St. Patrick's Academy, Lisburn
St. Patrick's Academy is the most successful Catholic, co-educational, all ability school East of Lough Neagh. Our ethos is grounded on the teachings of Christ where every child is treasured and cared for as a unique individual. We believe that children are more important than organisations and our pupils receive individualised attention. We believe in excellence without labels.
The aim of the Academy is to promote opportunities for personal fulfilment and educational excellence within a safe and caring environment based upon mutual respect and our Catholic ethos. There is a strong emphasis on academic excellence and achievement for all, and our teachers have very high expectations for every pupil, regardless of ability.
Wednesday's Wizardry Fact
There are 77,869 words in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Year 10s Magical Morning
A magical morning had by all at Eason’s. Flynn Campbell and Brooklyn Genesi won Special 20th Anniversary Editions of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, they were winners of the Harry Potter quiz, their knowledge of the books was extraordinary. Maria Sampaio and Dervla Gallagher won commemorative mugs as winners of the Harry Potter memory game. We all enjoyed a captivating reading from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by a member of the Eason’s team. Pupils and staff had the opportunity to pick their own wand (actually the wand chose us!) and to dress up in Harry Potter attire. All in all a really spellbinding morning for us mere muggles!
Flynn Campbell stated, “This morning was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate a literary legend. I am a huge Harry Potter fan.”
“ A huge thank you to all the lovely staff at Eason’s , Lisburn for inviting us for a magical morning of fun and entertainment. Celebrations will be ongoing all week at Saint Patrick’s, including a whole school quiz to identify the teachers from their Harry Potter names...” Mrs McCann aka Gwendolyn MacFarland!
Mrs McCann's Magical Quiz
Visual Arts Award - June 2017
Congratulations to our Year 12 student on her award for Secondary School Visual Arts.
Squash Success - June 2017
Well done to our Year 11 pupil who recently won silver medal at the U17 European championships for Squash. She has now also been selected for the U19 Irish Squash team who will be competing in the World Championships in New Zealand in July 2017.
New Build - June 2017
Shared Education - June 2017
8PN and Laurelhill pupils learning about castles and designing Motte and Bailey Castles
Leavers Prayer Service - May 2017
St Patrick’s Academy’s Leavers Prayer Service took place on Friday 19th May. The service was a celebration of the time the pupils had spent at St Patrick’s which seen pupils presenting items symbolising their time at the school and saying prayers to reflect on their time here. Younger pupils also helped to make the service a success as the choir sang hymns. St Patrick’s was delighted to welcome back former teacher and now Deacon of Dromore, Gerry Heaney, to lead the service. More pictures are available in the Gallery.
Music Success - May 2017
Grade 5 in violin - what an amazing achievement for Year 10!
Dance Success - May 2017
Well done to our very talented Year 10 pupils who enjoyed great success in their recent Dance Competition. The girls travelled to Malaga, Spain with their Dance School, LT Dance and came home with a number of trophies each. What an amazing achievement.
Bun Sale for Autism NI - May 2017
Well done to the Year 12 students involved in a bun sale at break time today. They successfully raised £67.95 for Autism NI.
New Building - May 2017
Our new building is coming along nicely. Additional pictures are available in the Gallery.
Long Jump Success - May 2017
Code Clock - August 2017
Peer Mentoring April 2017
St. Patrick's Academy and Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn, Post 16 pupils recently took part in a Peer Mentoring Training workshop. This event was organised by AchieveNI and was designed to give the Post 16 pupils and understanding of how they can support and mentor younger pupils within both schools.
AchieveNI had this to say about the pupils “We have been blown away by the maturity and depth of understanding these senior students had when discussing their role in supporting the younger students at each of their schools. The interaction was fantastic and all of the young students participated in every task and activity given.”
Post-16 Trocaire Trek - Apr 2017
Well done to the year 13 and 14 students who recently completed the Divis Ridge Trail as part of their fundraising attempts for Trocaire. The group, accompanied by Mr Moran, Mrs Montgomery and Mrs Towe, enjoyed some spectacular views of Belfast and managed to raise £440 in total.
Archery Success - April 2017
St. Patrick’s Academy Year 11 pupil, recently competed in the Northern Ireland Indoor Championships for Archery. She was victorious in her competition as she won the trophy for the Best Improved Girl and improved her score from last year by 100 points. Along with her twin sister, both came joint 3rd in the competition.
Both girls are part of Lisburn City’s Archery Club and also Northern Ireland National Junior Archery Squad (NINJAS). They are now entering the outdoor season where they will be competing in lots of competitions with the highlight being the archery youth festival at August. Good luck to both girls in the coming season.
STEAM Project - Mar 2017
St Patrick’s Academy was one of five post primary schools in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area who were invited to work together on a STEAM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINNERING, ART, MATHS) project centred around transport. This was centred on the National Museum NI's extensive transport galleries and collections. Young people from Key Stage Three took part in a range of specially-designed experiential activities at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, as well as other venues including W5 interactive Science Centre, the Ulster Aviation Society and at the George Best Belfast City Airport. The project was fully funded and requested one class to attend for the duration of the project. Our year 9 class who went along fully enjoyed and participated in a range of activities ranging from model making, film making, interactive science shows and a flight to Newry on a Flybe aeroplane.
Mentions & Merits - Feb 2017
Book Review Competition - March 2017
The annual Book Review Awards ceremony was held recently to announce the winners of the Key Stage 3 competition.
To find out more information about the competition and to see photographs of the winners click here.
NRLSS UK National Speed Championships