Saint Catherine’s College Students have a Winning Streak!

Term 2 saw competition success in Coding, Sport, Poetry, Business Studies, Cookery & the Bar Council.

Nearly a thousand pupils from across Northern Ireland filled the Ulster Hall to listen to the students who participated in “Poetry in Motion Schools 2018”. Eight of our pupils were published in the anthology while Rhiannon Reilly was the overall winner in Northern Ireland and was presented with the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement.  

Well done to our Team of Year 9 students came second in the N.I. Mock Bar Trial competition.  This was a fantastic achievement given the winning team had already participated four times in previous years.  

Congratulations also to our two Super Chefs, Lucia & Aoife, who reached the final in the Mount Charles Big School Cook Off 2018, held in Belfast Met, Titanic Quarter.

St Catherine’s College is celebrating outstanding success in the sports’ field this year with no less than 3 Ulster Titles in Senior C Football, Under 16 B Football and Camogie!

The term ended with the annual candle-lit Prayer Service in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. The programme featured music, singing and reflections inspired by the Taizé tradition.

An amazing eight KS3 pupils from St Catherine's College had their poems published in the 'Poetry in Motion' anthology: l/r: Cara McCoubrey, Rhiannon Reilly (individual winner of the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement), Clara McConville, Megan Haughian, Megan Cairns, Ellie McArdle, Anna Rose Tennyson and Helen McGrane. The girls are pictured here with their English Teacher, Miss K Nesbitt.

Fifteen St. Catherine’s College students participated in the Citizenship Foundation’s Mock Trial Competition in Antrim Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 10th March. Students took on the roles of Prosecuting barristers, Defence barristers, defendants, witnesses, legal advisers and Magistrate judges, competing against other schools from the North of Ireland.

Finalists in The Big School Cook Off 2018 held at Belfast Met, Titanic Quarter, were Super Chefs Lucia & Aoife who represented St Catherine’s College so well.

Pete Snodden, Charity Ambassador and host of Young Enterprise NI ’18, joins St Catherine’s College, winners of the “Social Impact” Award for their company “Footsteps”. Special congratulations to Orla on being named “Entrepreneur of the Future”.

Our French Exchange group 2018 thoroughly enjoyed their stay in Armagh – they were stranded here for an extra 4 days due to a French Air Traffic Controllers’ strike! Our sincere thanks to our 20 Host families who entertained our young visitors from Orléans so well for 12 days! The French students now look forward to hosting our students in lycée St Paul, in October.

St Catherine’s College, Armagh, in Final of National Cyber Security Contest.

“The Furious Four” Coding Team from St Catherine’s College, Armagh, travelled to Manchester for the final of a National Cyber Security contest, having battled 4,500 other pupils to be named in the Top 10 teams in the UK. The year 9 students Molly, Aoife, Annarose, and Susannah enjoyed a tour of the city on Sunday before taking part in the CyberFirst Girls’ Finals on Monday.

The competition, organised by the National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of GCHQ, saw the top ten all-girls’ teams testing their intellect and technological skills, tackling a series of cyber-security problems based on a real-world scenario.

Dr. Caroline Pereira-Lynch, St Catherine’s College, Armagh, said:

“Participation in this competition has been inspiring! The girls learned more in a week than they would have in a whole term and it was amazing to see their confidence grow over that week. They learned to decode, decrypt and decipher and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.!”

Now in its second year, it is hoped that CyberFirst Girls could spark a lifelong interest that could be turned into a fulfilling career in cyber security, helping make the UK one of the safest places to live and do business online.

1,270 teams comprising of up to 4 girls aged 12-13 fought for points by completing challenges in the preliminary online round. Of the 170 logic puzzles devised by GCHQ and NCSC masterminds, only 14 remained unsolved. The competition has seen a highly positive take up on its return, with a 52% rise in the number of schools who registered teams to compete.

Alison Whitney, the Director for Engagement at the NCSC, said:

“I’m sure everyone in Armagh will join me in congratulating the school. It is terrific that we have had such an encouraging response to the second year of the NCSC’s CyberFirst Girls Competition, and a testament to how interested girls can be in the subject.


Dr Pereira - Lynch’s students: “The Furious Four” from St Catherine’s College were the only school from Northern Ireland at the Cyber First Girls’ finals in Manchester. The Year 9 team: Molly, Aoife, Annarose, and Susannah took on nine other teams nationwide tackling a series of cyber-security problems. This is a proud moment for St Catherine's to be in the Top 10 Teams in the UK!


Congratulations to St Catherine’s College Year 9 students Annarose, Molly, Susannah & Aoife on reaching The Grand Final of The NCSC CyberFirst Girls’ Competition which was judged by The BBC's Steph McGovern.  “The Furious Four” proudly display their trophy & Competition hoodies as well as an invitation to Buckingham Palace in May!

Competition Success @ St Catherine’s College


As we have come to expect, our students excel in competitions in a wide variety of subjects. This term it is Digital Literacy, Cookery, Science and Languages.


8L- Post-Primary winners of the Education Authority Safer Internet Day Film competition. 

Click here to see their winning entry which highlights some of the dangers young people can face online and how to deal with them. 


Congratulations to St. Catherine’s College students Charlotte and Alex who won the regional heat of The Mount Charles Big School Cook Off sponsored by “The Irish News”.


Well done to St. Catherine’s pupils Catherine Connolly, Alicia McGeown & Elle McVeigh for their innovative BT Young Scientist project exploring the renewable energy potential of recycling schools’ canteen waste to create ethanol.


Bravo Sarah, Gabija, Beth & Esmee, great ambassadors for St Cat’s & Orléans at Francofest by NICILT @ Q.U.B. They told ‘touristes’, in French, what to see & do & where to stay, eat & shop. They made a brochure, banners & Jeanne d’Arc’s shield. Bien joué les filles!


Informative Careers’ Forum at St. Catherine’s.

At St Catherine’s College Career Pathways event, representatives from local industry, training, further and higher institutions gave information and advice to GCSE students on a variety of career options.  Staff were delighted to welcome back three past pupils in particular, who are now pursuing apprenticeships at PWC and Greiner Packaging in Dungannon.  Their advice was warmly received by year 12 pupils who were enthusiastic in their pursuit of information, that will help steer their future career pathway. Our thanks to all who gave up their valuable time to ensure the success of this event.

St Catherine’s College Yr12 students enjoyed meeting representatives from 20 organizations at their Careers’ Fair.

PWC representatives at St Catherine’s Careers’ Fair were past pupils Conn Hanna and Jane Mc Cann (school leaver 2017/ PWC apprenticeship programme).

At St Catherine’s College Careers’ Fair, Conn Hanna (PWC) advises pupils from his own alma mater - Sruth na Gaeilge, Coláiste Chaitríona!

Greiner Plastics representatives at St Catherine’s Careers’ Fair were past pupils Aideen O’Neill & Ellen Donnelly (school leaver 2017/ Greiner apprenticeship programme).

Having blood pressure checked at Stroke Association stand at St Catherine’s College Careers’ Fair - pictured helping past pupil, Madeline Donnelly, are Yr11 volunteers Rebecca Fields, Rhianna Arris and Ella Conroy.

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