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 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.


Cyber-savvy Students 2nd in U.K.!

Cyber-savvy “Furious Four” Top  in N.I. & 2nd in U.K. in the 2018 CyberFirst Girls’ Competition. The year 9  students, Susannah Conway, Annarose Tennyson, Aoife Tiffney and Molly McNally enjoyed a trip to Buckingham Palace as a reward.

Four students from St Catherine’s College, Armagh are embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Buckingham Palace today (Wed 2 May, 2018) after reaching the final of a nationwide codebreaking challenge. The 2018 CyberFirst Girls Competition saw girls aged 12-13 test their sleuthing skills and technological mettle against a series of head-scratching challenges set by masterminds from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ. The Armagh team known as ‘The Furious Four’ had previously seen off over 1,200 other teams before making it as the only NI team in the grand final of 10 teams held in Manchester.

The surprise invitation from The Duke of York to Buckingham Palace will recognise the tremendous efforts of all the finalists. The challenges at the grand final tested the girls’ problem-solving and technological skills as they tracked down a cybercriminal to help decrypt the files of a vlogging ransomware victim, and find hidden clues in the room for points.

Later, the teams pitched their findings to a panel featuring BBC broadcast journalist Steph McGovern, Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth, and Nicky Hudson, NCSC Director for Communications.

Speaking about getting involved in the competition, Head Teacher of Digi Skills

at St Catherine’s College, Armagh, Dr. Caroline Pereira-Lynch, said:

“Our school ethos is about opening up all opportunities for girls and this competition gave us a unique and practical insight into the cyber security industry and helped us learn more about it. We were delighted to make it to the finals as the girls were so eager and worked incredibly hard. To be the top NI school and get a special invitation to Buckingham Palace gives the girls a great sense of achievement.”   

Now in its second year, 4,500 girls entered this year’s CyberFirst Girls competition, which aims to knock down some of the barriers that have resulted in women being so worryingly under-represented in cyber security, where only one in ten of the workforce is female.

Local cyber security company, Cyphra has been working closely with NCSC to get more schools and young people from NI involved in the CyberFirst competitions. Speaking about this year’s participation, Director Conrad Simpson said: 

“The CyberFirst competitions are an important step in giving students an insight into this exciting dynamic industry sector which currently has a skills shortage and can offer a very interesting career pathway. Cyphra are committed to identifying, nurturing and helping start careers in cybersecurity. The girls from St Catherine’s College, Armagh along with all the other schools who entered the competition are trailblazers and I’ve no doubt we will see some of them lead the way as future cyberists. It also shows the value of growing future talent and diversity in the cyber sector”

The competition has seen a highly positive take up on its return, with a 52% rise in the number of schools who registered teams to compete this year..

Recognising the achievements of the ‘Furious Four’, Dr Irene Bell, Chair of Computing at Schools NI (CAS NI) attended a school assembly with Conrad Simpson, Cyphra and presented the pupils with the CyberFirst ‘Top NI Girls Team’ trophy. Speaking she said:

“What you achieved has helped put the next generation of NI cyber and computing talent on the map. You are great ambassadors not only for your school and other girls but for raising the importance of computing and STEM led subjects for everyone”.

The girls also received individual sponsored prizes from Cyphra at the assembly. The overall UK winners of CyberFirst 2018 were the Church of England Piggott School in Berkshire who received £1,000 towards their school’s IT equipment. NCSC have recently published the dates for their CyberFirst free summer courses. Anyone interested in more information on these should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the NCSC website.

Saint Catherine’s College Choir Winners at Bangor International Choral Festival 2018

Congratulations to St Catherine’s College Senior Choir which won two Awards at Bangor International Choral Festival 2018 – They scooped first place in the Secondary/High School Choir Competition and won The George Best Belfast City Airport Trophy!

Jubilant Choir Director Siobhan Mallon commented: “Although everyone in the choir worked extremely hard, special mentions go to our two soloists, Aine McGrane and Emily Druse, with whom the adjudicator was most impressed and to our accompanist Lydia Quine, who rose to the challenge of learning two extremely difficult pieces!” The choir’s picture will be displayed in George Best City Airport.

Soloists (yr10 -14) pose for a photo with Head of Music, Dr Eunan McCreesh and Choral Director Siobhan Mallon, after performing at the Spring Concert held recently in Saint Catherine’s College. Back row l/r: Emily Tiffney (piano); Eve Parker (Piano); Alice Parker (Voice); Katie Watson (Bass Guitar); Analise Whyte (Whistle); Lisa Toal (voice).

Front row l/r: Melanie Lavery (Voice); Genevieve McGeown (Voice); Clara Mackle (Harp); Kate Donnelly (Flute); Esmee O’Donnell (Cello); Shannon Convie (Whistle); Aideen O’Hanlon (Harp); Lydia Quine (piano); Niamh McGuigan (Voice).

Saint Catherine’s College Strings Ensemble were the U16 Winners at Portadown Féis. They performed “The Music of Spey” (JS Skinner) accompanied by Mrs J Hutchinson (EA Music Service). Also pictured is Dr Eunan McCreesh, Musical Director at the school. 

The Traditional Group played lively reels and jigs including “Connaught Man’s Rambles” and “The Fair Maidens” at the Spring Concert in Saint Catherine’s College. Head of Music in the school, Dr Eunan McCreesh (back right) and Choral Director, Siobhan Mallon (back left) were joined by Eleanor Hughes, Head of Vocational Education, and Damian Mullan, Technology Dept.

At the Spring Concert held recently in Saint Catherine’s College, the orchestra performed “Little Brown Jug” (Arr. Dr E McCreesh) and “Canon in D” (Pachelbel). The students are pictured with their Musical Director Dr Eunan McCreesh. 

After performing at the Spring Concert, Saint Catherine’s College Junior Choir poses for a picture with Choral Director Ms Siobhan Mallon. The choir sang “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Revolting Children”.

Choral Director Ms Siobhan Mallon is pictured with Saint Catherine’s College Chamber Choir who regaled the audience at the Spring Concert 2018 with beautiful renditions of “Seasons of Love” (from Rent) and “It’s Quiet Uptown” (from Hamilton).

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