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Sixth Form Biologists scale Olympian heights

 From the back left, students Levi Johnston, Thomas Warnock, Hind Mahadi, Eoin McCullagh, Katie McGurnaghan, and Assistant Vice-Principal Joanne Poland.

From the front left, students Damien Rooney, Joel McNerlin, Annabel Jenkins, Adam Manley, Charlie Easton and Ciara Fitzpatrick.


Shimna’s A Level Biology students have secured a record number of achievements in the prestigious British Biology Olympiad.


Bronze medals were awarded to Eoin McCullagh and Damien Rooney, while Charlie Easton, Levi Johnston, Ciara Fitzpatrick, and Adam Manley received highly commended recognition. Thomas Warnock was commended.



The British Biology Olympiad is a competitive event that attracts top students from across the country. This year, Shimna’s A Level group has showcased the talent and dedication in our ranks, demonstrating their deep understanding of biological concepts and ability to apply them effectively.

"We are incredibly proud of our students' remarkable achievement in the British Biology Olympiad," said Joanne Poland, Assistant Vice-Principal. "Their success reflects their hard work, determination, and the high-quality education provided at Shimna College."


This achievement underscores Shimna College's commitment to academic excellence and the nurturing environment it provides for students to thrive and excel in their academic pursuits.

The Olympiad is a prestigious international competition to find the most talented young biologists. The BBO challenges and stimulates gifted students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. Competing in the Olympiad will encourage the students to continue studying the subject beyond A Level.



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