Key Stage 3 Prize Giving

Saint Catherine’s College Annual Key Stage 3 Prize Giving


“Believe in yourself” was the theme of Saint Catherine’s College Key Stage Three Prize Giving ceremony 2014.  Guests at the event included parents of Year 10 students and guest speaker Tracy Corr (née Overing), a past pupil who now works as a Barrister.

In welcoming Mrs Corr, Principal Deirdre McDonald said that Tracy was an excellent role model for the students as a highly successful young professional:

“As a pupil here, Tracy believed in herself and, when things weren’t easy, she didn’t give up. Tracy used her talent for languages and English to qualify in the very competitive world of Law in Northern Ireland.”

In her Prize Giving address, Tracy Corr reflected on her time in Saint Catherine’s College.  She spoke of the importance of hard work and self-belief and described how she had benefited from the many opportunities offered to her at school, in particular, her mastery of the Spanish language which she finds very useful in the world of work and travel. 

Tracy encouraged the students to have the courage to change direction if things do not work out as planned and wished them well for their future studies and chosen career paths.

Mrs McDonald congratulated the Year 10 students on their excellent results and challenged them to “Think Big” about what they want to be and take steps to realise their dreams.  She assured them of the support of the staff: “We will be here for you, here to care for you, here to stretch you, to ensure that you realise fully your potential.” She also thanked the parents for their support over the three years in Key Stage 3.


Pupils who received awards for Contribution to School Life in Saint Catherine’s College are pictured with staff at the annual Key Stage 3 Prize Giving Ceremony: Front Row l/r: Anna Campbell, Sheetal Sebi, Rachel McParland, Mrs Tracy Corr (Guest Speaker), Mrs Deirdre McDonald (Principal), Katie Mulholland, Michelle McParland, Gemma Conway. Middle Row l/r: Ms Catriona McCall (Head of Key Stage 3), Eimhear Ní Dhuibh, Lucy Moir, Eíreann Nic Giolla Cheara, Mrs Fiona Caldwell (Head of Year 10), Mrs Denise Moore (Vice Principal), Ceiligh Mullan, Nicole Kerr, Caitlin McGerrigan, Mrs Marie McManus (Senior Teacher). Back Row l/r: Una Hendron, Orla McBrien, Eilis O’Hare, Caella Casey. Absent from photo: Seán Mac Cathnhaoil, Liam Mac Cionnaith, Jo Malone, Cara Corr, Aine Hughes, Maeve Corrigan.


Pupils who achieved Endeavour Awards at Saint Catherine’s College Key Stage 3 Prize Giving Ceremony pose proudly with their plaques: Front Row l/r: Kaneesha O’Hara, Lisa Toal, Ana Oliveria, Mrs Tracy Corr (Guest Speaker), Mrs Deirdre McDonald (Principal), Megan O’Neill, Andrea Cartmill, Orlagh McKenna. Middle Row l/r: Caitríona de Bléine (Co-ordinator, An Sruth Gaeilge), Claudine Rice, Maria McLaughlin, Niamh Ní Rodaigh, Mrs Anne Murphy (B.O.G.), Mrs Fiona Caldwell (Head of Year 10), Jade McElroy, Chenita Bayrajee, Olivia McElmeel, Ms Catriona McCall (Head of Key Stage 3). Back Row l/r: Brenna Ní Dhubhtaigh, Emma McCann, Christy Benny, Ceallaigh Gorman, Failenn Nig Fhionnbharr, Maria Gallogly, Meg Daly. Absent from Photo: Liam MacCionnaith, Aodhán ó Dúda, Caitin Fields, Shannon O’Neill, Eoghan Ó Dúda.


Students who achieved Academic Awards at Saint Catherine’s College Key Stage 3 Prize Giving Ceremony are pictured here with staff and guests: Front Row (l/r): Amy Barrett, Katie Nic Con Midhe, Tania Guterres, Mrs Tracy Corr (Guest Speaker), Mrs Deirdre McDonald (Principal),  Fr Peter McAnenly, Weronika Winlarczyke, Niamh Fullen, Joana Fialho. Middle Row l/r: Mr Peter Gildea (Principal, Mt. St. Catherine’s P.S.), Caitríona de Bléine (Co-ordinator, An Sruth Gaeilge), Sarah McSorley, Katie Bergin, Mrs Anne Murphy (B.O.G.), Mrs Fiona Caldwell (Head of Year 10), Emily Tiffney, Clodagh Fields, Ms Catriona McCall (Head of Key Stage 3), Mr Seamus MacDhaibheid (Deputy Principal). Back Row l/r: Emma McKinney, Aimee McGee, Brídin Ni Shuilleabháin, Egle Kavaliunaite, Caoimhe Toner, Eimhear Ní Dhuibh, Absent from photo: Dylan ÓCuilinn, Luka MacEinrí, Jesmin James, Karina Kurmazaite, Charlie O’Neill, Renata Baltramiejunite, Megan Hamill, Ineta Siksnuite.


Saint Catherine’s College students who received Form Tutor awards are pictured here with their Form Tutors after their Key Stage 3 Prize Giving Ceremony: Front Row l/r:

Mrs Blaithín Doonan, Weronica Winiarczyke (10C), Emma McGeary (10R), Mr Damian Mullan, Miss Lauren Hamill, Egle Kavaliunaite (10H), Shannen Curran (10M). Back Row l/r: Mrs Fiona Caldwell, Miss Niamh McAvoy, Leanne Donnelly (10G), Brídin Ní Shuilleabháin (10L), Miss Megan Grimley, Mrs Deirdre Hegarty. Absent from photo: Ineta Siksnuite (10A), Dylan Ó Cuilinn (10i)


Students with full attendance in Year 10 received special recognition at Key Stage 3 Prize Giving in Saint Catherine’s College. Those with full attendance over their three years in Key Stage 3 received two plaques: Front Row l/r: Shona Magee, Emily Tiffney, Sheetal Sebi, Mrs Tracy Corr (Guest Speaker), Mrs Deirdre McDonald (Principal), Christy Benny, Andrea Cartmill, Aoibheann Chambers. Back Row l/r: Mrs Magella McCloskey (Teacher in charge of Attendance), Claire Conlon, Orlagh McKenna, Amy Barrett, Mrs Fiona Caldwell (Head of Year 10), Kaneesha O’Hara, Katie Bergin, Holly McCann, Caitríona de Bléine (Co-ordinator, An Sruth Gaeilge). Absent from photo: Cliodhna Corvan, Jesmin James.


Saint Catherine’s College students who received Sports Awards are pictured with staff after Key Stage 3 Prize Giving which was held recently in the school: Front Row l/r: Leanne Donnelly (Sr. Hannan Cup), Caella Casey (Athlete of Key Stage 3), Meabh McAleavey (Sports Personality of Key Stage 3). Back Row l/r: Miss Ciara McGahan (P.E. Dept.), Mrs Tracy Corr (Guest Speaker). Absent from photo: Cara Corr (joint recipient, Sr. Hannon Cup).


Recipients of Special Awards at Saint Catherine’s College Key Stage 3 Prize Giving are pictured here. Front Row l/r: Meabh McAleavey (The Eilis Laverty Cup for Contribution to School Life), Mrs Una Corr (Principal’s Secretary), Mrs Tracy Corr (Guest Speaker), Mrs Deirdre McDonald (Principal),  Megan O’Gorman (The Conall Morrison Cup for Drama), Emily Tiffney (The Paul Muldoon Cup for Poetry & The Music Cup for Excellence), Joana Failho ( The Cor Unum Cup for Commitment to the values of Sacred Heart Education),  Back Row l/r: Miss Catriona McCall (Head of K.S.3), Una Hendron, Wernika Winiarczyk, Orlagh McKenna, who shared the Principal’s Award for Excellence with Joana Failho, Mrs Fiona Caldwell (Head of Year 10), Lucy Mulgrew (The McAuley Shield for Endeavour), Miss Lauren Hamill (Drama Dept.), Mrs Marie  McManus (Senior Teacher).


Saint Catherine’s College students who received awards for Music are pictured with staff at the recent Key Stage 3 Prize Giving Ceremony: Front row l/r: Brídín Ní Shuilleabháin, Una Hendron, Emma McGeary. Middle Row l/r: Dr Eunan McCreesh (Director of Music), Mrs Tracy Corr (Guest Speaker), Luka Mac Einrí, Mr Peter Gildea (Principal, Mt. St. Catherine’s P.S.).  Back Row l/r; Aoibheann Chambers, Meg Daly, Emily Tiffney, Chloe Mooney.


After Key Stage 3 prize-giving in St. Catherine’s College, Emily Tiffney is pictured with her array of Awards and proud mum Noeleen, who is a Senior Teacher in the school.


Tracy Corr (formerly Overing), Guest Speaker at the recent Key Stage 3 Prize Giving Ceremony held in Saint Catherine’s College, receives a gift from Emma McGeary. A past pupil of Saint Catherine’s College, Tracy now works as a barrister. Also pictured are Principal Deirdre McDonald (Back right) and Tracy’s mother-in-law Una Corr, Principal’s Secretary.

Open Day at The Convent

Open Day at The Convent - Saturday, 14th June.

The doors opened at 11am yet the people were there from 10.30! Past pupils flocked back to their Alma Mater from all over the North and beyond to pour over items from their time at school and to reminisce over old photos.

Visitors signed in, according to their year group: 1955-1990 were best represented. They found their names and those of classmates in old registers, helped identify people in photos and provided information on the whereabouts of Head Girls and others.

The tours of the school were extremely popular and a poignant pause on the route was at the new little Garden of Remembrance, dedicated to the memory of pupils and staff whose lives were cut short during their time at the school.

One lady talked her friends through the pictorial display of the devastation caused by the Big Fire in 1964 when the chapel wing was lost. She had been a boarder in the school at the time. Coincidently, a visitor to the exhibition was a fireman who had assisted in putting out the blaze!

Another lady drove down from Belfast, spent hours exploring the artefacts and chatting to old friends and left with seven copies of The Gazette so that she could give her friends a copy of the supplement: “Saint Catherine’s College - Celebrating 40 Years”.

Satisfied visitors left armed with three publications: a book of stories pertaining to the Grammar school; An Illustrated Commentary on the Official Opening of the Secondary School in 1956 and a copy of The Ulster Gazette with the 16 page pull-out on Sacred Heart Education in Armagh since 1851.

Grateful thanks to the Editor, John Hooks, for his guidance and support in compiling this social history which will be cherished in many homes for years to come.

Pictured with Principal of St Catherine’s College, Deirdre McDonald, are staff & students who were responsible for the creation of Le Jardin du Sacré Coeur, the Garden of Remembrance dedicated to pupils and staff who passed away during their time at the school.

Sr Nora Smyth rscj is pictured at the grave of Primate Dixon, Archbishop of Armagh, 1852-1866. He helped the nuns to build the convent and requested to be buried in their little cemetery on Mt St Catherine. Barney Herron, former Principal of Primate Dixon P.S. Coalisland and Monsignor Raymond Murray were contributors to the new information panel erected at the site.

Exhibition at Saint Catherine’s College, Armagh

Exhibition at Saint Catherine’s College, Armagh.

It is 40 years since the congregation of the Sacred Heart in Armagh took the enlightened and daring step of amalgamating the Convent of the Sacred Heart and the Sacred Heart Intermediate School to form Saint Catherine’s College.

In October, there was an exhibition in the school to acknowledge the contribution of the sisters of the Sacred Heart to education in Armagh and to celebrate 40 years of all-ability education. Such was the success of this event that it will be re-run on Saturday, 14th June due to public demand. The school will be open to visitors from 11am – 4pm.

The exhibition will have, as its centre-piece, the original 1851 Convent Register which records the names of the first pupils who attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in post-famine Armagh.  Photographic displays cover the 40 years of Saint Catherine’s College and additional images will capture something of the separate lives of the Convent Intermediate School and the Convent Grammar School with its prestigious boarding department. 

School publications, items that survived the convent chapel fire in 1964, newspaper clippings, and framed photographs will also feature.  Of special interest to the wider Armagh community will be the availability of convent registers going back to 1959 and a selection of Mount Saint Catherine’s bound registers which were retained from the 19th Century. Other fascinating original items will allow previous boarders to look back at the records the nuns kept of daily events in the boarding department.

Those who attend the exhibition and it is open to all, will receive a commemorative booklet of stories to mark the Daichead Bliain Ag Fás (Forty Years a-Growing.). Also available will be a booklet of photos celebrating the opening of The Sacred Heart Intermediate School in 1956 – the first voluntary intermediate school in Northern Ireland! There will also be guided tours of the school buildings and grounds throughout the day.

Armagh Schools’ Peace Project

Planning a Brighter Future  - Armagh Schools’ Peace Project


St Catherine’s College host successful inter-schools’ project.


As part of a Comenius project undertaken by the network of Sacred Heart schools, pupils from four Armagh secondary schools participated in an art workshop discussing how different communities could build a more peaceful future in Armagh. 

During the one day workshop, sixth form students from St Patrick's Grammar, Royal School Armagh, City of Armagh High School and St. Catherine's College produced a piece of work encompassing their hopes and aspirations.


The students showcased their Peace Poster in the Mall where they met European Principals from the Sacred Heart Network of Schools to explain the aim of their peace project. 

Their artwork is currently being transferred onto postcard format and the postcards will be available from local tourist outlets in the summer.


Mrs Deirdre Hegarty, Sacred Heart Goals Co-ordinator in St Catherine’s College, was delighted with the outcome of the project and expressed her gratitude to all involved for their input.


The Armagh Schools’ Peace Project participants showcased their Peace Poster in the Mall. The Sixth Form pupils from four city secondary schools are pictured here with their Art teachers Mr Paddy Mohan, Miss Ruth Mc Dowell and Mrs Deirdre Hegarty (Project Leader, St Catherine’s College). Mr David Cunningham, Principal, City of  Armagh High School also attended the event as did Mrs Margaret Martin, Sacred Heart Network Coordinator, Mr Peter Gildea, Principal, Mount St Catherine’s P.S. and visiting Principals from Sacred Heart Schools in Dublin, Roscrea, Scotland and Malta.

Form class groups in St Catherine’s College each bought a global gift from Trócaire as part of the focus on Social Awareness, this year’s Sacred Heart Goal in the school. Pictured presenting a cheque for £1,440 to Miss Gemma McCourt from Trócaire are representatives of classes who raised the most money. Also in the picture are l/r: Mrs Roisin McKeever (Head of RE), Miss Gemma Gildernew ( RE Dept.) and  Mrs Denise Moore (Vice Principal).

Year 10 Class winners of the “Young Chef of the Year 2014” Cookery Competition, held in Saint Catherine’s College, are pictured here with their Home Economics teachers. The overall winners were 1st Phoebe Sherick & Gintare Stanciute  (Tandoori Chicken), 2nd Megan Hamill & Feithlinn Morgan (Chicken Curry), 3rd Sinead McGlinchey (Stuffed Chicken).

Number day in St Catherine’s College was a resounding success this year as always & organiser Kieran Gallagher was well pleased with the response from students and staff alike. How many Maths teachers can you count in this picture?

The eminent obstetrician, Professor Jim Dornan (centre right) and political editor and author Eammon Mallie (centre left) addressed students at St. Catherine’s College on the life Skill improvement which Drama can provide. Professor Dornan was accompanied by his niece Hedi Stewart (back row) who runs a drama school in North & West Belfast. The event was organised by Mrs Mary MacGinty (centre left), Head of Drama in the school. Also pictured is Mrs Deirdre McDonald, Principal (centre) and Mr Ciaran Connolly (right) Head of Science.

Saint Catherine’s College GCSE  French students are pictured here with their “correspondants” from Lycée Saint Paul, Orléans, who spent a week in Armagh in March. The return visit to France will take place in October. Also pictured are teachers of French and English from both schools.

This group of students from Saint Catherine’s College and St Patrick’s Grammar School participated in the annual Spanish Exchange to Granada in Southern Spain. They spent 9 days with Spanish families practising and improving their language skills. The students also had the opportunity to visit some schools and other places of interest. They were accompanied by Mrs Emma Sheridan, (centre) Head of Spanish, St Catherine’s College and teachers of Spanish from other participating schools.




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