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Exciting Experiences for St Catherine’s College Students.

As ever, the Autumn term was busy for students and staff in Saint Catherine’s College. October saw the annual language Exchange Programmes: students of GCSE & A Level Spanish hosted their partners from Granada while GCSE French students travelled to Orléans to complete their French Exchange with those they had hosted in March. Both groups enjoyed an action-packed programme which will bear fruit on a personal, linguistic and cultural level.

Continuing the international theme, Sisters, pupils and staff from the St. Catherine’s community in Armagh gathered in November to plant an oak tree in the school grounds to mark the Bi-Centenary of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne bringing Sacred Heart Education to America. Along with the foundress, Madeleine-Sophie Barat, Philippine Duchesne was a prominent early member of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

There were various other events to celebrate namely in Public Speaking, Sport, Music and Business. Year 9 pupils enjoyed working with local charity Young Enterprise developing skills for a future in business. The ‘Explore Enterprise’ programme was assisted by entrepreneur Kevin Young, lending his experience to the session which is to encourage entrepreneurial qualities at a young age.

Year 9 Students from Saint Catherine’s College who took part in the Young Enterprise ‘Your School Your Business’ programme, are pictured with Therese Donnelly (HOD Business Studies) and Kevin Young, Entrepreneur.


To mark the Bi-Centenary of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne bringing Sacred Heart Education to America, all schools within the Irish, Scottish, Maltese Province planted an Oak Tree this year. This event took place on the St Catherine’s schools’ site in November.


A group of Past pupils from St Catherine’s Schools in Armagh & Mount Anville, Dublin joined us for our annual School Mass held in St Patrick’s Cathedral in October. The visitors enjoyed lunch, a tour of the school and a visit to the Nuns’ graveyard during their trip down memory lane. The event was organised by Deirdre Hegarty, Home Economics Department, who is Sacred Heart Goals’ Co-ordinator in the school.


St Catherine’s College students Leanne Donnelly, Katie Convie and Catherine Muldoon have been awarded Ulster Colleges Camogie All Stars! This is a magnificent achievement for these three ladies and is very well deserved! The girls are pictured with Leanne’s sister, Co Armagh camogie star Ciara Donnelly (Maths Department) who brought the school’s Senior Camogie Team to victory in the Ulster Final.


Sponsor Niall Geoghegan of Border Phones presents a selection of girls from St Catherine’s College Senior and Junior Camogie and Football teams with new jerseys.


Twenty-five years on, the bonds which have been created between Armagh and Granada, Spain continue to flourish. Picture are Spanish Exchange students with their host partners from St. Catherine`s College and St. Patricks College, Armagh. We look forward to our return visit in March 2018.


The St Catherine’s College French Exchange Group 2017 had an amazing experience, both linguistically and culturally, in Orléans & Paris in October. The 2018 Group from Lycée St Paul will get an equally warm welcome when they visit us for St Patrick’s Day.

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