Former pupils visit the Maths Department

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.

Accelerated Readers rewards breakfast celebrates success.

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!

#aspiretosucceed #learningwithoutlimits

Ross Wilson returns to GHS

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!

University of Ulster Law Taster

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.

Celebrating Success in LLW

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.

Nicholson Bass are recruiting apprentices

Nicholson Bass is now in the process of recruiting apprentices for their plant in Mallusk, they are part of the Bradley group which currently operates factories in Belfast, Isle of Man and Liverpool.

The vision at Nicholson Bass is to become the biggest and best printer in Ireland. This is an exciting role for any young driven individual who wishes to pursue a career within the printing industry.

This would suit school leavers from the age of 16-18. Nicholson Bass are looking to employ 5 individuals in our Mallusk factory, for further information contact Mr Glen Miskimmon on 02890 342433 or by email

Closing date for these roles would be 22/06/18.

Summer Volunteering with Bright Young things

Are you 16+, interested in drama, theatre, performing arts or teaching ? Looking for something to do over the summer? Bright Young Things provides award-winning drama workshops designed to build Confidence, Communication, Creativity and vital social skills, through the power of drama.

In Summer 2018 they will be hosting a series of camps at 17 locations. They are looking for enthusiastic volunteers for each of the camps this summer and ongoing volunteering and training opportunities beyond this.

To apply just register your interested at

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


Living Legacies School University Partnerships Initiative

A Year 9 History class took part in this Newtownabbey Learning Community Project.  Working with Researches at Queen’s University our project was based on World War 1, Living Legacies.  Working with groups from Rosstulla, Belfast High and Abbey Community School the pupils looked at the First War through different subjects

  • Mapping the front – Geography
  • WW1 Drama – English
  • WW1 Handling Box and digital technologies –       History / ICT
  • A Green Booth with WW1 Costumes was available all day, for those special pictures.

The children have been sent away to produce a poster on World War 1 and will meet as a group again in Year 10

Everyone had a great day and look forward to continuing this work in September