Dear Student, At St Cecilia’s we provide a Sixth Form for success for over 200 students. We aim to foster, challenge and inspire you so that you can exceed your own expectations. This is cultivated through the excellent learning and teaching styles that are adopted in the College. In an environment of mutual appreciation and independent learning, you will have the opportunity to work in a climate which encourages high aspirations, develops independent thought and achieves outstanding results for all. At Post-16 you will undertake a whole new learning programme of study. You will be able to avail of a diverse range of subjects taught in both St Cecilia’s as well as in partner schools across the Foyle Learning Community. The partnerships that we have developed with other schools and with the local community will ensure that you are provided with a wealth of knowledge and real life experiences. These are essential to help in your transfer to life beyond the College. We strive to ensure that you will all leave the College with transferable skills as well as with an educational experience which encourages you to ‘Aspire, Endeavour and Achieve’. Mrs Martine Mulhern Principal
Each Year 8 pupil has her own Guardian Angel. This is a Sixth Year pupil committed to helping her ‘little St Cecilia’s sister’ settle in and find her feet in her new school.
Dear Student As Head of Year in St. Cecilia’s, I can assure you that you have made the right decision to continue your studies at Key Stage 5 with us. We are a very inclusive school, and have a varied curriculum which meets the needs of all abilities. In conjunction with the Foyle Learning Community, every opportunity is available for you to ensure you will have access to a wide variety of subject choices. We are a “Caring School”, and as Pastoral Head, one of my main aims is to ensure that your experience here in sixth form is both a happy and worthwhile one, and that all your academic needs as well as your pastoral needs are met. We have endeavoured to ensure that all the relevant information you may need is in our prospectus, which includes details of the subjects offered, as well as our Enrichment Programme, The Pope John Paul Award, and much more. Please feel free to contact us if you need any further assistance. I really look forward to seeing you here in September, and I wish you every success in your GCSEs over the next few months. Mrs Ó Mianáin Head of 6th Year
Dear Student As Assistant Head of Year, it is a great privilege to be closely involved with these busy and vital transitional years of your lives so far. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on your school life, however education remains as important as ever. In the Sixth Form, our aim is to prepare you for the next stage of your life – whether it be further academic studies or starting a career. Whatever path you choose, there are many opportunities available to you here in St. Cecilia’s College. As the Foyle Learning Community link in school, I will ensure that you have access to a range of subjects if your particular subject is not offered here. As well as that, our aim is to assist in providing a friendly, supportive and creative environment where you will have the chance to develop your interests and talents. I wish you the best of luck for the rest of Year 12 and with your subject choices. I hope to see you in September. Mrs Carlin Assistant Head of Sixth Year
Our Post-16 Curriculum The majority of our Year 12 pupils return to Sixth Form to continue their studies. We offer a wide range ofsubjects to pursue both Vocational and Academic pathways. In order to ensure the best possibleentitlement, for all our pupils, we have additional subjects taught in our partner schools within the FoyleLearning Community. Some of our current Year 13 and Year 14 pupils are availing of courses in:
Oakgrove Integrated College
Verbal Arts Centre
Lumen Christi College
St Columb’s College
St Joseph’s Boy’s School
St Mary’s College
SUBJECTS ON OFFER AT AS/ADVANCED LEVEL AND EQUIVALENT
Art & Design - Textile DesignArt & Design – Fine ArtBusiness Studies – Professional Business Services Business Studies – Cambridge Technicals Design & TechnologyDigital Technology Drama & Theatre StudiesEnglish LiteratureFrenchGeography Government & Politics Health & Social Care, Single Award
Health & Life Science Double AwardHistory
ICT – Cambridge Technicals
Travel & TourismA number of these subjects are offered as part of theFoyle Learning Community.
Admissions Criteria Admission Criteria for entry into Sixth Form at St Cecilia’s College. Those students currently in Year 12 who wish to continue into Year 13 should have: A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (including English and Maths) or equivalent at Grade C or above. The ability to satisfy the entry requirements for each of their Advanced Level subjects. A previous record which clearly indicates that high standards have been consistently met in the following areas: Behaviour If it is considered necessary students will have to complete a satisfactory interview with the Head of Sixth Form and/ or another member of the Post-16 team. Students wishing to enter Sixth Form will be prioritised according to points accumulated through a combination of their GCSE results and their record in each of the areas above. *Pupils are normally required to have a grade C or above in Maths and English Language in order to take the level 3 courses. Behaviour Application to study Attendance Punctuality
Pupil’s Progression routes from our Sixth Form in 2020 Edge Hill University Nursing Liverpool Hope University Early Childhood Liverpool Hope University Health & Social Care Liverpool Hope University Primary Education Liverpool Hope University Tourism Management Liverpool John Moores University Adult Nursing Liverpool John Moores University Biomedical Science Liverpool John Moores University Criminology and Psychology Liverpool John Moores University International Tourism Management Liverpool John Moores University Physical Education Manchester Metropolitan University Adult Nursing Manchester Metropolitan University Biomedical Sciences Manchester University Fashion Promotion Newcastle University Music North West Regional College Art Course North West Regional College Beauty Course North West Regional College Early Years North West Regional College Event Management North West Regional College Hairdressing North West Regional College Health & Social Care North West Regional College Level 3 Child Care North West Regional College Music North West Regional College Preforming Arts North West Regional College Science Queen's University Belfast Computer Science Queen's University Belfast Economics with Finance Queen's University Belfast Psychology Queen's University Belfast Software Engineering St Mary's University Belfast Primary Teaching Ulster of University Geography Ulster University Adult Nursing Ulster University Drama Ulster University Economics Ulster University English with Education Ulster University Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Ulster University Sociology with Criminology University of the Arts London Acting
Art & Design – Fine Art Examining Board EDEXCEL Entry Qualifications Fine Art: through the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, lens-based image making. Course Structure Component 1 Component 2 Personal Investigation Externally Set Assignment 60% 40% Career Opportunities Teaching, Advertising, Photography, Architecture, Animation, Graphic Design, Jewellery Design, Fashion Design, Theatre Set Design, Textiles, Interior Design, Film Production, Fine Art. Art & Design – Textile Design Examining Board EDEXCEL Entry Qualifications Textile Design: through the disciplines of textiles for interiors, fine art textiles, fashion textiles. Course Structure Component 1 Component 2 Personal Investigation Externally Set Assignment 60% 40% Career Opportunities Teaching, Advertising, Photography, Architecture, Animation, Graphic Design, Jewellery Design, Fashion Design, Theatre Set Design, Textiles, Interior Design, Film Production, Fine Art.
GCE Professional Business Services Professional Business Services firms provide support and knowledge-based services to businesses in a range of industries. They offer their clients specialist advice in various areas to help them to improve their business. This is a growth area in the UK What will I study?
How will I be assessed? Why study Professional Business Services? By studying this course you will gain an insight into the range of services that professional business services firms provide for their clients, for example: Management Consultancy; Human Resource Services; Financial Decision Making, Technology Services, Leadership and Management; and Project Management. What can I do with a qualification in Professional Business Services? This qualification in Professional Business Services will provide you with a broad experience of the range of services provided by this growth industry. You will acquire knowledge and skills in key areas within professional business services that could lead to future study and/or related employment or apprenticeship.
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business Studies (05835) Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. It is recommended that learners have, or are working towards, a grade 4/grade C or above in Maths and English GCSE. This qualification has been designed • For learners who are on a 16–19 study programme • To meet the Department for Education’s characteristics for an Applied General qualification. This qualification is suitable for learners • Who want to gain a Level 3 qualification to support further study in Further Education (FE) or Higher Education (HE) in business-related programmes • Looking to gain a Level 3 qualification to support further study in FE or (HE) in any other sector or subject area Qualification structure Learners must achieve a total of 5 units consisting of 3 mandatory units and 2 optional units. Assessment method/model Units 1, 2 and 3 are assessed by exam and marked by us. Your centre staff will internally assess the other units and we will moderate them. Grading Examined units are graded Near-Pass, Pass, Merit and Distinction. Internally assessed units are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. The qualification is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* Examination resits Learners can re-sit an examined unit twice before they complete the qualification. Repeat submission of learners work If you and the learner feel they haven’t performed at their best during the assessment, the learner can, at your discretion, improve their work and resubmit it to you for assessment. You must follow our requirements on authenticity and feedback in OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business (360 GLH) For this qualification, learners must achieve five units, three mandatory units and two units and two optional units. Key to units for this qualification: M = Mandatory, Learners must achieve all these units O = Optional, Learners must achieve two of these units E = External assessment, We set and mark the exam I = Internal assessment, You assess this and we moderate it Unit no. Unit title Unit ref. no. (URN) How are they assessed? Guided learning hours (GLH) Mandatory or optional 1 The business environment A/507/8148 E 120 M 2 Working in business F/507/8149 E 60 M 3 Business decisions T/507/8150 E 60 O 4 Customers and communication A/507/8151 I 60 M 5 Marketing and market research F/507/8152 I 60 O 8 Introduction to human resources R/507/8155 I 60 O 11 Accounting concepts H/507/8158 I 60 O 16 Principles of project management M/507/8163 I 60 O 17 Responsible business practices T/507/8164 I 60 O 19 International business A/507/8165 I 60 O 20 Business events F/507/8166 I 60 O 21 Being entrepreneurial – evaluating viable opportunities 1 J/507/8167 I 60 O To achieve this qualification there’s mandatory content that all learners must have successfully mastered. This content is shown in the table above by an M and it contributes 66.6% to the qualification grade.
Design & Technology GCE EXAMINATION BOARD CCEA Entry Qualifications: GCSE Technology and Design grade B or above GCE Technology and Design AS Units AS 1: Product Design and Systems and Control: Product Design 20% AS 2: Coursework – Product Development 20% A2 Units A2 1: Systems and Control and Product design 30% A2 2: Coursework – Product-System, Design and Manufacture 30% Career opportunities: Engineering, Architecture, Product design, Furniture design, Interior design, Jewellery design.
Drama & Theatre Studies GCE Examining Board EDEXCEL Entry Qualifications Desirable: GCSE Drama experience or GCSE English C or above. Course Structure Component 1 Devising – pupils devise and perform a piece of theatre Group performance from a performance text Theatre makers in practise 40% Component 2 20% Component 3 40% Career Opportunities Performance, Dramatist, Teaching, Theatre Producer/Director, Set Designer, Stage Manager, Script- Writing, T.V, Community Work, Drama Therapist.
English Literature A Level Course Examination Board: CCEA The course is a 2year course. Entry Requirements: A “B” grade in Paper 2 GCSE English Literature. Year 13 - Year 1 Unit AS 1: The Study of Poetry 1900 – Present and Drama 1900 –Present. Section 1 Poetry: The study of two poets. The poetry of Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney Section 2 Drama: The Study of one play: Brian Friel Translations OR Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot OR Tenessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire OR Arthur Miller The Crucible External written exam: 2 hours - 2 questions Unit AS 2: The Study of Prose Pre 1900 The study of a novel: Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter OR Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights External written exam. 1 hour Year 14 - Year 2 Unit A2 1: Shakespearean Genres. The study of one Shakespeare play: Othello OR King Lear Or As You Like It External Written Exam. 1 hour 30 Unit A2 2: The Study of Poetry Pre 1900 and Unseen Poetry The study of a range of poetry by one poet: William Blake OR John Keats OR Emily Dickinson Preparation for an Unseen Poem. External written exam: 2 hours A2 3: Internal Assessment. The study of two novels, one of which must be a twenty-first century novel, along with another novel of a similar theme, in order to produce an essay or piece of coursework of not more than 2,500 words. Career Opportunities Journalism, Novelist, Editor, Poet, Scriptwriting.
French GCE Examining Board CCEA Entry Qualifications GCSE French B or above AS 1: Speaking 30% of AS level 12% of A level AS 2: Listening, Reading and Use of Language AS3: Extended Writing A2 1: Speaking A2 2: Listening and Reading A2 3: Extended Writing 40% of AS level 16% of A level 30% of AS Level 12% of A Level AS: 40% of A Level 18% of A Level 24% of A Level 18% of A Level A2: 60% of A Level Career Opportunities Teaching, Youth and Community Work, Media, Journalism, Administration, interpreting
Geography GCE Examining Board CCEA *100% exam based – no coursework Entry Qualifications GCSE Geography Grade B Course Structure AS AS 1 AS 2 AS 3 Physical Geography Human Geography Fieldwork Skills and Techniques in Geography 16% 16% 8% A2 A2 1 A2 2 A2 3 Physical Processes, Landforms & Management Processes & Issues in Human Geography Decision Making in Geography 24% 24% 12% Career Opportunities Teaching, Cartography, Housing Officer, Town Planning, Retailer, Social Worker, Remote Sensing Analyst, Estate Agent, Environmental Consultant, Commercial/Residential Surveyor, GIS Officer, Planning & Development Surveyor.
Government & Politics GCE Examining Board CCEA Entry Qualifications GCSE C* in English and History or B or above in RE and Geography Course Structure AS AS 1 AS 2 The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland The British Political Process 16% 24% A2 A2 1 A2 2 Comparative Government USA Political Power 35% 25% Career Opportunities Solicitor, Barrister, Journalism, Teaching, Government, Politics, Lobbying, Conflict Management, Banking, Accountancy, Human Resources, Policy Advisor, Political Advisor/Assistant. BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate Health and Social Care, Single Award Examining Board BTEC National Extended Certificate Health and Social Care (Single) Entry Qualifications GCSE Health and Social Care is an advantage GCSE English grade C or above This qualification has a mix of exam and coursework units. Course Structure Students will study 4 units over 2 years. Single Award: The following three units are the mandatory units with one optional unit to be chosen. Human Lifespan Development (Exam) Working in Health and Social Care (Exam) Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (Coursework) Optional Unit (Coursework) Career Opportunities Nu Nursing, Social Work, Teaching, Childcare, Psychology, Nursery Education, Youth and Community Work, Counselling, Welfare and Social Services, Administration in Health and Social Services, Research
History GCE Examining Board CCEA Entry Qualifications GCSE English Language, RE or Geography Grade B or above and GCSE History Grade C or above. Course Structure AS AS 1 AS 2 Germany 1919-1945 Russia 1919-1941 20% 20% Specialist Unit A2 1 A2 2 Clash of Ideologies in Europe 1900-2000 Partition of Ireland 20% 40% Career Opportunities Solicitor, Barrister, Journalism, Teaching, Government, Politics, Lobbying, Conflict Management, Banking, Accountancy, Human Resources, Policy Advisor, Political Advisor/Assistant.
Digital Technology GCE Why Study Digital Technology, ICT, Computers at A Level. ● It Guarantees You a Job ● You Can Create Anything You Want ● High Income Potential ● You Understand How Software Works ● It Teaches You Persistence ● You Learn To Combine Technical Skills and Creativity ● You Develop Problem Solving Skills ● Over the last 9 years 100% of our Students Gained an A - C grade. The specification has four units: ● Unit AS 1: Approaches to Systems Development (External written examination 1 hour 30 mins - 20% of A level) ● Unit AS 2: Fundamentals of Digital Technology (External written examination 1 hour 30 mins- 20% of A Level) ● Unit A2 1: Information Systems- External written examination 2 hours 30 mins - 40% of A level. ● Unit A2 2: Application Development (Case Study- course work). 20% of A Level Internal assessment Students compile a portfolio showing evidence of the analysis, design, development, testing and evaluation of an application for a specified end user. Career Opportunities Teaching, Software Engineer, Graphics Designer, Web Designer, Systems Analyst, Programmer.
Cambridge Technicals ICT Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT 360 5841 Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT qualifications allows you to achieve your potential and progress to the next stage of your life whether it be Higher Education, an apprenticeship, or employment 2 Compulsory unit - Exams 180 credits (2x90 credits) Choose 3 of the coursework units below (3x60 credits) Fundamentals of IT exam 2 Global Information exam 6 Application Design coursework Web Design and Prototyping- coursework 7 Internet of Everything coursework 6 Developing a Smarter Planet - coursework Social Media and Digital Marketing- coursework Application Design coursework Career Opportunities Teaching, Software Engineer, Graphics Designer, Web Designer, Systems Analyst, Programmer.
Irish GCE Examining Board CCEA Entry Qualifications GCSE Irish – Grade B or above AS 1: Speaking 30% of AS level 12% of A level AS 2: Listening, Reading and Use of Language AS3: Extended Writing A2 1: Speaking A2 2: Listening and Reading A2 3: Extended Writing 40% of AS level 16% of A level 30% of AS Level 12% of A Level AS: 40% of A Level 18% of A Level 24% of A Level 18% of A Level A2: 60% of A Level Career Opportunities Teaching, Youth and Community Work, Media, Journalism, Administration, Acting, Research, Translating, Publishing, Advertising, Interpreting
Mathematics GCE Examining Board CCEA Entry Qualifications GCSE Mathematics – Grade A/A* at GCSE or to have studied GCSE Further Maths Course Structure AS AS:1 AS:2 Pure Mathematics Applied Mathematics 24% 16% A2 A2:1 A2:2 Pure Mathematics Applied Mathematics 36% 24% Career Opportunities: Accountancy, Teaching, Computer Programmer, Quantity Surveyor, Actuary, Engineering, Architecture, Economist, Finance, Management Consultant.
Music GCE Examining Board CCEA Entry Qualifications GCSE Music – Grade B or above or Grade V Theory and Performance Standard. A grade C would be considered in exceptional circumstances. Course Structure AS AS 1: AS 2: AS 3 Performing Composing Responding to music 13% 13% 14% A2 A2 1: A2 2 A2 3: Performing Composing Responding to Music 19.5% 19.5% 21% Career Opportunities Composition, Performance, Teaching, Arts Administration, Music Therapy, Broadcasting, Sound Technician, Floor Stage Manager, DJ, Music Librarian, Music Publisher, Careers in Recording Industry. BTEC LEVEL 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Examining Board EDEXCEL Entry Qualifications GCSE Music – Grade B or above or Grade V Theory and Performance Standard. A grade C would be considered in exceptional circumstances. Course Structure The course consists of 4 units (3 of which are mandatory and 2 are external) Ensemble Music Performance Practical Music Theory and Harmony Professional Practice in the Music Industry Solo Performance Career Opportunities Composer/ Song Writer, DJ for clubs, Instrument Repair/ Restoration and Tuning, Lawyer/ Accountant, Music festival and concert organiser, Music Therapist, Record Label Entrepreneur, Roadie, Writer Journalist, Musician/ Performance Artist, Teacher, Sound Technician/ Engineer.
Physical Education BTEC (Level 3) National Extended Certificate in Sport Examining Board Pearson Entry Requirements 5 GCSE’s A-C (preferably including GCSE Physical Education Grade A-C) Course Structure This is a vocational course designed to develop both knowledge and practical skills in the Sport and Exercise Science industry. Year one of the course covers Anatomy, Physiology and Fitness Training and Programming for Health and Well-being. Year two includes Professional Development in the Sports Industry and Sports Leadership. This broad study of many sport and exercise disciplines will give students an insight into the effectiveness of their own performance and how to improve that of others. Assessment Students take four units, consisting of written assignments, presentations, practical assessments and a written exam. Unit 1 - Anatomy and Physiology (Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes) Unit 2 - Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (Written Examination - Case Study, two weeks’ preparation time) Unit 3 - Professional Development in the Sports Industry (Coursework) Unit 4 - Sports Leadership (Coursework) Career Opportunities Sports science, Physiotherapy, Coaching, Teaching, Leisure Management, Sports Administration, Community Recreation, and Personal Trainer.
Religious Studies GCE Examining Board CCEA Entry Qualifications GCSE Religious Education Grade B or above and GCSE English Language Grade B or above. Course Structure Core Units AS 7 AS 5 Foundations of Ethics with special reference to issues in Medical Ethics The origins of the Celtic Church in Ireland and the Beginnings of its Missionary Outreach 20% 20% A2 A2 7 A2 5 Global Ethics A Study of the Development and Impact of the Celtic Church in the 5th, 6th and 7th Centuries 30% 30% Career Opportunities Teaching, Social Work, Youth Work, Church Work, Commerce, Publishing, Broadcasting
DA Health and Life Science Examining Board CCEA Entry Qualifications Double Award CC or above & GCSE Maths and English C or above Course Structure AS/A2 AS Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5 Unit 6 Experimental techniques Human Body Systems Aspects of Physical Chemistry in Industrial Processes Brain Science Material Science Medicines Drugs and Clinical trials A2 Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 5 Unit 7 Unit 9 Scientific Method, Investigation, Analysis and Evaluation Organic Chemistry Medical Physics Genetics, Stem Cell Research and Cloning Oral Heath and Dentistry Analytical Chemistry Techniques Career Opportunities Radiography, Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Teaching, Nursing, Food Hygiene, Chemist, Engineering, Biochemist, Genetics, Sports Study, Optometry, Zoology.
Spanish GCE Examining Board CCEA Entry Qualifications GCSE French B or above AS 1: Speaking 30% of AS Level 12% of A Level AS 2: Listening, Reading and Use of Language AS3: Extended Writing A2 1: Speaking A2 2: Listening and Reading A2 3: Extended Writing 40% of AS Level 16% of A Level 30% of AS Level 12% of A Level AS: 40% of A Level 18% of A Level 24% of A Level 18% of A Level A2: 60% of A Level Career Opportunities Teaching, Youth and Community Work, Media, Journalism, Administration, Acting, Research, Translating, Publishing, Advertising, Interpreting
Travel & Tourism Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel & Tourism Examining Board Pearson Entry Qualifications: Minimum C Grade in English and 4/5 other GCSE’s Course Outline: 360 GLH (480 TQT) Equivalent in size to one A Level. 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%). This qualification is designed to support learners who are interested in learning about the travel and tourism industry alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in travel and tourism-related subjects. The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. Unit to be completed; Unit 1 - The World of Travel and Tourism (Exam - Unit assessed externally) Unit 2 - Global Destinations (Controlled assessment - Unit assessed externally) Unit 3 - Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism & one other optional Unit. (Both coursework) The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. Learners can progress to degree courses such as: • BA (Hons) in Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism, BA (Hons) in Business Studies, BA (Hons) in Business Management with Accounting and Finance, BA (Hons) in Marketing, BA (Hons) in International Tourism Management, BA(Hons) in Geography and Tourism, Bsc (Hons) in Geography and Environmental Management. How does the qualification provide employability skills? In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. • cognitive and problem-solving skills: using critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, using systems and technology • interpersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation • intrapersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development. How does the qualification provide knowledge and skills for higher education? All BTEC Nationals provide knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. The skills that universities value include: • the ability to learn independently • the ability to research actively and methodically • being able to give presentations and being active group members.
Enrichment Programme The Enrichment Programme at St Cecilia’s College is created to provide all students with the required preparation and education on life skills and social needs during their time in Year 13 and Year 14. All Sixth Form students participate in a scheduled lesson each week of this programme which is presented by outside agencies. This programme helps the students to develop themselves, through activities and exercises, which prepares them for life after St Cecilia’s. Some examples of the lessons are in the following areas:
In Sixth Form, students have the opportunity to participate in the Pope John Paul II Award. The Award was created in 2006 to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II. The purpose of the award was to enable students: To live their faith and to witness to faith lived out in the community. To become more actively involved in the life of their parish and community. To understand that religion and faith is not just for learning, nor is it a list of rules, but that it’s for living. Through the Pope John Paul II Award, students will be enabled to take an active part in the life of their church, in the life of their community and society and also become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world. This will allow the students to engage at a deep level with Christ, whose body the church is. There are 4 different levels to the Award. The Bronze Award, the Silver Award, the Gold Award and finally the Papal Cross. The components of each stage of the Award comprise parish engagement – both liturgical and pastoral, social awareness and eventual written presentation of their endeavours. To find out more about the award visit the website: www.thepopejohniiaward.com
St. Cecilia’s School Prayer Almighty God, we ask your blessing on the pupils, teachers and all who work in this school. May it be a centre where knowledge and goodness will flourish and where peace will reign. We ask this through your divine Son, his Blessed Mother Mary and our patron saints, St Patrick, St Columba, and St Cecilia.
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