AS Level Geography Residential to Magilligan           Posted March 14, 2015

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. Pupils are required to complete a geographical investigation of a relevant element of the specification which they then use in their AS1 Physical Geography examination in June, while the urban study is used to fulfil the requirements of the skills section of the AS2 Human Geography exam. Amongst conducting questionnaires with members of the public, mapping the land-use of Coleraine’s CBD, measuring abiotic conditions,  species 

species diversity, soil pH, soil moisture, soil organic content and dune profiles in the Umbra Nature Reserve pupils also found time to visit McDonalds a few too many times, play on the amusements at the Jet Centre, watch Will Smith do his thing at the cinema, race up the dunes, straighten hair, eat too many sweets, sumo wrestle on the beach and crown Mr Viner undisputed table tennis and arm wrestling champion of the fieldtrip for a 7th successive year! Oh yes and they found some time to sleep as well!

Annual History Drama Workshop put on quite a show!       Posted March 13, 2015

On 10th March the annual year 8 and 9 drama workshop arrived at Glastry College. Excited pupils from Kircubbin Integrated, Portaferry Integrated, Kirkistown and Portavogie primary schools arrived, and filed enthusiastically into the Assembly Hall to see the production.  They were joined by our own year 8 pupils and all pupils enjoyed the interactive nature of the workshop.  The drama company are from Armagh City Council and they bring a wide array of medieval weapons

weapons,  armour  and  shields. Pupils were invited to the front to try out the weapons, heavy chainmail and participate in a 1066 roleplay. 


In the afternoon the Year 9 pupils were able to enjoy a similar production, but their workshop was based on 16th and 17th century Europe and Ireland.  They thoroughly enjoyed examining weapons and armour from this period of history and got very carried away supporting the rather charismatic King of Spain, Phillip II!


All Year groups thoroughly enjoyed the groups' visit - a great learning experience for all involved!

Year 9 pupils in Sentinus Programming Day             Posted March 12, 2015

Year 9 pupils in Glastry College got a taste of coding in the real world as they programmed autonomous robots to carefully follow a predetermined path in a similar way to robots in space exploration. 


The day was organised by Sentinus as part of Glastry’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and ICT initiative and the pupils were guided through the day by some Year 12 mentors who had experience coding by writing their own games.


Year 9 thoroughly enjoyed the day and the best two pairs are pictured here with the Principal.

Glastry College celebrates World Book Day              Posted March 09, 2015

On Thursday 5th March book fever hit the school as we celebrated World Book Day.  Literacy based activities were enjoyed by all year groups throughout the school day and  brave staff and Year 8 pupils even ventured to school dressed as a book character.  Local witnesses report that Chicken Little was spotted on the streets of Cloughey and Pooh Bear was seen on the Portaferry Road! 


Year 8 enjoyed a special afternoon of activities in the assembly hall led by the English Department and our resident author Mr McKinney.  Prizes  were awarded  for the

best teacher and pupil costumes.  Highly commended for their costumes were Emily Dunbar (8G), Joel Bunting (8C) and George Steenson (8C).  Third place was awarded to Charlie Guy (8G), second place was Louis Adamson (8B) and our overall winner was Christopher Morrison (8C)


A big well done to everyone who participated in the day.  Let’s get planning our costumes for 2016!

Under 12's Rugby Cup Qualifiers at Ballynahinch       Posted March 03, 2015

After the disappointment of having their match against Strangford cancelled, and being moved to another part of the Cup draw, the fresh faced and enthusiastic Year 8’s made their opening bow on behalf of Glastry College at this years U12’s Cup Qualifiers at Ballynahinch Rugby Club. 


As the boys gathered for the bus journey you could see the excitement in their faces, and hear the giddiness in their chatter as they spoke of game situations that had not yet come

to pass. They daydreamed of their own personal glories, the differences they were going to make this day.


It was the usual questions over who was going to start, “what position am I playing sir?!” and the ultimate desire of every player, “ who was going to be Captain for the day?” This undercurrent of mystery was to be held in check until we arrived at our destination, and so with bus packed, seats filled and the weather perfect for an afternoon’s rugby the Fellowship left on their Unexpected Journey.


As we arrived and changed, we spoke of the pride we had in wearing the school kit, new, crisp, clean and never worn before, ready to be baptised on the field of play. We were proud to be Glastry College!                                                                   For full match report please click here

Millionaire! Glastry College pupil becomes our first Word Millionaire                           Posted March 01, 2015

Glastry College recently celebrated its first ever Word Millionaire within the Accelerated Reading scheme.  Robbie Adair (9C) has officially read 1 million words since September and goes down in the school’s history as our first pupil to achieve this since Accelerated Reading was introduced.  This is a huge achievement for Robbie, who not only received a medal and Amazon vouchers, but also became the first member of the school’s exclusive Millionaire’s Club.  Well done Robbie!


Let’s have more Millionaires this term Years 8 and 9!  Remember, ‘Your Literacy, Your Life!’


Conductor of the Ulster Youth Orchestra visits Glastry College
Posted February 01, 2015

In early February Greg Beardsall, the conductor of the Ulster Youth Choir, visited Glastry to conduct an hour long vocal workshop with members of the college choirs. Greg listened to the choirs singing before offering advice on breathing and vocal production techniques. Students were able to talk part in an African round and other part songs. Following the session, Greg invited students in Year Twelve or above to audition for places in the Ulster Youth Training Choir. Erin Johnston, Caithlin Warden, Luke Bristow and Jonathan Kyle were all successful and have been offered places. Well done!

Glastry College staff enter Belfast Marathon for Tiny Life 

 Posted February 27, 2015

This coming May Day staff from Glastry College will be running in the Belfast Marathon to raise money for the charity Tiny Life.


The College is entering 3 relay teams all who we are sure will be competing against each other for the bragging rights! Teams are as follows:


TEAM 1 -  Mrs Patton, Mr Hutchinson, Mr Gray, Ms Firth & Mrs McAuley 

TEAM 2 -  Mrs Montgomery, Ms Meaney, Mr Drury, Mrs Gargan & Miss Pue

TEAM 3 -  Mr Breen, Miss Hall, Dr Brown, Mrs Hoey & Miss Dickson


We wish the teams well as they prepare in the coming weeks for the race. We have set up a Just Giving page to enable anyone who wishes to donate to do so or you can get in school with the College and ask how to make a donation. Just click the link below!


Just Giving Link for Sponsorship


For more information on Tiny Life click here

Key Stage 3 pupils get doodling for National Doodle Day 
Posted February 16, 2015

Friday 6th February was National Doodle Day and the Art department took this opportunity to get all Key Stage 3 pupils involved and let their imaginations run wild and complete a doodle each. This year it was created in the shape of a butterfly and was to be pinned up on the Art Corridor in the shape of a tree for all the school to admire! We were delighted that staff were also keen to get involved and some beautiful doodles were created. Each class had a winner who received 2 Glastry College Merits for their effort. The Art department would like to thank all staff and pupils for their effort and I am sure you agree it looks very exciting when they are all displayed together. We hope to continue this again next year. 

Year 8 - 11 girls compete in IFA Round Robin Tournament in Bangor
Posted February 16, 2015

Round Robin Football for local schools. Schools in attendance included Glastry, Movilla, Priory, Bangor Academy, Nendrum. All teams played one another with 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw. Indoor matches in a large sports hall, each match being 10 minutes long.



Year 10/11

The girls had mixed fortunes. Due to injury before  selection  we 

already had a younger year 9 pupil making up team numbers. With an ankle injury to Caitlin McCaul in the first game against Movilla we were down to 4 women and lost having previously been in the lead by. We then had to play a sub from the younger team for the other games and although the team fought courageously they lost the next two matches to Bangor Acedemy and Nendrum. All was not lost and the team came out fighting in the last match to beat priory 5-1 with Dominiqua Hennessey scoring a hat-trick. Other goal scorers for the tournament included Anna Macpherson (year 9) on 2 and Melissa Lyttle on 3.


Team – Megan Gallogly (capt), Dom Hennessey, Melissa Lyttle, Anna Macpherson, Caitlin McCaul, Ellie McDonald (year 9 sub).


Year 8/9

The year 8/9 team had a superb tournament. They had an 8-1 win over Bangor with Becky Orr scoring 6 goals! They beat Movilla 3-0. They lost their only match to Nendrum 1-3 in a thrilling and competitive game and again defeated Priory 4-0 in their closing game of the tournament. All out field players scored with Becky finishing with 10 goals, Chloe -3, Ellie -1, Terri-Leigh-2, and Nadine – 1.  Ellen Dempster had a consistently good tournament in goals providing us with the advantage in most games. They finished in second place overall and should be very proud of their individual performances and team efforts.


Team- Ellen Dempster, Terri-Leigh Galloway, Nadine Keenan, Chloe McAvera, Ellie McDonald, Becky Orr.


All pupils enjoyed their tournament. They would like to thank Jackie at the IFA for a successful tournament and getting the current Northern Ireland Captain, Ashley Hutton, along to chat to and inspire the girls. Thanks for the picture!

Year 8 Quiz Masters take part in the Credit Union Schools Quiz
Posted February 16, 2015

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Three teams from Year 8 recently took part in the Annual All Ireland Credit Union Schools Quiz. The quiz is about encouraging learning and teamwork among young schoolchildren as well as promoting the credit union movement to potential members at a local, regional and national level.

The 12 pupils who took part had a really enjoyable afternoon but sadly they were pipped to the post by another local school.

Year 10 Geography visit Coca Cola               Posted February 16, 2015

On Wednesday 4th February 10C headed to the Coca Cola factory in Lisburn. The aim of the trip was to study the influence that a large multi-national company such as Coca Cola has on a country like Northern Ireland. When we arrived we were taken to the cinema room where we watched a historical presentation of the company while drinking a free coke!! Then it was off around the factory to see how the glass and plastic bottles were made and of course the bottling process – we even got to see the mysterious 7X special ingredient!

One of the best bits was watching the robotic trucks moving the pallets of drinks around the warehouse. This factory produces over 1 million bottles of coke, fanta, sprite, river rock etc every day!! We finished the tour by visiting their games room before leaving and going to McDonalds for lunch. This was a worthwhile visit and 10C only wish there had have been more free coke!!

Glastry pupils and parents experience some AMAZING BRAINS...

 Posted February 05, 2015

Our Y11 and Y12 pupils recently completed seminars run by the company Amazing Brains – Y11 Drive for Results and Y12 5 Steps to Exam Success. The focus of the seminars was threefold: to ensure our pupils understand that their intelligence is not fixed, they can get better at all of their subjects by adopting a growth mind set; to learn and develop new study skills so they have even more tools to conduct effective revision; and to identify which revision tools/strategies work best for them. With Y11 mock exams on the horizon as well as GCSE modular and final exams for Y11 and Y12 pupils in May, this was a timely and highly useful and effective series of seminars that will help our pupils to achieve their potential. Accompanying these pupil events, Amazing Brains also led a Parent Power seminar where parents of pupils in Y11 and Y12 were invited to the College to learn about the growth mind set, as well as how they can help their sons and daughters to revise more effectively.

Comments from the Event:

Y11 Parent ‘A really interesting and valuable evening – I can now help my son to revise’.


Y11 Pupil ‘This was brilliant and I now know some better ways to revise than just reading over notes’.

Year 12 Business Studies Trip to Tesco    Posted February 04, 2015

Year 12 GCSE Business Studies students visited Tesco of Newtownards in January to receive a talk and tour on Health & Safety in the store.  The visit was to enable pupils to complete their controlled assessment.  We visited the various departments within the store including counters, freezers, bakery and vehicle loading area.  We also enjoyed tea, coffee and treats in the staff canteen.  Thank you to May Magee and her Tesco team for an excellent experience.

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Year 9 Pupils Go Out Of This World    Posted February 04, 2015

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The Science Department and all of our Year 9 Pupils recently visited Armagh Planetarium for a day of “out of this world activities”. Pupils had a chance to make and fire their own rocket. Using a plastic fizzy drink’s bottle, a nose cone, some tail fins and a few other 'top secret' parts, each rocket was made and then launched into space (around 20 meters into space) using only air and water.


The pupils also watched the inspirational story about the Christmas Star and even went on a virtual intergalactic big dipper ride.

The pupils also had a chance to look around the exhibition area and were able to see and touch some chunks of asteroid as well as many other space artefacts. The day was rounded off by a talk about what an astronaut has to undergo while on the International Space Station.


The Year Group are now really looking forward to seeing the Partial Solar Eclipse on Friday 20 March. 

Year 9 Mental Maths FUN Day    Posted February 05, 2015

On Wednesday 14 January, Sentinus came into school to run our annual Year 9 Maths Fun day.


Year 9 were split into 3 groups for 3 sessions.


30 stations of puzzles/challenges were set up across the library & Lower Sixth Form Centre. The pupils worked in pairs around as many stations as they could in 40mins.


When they completed a station, one of the teachers, yr11 mentors or Peter Waugh (the organiser from Sentinus) checked their solution and they earned points. Points were awarded according to the difficulty of the station; we had 4 levels – primary school, KS3, KS4 & KS5. Those pairs earning points for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places, won a small prize and house points, well done!


The pupils appeared to enjoy the session and were particularly pleased with themselves for managing the higher level stations! The year 11 mentors also did a great job during the sessions, well done!


Peter has always been impressed with the behaviour & manners of the pupils he meets in our school each year but commented that this year’s year 9 were the best he has seen so far!

P6 & P7 pupils get creative at Glastry College Open Evening...                   Posted January 30, 2015

Open night took place on Mon 26th January and there was a great turnout. The Art department was busy as usual and had lots of Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils who worked for the 2hrs on the night to demonstrate some of the work they do in Glastry College. This year we were keen to involve the visiting primary school pupils and we decided to create a lovely piece of Art work which saw lots of P6’s and P7’s doing a thumbprint in chalk pastel to create a tree. Mr Hutchinson and some other staff and current pupils couldn’t resist joining in!! This is now displayed in the Art corridor and will stay up for the next year when the pupils who created the piece can come and see their thumb print and names when they start in September. 


Glastry College "DO" the double!

Posted January 27, 2015

After another hard fought contest our Sixth form football team must be congratulated on another successful trip to Regent House. The game was a close encounter with the defence for both teams clearly having learnt lessons from the first game.  


The Glastry men once again came away victorious with a 1-0 win. Man of the match on the day was James Coffey but a special mention also goes to Jack King who put in a solid defensive performance.

Well done again to the boys on completing the double and well done to the goalscorer Robert McCormick.

Year 11 Art pupils visit the Annual True Colours Exhitbition

 Posted January 21, 2015

The ‘True Colours’ exhibition is the annual exhibition organised by CCEA showcasing a selection of the top graded art work by students from around the province. This year again saw the exhibition take place at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, with a selection of work by GCSE, AS and A-level students. With great excitement, as usual for school trips, we headed to the exhibition on Tuesday 20th January with all of our Yr 11 GCSE students. There was an excellent range of theme and topic throughout all levels of work, with some really exceptional AS and A’level work on show. Our pupils were at times amazed in some cases at the 

standard of work, but came away buzzing with ideas for their own projects back at Glastry. If you have not seen the exhibition, we would encourage a visit, the work is exceptional and free to view!


Click here to watch a video of one of our pupils talking about their experience of the Exhibition!

Year 10 pupils re-enact World War 1 Christmas Day football match!

 Posted January 15, 2015

On Friday 9th January 14 very excited Year 10 pupils from Glastry College headed to Portaferry to meet  their counterparts at St Columba’s College to re-enact the famous football match of Christmas 1914 between the German and Allied forces.  Even flooded roads and high winds didn't stop the pupils from participating in Portico's 1914 truce kick-off at St Columba's College. It was a great cross-community event, with all students rising to the occasion, as together they became WWI soldiers for the day.  After an authentic bowl of hot WW1 stew was enjoyed at Aunt Annie’s café in Portaferry.

This marks the beginning of a very exciting project, researching and uncovering the stories of WW1 soldiers from Portaferry and Upper Ards.


For more photos of this event click here to access the photo gallery.

NDSSA Cross Country Championships, Bangor Co. Down

 Posted January 13, 2015

Pupils from Glastry College took part in the NDSSA Cross Country Championships on Monday 12th January.


All did well in the very cold conditions and results are below. Well done to all involved.


Junior Boys( Year 10) - Josh Bunting 10th


Junior Girls (Year 10) -  Autumn Lockett 5th,

                                      Dominique Hennessey 6th


Minor Boys(Year 9) -  Matthew Burke 5th,

                                   Josh Anderson 7th,

                                   Elliot Mckee 10th,  

                                   Matthew Herron 22nd,

                                   Cameron Gallogly 23rd,

                                   Ewan Kelly 24th.


Minor Girls (Year 9) - Chloe McAvera 5th


Mini Boys( Year 8) - Joel Bunting 14th



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