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St Catherine’s Scoops the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement

The Poetry in Motion Schools programme 2022/2023 was organised by the Community Arts Partnership, an independent advocate for community arts which takes the lead in the promotion, development and delivery of community arts practice, to affect positive change.


The Winner of Schools Award in the Post Primary sector was announced at a virtual awards ceremony this year. The Post-Primary sector winners, St Catherine’s College, Armagh, had their poetry published in the ‘Together, Apart’ anthology and they became the proud and honoured recipients of The Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement 2023.


Class teacher Kerry Nesbitt from St Catherine’s College, Armagh said: “We were absolutely delighted to win the Seamus Heaney Schools Award! There were so many amazing entries from schools across the country and I don’t think our pupils expected to win it, but it certainly was a pleasant surprise! The moment the announcement was made during the awards ceremony was one the pupils will cherish and feel proud of for the rest of their lives. As their English teacher, I am so incredibly proud of each and every one of the girls and their achievements – they are a credit to themselves, their community and our school.”


Pictured here are the proud Winners of the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement in Poetry. The class wrote individual poems on the theme ‘Together Apart’ as well as creating poems collectively. They are pictured with their English teacher, Miss Kerry Nesbitt.


Pupils whose poetry was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Post-Primary sector of the Poetry in Motion Competition: Scarlett Hughes, Aoife McGrady, Meabh O’Neill, Erin Stevens (seated)

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