In The Picture — 6 February 2023

Spirit of Catholic Education Awards


Recipients from All Saints College, Belfast


Recipients from All Saints College, Belfast


To mark Catholic Schools Week 2023, the Diocese of Down and Connor, recognising and paying tribute to the inspiring work within its schools, presented fourteen schools from across the Diocese with the ‘Spirit of Catholic Education' award at a ceremony held in St Mary’s University College on Monday, 30 January.

These schools received the award in recognition of their outstanding work and commitment to social justice and caring for the environment and for the priority that they give to promoting and delivering the ethos and values of Catholic education.

The ‘Spirit of Catholic Education’ awards are presented annually in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week to celebrate outstanding contributions to Catholic education.

Each year, Catholic Schools Week provides a timely focus on the role and significance of the school family as experienced within the lives of children and young people today. It also provides an opportunity to affirm and pay tribute to the ongoing work of teachers as they seek to form young people in their intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development.

The Catholic Schools’ Support Service (Down and Connor) congratulates each award-winning school. These schools are representative of and showcase how teachers across the diocese embed an ongoing commitment to living out the Spirit of Catholic Education.


Nursery School Recipients
St Teresa’s Nursery, Belfast


Primary School Recipients
Moneynick Primary School
St Mary’s Primary School, Aughlisnafin
St Mary’s on the Hill Primary School, Glengormley
Our Lady & St Patrick’s Primary School, Downpatrick
St Patrick’s Primary School, Pim Street, Belfast
St Comgall’s Primary School, Bangor



Post-primary Recipients
All Saint’s College, Belfast
St Dominic’s Grammar School, Belfast
St Mary’s CB Grammar School, Belfast
Blessed Trinity College, Belfast
Rathmore Grammar School, Finaghy, Belfast
Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle
Edmund Rice College, Glengormley


For more information, visit the Catholic Schools Week 2023 website.