Below is a short overview of the subjects currently on offer at Glastry College. For a more detailed description of each subject please click on the subject Title or the image beside the subject to take you to their dedicated page.
Our Art department is well equipped with both a photograghic dark room, ceramics store and both kilns and pottery wheels.
Art is part of the compulsory timetable in Junior school and all students take this class until the end of Year 10 when they can go on to choose this as one of their GCSE options for Key Stage 4 or at A-level.
BSC is an option available to Key Stage 4 pupils as a GCSE subject option.
Pupils learn how to use of database, spreadsheets, graphics, clipart, desktop publishing and word processing. This GCSE subject also complements GCSE Business Studies and it will provide a basis for further study beyond GCSE.
English is one of the core subjects studied through to GCSE level in our curriculum offer.
English in the Junior School is aimed primarily at the acquisition of habits and skills to enable our pupils to realise their full potential in the subject and to facilitate their learning throughout the entire school curriculum. It is hoped to create enthusiasm for the subject and to give the pupils enjoyment through their learning.
At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils have the option of selecting GCSE English Literature and/or GCSE Drama.
The aim of the Business Studies Department is to develop economic awareness, accountancy skills and keyboarding skills integrated with technology.
All pupils in Year 10 are introduced to a basic course in Business Studies. We offer GCSE Business Studies and Keyboarding along with Office Applications. We strive to develop numeracy, literacy, discovery and information processing, and to equip pupils with the skills required for employment.
Through studying Geography pupils develop an awareness and understanding of our changing world and learn to take a critical and reflective approach to the world around them. Pupils are also challenged to research and investigate local and global topical issues through data collection in the field and from multimedia sources. Ultimately, our aim is for pupils studying Geography at Glastry College to develop an understanding of their personal responsibilities for contributing towards a sustainable future in our society and also our planet.
The main aim of the History Department is to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for a study of the past, enabling pupils to reconstruct life-styles and events of previous generations, to have the opportunity to re-think past thoughts, emotions, and actions which shaped particular periods under study.
To this end a wide range of social, political and economic History covering local, national and world perspectives has been devised for Key Stage 3. Pupils have the option of following a GCSE Course in Years 11 and 12.
All classes in Years 8, 9, and 10 follow a course on ICT covering word processing, databases, spreadsheets, logo, art, PowerPoint, web design, and CAL Software, as well as facilitating the work of specialist subjects. We are also currently involved in the Key Stage 3 ICT CCEA Accreditation Scheme.
ICT is also offered at GCSE and can be chosen at the end of Year 10.
The subject is also offered at A-level where we follow the Applied ICT syllabus.
All pupils in Key Stage 3 study Home Economics. At the end of Year 10 all pupils have the option of continuing their studies to GCSE level.
The areas covered in Home Economics are Family Life, Diet and Health, Choice and Management of Resources and Issues which arise within the Home and Family.
Child development is an optional GCSE subject that pupils can choose at the end of Year 10.
Mathematics is another of the core subjects followed until the end of Key Stage 4.
In the Junior School we aim to engender in pupils a liking for the subject as well as acquiring a firm grasp of the elementary mathematical concepts and skills which help us to interpret, order and control our daily activities.
Mathematics A-level is also offered in collaboration with NDALC schools (off-site).
Pupils taking this GCSE course will sit a written paper, practical moped riding test and undertake an investigative study. In the examination, candidates will be assessed in the accurate use of grammar, punctuation and spelling. The possible grades for the foundation examination are from C to G and for higher tier A* - D.
This is an optional subject at GCSE and can be chosen at the end of Year 10.
The aim of Music in school is to develop pupils’ musical ability, to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for the subject and to encourage pupils to engage with the subject. All pupils follow a course of study to Key Stage 3 and is optional at GCSE level.
Music has a sizeable impact on school life- the choirs and instrumentalists perform at school events such as Prize Day and the Christmas Carol Concert. Choral music is a particular strength with Junior Boys, Junior Girls and Senior choirs rehearsing and performing regularly in school and at local music festivals.
Religious studies is studied throughout the Key Stages and is a core curriculum subject until the end of Key Stage 4.
In Junior school pupils will study in line with the Northern Ireland revised Curriculum and at Key Stage 4 level pupils can opt to complete the full GCSE course or a short course exam.
The aim of Religious studies is to give each pupil at Glastry the oppotunities to cover topics and gain moral understanding relevant to their lives both in school and after.
Pupils in Year 8 will be introduced and encouraged to develop a wide range of movement skills. Through individual activities and team games we hope not only to improve their efficiency and co-ordination, but also to develop creativity and social competence.
Club play is available in football, rugby, netball, and badminton, where pupils may further their experience, either for fun and individual satisfaction or in pursuit of team selection.
In Years 11 and 12 Physical Education has become a popular GCSE subject for serious students committed to a career in the field for Leisure, Sport, and Tourism.
Head of Department - Ms Raife
Technology is taken by all pupils in the Junior School. The course covers research and design, understanding of how technology affects our daily lives, developing the designs and plans for making artefacts and systems, appraising processes, involving management of the environment and familiarity with the concepts of materials, energy and electronics and pneumatic systems.
Pupils can also choose to study the subject at GCSE level at the end of Year 10 and can also take th subject through to A-level.
Science is another of the core subjects studied throughout the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 levels. In Junior school pupils follow a balanced Science course designed to fulfil the Revised Curriculum in Northern Ireland.
At GCSE pupils can opt for either Single or Double Award Applied Science.
We also offer A-level Applied Science in school.
Contemporary society presents us with a maze of challenges and opportunities that can at times seem overwhelming. We navigate that maze by means of the decisions we make, in our family lives, with friends, at school and at work. Learning for life and work creates a specific space to focus on thinking through major decisions and their implications.
As a general concept, learning for life and work is involved in all meaningful experiences in education. As a specific subject area, it provides practical tools to think independently, make informed choices and act responsibly in today’s world.
With the emergence of the European Community motivation to learn other languages has never been greater. Career mobility and business opportunities will be greater in the new Europe for those who can communicate confidently with fellow Europeans.
All pupils study French at Junior school and are given the opportunity to develop their skills of communication in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Pupils can also choose to take the subject on to GCSE level.