On Monday, 4th February, 32 year 14 pupils received their Pope John Paul II Awards in the Millennium Forum. The diocese of Derry was celebrating their 12th Annual Awards ceremony with guest speaker, Archbishop Grzegorz Rys, Archbishop of Lodz, Poland, and Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, presenting the awards.

In total, awards were distributed to 534 pupils from across the Diocese. There were 31 gold awards and 1 silver award presented to St Columb’s awardees. The Pope John Paul II Award recognises young peoples’ commitment to faith and community. Making young people visible in their church, community & society. This award is an ingenious way to direct the energy of the youth to something positive and constructive. It is probably the best way to commemorate the commitment of the former Pope to the young people of the world.

There were also some inspiring musical performances during the evening from Thornhill College Traditional Folk Group who enthralled the audience with 4 pieces of traditional music.

Pictured below are the recipients of the Award alongside their award leader, Mr McGarry, Principal Madden, Archbishop Grzegorz Rys and Bishop Donal McKeown. (The award leader would like to thank Mrs Valdez Pena, the Diocesan Catechetical Centre and the RE department for their assistance throughout the year).

Information for Year 11, 12, 13 and 14 regarding JCQ Contingency Day

The JCQ contingency day, which for the forthcoming summer series is 26 June 2019.

This day will only be used in a very rare and exceptional case where examinations scheduled for a particular day in the timetable cannot be held, due to unforeseen circumstances, on a national level.

Candidates should be made aware of this date, and that special consideration cannot be applied in cases where candidates cannot sit a rescheduled examination on this date, for reasons other than those listed under the JCQ criteria.

Further information about this contingency date, including frequently asked questions, can be found at www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/ice---instructions-for-conducting-examinations 

Kind regards

Mrs A O’Kane

External Examinations Officer and BTEC Co-ordinator

Privacy Notice for Year 11, 12, 13 and 14.

Please click here to download the JCQ Privacy Notice.

There is a fuller version of this available from JCQ and if you would like the fuller version, please contact CCEA’s centre support team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will forward you the JCQ full version.

Mrs A O’Kane

External Examinations Officer and BTEC Co-ordinator

St Columbs College Sixth Form Prospectus 2019 can be viewed by selecting For Parents (from the above menu), Downloads, Prospectus.  The Prospectus includes detailed information on all available subject options and provides a real insight into life as a Post-16 Student in St Columb's College.

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