Three-mendous Sporting Success @ St Catherine’s College!

St Catherine’s College is celebrating tremendous sporting success with no fewer than three Ulster Titles this year! In December the Senior Camogie team won the Fr Davis Cup Final and went on to collect their first provincial camogie title at this level.

The school is also celebrating a very successful footballing year picking up Ulster titles at both Senior and U16 levels under the same coach, Ciara Marley. Players Casey Mullan and Caoimhe Donnelly picked up all three Ulster Championship medals!

St. Catherine’s College Ulster Senior Camogie Champions are pictured with Principal Mrs Tiffney and their Camogie coach Miss C Donnelly.

The Ulster Senior Football Champions are pictured with their coach Mrs C Marley and Mrs Tiffney, Principal, St. Catherine’s College.

St Catherine’s College U16 Ulster Football Champions are picture with Mrs N Tiffney (Principal) and Mrs C Marley (Team manager).

Sisterly success @ St Catherine’s College! The Reid sisters (Ella Left and Aoife Right) both won Ulster medals this year and featured on the same team. Aoife, in particular, played an integral part on both Senior and U16 Teams.

St Catherine’s College three Ulster winning captains are pictured with all of the dual players. Also in the photo is Mrs N Tiffney (Principal) and Team Coaches Miss C Donnelly and Mrs C Marley.

Casey Mullan and Caoimhe Donnelly have lots to smile about. Both girls were part of all three St Catherine’s College Ulster winning teams.

Principal of St Catherine’s College, Mrs Noeleen Tiffney, has a casual chat with the three captains about their success this year while the management team enjoy the moment!

Jarlath Burns, Guest Speaker at the St Catherine’s Sporting Success Awards ceremony, is pictured with the captains of the three Ulster Champion teams, coaches Ciara Donnelly and Ciara Marley and Principal Noeleen Tiffney.

Saint Catherine’s College Key Stage 3 Prize Giving

“Go Forward & Be Fearless!”

The Guest Speaker at this year’s Key Stage Three Prize Giving ceremony in St Catherine’s College was past pupil, Emma Gribben, Managing Director of Digital Marketing Consultancy “Digital by Emma”.

In her introductory address to year 10 students, Principal Noeleen Tiffney said:

“It is never too late to begin the journey to what seems impossible. Our Guest Speaker, Emma Gribben, is someone to whom you should look as a perfect example of what can be achieved when you take every opportunity offered to you.” 

 “Emma has worked as a Digital Marketing Manager in Dubai and has been awarded ‘Young Digital Person of the Year’ at the 2018 DANI Awards because of the work of her own company “Digital by Emma” with international brands and businesses.” 

In her Prize Giving address, Emma Gribben told her young audience that life is like a blank canvass and urged them to use every opportunity to make it an amazing picture:

“Be proud of yourself and of your school. There are no limits to your achievements so follow your dreams. Do what makes you happy and do not be afraid to make a few mistakes until you get it right.”

Mrs Tiffney congratulated the Year 10 students on their excellent results and achievements. She also acknowledged the hard work of the teachers and thanked the parents for their support over the three years in Key Stage 3. The vote of thanks was given by Ellie McQuade and Millie Hughes while Finnian Hughes thanked the staff of Sruth na Gaeilge in Irish.

Students who achieved Academic Awards at Saint Catherine’s College Key Stage 3 Prize Giving Ceremony are pictured here with staff and Guest Speaker, Emma Gribben.


Pupils who received awards for Contribution to School Life in Saint Catherine’s College are pictured with staff and guests at the annual Key Stage 3 Prize Giving Ceremony.


Recipients of Endeavour Awards at Saint Catherine’s College Key Stage 3 Prize Giving Ceremony pose proudly with their medals.


Saint Catherine’s College students who received Form Tutor awards are pictured here with their Form Tutors after their Key Stage 3 Prize Giving Ceremony.


Students with full attendance in Year 10 received special recognition at Key Stage 3 Prize Giving in Saint Catherine’s College. The students in the front row have not missed a day in 3 years!


Special Award winners at Key Stage 3 Prize Giving were l/r: The Music Cup for Excellence - Annalise Whyte (St Patrick’s P.S. Armagh); The Principal’s Award for Excellence – Esmée O’Donnell (Saints and Scholars P.S.); The McAuley Shield for Endeavour – Miruna Popescu (Saints and Scholars P.S.); The Cor Unum Cup for Commitment to the values of Sacred Heart Education – Kacey Quigley (CBS Armagh); The Eilis Laverty Cup for Contribution to School Life – Sarah O’Keefe (St Mary’s, Maghery).


Recipients of Special Awards at Key Stage 3 Prize Giving were l/r: Gradam an Ghaeloideachais – Aoife Ní Mhealláin (Bunscoil Ard Mhacha); The Paul Muldoon Cup for Poetry – Caoimhe McCann (Saint Patrick’s P.S. Armagh); The Conall Morrison Cup for Drama – Dearbhaile Gorman (Saint Patrick’s P.S. Armagh). 


Saint Catherine’s College students who received Sports Awards are pictured with Mrs Ciara McGahan (P.E. Dept.) after Key Stage 3 Prize Giving. l/r: Tilly McKeown (St. Malachy’s, Armagh) - Sr. Hannan Cup; Clia Nic an Bhranaigh (Bunscoil Eoin Baiste) - Athlete of Key Stage 3.


Emma Gribben, Guest Speaker at Saint Catherine’s College Key Stage 3 Prize Giving, receives a gift from Sarah Brankin & Finnian Hughes. A past pupil of the school, Emma is now M. D. of Digital Marketing Consultancy Firm “Digital by Emma”.


Caring & Sharing at Saint Catherine’s College

The motto of the international network of Sacred Heart Schools Cor Unum (One Heart) is at the core of the work done in all its schools. The student body of St. Catherine’s College wholeheartedly embraced this year’s Sacred Heart Goal of “Community” by raising a fantastic total of £9,000 for two very worthy causes- £5,000 for the Samaritans, Portadown branch and £4,000 for the Sacred Heart school project in Uganda.

St. Catherine’s Raise £5,000 for Samaritans, Portadown Branch. Casey Daibhis, Senior Ambassador for Colaiste Chaitriona, presents a Cheque for £5,000 to Miss Margaret Campbell for the Samaritans, Portadown Branch. They are pictured with Mrs Noeleen Tiffney, Principal, St Catherine’s College, Armagh.

A Coffee Morning organised by St Catherine’s College Yr13 Hospitality students raised £450 for The Samaritans. Back Row, L-R: Mrs E. McKenna, Morgan McGlinchey, Miss C. McGrath, Mrs O. Grimley, Deimante Jasaite, Chloe Farley. Front Row, L-R: Emma-Jo DeFaoite, Eimear McCann, Anna Mackle.

These St Catherine’s College pupils, all Stage Stars Youth Theatre members, raised the amazing sum of £1,110, proceeds of a raffle, during their Christmas Concert Evening held in the school.

Odhrán Mac Anfraidh and Caitlin Ní Dhuibh representing 12I students from Colaiste Chaitriona who hosted a coffee morning to support our Sacred Heart Goal of Commnunity.

A football match between staff and students at St Catherine’s College, Armagh was an overwhelming success. The event, which was the brainchild of Casey Daibhis, Senior Ambassador for Colaiste Chaitriona, and his committee, raised the magnificent sum of £2,040 for the Samaritans.


St Catherine’s College Wins Capita ICT Excellence Award 2018!

Capita Managed IT Solutions and C2k have announced the winners of the fourth annual NI Schools ‘ICT Excellence’ Awards. Yesterday’s awards ceremony at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast celebrated Northern Ireland schools that are demonstrating innovation in their use of technology in teaching and learning.

The winning post-primary school was St. Catherine’s College Armagh. The judges were very impressed by how ICT is embedded in every area of the school curriculum, transforming teaching and learning experiences with a pupil-led learning approach.

Noeleen Tiffany, Principal of St. Catherine’s College, said: “I am delighted that St. Catherine’s College has been recognised as the winner in the ICT Excellence Awards post primary school classification. The school has undertaken an e-learning journey and I am proud that this has been acknowledged by Capita and C2k.

In St. Catherine’s, staff use technology expertly, confidently and purposely in every aspect of the school curriculum, and through this technology, is making a huge impact on pupils’ attainment.

This award is a real testament to the hard work from not only the staff, but the pupils and parents of St. Catherine’s. We strive to ensure staff are upskilled in the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom, to support our pupils as digital citizens and to help prepare them for future study and work.”

Jubilant staff of St Catherine’s College, Armagh, Winners of the Capita ICT Excellence Award 2018: l/r: Mr Cathal McLeod (E-Learning Manager), Mrs Noeleen Tiffney (Principal), Miss Mary Black (SIMS Co-ordinator & Data Manager), Mr Ronan Herron (Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator & Curriculum Leader).

St Catherine’s College journey with real people, real lives during their school Lenten Campaign

St Catherine’s College focused their Lenten fundraising efforts 2018 on raising money for the Sr Considine fund. This fund was set up to assist students in St Catherine’s College sister schools in Uganda, Africa. This year the staff and students undertook many fundraising activities to raise money for Kalungu Girls Training Centre and Kangole Girls Senior Secondary School.

For over 40 years, RSCJ-led Kangole Girls Senior Secondary School, has provided an education for the young women of the region of Uganda, in an area with the highest poverty and under-nutrition rates in the country. Florence is one of the students that has been educated in Kalungu Girls Training Centre. Florence said:

My school has held me and shaped my life and I will always cherish every single moment I have spent in it. Kalungu Girls Training Centre has nurtured and sowed in me seeds of discipline, academic excellence, sense of belonging, self-esteem, and above all a firm spiritual background. I received financial assistance and this enabled me to remain in school.”

Mrs Mairead Fitzpatrick, who co-ordinated the Lenten Campaign, added: “A heartfelt Thank you to staff and students for all their fundraising efforts.”

St. Catherine’s College Raise £4,000 for Sr Considine Fund for St Catherine’s College’s two sister schools in Africa, namely: Kalungu Girls Training Centre and Kangole Girls Senior Secondary School. Top Raiser Rosie McKee (Yr13) presents the Big Cheque to Sr Carmel Flynn. Rosie has been tireless in her fundraising efforts over her six years at St Catherine’s College. This year she undertook a sponsored 24 hour fast and a sponsored 24 hour silence. They are pictured with staff from the R.E. Department l/r: Mrs Ailish Carroll, Mrs Roisin McKeever (Joint Head of RE), Mrs Mairead Fitzpatrick (joint Head of RE), Mrs Dearbhla Quinn, Mrs Fiona Caldwell, Mrs Roisin Kelly.

St Catherine’s Y13 Ethos Team organised an Easter Bunny Raffle which raised £300 for their Sacred Heart sister school in Uganda. The pupils are pictured with Mrs Deirdre Hegarty, Sacred Heart Goals Coordinator and Mr Matthew Mc Fadden, School Chaplain.

Year 9 students participated in a Sacred Heart Silence organised by Niamh McAnenly and Annarose Tennyson. All proceeds of the sponsored silence went towards our Lenten focus, Sr Considine fund for our sister schools in Africa. See photo L-R Roisin Hassan (participant), Fiona Fields (participant), Molly McNally (participant), Niamh McAnenly (organiser), Roise Maxwell (participant) and Annarose Tennyson (organiser but in absentia).

InspiRE (KS3 Religious Education club) leaders See photo L-R Rebecca Clarke, Martina Doran and Emily Clarke created and sold St Brigid’s crosses for the Sr Considine fund for our sister schools in Africa.

Members of InspiRE (KS3 Religious Education club) Front row L-R Molly Largey, Saneyah Rashwan and Johina Shaise who organised a movie afternoon and a raffle. Black row L-R Emily Clarke, Rebecca Clarke and Martina Doran who organised a ‘Guess the name of the Elf’ fundraising activity. InspiRE, donated the proceeds of the movie afternoon and both raffles to the Sr Considine fund for our sister schools in Africa.

Year 12 GCSE Religious Studies students organised a St Patrick’s Day Bun Sale and raised £130 for the Sr Considine fund. Form Tutor, Mrs A Carroll, helped to organise the event along with Mrs M Fitzpatrick (their RE teacher) who is in asbentia from the photo. Some of the students who organised the bun sale Front Row L-R Megan McCleary, Noleen Murphy, Kaitlyn Doran, Marta Raposo, Catherine Greene, Greta Biveinyte, Nuala Reilly and Katie Watson. Back row L-R Mrs A Carroll, Clara Reilly, Eve Parker, Adele McAnallen.

Mrs Caldwell organised a “Step it Up” sponsored walk for her Year 11 year group and raised £672 for the Sr Considine fund.


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