Top 10 Pancake Toppings

Here the list of all lists to give you some ideas for that all important topping for your monster pancake!  Enjoy!


Lemon juice & sugar
The Classic

Vanilla Ice Cream
A really tasty combination!

Nutella and Banana
I’d maybe add some peanut butter to this too (just cos you can never have enough peanut butter!)

Maple Syrup
Makes a great pancake even greater.

Cinnamon & sugar
Mix a generous sprinkling of cinnamon into the mixture before you cook, then add sugar once cooked. Nice.

Exploding Blueberries
Wait until your pancake is almost cooked. While the mixture is still a little bit goo-ey, stick as many blueberries into it as you can fit. Flip it over and cook for another 30 seconds. The blueberries will be warm and will explode when you bite them!

Lemon, Sugar, Raisins, Bananas, Peanut Butter, Nutella, Single Cream, Spray Cream & Ice Cream
Also known as The Coronary, The Big Sleep and Iron Heart IV The Invincible und Merciliess, this can contain up to 5,000 calories per pancake.

Banana & maple syrup
Slice up them bananas and drown in maple syrup. An American breakfast favourite.

Spinach and Cheese
An odd mixture but it works!

Marmite & Cheese
Controversial: mix a big spoonful of Marmite into the mixture then add lumps of cheese. Seriously. This is a whole new level of pancake taste.

Pancake Recipe

As it is Pancake Tuesday, I  thought a quick and simple pancake recipe would go down well! So here you go, get baking!

Serves Makes approx. 12 pancakes

Pancake Mixture:
• 100g plain flour
• Pinch of salt
• 1 egg
• 300 ml milk
• 1 tablsp. melted butter or sunflower oil

To Cook
Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre.
Crack the egg into the well; add the melted butter or oil and half the milk.
Gradually draw the flour into the liquid by stirring all the time with a wooden spoon until all the flour has been incorporated and then beat well to make a smooth batter.
Stir in the remaining milk.
Alternatively, beat all the ingredients together for 1 minute in a blender or food processor.
Leave to stand for about 30 minutes, stir again before using.


To make the pancakes, heat a small heavy-based frying until very hot and then turn the heat down to medium.
Lightly grease with oil and then ladle in enough batter to coat the base of the pan thinly (about 2 tablsp.), tilting the pan so the mixture spreads evenly.
Cook over a moderate heat for 1-2 minutes or until the batter looks dry on the top and begins to brown at the edges.
Flip the pancake over with a palette knife or fish slice and cook the second side.

Year 14 Treat

Friday was a busy day all round!
After an intense couple of months that I’m sure have seemed like a lifetime, the year 14’s have finished up their first A2 modules and sighed with relief no doubt. But the show must go on and work has begun for the next exams in May/June.

On Friday morning however the whole of year 14 were treated to tea and scones in the canteen, a well-deserved breather and reward not to mention a most welcome break from normal Friday morning pastoral care routines! Miss McGivern, their year head, along with the canteen staff and tutors were definitely in the good books!

As a year 14 student myself I am all but too aware of the stress of exams which was felt not just by us, but lower down the school aswell so when the year 14’s were all together I took the opportunity to get their advice on how to de-stress (asides of course from drinking a good cup of tea and having a natter with friends!) So here we go, top ways to de-stress according to year 14;
– “Baking or going for a nice long walk helps me de-stress!” Layla Cunningham
– “I like to sit down and read a good book, it helps to take your mind off things” Catherine Rooney
– “ Playing instruments definitely helps me relax, you don’t have the time to worry about anything else then.” Rónán Rogers

Personally, what works best for me is blasting music so loud that it blocks everything else out! Good to de-stress but maybe not so good for the ear drums! However you relax is irrelevant, just so long as you can take some time out and treat yourself to something you love to do.

St Louis students learn to slow down

Last Tuesday 60 year 13 and year 14 students attended a road safety road show in Bessbrooke in association with local radio station Cool FM along with students from other school in the local area.

The focus of the road show was to emphasis the importance of road safety to the budding young drivers of tomorrow. This was done through real life examples witnessed by the Northern Ireland Fire Service and local paramedics but presented in a fun and captivating way.

Ashling Tinnelly in Year 14 commented after the event , “The talks were very informative and the use of music helped enhance the presentation as it kept your attention on what was being said. The involvement of the radio station was really great as it made it more interesting. Overall It was a really enjoyable experience but also really hit home on the importance of road safety” This was the view of the majority of students who all agreed that these events are important to “drive home the message of road safety, especially for young people who have the least road experience as the event help extinguish any ‘it will never happen to me’ attitudes people held before.

Finance Talks for Year 14 students

Its the time of year again where Year 14 students are beginning to finalise university choices but of course as soon as university is mentioned it is soon swiftly followed by words such as tuition fees, loans and of course DEBT!

On Friday 10th February a student finance conference was held for year 14 students which informed the students on what financial help is available next year. Students were equipped with the essential knowledge need for applying for financial help next year which is a complicated process for anyone new to the world of forms and formalities to enter in to.

This talk was followed by much discussion in the common room about the new challenges next year will pose for the students. Catherine Rooney said that she feels the talk really helped to open her eyes to the costs of university however also helped her to realise that there is a lot of support she wasn’t aware of.

Business Studies workshop

For the year 11 GCSE business studies students, last Friday was a little more exciting than normal thanks to Miss McCullagh. A Young Enterprise workshop rolled through St. Louis with Vivienne Walsh from the company at the helm.

Students were given the task of setting up their own mini company with regards to a specific market sector. In groups they were able to let those creative juices flow planning, designing and creating a product, all in a day’s work for our future entrepreneurs!

Each group was given an individual task for example; one group was creating giftware whilst another was working on a high tech shower, proving the possibilities in business environments are endless! They created prototypes and were set the challenge of deciding an appropriate competitive price, promoting the item and overcoming any problems that arose along the way.

When we stopped by the students were hard at work trying to get their prototypes created for judging later in the day for the honour of winning the best company and product.
Miss McCullagh said she hoped the “Enterprise in action” workshop would, “Give students real life business situation practice and allow them to develop, learn and work whilst engaging in problem solving and decision making. It should be enjoyable!”

Going on the feedback from the year 11’s, the day most definitely lived up to these expectations!
Caitlin said, “It was fun, making the prototype was my favourite! It’s got me inspired to go into business.”
This seemed to be the view all round with both Aíne and Beth agreeing it was great fun as well as extremely beneficial for helping them understand business and to get them thinking.

I think it is safe to say, Alan Sugar, watch your back, you may have some competition for your spot as top dog in business!

Valentine’s Day Update

Orla Doyle
Our lovely Orla

One or two changes to our last report- Donal Jones actually received 13!! Yes 13 roses, we suspect Kevin Sloan was the main sender so we wish the happy couple all the best for the future!

Orla Doyle 13C received 11 roses, when questioned on who she thought they were from she replied “No comment” but an anonymous source has told us that Aaron McDonald and Ryan O’Hare may have had something to do with it.

Valentine’s Day

The year 13 COPE students did a great job today spreading the romance through their beautiful wood roses. Here are a few pics of those lucky enough to get a symbol of affection??? from their secret admirers

Half Term!!!

We are all looking forward to a couple of well-deserved days off this week- so drop us a comment and tell us what sort of things you will be doing.

All you old romantics out there will probably be aware that it is St.Valentine’s Day this week and, if you haven’t all ready noticed, there seems to be a bit of a buzz in the library??
(This is where the roses are being paid for and lots of affectionate messages are being scribbled so I hope you have ordered your roses already or your loved one may never know you care)

So, with spirits high and everyone getting ready for half-term. here’s the diary for the rest of the week:
Sadly, there’s no rest for examination students at the moment as the Home Economics GCSE Practicals are taking place in St Columban’s HS over the next couple of days, at least you can rest easy over the break knowing, that’s another one down.

Strangely, football is still very much on people’s minds with a Treanor Cup match this week- Good Luck to the team!

Our language students are in for a little art and culture when they get the opportunity to be entertained by a French Play on Wednesday afternoon.

Yr 13s have a Citizens Advice Workshop on ‘Salaries and Wages’ which will keep them up-to-date on some important and practical information about jobs.

And finally, I’d like to introduce you to the new blog editorial team; Laura, Layla and Ronan.

Our new Editorial Team
Let us know what you want to see in your pupil blog


Year 8 Golf Taster Session

On Thursday the 9th February the year 8s were treated to an introduction to golf. Each class spent an hour learning the basics of golf with the professionals. Here’s how Aine Curran 8C describes the experience.

“We met Jerry Scullion, the professional at Kilkeel Golf Club, who ran the session. We were put into groups of about 7 or 8 and we worked around each activity.

First we played golf on the Wii, I enjoyed it even though I hit a tree and my ball went flying backwards- it was quite funny.

Next we had to hit golf balls into a big blown up net. Jerry demonstrated how to grip the club and how to swing. I liked this activity although I thought that I might have broken something but miraculously didn’t.

For our final activity we were shown how to use a putter, we took it in turns to hit the balls into two targets, we also had a small competition but unfortunately I didn’t win, but, as they say “It’s the taking part that counts”

I really enjoyed the taster session, I liked working with the rest of the class and playing golf in a fun and active way! I would really encourage everyone to try golf as it is really good fun!”

Here are our tips from the session:
Learning how to putt;
1. Stand feet shoulder width apart
2. Make sure you have good balance
3. Move hands (holding club of course)from side to side (think Grandfather clock and say tick-tock)
4. Hit the ball straight into the hole!!!

Full swing for the long game
1. Use the proper grip
2. Stand as before
3. Concentrate on proper posture (bending knee to keep balance)
4. Keep your arms nice and straight
5. Swing back fully to make an “L” shape
6. Hit the ball as hard as you can (towards the hole of course)

Use the Wii to practice- at last a legitimate reason to spend time on a games console- happy days!