On Monday 29th June 2015 Lydia Cullen and Sarah Gwynne travelled with Mrs Eakin to attend the 13th Northern Ireland ‘Experiencing Cambridge’ Summer School organised for AS Level students from the Province.
The Northern Ireland Initiative has been running since 2002 and offers a popular and varied programme of events for academically-able pupils from all backgrounds. The Initiative’s principal aim is to encourage more students from schools and colleges in Northern Ireland to consider applying to Cambridge University.
During the first week of July two Year 13 pupils, Aaron McFarland and Robert Smyth, were accompanied by Mr Duffy on a visit to Oxford University for the Northern Ireland schools' 'Summer School'.
They were hosted at St Catherine's College where they stayed for the duration of their trip. The visit allowed both pupils the opportunity to experience life at the University, meet tutors, participate in College life and explore the various faculties and campuses they were interested in.
The boys had the opportunity to receive guidance on the Oxford application process and liaise with current undergraduate students.
Sincere thanks to Kathryn Thompson, St Catherine's College's Access and Admissions Registrar, who facilitated the visit.
On Thursday 4th September 2014, the Year 8 pupils worked together to identify and unlock their enterprise potential and were given the opportunity to meet and explore the roles of staff within their new school.
They also tackled difficult school issues such as bullying, graffiti and litter and came up with ways to deal with these problems. The pupils made a poster and a slogan for their final presentations, which were pitched before the “Dragons’ Den” – a team of budding entrepreneurs from Lower Sixth! These presentations were judged and prizes given for the best pitch. The Years 8s were ably assisted by the AS Level Business Studies pupils who willingly gave up their free periods.
At the end of the summer term on Thursday 18th June 2015, the Year 8 pupils were back in the Assembly Hall participating in the ‘Moving On’ seminar. The pupils started their session with an ice-breaker quiz on ‘Who do we know?’ which assessed their knowledge of various people’s roles within the school, such as ‘Who is the Head Boy?’ and ‘What is the Caretaker’s name?’
This year’s seminar was hosted by Gail Hamilton on Tuesday 23rd June 2015. The day’s events started with pupils describing or drawing their dream lifestyle. Using the jobs booklet, pupils were tasked with discovering key facts about their ideal job, the qualifications needed and how much they would get paid. Using a budget planner, pupils were then asked to calculate how much their dream lifestyle would cost each year. Unfortunately many of the pupils got a reality check when they realised that the salary from their chosen job did not allow them to afford their dream lifestyle.
Through playing the ‘Success’ board game the pupils learnt that gaining more qualifications increased their earning potential and the career options available to them.