Rewarding Roles for St Catherine’s Pupils.

Rewarding Roles for St Catherine’s Pupils.

Drug awareness, debating and fundraising were high on the agenda this term.

A group of St Catherine's pupils travelled to Dublin to partake in a debate organised by Mrs Deirdre Hegarty, Sacred Heart Goals’ Co-ordinator in the school. The motion was: 'Should Africa go it alone?’ Four European schools were involved in the heated discussion about the economic and climate change which is taking place on the African continent.

The Network of Sacred Heart schools represented included: Vienna, Kilgraston, Dublin and Armagh. The proposition won with strong arguments suggesting that Africa has enough resources to stand on its own two feet.

Year 10 students have recently taken part in an intensive, 6 week drugs and Alcohol Awareness programme during their Learning for Life and Work Classes (LLW). The school has been working closely with ‘Breakthru’ for several years in an attempt to deglamourize drug and alcohol consumption amongst teenagers.

 As a cross-community drug and alcohol awareness organisation, ‘Breakthru’  staff work with schools to give students and teachers alike factual, up-to-date and impartial information about substance abuse.

 “We take the issue of student safety very seriously. The hope is that our students develop knowledge, coping strategies and finish the course with increased resilience and self-esteem” commented Blaithín Doonan, Head of Learning for Life and Work.

This group of students did Armagh proud in the Sacred Heart Schools’ debate held in Mount Anville, Dublin recently. The girls are pictured with Principal, Mrs Deirdre McDonald, Mrs Deirdre Hegarty, Event Coordinator(front left) and Miss Patricia Boyle, Director of Chaplaincy Services (front right).  Also pictured are mentors Mrs Siobhan Black and Miss Louise Lynch, English Department.

Top Debaters, Saint Catherine’s College students Katie Bergin (left) and Shannon O’Neill took part in a European debate with pupils from Sacred Heart Schools from Austria, Scotland and Dublin. The girls were presented with special debating medals from Eamon Meehan (CEO) Trócaire, Ireland who was one of the judges. They are pictured here with Mrs Deirdre McDonald (Principal), Mrs Siobhan Black, English Dept. (Back left) and Mrs Deirdre Hegarty (Sacred Heart Goals’ Coordinator).

Mrs Margaret Ferguson from Breakthru (right) and Mrs Patricia Freeman, teacher of LLW, are pictured here with Class 10H, St. Catherine’s College, who have successfully completed the “Safe & Sound” programme on risk-taking behaviour. Also in the photo is Head of LLW in the school, Mrs Blaithín Doonan (centre).

Class 10A, St. Catherine’s College, proudly display their certificates on completion of a six-week Drug Awareness programme facilitated by Breakthru’. The girls are pictured here with class teacher Mrs Patricia Freeman (left) and Mrs Margaret Ferguson from Breakthru (right). Also in the photo is Mrs Blaithín Doonan, Head of LLW in the school.

Staff of the English Department in St. Catherine’s College organised a Readathon for the school’s “Help Uganda Grow” project in Africa.  Head of English, Mrs Sheila McCoubrey (centre) and Miss Aoife Murphy, School Librarian, are pictured here with some of the top fund-raisers from Key Stage Three. l/r: Mary Jane Donnelly, Catherine O’Hanlon, Maria Oliviera, Niamh Bullock, Sophie Taylor.


St. Catherine’s College students who received Awards in the UK Maths Challenge 2014 are pictured here with Head of Maths, Mr John O’Neill.  Front row l/r: Christabel Stockman, Amy McGleenan, Emer Rooney, Meabh-Ellen Cairns. Back row l/r: Anna Donnelly, Ella Conlon (Best in Year), Niamh O’Reilly, Cara Hegarty.

Double Delight

Double Delight for St. Catherine’s College!

Early last month saw double delight for  St. Catherine’s  camogs as they overcame the stiff challenge of St.Killian’s College to take the Fr.Davies U.14B Ulster title on a Monday and then  emerged victorious over Cross and passion College in the Year 8 ‘B’ competition on a Friday.   A wonderful week  of achievement!

The Monday match was a ‘smash and grab’ by St. Catherine’s who were four points down at half-time and only drew level with seven minutes to go.  They then went on to score two late goals to pull away by six points.  This was clawed back slightly by a late goal from St.Killian’s, but this was consolation only as the final whistle blew on the puck out and St. Catherine’s celebrated a narrow victory.   It was the old story of a game of two halves.

The Year 8 final was a more conclusive affair as St. Catherine’s led from start to finish and did not appear to be in serious trouble at any stage.  The scoreline at half time was  2-2 to 0-1 and at the finish,  4-5 to 1-2.

With exams and end of term activities, it was only this week that the girls all got together to celebrate in style this very unique double victory.   Jenifer O’Leary was the guest speaker and she held her audience spellbound by her list of accolades and her inspirational philosophy on what makes her passionate about her camogie.   Sheila Kearney, the chair of Ulster Colleges, was also present and she too spoke to the girls about the pride and honour they should be feeling.

It was heart-warming to see the large number of parents who were present for the occasion and the many clubs who took time out to show support for their club members.

Mrs McDonald acknowledged the hard work and effort of the girls and listed the many skills they were accumulating both on and off the field.  School teams are a combination of many club representatives and the essential element present in St. Catherine’s is that ‘we value the team, we work as a team and we achieve as a team!’

Year 8 Panel:

NicoleCauldwell, Clara Conlon, Grainne O’Hare, Yvonne McKenna, Rosie Donnelly, Sarah Comiskey,Sarah Nugent, Alana McCreesh, Orla O’Kane(1-3), Caoimhe Donnelly(1-0), Faye Fitzpatrick 1-1(Capt) Michaela Dynes, Eimear Casey, Aislinn McMahon(0-1), Megan McShane (1-0).  Subs used- Shannon Gildernew, Brodie McClelland and Ellen Lavery.


U.14 team:

Brid Hughes, Michele McParland, Caitlin McGerrigan,Maebh McAleavey, Caella Casey,  Sarah Hanratty, Aine Doyle, Aine Hughes, Cliodhna mcGeary, Catherine Muldoon, Blaithin McVeigh, Maeve Corrigan, Katie Convey, Eilis o’Hare, Amy Barret, Emma Muldoon, Kaylee McKeever, Eimhear Black, Hannah Devlin, Caelaigh Mullen, Leanne Donnelly, Eimear Rooney, Aisling Byrne.


St. Catherine’s College, Ulster  Year 8 Camogie Champions 2014.

The yr8 winning team is pictured here with Principal, Deirdre McDonald & Team mentors, Fionnuala McGrath (left) and Ciara McGahan (right). Front row l/r: Yvonne Mc Cann, Rebecca Donnelly, Nicole Caldwell, Ella Conlon, Faye Fitzpatrick, Catherine Commiskey, Shannon Gildernew, Morgan Horsfield. 2nd row l/r: Aoife Dolan, Eimear Casey, Ella Mc Geary, Caoimhe Donnelly, Megan Mc Shane, Brodie Mc Clelland. 3rd row l/r: Rosie Donnelly, Ellen Lavery, Sarah Nugent, Courtney Lundy, Alanna Mc Creesh. Back row l/r: Aislinn Mc Mahon, Orla O'Kane, Grainne O'Hare, Michaela Dynes.


St. Catherine’s College, Ulster  U14  Camogie Champions 2014.

The U14 winning team is pictured here with Principal, Deirdre McDonald & Team mentors Fionnuala McGrath (left) and Ciara McGahan (right). Front row l/r: Aisling Byrne, Amy Barrett, Michelle Mc Parland, Ceiligh Mullen, Leanna Donnelly, Ailish O'Hare, Brid Hughes, Emer Rooney. 2nd row l/r: Katie Convie, Emma Muldoon, Kaylee Mc Keever, Eimhear Black, Hannah Devlin. 3rd row l/r: Catherine Muldoon, Blaithin Mc Veigh, Caitlin Mc Gerrigan, Sarah Hanratty, Maeve Corrigan. Back row l/r: Caelle Casey, Maebh Mc Aleavey, Aine Doyle, Aine Hughes, Cliodhna Mc Kenna.


Presentation to Guest Speaker Jennifer O’Leary, (Cork Senior Camogie Player) and Mrs Sheila Kearney (Chairperson, Ulster Camogie Colleges) with Ulster winning team captains Fay Fitzpatrick (Year 8), Leanne Donnelly (U14) and Eimear Hayes (Senior Sports’ Captain).  Also included in photo Deirdre McDonald, Principal, St. Catherine’s College (centre), Mary Black, Senior Teacher (left),and Ciara McGahan, Team Mentor (back right).


Presentation to St. Catherine’s College Ulster winning team mentors Mrs Fionnuala McGrath (Head of PE) and Miss Ciara McGahan (PE Department) from Fay Fitzpatrick (Year 8), Leanne Donnelly (U.14) and Eimear Hayes, Senior Sports’ Captain and current camogie All-Star.

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.




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