Term 3 Successes & Achievements
Finn Diver, Callum Morgan, Adam Ferris and Fionntan Campbell travelled to London to represent Northern Ireland in the Mini London Marathon.
Following on from their double Cup win in March, the College Senior football team beat local rivals, Edmund Rice College 3-0.
Year 9 Basketball team travelled to Limerick to compete in their first All-Ireland Championships. They won 3 group games, ¼ final against Castleknock College, ½ final against Templeogue College but came up short against winners, Colaiste Eanna, Dublin.
The College Under 16 Water Polo Team remain the undefeated Ulster Schools’ winners. Team member Fearghal Creagh has been selected for the Junior Irish Team and scored his first international goal against Belarus in the Czech Republic.
Individual and team titles highlight Ulster Schools’ Track & Field Championships. Six Gold and Two Silver medals led St. Malachy’s Senior Boys to retain their overall team title.
5000m - Adam Ferris
400m - Tim Scott
Long Jump and Triple Jump - Jai Benson
800m - Cormac O’Rourke
4 x 100m Relay - Joe McCartan
Inter Boys 3000m – Callum Morgan
Hammer Throw – Aidan McGeown
4 x 400m Relay – Ruairi Gallagher
Year 8 basketballers competed in the annual Vince Halloran tournament in May. Two College teams were entered into the Plate competition and one into the Cup.
St Columb’s College, Derry were defeated by St. Pat’s, Armagh in the Plate final and we were able to hold off Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College, Knock in the Cup final.
A ten point lead was established going into the last quarter against O.L.S.P.K but the College players were able to maintain their possession and go on to win the title 28-27.
Jai Benson claimed his fourth All Ireland title in five years at the All Ireland Schools’ Track & Field Championships – achieving two personal bests; 14.41m Triple Jump and 6.93m Long Jump. Other team members included:
Tim Scott – 400m hurdles – 5th (60.8s PB)
Cormac O’Rourke – 800m – 5th(1.57)
Adam Ferris – 5000m – 5th (15.49)
Aidan McGeown –Hammer Throw – 8th(30m)
4 x 100m Relay – 6th(46.03s)
4 x 400m Relay – 4th(4.43)
These contributed to a narrow joint second place finish for the Senior Boys, just failing to retain the title they won last year, however, we did have the consolation of collecting the Senior Boys Shield – a first in College history.
Fionntan Campbell and Callum Morgan obliterated their personal best to claim 2ndand 3rdrespectively in the Intermediate Boys 3000m. Fionntan took a huge 30s off his personal best to run 8.56 and Callum finishing second behind with 15s personal best and both winning their first Individual All-Ireland Schools medals.
The Artist, Robert Peters visited the Art Department on the 3rdMay to run a workshop with the Year 13 and 14 Art and Design students. He introduced them to a new Salt Etch printmaking process.
St. Malachy’s College Chess players have been taking part in the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. The initial stages were played during lunchtimes in the College, with players battling through seven rounds until eventually left with one winner. Patrick Maguire narrowly defeated Leon Johny in a tense final game, while Joseph Donnelly finished third runner up. Patrick and Joseph went to compete in the regional Megafinal where they faced opposition from top players from schools all over Northern Ireland. Patrick enjoyed further success as overall champion of his age group and will go on to compete in the Terafinal in Manchester in July.
St Malachy’s filmmaker and A Level Moving Image Arts student, Thomas Purdy got the opportunity to work with the stars in Cinemagic’s Los Angeles film festival. Thomas got to interview Colin Farrell and pick up film making tips from actor, writer and producer, Ross King.
Year 8 and SVP members handed over a cheque for £6789.00 to Trocaire.
Nine pupils along with their family, friends and staff took part in an abseil down the front of the Europa to raise funds for their trip in India with Saphara in October.
Year 14 History students visited Dublin as part of their study on Partition of Ireland. They visited Kilmainham Gaol and then witnessed a re-enactment of the graveside oration delivered by Patrick Pearse at Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s grave – Glasnevin Cemetery.
As part of the topic of Gaelic Games, Year 9 Irish students enjoyed an action packed trip to Croke Park. They learned about the history of the GAA and Croke Park as they toured the stadium.
Year 11 Art and Design students visited the End of Year Degree shows at the Art College to see the range of creative career opportunities on offer there. They visited Interactive Design, Animation, Architecture, Graphic Design/Illustration and Fine Art Painting shows.
Key Stage 3 pupils and five of the Year 13 Peer mentors enjoyed an overnight trip to Greenhill YMCA in Newcastle, Co. Down. This trip marked the culmination of months of dedicated hard work by Peer Mentors who have been fully trained to support their peers within the College.
The Year 8 Annual Retreats took place during the last week of term. The theme was “We are wonderfully made.” John Paul 2 Award students Niall O’Hare, Christopher Archer, Ruairi McAteer and Matthew McMahon ran the group sessions and shared their faith experiences.
A team of Year 8 Chemists came 2nd Place in the Salter’s Challenge at Queen’s University. They put their investigative skills to the test to solve a number of practical tasks.
John Finucane, Thomas Kane, Conor Caldwell alongside Mark McConnell spoke to students about their career pathways and provided an insight into various aspects of Law, Politics, Media, Sports and ICT.