Awards / Achievements

Student Awards System-Córas na nGradam
Pobalscoil Chaiseal Mumhan- Cashel Community School

Awards System
In Cashel Community School, we believe it is important for students to experience more than just the academic side of life during their time in school. We aim to provide a broad education and to turn out students who are not only academically qualified but also good citizens. Recognition and reward of student effort and responsibilities are important to the entire school community.

To motivate students towards the highest possible goals the school has developed an Awards System, which recognises student achievement across the full range of student activity. The Annual Awards Ceremony, held in May, provides a very special occasion for the entire school to come together and celebrate all the achievements of individuals, classes and teams throughout the school year. Students receive formal acknowledgement of their endeavours.

Recognising the great achievements of students in areas such as academic, sporting, cultural and attendance, these awards have proven to be an excellent way of saying “Congratulations” to the award recipients and showcase to the wider community examples of exemplary student accomplishments.

The aims of the awards are:

  • to promote excellence 
  • to reward and encourage talent 
  • to foster and reward high achievement 
  • to encourage students to excel academically and personally 
  • to acknowledge student initiative and effort 
  • to create a sense of pride in students
  • to recognise students who are involved in significant voluntary, community and charitable activity

Categories of Awards

  • Class Awards
  • Full Attendance
  • Creative Writing
  • Sport
  • Cultural
  • Special
  • Best Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied Results
  • Student of the Year

Format for Nominations of Awards

  1. Class Awards Nominated by subject teachers. Students must a minimum of 5 votes to be deemed the winner. Can go to a second round if students are tied or if quota not reached.
  2. Full Attendance Students inform Year Heads that they have full attendance. Year Heads check this in consultation with the office. Full Attendance is described as being in school every day during the school year. Students are allowed to miss a certain number of half days.
  3. Creative Writing All students are entitled to enter this. This is organised by the English Department. Entries are given to the English teachers who judge the entries received.
  4. Sports Awards Nominated by those involved in the various sports/teams.
  5. Cultural Awards Nominated by those involved in the various areas.
  6. Special Awards Nominations given the Principal/Deputy Principal.
  7. Student of the Year All teachers vote one person who they believe is deserving of this award. The person with the most number of votes wins. Normally there is a second round of voting.
  8. Best Results Students with best Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied and Junior Certificate results from the previous year.


Bank of Ireland Student Awards

Cashel Community School enters the Bank of Ireland Student Awards since 2007. The event brings together 10 outstanding students who have excelled through their involvement within the various categories- Academic, Community Spirit, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Sport. There are two age categories- Junior and Senior Cycle.

The Bank of Ireland Student Awards is a 3-stage process- school, regional and national level. Each school winner received a special plaque and an award certificate to recognise their achievement.

Cashel Community School has been successful in having Regional winners in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and all regional winner have qualified for the National Final.

Other Awards

Students also partake in various cultural and academic competitions during the school year. Examples of success in previous years include German Essay Competitions organised by the Austrian Embassy, Comórtaisí Seachtain na Gaeilge eagraithe ag Gael Linn, Choir Compeitions.

Students have been recognised for outstanding results in state examinations by third level institutions and other organisations (e.g. WIT Business, Maths Olympiad).