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St Catherine s College Armagh Col iste Chaitr ona Ard Mhacha School Prospectus

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Our History I have been speaking about getting over some ladies of the Sacred Heart to Armagh and I am told that it would be an excellent place for them There is no school for young ladies in the entire province of Ulster There is no Convent at all in Armagh and the town is large and respectable In 1851 Mother Croft and five nuns arrived in Armagh and Sacred Heart Education came to the city Their arrival was in response to Archbishop Cullen s vision expressed to Dr Kirby President of the Irish College in Rome and passed to Mother Scully in the Villa Lorte The new community joined with the Armagh people in facing years of poverty and social religious and cultural deprivation in the aftermath of the Great Famine In those early years the Sisters reached out not only to the school going population but through evening classes to the working women of the parish The community lived in austere conditions but with great generosity enterprise and adaptability their work both in the boarding school and in the free school was characterised by a clear educational vision and early success These visionary decisions have borne fruit and Saint Catherine s College Col iste Chaitr ona has established itself as one of the largest most innovative school in the North of Ireland Saint Catherine s is a beacon on a hill radiating all that is best in our Irish Christian educational heritage We look towards the future confident in our own tradition and steadfast in our commitment to the guiding principles of Sacred Heart Education The Origins The first school of the Society of the Sacred Heart was founded in Amiens in France in 1801 Since then Sacred Heart Schools have spread to the five continents and to more than forty countries The Society is divided worldwide into provinces one of which is Ireland Scotland The strong link between Sacred Heart Schools finds its primary expression in the bonding between schools of the one province but also extends to Sacred Heart Schools all over the world The links between our schools come not only from history and our common origins but from the shared experience of a living tradition This tradition originates in the first Plan of Studies written in 1805 Sacred Heart Goals A Living Faith Personal Growth Intellectual Values Building Community Active Social Awareness These Goals represent values which Sacred Heart Schools wish to promote and live by They guide our behaviour and identify us as belonging to a common family They are the public expression of what we are and what we stand for In effect they express our corporate identity The active pursuit of these Goals will bring us safely into the future because the values they represent transcend time However values alone mean little Actions speak louder than words and it is through the daily articulation of our values that we demonstrate and energise our educational mission The concept of the whole person is central to Sacred Heart Education philosophy We have succeeded when our pupils become responsible members of society confident of their own worth and are capable of pursuing their personal missions with energy purpose and conviction Our pupils may experience times of economic and social turmoil It is our hope that Sacred Heart Education will equip them with the faith and the fortitude to cope with the challenges they will face

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Our History I have been speaking about getting over some ladies of the Sacred Heart to Armagh and I am told that it would be an excellent place for them There is no school for young ladies in the entire province of Ulster There is no Convent at all in Armagh and the town is large and respectable In 1851 Mother Croft and five nuns arrived in Armagh and Sacred Heart Education came to the city Their arrival was in response to Archbishop Cullen s vision expressed to Dr Kirby President of the Irish College in Rome and passed to Mother Scully in the Villa Lorte The new community joined with the Armagh people in facing years of poverty and social religious and cultural deprivation in the aftermath of the Great Famine In those early years the Sisters reached out not only to the school going population but through evening classes to the working women of the parish The community lived in austere conditions but with great generosity enterprise and adaptability their work both in the boarding school and in the free school was characterised by a clear educational vision and early success These visionary decisions have borne fruit and Saint Catherine s College Col iste Chaitr ona has established itself as one of the largest most innovative school in the North of Ireland Saint Catherine s is a beacon on a hill radiating all that is best in our Irish Christian educational heritage We look towards the future confident in our own tradition and steadfast in our commitment to the guiding principles of Sacred Heart Education The Origins The first school of the Society of the Sacred Heart was founded in Amiens in France in 1801 Since then Sacred Heart Schools have spread to the five continents and to more than forty countries The Society is divided worldwide into provinces one of which is Ireland Scotland The strong link between Sacred Heart Schools finds its primary expression in the bonding between schools of the one province but also extends to Sacred Heart Schools all over the world The links between our schools come not only from history and our common origins but from the shared experience of a living tradition This tradition originates in the first Plan of Studies written in 1805 Sacred Heart Goals A Living Faith Personal Growth Intellectual Values Building Community Active Social Awareness These Goals represent values which Sacred Heart Schools wish to promote and live by They guide our behaviour and identify us as belonging to a common family They are the public expression of what we are and what we stand for In effect they express our corporate identity The active pursuit of these Goals will bring us safely into the future because the values they represent transcend time However values alone mean little Actions speak louder than words and it is through the daily articulation of our values that we demonstrate and energise our educational mission The concept of the whole person is central to Sacred Heart Education philosophy We have succeeded when our pupils become responsible members of society confident of their own worth and are capable of pursuing their personal missions with energy purpose and conviction Our pupils may experience times of economic and social turmoil It is our hope that Sacred Heart Education will equip them with the faith and the fortitude to cope with the challenges they will face

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Personal Growth Our school recognises the uniqueness inherent worth and dignity of each pupil Saint Catherine s prides itself on the strength of its Sacred Heart ethos but we never take it for granted We allow individuals to be who they really are and do our best to ensure that everyone is treated equally All of what we do inside and outside the classroom aims to ensure our pupils gain self knowledge energy purpose and conviction The school proceeds therefore in a spirit of giving all our pupils real confidence and a sense of their inherent dignity as children of God The whole curriculum aims to prepare our pupils to embrace the opportunities and undertake the responsibilities of adult and working life Saint Catherine s is a school where We place an emphasis on the development of the whole pupil The spiritual physical emotional and educational welfare of our pupils is the basis of all we do We know that education happens outside the classroom as well as inside We offer an exciting extensive range of extra curricular activities to provide something for everyone We encourage pupils to know themselves to acknowledge and use their gifts accept their limitations and share their talents with others We work tirelessly to ensure that each pupil is valued cared for and respected in a welcoming and secure community We provide opportunities for our pupils to contribute to the development of our school and to exercise leadership in the spiritof service We prepare our pupils to embrace opportunities

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Personal Growth Our school recognises the uniqueness inherent worth and dignity of each pupil Saint Catherine s prides itself on the strength of its Sacred Heart ethos but we never take it for granted We allow individuals to be who they really are and do our best to ensure that everyone is treated equally All of what we do inside and outside the classroom aims to ensure our pupils gain self knowledge energy purpose and conviction The school proceeds therefore in a spirit of giving all our pupils real confidence and a sense of their inherent dignity as children of God The whole curriculum aims to prepare our pupils to embrace the opportunities and undertake the responsibilities of adult and working life Saint Catherine s is a school where We place an emphasis on the development of the whole pupil The spiritual physical emotional and educational welfare of our pupils is the basis of all we do We know that education happens outside the classroom as well as inside We offer an exciting extensive range of extra curricular activities to provide something for everyone We encourage pupils to know themselves to acknowledge and use their gifts accept their limitations and share their talents with others We work tirelessly to ensure that each pupil is valued cared for and respected in a welcoming and secure community We provide opportunities for our pupils to contribute to the development of our school and to exercise leadership in the spiritof service We prepare our pupils to embrace opportunities

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Intellectual Values Saint Catherine s College provides a curriculum which realises the aims of the school reflects the ethos of the Society of the Sacred Heart and is enjoyed by all of our pupils Our pupils experience a balanced academic curriculum and a rich extra curricular programme which together promote a Respect for Intellectual Values Our staff believes that Learning is served best when teaching is of the highest quality It has at its heart the forming of the minds and hearts of our pupils through the provision and pursuit of educational excellence It highlights the need for a pupil centred approach and for the recognition that there are many different types of intellect and ways of learning Our curriculum engages pupils equips them for life takes account of what they already know supports learning assesses for learning promotes pupil independence respects the pupil voice values out of school learning is delivered in effective learning environments and is taught by teachers who continuously develop their own knowledge and skills We create a stimulating learning environment where academic study and intellectual pursuits are cherished and valued We recognise and develop the potential of each individual pupil It enables them to become questioning reflective young people who can appropriately use their knowledge to understand interpret and interact with today s world We develop school policies and practices which reflect the needs of each individual learner and in particular address the needs of Pupils with indvidual educational needs Pupils with English as a second language Pupils who require additional Stretch Challenge We create an atmosphere of respect for learning in the school environment through the provision of Physical thinking space Visuals that challenge the intellect Access to new technologies New ways of teaching learning We provide opportunities for staff development In service Training on How pupils learn understanding of the brain functions Thinking skills Personal Capabilities Trainning linked to the school s Strategic Developement Plan We ensure through a culture of caring and well structured pastoral system that Individual needs are catered for Achievements are recognised and rewarded Learning is enjoyable The Sacred Heart Educator aims to walk with children helping them to begin to acquire not only the knowledge and skills but also the staying power and unselfishness that over a lifetime turns dreams into reality however great however modest Sister Aideen Kinlen Provincial of the Irish Scottish Province

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Intellectual Values Saint Catherine s College provides a curriculum which realises the aims of the school reflects the ethos of the Society of the Sacred Heart and is enjoyed by all of our pupils Our pupils experience a balanced academic curriculum and a rich extra curricular programme which together promote a Respect for Intellectual Values Our staff believes that Learning is served best when teaching is of the highest quality It has at its heart the forming of the minds and hearts of our pupils through the provision and pursuit of educational excellence It highlights the need for a pupil centred approach and for the recognition that there are many different types of intellect and ways of learning Our curriculum engages pupils equips them for life takes account of what they already know supports learning assesses for learning promotes pupil independence respects the pupil voice values out of school learning is delivered in effective learning environments and is taught by teachers who continuously develop their own knowledge and skills We create a stimulating learning environment where academic study and intellectual pursuits are cherished and valued We recognise and develop the potential of each individual pupil It enables them to become questioning reflective young people who can appropriately use their knowledge to understand interpret and interact with today s world We develop school policies and practices which reflect the needs of each individual learner and in particular address the needs of Pupils with indvidual educational needs Pupils with English as a second language Pupils who require additional Stretch Challenge We create an atmosphere of respect for learning in the school environment through the provision of Physical thinking space Visuals that challenge the intellect Access to new technologies New ways of teaching learning We provide opportunities for staff development In service Training on How pupils learn understanding of the brain functions Thinking skills Personal Capabilities Trainning linked to the school s Strategic Developement Plan We ensure through a culture of caring and well structured pastoral system that Individual needs are catered for Achievements are recognised and rewarded Learning is enjoyable The Sacred Heart Educator aims to walk with children helping them to begin to acquire not only the knowledge and skills but also the staying power and unselfishness that over a lifetime turns dreams into reality however great however modest Sister Aideen Kinlen Provincial of the Irish Scottish Province

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Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 The Key Stage 4 curriculum is intended to be a balanced and broadly based curriculum which 1 Promotes the spiritual emotional moral cultural intellectual and physical development of pupils at the school and thereby of society 2 Prepares such pupil for the opportunities responsibilities and experiences of life by equipping them with appropriate knowledge understanding and skills Pupils in Year 8 study three languages French Spanish and Irish Subject strands are delivering their curriculum objectives through a number of themed units The Year 8 Curriculum consists of nine of these most departments will study three or four All of our themes and webbed learning programmes have been designed in house and are totally unique to our school The school is committed to Assessment for Learning work and this is firmly embedded in the school curriculum At the end of Year 10 pupils make their subject choices for Key Stage 4 and GCSEs A Year 8 pupil entering Saint Catherine s College takes a total of 17 subjects satisfying the statutory Northern Ireland revised curricular requirements at Key Stage 3 The subjects studied are Religious Education Mathematics Technology Home Economics Irish History English Science Music P E Learning for Life and Work Geography Spanish French Digi Skills Art Drama Subjects on offer at Key Stage 4 Art and Design Business Studies Drama English Language English Literature French Gaeilge Geography Health Social Care History Home Economics ICT Irish Learning for Life and Work Ag Foghlaim don Saol agus don Obair Mathematics Further Maths Music Occupational Studies P E R E Reiligi n Science Spanish Technology Design Childcare Hair Beauty Sport

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Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 The Key Stage 4 curriculum is intended to be a balanced and broadly based curriculum which 1 Promotes the spiritual emotional moral cultural intellectual and physical development of pupils at the school and thereby of society 2 Prepares such pupil for the opportunities responsibilities and experiences of life by equipping them with appropriate knowledge understanding and skills Pupils in Year 8 study three languages French Spanish and Irish Subject strands are delivering their curriculum objectives through a number of themed units The Year 8 Curriculum consists of nine of these most departments will study three or four All of our themes and webbed learning programmes have been designed in house and are totally unique to our school The school is committed to Assessment for Learning work and this is firmly embedded in the school curriculum At the end of Year 10 pupils make their subject choices for Key Stage 4 and GCSEs A Year 8 pupil entering Saint Catherine s College takes a total of 17 subjects satisfying the statutory Northern Ireland revised curricular requirements at Key Stage 3 The subjects studied are Religious Education Mathematics Technology Home Economics Irish History English Science Music P E Learning for Life and Work Geography Spanish French Digi Skills Art Drama Subjects on offer at Key Stage 4 Art and Design Business Studies Drama English Language English Literature French Gaeilge Geography Health Social Care History Home Economics ICT Irish Learning for Life and Work Ag Foghlaim don Saol agus don Obair Mathematics Further Maths Music Occupational Studies P E R E Reiligi n Science Spanish Technology Design Childcare Hair Beauty Sport

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Sixth Form The growth of the Sixth Form in Saint Catherine s College has been significant and it now numbers 250 students Year 12 pupils are given a great deal of information regarding the programmes of study available in Sixth Form A Pathways to Success conference is held for Year 12 pupils and their parents during which addresses are given by past pupils Head of Sixth Form and the School Principal The pupils are also given the opportunity to discuss Sixth Form subject specifications with Heads of Department and A level teachers Saint Catherine s College has invested an enormous amount of curricular and staff time on the development of its applied courses The school offers a mix of traditional and applied A levels an increasing number of Sixth Form students now take a mix of traditional and applied A levels and we expect to see this trend continuing Subjects on offer in Sixth Form are Applied Business Art and Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry English Literature Geography Food Nutrition French Health and Social Care Irish Mathematics Modern History Moving Image Arts Music Physics Politics Religious Studies Sociology Spanish Technology and Design Theatre Studies Construction Travel Tourism

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Sixth Form The growth of the Sixth Form in Saint Catherine s College has been significant and it now numbers 250 students Year 12 pupils are given a great deal of information regarding the programmes of study available in Sixth Form A Pathways to Success conference is held for Year 12 pupils and their parents during which addresses are given by past pupils Head of Sixth Form and the School Principal The pupils are also given the opportunity to discuss Sixth Form subject specifications with Heads of Department and A level teachers Saint Catherine s College has invested an enormous amount of curricular and staff time on the development of its applied courses The school offers a mix of traditional and applied A levels an increasing number of Sixth Form students now take a mix of traditional and applied A levels and we expect to see this trend continuing Subjects on offer in Sixth Form are Applied Business Art and Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry English Literature Geography Food Nutrition French Health and Social Care Irish Mathematics Modern History Moving Image Arts Music Physics Politics Religious Studies Sociology Spanish Technology and Design Theatre Studies Construction Travel Tourism

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Community We build community appreciate difference Our school is a supportive and loving environment Essentially the Goal of Community is about the fostering of relationships in an atmosphere of mutual interaction where those involved both give and receive Another way of putting it would be that the Goal of Community is attempting to live the motto Cor Unum One Heart Therefore our challenge is to aim that no student should finish the school year with a sense of marginalisation or of feeling undervalued As a school community we Nurture good relationships Promote inclusiveness Celebrate difference Strive for equality and justice Embrace all cultures Foster close links with our community Our work on the Goal of Community has helped prepare our pupils to become in the future agents of change and responsible citizens who can contribute meaningfully to society A school will stand or fall by its relationships Mary Cavanagh RSCJ January 2000

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Community We build community appreciate difference Our school is a supportive and loving environment Essentially the Goal of Community is about the fostering of relationships in an atmosphere of mutual interaction where those involved both give and receive Another way of putting it would be that the Goal of Community is attempting to live the motto Cor Unum One Heart Therefore our challenge is to aim that no student should finish the school year with a sense of marginalisation or of feeling undervalued As a school community we Nurture good relationships Promote inclusiveness Celebrate difference Strive for equality and justice Embrace all cultures Foster close links with our community Our work on the Goal of Community has helped prepare our pupils to become in the future agents of change and responsible citizens who can contribute meaningfully to society A school will stand or fall by its relationships Mary Cavanagh RSCJ January 2000

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A Living Faith Our school is rooted in the conviction that a Living Faith permeates the life of our school We are a community of Faith Service Prayer and Worship The work of our Sacred Heart school is Christ led and pupil centred Our school is inspired by the spirit of Christ in promoting the dignity self esteem and full development of each pupil who is made in God s image and uniquely loved by God The distinctive nature of our school is the way our faith affects what we do how we do it and why we do it The concern of our school as a Sacred Heart school is to support the uniqueness of each pupil s relationship with a loving God through clearly structured programmes of religious formation God s relationship with each individual pupil underpins the religious formation provided in our school which supports each pupil in a unique spiritual journey We are continuing the vision of St Madeleine Sophie Barat as she wanted every pupil s faith to deepen through the curriculum through formation of character and through the ethos of the school Students find great support in their faith journey from our Chaplain Our school Chaplain is also the Director of Chaplaincy Services this is a unique role and Saint Catherine s is the only school in Armagh with a full time lay Chaplain The religious dimension in the tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart is central to the life of our school and a Living Faith permeates school life The perspectives of faith imbued St Madeleine Sophie Barat s educational philosophy She believed that the formation of the whole person reaches its full potential only when faith informs the entire process The Goal of a Living Faith in God has been fine tuned by the pupil experience in our school Our school provides opportunities for the celebration of the Eucharist such as the opening Mass for the new school year We mark the Feast Days of the Society of the Sacred Heart and utilise religious icons effectively in our school Our prayer room is being used regularly by a broad cross section of our pupils as their sacred space for personal and communal prayer and reflection Faith is engraved in the life of our school in our hearts We continue and support the work of parents and guardians by helping our students acquire particular values which emphasise love kindness respect hope optimism compassion forgiveness tolerance and service Our school actively fosters linkes with the wider community in Armagh warmely opening our doors for community groups and events The Goal of a Living Faith is about promoting an understanding among pupils of their personal relationship with Christ in a way that makes sense of their lives Our students are encouraged to show their faith relationship with God through their engagement with others by promoting a culture of caring and being an open inclusive school community We encourage our pupils to make decisions in the light of Gospel values St Catherine s College is a Catholic school within the ecumenical tradition of the Church Our policies and our behaviour promote among our pupils a culture of inclusiveness and tolerance where pupils of diverse identities and religious traditions are recognised welcomed respected and cherished The school community on a daily basis strive to demonstrate a belief in the gospel values of Love your neighbour in every day behaviour kindness fairness respect

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A Living Faith Our school is rooted in the conviction that a Living Faith permeates the life of our school We are a community of Faith Service Prayer and Worship The work of our Sacred Heart school is Christ led and pupil centred Our school is inspired by the spirit of Christ in promoting the dignity self esteem and full development of each pupil who is made in God s image and uniquely loved by God The distinctive nature of our school is the way our faith affects what we do how we do it and why we do it The concern of our school as a Sacred Heart school is to support the uniqueness of each pupil s relationship with a loving God through clearly structured programmes of religious formation God s relationship with each individual pupil underpins the religious formation provided in our school which supports each pupil in a unique spiritual journey We are continuing the vision of St Madeleine Sophie Barat as she wanted every pupil s faith to deepen through the curriculum through formation of character and through the ethos of the school Students find great support in their faith journey from our Chaplain Our school Chaplain is also the Director of Chaplaincy Services this is a unique role and Saint Catherine s is the only school in Armagh with a full time lay Chaplain The religious dimension in the tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart is central to the life of our school and a Living Faith permeates school life The perspectives of faith imbued St Madeleine Sophie Barat s educational philosophy She believed that the formation of the whole person reaches its full potential only when faith informs the entire process The Goal of a Living Faith in God has been fine tuned by the pupil experience in our school Our school provides opportunities for the celebration of the Eucharist such as the opening Mass for the new school year We mark the Feast Days of the Society of the Sacred Heart and utilise religious icons effectively in our school Our prayer room is being used regularly by a broad cross section of our pupils as their sacred space for personal and communal prayer and reflection Faith is engraved in the life of our school in our hearts We continue and support the work of parents and guardians by helping our students acquire particular values which emphasise love kindness respect hope optimism compassion forgiveness tolerance and service Our school actively fosters linkes with the wider community in Armagh warmely opening our doors for community groups and events The Goal of a Living Faith is about promoting an understanding among pupils of their personal relationship with Christ in a way that makes sense of their lives Our students are encouraged to show their faith relationship with God through their engagement with others by promoting a culture of caring and being an open inclusive school community We encourage our pupils to make decisions in the light of Gospel values St Catherine s College is a Catholic school within the ecumenical tradition of the Church Our policies and our behaviour promote among our pupils a culture of inclusiveness and tolerance where pupils of diverse identities and religious traditions are recognised welcomed respected and cherished The school community on a daily basis strive to demonstrate a belief in the gospel values of Love your neighbour in every day behaviour kindness fairness respect

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Social Awareness Our school enables all pupils to become agents of transformation Awareness of social injustice and desire to respond actively is part of the heritage of Madeleine Sophie Today our Sacred Heart educators continue to encourage this response The Goal of Social Awareness can be said to be the practical out working of the work on the other four goals The Goal of Social Awareness gives our pupils the opportunity to translate the knowledge skills and values acquired through our work on the Goals of Faith Intellect Character and Community into effective action for social change Our school ensures that there is a clear equality justice agenda affirming the dignity of each individual permeates school life at level Through developed programmes we develop our pupils knowledge and information about responsible citizenship and problems of injustice through outreach work assemblies and whole school themes Our school enables all pupils to become agents of transformation by highlighting their active role as engaged active citizens committed to advocacy effective action for social change conflict resolution and leadership Pupils in our school have the opportunity to become involved in the following activities throughout their seven year journey Tr caire fund raising Anti bullying workshops being Anti bullying Ambassador Christmas shoe box appeal St Vincent de Paul Christmas hampers Visits to local Care Homes Trip to Lourdes Being on the Ethos Team Being a Peer Mentor Befriender Reading Buddy Library Assistant Being an Environmental Prefect Being a Kindness Ambassador Literacy Ambassador Various roles of leadership and responsibility including Head Girl Deputy Head Girl Senior Prefect Be humble be simple and bring joy to others Madeleine Sophie Barat

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Social Awareness Our school enables all pupils to become agents of transformation Awareness of social injustice and desire to respond actively is part of the heritage of Madeleine Sophie Today our Sacred Heart educators continue to encourage this response The Goal of Social Awareness can be said to be the practical out working of the work on the other four goals The Goal of Social Awareness gives our pupils the opportunity to translate the knowledge skills and values acquired through our work on the Goals of Faith Intellect Character and Community into effective action for social change Our school ensures that there is a clear equality justice agenda affirming the dignity of each individual permeates school life at level Through developed programmes we develop our pupils knowledge and information about responsible citizenship and problems of injustice through outreach work assemblies and whole school themes Our school enables all pupils to become agents of transformation by highlighting their active role as engaged active citizens committed to advocacy effective action for social change conflict resolution and leadership Pupils in our school have the opportunity to become involved in the following activities throughout their seven year journey Tr caire fund raising Anti bullying workshops being Anti bullying Ambassador Christmas shoe box appeal St Vincent de Paul Christmas hampers Visits to local Care Homes Trip to Lourdes Being on the Ethos Team Being a Peer Mentor Befriender Reading Buddy Library Assistant Being an Environmental Prefect Being a Kindness Ambassador Literacy Ambassador Various roles of leadership and responsibility including Head Girl Deputy Head Girl Senior Prefect Be humble be simple and bring joy to others Madeleine Sophie Barat

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Thug an scoil seo an seans dom teacht chuig An Sruth Gaeilge T mo chuid Gaeilge ag feabhs i rith an ama T gach duine iontach deas cine lta agus t m br d il as mo scoil agus as mo chuid Gaeilge Ruair Mac Conbhu Bliain a 13 An Sruth Gaeilge Col iste Chaitr ona established in 2002 provides pupils in our local Bunscoileanna with the opportunity to continue their education through the medium of Irish at post primary level between the ages of 11 16 Our pupils are an integral part of the school community pobal na scoile They enjoy the full experience on offer to all pupils in St Catherine s College We are providing our pupils with a platform on which to build their bilingual future Several of our pupils have been placed first and second in the North of Ireland in a number of subjects We promote participation in a wide variety of Irish language events such as Rith Quizzes Feiseanna Easter courses and Gaeltacht summer courses We have strong links with our local Irish language community and keep our pupils posted on Irish language events happening locally and nationally An Sruth Gaeilge Col iste Chaitr ona providing quality bilingual education since 2002 Mol an ige agus Tiocfaidh s A pupil entering An Sruth Gaeilge in Year 8 will study 50 of the N I curriculum through Irish Our pupils complete G C S E Irish at the end of Year 9 In Key Stage 4 all pupils study Gaeilge and Ag Foghlaim don Saol agus don Obair as core subjects through Irish

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Thug an scoil seo an seans dom teacht chuig An Sruth Gaeilge T mo chuid Gaeilge ag feabhs i rith an ama T gach duine iontach deas cine lta agus t m br d il as mo scoil agus as mo chuid Gaeilge Ruair Mac Conbhu Bliain a 13 An Sruth Gaeilge Col iste Chaitr ona established in 2002 provides pupils in our local Bunscoileanna with the opportunity to continue their education through the medium of Irish at post primary level between the ages of 11 16 Our pupils are an integral part of the school community pobal na scoile They enjoy the full experience on offer to all pupils in St Catherine s College We are providing our pupils with a platform on which to build their bilingual future Several of our pupils have been placed first and second in the North of Ireland in a number of subjects We promote participation in a wide variety of Irish language events such as Rith Quizzes Feiseanna Easter courses and Gaeltacht summer courses We have strong links with our local Irish language community and keep our pupils posted on Irish language events happening locally and nationally An Sruth Gaeilge Col iste Chaitr ona providing quality bilingual education since 2002 Mol an ige agus Tiocfaidh s A pupil entering An Sruth Gaeilge in Year 8 will study 50 of the N I curriculum through Irish Our pupils complete G C S E Irish at the end of Year 9 In Key Stage 4 all pupils study Gaeilge and Ag Foghlaim don Saol agus don Obair as core subjects through Irish

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School Prayer On this new day we ask you God To help us to be there for each other That where there is worry We will bring support That where there is friendship We will deepen it That where there is anyone left out We will help them to join in That where there is a need We will bring generosity of heart Always remembering our school motto Cor Unum One Heart School Hymn Children Of The Sacred Heart We are people of the future linked to kin of yesterday We are kindred strong and worthy who are bound to have their say In the Ireland we inherit we will surely have our place With the Sacred Heart to guide us and the Holy Spirit s grace Chorus All for one and one for all shoulder to shoulder walking tall We are Children of the Sacred Heart We are caring for each other we are conscious of the poor We are working for the Third World who are striving to endure We were learning how to cipher how to read and how to write We were taught to be courageous not to fear the darkest night Chorus All for one and one for all shoulder to shoulder walking tall We are Children of the Sacred Heart

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School Prayer On this new day we ask you God To help us to be there for each other That where there is worry We will bring support That where there is friendship We will deepen it That where there is anyone left out We will help them to join in That where there is a need We will bring generosity of heart Always remembering our school motto Cor Unum One Heart School Hymn Children Of The Sacred Heart We are people of the future linked to kin of yesterday We are kindred strong and worthy who are bound to have their say In the Ireland we inherit we will surely have our place With the Sacred Heart to guide us and the Holy Spirit s grace Chorus All for one and one for all shoulder to shoulder walking tall We are Children of the Sacred Heart We are caring for each other we are conscious of the poor We are working for the Third World who are striving to endure We were learning how to cipher how to read and how to write We were taught to be courageous not to fear the darkest night Chorus All for one and one for all shoulder to shoulder walking tall We are Children of the Sacred Heart

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What makes our school unique The importance of living out the Sacred Heart ethos permeates every aspect of the school s work The result is an environment which promotes love of God and understanding of neighbour in a balanced and inter connected learning experience In Saint Catherine s there is an awareness that our high levels of academic artistic sporting and musical success and our Sacred Heart ethos are inextricably linked Ours is a school which embraces inclusion social justice high expectations and high standards Saint Catherine s College Convent Rd Armagh BT60 4BJ N Ireland t 02837522023 e info stcatherines armagh ni sch uk www stcatherinesarmagh com