Pastoral

Pastoral

Glengormley High School is proud of its reputation for the support given to students. Our staff is committed to the development and well-being of every pupil in our care. The innovative implementation of a vertical tutor system in which every student has daily contact with a Form Tutor and students from every year group provides opportunities for students to develop connections with peers throughout the school family. The Form tutor will monitor academic progress and maintain a vital first point of contact for each student and their home, encouraging all to play a full part within school and the wider community. Each tutor group is designated to one of our 5 Pastoral Learning Groups through which we promote a positive behaviour policy rewarding achievement in line with our high expectations of effort, behaviour, attendance and participation.

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The strength of a Pastoral team is reflected in their knowledge of individuals and their response to the whole range of needs of our students. With individual progress and success at the core they work with all agencies, both in and out of school, to ensure policies regarding student welfare, care and guidance are practised throughout all areas of the school.

The school also places great emphasis on the provision of advice and support for students to manage the wide spectrum of issues they face as they prepare for adult life.

In addition to support from the Form Tutor, Pastoral Learning Leader and classroom staff all students can access Sixth Form students who have received training to operate as Peer Mentors. They relate to students and encourage them to develop their awareness and understanding of their thoughts and feelings, equipping them to take responsibility for their own futures and to make positive choices. This supports students through concerns such as subject choices for future study and bullying and is overseen under the scope of the relevant school policies.

School Council

The School Council system at Glengormley High School is an important aspect of school life which ensures that pupils have a say in exactly what matters to them the most. The opportunity for interaction between pupils, teachers and other adults through the School Council has a positive impact on relationships, attainment and discipline. High levels of pupil involvement and care help pupils feel better integrated and motivated. The primary aim of the School Council is to improve the quality of school life. The School Council is run by the pupils, together with Mr Patterson. The council consists of ten representatives (two from each Pastoral Learning Groups). Elections for membership of the Full School Council take place early in the Autumn term of each academic year.

Do you want to be a Representative?

Reps are elected by their form class to represent those people who elected them. They act as a link between their class and the full school council. Reps have to be willing and able to put forward other people’s views even if they disagree with them.

What kind of person makes a good rep?

  • Approachable
  • Good listener – everyone in the class has to feel comfortable talking to you
  • Organised – it will be your responsibility to make sure meetings happen in your class on a regular basis
  • Assertive – the opinions of your class are just as important as everyone else’s
  • Efficient – class discussions must cover a lot of issues in a short space of time
  • Fair – everyone has the right to express a point of view
  • Good communicator – you need to be able to work with staff and students from across the school

So if I were a rep what would I actually have to do?

As a rep you have three main jobs:

  • Collecting the views of your class and passing them on to other committees
  • Letting your class know what goes on in the meetings you attend
  • Taking an active part in meetings.

Year 9 September Pupils of the Month

Congratulations to the winners of the Year 9 Student of the Month award for September.
They had the highest achievement points in their form class with excellent attendance and punctuality. They are invited to a Smoothie break time event to celebrate.

Sixth Form Enrollment

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!

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

Voyager


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

Apollo’s May Award Winners

Apollo recently held their May achievement award assembly where they celebrated success within the PLG. Congratulations to all those who received a certificate, keep up the good work.

Discovery Hot Chocolate and chill

Congratulations to the ten Discovery pupils who were nominated by their teachers to be rewarded for their hard work and excellent attitude. They all enjoyed a period of chilling out with hot chocolate, marshmallows, cookies, games and a chat. Keep up the good work!

Weekend of success for Miss Dowd’s form class

It has been a fantastic weekend for pupils in AMD. We would like to congratulate the following pupils

Katie from Year 9
Came 2nd and 4th in the fast and slow dance – Leigh Eppleston Dance

Sarah from Year 11
Won the Carrick Boxing Academy May Brawl

Sophie from Year 9
Came 1st in the Grove Galaxy Trampolining competition

Well done from Miss Dowds and AMD pupils

Year 12 Leaver’s Assembly

On Friday the 11th of May we bid ‘farewell’ to our year 12s as they begin study leave. They enjoyed some sausage and bacon baps and were entertained by the wonderfully talented Glenn Irwin. Mr Massey reaffirmed the message of investing in ourselves for a better future. A few slideshows, messages from staff and pupils, laughs, tears and plenty of photographs rounded off a lovely morning with a wonderful year group.
Good luck in your exams. We are very proud of the exceptional young people you have become.