We encourage participation in a number for competitions throughout the school year, to nurture our students’ skills and talents, across all areas of the curriculum. In this academic year our students and their teachers have enjoyed success in many competitions including:

The Living Law Programme:

Year 13 students Stephanie Bunting, Summer Lambatan, Bronagh Quinn and Amy Ward.

Senior Queen’s Scholarship Scheme:

Year 13 students Riona Laverty, Holly Gowdy and Niamh Hazard.

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

All Year 9 students participated on behalf of local charitable organisations. The winning group, Caitlin Cosgrove, Maria Patterson, Katie Maguire and Dearbhla McCusker, won on behalf of the ‘Suicide Awareness and Support Group’.

Poetry in Motion:

Year 9 students Katie-Louise Connolly, Hannah Molloy and Rachael Christie.

John Moore University Initiative:

Year 13 students Michael Reid, Laura Chassells, Fionnuala Ferguson and Gemma Cummins.

Geography Department Competitions:

In-house competitions:

Years 8 & 9 Anti-Litter Poster Competition

Recycled/ Up-cycled Product Competition

External competitions:

Geographical Association World Wise Quiz at QUB
Application submitted for Keep NI Beautiful Eco schools Green Flag Award
8E entered Travel Wise NI Competition
Fair Trade Fortnight Prize Draw


External competitions:

Wheelie Big Challenge
Translink Travel Challenge
The Brush Off (Belfast City Council)
Big Spring Clean Up (Keep NI Beautiful)
Green Trees School Award (Woodland Trust)
Adopt a Spot
Power-Down Day

Changing Minds Competition:

Year 11 students Caitlin McCaughley and Leona Whelan

Sporting Competitions:

Senior Pupils

Northern Ireland Indoor Soccer Schools Cup (Winners of Yr10/11 & Yr 12/13/14 Cup)
Northern Ireland Soccer 11-a-side Schools Cup
The Ulster Colleges Ladies’ Gaelic Football U20 League
Ulster Colleges Football All Stars (Eimear McAllister made it to the Final Trials)

Junior Pupils

Northern Ireland Indoor Soccer Schools Cup (Winners of Yr8/9 Belfast Winners and NI Runners Up)
Northern Ireland Soccer 11-a-sides Schools Cup Junior Team Semi Finalists
The Ulster Colleges Ladies Gaelic Football U14 League Quarter Finalists
The BCSDN Game of 2 Halves – Yr8 Winners
QUB/Ulster Council Camogie Development Tournament – Shauna Smyth Player of the Tournament
Various Basketball Tournaments
Netball Yr8/9 Tournaments

Literacy Competitions:

KS3 and KS4 have competed in the external ‘Poetopia’ and ‘Mini Monologues’ writing competitions

At KS4, pupils have participated in ‘Soroptimist Public Speaking’ and QUB Women Public Speaking

In-house competitions for ‘World Book Day’, ‘Advertising reading posters’, ‘Designing a new book cover’ and ‘Preparing and presenting a book week speech’

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