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

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.


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.


Senior Prize Giving 2017 at St. Catherine’s College.

“Young people, write your own story!

David Blevins, Senior Ireland Correspondent at Sky News, was Guest Speaker at the recent Prize Giving ceremony in Saint Catherine’s College.

Principal Noeleen Tiffney introduced David Blevins as “a truly gifted and accomplished speaker who has reported from many different countries, interviewed presidents and prime-ministers and reported the momentous events on the island of Ireland over the past 25 years.”

“David’s reporting has been commended for its accuracy and sensitivity, its balance and impartiality. He is a perfect example to those of you about to move on the third level education that it is possible to place values at the core of your professional working life.”

Mrs Tiffney added: “We are thrilled that he is here to celebrate with us, firstly, the unprecedented achievements of you, our pupils, past and present, here with us tonight, also, the role of you, their parents in those achievements and the support of a community that values the work done by the school at its heart.

In his address to the students, David Blevins challenged them: “Could your generation be the one to teach us that it is possible to live at peace with people, even when you hold a different view; to demonstrate that there is strength in diversity; to write a whole new story for this place we call home?

Please don’t waste your life believing a story you didn’t write. Find your fuse, the thing that empowers you, keep it lit and don’t let anyone or anything deter you. Young people: write your own story!”

He also commended the staff: “I applaud schools like this, where you strive for academic success but not to the point where the league table is more important than the student.”

Addressing the parents, David Blevins continued: “In a world obsessed with celebrity, we need to prepare our children for reality; to let them know it’s okay to be ordinary; to reassure them that there is a place in the world for them all. Parents, write your own story!”

The vote of thanks was delivered by Head Girls, Eimear Rooney and Aine McMullan, who thanked David Blevins for giving up his time to attend the event and for his entertaining and informative address.

Pictured at Saint Catherine’s College Prize Giving Ceremony are the Top Achievers at GCSE & A-level 2018. The Kingston Cup for best 'A' Level Results was shared by l/r: Katie Bergin, Megan Hamill, Holly McCann & Emily Tiffney (absent - in Medical School, St Andrew’s). Maeve O’Hagan, Alice Gallagher, Catherine Comiskey & Christabel Stockman received The Madeleine Sophie Cup for best GCSE Results in the school. Also pictured is Mrs Noeleen Tiffney, Principal, and Guest Speaker David Blevins, Senior Ireland Correspondent at Sky News.

Major Award Winners at Prize Giving in Saint Catherine’s College were (back row) Katie Bergin & Gabija Kaciulyte who shared The Croft Cup for A Level Science; Front l/r: Holly McCann - The Hanna Cup for Mathematics; Megan McShane - The Science Rose Bowl (Top marks in GCSE Science) & Emma Rath - The Considine Cup for Technology. The girls are pictured here with Guest Speaker David Blevins, Principal, Noeleen Tiffney, (left) and Mrs Fionnuala Tennyson (Senior Teacher & Head of Sixth Form).

Head Girls at Saint Catherine’s College, Aine McMullan and Eimear Rooney, delivered the vote of thanks to David Blevins, Senior Ireland Correspondent at Sky News, who was Guest Speaker at the recent Prize Giving ceremony.

These Saint Catherine’s College students were Special Award Winners in their subjects:

l/r: Sarah McSorley (The McAuley Cup for History & Politics); Christabel Stockman (The Casey Cup for Home Economics); Egle Kavaliunaite & Weronika Winiarczyk (The Mother McAndrew Cup for Geography). Absent from photo: Cara Quinn who shared The McAuley Cup for History & Politics.

Recipients of Major Cups in Creative and Expressive subjects at Saint Catherine’s College Prize Giving ceremony were: Christy Benny (The Oracy Shield) & Andrea Cartmill (The Kinlen Cup for English). The students are pictured with Mrs Fionnuala Tennyson (Senior Teacher & Head of Sixth Form). Absent from photo: Niamh Ní Mhaolchallan, (The Miriam Mone Award for Outstanding Creativity); Emily Tiffney (The Minne Cup for Music); Emma McGeary (The McCann Cup for Drama). Emma had already begun Dentistry in Dundee.

At Saint Catherine’s College Prize Giving Ceremony, Sports’ Awards were made to: l/r: Eilis O’Hare (The Physical Education Shield for Excellence); On behalf of their teams, Senior Football Team Captain, Caella Casey & Senior Camogie Team Captain, Leanne Donnelly picked up The 6th Form P. E. Cup & U16 Football Team Captain, Clara Conlon lifted The Mary Parkes Cup for Sport at K. S. 4. All three teams won Ulster Titles this year!

The Vocational Studies Key Stage 4 Award went to Caitlin Ni Dhuibh (Left) while Brídín Ní Shuilleabháin received The Sister Genevieve Cup for Business Studies. Absent from photo: Jesmin James (The Rosina Curran Cup for Vocational Education in 6th Form), Gintare Stancuite (The Nicola McKenna Memorial Cup for strength of character in the face of adversity).

Language Cup winners at Saint Catherine’s College Prize Giving Ceremony were l/r: Katie Nic Con Midhe (Corn Uí Mháirtín); Katie Bergin (Prix de Français); Marie de Bléine (An Gradam Gaeilge for commitment to Irish Medium Education) & Clodagh Fields (El Premio De Espanol). They are pictured with Bean Caítríona de Bléine, Curriculum Co-ordinator, Coláiste Chaitríona and Réamonn O Ciaráin, Board of Governors. Absent from photo: Niamh Fullen (Corn Ard Mhacha). 

Saint Catherine’s College students who achieved special recognition were: Front l/r: Megan Hamill & Claudine Rice (The Studies Cup for Diligence); Emma Rath (The Siena Award for awareness of others). Back l/r: Christie Benny & Gabija Kaciulyte (The Cormac McAnallen Cup for Leadership); Caella Casey & Leanne Donnelly (The Saint Catherine’s Cup for contribution to school life).

Andrea Cartmill, Weronika Winiarxzyk & Egle Kavaliunaite picked up The Clodagh Marley Cup for kindness, understanding & concern for other pupils while Jessica Rice was awarded The Andrea Curry Cup for the promotion of Sacred Heart Ethos in Key Stage 4. The Philippine Duchesne Cup for the Personification of Sacred Heart values was presented for the first time. It was the departing gift of Mrs Anne Murphy, Board of Governors. Noeleen Tiffney, Principal, collected the award on behalf of her daughter, Emily, who had already begun her studies at St Andrew’s.

Principal Noeleen Tiffney & Chairperson Fr Peter McAnenly make a presentation to Anne Murphy on her retirement from The Board of Governors of Saint Catherine’s College. On the night, Deputy Principal, Seamus MacDhaibhéid, paid tribute to Anne: “Past pupil, former member of staff and long-standing member of the Board of Governors, Anne is the epitome of loyalty to Sacred Heart Education and to our proudly all-ability school.”

This year a record number of staff at St Catherine’s College, Armagh, saw their daughters achieve highly in GCSE & A Level. Pictured l/r: Caítríona & Paddy Blaney with Maire; Ciaran Connolly & Emma; Dolores & Réamonn O Ciaráin with Alana; Denise & Anthony Moore with Hannah; Oonagh O’Hagan & Maeve. Absent from photo: Top Achievers at A-level, Emily Tiffney & Aisling Carroll).

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