Year 13s attend Women in STEM event

Orla and Helen are pictured in London at a Women in STEM event. Together with other pupils from their Engineering class in SWC they were selected to attend this prestigious event and had the opportunity to attend the Houses of Parliament.STEMLondon

Salters’ Chemistry Festival at QUB

Four Year 9 students- Claire McCooey, Oisin McCann, Rachel McAllister and Niamh Quinn recently attended Queens University for the annual Salters’ Festival of Chemistry. During the event the students ran two experiments, a murder mystery (that they had to solve using forensic chemistry) and the great egg race- where they had to increase the temperature of a cup using chemicals.

The students worked really well and thoroughly enjoyed their day out and hopefully this will help other pupils realise the future possibilities chemistry provides. For more information on the Festival itself click on the following link:


Rotary Club Technology Tournament

The year 10 pupils took part in the Rotary Club Technology Tournament were they had to construct a bridge out of a variety of different materials so it could successfully hold a weight. The pupils participated well throughout the day and were awarded with the Crest Discovery Award. In order to achieve the award the pupils had to demonstrate skills including: problem solving, independent learning, organisation, teamwork, and communication.

Year 10 Crest Award Recipients

Year 10 Crest Award Recipients

Renewable Solutions-CEIAG in Geography!

The Year 10 Geography Students enjoyed a recent workshop with Sentinus. This CEIAG event introduced pupils to the growing fields of Renewable Energy and Civil Engineering. Pupils had the opportunity to create their own structures that utilised wind and solar power!IMG_0580 IMG_0583

Post Primary Transfer (PPTC) Information- Sep 2017


We use the Entrance Assessment as part of our selection criteria for admission to Year 8. If you wish your child to attend St. Joseph’s Grammar School, it is important that the PPTC Entrance Assessment is undertaken.

The most recent versions of documentation related to the transfer process, including the registration form, are downloadable from PPTC. Click here to download the relevant documents.

The timetable of events for September 2017 entrants are as follows:

Monday 16 May 2016 Registration packs are available from Assessment Centres or their websites or from the PPTC website (
Friday 23rd September 2016 Deadline (2.00 pm) for receipt of completed Registration Forms.
Saturday 19th November 2016 Entrance Assessment.
Monday 28th November 2016 Deadline (2.00 pm) for receipt of requests to take the Supplementary Entrance Assessment.
Saturday 10th December 2016 Supplementary Entrance Assessment.
Friday 16th December 2016 Deadline (2.00 pm) for registering claims for Special Circumstances.
Friday 27th January 2017 Results of the Entrance Assessment posted (first class) to children’s homes.
Friday 10th February 2017 Deadline (2.00 pm) for receipt of requests for re-mark of the Entrance Assessment


INTO GAA Presentation

Peter Harte and Niall Morgan from the Tyrone Senior Gaelic Football team, in association with INTO presented four new O’Neills footballs to school. Mr Turner and four of our Year 8 footballers, Matthew McCallan, Anna Jane O’Neill, Shea McNamee and Áine Heagney joined the lads for this presentation.

2016-04-15 GAA Footballers  S Turner  (10)

Tae agus Plé 2015-16

Tae agus Plé has been taking place all year on a Thursday afternoon with Year 13 and Year 14 students. It has been a real benefit to all concerned but a lot of fun too. Many interesting topics have been discussed, Eminem, an Ghaeltacht, buachaillí, peil, polaitíocht, obair pháirt-aimseartha agus bagún fiú! The students have made their way through many málaí tae but even more brioscaí this year. The year was finished up with Píotsa agus Plé, an-bhlasta! Check out some of the snaps 🙂 Tchífidh muid sibh uilig arís ar an bhliain seo chugainn, bainigí sult as an Samhradh agus ádh mór oraibh uilig sna scrúduithe.

Roinn na Gaeilge

Year 14 Leavers Mass

Last Thursday night past we said farewell and good luck to our Year 14 students. The night provide the opportunity for parents, students and staff to come to together to celebrate their seven years of school life in St. Joseph’s Grammar. Our thanks to Father O’Neill for delivering the  ceremony and for all the staff and students who made the event so memorable. We wish the Year 14s every success in their exams and future careers and hope that they will always carry with them our school motto “In Hoc Signo Vinces”– in this sign you shall conquer.

Below is a link to a video from the Leavers Mass