Clubs & Societies


Extra curricular activities include:

AstronomyYoung Enterprise Club
Charities Committee
Conservation Group
Cookery Club
Debating/Public Speaking
French Club
Friends of Africa

Liturgy Group
Mandarin
Irish Dance
Mock Trial (Junior and Senior teams)
Pioneer Club
President’s Award/Duke of Edinburgh
Programming Club
School Bank
School Nutrition and Action Group (SNAG)

School Website Club
Science Club
Sentinus R & D Engineering
SPRED
St Vincent de Paul Society
Young Enterprise Group

Information on each of these activities are shown below. Click the Club / Society of interest for more details.

Astronomy

We learn about the Sun, the solar system (Moon, planets, comets and asteroids), the stars and galaxies. We have monthly observation evenings, using the telescope in the school observatory. We also go on trips to planetariums and observatories as well as entering schools’ competitions.

Wednesdays, 3.45pm-5pm.  Yrs 8-14.  Contact Mr.Grew for more details.

BT Young Enterprise Club

Young Enterprise provides an opportunity for students to run their own company for a year.  Each student is given a job role within the company.  They work together to create and launch a new product with the aim of maximising profits.

Thursdays, 9.00am-10.00am.  Year 13.  Contact Mrs. A Farrell for more details.

Charities Committee

The Year 13 Charities Committee organises a number of activities such as bag packing, street collections and collection of foreign coins to help local charities.

Contact Mrs O McVey for more details.

Conservation Group

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Cookery Club

The Cookery Club members enjoy cooking a range of different foods from around the world and celebrate special occasions by cooking seasonal dishes.
Mondays, 3.30pm-4.30pm.  Year 8.  Contact Miss Donaghy for more details.

Debating/Public Speaking

The Junior and Senior Debating Society have regular debates in the lecture theatre. Key Stage Three pupils are involved in a public speaking competition where each year group discuss a set topic. Senior pupils are also encouraged to enter competitions outside of school occuring throughout the year.
The Soroptimist International public speaking competition has been in operation for the last thirty years and gives girls an opportunity to improve the art of communication. Whilst encouraging participation in public life, it also allows them to develop confidence and skills to speak effectively.
The Northern Ireland stage of the competition is organised in two parts:
-the local heat/heats and
-the Northern Ireland Regional Final

Years 8-14. Contact Mrs L O’Neill for more details.

French Club

The french club is set up to help students to gain a better knowledge of the French culture and enhance their linguistic skills in a relaxed and fun way.

Fridays, lunchtimes. Yr 8. Contact Miss Kelly, Mrs Lloyd-Evans, Mrs O’Donnell or Mrs Morrison (HOD) for more details.

Friends of Africa

– update coming soon –

Irish Dance

During the school year, opportunites will arise for Irish dancers in the school to perform. A request will be sent around in the school notice sheet when these oppotunities occur and it welcomes students from all year groups to participate. Practices will take place during lunch time and after school in the lead up to an event. The current dancers for example, performed earlier in the year in Jigs ‘N’ Reels and various other events.
Students interested should contact Mrs. McAtarsney for more details.

Liturgy Group

The liturgy group works to promote the Catholic Ethos within the school. They assist the liturgical co-ordinater (Mrs. L Murray) and school chaplain (Fr. Aidan McCann) in a variety of liturgical services eg. masses and services within the school and the parish as required. Such as:
-October Devotions
-Penitential Services
-Advent Services
-Carol Services
-Remembrance Service
-Lenten Masses and Devotions
-St. Brigids Masses Day Mass

Thrusdays, 1.40 pm- 2.00 pm. Year 13 and 14 students. Students interested should contact Mrs Murray for more details.

Mandarin

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Mock Trial (Junior and Senior teams)

The Bar National Mock Trial Competition gives young people an exciting and innovative insight into the workings of the legal system and the Crown Courts. A team of fifteen Year 13 and Year 14 students use carefully constructed witness statements to prepare the prosecution and defence of two specially written criminal cases. Students take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, court staff and jurors and compete against other schools in a live format, with one team prosecuting and the other defending. Their performances are judged by Circuit Judges and senior barristers and take place in Crown Courts. In addition to the main Mock Trial Competition, there is a Legal Reporting Competition which provides students with a unique opportunity to see inside the world of Public Relations and Court Reporting.

Wednesdays, 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm. Contact Mrs L O’Neill for more details.

Pioneer Club

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President’s Award/Duke of Edinburgh

It’s a real adventure from beginning to the end, there are three levels; bronze, silver and gold. You achieve an award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections; skills, volunteering, hobby and an expedition.

Year 11 upwards can apply for silver award and year 13 upwards can apply for gold award. Tuesdays, 3.30pm – 5.00pm, however there will be other meetings a few times a month for project work.
Students interested should contact Mr. Boyle or Mr. Devlin. Information can also be obtained through the Duke of Edinburgh Website and local community groups.

Programming Club

The programming club meets weekly and caters for all levels of programmers.  Beginner programmers are very welcome and will be introduced to programming using Scratch, progressing on to python.  The club has a number enthusiastic members who collaborate to solve computing problems using their preferred programming language; Javascript, Visual Basic, Python and C#.  In 2014-2015, the club focused on creating projects using the Raspberry Pi.

Wednesdays 3.30pm-4.30pm.  Years 8-14.  Contact Mrs D McKernan for more details.

School Bank

In conjunction with First Trust, the school bank is an opportunity for students to take part in the ‘School Bank Challenge’. Six students are appointed through an interview round and work all year on the publicity of the school bank, through different competitions they run.

Last year the school bank team acheived first place in the Nothern Ireland regionals, and were placed in the top 6 in the all Ireland National event.

Tuesdays, 12.45pm-1.30pm.   Year 13.   Contact Mrs Farrel for more information.

School Nutrition and Action Group (SNAG)

St Patrick’s Academy has a School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG). This is a school based working group, in which representatives of staff, pupils, caterers and health professionals review whole school food provision and promote healthier eating throughout the school.

The SNAG has been involved in the establishment of a Healthy Eating Policy which details a healthy outlook for all aspects of food provision within the school. This includes provision and consumption of food and drinks from the dining room. Catering staff in St Patrick’s Academy work closely with the SNAG to ensure that there is a consistently wide range of nutritious and attractive meals available to pupils. Catering staff want pupils to enjoy their food and their experience in the dining room, and so they are dedicated to providing a balanced menu of school dinners and snacks. Their overall aim is to provide meals that are low in fat, sugar and salt, and to encourage pupils to eat more breads, cereals, fruit and vegetables.

The SNAG group will be working closely with catering staff this year to encourage the eating of fruit and vegetables, and to promote healthy drinks. There will also be an emphasis on the benefits of physical activity. Healthy Eating is a priority in St Patrick’s Academy. It plays a crucial role in the development of all pupils in Key Stages 3, 4 and at Post-16. In St Patrick’s Academy it is recognised that healthy pupils learn well and can take full advantage of every opportunity to learn. Therefore, making St Patrick’s Academy a healthy place has become the SNAG’s main objective.

Contact Mrs H Guilfoyle for more details.  Years 8-14.

School Website Club

Students with an interest in web design find this club highly enjoyable. Junior members (Years 8-10) learn the basics of creating a website using design and graphic packages. Senior members (Years 11-14) design, develop and evaluate the school website and assist with updating all content including the collation of articles and photographs.  A subset of Senior members have recently formed a new “school publicity” group, helping to prepare news and photos for our school and alumni social media platforms.

Wednesdays, 3.30pm-4.30pm.  Years 8-14.  Contact Mrs D McKernan for more details.

Science Club

Pupils perform a range of experiments to earn bronze, silver and gold awards.  Pupils have the opportunity to develop their practical skills as well as their thinking  skills.

Contact Miss L Coyle for more details.

Sentinus R & D Engineering

The Sentinus Team R & D programme is designed for students interested in studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics in further or higher education. The programme sets out to encourage a commitment to careers in STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Sentinus Team R & D is not a competition and teams are assessed against specific criteria.
4 students are selected from school to take part in this programme and the students are linked to a local company that puts forward an actual industrial problem for the team to solve. The students have 6 months to complete the project starting in October each year. They have to produce a formal written report and a presentation to an assessment panel of scientists/ engineers in April. A total of 100 hours is allocated for the programme.
Last year’s group worked with Terex in Dungannon.

Thursdays, 9.00am – 10.00am (enrichment). Year 13. Students interested should see Mr. C Gourley or Mrs. M McLaughlin for more details.

SPRED

– information coming soon –

St Vincent de Paul Society

– information coming soon –

The Apprentice

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Young Enterprise Group

Young Enterprise provides an opportunity for students to run their own company for a year. Each student is given a job role within the company. They work together to create and launch a new product with the aim of maximising profits.

Currently the Young Enterprise group are selling customised plaques.  The business is called ‘Plax.’

This group is available to all Year 13 students who have an interest in running a business.

Wednesdays, 3.30pm-5pm and lunchtimes. Contact Mrs Farrel for more details.

The school participates in a wide variety of competitions, including public speaking contests in English, French and Irish, creative writing competitions, art competitions, feiseanna, business/enterprise quizzes at local and national level and environmental competitions.


Student Council 

The Student Council acts as a channel of communication between the students of the school and SMT. The Council is made up of elected representatives from Years 8-14, who meet on a monthly basis. The Student Council aims:

  • To give student representatives the opportunity to discuss issues which concern them;
  • To make a valuable and meaningful contribution to decision-making;
  • To act as a channel of communication between SMT and the student body;
  • To develop ideas and suggestions designed to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the school.

The council represents the student voice and is instrumental in bringing the views of the whole student body to the forefront of school life.

POP (Playing Our Part)

Students have established the POP (Playing Our Part) group which promotes active citizenship both within our school, and wider communities.  Involvement in this extra-curriculum activity, not only helps develop our students as positive contributors to society, but also promotes the development of teambuilding, organisational and cooperative skills.  The most recent award winning project looked at ways of reducing diversity in the local community.