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.
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.
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?
- 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.
Safer Internet Day 2018 is being celebrated globally today on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. Glengormley High has been connecting with SID2018 by using a Word Wall to describe their online safety awareness.
Citizenship Classes have been completing the SID2018 quiz and other classes are trying the 7 Day Social Media Detox.
On Monday the 5th of February Year 12 students engaged in an Interview Success Workshop to help them understand and develop the key skills they need to go forward into work. The morning was fun, interactive and taught students to:
- Know the different types of interview that exist and their purpose
- Be able to identify ways to research and prepare effectively beforehand
- Practice simulated interviews using the STAR model to answer questions.
On Thursday 1st of February Challenger held their termly achievement assembly. Pupils were awarded certificates and awards for their achievements in school – both inside and outside the classroom. Again well done to those that were given a reward and there is still time for others to earn an award.
Friday the 2nd of February was the Discovery Achievement Award assembly where pupils were presented with awards for success both inside and outside the classroom. Congratulations for all the hard work to those that received an award, keep trying all those who didn’t get an award.
Our Sixth form students attended the PSNI Roadsafe Roadshow which was a hard hitting look into the dangers of driving recklessly or driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Our students were taken through the reality of an actual road traffic accident from 2017 which proved fatal for one passenger and life changing for the driver who has to live with the consequences of driving recklessly. This was extremely useful given the statistics which show that young drivers are responsible for most deaths on the road.
The session involved the first responder PSNI traffic officer, the paramedic who arrived on the scene and a member of the Fire Service who was required to provide support at the horrific accident.
The Roadshow dealt with the reality of a road traffic collision: real trauma; real pain; and the real consequences of making the wrong decision behind the wheel of a car.
The Roadshow showed the impact on health, career now or in the future, insurance, family, friends and the community.
We urge all our students and school community to make the right choices as drivers and as passengers. Stay Safe!
On Wednesday the 31st of January Endurance held their termly achievement assembly. During the assembly the Pastoral Learning Leaders along with Mr Clarke celebrated pupil’s achievements both inside and outside the classroom.
Congratulations to those pupils who received an award, those that didn’t get an award there will be more chances this term.
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.
Congratulations to all the pupils from Apollo who received awards in the Achievement Awards Assembly on 29th January 2018. Pupils across the form classes were presented with awards for effort in class, trying hard in the face of difficulty and general attitude in school.
In Year 13 studying IT and consider a career in this rapidly expanding sector? The Sentinus IT Bursary Placement Programme is an annual programme which provides students with a great opportunity to work alongside IT professionals in real IT work environments for 4 weeks over the Summer holiday period.
There are 20 placements available this Summer and students will have the opportunity to work on IT projects in their area of interest, not simply work shadowing.
For more details have a look at this IT Bursary Flyer or speak to Mrs McKee
What a wonderful way to finish our year with our Christmas Experience – as you can see from the images our pupils had a fantastically festive time!