News and Events
IFA Junior Cup
Posted Jan 23 2020
On Wednesday 15th January Glastry girls played in the second round of the IFA Junior Cup competition against Newry High School, at a neutral venue in Lisburn. Unfortunately we were defeated and our cup run has come to an end. The girls must be commended for a hard-fought battle throughout the match and a fantastic ‘never give up’ attitude, with great leadership shown by our Captain Jane McMaster and Vice-Captain Jodi Kennan. We were rewarded with an excellent goal from Olivia Carlisle in the second half to bring us back to fighting distance, but it was not to be. Final score 1-5.
Business Training at Glastry
Posted Jan 14 2020
Many thanks to Joel from Young Enterprise Northern Ireland for his excellent delivery of Project Business to all Year 10 students last week. All students were a credit to the school, getting fully involved in all activities - especially the jewellery business, where they had to buy materials, design and make jewellery, before selling on the jewellery for profit. Special mention must be made of T Gilmore, L Coffey, D Rutherford and L Ritchie for their excellent sales technique and who are all budding entrepreneurs in the making! The workshop gave a valuable insight into what the world of business will be like and provides the foundations for them to enter into the next chapter of their educational journey.
Photo (left to right) M Sharvin, L Paul, Joel (Young Enterprise), C Herron, L Coffey, Mrs J Donnan (classroom assistant)
Cross Country Championships
Posted Jan 9 2020
The Glastry Cross Country team competed in the North Down Cross Country Championships in Bangor recently. It was a cold and a little muddy, but the sun was out and a good time was had by all! We had no one placed today but R Walker came 4th in the Year 11/12 Girls race and just missed out on a medal. We had lots of other top 10 finishes in crowded and competitive races in all the other age groups. Well done to all who competed.
Squad - S McClements, E Lowry, O Condell, M Elliot, J McClements, A Graham, H-J McDowell, S Macrory, E Clapham, L Kennedy-Rainey, R Walker and J McClements.
Glastry's Got Talent 2019
Posted Dec 20 2019
The many and varied talents of Glastry’s students were on display at a whole-school event which took place in school on Monday 16 December. Under the critically sympathetic eye of judges Mrs Colville, Mr Faloon and Mr Neill, several singing and variety acts took to the stage.
Hosted by the ever-entertaining Mr Ferguson, all of the contestants performed proudly and professionally with top places being jointly awarded to the talented R Walker (Year 11) and the amazing E Ainang (Year 8). Both girls sang with perfect pitch and held the attention of the whole admiring audience.
Another audience pleaser was our Year 12 boys: C Redmond, J McKee, B Bailie and J Lemon, who entertained us with their self-composed kazoo ‘symphony.’ In runner-up position, these likeable farmers ended the competition with flair and flourish. The finale, however, was performed by Mr Drury, Mr Faloon and Mr Viner who serenaded us unexpectedly with their unique adaptation of ‘Stay Another Day,’ proving that Glastry really does have talent!
Glastry College Annual Carol Service
Posted Dec 19 2019
The annual Carol Service took place in the school Assembly Hall on Tuesday 17 December. Following the traditional format, the Christmas story was told in verse and song, with Biblical readings from Year Eight students, and musical items by the college’s choirs and instrumentalists. The Year Eight boys’ and girls’ choirs sang three items each with conviction and enthusiasm, while C Finnegan, R Huddleston and S McMaster contributed instrumental solos. Year Nine girls sang a two–part arrangement of ‘Mary, do you know?’ and a particular highlight was the Senior choir’s rendition of the traditional German song ‘Still, still, still.’
The event was organised by Ms Raife (Head of Year Eight) and music provided by Dr S Timpany. The evening closed with prayer by the college’s Principal, Mr A Hutchinson, who also extended seasonal good wishes to pupils, parents and members of the local community. Ladies of the college’s PTFA provided refreshments to the large and appreciative audience.
Year 12 North Down Schools' Cup
Posted Dec 17 2019
Congratulations to Glastry College Senior football team who defeated Movilla High School 11-0. Special mention to Benjamin Hawthorne and Ross Davidson who both scored hat-tricks. Well done boys, and good luck in the semi-final!
Posted Dec 17 2019
Congratulations to Year Nine student Kenzie Elliott who was a member of the winning Bangor Sea cadets football team. The team were victorious against ten other branches and did not lose a match. Well done, Kenzie!
Posted Dec 3 2019
In Spring 2019 Glastry College and St. Columba’s, Portaferry, applied for, and were successful in obtaining, funding to deliver a project, funded by the Northern Ireland Executive Office, to a group of Year 11 pupils. The T:BUC project (Together: Building United Communities) took place after school hours and the group of 20 pupils involved are to be greatly commended for staying after school every Wednesday and working so well together. The project was delivered by Alternatives, a Bangor-based community association, and the group worked together to explore many issues relevant to contemporary life in Northern Ireland, such as immigration. The pupils very much enjoyed the experience, with one pupil, Katie, noting ‘it was a great to work in an environment where people’s religious background did not matter and the camp showed us how well we could all work together,’ while another pupil, Denzyl, commented ‘after a few days we all trusted each other and worked together to explore difficult issues.’ Two highlights of the project were the residential trip to Ganaway and the presentation of certificates which took place at Kirkistown Golf Club recently. Pupils from both schools were able to make presentations to their family, teachers and friends, followed by refreshments. The group will continue to meet for the remainder of this year.
Countering Peer Pressure
Posted Nov 28 2019
Glastry College takes the well-being of all its pupils very seriously and was delighted to welcome actors from Collingwood Learning to school on Monday to perform ‘Smashed’ for all Year Eight and Nine pupils. The drama and workshop informed pupils all about the risks associated with underage drinking and peer pressure. It was extremely thought-provoking and a valuable learning experience for all pupils.
PTFA Craft Fair
Posted Nov 13 2019
Large numbers of parents, friends and students attended Glastry’s recent annual Craft Fair, held in the school’s Assembly Hall and Gymnasium. Craft and food items of all varieties, sizes and types were available for purchase, and the PTFA ladies were on hand to dispense refreshments. Musical entertainment was provided by some of the school’s singers and instrumentalists. Overall the excellent amount of £1570 was raised. Well done, everyone!
Year 8 Home Economics
Posted Nov 10 2019
One of the new subjects for Year 8 students in Glastry is Home Economics, a subject which students always enjoy. Some Year Eight students are pictured making delicious apple crumble in Mrs McCrossan’s class – their first time using ovens.
Year 12 North Down Schools' Cup Football
Posted Oct 17 2019
Congratulations to the College's Senior Football Team who defeated Saintfield 1-0 in a very tight match. Dean Moore scored the only goal, after a goalmouth scramble.
Man of the Match - James Hughes who was outstanding in the centre of defence.
Well done, boys and good luck in the next round!
Alex Duncan – Junior Super 300 Irish Motorbike Champion
Posted Oct 17 2019
Congratulations to Year 10 pupil, Alex Duncan, who is the current Junior Super 300 Irish Motorbike Champion and the Ulster Runner-Up.
Last year Alex was the Runner-up in the Irish Dunlop Master Young Guns Championship and the Runner-Up in the Ulster Championship.
Well done, Alex!
Posted Oct 11 2019
As part of the Year 11 students’ Personal Development programme Blackout was performed to pupils on Thursday 3 October, in association with the Lyric Theatre, Department of Justice, Northern Ireland Prison Service, Northern Ireland Probation Board NI, PSNI and Hydebank Wood College. The play deals with issues such as anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug misuse, mental health issues and the criminal justice system. The drama and subsequent workshop was highly beneficial and allowed pupils to understand the importance of looking after their mental health. We hope to welcome back the Blackout team to Glastry College in the future.
Glastry Girls Compete in Area Futsal Heat
Posted Oct 4 2019
Welcome to the Class of 2024!
Posted Sep 2 2019
This year Glastry entered two teams in the Northern Ireland Futsal Tournament Area Heat which took place on Friday 27th September 2019, at Lisburn Leisureplex. The Year 8/9 played well with many new faces representing Glastry for the first time. Captain Kirsten Farley led well from the front and had some brilliant performances throughout the tournament. The Year 10/11 team finished runners-up in their section by winning most matches, and only losing one. There was a great team performance from everyone with captain Jane McMaster again leading by example, with an inspiring performance and emerging as Glastry’s top goal scorer. Well done, everyone!
A record Year Eight intake of 126 pupils assembled in Glastry College for their first day of ‘big school’ on Friday 30 August.
Pupils were welcomed to the college by Mr Hutchinson (Principal), Mrs Harris (Vice-Principal), Ms Raife (Head of Year Eight), and their groups tutors. Year 12 pupil mentors were also at hand to provide guidance and assistance to the younger pupils.
Year Eight wore their new school uniform with evident pride and many were excited about the opportunities the future presented.
Welcome to the class of 2024!