Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on January 27th each year. Glengormley High has been holding a series of special assemblies to commemorate the Holocaust. These have been delivered by the school’s Holocaust Ambassadors Erin English and Natalie Montgomery. The assemblies have focused on the nature of the Holocaust and how discrimination can lead to such terrible events as we are witnessing in Darfur at present and recently in Bosnia.

The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day this year is the Power of Words. Citizenship classes have been involved in postcard writing exercises to survivors of the Holocaust from World War 2 and the war in Bosnia.

Voyager Acheivement Assembly

On Tuesday the 30th of January we held the termly Achievement Award assembly for Voyager.

Pupils were presented with awards for attendance, attitude and individual progress. Congratulations to all those pupils who received awards – well done! For those that didn’t get an award this time keep trying – remember #aspiretosucceed.

School Ski Trip to Bulgaria 2018

Well, this trip was an exhilarating experience with some cherished memories.  The hotel was beautiful with fantastic facilities (including a swimming pool).  The resort was also lovely and the scenery was breathtaking.

Every day the pupils got an early morning wake up call, which they all appreciated!  Breakfast was at 8:00am every morning and everyone were on the buses by 9:15: – 9:30am.  We were at the ski school ready for action by 10:00am, and we were off with our ski instructor to do some serious ski-ing.  There were some show offs in the groups but believe you me they did fall at some stage – especially Mr Gault!

We had a break for coffee or delicious hot chocolate at about 12pm, and we also had this time to get to know our ski instructors a bit better!  Then we had more time to ski until lunch. After lunch we had another lesson from 1:00-3:00pm and after that we went back to the hotel.  Apres-ski was time for swimming, chilling out etc.  We also had a couple of afternoons to do some souvenir shopping or buying presents to take home.

Every night was time for socialising – each evening had something organised, for example quiz, ringos, bowling, karaoke – we definitely have some pupils and teachers who would be successful on The X-Factor.

As a whole the ski trip was fantastic, but there are some tired faces this week.  Everyone was well behaved and seemed to have a good time.

Mrs Handley

Year 12 Receive Mock Examinations results

Today Year 12 pupils received the outcome of their recent GCSE trial examinations.

For some this was clarification that they are on track to achieve their target grades.

For others it was a wakeup call.

With 12 weeks of GCSE courses remaining in school there is still time to address any short comings.

Well done to all our pupils and remember,

#aspire to succeed


Transfer Open Night 2018

On Thursday 25th of January we held our annual Open Night for pupils in Primary 6 and Primary 7 thinking about choosing secondary schools.  Our new principal Mr Massey attended the evening delivering the Principal’s address and meeting parents.

As parents toured the school they were able to see the excellent work that happens day by day in Glengormley High.  They also were able to speak to our current pupils about what they are studying and their experiences in GHS.

Many thanks to those parents, P6s and P7s that attended if you need more information feel free to contact us on 02890 837223 or check out the new school prospectus.

Hearing Support Unit

What is the Hearing Support Unit?

Gillian attends NRC for Occupational Studies Beauty and Nails

Deafness itself is not defined as a special educational need.  However, there are language and literacy needs arising from deafness which may require special educational provision.  Provision may take the form of speech and language therapy; support from a specialist teacher of the deaf; placement in a Learning Support Centre; or specialist equipment such as a radio aid system.


As the only Post Primary Auditory-Oral Learning Support Centre in Northern Ireland we offer a range of facilities to support the individual needs of pupils.

These include:

  • A qualified Teacher of the Deaf
  • Delivery of English in the Unit (and other subjects depending on the individual needs of the pupil)
  • Classroom Assistance in Mainstream classes
  • A Deaf-Friendly School ethos
  • Close links with parents
  • Tailored pupil timetables
  •  Integration into mainstream classes
  • Audiological checks on equipment
  • FM Radio systems

We have a dedicated team of caring, supportive and professional staff they are:

  • Mrs A Penny (Teacher in Charge)
  • Mrs L Henry (Classroom Assistant)
  • Miss S Murtagh (Classroom Assistant)
  • Mrs S Ritchie (Classroom Assistant)

What is Auditory-Oral?

Tom proudly collects his NDCS Award

‘Auditory-oral’ is a method of communication used by many deaf and hard of hearing people.  The auditory-oral approach maintains that, with the use of hearing aids, radio aids and cochlear implants to amplify residual hearing children can develop their listening skills and spoken language.


In our Hearing Support Unit, we do not use sign language or finger spelling but use natural gesture and facial expressing to underpin learning and understanding.

HSU Trip to Ballyclare May Fair


Past pupil Luke Davis at Ulster University Belfast, proudly showing his Photography Exhibition