Prize-Night a Huge Success

Below are a few of the points made by Mr Brady in his Prize Night Speech when there was so much to celebrate in the College.  These points highlight the standards achieved, the diversity of experience provided inside and outside the classroom and the commitment of St Killian’s to developing each and every student that wears our uniform.

Top achievers at GCSE






Niamh Donaghy

“You are a representative body for many others in our school community who also deserve recognition for their admirable achievements throughout the last year.”

“All of the staff and students set targets which were high and demanding at GCSE, AS and A level and due to the commitment of all involved in St Killian’s they rose to the challenge and surpassed them.”

“One notable achievement from the Maths department was the Year 11 students who did their Maths GCSE early and achieved a superb 21 A* and 8 A. These fantastic results underscore the findings of the Education and Training Inspectorate last November when they rewarded the department an outstanding level.”

“At AS our students did fantastically well with 85% achieving grades at A – C with 62% achieving either A or B grades which gives them all a superb foundation for the completion of the A level courses.”

Top achievers at AS







“Our A level students did exceedingly well.  87% achieved A* – C grades while 100% achieved 2 grades A* – C.  We are proud to say that 27% of our students achieved an A* or A grade at A level and that is significantly higher than the National Average.

Last Year's Upper Sixth Award winners









“96% of our A level students have achieved their ambition to go to university with an incredible 83% achieving their first preference and 10% moving in to Further Education.”

“In November 2012 the college was inspected in three key curriculum areas, English, Mathematics and Science, alongside key whole school areas such as, Pastoral Care, Careers, Special Educational Needs and Leadership and Management. The outcomes for the college and the students were fantastic! The ETI noted that English provision including Literacy was deemed as very good, Science provision was deemed good while in Mathematics the provision was deemed outstanding. To achieve outstanding in Mathematics is almost unheard of and in terms of the outcomes for our students it can only be viewed as incredibly positive.”

ICT & Maths







“The report concluded that: The quality of education provided by the college is very good with aspects of work that are outstanding.”

“The college is meeting very effectively the educational and pastoral needs of the students. Together with the college’s effective promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the curriculum is meeting very effectively the needs of the students, the community and the economy.”

“I am very privileged and honoured to be a part of this wonderful college that has produced such high calibre students, who have all moved on from success to success and who represent all that is great about inclusive Catholic education.”

Sports' Award winners







“Holistic education is more than the sum of academic success, important though it is. The true measure of our educational provision is the young women and men that result from the values and ethos which will make them true contributors to our society. The values and ethos that you, their parents, and St Killian’s have instilled and nurtured in our young people is so patently obvious here tonight, not only in the academic field but also in the other arenas that make for a truly rounded education.”

“Any year you win an Ulster Colleges’ title can be seen as a successful one, and luckily enough we have managed to do that in each of St Killian’s 3 years. What made last year that little bit sweeter was that we managed to retain the Forresters’ Cup which can only bode well for this year’s Mageean team.”

“This year 4 of the County Antrim Hurling teams were captained by past and present St Killian’s students:  Senior – Neil McManus                           Minor – Patrick Burke

U16 – Christy McNaughton                     U14 – Shane O’Connor

“In Camogie we reached the Ulster U16 A Final but were beaten by St Mary’s Magherafelt who won that competition for the 14th time in the past 20 years, while the Year 8s agonisingly lost to St Catherine’s Armagh by a point in their final.  Siobhan McKillop captained Antrim under 14s to Ulster championship title last weekend and we had current students on every Antrim team, including senior, this year.”

“In Track and Field Athletics, 6 students qualified for the NEBSSA finals, Caillin O’Kane and Sean Murphy won GOLD in the Discus and in the 15OOm respectively with Sean going on to gain a Silver in the 800m and Corey Beggs taking Bronze in the 100m. Ellen Hynds, Lauren McRandal and Jade Bradley won Bronze in 800M, the discus and shot respectively.”

“At Ulster level the college continued to gain success in both Track and Field with Roisin O’Kane winning Silver in the discus and following that up by coming 5th in the All Irelands. In the Ulster Sports Hall Athletics the college enjoyed an impressive haul of medals with Corey Beggs and Ellen Hynds wining gold in the 2 and 4 lap races while Niamh McIntosh and Maire Hamilton won Silver in the relay.”

Attendance Award winners






“What inspires me about the approach that our coaching staff and players take is the fact that they are proud to wear the college jersey and that they are as gracious in defeat as they are in victory. That is a life long attribute and one that represents all that is important about the role that sport plays in all our lives.  It is that heart, that determination which feeds right through the college whether it be in sport, school work or in the meeting of people in and outside the school community.”

“Over the last three years the students have helped to raise a staggering ÂŁ23,319.11 which highlights the very giving nature of our young people not only in terms of money but also in that precious resource, – time.”

“We are indebted for the continuing support we receive from parents/students and our wider community.”










“The Year 10 Maths students won the LASCO Maths Challenge, beating off stiff competition from local grammar schools, winning a trophy and ÂŁ400 for the college.  Other events organized to promote the Maths department included World Maths Day and a number of students achieved silver and bronze winners in the UK Intermediate and Junior Maths Challenges.”

“We had school trips to Paris and to Poland and a trip to Madrid is planned for October.”

“Throughout the academic year a number of our students were involved in a number of STEM projects organised by Sentinus.”

“Last year, our Science Technician, Sandra Cahoon, was entered by the Science department for the Science Technician of the year. After being short listed to 6 within the UK, there followed a series of rigorous interviews of Sandra and other staff, as well as a visit to the College in June.  We, as a college community, are delighted and proud that Sandra was awarded the Science Technician of 2013 from the Salter’s Institute. This is a highly prestigious award and Sandra will travel to the Salter’s Institute in London to pick up her award in November. Congratulations to Sandra and well deserved.”

“The English Department and their students took part in the Big Report for the second time.  They thoroughly enjoyed this experience and with Barra Best’s guidance and motivation, the class produced a commendable BBC School News Report.”

English & Drama







“We continue to develop links and build on the sound and strong relationships that we have with our partner primary schools.  Three local primary schools, St Mary’s Cargan, Seaview in Glenarm and Carnlough Integrated Primary School, were able to use the college facilities, to promote cross community relationships.”

“St John’sPrimary School, Carnlough P 7 students continued with the highly successful Faith Friends Programme which maintains a great bond between our students and the P7 students who take part in this Faith Programme.”

“A number of our past students are making a splash in the world away from St Killian’s and it makes us extremely proud of the fact that they are keen to tell us of their great success. Katie Bowen who left last year to go to Trinity to study Natural Sciences was awarded the Trinity Trust Prize in Chemistry and Peter Mulholland, also in Trinity was awarded a Fresher Bursary. However pride of place goes to Jacob Armstrong, who is studying Mathematics in Oxford, was awarded the J.P. Mc Manus Bursary receiving it from none other than Ex President Bill Clinton.”

Construction & Engineering







“One of my firm beliefs for this school is to ensure that all associated with the school will be happy,  happy to come to school, happy to be in school and happy when they leave school.    School days ought to be the best days of your life and we should all enjoy them. A happy student is a student who achieves  –  and this is very clear from tonight, but also very clear when you visit St Killian’s. It is also a reflection of the true partnership between parents, school and students – This is something to treasure and develop. This has been recognised by the DENI which has agreed to invest in our young peoples’ future by approving additional classroom spaces at a time when monies for such programmes are scarce.”

“The whole staff, both teaching and non teaching, have demonstrated to me that the standards that are set in the college are and remain high, but always with the young person at the centre of all that they do. Special thanks and congratulations to our young musicians who have played so well tonight, Niamh McIntosh, Peter and Simon McSparron, Maria Murray, Christina McCambridge and Christopher Mulvenna. ”

Business, RE & Art







“I would like to pay tribute to our Board of Governors who so willingly give up their time for the good of the College, to ensure that the high quality provision which is the hallmark of St Killian’s is maintained and enhanced.  Tribute must also be paid to Frs Kerr, Forde and Canon McMullan our school chaplains, who continue to develop and nurture the faith of the whole school community, and also a vote of thanks to all our local clergy who give unstintingly to the college.”

“Finally, a special thanks to you as parents, who have entrusted us with your children. I promise you that we the community of St Killian’s will do our best to shape and form your children into adults who will be the creators of a fair and just society.”

Home Economics, Health Care & Child Development






The College is indebted to John Curly McIlwaine for the use of his photographs

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