A Fond Farewell

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Master of Ceremonies Mr. Carvill presided over a fitting finale to the Graduating Class of 2016’s   time at St. Conleth’s.  Some boys have been at the school since Second Class while the girls joined us just two years ago, but all involved seemed full of bittersweet emotions at leaving a place which for them had very much become a second home.  Mr. Hickey’s opening liturgy once again reminded us all of the ethos which helps make St. Conleth’s such a warm and welcoming place and the speeches and awards which followed both recalled the good times of the past and the promising deeds of the future.  Of course, since music is now at the heart of everything we do at St. Conleth’s, student performers accompanied the whole event, with maestros Ms. DeBhal and Ms. Fay once again pulling the strings. In both the religious ceremony and the awards and speeches event that followed, music was the perfect accompaniment for the prayers, thoughts and memories, from the opening poignancy of Finn and Kevin’s ‘Fix You’ through the delicate power of Hannah’s ‘To Build a Home’ and Clara and Hugh’s ‘The Scientist’, to the Brendan Connor-accompanied solos by Maryrose and Eabhan and the delightful piano duet by Daniel and Noah Daniel, culminating in the last performance of supergroup ‘Accordance’ and the rousing whole-class rendition of ‘September’.  Of course, this being St. Conleth’s where we are never at a loss for words, the musical challenge was more than met on the rhetorical front by Captain Hannah Collins, Vice Captains Noah Brabazon and Josh Harvey-Graham and Principal Donal ODulaing.  Their speeches captured perfectly the nostalgic nature of the evening and Elliot and Philip’s carefully composed slideshow provided the perfect backdrop for their musings. Especially poignant was Arthur Etchingham-Coll’s tribute to Jack Harvey, a member of the class whose loss was so evident on the evening.  f course, awards were on the agenda and you can see our winners and their prizes on the slider below.  PPU representative Ronan O’Kelly and Mr. Kelleher closed the affair with their usual wit and the graduating class and their teachers headed down to O’Connell’s for a lovely meal to cap a wonderful evening.

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