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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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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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