News and Events

CPR Day                                                                Posted June 22 2017

In December 2016 the British Heart foundation approached Glastry College to gauge our interest in receiving CPR equipment to train our pupils and staff in life saving techniques.  As a college, we recognised the importance of this and we were delighted when our application for the equipment and was successful.

In light of this,  Monday 19th June 2017 the college organised a CPR day during which all pupils from Year 8 to Year 11, and staff were taught invaluable CPR techniques including chest compressions and rescue breathing. 

The training was assisted by Mr Geoff Smith who is a member of the local community First Responders Team in the Ards Peninsula. 

Overall, it was tremendous success!  Pupils and staff felt that it not only was it very engaging but it is also vital to have knowledge and understanding of what to do in an emergency and how they could save a life.  As a college we hope to deliver this experience every year as we firmly believe by increasing awareness of how to do CPR effectively we have a higher chance of saving lives. 

Year 8 Caring for their Local Area                             Posted June 22 2017

On Monday 19th June and Tuesday 20th June, Year 8 took their Geography lessons outdoors. They were conserving their local environment by collecting marine litter on Ballyhalbert beach. Pupils (and staff) enjoyed this activity in fantastic weather. These events were run in conjunction with Keeping Northern Ireland Beautiful and North Down and Ards Borough Council who are always very grateful for the role the pupils play in maintaining these areas. Undoubtedly one of our weirdest items found on the beach this year was a little lost duckling which was well looked after. Well done Year 8. The beach is now clean for the summer holidays after several 100 kg of litter was cleared.

Year 10 Historian's Holocaust Memorials                   Posted June 19 2017

As part of their Year 10 Programme of Study, Year 10 have had the opportunity to create and present their own commemoration of the Holocaust.  All students have demonstrated superb maturity, empathy and creativity whilst studying  this dark chapter of human history.  We are very proud of their work and effort. Well done to all but especially the winners!

Year 9 Geographers visit Belfast's Titanic Quarter       Posted June 19 2017

In Geography our Year 9 pupils have been looking at the concept of Urban Regeneration and so in June we spent a day investigating and evaluating this process around the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. We were able to survey a vast array of differing regeneration projects such as those focused on tourism e.g. The Titanic Signature Building, SS Nomadic, those focused on education e.g. Belfast Met, entertainment e.g. the SSE Arena, housing e.g. The Arc apartments, business e.g. Science Park, Film Studios and many more. Pupils were able to gain first-hand experience of conducting questionnaires, making judgements concerning the value of some of the regeneration schemes and developing a sense of ownership around urban planning. The highlight for many was the trip down into the Dry Dock where Titanic was painted and fitted out with it’s propellers. We all enjoyed the trip and after all that walking, we were glad to get a seat on the bus back to College.

Primary School Pupils get a Glimpse of Glastry           Posted June 16 2017

Seven local, lucky primary schools got the chance to sample a day in the life at Glastry College.  How did this happen?  Well the answer is simple.  Our Extended Schools Programme collaborates with some of the local primary schools, to work together and introduce activities and events for the schools, the local community, parents and pupils alike.

Pupils from Portaferry Integrated, Kirkistown, Portavogie, Kircubbin Integrated, Victoria (Ballyhalbert), Ballywalter and Millisle Primary Schools, all got the chance to become a Glastry Student for the day.  The primary pupils used their creative flair to make pencil holders in Technology and became mad scientists, by enthusiastically blowing up jelly babies in the Science labs!  Meanwhile in Home Economics the P6 pupils were making their very own chocolate truffles.  Jamie Oliver and Mary Berry, watch out!   We had a few millionaires, who didn’t need to ‘phone a friend’ during their French quiz, and they certainly didn’t need the help from a friend when it came to sampling the delicious crêpes with chocolate sauce.   Stained glass windows were made in History, while a few Jimmy Nesbitt wannabes caught our Drama teacher’s eye, and in ICT the pupils got to turn their hand at Game Making.

This was just a little taste of what life is like at Glastry College.  It is fun, fast paced and exciting.  We are committed to making this a safe place where children can grow, develop and fulfil their full potential.  We would love to see these pupils transfer to Glastry to continue their education with us and with the summer holidays nearly here, we wish each and every one a safe and sunny summer.

Gold for Megan at Irish Championships                     Posted June 14 2017

All the pupils and staff at Glastry College would like to congratulate and commend Megan Drummond on her recent outstanding success in the Irish Schools Athletics Championships which took place on 4th June 2017.

Athletes who were successful at the District Finals, which were held in May, now found themselves having to compete against ‘the best of the best’.  In true style, Megan, who never disappoints under pressure, showed the spectators how truly talented she is in the field of long jump.  In the category for Minor Girls Long Jump she came first with a personal best of 5.16m and earned herself the title of best long jumper in Ireland for her age group.  No doubt this is not the last we will hear of the outstanding talents of Megan!

NDDSSA Athletics                                                   Posted June 16 2017

The girls’ team went to Bangor Sportsplex to compete in the NDDSSA athletics competition on Tuesday 13th June 2017. We had a super day of competition with many successes.

In the Year 8 Girls’ competition Jane McMaster came 4th in the 100m, 2nd in the 200m and 1st in the Long Jump. Abigail Wilson came 3rd in the Cricket Ball Throw. The Year 9 team saw 3 gold medals for Megan Drummond in the 100m, 200m, and Long Jump. While in Year 10 Bryony Moore came 3rd in the Shot Put. The Year 10 relay team (Charlotte Kerfoot, Megan Drummond, Kay Heron and Carla Hannah) finished in a hard fought 2nd place.

Congratulations to all those mentioned, and everyone else that competed with good sportsmanship and did us proud!

Year 11 Girls Win Netball League                              Posted May 30 2017

Year 11 Girls' Report

In May, three of the College's netball teams competed in the TAGSA league.  We had been playing matches throughout the season and the Year 11 team had been unbeaten so far.  As we arrived at Ards Leisure Centre, the teams we were to face were waiting on the bleachers. First, Year 9 got ready for their semi-final match against Bangor A team.  Unfortunately Glastry couldn’t get the lead against Bangor and eventually lost their match.  Next up were the Year 10 girls who were in the final against Glenlola.  Glenlola were a strong team and ultimately clinched the win from the Year 10 girls, to leave them in second place, which they later received silver medals for. 


After watching all the matches it was now the time for our team, Year 11, to play.  We were up against Nendrum and having watched them warm up we were beginning to feel intimidated. The coin toss for who would get the first centre pass was going to be vital.   Thankfully, we won the toss meaning we had the chance to get an early goal.  By the end of the match we were exhausted but we had played very well and beat Nendrum 12-3 becoming the League winners.  We were awarded gold medals and a trophy!  As an extra treat, Mrs Thompson kindly took us to McDonald’s! As a team we would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Thompson for being an excellent coach and to all the girls who have shown such dedication, coming out to practice throughout the year!

Team Members

Year 9                                                                                                     

Alice Magill, Melissa Ritchie, Shelby Gilmore, Lauren McMaster, Lucy Atkinson, Alex Presho, Megan Drummond, Annabel Dunlop  


Year 10

Charlotte Kerfoot, Morgan Alexander, Emily Deering, Kay Herron, Becky Orr, Carla Hannon, Abigail Muckle, Casey McCann

Year 11

Chloe McAvera Ellie McDonald, Rachel Jest Abby Bittles Caitlin McClelland , Rachel McDowell,  Joanna Scott, Jordan Price

Shared Education Battlefields Trip                             Posted May 26 2017

In May 2017, Glastry College was lucky to have been chosen to join 16 other Northern Irish schools in a pilgrimage to see the battlefields of the First World War in France and Belgium. Two Year 10 students were selected; Carla Hannan and Corben Adair to be our ambassadors for the area along with a History teacher (Miss McShane). We were taken via the Eurotunnel to our hostel Poppy Albert where we would remain for the duration of our stay (3 nights). En route, we visited some original concrete trenches alongside the twisting remains of some of the hand-dug trenches which now bear lines of trees growing from them. This was our first insight into how nature has been reclaiming the desolation of those four years a century ago. Despite the unfortunate weather, we proceeded to a massive memorial nearby to see the war victims’ names carved in stone and contemplate their experiences in their final moments. However, we would not be able to appreciate the vast numbers of the war dead until we had continued our visit to some of the many more sites the tour guide had to show us.

Day Two began bright and early and after breakfast we set off to see the impact of the technology of war at Lochnagar Crater- the largest crater ever made by mankind. From there we began to visit the first of many cemeteries; British, French and German. Whilst the rows of gravestones were incredibly sobering, it was the areas of these cemeteries where mass graves were identified that brought home the true devastation of this war. One pit had as many as 25,000 soldiers’ remains buried. We stopped at such sites to read poetry identifying the reality of war in which these young men perished. We paused for some time at the grave of John Conden, of the Royal Irish Regiment whose stone reads ‘Aged 14 Years’; the same age as most of our cohort. Some sites honoured the women of World War One who acted as medics and caregivers and reminded us that the war affected all of society in varying ways.

Despite visiting dozens of locations, we were only able to see a fraction of the evidence of the First World War and how it impacted upon the people involved. Visitors could return a dozen times and never truly grasp the genuine scale of the destruction on both sides of the conflict. This trip reinforced the need for commemoration and understanding so that such events become less frequent over time.

airport, then an hour flight to Gatwick followed by a coach drive to Dover and onto Calais. We got to go to lots of places like cemeteries, war memorials, Ulster Tower and also got to see the trenches. We got to go to Belgium for the day and went to Menin Gate. Some people got to lay wreaths at Menin gate. I enjoyed going to see Ulster Tower and William McBride’s grave because these were the things I was looking forward to the most. Now I got to go on this trip I would love to go again because it was a very interesting and an amazing experience.

Student Viewpoint: Corben Adair

Going to France and Belgium was a wonderful experience and something I would like to do again with my family. It was my first time being in the Channel Tunnel but my second time in France. On the first day it was tiring because I woke up at 2.30am and had an hour's drive to the

Student Viewpoint: Carla Hannan

I took part in a Battlefields Project from 8th – 11th May. This project enabled two Year 10 pupils from selected post-primary schools across Northern Ireland to visit the Battlefields in France and Belgium. Luckily I was picked to participate in this amazing opportunity. As we arrived into France, we stopped for lunch. One of the most memorable places we visited was on our first day. This was Lochnagar Crater; which was created by an underground explosive charge, secretly planned by the British during the First World War. The second day in France was a lot busier than the first. We went to countless amounts of cemeteries, memorials and churches. The final two days in France and Belgium were truly the most eye-opening. People have always said to me that ‘thousands of people died during the Battle of the Somme’ but you never realise how many people it actually was until you see these cemeteries. The Menin Gate Service in Belgium was fascinating and the highlight of the trip was meeting people from all over Northern Ireland and hearing their views on the Battle of the Somme.

Ulster Gold for Megan                                              Posted May 26 2017

Congratulations to Megan Drummond who recently competed on Saturday 20th May at the Ulster Athletic Championships.  True to her recent form, Megan again displayed her outstanding ability in the sporting arena coming first in the Minor Girls' Long Jump with a distance of 4.45m and 3rd in the Minor Girls 100m.  Due to these outstanding performances she has qualified for the Irish Championships which are being held on 3rd June.  We wish her every success!

Year 12 Reward Trip to Belfast Zoo                           Posted May 26 2017

On Thursday 11th May, a group of Year 12 pupils embarked on their end of year positive reward trip to Belfast Zoo.  A range of emotions were evident amongst the students and staff.  Even though a significant group will attend Glastry College sixth form next year, a group of students will be moving on to new endeavours.  The weather really made the day special as all the students were able to enjoy lunch in the sun after spending the morning walking around the zoo at a leisurely pace.  The trip was offered to the year 12 students as a reward for their hard work, conscientiousness and excellent behaviour throughout the course of the year.  The staff of Glastry, wish all of this year’s year 12 all the best with their studies and success in their exams over the coming weeks.

District Athletics Gold for Megan                              Posted May 19 2017

Congratulations to Megan Drummond in Y9 due to her recent success in the District Schools' Athletics Championship which was held on Thursday 11 May at the Mary Peters' Track in Belfast.  Megan who had already shown that she is a talented athlete having set several new sporting records in Glastry College last year, proved that she was a force to be reckoned with.  She competed in Minor Girls 100m and gained a bronze award and in the Long Jump she was awarded  a gold medal, setting a new  championship record with a distance of 5m 11cm.  We wish her every success in the Ulster Championship that will be taking place on Saturday 20th May and all the pupils at Glastry will be cheering for her!

P6 Primary Schools Rounders and Football Tournament

On Friday 12th May, Glastry College held its annual Primary School Football and Rounders Tournament.  By 11am, nine local Primary School teams had arrived nervous, excited and very determined to show off their expertise and skills.  All hoped that they would be the worthy recipients not only of the College trophy, but also the prestigious title of ‘Glastry College Primary School Tournament Winners 2017’.  Throughout the day the spectators – family, friends, teachers and past pupils - witnessed

some outstanding skills by these talented athletes.  However, by 2pm, with the sun still shining, the semi-finals began.  After some nail biting moments, some skillful moves and lots of running about, the winners emerged!  This year, in the Football Tournament, first place was awarded to Ballywalter, second place to Portavogie A and third place to Millisle.  In the Rounders competition, first place was awarded to Ballywalter, second place to Greyabbey and third place to Kircubbin Integrated.  We wish to congratulate all of the pupils who took participated and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Y8 Shared Education Beach Clean                                      Posted May 19, 2017

Y8 students participated in a very successful beach clean on Wednesday 17th May 2017 as part of our Shared Education programme. Together three schools, St Columba’s, Strangford College and Glastry College collected 335.5 kgs of rubbish from Portavogie beach. Representatives from Ards and North Down Borough Council thanked the students for their valuable contribution to preserving their local area. Students worked together to bring even the heaviest pieces of litter back to be collected.  Hollie, Abbey, Abbey and Ria from Glastry College received prizes for showing good team work. There were prizes for the weirdest item which went to Lewis, Patrick, Charlie and Carson from Strangford College who found a melted wheelie bin on the beach - yuck. The prize for the most rubbish collected went to students from St Columba’s, Sean and Callum, who collected 30.5kg themselves. One of the highlights was to see students reconnect with their friends from other schools on the Peninsula and work together. Well done, everyone.

A2 Geography Fieldtrip - Mourne Mountains                       Posted April 4, 2017

Recently the A2 Geography class completed Geography fieldwork in the Mourne Mountains investigating the impacts and management of tourism. The A2 course requires students to conduct a simple geographical investigation into a local or global issue on which they are then directly questioned in the A2 exam paper.


Aside from measuring footpath erosion, counting litter, conducting questionnaires and environmental impact assessments, students were taken on some unnecessary diversions across upper course river landforms and excursions into the edge of Tollymore forest. Several students decided the mountain fresh water in the Glenn River was irresistible and went for a paddle!


Upon their return to Newcastle the students enjoyed the real reason for the fieldtrip, a wee ice-cream in Mauds!

Ski Trip 2017 Serre Chevalier                                             Posted April 4, 2017

'The best week of my life'

This was the quotation spoken by one or our very happy skiers upon his safe return to school after a wonderful week on the slopes.  This sentiment was shared by many of the party of 18 who left Glastry just after midnight on 4 March to fly to Italy, from Dublin, for a ski trip in France!

We were greeted by fresh snow and picture postcard mountain tops, the usual hairpin bends and chalet style houses.  Blue skies brought out the smiles and excitement and truly it was a fun-filled and life-changing week for so

many.The small beginners’ group was attempting black runs and snow paths by the end of the week and the experienced skiers had an eventful and exciting time.  A Northern Ireland flag even made it into the slopes and Alice Davidson was seen to be jet-powered with 18th birthday balloons attached to her back pack! Apres-ski brought the group of 13-18 years olds together, and the hotel staff really made the whole experience such a pleasure that they emailed us wanting us back the following week!  WE WISH!


Mr Breen and Mrs Colville would like to thank parents for their trust and support, colleagues who covered classes in their absence, and most importantly all of the pupils for their invaluable part in making the trip run so smoothly, safely and successfully.

Year 12 Careers Workshop                                                    Posted March 28, 2017

On Friday 10 March, Year 12 pupils were exposed to what working in the real world is really like!  Guest speakers from a variety of organisations met with all Year 12 pupils and advised them about the qualifications, skills and qualities that employers of the 21st century are really

looking for.  Despite some difficult and thought- provoking questions, our skilled guests were able to impart their expertise and knowledge of the current market place and likely employment opportunities.  The careers staff hope this will enable our pupils to realise the importance of their last few weeks of school.  Thanks to the speakers and facilitators who made the event such a success.

AS Geography Fieldtrip to Magilligan Fieldwork Centre                                                                                                                                           Posted March 28, 2017

The spring sunshine heralds only one thing in the Geography calendar at Glastry College – the annual AS level Residential Trip to Magilligan to study sand dune succession at Benone beach and urban characteristics in Coleraine. Students are required to complete a geographical investigation of a relevant element of the specification which they then use in their AS3 Geographical Skills and Techniques examination in May. The urban study is used to develop students’ skills in a number of

statistical techniques which they are then examined on in the same AS3 paper. Amongst conducting questionnaires with members of the public, mapping the land-use of Coleraine’s CBD, measuring abiotic conditions, species diversity, soil pH, soil moisture, soil organic content and dune profiles in the Umbra Nature Reserve students also found time to go bowling, fall down some sand dunes, lose phones, visit some famous coastal landforms and obtain free tickets to the cinema!

True Colours Exhibition 2017                                          Posted March 28, 2017

In early March a packed bus of our Year 11 and A-level students headed to the Ulster Museum, again the setting for the fantastic ‘True Colours’ exhibition. This year we were also able to meet Jayne Cherry, one of Ulster’s leading performance artists and sculptors. Jayne led two sessions with our pupils, explaining her work and  background and demonstrating where she gets her ideas and inspiration from. The A-level students thought that her suggestion of having a journal to record thoughts,

moods and ideas for future use, was an excellent one, which they would be keen to embrace. After being inspired challenged and even shocked by Jayne Cherry, it was off for a quick bite to eat and then on to see the main exhibitions.

As always, when our students enter the GCSE exhibition there is a whirlwind of emotions on seeing the quality of the work. This year’s work displayed a massive range of skills and demonstrated very high standards. The Year 11’s were buzzing around with their cameras photographing idea for future use. For staff too it is always inspiring to see the work which is created by 15 and 16 year old students. Unfortunately there was no work from Glastry on display, unlike recent years when the exhibitions included work by Megan Whiteside, but we always have the Creative Peninsula Exhibition in Newtownards during the month of July to look forward to!

The overall quality, maturity of thought and development, of the A- level work was also inspirational, particularly the painted work. There are many young artists who obviously have an extremely bright future ahead of them. Hopefully all of our students reflect on their project work now and look for ways to push themselves to aspire to this very high standard.

A personal highlight of the work on display that day was a final piece of A-level work that depicted a beautiful life size drawing of a homeless man on the street in Belfast. The man was holding a sign, which had been replaced with a tablet running a video of how people on the streets reacted to the man in real life. This was indeed very thought provoking and the life size drawing on cardboard was outstanding.

If you missed the free exhibition this year, then fear not, it will be back again in the Ulster Museum in January 2018.

Travel & Tourism Students Visit Dublin                             Posted March 28, 2017

Our Year 14 Travel and Tourism class planned and delivered a very busy and enjoyable day to Dublin as part of their Event Management portfolio. The trip included visits to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Zoo and a little bit of shopping, of course. Everyone had a great day. The students will now evaluate the event upon their return to class and use the experience to fulfil an essential element of the Travel and Tourism Event Management portfolio.

Glastry Students Represent Northern Ireland                  Posted March 14, 2017

Congratulations to Glastry students Jodi Keenan and Jane McMaster who recently played the Republic of Ireland as part of the Northern Ireland U13 girls’ football squad. Both girls have been playing for Northern Ireland for two years with Jane in defence and Jodi on the left wing, Jodi contributing an assist to a 4-0 victory for Northern Ireland. The girls and their families had a great day in Dublin and the entire community wishes them every success in the future.

Year 10 History Trip to Parliament Buildings, Stormont and the Somme Centre                                                      Posted March 14, 2017

On a bright sunny February day, Year 10 students enjoyed an interactive and educational day at Parliament Buildings, Stormont and The Somme Centre, Conlig.  Students received a very informative tour of Stormont from  Lucy, our guide, who explained the history of Stormont and Northern Ireland, and how the Northern Ireland Assembly works. Pupils enthusiastically debated  whether or not school uniforms should no longer be compulsory and it was very clear to see

that there a few budding politicians amongst Glastry’s Year 10 students! Students also participated in their own mini-elections and had the opportunity to vote for some of their classmates and their policies regarding education in Northern Ireland.

The tour of the Somme Centre had students captivated as they learned how boys not much older than themselves rushed to enlist in 1914 and the subsequent experiences they had when fighting in the trenches on the battlefields in France.  Students received a weapons demonstration and had the opportunity to handle original weapons, artefacts and uniforms.  We were particularly lucky to receive a fascinating tour from a past Glastry College student and past GCSE History pupil of Mrs Hoey’s,  who is now putting his history studies to very good use in his full-time job at the Somme Centre.  He spoke to the children about his job, and he was the perfect example of where GCSE History can take a pupil, especially in light of Year 10 students currently selecting options for GCSE study.  It was lovely to see his genuine happiness in his chosen career and his success.  He was a real role model for our pupils, and he and the other tour guides brought history to life. Students left with a real sense of the sacrifices made during World War One by men from all backgrounds across Ireland.

Year 10 Geography Fieldtrip to Coca Cola, Lisburn       Posted March 14, 2017

At the start of February all Year 10 classes visited the Coca Cola Hellenic factory in Lisburn. As part of their Development topic pupils study globalisation and trans-national corporations, so this was the perfect opportunity to see such a company in action in Northern Ireland.

The visit started in Coca Cola’s unique heritage style theatre, where pupils watched a presentation of the 125 year history of Coca Cola and how the brand had first come to  Ireland in 1938. A free sample of coke added to the experience! This was followed by a guided tour of the factory with a ‘bird’s eye view’ of how the products are manufactured, bottled, packaged and stored. Pupils were fascinated by the fact that only two people in the world at any one time are allowed to know the secret formula for the Coke recipe, known only as 7X! Pupils found the trip fun and very informative

Doodle Day                                                          Posted March 14, 2017

There are winners in each class and each received a merit, House Points and their work will go onto the Art Instagram page. Year Eight winners: Harry Dwyer, Abbie Frame, Megan Hetherington, Katie Kelly, Abbi Rutherford, Erin Stewart. Year Nine winners: Georgia Bailie, Jessica Clements, Jake Elliott, Bethany Gourley-Duke, Maddie Kerr. Year Ten winners: Louis Adamson, Emily Dwyer, Casey Laird, Josh McKinley, Matthew Lam, Chloe Prentice.


Miss Dickson would like to thank everyone involved. There were some fantastic pieces of work and it was difficult to pick winners. Well done, everyone!

Doodle Day took place on Friday 3rd Feb and it was a big success once again. All doodles have now been cut out and put up in Art corridor in the shape of a tree. If you are up by the Art corridor, please have a look.

Internet Safety Day                                            Posted February 21, 2017

As part of our ‘Keeping Pupils  Safe Week’  which is part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that pupils travel to school safely, students from  Years 10, 11 and 12  were invited to a special assembly with representatives from Translink.  During the Translink presentation, pupils were reminded of bus etiquette and the importance of wearing seatbelts.  Pupils were surprised, having watched the CCTV footage, just how easily accidents can happen – and how easily they can be avoided!  Further information and resources can be found at

PSNI Talk for Parents - Keeping your children safe online                     Posted February 21, 2017

As part of raising awareness of online safety, the PSNI met with parents to discuss ways in which they can help to protect their children online.  During the evening, Constable Burns provided parents with information which gave them better understanding of the dangers faced online by children.  Many parents were surprised how easy it was to gain access and information when privacy settings were not in place.  After a short interlude for tea and questions, parents left to go home and check their mobile devices and privacy settings.  If, as a parent you would like further information on this, you can access further details from the website

Safety Awareness on School Buses - TRANSLINK Assembly                      Posted February 20, 2017

As part of our ‘Keeping Pupils  Safe Week’  which is part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that pupils travel to school safely, students from  Years 10, 11 and 12  were invited to a special assembly with representatives from Translink.  During the Translink presentation, pupils were reminded of bus etiquette and the importance of wearing seatbelts.  Pupils were surprised, having watched the CCTV footage, just how easily accidents can happen – and how easily they can be avoided!  Further information and resources can be found at

Glastry Ladies v St. Columbanus Ladies                 Posted January 13, 2017

With the winter afternoons crisp and even leading up to the end of term, it was with optimism and excitement that we all looked forward to a festive feast of rugby before the Christmas holidays. This was a double header away from home against St.Columbanus Ladies, whom we had welcomed to the Claypits Arena in October, and our first outing against St.Columbanus U14’s. Both Glastry sides, unbeaten so far this year, welcomed into the side new players who have joined or returned. For the ladies we welcomed back Beth Ross, and new players Leanne McKeag and Kornelja Joneikyte. For the boys in came Kylan Casson, Liam Lewis, and making his debut, James Cairns.

I had checked the weather with my good friend Bara Best and double checked with Angie Phillips that we were going to have another crisp clear day for running rugby. Needless to say I was bitterly disappointed with both meteorologists, as I travelled to school that morning in weather that would have been better tackled with Noah’s Ark or possibly something with an outboard motor! Rain! Loads of it!

Knowing Donaghadee pitches, where the matches were to be played, I feared a washout and the matches called off. Thankfully my prayers were answered and that phone call never came! Matches were on!


Both schools arrived at the same time and the girls hit the changing rooms - they would be up first with the boys as eager spectators. After a quick swizzle round with some tap water, gumshields were in place and the ladies took to the field.

It was great to see so many of our girls taking the debutants under their wings. Natasha Brown captained the side once again, leading with great encouragement, direct running and rock-hard tackling. It was heavy going in the heavy rain, with plenty of surface water and mud making handling difficult. The match swung one way and then the other.  Charlotte Kerfoot tried intimidating the opposition by putting mud stripes on her face and being very direct with her running. Skye Ellesmere and Bailie Lockett picked up where they left off last time, tackling, ripping the ball, picking and going and passing the ball excellently out to Kaitlyn Armstrong on a number of occasions, who took on the St. Columbanus defence and offloaded to the speedy Alice Magill, who was equally impressive in defence as she was in attack all afternoon! Holly Johnston was always on hand to fell the opposition attacks - it was also great to see her running the ball back in full flight more in this match than the previous match. What a natural talent, great feet, zero fear, 100% commitment!

Mr Faloon and I were enjoying this very competitive game when we broke just inside their half. There was great running, quick passing through Beth, Katy, Mya and Jemma Barclay to Megan Drummond. With their defence scrambling Megan gunned it hugging the touchline, then picked a super line stepping inside again past one, two, then three flailing tackles to score under the posts. She took the conversion well and the scoreboard started to move. It was now 7-0! With some of the girls’ parents there to support, there was a great atmosphere on the touchline. St. Columbanus kicked off again and we ran it back at them time and time again. With the weather deteriorating both sides were having their energy sapped. To the girls credit they kept going, by this time caked in mud and soaked through. Alice Magill scored before half time with a great try, putting the girls in fine form and confident at half time.

After the break St. Columbanus kept coming and coming, but our girls stood resolute. They got near our line on a couple of occasions only to be out-muscled, or out-rucked by the impressive Katy Rodgers. We scored again on the break through Charotte Kerfoot, or at least I think it was her, covered in mud!

The closest St. Columbanus came to scoring was in the closing stages with a penalty five metres out from our line. They tapped and ran. They were met by a wall of Glastry Ladies. Leanne McKeag, Kornelija Joneikyte, Holly Johnston, Beth Ross and Charlotte Kerfoot put their all into making sure the opposition did not score. The ball was ripped off them by Skye and Bailie, in there again, and Megan was on hand to get the ball and run it the length of the pitch to seal the victory. Conversion missed but what a performance by all of the girls!

To say that the boys were impressed is an understatement. This was the first time they had witnessed the full force of the Glastry Ladies. Final whistle blown, hands shaken and tunnel done, it was time for photographs. I know the ladies of both schools have only played two matches so far, but I have to commend both teams for their conduct during the game and also with each other afterwards. I hope this comes across in the photographs. Well done ladies, Glastry is so proud of you!



Final Score: Glastry Ladies 34 – St.Columbanus Ladies 0


Glastry U14s v St. Columbanus U14s                    Posted January 13, 2017

After the win from the girls, the boys felt the pressure to go and win. We played our usual strong game. Taking the ball forward through the big pack of Josh Oates, Ben Bailie, Callum Strain, David Patton and Lewis Gordon in 2nd row, left Oliver Spence, Harry McCarroll and James McDowell free to attack and defend as they pleased. That they did! Aggressive running, support work, offloading, skills to make an international coach purr with excitement! Then there was exciting running through the settled backline of Christian Locke, Nathan Schutzler, Scott Lowry, Sam Pilcher and Kylan Casson on one wing, Ben Hawthorne at full back and debutant James Cairns on the other wing, complete with family shouting and cheering from the sidelines! Indeed it was James who was called into action almost immediately as St.Columbanus attacked through their backs at speed down our left flank. James needed to make the tackle or they would have been through to Ben Hawthorne at full back. Tackle he did! The attacker gave James the step, but James read it and hit hard, slowing him down enough to allow our other players to cover across and turn the ball over! Cue proud family of James shouting and cheering with excitement! You could see that this settled any nerves he may have had. James applied himself well throughout the rest of the game, tackling, direct attacking running and great support play, putting down a marker for selection in the following fixtures.

The Glastry pack continued to apply the pressure at scrums and lineouts, counter-rucking time after time, turning defence into attack , and doing the hard work on a difficult day. The impressive Locke linked the forwards and backs seamlessly all afternoon and kept the team ticking over, releasing Schutzler, Lowry and speed machine Pilcher, who, was as ferocious in his tackling as he was in his lightening attacking running. Pilcher and Lowry impressed in defence with fast line speed, shutting down St.Columbanus’s attacks quickly. Definitely a solid partnership there! When Kylan got the ball on the wing he too had pace to burn, again another impressive performance on the wing in attack and defence. We crossed the line several times to score and converted some extra points to leave the score at 22 – 0 towards the end of the game. As we continued to turn the screw, St. Columbanus found themselves hemmed in by our strong pack and they kicked to try and release the pressure. Both kicks were run back at them by Ben Hawthorne at full back. Changes were needed, and on came fresh legs. On came Bowen Bailie and Joel McKee into second row, Robbie Thompson came on at scrum half, Charlie Redmond and Liam Lewis came on to each wing and Jonathan Lemon took up his role at full back. The substitutes came on and applied themselves really well, involved in all areas of play. St. Columbanus got through our defence once with their impressive No8 running hard and offloading to their No7 who ran in a consolation score for them under the posts, which was converted well. In the remaining 10 minutes we broke their line and managed to miss three chances at scoring because we didn’t use our support runners in space! This has to be a lesson learnt before we play our next game or any U14 Cup games. If we want to improve and progress, we need to be less selfish with the ball in try scoring situations. Big lads, you will never run through everyone -  you will need to use all your team mates! Anyway, we ended on a positive note with a final try, and a hard-fought victory.



Final Score: Glastry U14’s 29 – St.Columbanus 7

North Down Cross Country Championships             Posted January 11, 2017

The cross country team competed at The North Down Cross Country Championships on Monday 9th January 2017, at Valentines Playing Fields, Bangor. We had some excellent results with an individual third place bronze medal for Megan Drummond in the Year 9 girls’ race and  an individual 2nd place silver medal for Jane McMaster in the Year 8 girls’ race. The Year 8 girls ( Jane McMaster, Rebecca Walker, Charley McCaul and Pheobe Brown) collectively received 1st place gold medal for winners of the team performance in Year 8.

Congratulations to all who competed – Megan Drummond, Finlay Gordon, Kasha Mellon, Donna Gray, Joshua McClements, Rebecca Walker, Jane McMaster, Charley McCaul, Pheobe Brown, Grant Orr, William Keenan and Ethan Hamilton.

Events 2017 - 2018
17 August
A-Level Results Day
24 August
GCSE Results Day
29 August
Year 13 Induction Day
30 August
Year 14 Induction Day
31 August
Year 8 Induction Day
01 September
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