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Educational Excellence at the Heart of the Community for St Malachy's

Mrs Joan McCombe (Principal) is pictured centre with some successful students along with the Senior and Extended management team.

The atmosphere at St Malachy's High School, Castlewellan was one of excitement and joyous celebration as students received their GCSE results. Once again the quality of results has increased with many students securing A* and A grades in a wide range of subjects. Every student is unique with their various talents and abilities and the results clearly demonstrated that students had been successful in fulfilling their potential. The ethos and values of the school are about aspiration, ambition and empowering young people to take their place in society with confidence and contributing to the Common Good.

The school principal Mrs Mc Combe, in her address to the huge numbers of parents and students at the Post- 16 enrolment afternoon, praised the young people for their outstanding success. She spoke about the importance of GCSE as the platform from which students' progress onto new and challenging courses. " The GCSE results of our students places them in a very strong position for further meaningful educational programmes of study. I formally thank you the parents/guardians for your wonderful support both for your children and this school community. I also extend sincere thanks to the totally dedicated teaching and support staff, whose genuine care and professionalism for students makes this a student-centred campus of learning and teaching." Mrs McCombe spoke about St Malachy's as a school that invites all its students to succeed through its provision of diverse post-16 courses, all delivered on the school campus, catering for the different learning styles and career aspirations of young people.

Mrs McCombe spoke about the school's longevity of successful educational provision for the families of Co. Down; from its earliest days as St. Malachy's Intermediate School for Boys and Girls to its place as St Malachy's High School, a centre of educational excellence serving the needs of the digital 21 century learner. St Malachy's is an innovative school influenced by the ethos and values of its heritage which is about ensuring that young people have life and have it to the full. Following the principal's address, students began enrolling onto their post-16 courses. Careers advice and guidance from Mr Murray (Head of Careers) along with the Senior School Leaders and the Senior and Extended Management Teams was available throughout the afternoon and evening.

Staff and post-16 students are looking forward to a new academic year that starts on Wednesday 27 August.

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