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Congratulations to our students who attended the Down District Council’s Inspiring Youth Awards on Saturday 28th March at Downpatrick Racecourse. The cast of ‘Annie’ and Caitlin Turner were finalists in the Entertainment and Arts section whilst Aine McCrickard, Caitlin Rush and Danielle O’Connor were finalists in the volunteering section. The students are pictured with principal Mrs McCombe and past pupil and host of the event, Ryan Hand. Well done to all involved! (Missing from photos, Caitlin Turner)
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LLW GCSE 1 – Key Stage Four Students who obtained A/A* grade in LLW module in March. Mrs Joan McCombe is pictured centre with Mrs Catherine McKeever, Senior Teacher (right) and Mrs Gerardine Maguire, Head of Middle School (left)
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Ryan Hand, a local comedian, TV presenter and past pupil of St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan visited the school on Tuesday 24th March to speak with the GCSE Media Studies class. Ryan gave the students valuable information on how the media industry works and spoke to them about his own business ‘Hand Made Media’.

 

The GCSE media students are pictured with their teacher Media Studies teacher Mrs Maruna Hanna and Ryan Hand.
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Ronan Gribben, a Year 13 student at St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan, took part in the Generation Innovation night at St George’s Market on Wednesday 18th March 2015. He was nominated by his A Level Business Studies teacher, Mrs Claire Vernon for his excellent entrepreneurial skills. Ronan has been developing a new charging device for a smart phone  as part of his A
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Local Drama facilitator and past pupil, Gerard Kelly (centre), is pictured with A Level Drama students and their teacher Mrs Clare Murnin. Gerard spent the day facilitating a variety of Drama workshops for both GCSE and A Level Drama students to enhance their acting skills, stage presence and confidence. The students thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and will certainly benefit from this experience which will help towards the practical elements of their course.
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The annual Scholastic Book Fair has arrived at St. Malachy's High School. Paulina Rys, Zoe Hilland and Erin O'Neill were among the first to check out the books and to choose some new reading material. They are pictured with school librarian, Mrs Ann-Marie Moran
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It has now become an annual tradition for St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan to host their own talent show in aid of Trócaire as part of their Lenten campaign. Staff and students alike are very excited this year to have past pupil and local comedian, Ryan Hand to host the evening performance of ‘St Malachy’s Got Talent’. With the performance taking place on April fool’s

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St. Malachy’s students Ciaran McNally, Clare Cunningham and Sean Toner (left to right)who received their Pope John Paul II awards on Saturday 21st of March 2015 at St. Teresa’s Church, Banbridge. They were presented their awards, which recognise their commitment and participation in their Church and Parish community by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, His Excellency Archbishop Charles John Brown. Also included in the photo are Miss M O’Reilly (RE Teacher) and Mrs J. E McCombe (Principal)

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'Unlock your skills and talent:Prepped for university'
St Malachy's High School were given a warm welcome by the library staff at Queens University. Librarians, Norma Menabney and John Knowles spoke to students about using the library,
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Pupils were given a chance to show their knowledge of popular fiction by completing the World Book Day Quiz. Anna Gallagher and Pierre Kelly were the lucky winners drawn from hundreds of entrants from the junior school. Happy reading and enjoy the Easter eggs!
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A special service to mark the international Women's World day of Prayer was held in the Sacred Heart Church in Dundrum on Friday the 6th March.

This annual event is an inter-denominational celebration for women all over the world.
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The St Malachy’s players have put in a tremendous effort this year to qualify for the McDevitt cup (under 14) final. The boys have trained hard since September. They started the year with victories over Sacred Heart Omagh, St Patrick’s Dungannon and Dean Maguirc College Carrickmore and qualified for the Ulster Regional League final. In the final they disposed of Carrickmore in a comfortable fashion.

The players quickly refocused their efforts on the Ulster Championship, in the quarter final they beat Ballybay Community College from Monaghan and qualified for a semi-final against a highly fancied Carndonagh Community school from Donegal. In the Semi-Final, St Malachy’s were under pressure at stages but a strong finish to the game means the boys have qualified for the school’s first final at this age level since 2009 when they last lifted the trophy.

The boys will play a very strong St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s Claudy side in the final, who have knocked out both last year’s finalists on their way to the final. It will take a monumental effort from the St Malachy’s players to win this prestigious trophy for the third time.

The team is captained by Conor McAnulty (Liatroim). The squad consists of players from 12 different clubs, and the team’s success this year is down to a great team ethic.

Squad;

  • Shane Kearney (Castlewellan)
  • Jonathan McVeigh (Glassdruman)
  • Tiernan Fettes (Kilcoo)
  • Daire McVeigh (Castlewellan)
  • Niall Doyle (Kilcoo)
  • Caolan Burns (St Johns)
  • Tiernan Devlin (Drumgath)
  • Ryan O’Higgins (Bryansford)
  • Brendan McKey (Dromara)
  • Luke Savage (Dromara)
  • Conor McAnulty (Leitrim)
  • Jordan Rogan (Bright)
  • Eoin O’Hare (Leitrim)
  • Rory McMullan (St Johns)
  • Shealan Johnston (Kilcoo)
  • Jervis Og McCaul (Newry Shamrocks)
  • Ryan McEvoy (Kilcoo)
  • Eoin McCrickard (Leitrim)
  • Luke Clarke  (Kilcoo)
  • Tiernan McCullagh (St Johns)
  • Michael Megorran (Drumaness)
  • Jamie McKee (Kilcoo)
  • Lorcan Sloan (Drumgath)
  • Matthew Carvill (Castlewellan)
  • Anthony Morgan (Kilcoo)
  • Sean Og McCusker (Kilcoo)
  • Miceal McVeigh (Castlewellan)
  • Shea Moorehead (Leitrim)
  • Gareth Fitzpatrick (Longstone)
  • Justin Clarke (Kilcoo)
  • Marc Owens (Leitrim)
  • Ruairi Quinn (Aughlisnafin)
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On Monday 2nd March 2015,  St Malachy’s High School’s Year 13 Health and Social Care students were visited by a guest speaker from the Down District Council. Ms Alison Duggan (Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner - Centre) gave the students vocational advice and guidance on Health and Safety legislation in the workplace to assist them with their A Level in Health and Social Care.

 

The students are pictured with their Health and Social Care teachers Miss Alana McCrink (back left) and Mrs Lynsey Hewitt (Back right).
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A group of Key Stage 4 LLW students from St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan were involved in presentations last week about Health & Safety measures within the workplace from Miss Sharon Glover, a Human Resources manager for the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle. The presentations were an integral part of the preparation for their GCSE examination.

 

Some Year 12 students are pictured with their teacher Mrs Catherine McKeever.
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11M are currently partaking in the Learning Together Project, which is a new initiative facilitated by the ELB Youth Service. The programme aims to ensure young people maximise their opportunities for learning while at school. The class are currently taking part in the  “Certificate in Personal Success and Wellbeing” accredited course, which is placed on the Entitlement Framework and is considered as the equivalent of a Grade C pass at GCSE.  

A school trip was organised to Dundonald Ice Bowl to facilitate the completion of the personal enrichment module and to continue developing positive relationships.
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Music students from St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan were successful in their recent music performance and theory exams with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and the London College of Music. Exams taken were Acostic Guitar, Voice and Grade 5 Theory of Music.

 

Back Row (L-R)  Naimh Howell (Theory),  Eimear Duggan (Flute), Conor Jones (Theory)

Middle Row (L-R) Amy Johnston (Voice), Fiachra Doyle (Clarinet), Dianaimh O’Donnell (Voice) Mrs Cora Magee (Head of Music)

Front Row (L-R) Chris Fegan (Guitar), Mathhhew Gribben (Guitar) and Cathal Murphy (Guitar)
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