Local TD and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald was on hand yesterday evening [Monday 23rd May 2016] to present esteemed awards in Moyle Park College to incoming students who took part in the Mensa assessment and to those who were accepted into Mensa.
The incoming student from a variety of primary school around Clondalkin completed a long day of entrance exam which were based on a Cognitive Ability Test as well as a Mensa exam. The top thirty students were then invited to take part in the Mensa exams.
Speaking at the event Fitzgerald said “it was a pleasure to be invited to attend such a positive celebration of local young people.” She paid tribute to the students on their achievement and to the parents and staff, in particular Mr Doyle and Principal Hartigan, who had supported them throughout the programme.
She congratulated the boys for taking part in the exam and for their determination to achieve. “This year is the most successful for Moyle Park for this programme. Of the 30 students here tonight, 12 of you have excelled and have been accepted to Mensa.”
She continued, “since the school was founded here in Clondalkin in 1957, the staff and community of Moyle Park College have been committed to giving a quality standard of education to all students who pass through its doors. This commitment is enshrined in your schools motto – ‘Respece Finem’ – meaning look towards the future. This motto is a reminder and motivator to always ‘look towards the future’, set goals and ideals and work towards them, and thrive to continuously develop and improve yourself both academically and personally throughout your future.
“There’s no doubt about it we are living through challenging times and it’s you and your peers who have the power to shape and guide our country’s future.