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St Colman’s, Ballynahinch Year 13 Art Student’s Masterpieces are the Forerunner in Down Arts Centre’s Summer Catalogue for the Annual School Exhibition.

St Colman’s Year 13 pupil Jack Thompson’s credulous artwork has been demanded and granted by a panel of judges to be published as the forerunner in this year's summer edition of the Down Arts Centre catalogue.

Each year the Down Arts Centre holds an Annual School Exhibition where teachers within the district have the opportunity to publicise student’s A' Level art pieces.

Principal Mr Mark Morgan and Head of Art Mrs Cecelia Halleron are very proud of Jack’s achievement after all his hard work and dedication in accomplishing his masterpieces.

St Colman’s A’ Level art class look forward to attending the exhibition alongside Mrs Halleron in the forthcoming weeks to overview the credulous work by other students within the community.


Special Guest and District Council Representative Mr Patrick McShane visits St Colman's Year 8-10 Assembly 

Above left to right: Mrs Shauneen McGourty- Head of Year 9 and 10, Eoin Teggart, Courtney Lowey, Mr Patrick McShane, Cora Rooney, Hannah Marshall, Paul McMahon and Fionntan Maguire.

Mr Patrick McShane Environmental Co-ordinator of Newry and Mourne District Council attended St Colman’s Year 9 and 10 Assembly on Tuesday 26th April. Mr McShane was invited by Mrs Carol Potter- Vice Principal and Mrs Shauneen McGourty- Head of Year 9 and 10. Mr McShane kindly provided an informative and comprehensive presentation on aims, statistical data and consequences for staff and pupils with regards to ‘Environmental Awareness’.

Duke of Edinburgh 2015-2016

The first group of Year 13 pupils from St. Colman's High and Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch participated in their first practice walk as part of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh's award expedition alongside trained facilitator Mr. Colum Clarke. Starting on the Trassey Track they walked up to the Saddle of Meelmore and Bearnagh descending by Happy Valley.  All pupils then returned to the Trassey Track having walked 10km and climbed 500m.

Barcelona Trip 2016

Recently St Colman’s Year 8-10 pupils jetted off to Malgrat de Mar, Barcelona on the Spanish Trip 2016 facilitated by Head of Languages Mrs Gemma Murray and Teaching Assistant Mr Kyle Henderson. All pupils immersed themselves in the Spanish culture and heritage through trying a variety of foods and participating in various excursions organised including: Barcelona Camp Nou, PortAventura Theme Park, Barcelona Zoo and Malgrat de Mar Beach.

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St. Colman's High and Sixth Form College attended the 'World in Our Classroom' event organised by the British Council at Stormont as part of their Comenius pupil exchange involvement.

Pupils Jack Dornan, Jamie Davis and Donal Mc Kay met with minister Mr. Mervyn Storey Chair of the Education Committeee.


Pupils were accompanied by Miss Sarah Wong and Miss Nadine O'Hare




Recently, Year 14 students underwent their final exchange in the Comenius Foreign Exchange Programme 2012-2014, with Belgian students from St. Vincentius College, Buggenhout, Belgium. 
As hosts, we had a jam packed programme to showcase all that Northern Ireland has to offer. Sight seeing activities included; Titanic Belfast, The Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge, Newcastle Promenade and St Patrick's Visitor Centre, Downpatrick.

This challenging yet experiential programme has not only provided these students with new skills and qualities which they will exhibit later on in life but, has allowed them to develop new friendships which they will treasure for a lifetime. 



Pupils of St Colman's High and Sixth form College, Ballynahinch attended the Bishop's mass in Newry Cathedral during Catholic Education Week. Included in the picture is principal Mr Mark Morgan,  Board of Governors chairperson Mr Tony Mc Clusker, Head Boy Aaron McMullan, Head Girl Maria Gilchrist and senior prefects Georgia Monaghan, Dara O'Reilly, John McMenamin, Rachael Walsh and Callum Kane.

Year 9 pupils enjoyed a fun day involved in a Forensic Science workshop as part of the Ballynahinch Learning Community. Pupils were highly engaged and enjoyed solving clues to find the murderer in the fictional crime scene.



Years 9AT and 12SW spent the day snow tubing  in Craigavon Ski Centre as a reward for their excellent attendance. Both classes were top attenders at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. 





St Colman’s High & Sixth form college pupils along with pupils from 7 other nations took part in the ‘European Mobile school’ as part of ‘Comenius programme’. Six year 13 Pupils and 2 staff went to Blankenberge in Belgium for a week with pupils and teachers from Italy, Belgium, England, France and Poland, engaging in cultural visits, team building workshops, and sampling some of the local tourist attractions. St. Colman’s teachers Matthew Mc Kee and Sarah Wong said the pupils and teachers from all countries involved, greatly enjoyed the week and found it very rewarding.

Year 13 pupils took part in a weeks exchange with their Belgium partners as part of the Comenius programme from 2nd to 9th March 2013. Our pupils ‘played together, worked together and ate together’ in true Comenius spirit. They enjoyed cultural day trips to Ghent and Brussels indulging in fine food and plenty of waffles! They were well hosted and we look forward to returning the favour when our Belgium partners return to Northern Ireland come September 2013.


The Duke of Edinburgh Silver group are well under way having had their first walk up the Mournes. The groups will face another two challenging walks before their practice and qualifying expeditions this academic year. Well done year 13


St Colman’s High and Sixth form pupils, studying GCSE Wider Key Skills and BTEC Horticulture recently raised nearly £300 for charity in a joint project by growing plants, and present them in their hand made wooden wheelbarrows as part of a collaboration between the departments. 



St Colman’s High and Sixth form College, recently had their annual Open Night, which was attended by over 150 potential new students and their families. Pictured is and Mrs Carol Potter, Vice Principal, presenting Orin McKay and his mum Maureen with the IPad they won as part of a prize draw on the night. Orin is a P7 pupil in St. Michaels Finnis and has chosen to go to St. Colman’s Ballynahinch next year.



St Colman’s High and Sixth form pupils had their formal in the Clandeboye Lodge in Bango on the 19th of February. Over 200 pupils attended the event.


Names for Girls photo, (left to right)

Jennifer Cuffey, Ciara Woods, Nicola Rice, Natalie Hanne, Justine Marner, Orlaigh Judge, Karen Mc Gurk, Amy Mc Millan


Names for boys photos

Justin Barlow, James Ferris, Gerard Campbell, Jon Paul Dorrian, Patrick Mc Allister, John Joe Gilmore, James Mc Cauley


31 Pupils from St Colman’s High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch along with Teachers Jennifer King, Noel McCann, and Carol Potter, visited The ‘Risoul’ Ski resort in the French Alps. It was a very much anticipated trip and all who went really enjoyed the fantastic location and scenery as well as the skiing experience.



First Aid Training at St. Colman’s High and Sixth Form College. Over 200 Year 13 and Year 14 pupils took part in a Full day course of General First Aid Training. This was part of an extensive Enrichment programme which St Colman’s hope to provide their students with a range of extracurricular activities and skills.



Under 12 Gaelic team took to the fields of Castlewellan to compete in the Kevin Smith Memorial Shield. It was a tough competition with all schools demonstrating fantastic passing, tackling and scoring. The boys produced a magnificent set of performances and were unfortunate to lose in the final. A superb effort from all the boys involved


The annual St. Colman’s football blitz took place recently on their fantastic 2G facilities and once again, proved to be a fabulous occasion for all those involved. All the primary school competitors worked tirelessly in their attempts to qualify for the semi-finals and the standard of play was magnificent. St Colman’s Sixth year pupils handled the officiating and assisted in the organisation and smooth running of the day.


The semi-finals were played out betweenSt. Joseph’s (Carryduff), Millenium, (Saintfield); St. Michael’s (Finnis) & Holy Rosary (Belfast).St. Josephand Millenium battled through to reach the final, with both teams keeping spectators on edge as it went to penalties. St. Josephs eventually took home the winners trophy to the delight of their pupils and spectators.

Head of Physical Education Martin ODonnell with representatives of the Under 16 and Under 18 Gaelic teams show their newly purschased kits.



Teachers Shane Lawlor and Martin O’Donnell have raised over £1000 by growing moustaches for the whole of November as part of ‘Movember’. The charity event raises money and awareness for Men’s Cancer research charities. Well done to the boys who stuck it out! Also included are some of the pupils who helped raise the money and Principal Mr Mark Morgan taking part in the fun.



St Colmans High School Ballynahinch Year 12 Pupils recently took part in a team building and raft building exercise at Killyleagh Outdoor Education Centre. Pictured is the winning team consisting of Gerard Headley, Gary Lavery, Lyndsey Noade, Caolan Leech and Maria Mc Donnell



St Colman’s Sixth Form college pupils from Ballynahinch, Studying A level Health and Social Care were given a presentation on the work of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust by Lynda Vladeanee and Elaine Campbell. The Presentation was part of Unit 3 ‘Health and well being’ which focuses on organisations which promote Health





St Colman’s High School AS Level Art and Design student Bronagh Brannigan has showcased an A’level piece at the recent “Schwarzakopf” Trend Evening, in the Metro Hair Academy Belfast. Bronagh created this beautiful hand- painted silk kimono during her AS Course.The kimino was exhibited at the annual Down Arts Centre’s “A’level Show” where it was viewed by local stylist and designer Stephen Mageean. Bronagh kindly agreed to loan her garment and it was featured in the Schwarzakopf Show,styled by Stephen Mageean with hair by Sharon Malcolm,Newtownards.    



St.Colman’s High School pupils who held a non-uniform day to raise money on Jeans for Genes Day, Friday 5th October.  The event was combined with their annual MacMillan Coffee Morning and raised £585




Congratulations to St. Colman’s High School Year 11 students  Monica Ward and Natalie Devine who were highly commended in the Castlewellan Forest Park “ Create A Gate” Competition




The Principal and staff of St Colman’s High School Ballynahinch are thrilled to be amongst the top ten performing non grammar schools in Northern Ireland. 87% of all the pupils achieved five or more GCSE’s at Grades A* - C. A Level results were also outstanding with 93% of pupils achieving 2+ A Levels.


Mark Morgan, the Principal attributed these results to team work. The pupils in St Colman’s are taught by dedicated and diligent staff who work in close partnership with supportive parents to enable each child to achieve their potential. Pupils learn in a caring environment where they feel valued and their confidence and self belief is raised enabling them to have ambitions and aspirations. This is reflected by the number of past pupils who have been successful, many as graduates who return to offer support and encouragement to pupils.


St Colman’s offers a curriculum to meet the varied and unique needs of its pupils. It is now firmly established as an 11 – 18 school offering a wide range of subjects, both academic and vocational to meet not only the needs of the pupils but also local employers and industry.


The school continues to thrive at the heart of the community providing an excellent education for all its pupils under the insightful leadership and guidance of the principal.

A big thank you to all pupils and parents for helping us to have a day to remember! Enjoy some of the photos showing the Olympic torch passing by and the fun we had dressing up!

The photo shows a selection of the students in Year 10 who attended the Balmoral show with the school

Vice Principal Mrs Carol Potter and also included are

Conor Savage (front row first right) a student in Year 13 with the award he won at this years show, for 1st in the Junior Blonde Bull “Gledney Frostie” and fellow Year 14 student Erin Gregg (front row centre), a member of the Spa Young Farmers.

Butterflies for Grand Opening


Year 10 Art & Design students from St Colman’s High School, Ballynahinch, were invited to decorate wooden butterflies for the opening of the new recycling centre at Ballykine, on 1 June.

The children made a huge effort within the short time scale provided,  the butterflies are bright and imaginatively designed.

Well Done Year 10.

St. Colman’s High School, Ballynahinch, pupils Jordan Hanna, Clare Grant and Patrick Mc Alister are pictured with the award they won at the Mourne Mountain Adventure Youth Challenge on Saturday 28April 2012.