School Council Meeting Information

Senior School Council – Meeting 1 – Tuesday 9th October 2018

This week our Senior School Council had their first meeting. This one focused on improving the school environment for sixth form students.  In particular, they looked at ways that the sixth form study and social areas could be better organised and additional facilities which would make them more user friendly.

They appreciated the addition of sofas to the social area and wanted to thank Mr McDowell for organising these. They did request that staff consider a kettle, toaster and hot drinks machine where they could make their own lunch and enhance the space.

They also discussed the timetabled periods that sixth form pupils have for social / study time and are in talks with Mr McDowell as head of sixth form on how this time can be used more flexibly. They also discussed the role of sixth form study supervisors and raised key areas with Mr McDowell, which he will feed back to those in this role.  Other issues such as use of headphones for sixth form pupils are being considered by Mr Hodge and Mr Massey.

The next school council meeting is taking place on Monday 15th October in the drama theatre at 12.50pm.

 

Junior School Council – Meeting 1 – Thursday 11th October

This week our Junior School Council had their first meeting. We focused on the role of a council member and what the year ahead will involve.  The Council discussed ways to gather student opinion and feedback from form classes on areas which need to be discussed and actioned as a school.  It was agreed that we would try two methods of information gathering.  The first will be a sheet put into registers to gather focused opinions. It will be titled a ‘we need your opinion’ sheet and will have space for pupils to write their thoughts and ideas on a specific topic. The second is to have a suggestions box in each form room for students who are less comfortable to write their ideas for school improvement onto and put into the box anonymously.

The council have also been asked to come up with ideas for a ‘pupil help card’. This is a card which will be given to all pupils outlining where they can find help in school and organisations they can contact outside school.  The council have agreed to explore organisations and agencies to put onto this and will gather opinions from form classes on the ‘we need your opinion’ sheet throughout next week.

Lyla and Abbi have agreed to design the ‘we need your opinion’ sheets. All other members will gather suggestions and do personal investigation into organisations.

Chelsea raised the idea of having an ‘anxiety card’ for students who suffer with anxiety and panic attacks. This would allow them to take a short break from a room without having to explain too much to a member of staff.  Chelsea has been asked to design this and bring forward to the next meeting.

Molly and Katie suggested having junior Halloween / Xmas disco as a fundraiser. This is something the council will explore further in future meetings.

The next Junior School Council Meeting is Thursday 18th October at lunch in the drama theatre.

 

Glengormley High Pupils contribute to cup glory!

Glentoran Womens side won the Women’s Challenge Cup in a 2-1 with a strong Glengormley High contingent bringing the cup home for the Glens. GHS pupil Aimee-Lee Peachey had a starring role and past pupil Danielle Maxwell also featured to bring the victory. We had former GHS teacher Miss Suzie Baxter as part of the squad and Coach Gail Redmond is a past pupil also so there is a strong GHS presence in the team. Check out the match report and well done to all involved!

https://www.irishfa.com/news/2018/september/glentoran-women-secure-electric-ireland-women-s-challenge-cup-with-2-1-win

 

 

Citizenship Prize Winners

Learning for Life and Work – Molly Gilmore was the winner of the our Mental Health competition.  After learning about mental health in Personal Development, the pupils had to identify a number of celebrities who have been affected by mental health issues.  Well done Molly!! 

Dara Hickland was the winner of the Road Safety poster competition that was completed during Personal Development.  The poster is now being used around the school to highlight road safety

 

Eye4Education Assessment Centre

Eye4Education returned to GHS today to announce the winners of the 4 stage Assessment Centre that took place before Easter.

The winning candidate was  James Getty

First Reserve:  Zoe Wright, Mathew Morton and James Relph

 James won an Echo Dot for his outstanding performance in all 4 areas of the Assessment Centre – Application Form, Aptitude Test, Group Activity and Interview

 First Reserves:  Zoe Wright, Mathew Morton and James Relph who all scored equally and each received a memory pen with Zoe Wright receiving a University Sweater for her outstanding interview performance overall.

Well done everyone!

 

Nomad visit our Year 8 Pupils

On Thursday the NOMAD team from Youth for Christ were in school working with Year 8.  The team set up a portable football cage in the school assembly hall.  Pupils worked in groups, developing their football skills and playing football in the cage.  The sessions then finished with an RE lesson on prejudice.

During break and lunch we had a drop-in, when other pupils could play football.  Everyone really enjoyed the day, a huge thank you to the NOMAD team for coming into and to Glengormley Baptist for helping us to organise the event.

Uplift 2018

Some of our wonderful pupils participated in the Uplift Performing Arts programme and were fantastic in working alongside children from our local Primary schools in putting on a super show for their audience. Pupils prepared performances in Dancing, Singing, Poetry and much more and really impressed with their fantastic confidence and ability. We’ve definitely some budding stars in the making! Well done to everyone involved for all your hard work!

Year 13 Assessment Centre

Year 13 students were put through a rigorous 4 stage recruitment process.   Stage 1 started with student’s completing an application form, stage 2 involved sitting an aptitude test, stage 3 evolved into students engaged in group work exercise and the fourth and final stage saw students engaged in a one-to-one interview with industry professionals.

After Easter the winning candidate will be revealed!

 

The University Roadshow visits GHS Year 13 Students

The University Roadshow visited our Year 13 students today to showcase up to date information about the wide variety of third level opportunities available to them.

It provided useful information for all students intending to apply to universities in: England, Scotland, Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Europe.  This was an opportunity for our students to speak to and gather information from representatives from the 9 Universities that attended. 

After a short 20 minute presentation to the students covering all aspects of applying to university which covered the application system UCAS, students then had the opportunity to go around each of the university stands and speak to the exhibiters present about their course of interest.

 

Year 10 Pupils Attend Bring IT on event

Year 10 pupils attended a Bring It On event where they met employers from a range of IT industry backgrounds. Hosted by Barra Best, the event enabled pupils to get some key advice on developing a career in the IT industry and the skills and qualifications required.

Our pupils enjoyed some practical IT learning experiences in programming robots and working with 3D animation. As you can see from the pictures the pupils had a fantastic time and gained some valuable advice in planning their future in IT.

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