‘You are our here and now’ - City’s Mayor tells pupils

The Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, who was the guest speaker at the annual junior prizegiving in St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's College, Claudy, pictured with, from left, Shay Melaugh, Head Boy, Aoife Canning, Head Girl, and Deirdre O'Kane, Principal. DER3814-154KM
The Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, who was the guest speaker at the annual junior prizegiving in St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's College, Claudy, pictured with, from left, Shay Melaugh, Head Boy, Aoife Canning, Head Girl, and Deirdre O'Kane, Principal. DER3814-154KM
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Derry’s Mayor has told the children of St. Patrick’s and St. Brigid’s College in Claudy that they: “are not only our future” but also “our here and now”.

Speaking at the school’s junior prizegiving on Friday, Colr. Brenda Stevenson, herself a resident of Claudy, encouraged the pupils to “reach for the stars and on your way, take in the moon as well”.

The prizegiving was the first such event overseen by the College’s new principal Deirdre O’Kane and she was delighted to celebrate the success of the school’s Key Stage 3 pupils.

In her Principal’s Address, Mrs O’Kane acknowledged the excellent foundations created by her predecessor, Mr Jack McCauley and congratulated all pupils for their endeavours and achievements.

“I am deeply impressed by your attitude to your studies; your commitment to learning and by the way you conduct yourself as go about your day to day business in the college.

“You are a real credit to your parents and guardians.

“There is little doubt that your determination to succeed has brought you here today, as prize winners and I am delighted to be able to celebrate your successes with you”.

Mrs O’Kane also thanked parents for the crucial role they play in supporting their child’s education and stressed the importance of strengthening the relationship between home and school in the coming months and years.

The ceremony was also addressed by the school’s headboy and headgirl. Shay Melaugh and Aoife Canning who paid tribute to the, “new, positive sense of leadership” brought to the college by newly appointed Principal, Mrs Deirdre O’Kane.