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Design and Technology

  • Mr Robert Barton (HoD)
  • Mr. K. Franklin
  • Mr. C. Sweeney,
  • Mr. M. Mc Laughlin
  • Mr. S. Mc Kevitt (Technician)

Key Stage 3

Technology at Key Stage 3.

The Programmes of study (POS) are addressed through project work. Projects in each year are designed to cover specific key elements and skills. These projects increase in complexity to ensure continuity and progression in both designing and making skills.

The primary aim of the department during these formative years is to ensure success for each pupil in the form of a number of quality products produced in each of the three years. In the department good work is expected, and rewarded.

Pupils are keen to have their work displayed in the foyer and on classroom walls. Pupil motivation has been further increased by the introduction of the interactive whiteboards. These are used to great effect in the presentation of resources and displaying pupils ongoing progress on screen each lesson.

In recent times CAD/CAM has been an integral part of all KS3 Project work.

Extra Curricular

The department runs an after school 'TECHNOLOGY CLUB' on Tuesday primarily for junior pupils keen to catch up with class work or design and make their own ideas. Many enjoy working independently practicing skills they have learned to make small items of interest. Others prefer to bring things to school for repair or modification. Some just enjoy using the computer facilities to model electronic circuits, produce graphics or word process. (Department facilities are also open to all senior GCSE / AS and A2 students Monday to Thursday after school hours).

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships 

In 2013 St. Colman's College were one of four schools in Northern Ireland to affiliate to the Arkwright Scholarships Trust.

The renowned Arkwright Engineering Scholarships provide students with sponsorship / mentoring from a major engineering company, a £600 financial award to enhance their A levels studies and a range of activities to enhance their understanding and experience of engineering. St. Colman's College also receives £400 for each Scholarship awarded to one of its students. The Scholarships are highly valued by leading universities and companies and are supported by top engineering employers and organisations such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, National Grid, Balfour Beatty, Microsoft Research, Thales, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The Scholarships are also funded by charitable donors including, principal donors The Reece Foundation, The Lloyd's Register Foundation, the Gannochy Trust, the Dulverton Trust, the Emmott Foundation and S.F.I.A Educational Trust.

St. Colman's College students awarded scholarships to date are:

  • 2013-15 Colum Mc Nally (Newry), Declan Loy (Anaclone)
  • 2014-16 Ciaran Curran (Newcastle), Morgan Cumiskey (Ravensdale)
  • 2015-17 Adam Toner (Mowhan), John Mc Anearney (Banbridge)
  • 2016-18 three students eagerly awaiting results of process.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships identifies these students as some of the country's future leaders in engineering and technical design.

Students have to successfully complete a rigorous ion process consisting of a detailed application form, a two-hour aptitude exam and an interview hosted at a top engineering university.

Students are formally presented with their Scholarships at prestigious ceremonies in Glasgow and London supported by The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Dr. Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said:

 "I am delighted to see students from St. Colman's College secure this prestigious accolade. Clearly, there is considerable technical talent in the Newry and South Down area. With the competition for rewarding jobs becoming ever-more fierce, the receipt of an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship can help dynamic young people at the start of their journey to be the country's future leaders in engineering and technical design."


St. Colman's College Design and Technology students enter the annual Sentinus Young Innovators / National Science and Technology Competition 'The Big Bang' held in Belfast.

This competition is the regional finals of the prestigious National Science and Technology Competition 'The Big Bang'  in which the very best young designers and innovators from the UK display and present their projects to industrial expert  judges and over 70,000 visitors at the three day event held in London or Birmingham.

In recent years many St. Colman's Technology students have received top awards for craftsmanship, innovative design and commercial potential.

Of particular note are the following students all of whom have been awarded National UK prizes and recognition.

  • James Morgan (Kilcoo) London 2009 with the 'Rubble Rake'.
  • Mark Mc Evoy (Dromore) NEC Birmingham 2012 with his 'Multi Lift'prototype.
  • In 2013 Mark was again successful with his 'Multi-Spike' product.
  • Niall Murphy (Mullaghbawn) NEC Birmingham 2013 with his TELE-SPIKE.

In March 2014 Niall Murphy received a further Highly Commended UK award at 'The Big Bang' in NEC Birmingham for his 'UNREEL' system.

In 2015 Colum Mc Nally (Saval) achieved National success by winning the top prize Overall Winner 'UK Young Engineer of the Year 2015'. Colum's Agri-Hammer / Log Splitter received UK national media exposure and was featured on BBC and local press.

In March 2016 Charlie Monaghan (Gilford) was awarded 3rd place in UK Highly Commended for his 'Eque-Wind' adjustable show jump.

As a direct consequence of their success at the NSEC 'Big Bang' a number of these students have also been offered work placements and secured employment with prestigious companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and JCB. All acknowledge the personal benefits the experience of competing at this level has brought them. All remain in contact and have developed a common network of expertise and support for each other.

DESIGNING Magazine Autumn 2015 (issue 102)

Following Colum Mc Nally's UK Young Engineer of the Year award 'Designing' Magazine featured the Design and Technology department at St. Colman's College. The article centred on the successes of our students engineering projects in recent years at the National Science and Engineering Competition 'The Big Bang' and the motivation provided to our junior pupils interested in STEM subjects and real life problem solving.


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