerseys, scoreboards, ensuring pitches and sports halls are ready.

 

Jordan is a Mentor looking out for our new first years. First Years have fed back that he always been extremely helpful in making them feel comfortable in the school

He is extremely cooperative and solid to work with and is to the fore at all events in the school.

 

A final word to Jordan’s Mum Karen, who simply describes Jordan in two simple but telling statements: “So true to himself” and “His own man”. And so say all of us!

 

Martina Remembered Every Year

 

In 2011 St. Columba’s Comprehensive Glenties lost one of its brightest lights. Martina Maguire, then only 15 years of age lost her battle with Leukaemia. While we often talk of those who have passed in glowing terms, Martina really was an exceptional person. A brilliant student and perhaps more importantly a brilliant friend. She was an include, in the thick of everything, as though she secretly knew her time with us would be short and therefore, should be enjoyed to the full.

 

At the time of her death those who knew her here in the school, wrote beautiful tributes to her in a book of condolence. But what was perhaps more moving were the many beautiful messages written by those who never knew her. New First Year students expressed a wish that they had known her or could have had a friend like her. Others expressed how they had admired her from a distance and missed a person they hardly knew but felt they cared for.

 

In recognition of Martina’s wonderful influence, her year group at the time had the idea of presenting a perpetual trophy every year to a student in the school who embodied most or all of Martina’s attributes. With the kind support of Martina’s family we have continued here in the Comp to recognise a student in the Transition Year/Fifth Year group and present them with this beautiful memorial cup

 

This year was particularly poignant as the winner of this now prestigious award was Daryl Maguire, who happens to be a cousin of Martina. Daryl possesses the same generosity of spirit, and warmth for which we remember Martina. Chosen by his peers there was a sense on the day of the award that this was right, this was fitting, and this was how it should be. Congratulations to Daryl and sincere thanks to the Maguire family for being with us to present the trophy on the day.

 

The Global School’s Programme visits “The Comp”

 

 

It’s an occasion when the Minister for Education visits your school. For Minister McHugh to visit us twice in one academic year is a rare honour in deed. On Thursday last 10th January we got that second visit by the man himself. He was not alone, flanked as he was by Brian O’Brien, the Consul General to Chicago and the US Mid-West, Alison Meagher, 3rd Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Lieutenant Daniel McChrystal of the Irish army and a UN Peacekeeper.

 

The occasion for such illustrious company was the launch of “The Global Schools” programme, aimed at giving the students of Ireland an insight into the “Global Ireland” programme currently being initiated by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Though it is intended to eventually reach all Secondary schools in the country, St. Columba’s Comprehensive, Glenties was honoured to be among the first twenty schools in the country where the scheme is being piloted.

 

The scheme is designed to continue and also to increase Ireland’s contribution to global issues, not least of which is our continued involvement in the United Nations Peacekeeping missions throughout the world. Hence the presence of Lieutenant McChrystal, who reminded us that Ireland is the longest serving continuous member of the peacekeeping forces with a very impressive track record throughout the war ravaged countries of the world. The lieutenant fielded several questions from students in a lively Q and A session in the school.

 

After the minister spoke it was outside for a special presentation and raising of the United Nations Flag and the United Nations Charter to the school, before normal service was resumed. Overall it was a wonderful event and a great opportunity for our students to recognise the importance of our country on the world stage.

 

Students from the Comp attend the Donegal Road Safety Show

 

“Passengers need to man up when the person behind the wheel is driving too fast” Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council

 

“After thirty two years in Garda Siochana, I have too many images in my head of what happens on our roads” Garda Mark Trainor

 

“When you’re about to put your finger on the doorbell of a house to tell a family that their little girl is never coming home, this is the worst job in the world” Garda Mark Trainor

 

“Their lives are changed forever” Paddy Doherty, Ambulance paramedic.

 

“When you see the dead body of a young person your heart falls down to the pit of your stomach. It sounds silly, but at that moment you wish you could turn back the clock just a few minutes, but you can’t”. Fire Officer James McKenna

 

“Remember how valuable you are as a person and to your family”. Joan Doherty. Mother of Kelly who was killed in a road traffic accident in 2007.

 

“I got a life sentence that night”. Lizzy Keys, wheelchair-bound survivor of a traffic accident and paralysed from the waist down.

 

 

 

These are the actual words from the people who spoke at the Road Safety Show organised by the Donegal Road Safety working group in Letterkenny this week. The main sports hall in the Aura Leisure centre was filled with 1500 students from all over the county and beyond. It was billed as a show, but it was much more than that. Every person of a reasonable age should be made to experience what we experienced that day.