‘To inspire and encourage learners to develop socially, morally, culturally, spiritually and academically to be effective contributors to society, economy and the environment. In summary, to be fully aware of real life issues personally, in wider society and in the workplace.’
Our departmental value is that everyone is a life-long learner regardless of ability, gender, ethnicity, religion and social background. Our ethos is linked to the whole school ethos of mutual respect and understanding.
As part of Learning for Life and Work, our students were doing an HIV/AIDs awareness day to correspond with World AIDs Day (1st December). In Geography they were mapping out countries with the highest incidence of AIDs, in Maths they were analysing AIDs data, in Science they were looking at the biology of a virus, in English they were looking at how the media portrayed AIDs and many other activities were going on across the school. We had a display outside the school with 36 red balloons, each representing one million people affected with HIV/AIDs.
Today Year 11 boys were at an anti-social behaviour seminar organised by the Police&Community Safety partnership. It was based on a drama that used a lot of humour to highlight serious issues facing our young people today. It was a super event that had all of our pupils engaged and they thoroughly enjoyed the Q and A session.
Through Learning for Life and Work, the pupils of Glengormley High School have been taking part in UK Parliament Week. We held a mock Parliament based on the Representation of the People Act to mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. This was a heated debate chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Carberry of Essex. The Bill was introduced by Prime Minister Sam Hickland. He was supported by fellow MP’s: Charlie Clyde, Cory Boyland, Kyle Paffey and Bailey Weir. The Bill was scrutinised by the Right honourable Matthew Morton and he was supported by fellow opponents: Camrin Close, Riley Lucas, Lewis Purdy and Owen Smyth. Throughout the debate the police had to hold back our suffragettes with many breaking through the police cordon determined to upset any speech by opponents of women getting the right to vote. It was a great way to get our pupils engaged in politics, to explore topics and remind them that through exercising their vote that they can be empowered. It was great to have local representatives Paula Bradley (DUP) and Mark Cosgrove (UUP) join us for the event and they both gave a speech on their role and the importance of voting.
Year 9 took part in a Young Enterprise seminar: Explore Enterprise. The pupils heard a talk by Sarah from Dudes+Divas Entertainment, then designed Apps for Dudes+Divas exploring the idea of marketing. They were a credit to our school.
Today Year 12 boys were at an anti-social behaviour seminar organised by the Police&Community Safety partnership. It was based on a drama that used a lot of humour to highlight serious issues facing our young people today. It was a super event that had all of our pupils engaged and they thoroughly enjoyed the Q and A session with the PSNI. The two police officers were a credit to the force. The actors were super. Our pupils were a credit to themselves and our school. Well done lads!
Year 9 pupils had Young Enterprise during their Learning for Life and Work period. They had the opportunity to explore business and enterprise. They had an enjoyable interactive seminar and they were a credit to the school.
Today was World Mental Health Awareness Day and we had a super time with Year 8 at lunch. Many of the students took part in poetry readings in our ‘Poet’s Corner’. This was over seen by our literacy co-ordinator Mrs McWilliams. Staff and other pupils were so impressed with our talented group of pupils who wrote and delivered their poem with confidence and clarity. One group of students sang ‘Help’ by the Beatles again demonstrating the talent of our young people. Finally, thanks again to Tesco for providing ice cream and hot chocolate for the students. #aspiretosucceed #learningwithoutlimits