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Beauty is the Beast at Castlewellan

The Year 14 Performing Arts class at St Malachy's High School, Castlewellan performed their show 'Beauty is the Beast' for 380 local primary school pupils on Wednesday 27th May.

This was a Theatre in Education project to highlight how social media is becoming a huge part of children's lives. They wanted to teach the children that 'Selfies' and their online persona does not always reflect real life.

They provided the children with the message that they should have a more positive use of social media. The Principal and staff wish to thank all of the local schools who attended and for their continued support.

Shannon Fenton, Francis McConvey, Rebecca Shields, Aoife Byrne, Conor Bates (Year 13), Mandy McClean and Cavan Kelly are pictured with their teacher, Mrs Clare Murnin (centre).

Prestigious IIP silver award for St. Colman's PS and All Saints' NU Annaclone

It's with great delight that CCMS can announce that St. Colman's PS and All Saints' NU has become part of a small, select group organisations from across the UK to have achieved the prestigious INVESTORS IN PEOPLE (IIP) Silver accreditation, following our recent assessment by IIP. The school was assessed in over a 100 evidence based national standards.The IIP silver standard is a framework of best practice which is awarded to well-run organisations that meet stringent criteria in areas including learning and leadership.

These standards measured the school's investment and development in our staff to achieve our objectives. The award signals that the school puts people first and that continual improvement and development is a top priority. This achievement reflects current Department of Education policy which states that "all schools are capable of improving the service they offer". This ethos is something that St. Colman's and All Saints' actively embraces.
The award represents a huge achievement for the school and reflects all the hard work that goes into making our school a fantastic place to work and learn in. This result shows that the school's vision and values are embedded into every aspect of the school. Investment in our staff is fundamental in making sure that we meet our core aim which is 'to ensure that every pupil meets their full potential'. We are the first Primary School in both the Dromore Diocese and Education Authority (Southern) to achieve this award and one of only 4 Primary Schools to hold it in the whole of Northern Ireland.
This award follows on from the School's achievement in attaining the prestigious national Inclusion Quality Award (IQM) in October 14, where we were assessed over 7 national standards of inclusive practice. At this time the school was also recognised as a centre of excellence for inclusion.

St. Colman's and All Saints' puts children at the heart of the decision making process. Both of these awards recognise the hard work and dedication of the staff, who ensure that children are challenged to continually do their very best and recognise and value the importance of lifelong learning.

Outdoor Pursuits For Castlewellan Students

The Year 13 BTEC Sport students from St Malachy's High School, Castlewellan attended Tollymore National Outdoor Centre on Monday 11th May to facilitate the completion of their 'Outdoor Education' unit.

A fantastic day was had by all involved! The students took part in mountain biking and bouldering. The lead instructor also delivered a theory session in relation to the provision, safety and environmental considerations for both activities to assist with their studies.

The Star of County Down

Congratulations to Naoishe Quinn who took part in the Irish Wheelchair Association National Swimming Championships recently in Dublin.

The young student, who attends St. Mark's High School in Warrenpoint, showed great commitment and dedication to come away from a very competitive championships with two gold medals (Breaststroke and Backstroke) and a silver (Freestyle).

The staff and students of St. Mark's are very proud of Naoishe's achievements and wish her well in her sporting endeavours.

U-14 Ladies from St. Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen Progress to Ulster Final

The young ladies from St. Joseph's High School, Crossmaglen's U-14 team are now through to the final of the Ulster Post Primary Schools Ladies Gaelic competition. The girls are playing in the U14 D competition and, as a result of finishing runners-up in their section, they have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Erne Shield, which encompasses all the schools at that level from across Ulster.

 

Along the way the hard-working girls have beaten Inver College, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan in the quarter-final, St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone in the semi-final (which took place on Monday 18th May with a score of St. Joseph's 8 – 3, St Patrick's 4 – 7) and now meet Mulroy College from Co. Donegal in the final. This will take place on Thursday 28th May with venue and time TBC.

Féis Béal Feirste - Corpus Christi College

Year 8, 9 and 10 Corpus Christi pupils once again took part in 'Féis Béal Feirste' and continuing from previous successes, the boys did not come home empty handed achieving;

 First in the Poetry section with a gold medal for Aidan Donegan.
 Second with silver was Caoimghin Russell.
 Third with bronze medals were Khalid Salem and Mathew Doyle.

Well done to all the boys and to Ms Carleton.

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