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

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“A positive Attitude underpins & drives success!

Deirdre Heenan, Professor of Social Policy and Director for the Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Ulster University, was Guest Speaker at the recent Prize Giving ceremony in Saint Catherine’s College.

Principal Noeleen Tiffney introduced Deirdre Heenan as  “a truly gifted and accomplished speaker who will be a familiar face to many of you, through her regular, impressive appearances on the BBC politics programme, “The View”.  However, she is much more than a political commentator - Professor Deirdre Heenan has excelled in every field she has been involved in, whether education, research, writing or broadcasting.” 

“She is a perfect example of how you, our students, male and female, should use your skill set.  A highly successful, driven individual who embraced education and availed of the opportunities presented to her to become the successful woman she is today, one of the seven personal nominees of President Michael D Higgins to the Irish Council of State.”

Mrs Tiffney added: “We are thrilled that she 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.

“We also celebrate the professionalism and dedication of our staff, sitting among you, determined that every child who comes through our green doors fulfils her or his potential.” 

In her address, Professor Heenan spoke about many new job opportunities due to digital technology such as robotics; gaming; App development; data mining & iOS development. She gave the students 5 pieces of sound advice:

  • Focus on the big picture –new jobs openings are being created daily.
  • Never limit your ambitions – but keep doors open and take every opportunity.
  • Listen carefully, be forthright but not overbearing!
  • Choose kindness over cleverness – Cleverness is a gift but kindness is a choice.
  • Do not be afraid of failure –Trust yourself & your instinct & for every negative find a positive.


The vote of thanks was delivered by Head Girls, Christy Benny and Gabija Kaciulyte, who thanked Professor Heenan for giving up her time to attend the event and for her entertaining and informative address.


Pictured at Saint Catherine’s College Prize Giving Ceremony are the Top Achievers at GCSE & A-level 2017. The Kingston Cup for best 'A' Level Results was shared by l/r: Maeve Mallon, Maggie Rice & Catriona McMullan. Aine McMullan (sister of Catriona) received The Madeleine Sophie Cup for best GCSE Results in the school. Also pictured is Mrs Noeleen Tiffney, Principal (left) and Guest Speaker Professor Deirdre Heenan, University of Ulster.


Major Award Winners at Prize Giving in Saint Catherine’s College were l/r: Maeve Mallon, Maggie Rice & Catriona McMullan who shared The Croft Cup for A Level Science & The Hanna Cup for Mathematics; Eileen Trainor (The Considine Cup for Technology) & Aine McMullan (The Science Rose Bowl for Top marks in GCSE Science).  The girls are pictured here with Guest Speaker Professor Deirdre Heenan, UU (left) & Mrs Noeleen Tiffney, Principal.


Head Girls at Saint Catherine’s College, Christy Benny (left) and Gabija Kaciulyte make a presentation to Professor Deirdre Heenan, University of Ulster, who was Guest Speaker at the recent Prize Giving ceremony. Also pictured is School Principal, Mrs Noeleen Tiffney.


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

l/r: Cassi Morrison (The Casey Cup for Home Economics), Brogan O’Neill & Jane McCann (The Mother McAndrew Cup for Geography). Absent from photo: Karolina Stonkute (The McAuley Cup for History & Politics).


Recipients of Major Cups in Creative and Expressive subjects at Saint Catherine’s College Prize Giving ceremony were: Jane McCann (The Miriam Mone Award for Outstanding Creativity), Eve Heaney & Padraig de Bléine (The Patrick Haughey Memorial Cup for Art/Moving Image Arts), Niamh McGrane (The Minne Cup for Music). Absent from photo: Eilis Fox (The McCann Cup for Drama).


Padraig de Bléine, joint recipient of The Patrick Haughey Memorial Cup for Art/Moving Image Arts, is pictured with his proud mum Catriona, who is Curriculum Co-ordinator in Coláiste Chaitríona.


At Saint Catherine’s College Prize Giving Ceremony, Sports’ Awards were made to: Catherine O’Hanlon (The Mary Parkes Cup for contribution to Sport at Key Stage 4), Leanne Donnelly (The Physical Education Shield for Excellence) & Megan  Hamill (The Physical Education Cup for Involvement in and Commitment to Sport in 6th Form).

Pictured with Fr Peter McAnenly, Chairperson, Board of Governors of Saint Catherine’s College, are l/r: Jane McGuigan (The Rosina Curran Cup for Vocational Education in 6th Form), Chloe Hughes (The Sister Genevieve Cup for Business Studies) and Sophie Doran (The Nicola McKenna Memorial Cup for strength of character in the face of adversity). Absent from photo: Natalia Kaczor (The Vocational Studies Award Key Stage 4).


Language Cup winners at Saint Catherine’s College Prize Giving Ceremony were l/r: Bríd Ní Aodha (An Gradam Gaeilge for commitment to Irish Medium Education), Tierna Nig Uidhir (Corn Uí Mháirtín), Caoimhe Fanthorpe (Corn Ard Mhacha), Aoife Trainor (Prix de Français), Alex Guy (El Premio De Espanol). They are pictured with Bean Caítríona de Bléine, Curriculum Co-ordinator, Coláiste Chaitríona and Réamonn O Ciaráin, Board of Governors.


Saint Catherine’s College students who achieved special recognition for their contribution to school life were: Aimee Duffy (The Siena Award for awareness of others), Ciara O’Hanlon

(The Saint Catherine’s Cup for contribution to school life), Nicole Dobbin & Dominique Corr (The Studies Cup for Diligence). Absent from photo: Laura Dobbin (The Studies Cup for Diligence) & Jessica Maye (The Cormac McAnallen Cup for Leadership). Mrs Anne Murphy, Board of Governors, congratulates the girls on their achievements.


At the recent Prize Giving Ceremony in Saint Catherine’s College, Sixth Form student Lauren Duffy congratulates her sister Aimee on her Award.


Students who successfully combined their study of sciences with A-level French pose for a photo with their teacher Mrs Mary Kilpatrick. l/r: Aoife Trainor (Physiotherapy, University of Ulster), Helen McNeill (Science, Trinity College, Dublin) & Maeve Mallon (Medicine, Queen’s University, Belfast). Absent from photo: Ava Fields (who got top mark in A-level French). Since A-level language classes are shared by the Armagh schools, the students were also pupils of Ms Lisa McMahon, St. Patrick’s Grammar School. Professor David Jones, Pro-vice Chancellor QUB, commented: “Because you are capable of combining Sciences with a language at A-level you are a rare commodity - this is exactly the type of student we want at Queen’s!”

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