St Benedict's College, Randalstown

St Benedict’s into Ulster Semi Final

Played in extreme winds and driving rain , our Year 12 footballers would not be denied , in their quest to reach the Ulster Colleges semifinal . Through sheer guts and determination our boys reached half time with a 4 point lead , thanks in particular to the endeavours of Conor O Kane , Caolan O Loan and Connor Hastings. The second half saw us defending a lead against a strong wind but a herculien effort and courageous workrate saw the boys come back from a 2 point deficit to claim victory, when Shane Hinfey played in Casper Logan for the winning goal in the dying seconds.


Students, parents and staff celebrated another excellent set of GCSE results in St Benedict’s College last week with 69% of their Year 12 students achieving 5A*-C grades. The College’s top performing student was Liam Matthews who achieved a superb 5As, 3Bs and 2C grades. Ellen Mc Quillan was the highest achieving girl, securing a fantastic 2As, 7Bs and 1C. They are among a large number of our students who are progressing to our partner schools to continue their studies at Post 16. Mrs Mc Ateer, the newly appointed Principal of St Benedict’s paid tribute to the students. “I would like to congratulate all of the Year 12’s on their achievements. They must be commended for the high grades and th

St Benedict’s Eco Warriors

St Benedict’s Eco Warriors Club have teamed up with “Tidy Randalstown “ who won the “Best Kept Small Town” in Ireland Award . This is a huge achievement for the town and our school has embraced the “ live here , love here “ ethos of environmental awareness. Our pupils will be getting involved in more activities in the community to promote this . The pictures show our Y9 and Y10 pupils on duty in the community!

St Benedict’s boys instrumental in Championship win

St Benedict’s College players were very much to the fore as Tir Na nOg, Randalstown, won the U14 South West Football Championship. Connor Hastings captained the team and led from the front scoring 7 points. Vice Captain, Shane Hinfey also shone securing a personal tally of 3 points. These lads were ably assisted with fantastic performances and scores from Joe McCormick (2) , Caolan Hughes (1) and Ordhan Murray (1). St Benedict’s players scored 14 of the team’s 16 scores, a fantastic achievement at individual and group level! James Mc Manus in goals with Kian Devine and Paul McCloskey were rocks in the centre of defence. Paddy Neeson and Oran Loughran made up the St Benedict’s contingent. All

Information Evening

St Benedict's Pupils and parents attended a Year 11 Information Evening on Thursday 4th October. Principal, Mrs. McAteer, introduced her vision and mantra for the Year 11 pupils and outlined how the school would support them to be "happy, safe and successful." The transition to Key Stage 4 and the new examination system was explained in detail by the curriculum manager, Mr. Shivers. His input was followed by a presentation by the Year head, Mr. Bonnes, who explained how the school would support pupils and parents to achieve GCSE success and secure a minimum of five or more GCSEs including English and Maths. Parents gratefully received an information pack which included an Attendance Matters

County Honours

We are delighted that 3 of our Year 11 pupils will be lining out for County Antrim in Saturdays Ulster U14 Football Championship in Derry. Congratulations and good luck to Cahir , Shane and Connor

Amazing Molly

Molloy Mc Kenna - A National and International Superstar Having recently secured a Silver Medal at the UK Championships, our Year 8 pupil, Molly McKenna, has just won Team Gold at her first International Tournament in Portugal. Molly has also qualified for the World Championships in Russia in November. We are so proud of this young lady and wish her continued success.

European Day of Languages

Our College Librarian Paula , hosted a Quiz , to celebrate European Languages Day . The pupils found this engaging and participated fully in this multicultural event

Yrs 8&9 hurling

Ulster Colleges GAA Rehill Cup 2018 On a wet and wintry afternoon at the Dub playing fields in Belfast, the Years 8 and 9 hurling team qualified for the semi-finals of the Rehill cup. With convincing wins over Mercy College (8-03 to 0-00) and Glen Road, CBS (dnf) the young hurlers played a tough match with St. Joseph’s,Donaghmore to decide who would top the group. A much stronger and physical Donaghmore team prevailed with a score line of 5-02 to 2-01. St. Benedict’s will now play the winners from Group B in an Ulster championship semi-final. Well done to all the players who represented the school with pride. Team: A Mc Guckien, P Mc Closkey, SP Dowds, M Martin, O Loughran, P Neeson, M Kelly

Ulster Youth Choir

Our Performing Arts Department was extremely privileged to welcome the Artistic Director of the Ulster Youth Choir , Andrew Ward , to the College today. Our Year 12 Performing Arts students, engaged fully with the programme he delivered and were totally inspired and enthused by Andrew’s obvious love for singing. He commended our pupils’ ability and even auditioned 5 of them for a prestigious position in the Ulster Youth Choir .

Ulster Champions

Congratulations to our Year 11 pupils Shane and Connor who played on the Antrim team that won the Ulster Championship today with stunning victories over Derry and Donegal.

Science Experiments

Our Year 8 pupils have been investigating Chemical reactions in their Science classes this week. Experiments are an engaging and exciting Learning methodology .

Rotary Club

On Tuesday the 23rd October 2018, pupils from Year 12 had the opportunity to take part in the Rotary 'Youth Leadership Competition' Carla, Sean and Adam impressed the Rotary representatives with their interview skills. Pupils spoke about their interests and achievements to date as well as their knowledge or the European Union and current affairs. Although all three pupils impressed the interview panel, Sean Richmond has successfully made it through to the next stage of the process, Well done Sean!

Year 8 Mass of Welcome at St . Benedict’s

One of the most anticipated dates in our college calendar, is our Year 8 Mass of Welcome that took place on Wednesday 10th October. Celebrated by Fr O Reilly, it was a wonderful and jubilant occasion, that welcomed our new pupils and their parents into the school family. It was a particulary memorable event, this term, as it was the first Community gathering under the Leadership of new Principal Mrs Catriona McAteer who was delighted to have the opportunity to meet everyone as part of such a joyous celebration.

Shoebox Appeal

St Benedict’s College is proud and delighted to send off an amazing 60 Shoeboxes to the Centre of Hope in Dorohoi , Romania . What better way for our pupils to learn about the joy of giving at Christmas ? Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to the appeal.

Student Council

In our Student Council, two pupils from each year group join together under the leadership of Head Boy , Rory Loughran and Head Girl , Carla O Neill . St Benedict’s student council aims to give students a voice in decisions that effect then in order to help create a more positive school community. Rory states “ being on the student council is a worthy investment of your time for many reasons such as boosting your confidence, increasing your credibility and ensuring your opinion has value “


On Wednesday 7th November, St Benedict’s College welcomed over 150 guests to our Annual Celebration of Achievement where our Year 12 class of 2018 were presented with certificates and awards highlighting their individual GCSE successes. In addition, current students were awarded prizes marking significant achievement in subjects, attendance and across a whole range of extra curricular areas including sporting and artistic achievements. The guests were entertained on arrival by our Traditional Irish Folk Group who performed uplifting jigs and reels in reception and by our School Choir who performed a wonderful rendition of “A Million Dreams” from ‘The Greatest Showman’. This was a very import

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