University of Ulster Law Taster

Y13 Student’s Sian McGilton and Lucy Wilson did themselves proud having attended an Ulster University Law Taster Event that tested their ability to try a case acting as both the defence and prosecutor. Both parties had to make opening statements, call witnesses, make objections, cross-examine and present closing statements. Invited Barristers who acted as Judges for the case commended the students on their attention to detail to the facts of the case.

New Year Fresh Start

September is going to bring a lot of changes in Glengormley High School. We are moving to a new two week timetable and introducing a new house system. The video below covers arrangements for the start of the year;

Celebrating Success in LLW

We were celebrating the success of Key Stage 3 pupils in Learning for Life and Work. Pupils had the opportunity to have ice-cream, play French Boules and receive a certificate. We were joined by the Chairman of the school Board of Governors. It was a great morning. Thanks for all your hard work – G Coey.

Staff Coffee Morning held to support Child Brain Injury Trust

On Fri 15th June we had a Staff Coffee Morning to raise money for The Child Brain Injury Trust & The Neuro Surgical Unit, in aid of a Year 11 pupil Cameron Taggart who is currently still in hospital suffering with a Brain Injury following a serious road accident. We would like to thank everyone for their efforts & the FANTASTIC amount raised of £385.45. #ghsfamily


Nicholson Bass are recruiting apprentices

Nicholson Bass is now in the process of recruiting apprentices for their plant in Mallusk, they are part of the Bradley group which currently operates factories in Belfast, Isle of Man and Liverpool.

The vision at Nicholson Bass is to become the biggest and best printer in Ireland. This is an exciting role for any young driven individual who wishes to pursue a career within the printing industry.

This would suit school leavers from the age of 16-18. Nicholson Bass are looking to employ 5 individuals in our Mallusk factory, for further information contact Mr Glen Miskimmon on 02890 342433 or by email

Closing date for these roles would be 22/06/18.

Our House System

Our House system provides a supportive environment that encourages friendly competition; provides opportunities for students to assume responsibility; develop leadership abilities and one that enables students to make a positive contribution to our local community. We promote achievement of all students in its widest forms in a positive way.

House Identity

Joining a secondary school can be a daunting time for primary school students.  Stepping into a new school environment and having to adjust to its size and layout whilst meeting and making new friends can be a challenge. At Glengormley High School, our House System eases this transition.  It provides a sense of belonging to a community of the school with its own unique ethos and uniform.  Siblings join the same house so as to create familiarity for younger brothers and sisters.

Our houses are named after people from NI that we want our young people to aspire to be like.  Not only for their success in their fields but also for their personal character and attributes.

Each house is identified by their logo and coloured stripe on their school tie as follows:

  • Dunlop – Red
  • Edelstyn – Yellow
  • Kelvin – Green
  • Lewis – Blue
  • Wilson – Purple

Achievement Points

Throughout the year, students are rewarded for their good work, attendance, effort and contribution to school by receiving achievement points. These are awarded by staff on SIMS.  Students also earn ‘points’ for their houses through involvement in competitions and events.

Cumulative achievement point totals are announced in each half-termly House Assembly and publicised on the appropriate house section of our school website.

The top students from each House are rewarded half termly.  An overall winning house for cumulative achievement points is awarded the house trophy at the end of the year. With the top performing students in each house also achieving recognition.

Head of House / House Captains

Each House has a member of the Senior Leadership Team that acts as their Head of House.  The Head of House is assisted by a member of sixth form who is nominated as the ‘House Captain’.  Our House Captains also sit on the School Council and play an active role in promoting the student voice.  House Captains develop the enterprise skills of leadership, communication and teamwork through assisting the Head of House and encouraging active participation of all students in house events.

Edelstyn House

Dr George Edelstyn

Edelstyn house is named after George Edelstyn, a pioneer in the research and treatment of Cancer.

Like all who leave their mark, George Edelstyn was a man of enormous energy and drive.  He served on the staff of hospitals in Northern Ireland and Eire, and his practice took him to many hospitals in both countries.  George also found time to be active in local politics and, combining his political and professional talents, he was a founder member of three charitable organizations for cancer research.

Dr Edelstyn appeared to have boundless energy, which he directed most successfully in his efforts to improve the care of cancer patients.

Radiotherapy and oncology was the speciality for George Edelstyn.  There was great debate at that time about the relative merits of radiotherapy, surgery or a combined approach to Cancer treatment and Edelstyn was pioneering in his belief in a combined approach.

He continued to develop his interests in the management of breast cancer and he became increasingly involved in the use of cytotoxic chemotherapy in the treatment of advanced disease.  Dr George Edelstyn was a pathfinder for what was to become the speciality of radiotherapy and oncology.  He embraced the concept of total care of the cancer patient; his selfless commitment to his patients and their cause will always be an example for others to follow.

Edelstyn established Action Cancer in 1973.  The charity initiated cervical and breast screening programmes in Northern Ireland in 1978.  To date, approximately 150,000 women have used these services at Action Cancer House in Belfast.  In general, its early detection clinics and mobile screening units aim to promote cancer avoiding behaviours and a personal commitment to screening, particularly in rural areas and socially deprived communities.  Edelstyn died prematurely in his 50th year in 1979, however, his legacy lives on in the work he pioneered and the organisations he spearheaded.  Action Cancer continue to pursue Edelstyn’s vision of freeing the people of Northern Ireland from the burden of Cancer.

House Colours and Logo

Our House colour is yellow and all Edelstyn pupils wear a tie with a yellow stripe. The house logo is shown below:


George Edelstyn was a man who worked tirelessly to help others.  He saw the situation in terms of cancer and the treatment of patients in Northern Ireland, which resulted in him assisting and wanting to make a difference.  Dr Edelstyn dedicated his life to this work, spearheading pioneering treatments to save people.

As members of Edelsytn House we have;

Wilson House

Ross Wilson

Wilson house is named after Glengormley born artist Ross Wilson.  Ross was born in 1958 and is a former pupil of Glengormley High School.

Ross was always passionate about painting and stated that he wanted to be ‘an artist or a cowboy’.

He credits a teacher at Glengormley High – the late Sheila Doris – with opening the door to the art world for him.

Mrs Doris changed my life.  She helped me to focus and gave me courage and she got me to University

Ross went on to study Fine Art at the University of Ulster, gaining a First Class Honours degree.  He then moved to complete a Masters degree at the prestigious Chelsea School of Art in London.  The tutors tried to persuade him to stay in London but he couldn’t wait to come home.  Ross has also been a visiting speaker at Harvard University and the University of Oxford.

In 1997 his first public sculpture commission in bronze (The Ulster Brewer) was placed at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.  Wilson was commissioned for the centenary C.S.Lewis Sculpture in 1998 in East Belfast, this cemented his reputation as a major Irish artist.  His many portrait commissions include Noble Laureates; Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney and, the playwright, Arthur Miller.  The National Portrait gallery is home to fourteen of his works. Their website acknowledges them as ‘a master of Sgraffitto’ – a style of art which involves etching into a canvas already covered with pigment.

Ross was inspired by another Glengormley born artist ‘Basil Blackshaw’ who gave Ross real encouragement and became his ‘hero’.

Despite his roaring success, connections with celebrities and even royalty. Ross is just at home, in the company of people from ‘The Village’ area of Belfast when they unveiled one of his artworks celebrating the life of St Patrick.  Ross has also helped fashion tributes in Northern Ireland to everyone from young people from the Twinbrook estate to King William of Orange on a gable wall which had been the preserve of paramilitaries.  Ross is a very humble man who has a strong connection to his roots.

House Colours and Logo

Our House colour is purple and all Wilson pupils wear a tie with a purple stripe. The house logo is shown below:


Ross Wilson is one of Northern Irelands leading artists and considered to be one of the most collectible artists of his generation.  This has been achieved through true creativity and talent, coupled with strong determination and focus.  Despite his success Ross is the epitome of humility.  He has a true heart to help others and has exercised this in the work and projects which he has done.  Ross has a genuine willingness to connect with young people who share a passion for the arts which exemplifies the good nature of his heart and generosity of his spirit to many.

As members of Wilson House we are;

Lewis House

Clive Staples Lewis

Lewis house is named after CS Lewis.  C.S. Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a prolific writer, poet and scholar of English Literature. His most famous work is ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, the second of his ‘Chronicles of Narnia’.

Lewis grew up in Belfast with his mother, father and brother, Warren.  From a young age, C.S. held the values of relationships and family very dear.  However, things changed for the family when his mother died in August 1908.  Soon afterwards he was sent to a boarding school called Wynyard.  When the school closed down he moved to Malvern College for Secondary School where he was inspired by a teacher called ‘Smudgy’ who taught him poetry.

Lewis came to university in 1916 during the First World War.  Although as an Irishman he would not have had to serve in the army, he wanted to do his part.  He signed up and was sent to the front.  Lewis’ time as an army officer affected him profoundly, as it did most soldiers, but one friendship changed his life.  Edward Moore was a fellow Irishman with whom Lewis served.  The two young men had an agreement that if either of them did not come home, the other would support his family.  Lewis was sent home with shrapnel wounds. Moore was killed and he left behind his mother Janie and sister Maureen.  True to his word, Lewis lived with Mrs Moore until her death.

After four years of university study Lewis ended up with three first-class degrees from Oxford: Greek and Latin Literature, classical Philosophy and English Language and Literature.

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

During the Second World War, Lewis, wanting to do his part, joined the Home Guard.  His home received several evacuees, who were an early inspiration for the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’.

C.S. Lewis died on the 22nd November 1963.  He never wanted his death to be widely acknowledged, and he got his way.  John F Kennedy, president of the USA, was assassinated on the same day.

House Colours and Logo

Our House colour is blue and all Lewis pupils wear a tie with a blue stripe. T house logo is shown below:


Lewis cared deeply about people.  He was a firm friend, brother and son. C.S. was deeply devoted to helping others.  He demonstrated courage, resilience and a sense of duty.  Lewis volunteered to serve in the First World War on the front line when he didn’t have to! He was hardworking.  C.S. Lewis did not come from a background that would have enabled him to study at university – he had to earn a scholarship and work his way into university and when he was there he worked hard to achieve his goals.  He had a strong sense of charity and giving.  He gave away much of his income to people in need. Lewis never got rich from his Christian books; he vowed to donate all the money he made from these books to others. He was humble; he did not seek fame or fortune and understood what was important to him in his life.

As members of Lewis House we are;