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St Benedict's College, Randalstown


As we approach Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday the 27th January St. Benedict’s College reflect on a visit made to the concentration camp at Auschwitz a few years ago. The piece written below is a thought provoking piece written by Head of History, Mrs Armstrong. Reflections A thick grey sky weighed heavily above us as we approached the entrance gates that fashioned the cold and cynical message “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work brings Freedom). Rain cascaded upon each of us, drenching our group in the sobering reality of what actually happened in this place they called Auschwitz. As I observed the broken pathway paved with fragmented stone, I reflected on the thousands of broken spirits forced to pa

Open Night Success

St Benedict’s College Open Night was held on Thursday 17th January 2019. It was an extremely successful evening with large numbers of P6 and P7 pupils and their families taking the time to visit us to find out more about our school. We were delighted to welcome everyone as we celebrated the skills, talents and capabilities of our wonderful students. We were thrilled to see our young visitors engaging so positively in all the activities on offer. We hope everyone had the opportunity to get physical in PE, view skin cells in Science, sample the cooking in Home Economics, get “hands on” in Art, enjoy problem solving in Maths, become detectives in History, find out more about other cultures in L


TIDY RANDALSTOWN welcomed St Benedict’s College to a special reception for supporters who have worked with the group over the last year. Deputy Mayor, Mr John Smyth, hosted the event and he paid tribute to all the volunteers and praised them for their ongoing work on various projects around the town. He also highlighted how the town’s people, including the students from our Eco Club, are so willing to give of their time and effort and how appreciated this generosity is. Pictured are St Benedict’s College Principal, Mrs Catriona McAteer along with Mrs Sinead O’Neill, Mrs Caoimhe Logan, Mrs Helen Boyd, Tidy Randalstown Chair and Deputy Mayor, Mr John Smyth.

Team Kit

St Benedict’s is delighted to announce MMB Surfacing as the sponsor of our new Team Kit for 2019. We are a school at the heart of its community and are deeply appreciative of the support from MMB, a local business. Pictured below is Mrs Catriona Mc Ateer, Principal, with Mr Eugene McManus, owner of MMB and Year 8 students Kieran McCamphill and Rea Hanna who designed the student kits.


On Monday 14th January, our Year 12 students were given a terrific insight into life at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE ) . Careers Officer, Liz Simpson, presented the wide range of courses on offer at their Greenmount, Enniskillen and Loughrey Campuses. Students were also given very useful information about exciting career opportunities available in the growing Agri-Food Industry.

Molly McKenna

Molly McKenna, one of our Year 8 students has recently returned from the World Trampolining Championships in Russia. On the back of securing her UK Championship Silver Medal and against competitors from around the world, Molly achieved a remarkable 12th place finish which is a fantastic achievement. We are so proud Molly.

Worried William

Saint Benedict’s College was privileged to host Liam Kelly (local author of the acclaimed Worried William book series) on Monday 17th December. Liam delivered a presentation to our year 9 pupils about the personal worries and anxieties he experienced growing up and facilitated a discussion about the daily challenges of teenage life. Pupils took part in a poetry workshop which allowed our young people an opportunity to express their feelings in a safe and creative environment. Later that evening Liam took time to facilitate a workshop for parents on the same theme of teenage mental health and well-being. This was a hugely important and informative session which offered parents a forum to dis

Christmas Carol Service

Our College was delighted to be part of the MFT Choir that sang at the Community Carol Service in Antrim Forum last Saturday. It was a joyous and wonderful occasion, a magical combination of readings, music and lights. Our students sang beautifully and are to be commended for representing the school so well.

Champions of Ulster

Despite having lost two previous Ulster finals and being written off by certain sections of the media, the St Benedict’s team ended an Ulster Championship drought and claimed top honours in College Football for the first time in eleven years. Not since 2007 had the College lifted a Senior Title but at a bitterly cold Colaiste Feirste the boys from Randalstown added their names to the provincial roll of honour, getting the better of the Down Champions, De La Salle Downpatrick with a 5-10 to 3-8 final score. It was an excellent game of football that showcased everything that is good about our national sport. In a hard and extremely skilful encounter both teams found it difficult to land a deci