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).


GCSE Students at St. Catherine’s College are celebrating their outstanding results with another bumper crop of A*/A grades! The all-ability school has again outperformed many Grammar schools with 96% of students achieving 5+ grades A* - C and 85% gaining at least 5 A* - C grades including English & Maths.

Top GCSE students Alice Gallagher, Maeve O’Hagan & Christabel Stockman each scored 10 A* grades, 23 students achieved at least 10 A*/A grades and 32 were awarded 9 or 10 A*/A grades! Principal Noeleen Tiffney commented:

“I am absolutely delighted with the achievements of all our pupils and proud that their hard work has been so richly rewarded.”

Mrs Tiffney congratulated the GCSE students and thanked teachers, parents and guardians for their help and support over the years.


These excited Saint Catherine’s College GCSE students celebrate their success. An amazing 96% of the Year group achieved 5+ A* - C grades in the all-ability school!

‘A’s all the way! Ecstatic GCSE students from Saint Catherine’s College are pictured here celebrating their top grades. 23 students each achieved at least 10 A*/A grades!

Pictured here are some of the 32 Saint Catherine’s College GCSE students who each secured 10 or 9 A*/A grades!

These delighted St. Catherine’s College students celebrate excellent results in 10 GCSE subjects, 8 or 7 of which were A*/A grades.

Congratulations to Sruth na Gaeilge, Coláiste Chaitríona, students on their outstanding GCSE results. Each achieved an array of A*/As! Pictured with Iníon Uí Gharaidh, Ceannaire Thréadchúraim, (3rd left) are l/r: Brodie Nic Giolla Aoláin; Eimear Talún; Alana Ní Chiarán; Aislinn Nic Mhathúna; Máire de Bléine; Faye Nic Giolla Phádraig agus Aoife Ní Mhaoldeirg.


These students scored top grades in 11 GCSE subjects at St. Catherine’s College! Year Head, Louise McGilly (right) and Caitríona de Bléine, Co-ordinator, Sruth na Gaeilge (left) share in their delight.


Overall Top Achievers at GCSE 2018 in St. Catherine’s College each achieved 10 A* grades! Alice Gallagher, Maeve O’Hagan & Christabel Stockman are pictured here with proud Principal, Noeleen Tiffney.


Sisters are Stars! St. Catherine’s College student Sorcha Bergin achieved 10 A*/A grades at GCSE. Sorcha is pictured here with her mum. Sorcha’s sister, Katie was a Top Achiever in the school at A-level and will now study medicine at Q.U.B.

Students from the Portadown area featured among the Top Achievers at GCSE in Saint Catherine’s College, Armagh. l/r: Aoife Reid, Niamh O’Donnell, Eimear Tallon, Lauren Breen & Katrina Maye each achieved at least 10 A*/A grades! (Absent from photo Elizabeth Bennett & Ayana Gijo).

Pictured at Saint Catherine’s College, with her jubilant mum, is Portadown student Grace Hagan who scored 10 Top Grades at GCSE, 9 of which were A*/A!   The all-ability school has again outperformed many Grammar schools with 96% of students achieving 5+ grades A* - C and 85% gaining at least 5 A* - C grades including English & Maths.

Portadown girls Sarah McCann and Rachel Holland each achieved outstanding GCSE results in 10 subjects. The Saint Catherine’s College students have scored 15 grade A*/As!

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.

Snapshots of Success at Saint Catherine’s College

80% of our students achieved 3+ A*- C grades at A level ! 

Students and staff of Saint Catherine’s College are once again delighted with this year’s A-Level results. Commenting on her students’ achievements, Principal, Noeleen Tiffney said:

“I am delighted to celebrate great success with our students. They are now off to further their academic careers in a wide range of institutions studying a diversity of courses.”

Mrs Tiffney continued:

“Such achievements are not only the result of exceptional hard work on their part but also the support of parents and the efforts of a dedicated staff. We are so proud that four out of every five A-Level students has achieved at least A*-C grades in at least three subjects.”

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Celebrating in the sun are just some of the 80% of Saint Catherine’s College students who achieved grades A*-C in at least 3 subjects.


These talented students are among the top achievers in Saint Catherine’s College who achieved at least three or more As or A*s at A-Level. They are pictured with Mrs Fionnuala Tennyson (Head of Sixth Form) and Mrs Monique Rennie (Year Head).

Pictured (L-R): Mrs M Rennie, Holly McCann, Gabija Kaciulyte, Megan Hamill, Emily Tiffney, Aoibheann Chambers, Emma Rath, Sarah McSorley, Katie Bergin, Mrs F Tennyson.

(In absentia: Ailsing Carroll, Luka McEnery, Cara Quinn, Bridie O’Sullivan.)


Congratulations to our Health professionals of the future who celebrated their outstanding results with a proud Principal (and mother!), Mrs N Tiffney.

Pictured (L-R) are: Emily Tiffney (Medicine, University of St Andrew’s); Emma McGeary (Dentistry, University of Dundee); Katie Bergin (Medicine, QUB) and Gabija Kaciulyte (Medicine, QUB).


Delighted Maths students, off to study Accountancy at QUB are Aoibheann Chambers (centre) and Sarah McSorley (Right), pictured with Emma Rath (Left) who will study Actuarial Science at QUB.


Congratulations to Caoimhe O’Neill and Weronika Winiarczyk, who will now study Midwifery and Dental Nursing after achieving excellent A-level results.


An excited Eilis O’Hare (Right) has been chosen for the Talented Athlete Programme at UUJ where she will study Architectural Technology. She is pictured with Emma McKinney (Left) who will study Zoology at QUB and Anastazja Wisniewska (Centre) who is going to study Youth Work at UUJ.


Relieved and delighted, Egle Kavaliunaite, Eirinn Magennis and Clodagh Fields are now preparing to study Languages or Humanities at Third Level.


Five delighted girls from Portadown celebrate their A/A* A-level grades together. The girls have just completed their studies at St Catherine’s College and are off to university now. l/r: Megan (Nutrition, Leeds University); Emily (Medicine, St Andrew’s); Cassie (Biological Sciences, Q.U.B.); Aoibheann (Accountancy, Q.U.B.) and Hollie (Chemical Engineering, Q.U.B.).


Andrea, Aine and Niamh share their results with Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Tennyson.


Last year’s Sixth Form Leadership Team end their seven years at St. Catherine’s College with great results.  Congratulations to them and the whole year group on such well-deserved success. Our staff are so proud of them.


Delighted students on receiving outstanding A-level results! Congratulations girls!


Emma and Lisa, just two of the many students to achieve Distinction* in BTEC

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”.


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