GLASTRY House Rugby 7's FINAL ROUND - News from the Claypit Arena  Posted May 26, 2015

With the brand new state of the art, sporting pitches back in use and released for the school to use, the Rugby House 7’s competition was back on this year after a 2-year absence. Dunleath, McCormick and Montgomery went head to head again for the Junior and Senior shields. The Junior Shield teams were made up of all of the Year 8 rugby players from this year and pupils that hadn’t played at all before were also given the option to play for their House, which some signed up for. The senior Shield would be made up of those in Yr. 9 that play rugby as well as those in Year 10 that have been coming faithfully over the last season. 

In Round 1 we saw McCormick, who seemed strong on paper, go up against the might of Dunleath. In a match that was close, one player made the dramatic difference with his dancing feet and power to score 4 tries for McCormick, this was Daren Graham, who joined rugby half way through the season and has flourished ever since! It’s definitely a sport for you Daren!


For full story and round up please click the link here

Science club pupils doing some "Ultimate Farming"  Posted May 24, 2015

Glastry College Science Club have taken part in a programme called Ultimate Farming through W5.  The programme, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, looked at the role of engineering in agriculture, a key STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths) subject and an important industry within Northern Ireland and the Ard's Peninsula. The Year 8 pupils from Science Club took part in a series of challenges, events and activities that centered on the subject of agricultural engineering. This included two visits from an engineer to Science Club and also a visit to Greenmount Agricultural College in Antrim.


All the pupils taking part enjoyed the activities and visit. Stephen McCord, the Head of Science, said that "STEM is an important area with many pupils from Glastry College progressing into agriculture, engineering or the biotechnology industry. The chance to look at engineering and in particular the agricultural industry was highly beneficial for the students. They had a chance to learn about farm buildings, machinery and livestock and examine the importance of STEM in the career areas of agriculture and engineering."


The Science Club participants are now looking forward to visiting W5 in June!

Round 2 of House Rugby... GLASTRY RUGBY update  Posted May 10, 2015

Junior House shield – Year 8’s


In the opening game of the second round, McCormick thrashed a valiant Montgomery side 9 tries to 1! 2 Tries from Harry McCarroll, 2 tries for Ryan Waring, 1 for Oliver Spence and 4 from Christain Locke. Montgomery had two official impressive debut’s from Jordan Bunting and try scorer Corban Adair! Montgomery need to make sure that their full list of players turn out for their remaining matches!!!!!

Senior House shield – Year 9 and Year 10’s


Montgomery and Dunleath were embroiled in a hard fought contest that went back and forth throughout the game! A rejuvenated Duleath gave debuts to James Scott who put in a great performance! Dunleath scored 5 tries in all, 4 from Jay Thomspon and 1 from Kayne Mccormick. Montgomery matched Dunleath’s 5 tries with 4 from Joseph nickel and 1 from Matthew Burke!


Both Junior and Senior Shields could be won and lost by all teams in the last round which will be Wednesday 20th!!!! It could all come down to tries for and against, points or just plain who wants it more!

Wednesday 20th Final Round

Last Junior Shield match – Montgomery Vs Dunleath

Last Senior Shield match – McCormick Vs Montgomery

Year 8 BLAST OFF.... with Amazing Brains                 Posted May 11, 2015

With the ‘Summer exams’ only a few weeks away  the Year 8 pupils have been involved in getting their brains into gear.


‘Amazing Brains’ a local company delivered an interactive workshop were pupils were shown a series of techniques to aid them in their revision. The pupils discussed memory techniques, time managements and revision strategies. The games they played demonstrated how they could quickly remember complex images and words. The pupils were also shown some breathing exercises to help them during the exams.


All the pupils enjoyed the course and it was delivered in good time for the students who now have to plan their revision and start the important work of revising!

Year 8 at the Cardy Bible Exhibition                                Posted May 11, 2015

Pupils from Year 8 had the chance at the end of April to visit the Cardy Bible Exhibition not far from the school. The pupils were taken around a visual display of the origin and story of the Bible. The illustrations, maps and Bible references along with the displays of the crown of thorns, nails and many more items brought to life the story of the Bible. Pupils took part in a question and answer session at the end of the display and also enjoyed some light refreshments before heading back to the College.

Tales from the Claypits... GLASTRY RUGBY update  Posted May 10, 2015

After a season of rebuilding, Rugby at Glastry has once again taken off. With a season of away fixtures for Years 8,9 and 10 and High schools Cup games for the senior squad over, the attention turns to the high scoring, all action House Rugby 7’s competition. With the new pitch made available to the school, the competition could run for the first time in two years. The Yr. 8’s would compete for the Junior House Shield and the 9’s and 10’s would combine for the Senior Shield.

After Captains and squads had been announced it was down to the pupils to arrange times for training with their squads and manage positions. So far Round 1 has given us the following results.

In the Junior Shield, Dunleath took on the might of the McCormick squad. After much of a stalemate, Dunleath took the lead and quickly notched up three tries. Not to be outdone, McCormick galvanised to reply with three of their own before some individual genius from Daren Graham, who  scored another two tries, 4 for him in all, to clinch the game and a valuable first win for McCormick.

In the Senior Shield first round, Dunleath took on McCormick, with Dunleath down several players for various reasons. Dunleath made a great start to the game taking it to McCormick, however the floodgates opened and unfortunately for Dunleath, never closed all game. McCormick ran out comfortable winners 7 tries to Dunleaths 1. It should be said that there was some fine running by Jack Stewart and Elliot McKee. Dunleath scored their consolation try through a great passage of play and determined running, eventually taking the ball over the line was Ewan Kelly.


The next games are on Wednesday 13th May – 2nd Round

Junior Shield: McCormick Vs. Montgomery

Senior Shield: Montgomery Dunleath


Wednesday 20th Final Round

Junior shield: Montgomery Vs. Dunleath

Senior Shield: McCormick Vs. Montgomery


If you wish to come and support after school, you are more than welcome!

Glastry Hits the Mark – for the second time!!              Posted April 29, 2015

In the photo (left to right):  J Attwood, Daniel Bell, A Hutchinson, L Copeland,    Zoe Faulkner, Tyler Stewart, Christian Scott, A Bailie, M Nesbitt, Emily Baird.

Glastry College has again shown itself to be at the forefront of modern Technology as we have once again been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark for the second time following an extensive external process of assessment.


The award recognises the school's success in developing the strategic use of technology in both administration and across the curriculum in school.

Mike Nesbitt, MLA presented the award recently to staff and pupils.


Head teacher Mr Alan Hutchinson commented “On behalf of Glastry College, I am delighted to be awarded the ICT Mark. It recognises our positive approach to the use of technology and the benefits it is bringing to our children. We believe that technology can be used in every aspect of learning and that it is essential our children are equipped for the modern world.  We are very proud to include the mark on our website.


The lead member of staff, Alasdair Bailie (ICT Subject Leader),who was involved in ensuring the school was ready for ICT Mark assessment, commented:

“I am really pleased that the presentation of this award shows recognition of the excellent work that is taking place at Glastry.  Applying for the award really brought into focus the ICT work that we are doing each and every day.  All the children and staff deserve credit for this achievement.”

In the trenches... Glastry Pupils get a taste of WW1    Posted April 29, 2015

Pupils from Glastry College joined with others from Ballyhalbert and St Columbas Portaferry to learn about local men who endured the trenches of World War 1 at a recent symposium organised by Portaferry's new Arts and Hertiage Centre, PORTICO which is scheduled to open in September of this year.


Alongside presentations from academics and historians, the students shared their own research findings which will form part of the first exhibition at the arts and heritage centre, and the event was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Reconciliation Fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs (ROI).    

Joan Magee of Libraries NI opened the event with digital images of events here in the lead up to the Great War and footage of the soldiers at the Western Front.


Matt Gamble from the Somme Heritage Centre, told pupils how there had been recruiting stations all over the country, including one in Newtownards, and showed images of recruiting posters. He told how there were two battalions of the 36th Ulster Division in County Down - 13th battalion Royal Irish Rifles and 16th (Pioneer) Battlion Royal Irish Rifles and how the 13th battalion trained at Clandeboye Estate outside Newtownards. Matt outlined the significance of the Ulster Memorial Tower at Thiepval being a replica of Helen's Tower situated on the estate, and the Somme Heritage Centre being located on the outskirts of Clandeboye Estate. 

Allison Murphy from Portaferry Regeneration Limited explained how 53 people from Portaferry died during the First World War, about a quarter of the men who went from the town to fight, while Gerard Lennon from Upper Ards Historical Society showed slides of the Historical Society's visit to the graves of local soldiers, memorials and the battle fields in Belgium and France, and the impact the journey had on everyone who went.

Drama students from Queen's University performed extracts from Dr. Brenda Winter-Palmer's play 'The Medal In The Drawer' and the actors, in character, answered students' questions about life at war.

PORTICO's Heritage Officer Dr Verity Peet said: "The idea behind the event was to tell other about the stories we have discovered and to encourage a better understanding of our shared history. When the studetns have finished their research, PORTICO will use some of their findings in our Exhibition on the local impact of the First World War".

Year 8 pupils take part in  “I’m a scientist; get me out of here!”          Posted April 28, 2015

Two classes of Year 8 pupils at Glastry College recently experienced the National ‘I’m a scientist; get me out of here’ STEM challenge at the end of the spring term, via live web chat sessions. The scientists worked in the areas of Green Chemistry and included scientists looking at renewable fuels and sustainable resources. In total nine schools and over 400 pupils were involved in this zone.


Over several lessons, the pupils quizzed the scientists on a wide range of topics ranging from “Why did you become a scientist” and “how much do you get paid” to “describe your typical working day” and “what is so important about your job”.


Stephen McCord Head of Science said “this activity was beneficial for the pupils got a chance to speak to real scientists and ask any questions. The scientists had patience and replied to the pupils with a sense of humour. The pupils really enjoyed the activity and have been asking to take part in another similar activity”.

During the second week of the challenge, Glastry Y8 pupils, along with over 5000 other school pupils, voted for the scientist who they thought deserved to win a £500 research prize.

The winning scientist for the Green Chemistry Zone was Dr Jo Sadler.

Glastry students take part in the Glohealth Mile Challenge
Posted April 16, 2015

The GloHealth School Mile Challenge provides an opportunity for pupils to try out recreational participation in sport. The purpose of the GloHealth School Mile Challenge was to promote running as a fun fitness activity in Glastry College.


Every Wednesday after school pupils were given the opportunity to participate in the Glohealth Mile Challenge. The challenge allows pupils the opportunity to take the first steps towards fitness with the emphasis on participation whether it     

be walking, jogging or running. There is also a focus on personal improvement as students will be able to gauge their progress from their first challenge to the next.  Those who took part were awarded with their very own colour coded/timed wrist bands ranging from red to violet. 


Well done to all those who took part and especially to those who came out every week to improve on their scores.

Year 11 P.A.L students Citizenship workshop & play    Posted April 16, 2015

The Year 11 PAL pupils took part in an Intercultural Workshop and attended Ards Art Centre to watch four intercultural plays called ‘Arrivals2’ by Terra Nova Productions. The course was designed for individuals to explore their own identity and that of others in the local, national and global community. Through active learning and drama, they looked at the challenges faced by young people living in a culturally diverse society and how Northern Irish society is changing before their very eyes. A valuable and enjoyable learning experience was had by all!  A special word of thanks to Terra Nova Productions, who organised the events.weapons

The latest archery evening class at Glastry College has just finished with a special demonstration and advice session from the Irish and Northern Irish number 1 archer Darrel Wilson.  The class encourages parents to come along with their children to shoot together and competition is often fierce.


The picture shows Darrel presenting a certificate for successful completion of the course to Gail Megarity and son Christopher.  



Archery Night Class receive visit from Ireland's no.1 compound Archer Posted April 02, 2015

Also in the picture are (from left to right), Principal Mr Alan Hutchinson, Jonathan Cousins, Darrel Wilson, Gail Megarity, Christopher Megarity and Mr Alasdair Bailie, course archery instructor and teacher at the school.





Glastry Newsletter

Throughout the year Glastry College produces a newsletter for parents & pupils with what's been happening in the College. Please click the links below for the latest editions.

Events 2014 - 2015
23 October
Glastry College Prize Evening
27 - 31 October
~ Halloween Break ~
06 November
P.T.A Social Evening @7:45pm
18 November
Year 8 Parental Consultations
4:30pm - 6:30pm
27 November
P.T.A Craft  Fair
Doors open 6:00pm
01 December
Year 12 Rehearsal Exams
04 December
Sixth Form Parental Consultations
4:00pm - 7:00pm
04 - 05 December
Year 12 GCSE Archery
16 December
Glastry College Carol Service
17 December
Year 10 Rewards Coffee Morning
18 December
Year 9 Trip
Armagh Planetarium
18 December
Non-Uniform Day
& Christmas Disco
19 December
End of Term - HALF DAY
22 December - 02 January
~ Christmas Break ~
05 January
P.T.A Meeting
13 January
Stormont Visit
Year 11 PAL students
14 January
Maths Fun Day - Year 9 
15 January
Year 12 Parental Consultations
4:30pm - 6:30pm
21 January
Year 10 - Digital Entrepreneurship Workshop
22 January
P.T.A ONESIE Film Night
26 January
04 - 06 February
Year 13 Work Experience
(3 day placement)
06 February
World DOODLE Day
11 February
Year 9 Parental Consultations
4:30pm - 6:30pm
11 February
Year 13 Stranmillis University Open Day
13 February
Year 10 History Trip
Murals in Belfast
16 February - 20 February
~ Half Term ~
24 February
Year 9 Robotics Workshop
24 February
Year 10 Options Evening
05 March
Year 8 Dress up
World Book Day
07 March
~ Ski Trip ~
12 March
Year 10 Parental Consultations
4:30pm - 6:30pm