Big day tomorrow for our pupils receiving their GCSE results. We want all our students to know that we are proud of you and wish you the best of luck. Results are available at 9am and you can speak to subject leaders about Sixth Form courses. Parents and Pupils from other schools are very welcome in school tomorrow and over the next few days to find out about our exciting Sixth Form Programme!
On Friday 22nd June former pupils Anna O’Connor and Katie Diven called in for a visit. Anna is studying Sociology with criminology at UUJ and Katie is completing an accountancy apprenticeship with PWC.
The girls said
I miss school, I really miss it, I miss the routine, sixth year were the best years, we had such close relationships with our teachers.
Over this year a number of our pupils from Years 8 to 10 received reading support from our Classroom Assistants as part of the Accelerated Readers Programme. To recognise their effort, commitment and improvement we held a Graduation Breakfast in the library this morning. The pupils were also presented with a Certificate of Achievement. Well done to everyone involved!
Ross Wilson attended Glengormley High School during the 1970s. He went on to study Fine Art at the University of Ulster and at the Chelsea College of Art and Design. He and has often 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, Belfast. He was commissioned for the centenary C. S. Lewis Sculpture in 1998, placed in east Belfast. His many portrait commissions have included Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney, and the playwright Arthur Miller. His work is displayed across the world among several public and private collections.
On Monday 18th June Ross spent the day with a range of our GCSE and A Level students telling them about his life, work and advising them on their own Art. To have Ross return to the place where he states his ‘journey started’, was an absolute privilege for both the students and staff who spent the day with him.
Ross attributes the success he has had to Sheila Doris his Art teacher who recognised the talent that he had and inspired him to follow his dream.
Mrs Doris changed my life, I still remember the moment where she had a 4 minute conversation with me in a corridor and I could see exactly what I needed to do, it changed my life
The students were inspired by this unassuming man who took a genuine interest in helping them progress and follow their journey, in the same way that Mrs Doris helped him.
Ross is the epitome of modesty, humility and honesty. He is as comfortable in the company of royalty, the President of the United States and several noble peace prize winners as he is amongst high school students. His passion for creativity is infectious. His message to our students was
follow your dreams, don’t let anything stand in your way, if I can do it so can you!
In September we launch a new House System. The houses will be named after people from the province that the students should aspire to. They have not only been selected for their success in their fields but also for their character. It is no surprise therefore that one of the houses will be named ‘Wilson’. Welcome home Ross!
Congratulations to our Year 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh group who have successfully completed the qualifying expedition. All pupils performed admirably navigating from Ballintoy to Dunluce Castle over 2 days. The 24km scenic journey took the past 3 harbours, 2 castles and 1 world heritage site. The pupils camped in a field overlooking the sea where they all pitched their own tents and cooked their own food. Each pupil was a credit to the school and will hopefully continue on to Silver.
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.
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;
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.
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
Pupils enjoying a game of French Boules during their lunch break. Guess who the champion is?