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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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