69 students from across all year groups were rewarded for their excellent attendance during 2016/17 at the annual attendance awards held at Ardee Community School yesterday (Thursday).
Organised by Ms Brigid Smith, the school’s Home-School Community Liason Officer, the annual awards aim to recognise and reward all of the students who achieved full attendance throughout the academic year – not missing a day along the way. Students were joined by many parents in the Dalton Room to celebrate the achievement, with students receiving certificates and trophies.
As well as Ms Smith congratulating the assembled parents for motivating and inspiring their children to maintain a strong attendance record at school, Head Boy and Head Girl Cormac Rafferty and Katie Commins also spoke about why it was important to attend regularly, remarking that not only did it prepare students for exams but it also helped build solid friendships and enabled many to engage in team sports and other extra-curricular activities too.
The total of 69 is well up on last year’s number of 57 students who received an attendance award. Last year, there were 738 students at the school across all year – with that attendance having risen significantly to 800 for 2017/18. That means’ next year’s attendance awards could very well honour more students than ever.