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Carla’s Competition Success

Carla Kane, a Year 13 student, entered the 2021 Life Advocate Awards competition. Her essay was recognised by the judges as Highly Commended, a significant and impressive achievement for this industrious AS RE pupil.


This national essay writing competition, set up to encourage research and critical thinking on human-rights issues, drew entries from students across Ireland. Carla wrote a 600 -750 word piece in response to the following words of Mother Teresa, “We need to realise that poverty doesn’t only consist of being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremendous hunger for human dignity.”


An excerpt from her essay clearly shows Carla’s passion and knowledge on this area of learning:


“It seems that we understand and address the fact that many children are dying due to lack of fresh water and food, but we are unaware of the millions of unborn children being killed deliberately. Mother Teresa said: “Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor.” Abortion is a complete violation of the commandment “Thou shall not kill.” Disregarding an individual’s right to life is an unaddressed massacre of the modern age. We need to speak up for those who are not heard, we need to stand up for what we believe is correct, we need to change the world to make it a better place for everyone and continue Mother Teresa’s mission to live with compassion and to love one another.”


She is photographed receiving her certificate and she also received a cheque for €50! In recognition of her achievement, she has been nominated for the school’s Intellect badge at the request of Mrs Tiffney.