Senior pupils were encouraged to share their gifts and talents with the world by Archbishop Eamon Martin at the recent prize-giving ceremony in Saint Catherine’s College.  

Principal Noeleen Tiffney began the celebratory evening by congratulating the senior pupils on the “the stellar successes of summer 2019.”  Addressing the pupils, she said: “In a year when we were told results would be poorer, grades would be suppressed and there would be hardly any A*s, you proved everyone wrong and outperformed all  who  have gone before you.”

Archbishop Eamon Martin, appointed exactly five years ago to the post of Archbishop of Armagh, was guest speaker at the event to celebrate the success of senior pupils. 

Principal Noeleen Tiffney introduced Archbishop Martin as “very learned Derry native with degrees in Maths and Theology, having studied at Queen’s University Belfast, The Institute of Education in London and the University of Cambridge.” 

She said it was “timely and appropriate” for Archbishop Eamon to visit the school.  She continued: “We take our duty as a Catholic school very seriously.  Not just delivering a Religious Education programme for all our students including a Living Faith Programme for our Sixth Formers, but also in living out the values of Sacred Heart Education on a daily basis.”

In his address to the pupils Archbishop Eamon challenged them with three questions about their ‘vision’ for themselves, their communities and the world:  “Do you have a 20:20 vision for yourself?  What is your 20:20 vision for others? What is your 20:20 vision for the world?”  He encouraged the pupils to be thankful for their gifts and talents but he asked them “never to waste them and not to forget who helped you along the way.”

He said: “You are the stars of your year group in so many ways but I encourage you to turn your successes into great hopes for the future…You can be of immense help to others if you value the personal qualities of compassion, kindness, friendship, love and generosity.  These qualities will make the world a better place.”

The vote of thanks was delivered by Head Girls Catherine Comiskey and Keely Lennon who thanked the Archbishop for giving up his time to attend the event and for his motivational and inspiring address.


Amy McGleenan, recipient of the Oracy Shield for Public speaking and the Kinlen Cup for English is pictured with Mrs Sheila McCoubrey, Head of Humanities.


Recipients of the Kingston Cup for best A level results, Aoife McAteer, Aine Doyle, Bríd Ní Aodha and Aine McMullen.

Recipient of the Madeleine Sophie Cup for best GCSE results, Samantha Budakova.

The pupils are pictured with Archbishop Eamon Martin, Guest Speaker at Prizegiving and Principal, Mrs N Tiffney.


Head Girls Catherine Comiskey and Keely Lennon gave the Vote of Thanks at Senior Prizegiving.  The girls are pictured with Archbishop Eamon Martin.


Mrs N Tiffney, Principal; Archbishop Eamon Martin; Aine McMullan, recipient of the Croft Cup for A level Science; Bríd Ní Aodha, joint recipient of the Hanna Cup for Mathematics; Mrs Monique Rennie, Head of Sixth Form; Blaithin McVeigh, recipient of the Considine Cup for Technology. 


Pictured at the recent Prizegiving in Saint Catherine’s College are:

Emer Rooney, recipient of the Cormac McAnallen Cup for Leadership and joint recipient of the Mother McAndrew Cup for Geography;  Cassi Morrison, joint recipient of the Mother McAndrew Cup for Geography; Louise Daly, recipient of the Mary Parkes Cup for contribution to sport in KS4; Molly Hobson, recipient of the Casey Cup for Home Economics. 


Pictured at the Prizegiving ceremony in Saint Catherine’s College are:

Sophie Doran, recipient of the MacKinnon Cup;  Mykenzie Cartmill, joint recipient of the Vocational Studies Award; Chloe Corvan, recipient of the Sister Genevieve Cup for Business Studies and Aine Doyle, recipient of the Nicola McKenna Memorial Cup.


Mr R Ó Ciaráin (Board of Governors) and Bn de Bléine (Irish Department) are pictured with Ellie Hart, recipient of the Prix de Français for French; Bríd Ní Aodha, recipient of Corn Uí Mháirtin for Irish Language, Déagláin Ó Scolláin, recipient of An Gradam Gaelach for commitment and loyalty to IMU education; Megan Campbell, recipient of Corn Ard Mhacha for Irish; Sarah Ní hAnrachtaigh, recipient of El Premio De Español  for Spanish.


Special Award winners at the Saint Catherine’s College Prizegiving are pictured with Guest Speaker, Archbishop Eamon Martin

Emer Rooney, recipient of the Cormack McAnallen Cup for Leadership; Catherine O’Hanlon, recipient of the Saint Catherine’s Cup for contribution to school life; Emma Hagan, recipient of the Siena Award for awareness of others; Ciara Boylan and Cara Hegarty, joint recipients of the Studies Cup for diligence.


Principal Mrs N Tiffney is pictured with Special Award winners Blaithin McReynolds, recipient of the Clodagh Marley Memorial Cup for kindness, understanding and concern for other pupils; Emily Druse, recipient of the Andrea Curry Cup for ethos;  and Hanna Greene, recipient of the Philippine Duchesne Cup for personification of Sacred Heart Values.  Also pictured is past member of staff and past Governors, Mrs Anne Murphy.


Sophia Kelly, recipient of the McCann Cup for drama; Brenna McCann, recipient of the Patrick Haughey Memorial Cup for Art/Moving Image Arts; Caitlin Nic Gabhann, recipient of the Miriam Mone Award for outstanding creativity and expressive intelligence; Lydia Quine and Beth Tiffney, joint recipients of the Minne Cup for Music.


Pictured is the recipient of the Rose Bowl for Outstanding achievement in Science at GCSE, Samantha Budakova.




24 students achieve at least 10 A*/A grades

At Saint Catherine’s College, there were scenes of great joy, relief and celebration on Thursday morning as an excellent set of GCSE results were received by pupils.  Families, friends and staff gathered at the green doors of Saint Catherine’s to share their success stories with Principal, Mrs Noeleen Tiffney, members of staff, friends and family. 

It was a particularly jubilant occasion for the amazing 24 pupils who received 10 straight A*/A grade profiles. 


They were: Samantha Budakova, Ellie McMahon, Emily Druse, Leah Donnelly, Alannah Webster, Brianna Haughian, Aoife McArdle, Aoife McCreesh, Declan Scullion,Beth Tiffney, Kate Campbell, Aiveen Grew, Aoife Boyle, Louise Daly, Lucy McAlary, Cara Connolly, Abbie McCann, Aideen O’Hanlon, Lydia Quine, Lucy White, Ena McCartan, Maeve Shortt, Rachael Stinson, Leonie Feighan.

Top achiever was Samantha Budakova with 11 A*s.

Congratulating all the pupils, Principal Mrs Tiffney said

“We celebrate the achievements of every pupil here today. I am pleased that so many have turned up to share their success with friends and family. These fantastic results for all students are as a direct result of tremendous team work between our school, our parents and our pupils. We are proud of every pupil, regardless of the number of GCSEs or the grade achieved.”  


Delighted Saint Catherine’s girls receiving results today

(L-R) Maeve Shortt, Aideen O’Hanlon, Kate Campbell, Lucy McAlary, Caitlin Nugent, Aoife McArdle, Aoife Boyle, Eve Mullan (front)


Some of our GCSE Superstars who received results at Saint Catherine’s College.


23 students achieved at least 10 A*/A grades at GCSE. Just some of them are pictured with Principal, Mrs N Tiffney, and Year Head, Mrs F Caldwell.


Top achiever Samantha Budakova - 11 A* grades at GCSE!


Outstanding Irish Medium Success

Lydia Quine, Declan Scullion and Brianna Haughian each achieved at least 11 A*/A grades in Coláiste Chaitríona.


The All-Ireland Champions top off an outstanding year with GCSE Success


Moy girls Lucy McAlary and Aideen O’Hanlon celebrate their 10 A*/A grade profiles!


Eglish girls Grace Knight and Louise Daly celebrate excellent GCSE results.


Joyous Saint Catherine’s girls with proud Head of Key Stage, Mrs L McGilly, and Head of Year, Mrs N Burns.


Five Best Friends with 50 A*/A grades between them!

(L-R) Aisling Perry, Emily Druse, Leah Donnelly, Beth Tiffney, Abbie McCann


St Catherine’s College students Keeley Mae Rafferty and Aoife McCreesh winners of the Regional heat of the Irish News Big Cook Off Competition. Keeley Mae and Aoife will now go on to compete in the finals at BMC Titantic Quarter Belfast on the 6th of March.


Snapshots of Success at Saint Catherine’s College

81% of our students achieved 3+ A*- C grades at A level!

Students and staff of Saint Catherine’s College are once again delighted with this year’s A-Level results. Commenting on her students’ achievements, Principal, Noeleen Tiffney said:

“We are delighted that four out of every five A-level students have achieved A*-C grades in at least three subjects. It is so rewarding for pupils, parents and staff to see the results of seven years of hard work.”

Mrs Tiffney continued:

“We all share in the happiness of our successful students as they now move on from our school which has once again served them and its community well.”


Saint Catherine’s College celebrates as 81% of A2 students achieve 3 or more A-Levels at

Grades A*-C.


Amazing Medics

The next generation of Medics from Saint Catherine’s College

(L-R) Cara Hegarty (QUB), Caitlin McGrane (Aberdeen), Aine McMullan (QUB)


Maths and Finance Whizz Kids

(L-R) Mairead Rice, Aime Flanagan, Bríd Hughes, Cliona McKenna


Mrs Tiffney congratulates some of ourHealth professionals of the future

(L-R) Áine McMullan (Medicine), Olivia Rice (Pharmacy), Cara Hegarty (Medicine), Caitlin McGrane (Medicine), Katie Convie (Physiotherapy)


Mrs Tiffney celebrates the success of the STEM subjects – super scientists achieving outstanding results!

(L-R) Aoibheanna Ryan, Eimear Kearney, Catherine O’Hanlon, Emer Rooney, Cassi Morrison, Sophia Kelly, Hannah McLernon


Exciting careers in Broadcasting, Theatre and Film Media beckons for these success A-Level Arts pupils.

(L-R) Blaithin McReynolds, Roisin McCann-Molloy, Nadine Stride, Neamh Basketfield


Successful Saint Catherine’s College A-Level pupils share their happiness with Principal, Mrs Tiffney, Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Rennie and Mrs McKenna (Senior Teacher)


Some of the successful BTEC pupils beaming with pride on results day


Comhghairdeas to IMU A-Level pupils who completed their education through the medium of Irish in Coláiste Chaitríona, achieving excellent A-Level results.


These literary ladies land top grades in English!

(L-R) Amy McGleenan, Ellie Hart


Social Workers secure their futures with excellent A-Level results

(L-R) Sophie Doran, Sara McKenna



Just some of the 15 Saint Catherine’s College’s girls who achieved at least 3 A*/A grades at A-Level.

Chloe Corvan, Sophie Doran, Aine Doyle, Aime Flanagan, Sarah Hanratty, Cara Hegarty, Bríd Hughes, Sophia Kelly, Caitlin McGrane, Aine McMullan, Olivia Rice (in absentia: Aoife McAteer, Hannah Devlin, Aine McGrane)


Claire Rafferty has secured an Accountancy apprenticeship with PWC

Blaithin McVeigh will begin a Civil Engineering apprenticeship with Farrans.

Top Grades in NI at GCSE


Celebrating second place in Northern Ireland GCSE English Language is Megan McShane with proud teachers Mrs Monique Rennie and Mrs Louise McGilly.


Two delighted Home Economics students, Christabel Stockman (R), who achieved first place in GCSE in Northern Ireland and Hannah Moore (L) who came third.  Pictured with the girls is Head of Home Economics Department, Mrs Marina Feeney.

Mrs Cathy McLernon congratulates Ayana Gijo on achieving second place in Northern Ireland in GCSE Spanish.


Orla McCann continues the LLW Department’s tradition of success at National level by securing third place in Northern Ireland in GCSE.  A thrilled Mrs Doonan celebrates once more.


Pictured outside Coláiste Chaitríona are Head of Irish and Gaeilge, Mrs Catherine Blaney with her Year 9 student, Breandan O’Sullivan, whose second place in Northern Ireland in Irish is an outstanding achievement for one so young.


Maire Blaney and her teacher, Mr Sean Rooney, continue to build on success in Coláiste Chaitíona by achieving second place in Gaeilge in Northern Ireland.  Absent from photo is Eimear Tallon who achieved third place.

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