Two members of the Class of 2016 at Kilkenny College were awarded prestigious Naughton Foundation Scholarships by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD., in Dublin on Saturday 24th September. The awards, which are each valued at €20,000 are funded by the Naughton Foundation, were established by Dr. Martin and Mrs. Carmel Naughton to encourage and support students who are studying Science and Engineering at Third Level, having achieved outstanding grades in the Leaving Certificate.
Sophie Cairns and Scott Levie are commencing study in Engineering in UCD having sat the Leaving Certificate in June. Scott attained 615 and Sophie 595 CAO Points. 35 Scholarships were generously funded by the Naughton Foundation this year: Kilkenny College was one of only two schools in Ireland to have more than one Scholar.
Speaking after the awards ceremony Principal, Mr. Simon Thompson said, ‘Sophie and Scott both fully deserve these important awards. They have worked hard and to high standards throughout their education. They have both shown they possess complex critical and creative thinking capacities to bring to the important field of engineering. Ireland needs to see more young adults pursuing small and large scale creative industrial design. I am delighted for both Scott and Sophie and their families. I am particularly grateful to my teaching colleagues who mentored these two talented people, as they do all our students, to fulfil their potential during their education at Kilkenny College.’
‘A great success for a wonderful year group.’ That was the view of Kilkenny College Principal Mr. Simon Thompson following the issuing of this year’s Leaving Certificate. ‘The students more than fulfilled their potential. Congratulations to each and every one of them’, he continued.
The conclusion of the 2015-16 school year marks the retirement from the College staff of two outstanding senior teachers: Mrs. Sandra Morrow and Mr. David Milne. Both Mrs. Morrow and Mr. Milne represent the highest standards of professionalism in their careers as teachers at Kilkenny College. They have both overseen the development and growth of their respective departments of French and Music. They have both demonstrated at all times a desire to support learning for their students and shown great personal attention and care for everyone for whom they have had professional responsibility.
Mrs. Morrow and Mr. Milne have transmitted to generations of students a love and understanding of French and Music. It is evident that many of their former students have carried their learning and love of French or Music forward into their adult lives. Mrs. Morrow and Mr. Milne both stand as role models for the positive impact teachers can have on the lives of their students. The Boards, Parents Association, colleagues and students of the College thank them both for their enormous contributions to the life and development of Kilkenny College during their careers here. Both are wished every success as they move forward into new opportunities and phases of their lives. The leave with a deep expression of respect, gratitude and affection for them both from the entire community of Kilkenny College.