News and Events
Careers Services for Years 12, 13 and 14
Posted Mar 23 2020
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 issue the Careers Service will continue to provide services to clients via email, webchat and telephone (if required). Service delivery will continue using these methods until further notice. Support is also provided via the careers software tools. Please see links below.
Ask Careers (email)/ Webchat
Creativity in Glastry's History Department
Posted Mar 13 2020
Year 8 and 9 students have enjoyed their arts and crafts activities in History recently. Year 8 have been studying Heraldry and the Battle of Hastings, and, for homework, have enjoyed making medieval weapons for their Battle of Hastings re-enactment. Year 9 have been studying the Spanish Armada and have enjoyed making Galleons with recyclable materials at home! As usual Glastry’s students have created some masterpieces using their historical knowledge and their creativity. Well done to all!
9A Attend Launch of Citizenship Resources
Posted Mar 09 2020
Class 9A were very fortunate to be invited to the launch of some new Citizenship teaching resource from CCEA. These new resources aim to help tackle paramilitarism, criminality and organised crime in Northern Ireland. 9A were fortunate to be some of the first pupils in Northern Ireland to watch the film “Pushed” and to get their photo taken with the cast of the production. The film was produced by CCEA and Cinemagic to highlight issues around substance abuse that go on in the lives of some young people today.
Following on from the movie some pupils of Bangor Academy performed a short play about the issues that rioting has in society. It was a very emotional performance and all of the pupils thoroughly enjoyed it. Glastry pupils were interviewed in front of camera to give their thoughts and opinions on the new resources, and to provide feedback on those already used in class. They continue to study the new resources in Citizenship classes as do all other pupils at KS3.
Mr Heanue (P.G.C.E Student in RS and Citizenship)
AS Level Geography Fieldtrip
Posted Mar 06 2020
The Year 13 AS Level Geographers braved the recent wet and windy conditions to travel to the North Coast to investigate sand dune succession and urban characteristics for their upcoming Unit 3 Fieldwork examination. After a long drive from Glastry, the students arrived and were greeted by sunshine! Not wanting to miss out on collecting data on species diversity and the conditions of the biotic and abiotic environment in the dry, the students unpacked, ate their lunch quickly and endured a brief classroom session before making their way to the Umbra Nature Reserve adjacent to Benone Beach. As the pictures indicate, the weather was terrific and students were able to enjoy collecting primary data on soil pH, organic content and species diversity amongst other things. Upon their return to the fieldwork centre, students enjoyed a choice of burgers or curry before entering the lab and embarking on a lengthy analysis of the data collected during their evening work session. The evening entertainment revolved around too many crisps and sweets as well as some peculiar card games and no challengers to Mr Viner’s 13 year unbeaten table tennis record. The next day students completed more lab work on soil samples as well as land use surveys and questionnaires in Coleraine’s central business district, before returning to Glastry for buses. The students were a credit to the College throughout, with the Magilligan staff informing Mrs McIvor that the Glastry students were the best to visit this year! The residential successfully allowed students to collect data that will be invaluable for their Unit 3 examination as well as an opportunity to experience some proper geography out in the field.
Year 10 Visit Parliament Buildings
Posted Mar 06 2020
On Wednesday 26 February, all Year Ten pupils participated in a trip to Parliament Buildings, Stormont, and the Somme Centre, Conlig.
The first stop of the day to Stormont, entry to which was through a security check and some pupils were quite surprised that they had to pass through a metal detector, just like at the airport. Our knowledgeable guide told us about the history of the building and how the Assembly works. 90 MLAs work together to govern Northern Ireland. Pupils were able to see the impressive Entrance Hall and the
Debating Chamber, in which the pupils debated the motion ‘should 16 year olds be allowed to vote?’ Following a lively debate, students voted and the motion was carried. There are definitely some budding politicians at Glastry!
After lunch we travelled to the Somme Centre. We started with an interactive workshop and were able to handle some of the weapons and headgear used in World War One. Our guide told us about the build-up to the war, both at home and abroad, before telling us details about the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. The group also saw various short films, was able to experience trench life, and see a representation of ‘no man’s land,’ together with the sound and sight of exploding shells. Steven, a former pupil of Glastry, was a most informative guide.
A Spoonful of Sugar
Posted Feb 14 2020
One of our Y12 students, Amy McCaw, has recently established her own business outside school - ‘A Spoonful of Sugar.’ Amy started, via an Instagram blog, generating awareness of good places for coffee and treats for those who have to attend hospital regularly, and quickly realised that there could be a range of items which could raise awareness of her blog and generate funds to support the children who are regular hospital attenders. Amy has developed a reusable coffee cup which is available in some local businesses or directly from Amy. Her business operates as a social enterprise, meaning all of her profits from the cups are going to be used to develop outpatient activities for children at hospitals across Northern Ireland, in conjunction with hospital staff and management. As well as helping children who are unwell, this great idea is also environmentally friendly. For more information, please visit the website www.aspoonfulofsugar.xyz
Glastry Student Appears in BBC Film Production
Posted Feb 07 2020
Eagle-eyed viewers to ‘The Windermere Children’ shown on BBC2 on Monday 27 January, may have noticed our own Year 11 student, Harry Dwyer, featuring as an extra in the film. The film, which was shown on Holocaust Memorial Day, tells the story of a group of German children who, having survived the Holocaust, move to the Lake District in England to begin a new life. Although the outdoor scenes were filmed in England, much of the filming took place around the former borstal in Millisle, and at an old airfield in Limavady.
Harry has been acting for four years, during which time he has appeared as an extra on three occasions. Having been selected by the production company last May, Harry was taken for costume fitting and make-up, preparations which included, on this occasion, having to have a very short haircut!
Harry explained that the film-making process can be tedious monotonous. The director tells the actors what to do and filming then begins. However, often something does not please the director, and he will ask for the scene to be reshot, on occasions many times, until he is completely happy with the final outcome.
Harry’s favourite films are the Harry Potter series, and the Hunger Games. Harry hopes to keep acting in future, but he is not sure yet if he would like to do this full-time. Glastry College wishes Harry every success with his future acting career.
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.
Glastry College Benefits from School Enhancement Programme
Posted Jan 16 2020
Peter Weir, the Minister for Education in the newly-formed Northern Ireland Executive, recently announced that Glastry College would benefit from investment under the School Enhancement Programme, under which the sixteen schools will listed will typically receive between £2.5 - 4 million of government money for refurbishment or extension work. Mr Hutchinson, Principal, commented ‘I am delighted that Glastry College will benefit from funding recently announced by the Minister of Education, which is badly need to refurbish the poor state of the current school building. I note that work is unlikely to start before 2022/2023, and would hope that these works will not replace a entirely new school, the need for which the Department of Education recognised over ten years ago. The young people and community of the Ards Peninsula deserve better. I look forward to working with the Minister and Department of Education in future in pursuance of this goal.’
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!