Take a trip back in time to see some familiar faces and some activities from days gone by. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read our old newsletters.  We hope you enjoy looking back at all the exciting work which has taken place in St. Catherine’s Senior School over the years.

The Christmas Concert was a huge success. The standard of singing and acting was extremely high. A huge thank you to Ms. O’ Neill and Ms. Lawler for all their hard work.
‘One Toy Soldier standing tall……’
‘She keeps the beat of marching feet….’

18th September 2014: Secondary School Open Day

5th and 6th Classes visited a local secondary school, Cabra Community College, on Thursday, 18th September 2014.

We completed science experiments, baking and an art lesson as well as seeing lots of different rooms and the school garden.

Some classes invited parents/guardians into the class before Christmas to make ‘Sock Snowmen’. It was a great success and I think you’ll agree they turned out very impressive! 

As part of Science Week 6th Classes went to The Botanic Gardens to look at fruits, berries and leaves under the microscope. The girls got a tour of the gardens and a guided talk about many of the trees and plants which grow there. It was a great day. 

Ms. Heeney’s Class have been busy preparing shoeboxes for children in the third world. They did a great job and it is such a worthwhile thing to do to give to those less fortunate. Well done girls!

On Tuesday, 5th of November Ms. Shovlin’s Class went to the Mansion House to meet the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhalaigh. The girls had an opportunity to ask the Lord Mayor many questions about her job and were amazed that she is only the 8th female Lord Mayor in over 300 years. The girls had a great day and got the grand tour of the house. They were also treated to juice and crisps while there. 

On Monday, 2nd of November we were delighted to welcome Sam Maguire to our school. Dublin player Davy Byrne brought the cup into the classrooms and had a questions and answers session with the girls.
Up the Dubs!

5th and 6th classes attended a rugby blitz in ‘The Bogies’ as they had been doing rugby lessons for a number of weeks. Many other local schools took part too. A great day was had by all.

Happy Halloween from all in St. Catherine’s!

Sponsored Walk in ‘The Bogies’ on Friday, 23rd of October 
Well done to all who participated in the sponsored walk on Friday, 23rd of October. It was a huge success and the weather stayed nice and dry for us.

Witchy Walk for Green Schools (Friday, 23rd of October)
On Friday, 23rd of October all the students and teachers walked to school in their homemade ‘green’ headpieces and hats. They made a fantastic job and there was a winner for the best hat from each class. Well done girls!

Maths Week 2015 (12th -16th of October)
Maths Week was so much fun this year in St. Catherine’s.  Ms. Haverty’s Sixth Class did maths trials with the younger classes and Ms. Shovlin’s Sixth Class did puzzle stations with the younger classes (tangrams etc.). There was a quiz for fifth and sixth classes in the hall on the Friday afternoon which was so much fun.  Ms. Shovlin’s Class also went to Broombridge to see the famous mathematical equation. Some classes did maths in the computer room and did lovely maths art based on Alice in Wonderland – designing a maths cup and saucer.

Winners of Roald Dahl Books
Congratulations to Ms. Shovlin’s Class who won a set of Roald Dahl books for the classroom from The Primary Planet magazine.

15th of October 2015 – National Tree Day
All classes walked to the Phoenix Park on what was a beautiful autumn day. The classes had informative talks about the trees and had an opportunity to collect conkers and leaves for the nature table.

Ms. Haverty’s 6th class attended the ‘Design Hub’ exhibition in Dublin Castle and finished up by designing and making their own bridges. It looks like great fun!

6th of October 2015
Today was a very busy day in St. Catherine’s, the senior girls received a safety talk from An Garda Síochána about Halloween Safety. It is so important to stay safe this Halloween by following all the safety guidelines and being careful.

Gerry from ‘The Zoo’ (RTÉ) came in to Ms. McCrea’s Class to give a talk on Dublin Zoo as the girls had been learning about it recently. It was really exciting to have a t.v. star teaching the girls for the afternoon. Thank you very much Gerry.

 28th of September – 2nd of October 2015
This week the girls in St. Catherine’s are celebrating ‘Friendship Week’. All classes are making a great effort to be extra friendly and kind this week. Many classes are working on lovely displays and learning the song ‘Lean on Me’.
Congratulations to the winners of ‘The Friendship Week Art Competition’.
The girls all won books based on friendship. Keep up the good work girls!

” We may all be different fish….but in this school we swim together.”

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On Friday, 25th of September two members of the Irish Defence Forces came to our school to present an Irish Flag in preparation for the 1916 Rising Celebrations next year. The girls were a credit to themselves in how they behaved on the day. The girls sang ‘Ireland’s Call’ and members of the Student Union welcomed the crowd and read the Irish Proclamation. It was a very special day.





There has been great excitement in St. Catherine’s with Dublin winning the All Ireland Final. We have been doing art, bar charts, headbands and even songs based on Dublin and look forward to welcoming Sam Maguire to our school.



On Friday, 4th of September News2day visited the school to do a report on the ‘We are Writers’ Cookery Book. The crew filmed Ms. Shovlin’s Sixth Class baking brown bread. It was a very enjoyable day. We look forward to watching it on television.




School Year 2014 -2015

June 2015

Congratulations to all the 6th class girls who graduated from St. Catherine’s Senior School today. We wish you every success for the future.



The girls had a celebration afternoon for their Plaque of Excellence in Science and Maths on Monday, 29th of June.




The girls who had excellent attendance received certificates and prizes. Congratulations girls!



Ms. O’ Neill’s class wrote fantastic books and dedicated them to someone special. The girls read their books to other pupils in the school. The illustrations and storylines were wonderful. Well done girls!


The school tours were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Classes visited Newbridge Farm, Funtasia, Tayto Park and Cavan Crystal Maze.




Ms. Shovlin’s girls made advertisements in English. Jessica made one for local business Barry’s Balloons and we sent it off to them. The business kindly delivered this beautiful balloon arrangement as a ‘Thank You’ to Jessica. The large balloon had Jessica’s original picture printed on it. The balloons attracted much attention throughout the school. Thank you to all at Barry’s Balloons.



Congratulations to the winners of the St. Columbus Parish Art Competition for 5th classes. Keep up the good work girls!


Ms. Shovlin’s class made lovely shortbread in the Cookery Room.


On Wednesday, 17th of June the fifth classes went to The Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre in Harold’s Cross. The girls had a wonderful day. They learned lots about the life of Mary Aikenhead and saw the beautiful rose garden before they left. Many thanks to Sr. Philomena and Sr. Mary for facilitating the visit.


Active Schools Week 2015 (15th-19th of June)

Active Week was great fun this year. On Monday all of the children jogged a lap of the park. On Tuesday all of the children participated in Sports Day. Sports Day was great fun as usual. We did our races in ‘The Bogies’ in the morning which was great fun.  Some of the activities included Tug of War, Obstacle Courses, Water Activities, Rounders and much more. We were so lucky with the weather as we were able to enjoy ice pops outside at the end of the day. On Wednesday each class held a hula hoop competition and finalists entered a whole school contest at 2p.m. On Thursday each class held a skipping competition. On Friday afternoon a Zumba teacher came to our school and taught the girls dancing for one hour. It was brilliant fun.


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Hula Hoop Champions 2015 – Congratulations Girls!




le Leah (Rang 5)

An samhradh atá ann.
Tá mé ag ithe uachtar reoite agus ag surfáil.
Tá an aimsir go haláinn agus tá daoine ag tumadh san uisce.
Tá mé ag caitheamh mo speaclaí gréine agus mo hata gréine.
Tá picnic ar an trá.
Tá portán agus iasc ag snamh san uisce té.
Tá éin ag canadh sa spéir.

School Year 2015 – 2016

An Samhradh

le Liwia (Rang 5)

Surfáil ar an trá
Agus culaith snamha orm.
Meitheamh – an mí is fearr liom.
Hata Samhraidh ar an trá.
Rásanna sa pháirc.
An gairdín ag fás.
D’ól mé liomanáid sa pháirc.
Hip Hip Hooray is aoibheann liom an samhradh.

Ms. Shovlin’s class wrote to Sharon Ní Bheoláin inviting her to submit her favourite recipe for our book. She invited 5 lucky girls to visit RTÉ. The girls had a wonderful day, they went on a tour to the RTÉ Newsrooms, Fair City and met lots of familiar faces including Brian Dobson. Thank you so much Sharon for a truly memorable day!


The girls had a fantastic day at the racing in Santry on Thursday, 4th of June.



May 2015

29th of May 2015

Ms. Sutton’s Class went on a wonderful trip to Cabra Library.


Some of the girls in Ms. Shovlin’s class and Ms. Lawlor’s class wrote letters to celebrities asking them for their favourite recipe for inclusion in our recipe book which is currently being printed. The girls received some lovely responses from the likes of An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar and Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke. A huge thank you to all the respondents. The responses are on display in the school. The recipe is available to purchase in our school office and costs €8 with profits going towards updating our school library.


Congratulations to Liwia from 5th class for winning 1st Prize in the drawing competition. Liwia’s picture will now be the front cover of the recipe book.


18th – 22nd of May

We celebrated Spelling Week. Classes participated in spelling games, word search puzzles and spot the difference puzzles. Tricky spellings were called out on the intercom each morning for each class. Congratulations to all the winners during the week and the overall Spelling Bees.


April 2015

On Wednesday, 29th of April we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Catherine. We held an assembly in the hall to announce the winners of the art competition and the St. Catherine’s fact finding mission.


On Wednesday, 29th of April we held a big W.O.W. Day and the children were encouraged to wear green accessories.


Thank you very much to Maz who came into school with the 6 Nations Ladies’ Cup.


The fourth classes organised a fantastic Cake Sale to help raise money for their swimming lessons.

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 March 2015

Cáisc Shona Dóibh!



4th Class participated in a Citywide Reading Project and went to Cabra Library for a presentation ceremony. Well done girls!



25th of March 2015 

To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day Ms Shovlin’s Class wore odd socks on Wednesday, 25th of March.


The whole school took turns in going for a 2km Easter Fun Run in ‘The Bogies’. It was great fun.


1- 17 Márta 2015

Bhí comórtas ealaíne againn agus bhí orainn postaer a dhéanamh bunaithe ar seanfhocal. Bhí tráth na gceisteanna ag cinn de na ranganna i rith an tseachtain. Bhí céilí agus ceolchoirm againn freisin. Chan gach rang amhrán amháin.  D’éist an scoil le amhrán amháin gach maidin cosúil le ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’, ‘Trasna na dTonnta’ agus ‘Báidín Fheilimí’. Bhí a lan craic againn.



2nd – 6th of March 2015

The school celebrated World Book Week. A bookmark competition took place throughout the school and a winner from each class won a book. A book swap was also held in Ms Carroll’s room on Friday afternoon. Ms Sutton’s Class went on a trip to Eason’s on O’ Connell Street and received goody bags and used their book vouchers. They had a great day!

February 2015

27th of February 2015

Ms Shovlin’s Class went on a trip to the Education Centre at Dublin Zoo and participated in an African Rainforest workshop.



18th of February 2015

The Green School Committee held an assembly in the hall to encourage the girls to walk to school to help save our planet. The winners of the poster competition were also announced. Congratulations to all the girls who took part in the competition. Ms Cummins’ Class won the Green Boot Award for being the class with the most walkers.

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Tuesday, 17th of February 2015

Happy Pancake Tuesday from all the girls in St. Catherine’s. Some of the classes had great fun enjoying the lovely pancakes.


9th of February – 13th of February 2015

Our school celebrated Art and Music Week and listened to classical music over the intercom each morning. Our school created a large display based on Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’. On Friday, 13th of February we held a ‘Love Concert’ and each class sang a love song.


10th of February 2015

Ms Martin’s 5th Class went on a trip to Waterways Ireland in The Grand Canal as part of Engineer’s Week and learned all about our waterways and the work of engineers. They had great fun.



4th of February 2015

Ms Shovlin’s 5th Class went on a trip to Leinster House. They had a fantastic day and got to see around the whole building and saw plenty of familiar faces including the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe.


3rd of February 2015

Áine from Green Schools came into school to give talks to each class about the causes and effects of climate change. She spoke about the importance of walking, cycling and using the bus to travel to school.


4th and 5th Class girls have been busy making crosses for St. Bridget’s Day.



 December 2014:

The school put on a fantastic performance of ‘Cinder Eile’ which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to Ms O Neill for her hard work.


November 2014:

6th Class girls made Christmas Boxes for the charity Team Hope to deliver to boys and girls in Africa and Eastern Europe.


 Thursday, 9th October 2014: Tree Day

We got a guided tour around the trees in Phoenix Park by two Park Rangers.  We studied the leaves, the fruits and the bark.

Wednesday, 8th October 2014: Cross Country Races at Santry

Ms. Waters and out Athletics Coach Mary Mc Kenna organised our entries for races at Santry. It was a great day out and we met many of our old friends who are in secondary school now.

Monday 29th September – Friday 3rd October 2014: Friendship Week

Look at our beautiful artwork for Friendship Week 2014.


 Our Newsletters

Have a look at newsletters from days gone by in St. Catherine’s Senior School.

summer 2012

Read about our visit to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress at the RDS, lots of exciting visitors to the school and the hard work and dedication of our Green Schools Committee.

Easter 2012

Read stories, reports, articles and diaries written by the pupils. They have been learning about lots of different topics.

Christmas 2011

Read about our very successful Christmas Concert ‘You Shine’, lots of sports and activities that have been enjoyed over the past few months and the introduction of ‘Mathletics’ in sixth class.

Summer 2011

Read all about our Green Schools ESB Electric Ireland competition win, school tours, the Sacraments and other trips and activities we have taken part in since Christmas.

Easter 2011

Read a selection of stories and poetry from the pupils. You might even learn something new!

Christmas 2010

Read about a visit to Coláiste Éanna, the Hallelujah Chorus and much more.

Summer 2010

Read about our Green Flag, the Sacraments, school tours and much more.

easter 2010

A collection of stories and poems written by pupils this term.

christmas 2009

Read about our Christmas concert, Maths for Fun and much more.