Summary Of Principal’s Prize Giving Report 20 September 2012

Mr Brady opened the evening by welcoming all to St Killian’s College to celebrate the achievements that students have attained in the last year. He congratulated each and every prize winner present and stated that they are a representative body for many others in the college community who also deserve recognition for their admirable achievements throughout the last year. As Principal, he added that he could not:

…. ‘ask for a nicer group of young people to ensure that all that is great about this college will be and is characterised by the achievements of these year groups.’

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St Killian’s student gains 3rd place in NI

It has just been announced that St Killian’s student Kathy Darragh has been awarded 3rd place in Chemistry in the NI A Level examinations taken in June.[singlepic id=40 w=320 h=240 float=right]

Kathy’s A* in Chemistry was complemented by 2 more A* – in Maths and Biology – and a Grade A in Spanish.

Kathy has just begun her university career, reading Environmental Studies in Cambridge.

St Killian’s Principal Mr Jonny Brady was delighted with the award.

“I congratulate Kathy on this outstanding achievement.  Kathy is a credit to herself, her family and her school and thoroughly deserves this high accolade.  She was a very committed student and, with the help of her teachers, she certainly reached her potential during her time with us in St Killian’s.  I wish her every success in Higher Education studies in Cambridge.”

Dr Jonathan Huddleston, Head of Science and Chemistry, added to the congratulations :

“This is a fantastic achievement for a hard-working and dedicated student who was a pleasure to teach.  She will act as an inspiration to those who follow in her footsteps and choose Chemistry at A-level in St Killian’s”.


Students at St Killian’s College, Garron Tower, continue to shine brightly

Following last week’s superb A level results the GCSE students at St Killian’s have proven that the future of education in the Glens and East Antrim is very bright with excellent exam results across the board.  This year there was a number of top performers including, Catherine Burns who achieved 10 A*s, Roisin O’Kane (5A*s and 6As), Shannon McLoughlin (6A*s and 4As), Tanya Austin (7A*s and 3 As), Claire Diamond (4A*s and 6As), Aine McDonnell (6A*s and 4 As) Hannah McIlwaine (5A*s and 5As) and Lauren O’Boyle (5A*s and 5As). Of the students who sat their exams in June 86% achieved 5 A*-C grades while 81% gained 7 A*-C or better.  Over 1/3rd of our GCSE grades were A*-A, a significant rise of 8% on last year.

One of the success stories of St Killian’s was the continuation of the college mentoring system which supports students to reach their full potential at all levels of the ability range.  These students, without exception, outperformed their predicted GCSE grades and a number gained an extra 3 or 4 A*-C grades.  All of our students, teachers and parents should be rightly proud of the tremendous set of results that have been achieved.

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Principal Mr Jonny Brady expressed his delight with another notable set of results at St Killian’s.

“Given the continuing emphasis on numeracy and literacy the college results in Mathematics and English continue to be strong and enjoyed pass rates which are higher than the NI average”.

“Most encouraging was the fact that the majority of our young people succeeded and reached their potential with the help of a caring, dedicated and professional staff.  Our successful mentoring system ensured significantly more pass grades than were predicted.  This provides students with a greater opportunity and choice to progress to post 16 or make them more attractive to employers, which is so important in this increasingly competitive world.”

“This fantastic set of results is down to the commitment, dedication and hard work of our students and staff, as well as the support and partnership that the school continues to develop and enjoy from our parents.”

“The College would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students on their outstanding results and we are looking forward to ensuring their future success at post 16.”