Translink Safety Bus Visit for Year 8

The Translink Safety Bus visited school today to educate Year 8 about staying safe when using the buses and the roads.

Speedy careers event for Year 12

Pupils engaged in lively discussion with Year 12, 13 and 14 pupils in the style of ‘speed dating’, moving from subject to subject to get a holistic feel to picking subjects for GCSE. Pupils were then given case study cards promoting various career paths that certain subjects will lead to. In addition, the case study cards highlighted labour market information along with Salary/Working conditions etc.

Pupils were able to recognise their employability skills and transfer them into making a suitable choice at GCSE relating to their desired career path.

Pupils left armed with information under the CEAIG Framework in order to build a portfolio of work related skills for life.

Apology for partial closure

As a school we are very sorry for the late notice of closure for years 8, 9 and 10. Due to the adverse weather conditions many of our staff were unable to make it into school. This decision was not taken lightly but the safety of the students is paramount.

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.

Welcoming our New Headteacher – Mr R Massey

I am genuinely delighted and very proud to be appointed Headteacher for Glengormley High School.  Having worked for a number of years as a manager in the private sector, I trained for teaching a little later than most, graduating from Stranmillis at the age of 28.  Over the last 14 years, I have held a wide range of positions in education ranging from Head of Department, Head of Year, Head of Special Needs, Senior Teacher and Vice Principal.  This has been a wonderful opportunity to see the school place from a range of angles.

One of the greatest opportunities for training to be a Headteacher has been fatherhood.  I have 3 brilliant children who are currently in a primary and post-primary education.  As their father, I have two non-negotiables when it comes to their education – firstly, they must feel valued and safe in school.  If they don’t feel valued and safe, then their learning is negatively impacted.  Secondly, they must not see themselves as passive passengers on a journey.  School is not simply there to give you an education – school is there to give opportunities to develop skills for life – but sitting back and waiting for education to ‘happen to you’ is not what school is about.  Education is about rolling up your sleeves and looking to make change, looking to develop areas of weakness.  So, I instil upon my own children the need to seek to contribute to their school and their peers in a positive way.

Glengormley High School is bursting with energetic and enthusiastic staff and I look forward to working with them to bring the best educational experience for the children in our community.

A polite Parking reminder

Could we please remind everyone not to park on the roundabout at the entrance to the school or on the main Ballyclare Road when collecting pupils from school.  We appreciate your co-operation keeping our children safe.