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;

Summer Volunteering with Bright Young things

Are you 16+, interested in drama, theatre, performing arts or teaching ? Looking for something to do over the summer? Bright Young Things provides award-winning drama workshops designed to build Confidence, Communication, Creativity and vital social skills, through the power of drama.

In Summer 2018 they will be hosting a series of camps at 17 locations. They are looking for enthusiastic volunteers for each of the camps this summer and ongoing volunteering and training opportunities beyond this.

To apply just register your interested at https://goo.gl/forms/jFuIOmBm9AOldd392

Kelvin House

Willam Thompson, 1st Baron Kelvin

William Thomson popularly known as 1st Baron Kelvin, the creator of ‘absolute zero’; which are low limit temperature units.  Lord Kelvin is remembered for his outstanding works and achievements in the field of physics and mechanics.  Kelvin propounded the First and Second laws of Thermodynamics and brought revolutionary changes in Physics, which made it emerge as a prominent field of study and research in modern times.

William Thomson was born in Belfast in 1824 .  He was the second born of four children and suffered great tragedy when he lost his mother at the age of 6. Thomson was educated at home with his older brother, James, by their father.  In 1832, his father was asked to become a Professor of Mathematics, in Glasgow which meant the family relocated there.

When you are face to face with a difficulty, you are up against a discovery.

William did not have an easy life, he suffered from heart defects and he was very ill to the brink of dying at the age of 9. Age 10, however, he was enrolled in Glasgow University, which had school facilities for able  younger students.  During school, he showed huge interest in natural sciences and classical studies and was only 12 when he received a prize for translating ‘Lucian of Samosata’s Dialogues of the Gods’ from Latin to English. William’s academic brilliance continued and he won the class prize in astronomy in 1840 for his essay ‘The Figure of The Earth’ which was a masterpiece showing early signs of genius in representing mathematical analysis and creativity.

It was quite obvious that William would take up higher study, which was greatly supported by his father.  In 1841, he was enrolled in Cambridge University.  While at Cambridge, he was active in sports, athletics and sculling.  He also took an interest in music and literature.  However the real love of his life was his pursuit of Science. The study of Maths, Physics and Electricity had captured his imagination.

House Colours and Logo

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


Lord Kelvin began his life in very humble beginnings and had a natural love for Science which he pursued with determination and focus.  He had an active mind that focused on solving problems, which led to many scientific breakthroughs and discoveries.  William used this to help others, for instance, his love for the ocean drove him to create several marine instruments.  One of which was a mariners compass more accurate than any other in existence.  He was quite simply brilliant! A boy from Belfast who used his curiosity to change history.

As members of Kelvin House we are;

Dunlop House

Joey Dunlop with trademark yellow helmet

Dunlop house is named after Joey Dunlop road racing legend, who tragically died in a motor cycle accident in 2000.  Many have acclaimed him as the greatest at what he did.

Joey was known as a humble man who always did things with the absolute minimum of fuss.  He was the perfect combination of iconic stature and shy, unassuming persona, this is probably the reason for his enduring popularity.

Joey was most comfortable surrounded by his friends and family and was seen as a ‘true down to earth guy’: these qualities undoubtedly endeared him to his legions of fans.  Throughout the Troubles he remained apolitical and attracted support from both Protestants and Catholics.  Did you know that he was famously superstitious and always wore a red t-shirt and yellow helmet? True Fact!

Dunlop’s racing triumphs, including five consecutive Formula 1 championships, 26 Isle of Man TTs, 13 North West 200s and 24 Ulster Grand Prix, are all well documented.  Less well known is his charity work.  He would regularly load up his van with food and clothing and drive across Europe to deliver parcels to the orphans of Romania, Bosnia and Albania. True to form this was done without any fanfare.

Joey’s visits always raised morale amongst staff and children.  Joey raised these supplies himself; he personally delivered them to their destination, without translators and often sleeping alone in sub-zero conditions in his van. His close friends believed he felt a real calling to help others.  Joey was awarded an OBE for this humanitarian work in 1996 and he described it as the ‘proudest moment’ of his life.  His charity work continues today through the Joey Dunlop Foundation, which receives donations from all over the world to continue the work he started.

The risk of serious injury or death was a constant companion of the road racer, such is the perilous nature of the sport, however Joey’s death was still a huge shock.  Joey was killed while leading a 125cc race in Estonia on 2nd July 2000.  He had spent his last night on earth sleeping across the front seats of his van instead of taking up the hotel suite which had been laid on for him.

House Colours and Logo

Our House colour is red and all Dunlop pupils wear a tie with a red stripe. Our house logo is shown below:


Joey Dunlop – the man with the common touch that became a sporting icon. He lived a life where all the people he met, regardless of class or creed, were special to him as a human being.  He was a person who sought to promote human welfare.  When asked what he would want his legacy to be Joey once said

I never really wanted to be a superstar.  I just wanted to be myself.  I hope people remember me in that way.

As members of Dunlop House we are;

Daina’s on top form again

Congratulations to Daina Cardwell who at the English Wrestling Championship in Derbyshire over the weekend came 2nd in the 64kg Class. #aspiretosucceed #learningwithoutlimits

Coming Soon – Ski Trip 2019

If any pupil in YEARS 8-11 & 6th form are interested in the ski trip next year please collect a letter from Miss Dowds in room 12F from Mon 4th June. It will be first come first served, so collect your letter ASAP.

If any parents have any queries please contact Mrs Handley.

See pictures below of the fun we had this year on the Ski Trip to Bulgaria! 


This month voyager celebrated attendance and hard work in preparation for exams. Congratulations to all who received certificates. #aspire to succeed.