‘And so the adventure begins’ for our 6th Year students who graduated in glorious sunshine on Friday 18th May, along with their parents, guests and school community.
The school community as a whole was in excited preparation for this event for weeks in advance – the sounds of rehearsals, the editing of speeches, the careful arrangements by the Principal Ms.Kelly and Vice Principal Ms.Moore along with the 6th Year Head Ms. Dennehy.
The preparation work done by Colm and the support staff aided by the Art Department and the ever-giving Transition Year students, led by Bean Uí Néill and Mrs.O’ Sullivan, ensured that the school itself glistened in the sunshine to echo the positive energy and enthusiasm of the day itself.
Blessed by the weather, the 6th Year students were escorted to the church by their teachers. Inside the lantern lit beauty of St. John’s was only enhanced by the sunshine streaming in through the magnificent stained glass windows.
Our celebrant for this celebration was Fr.Linnane.
The ceremony was wholly enhanced by the work of the Religion Teachers and the 6th Year religion classes – in their choice of liturgy, prayers, music, reflection and symbols. The symbols, were varied, sentimental and also fun, were received by Fr. Linnane – albeit with some bemusement – particularly with the packet of digestives!
The Ceremony of Light, which is a focal point of the celebration, was delivered by varying representative groups of the school community - from the Parents Council, Board of Management and the Staff. However, they were totally eclipsed by the final beautiful reading of Ella Scanlon from 1st Year who gave a poignant address, reminding the 6th Years to ‘remember us as we will remember them.’
The service was supported by 5th Year ushers, Ministers of the Eucharist from 4th Year, 2 altar servers from 1st Year and the sacristan Mr.Hegarty.
The music was supported by Clara Vetense, our German guest student and powerful bodhrán playing from Antonia Gergely.
The mass itself ended with a rousing rendition of the unofficial school anthem, ‘One Step beyond.’ Following an address by Ms.Kelley and Ms.Moore, the Class of 2018 were presented with Graduation Certs and a Brian de Staic sliver commemorative chain, featuring the Presentation Cross.
Proceedings in St.John’s ended with an address from the Head Girls Aoife Dillane and Áine O’ Sullivan. In this, they reflected on the values instilled during their time in Presentation and those which they hope to bring forward in to their future lives.
The theme chosen by the students was ‘ and so the adventure begins’. If there was a musical theme, it was friendship. Talented generous musicians from Class of 2018 gave stunning renditions of True Colours, You’ve got a friend in me, Lean on me and A joy for all the World, the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018.
The graduation song chosen by Class of 2018 summed up the positive energy and optimism of the day, ‘ I lived.’
The students and guests finally retired to the school where Ms.Kelley hosted a reception. Squeals of laughter were heard, and a few tears were shed, when the 6th Years stepped into a time-machine, opening their memory pods from 1st Year.
Here’s wishing the Class of 2018 every joy, health, happiness and success that only they deserve.
Celebrant: Fr. Linnane
Narrators: Sarah Buckley
Erika O’ Sullivan
Symblos: Rebecca Devane
Sharon O’ Connor
Lorna O’ Shea
Rachel Mc Carthy
Kate O’ Connor
1st Reading: Isabel Horgan
2nd Reading: Emily Molloy
Prayers of Faithful: Emma Sheehy
Nóra O’ Connell
Offertory: Kelly Tobin
Ceremony of Light: Aoife Doyle
Reflection: Andrea Gergely
First Year Reader: Ella Scanlon
Altar Servers: Ibukau Odugbesan
Support Musicians: Clara Vitense & Andrea Gergely
Ministers of Eucharist:
Ruth O’ Connell
Orlaith O’ Brien
5th Year Ushers: Kate Lynch
Orlaith O’ Sullivan
Niamh O’ Shea