Author: Pauline Martin

Catholic Schools: Delivering for Communities

You are invited to read this paper which articulates the future vision of Catholic Education,
its ethos, and values.

The Catholic school sector is an exemplar of service delivery which continues to address the key
educational challenges of our time and improve outcomes for children and young people. We
believe that we have much to contribute to the creation of a high-achieving, inclusive education
system in Northern Ireland that cherishes diversity.

Resources for Catholic Schools Week 2022

Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated in schools across the island of Ireland from Sunday 23 January – Sunday 30 January. The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2022 is ‘Catholic Schools: Living Life to the Full’.

During Catholic Schools Week families, parishes and schools are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic schools reflecting on their contribution to the common good of society.

Please find below a link to the resources:

CSP Prayer Resource for Boards of Governors

This prayer resource is an initiative of the Catholic Schools Partnership. It is the product of a collaborative engagement to provide a practical prayer resource for use by Boards of Governors. You are invited to download and use these resources for Board of Governor meetings and other meetings within the school where you find them useful.

Please find more information below:


St Columba’s PS make a special trip to St Eugene’s Cathedral as part of Catholic Schools’ Week

In St. Columba’s Primary School, ‘Catholic Schools Week’ is a pivotal moment in our School’s calendar. We look forward to this week and celebrating all that is good about our Catholic School.

On 23rd January, representatives from Year 7 travelled to St. Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry to celebrate Mass.

Pupils from St Columba’s celebrated Grandparent’s Day by inviting grandparents into school to share in the activities of the day!
Some of the work of the children for Catholic Schools’ Week.

Our Lady And St Patrick’s College, Knock celebrating Catholic Schools’ Week

Deacon McAllister after the Liturgy at Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock during Catholic Schools’ Week
Resources for Catholic Schools’ Week were made available
for all staff and pupils to think about Living in Harmony with God’s Creation
Year 14 chaplaincy pupils delivered presentations to their fellow students as part of the celebrations for Catholic School’s Week

St Mary’s High School Downpatrick participating in the 2020 Holocaust Memorial Day.

Two students from our Head Girl Team had the privilege of experiencing the 2020 Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration at Belfast City Hall.

Tomi Reichental gave the key note speech. We were very privileged to host a talk by Tomi in October, in St. Mary’s. His honest testimony was astonishing and had everyone in attendance with him as he walked us through what life had been like for him during this horrendous time.

St. Mary’s High School is a partnership school in the Holocaust Education Programme. As part of this initiative two of our students were invited to speak at the event. This was a huge honour and both girls were very humbled by their experience. indeed, this was a humbling experience for all the young people involved. 

Tomi’s aim is to educate people about what happened during the Holocaust so that we can remember the people who died in it and to take action so it never happens again.