St. Ignatius grads hear spiritual message

As another school year came to a
close, St. Ignatius High School Year 11 and 13 students celebrated their
graduation at Loyola Hall on 17 June.  Supported
by friends, family and members of the school community, the graduates received
certificates marking their graduation from the school’s IGCSE or A Level

The guest speaker for the evening
was the Reverend Timothy Whalen, chancellor of Orchard Lake Schools, Michigan,
who focused on the spiritual side of life, sharing a number of stories and
pieces of advice with the graduates, while encouraging them to place their
trust in God as they continue on their future faith journeys.

Many received individual prizes for
outstanding achievements, among them Year 11 Chamber of Commerce Student of the
Year Kelcey Huggins, who received a laptop computer. Kelcey also received the
Ernst and Young Achievement Award for Academic Excellence 2010. Kelcey finished
with a 4.25 grade point average, tied for highest in the history of the school.
She also received the Principal’s Christian Ethos Award and National Gallery
Award for High School Visual Arts Achievement, along with six subject prizes
for English Language, English Literature, Art, Biology, Spanish and Geography.

Honours Graduate Luckshi Maheswaran
was awarded five subject prizes, including mathematics, religious education,
information and communications technology, chemistry and French. 

The Year 11 graduate address was
given by Danielle Borden. Year 13 graduates were presented with their Advanced
Diplomas by Education Minister Rolston Anglin and Board of Governors
 Chair Sheena Hislop.

Thomas Cowan and Stuart Jennings
were joint winners of the Chamber of Commerce Sixth Form Award for Highest Academic
Attainment in the Sixth Form. Thomas won the subject awards in Biology and
Chemistry, while Stuart received subject awards in English, Mathematics and

Renee Prendergast, Head Girl of St.
Ignatius, spoke on behalf of the Year 13 students. 

Peter Embleton, Head of Secondary
shared examples of how the graduating students had contributed to the school
and the wider community in drama, sport, art, music, service, and fundraising,
and also announced that construction on a new Sixth Form study area and common
room will begin in July to meet the demand of the growing Sixth Form numbers.

The graduation ceremony also
included musical items from the school’s Concert Band, conducted by Simon
Donoghue, and the Steel Band, led by Michael Lemay.  The ceremony was followed by a
post-graduation reception in the school cafeteria.