Each year a group of fifth year students volunteer to participate in the John Paul II Awards.
“The Pope John Paul II Award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them. The Award was launched by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, His Excellency Most Rev Dr Giuseppe Lazzarotto on 7th November 2006 in the Diocese of Derry, Ireland.
The Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church – in the life of their community and society. It enables young people become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world and to engage at a deep level with Christ.
The Award is committed to helping young people enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development through participation in school, parish and community activities. As well as the feeling of personal achievement that a participant will gain from taking part in the Award, participation will help to show future employers and educators that an Award participant demonstrates they can make an ongoing commitment to a task and goal.”
This year over 20 girls have participated in the John Paul II awards and have taken part in various events throughout the school year such as helping to organise Darkness Into Light, training to become Eucharistic Ministers and Ministers of the Work participating in the Awakening Concert and many other school and community activities.