On Tuesday, 7th February, 20 year 14 pupils and 1 year 13 pupil received their Pope John Paul II Awards in the Millennium Forum.
The diocese of Derry was celebrating their 10th Annual Awards ceremony with guest speaker, Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia, and Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, presenting the awards.
In total, awards were distributed to 482 pupils from across the Diocese. The award enables pupils to be actively engaged in their parish, school and local community.
Participants feel a sense of fulfillment by serving the community and people who need love, care and attention. It brings them closer to Him and enlightens young minds to understand why selfless community service is needed. This award is an ingenious way to direct the energy of the youth to something positive and constructive. It is probably the best way to commemorate the commitment of the former Pope to the young people of the world.
There were some inspiring musical performances during the evening. Celebrated singer and song writer, Niamh McGlinchey, who completed the award in 2009 recounted her own experience of the completing her award and performed one of her own compositions, ‘If you were me.’ There were also uplifting performances from the Long Tower folk group and the ‘I am’ worship band concluded the evening ceremony with a lively and inspirational set.
Pictured are the recipients of the Gold Award alongside their award leader, Mr McGarry, Principal Madden, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and Bishop Donal McKeown. (The award leader would like to thank Rev. McGavigan, Mrs Valdez Pena and the RE department for their assistance throughout the year).
(Absent from photograph: Pupils: Conal Fagan, Miceal Sammon and Riagan Canning).