LINEN HALL LIBRARY
Armagh pupils first to engage with important new theatre innovation
Pupils from St Catherine’s College, Armagh were amongst the very first to engage with an important new resource about theatre and the performing arts in Northern Ireland.
Drama students from the school had the chance to use an impressive new digital archive produced through a partnership between Ulster Bank and the Linen Hall Library, supported by Arts & Business.
Containing ‘treasures’ dating back to the 1700s, the archive includes some of Northern Ireland’s most prized theatre materials. Some of the original manuscripts, documents and artefacts were also shown to the pupils during the session.
St Catherine’s College is one of 12 schools in Northern Ireland to benefit from the workshops which are intended to support students in their studies for GCSE drama. The school applied for the opportunity and was selected by the library.
John Killen the Linen Hall Library Librarian said: “The digitisation of our Theatre and Performance Arts Archive marks a major milestone in our plan to make the Linen Hall Library’s collections available to the widest possible audience.”
The Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution. Founded in 1788, it is the oldest library in Belfast and one of the oldest in the UK. It is open free to the public, but remains the only library in Ireland that raises a substantial part of its running costs from membership. This year the Linen Hall celebrates its 225th birthday with a year-long programme of talks, performances, exhibitions and publications.
More information about the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive, the primary source of theatrical material from Northern Ireland can be found at www.linenhall.com
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St. Catherine’s College along with The Donnelly Group have organised a Community-wide draw to raise much needed funds for the Christ the Redeemer Parish in Lanai Saba, Kibera, Nairobi in Kenya. 16 students and 3 members of staff will travel to the Kibera slum in June to help work with local school children and with the development of their new school.
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French Exchange 2013
Saint Catherine’s College GCSE & A-Level 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. The group was invited to join the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Armagh this year to mark the 20th Anniversary of the French Exchange Programme.
Bring IT On Event Arrives at St Catherine’s College, Armagh
The Bring IT On road show arrived at St Catherine’s College last week for the first in the current series of regional events for pupils aged 14 to 16 years.
The event provided information about the skills requirements and career opportunities with the IT sector in Northern Ireland which continues to create new jobs despite the current economic climate. It also demonstrated the variety and attractiveness of a career in IT and offered guidance on the selection of appropriate subjects.
Pupils from a number of schools participated at this event which was hosted by St Catherine’s College. Momentum including the Digital Circle put together and presented a lively session that included videos and interactive ICT related activities which encouraged the pupils and students to work in teams to compete for prizes.
Welcoming the success of the Event, Ian Graham, CEO of Momentum said, ‘These fun and interactive events help to highlight the importance of maths and science and how these subjects underpin a successful and rewarding career in IT.’ Dispelling the myth that the profession is just for geeks, Ian went on to explain that IT companies are looking for intelligent, focused, team players. ‘They need to understand the technical element involved within the IT industry,’ he said, ‘but also have the softer skills to secure and promote business development.’
Mark Feeney, Northern Ireland Manager for e-skills UK pointed out that ‘Research shows that demand for IT & Telecoms professionals in Northern Ireland has doubled over the last year. It forecasts that the industry in Northern Ireland needs over 9,200 new entrants over the next 5 years to fulfil planned growth. The action we are taking today will help realise this growth by inspiring young people to join this fast-moving and rewarding sector.’
Year 11 students at St Catherine’s College are pictured here with Mr Anthony Moore, Head of Careers, at the Bring IT On road show hosted by the school.