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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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The Year 14 A Level Sport class visited Croke Park on the 13th February as part of their BTEC level 3 course. They are currently studying unit 23 'Organising a Sports Event' and therefore visited Croke Park to gain invaluable knowledge of how they plan, implement and review all their major events from National League games to sell out concerts. The event they will be organising is going to be the annual ‘Kevin Smyth Co. Down Development Tournament’. This will be held on either the 12th or 13th March 2015 at St Malachys High School, Castlewellan and will involve 12 schools from throughout Co. Down.
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On Tuesday 24th February a group of year 8 students from St Malachy’s High School took part in a World Record Breaking attempt – to have the largest practical science lesson ever held. The Royal Society of Chemistry and the British Council organised this exciting event at the Odyssey Arena Belfast.

 

Students from primary 7 and year 8 were invited to take part in a massive practical science lesson and try to solve a crime using science. Students also had the opportunity to talk with STEM ambassadors and watch a dramatic W5 show.

 

The World Record was smashed with a total of 1339 participants taking part and filling the Odyssey Arena.

 

Photo: The Year 8 Students who attended with their science teachers Mr Barry Breen, Mrs Kate Manley and classroom assistant Mrs Carol O’Rourke.
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The U19 Team successfully defended their Down title with another strong performance at Delamont. Conall Mullan and Ceilum Doherty made a strong start, and maintained a fabulous performance throughout to finish 5th and 6th.
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Pictured are Year 12 Science students who achieved excellent grades in the recent GCSE Chemistry exams.
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Year 8 pupils enjoyed a creative writing workshop with Belfast award-winning author Derek Keilty. Derek also read to the pupils and discussed his 'Will Gallows ' series of books. Derek is pictured with Year 8 pupils Saorla McCarren, Jamie Matheson, Aoife McCrickard, Lorcan Cairns and Conan Lennon and also Miss Donna McAleavey, Head of English and Mrs Ann-Marie Moran, school librarian.
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Ulster Post Primary 50th Anniversary Awards Evening



Winners


St Malachy's High School Castlewellan Ulster Bank Sciath Eamhain Mhacha Champions

Mathew Muldoon & Oisin Duggan along with Mr Fegan and Mr Hynes.

Runners Up



St Malachy's High School Castlewellan Ulster Bank Sciath Setanta  Runners Up

Padraig Doran and Conor McCrickard along with Mr Fegan and Mr Hynes.
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U-16 boys advance to Arthurs Cup Semi Final

U-16 boys advance to Arthurs Cup Semi Final with hard fought victory over Largy College, Clones.
Arthurs Cup U-16A quarter final result: St. Malachy's Castlewellan 2:11 Largy College 1:6.
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On Friday 23rd January 2015, the Sixth Form Construction in the Built Environment paid a visit to Queens University Belfast. The students assisted with the  testing of a selection of common building materials and how they reacted to various stresses and strains under controlled conditions. They were accompanied by their teacher Mr Mason.
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Photo 1: Group of orphans with Saorla McCarren front centre as Annie (Wed & Fri Performances)

Photo 2: Elisha Tumelty as Annie (Thurs & Sat Performances), Cavan Kelly (back centre) as Rooster Hannigan, Aimee Toner as Grace Farrell and Francis McCoey as Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks.
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The Yr14 BTEC Sport group visited Ballymote Leisure Centre and Down District Council Buildings in Downpatrick as part of their Sports Development Unit. They gained invaluable knowledge on how the council uses sport to improve social deprivation within Co. Down.
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Staff and students raised £576 by wearing their Christmas Jumpers to school on Thursday 18th December 2014. It was an enjoyable day to begin the Christmas holidays. The day was finished off by a Carol service attended by the whole school in the afternoon.
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Catholic School’s Week
25th-31st January 2015

The theme of Catholic Schools Week 2015 is Catholic Schools: Called to Serve.
This call comes from Christ himself.

The community of St Malachy’s High School responds to the call to serve in so many different ways.

In our daily worship, the use of our gifts and talents, the work of the peer mentors, the care of the teaching and support staff, in our charitable outreach at home and abroad and in being mindful of respecting others.
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A group of senior students from St. Malachy’s High School were involved in a workshop co-ordinated by the Department of Education recently.  The workshop focussed on proposals to introduce deferral of compulsory school starting age in exceptional circumstances.  Included in the photograph are pupils from 12E, Mr Dale Heaney (Head of Curriculum Development Team- DE), Giulia ní Dhulchaointigh (DE), and Mrs C McKeever, Senior Teacher.
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The cast of 'Annie'  went to watch the new film version of 'Annie' in Eclipse Cinema Downpatrick to help prepare for their upcoming show.

Picture 1 (above): Aimee Toner (Grace Farrell - left) & Mandy McClean (Mrs Pugh - right) who enjoyed the new film version of 'Annie'.

Picture 2: Anna Gallagher (left) and Chardonnay Boyle (right) who are playing orphans in the show enjoying the cinema trip.
Picture 3: Saorla McCarren (left) and Elisha Tumelty (right) who will share the role of 'Annie' in their school production (2 shows each).
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