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Celebrations for St Colman's on A-Level Results Day

St Colman’s High and Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch are delighted that this year their students have continued to improve on the schools tremendous results.

Vice Principal, Mrs Carol Potter said that, “On the back of our recent ETI Inspection in May 2016 when the school was designated in the ‘Very Good to Outstanding’ bracket, these results are the icing on the cake”.

“At A-Level there has been 5% increase in those achieving three A* to C with 43% of students achieving the top grades and 72% of students earning three A Levels overall”.

“So far 70% of students have gained acceptance to their first choice University course.  We must congratulate our young people for their hard work and thank their supportive parents and teachers for these fabulous outcomes.”

Pictured left to right: Year 14 students James McGivern, Peter Rooney and Hannah Younger who all successfully achieved three A Level results. James has been successfully accepted onto a Sports and Fitness Course in a Higher and Further Education College whilst Peter and Hannah have been accepted into their first choice for University.

'The Haven' at Holy Trinity College

On Thursday 23 June, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown, officially opened ‘The Haven’, an additional nurturing provision, providing short term focused intervention to address barriers to learning arising from social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. ‘The Haven’ provides a safe environment where pupils can learn, develop, grow and flourish emotionally and academically.

With considerable time spent in planning, College staff are very proud of ‘The Haven’ with its four quadrants similar to a home environment and including a kitchen, living, play and work areas. Pupils joining ‘The Haven’ have a set routine every day but they also attend mainstream class and participate in all school activities.

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Success second year running for Holy Cross Girls' Primary School, Belfast

For the second year running Holy Cross Girls' Primary School is delighted to have been awarded best overall school in both filiocht (poetry) and comhrá (conversation).  Last year the school became the first primary school ever to win both shields at this prestigious event.  Sciath Tír na nÓg agus Sciath Clann Lir are now proudly displayed in the school foyer!  They are now the first school ever to win both shields for 2 years running and are hoping for the hat trick next year!  

One P5 pupil, Lily Rose, received high praise from the adjudicator who awarded her full marks for her poetry performance.  President of the Feis, Prionsíos Ó Labhraí, told the audience,

“In all my years adjudicating at the feis, this is the first time I have ever awarded full marks to any child.”

Comhghairdeas libh go léir, a cailíní agus choimeád ar bun leis an obair mhaith!

25 Years Celebration for Matt Talbot Nursery School

Matt Talbot Nursery School, Belfast, celebrated 25 years of enriching and enhancing their children's learning experiences on Friday 8 April with a mass in the Church of the Annunciation followed by refreshments back at the school. 

The mass was celebrated by Bishop Patrick Walsh and Fr Aidan Denny.  The Lord Mayor Arder Carson and local MLA Alex Maskey were also in attendance.  Our local primary school John Paul II choir sang beautiful hymns throughout the service alongside Colm Crummey and his colleagues who played traditional Irish music.  The children of Matt Talbot Nursery School sang amazingly also. 

We would like to thank our staff, Board of Governors, pupils and parents (past and present) who all helped us to celebrate our special day.

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