On Saturday 11th May our first group of 6th Year students celebrated their graduation, which was a very special day for the entire Academy team. Reflecting on the year to date, our Principal, Michael Ruaidhri Deasy said:
As the academic year 2018/19 draws to a close it is appropriate to reflect on the year that was. Our first intake, I always felt, had the potential to be a very special group based on the individual interviews with each student. That potential has been absolutely realised. Great relationships have been formed; friendships that will endure over the months and years ahead.
Leadership comes in many forms; some students may have been surprised to find themselves as those leaders but they have excelled themselves in helping to establish a hugely positive culture.
Finally, we are excited about what this group will go on to achieve. Third level will be a joy. The understandable sense of trepidation at starting the next phase has been dealt with months ago. We are all so proud of the class of 2019. I am looking forward to the ‘debs’ and beyond that to our ten year reunion.
The graduation ceremony was hosted in the Talbot hotel, with a champagne reception and canapes on arrival for parents. We then started proceedings with a welcome from our Principal, Michael Ruaidhri Deasy. Next up was a speech from one of our 6th year students Andrew Smith, who reflected on his time in the Academy and some of the things he would miss next year!
Our 6th year, Year Head, Rob Browne, gave a very entertaining speech about some of his most memorable moments from during the year. He included some of the things which he definitely won’t miss, such as being asked for endless amount of forks on a daily basis!
Our guests were treated to some wonderful performances firstly by Harrison Jones who played the classic Oasis song, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, on the guitar and sang, which went down a treat with all the students joining in!
The latter performance was from Luke McGranaghan on the keyboard, accompanied by two friends who sang ‘Never Dance Again‘ by George Michael.
Robyn Dunne gave a rousing speech highlighting some of her favourite memories from a number of teachers. She finished with a poignant Ferris Bueller quote: ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it’.
Reflecting on the Academy’s first year as a full time school, our Founder Chris Lauder said:
“You can just feel the positivity, the energy and the enthusiasm from the moment you set foot in the school. It’s electrifying. And that’s all down to the great student body we’re so lucky to have here at the Academy. As our first ever intake of students, I can tell you, you’ve set the bar incredibly high”.
Here is a short video capturing some moments from the ceremony:
We would like to wish all our 6th year students the very best of luck in their exams in June and for their future!
From all the Academy team!
Thank you to our photographer Paul Lundy for capturing the event so wonderfully, for the full album please click: