Year 8 Spread the Word Around the World                Posted June 23, 2015

Exciting plans are in store this summer for our Year 8 group tutor classes.  Mr McCord (Year 8 Year Head) and Miss Dougan (Literacy Coordinator) have decided that the pupils are going to participate in a Book Tracking competition.


The idea is that, this summer, three volunteers from each of the group tutor classes will take a book each, donated to them by the school, and leave it somewhere.  Inside is a little message explaining the project and their group tutor’s email address.  It  is  hoped  that  someone  at  the  destination will

pick up the book, read our message and then take the book and leave it somewhere else.  We will hopefully be informed of the progress of the books by email.   The pupils are going to track how far their books go and there will be a special prize for the class whose book gets the furthest.


A lot of strategic thought has gone in to where the books are first going to be placed.  Some of these destinations at the minute include a marina, Gatwick airport and even as far away as Australia.  So if you’re out and about this summer and stumble across a book with a message inside, please read it and then let us know where you found it and finally pass it on!

Boys Athletics team competes  in  North  Down  Area  Athletics  Meet                                                                              Posted June 22, 2015

On Thursday 18th June 2015 the boys’ athletics team competed in the North Down Secondary Schools Athletics Competition at Ballykillare, Bangor.

The following pupils took part: Joel Bunting, Daren Graham, Curtis Houston, Sam Pilcher, Jay Adams, Josh Bunting, Gabrielius Kuiznas, Taylor Rogan and Jonathon McCrea.

They all competed well with some of the better results shown below.


4x100m                         Minor Boys’ Relay                 5th

4x100m                          Junior Boys’ Relay               5th

Sam Pilcher                   Minor Long Jump                 5th

Taylor Rogan                 Junior 800m                         5th

Jonathon McCrea          Intermediate 100m               5th

Jonathan McCrea          Intermediate 200m               4th

Gabrielius Kuiznas        Junior Shot                           4th

Curtis Houston              Minor 800m                          3rd

Taylor Rogan                 Junior Javelin                      2nd  

Year 9 Geography Titanic Quarter Fieldtrip – Growth, Decline and Regeneration                                                          Posted June 19, 2015

As part of the topic ‘Cities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ Y9 pupils have been learning about inner city decline and regeneration. To help them better understand urban regeneration pupils visited the £7 billion Titanic Quarter project in Belfast on the 9th and 10th of June to investigate whether all of that money is really worth it. To begin with pupils visited the only real history of the Titanic left, the Pump House and dry dock. This helped them fully understand the scale of the industry in the area 100 years ago and the 50,000+ people who were employed there, 


comparing it with the few hundred that work in Harland and Wolff today. Pupils then embarked on an investigation of the new developments in the TQ, including the new museum, Arc housing developments, Belfast Met and the Science Park as well as questioning members of the public on their attitudes and perceptions of the regeneration. Though the trip was summed up best by a 9V pupil who commented to Mr Viner that they ‘didn’t feel like they were in Northern Ireland any more’! Perhaps the planners and architects had got something right – then again we were a long way from Portavogie!

Glastry College Family Fun Day - a great day for all!    Posted June 14, 2015

Saturday 13th June saw the day of our Annual Family Fun Day. The weather was glorious and the day thoroughly enjoyed by all.


It was an early start for some with the Event's organisers arriving early at the College to meet the businesses who would supply our "fun!" After a few hours of preparation, including blowing up bungee runs and building high ropes courses, we were ready to go and the pupils and parents from all our local schools did not disappoint!


It was an excellent day and all had a great time. Several hundred people joined together on our sports pitches for some fun and time together. All commented on the tasty hog roast on offer this year too - it certainly filled some bellies and the Glastry Farm ice-cream also got a great response with the beautiful weather!


All in all it was a superb day with some fantastic summer weather to keep everyone smiling! To all who came along and made the day a success - we thank you and hope you all have a wonderful summer, whatever the weather holds!

Glastry College Annual P6 day a great success           Posted June 14, 2015

Friday 12th June saw the return of our P6 day. This is the second year of the day when P6 classes from our local feeder Primary schools are invited to the College to participate in a range of classes that pupils will experience when they join the College in Year 8.


This year saw around 110 pupils from 6 local schools attend the day. The day started when 2 coaches rolled up to the school turning circle and the pupils piled out of the buses. All pupils were excellently presented in their school uniforms and were eager to see what we had in store for them.


Pupils got to visit a Science lesson where they did some chromatography and executed some Jelly Babies, Technology where they had the opportunity to create their own desktop pen / pencil holder, ICT where they learned how to create a game using SCRATCH, French to learn all about the culture and the "language of love" and finally Home Economics where they got to make their very own croissants!

All pupils said they had a great day and really enjoyed coming to Glastry to see what it would be like to attend. The pupils were brilliantly behaved for the whole day and a credit to their schools. We wouldn't hesitate to invite them back again!

Mini Rugby course for local Primary schools is a great success!       Posted June 13, 2015

This year saw the return of the Extended Schools Mini Rugby course for our cluster Primary Schools after having to cancel last year due to our pitches being out of commission.


Pupils from Portaferry Integrated, Kirkistown Primary and Portavogie Primary attended the course from April to June each Wednesday afternoon. The course was open to both boys and girls to learn the basics of the game of rugby: tackling, passing, rucking and what some of the rules mean. The course then culminated with their very own full contact game of mini-rugby on the last week.


We "kicked off" with a group visit to the Kingspan Stadium to watch the mighty Ulster play in the Rabo-direct League. SUFTUM! Pupils joined with our own rugby squads for this trip and all were excellently behaved with many positive comments about our group coming from the Ulster supporters around us at the game. Everyone really enjoyed the trip and said they would love to go again!


All pupils received a certificate for attending, along with some Ulster Rugby goodies. Special prizes were also awarded for stand out players from each school. We are looking forward to running our course again next year with hopefully more schools attending!


Glastry College students, Emily Dunbar (Y8), Jennifer Dunbar (Y12) and Dylan Hamilton (Y9) have recently joined a few other young people from Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ballywalter,  in raising much needed funds for the NI Chest Heart and Stroke. 


They organised a sponsored messy fun day for the younger children.  A few weeks later they provided baked goods and hosted a coffee morning for children and adults.


To date £800 has been raised to help with the Day Centre in Bangor and the Support Group in Kircubbin.  Ursula Digney who runs the group came along to the coffee morning to thank the young people for their support.

Glastry students raise money for NI Chest, Heart & Stroke Foundation
Posted June 12, 2015
Student Council open new outside Toilet Block           Posted June 14, 2015

For some years, members of the Student Council have campaigned to get additional pupil toilet facilities at the college. The existing toilet facilities in the original building were designed for a much smaller school population that the school currently has. The Education Authority  recognised the need for additional facilities and constructed an outside toilet block which has recently been opened.  Some members of the Student Council are pictured outside the new facility.


Front row- Josh Bunting, Adam McMaster, Naomi Alexander; Back row- Nathan Lee, Rebekah Taylor, Autumn Lockett.

Glastry Marathon teams raise money for Charity         Posted June 07, 2015

May Bank Holiday Monday dawned and 15 brave, nervous and possibly mad members of Glastry staff made their way to Belfast to participate in the annual Belfast City Marathon Relay race. Glastry entered 3 teams of 5 runners and each team ran 26 miles between them with distances varying from 3 to 7.1 miles. The atmosphere was electric and any sign of nerves soon disappeared.


The object of running the relay was not to get a good time (unless you were Mr Breen!) but the taking part and raising money for charity while doing so. The charity that we were running for is called Tinylife. This is a local charity that supports the families of premature babies, babies with a disability and helps support families if their baby has died. Tinylife has played an important part in my family's life as they have supported us since having our son.


I approached Mr Hutchinson to see if Glastry could fundraise for this great charity as a thank you for all the help they have given me and my family. It was a great honour to run in the relay race alongside friends and know that we were doing so for a great cause as many babies would benefit from the money we raised.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Hutchinson for allowing Glastry to support Tinylife, Mrs Patton for organising the Relay entries and the 14 other members of staff who gave up their day off to participate. I would also like to thank all those that generously sponsored us and helped raise the fantastic total of £1529!                                                                                Mrs L Montgomery

Girls Athletics teams compete in North Down Athletics Meet 
Posted June 07, 2015

On 2nd June 2015 some girls from our school went to Ballykillaire in Bangor for the North Down Girls Athletics competition.


We were up against a lot of schools but some of our best results were:

Kailey Curragh - 5th in the shot putt.

Bryony Moore  - 2nd in the shot putt.

Melissa Lyttle  - 4th in the javelin

                        - joint 2nd in the shot.

Casey McCann - 6th in the cricket ball throw

     - 3rd in the 100m sprint.

Aimee McVea - 5th in the 100m sprint

   - 5th in the 200m sprint.

Chloe McAvera - 4th in the 200m sprint.

Minor team (Year 8) - 4th in the 4 x 100 relay.


Big congratulations to Kailey Curragh who came 1st in the cricket ball throw!!! She was our only 1st!


We were sorry the Year 10 girls could not compete due to their exams commitments this week. A big well done to everyone who participated! It was a great day out.


     Minors                                Juniors                                    Intermediates

Casey McCann                 Ellie McDonald                             Aimee McVea

Rachel McDowell               Elle May Paul                              Melissa Lyttle

Becky Orr                         Chloe McAvera                        Courtney Monaghan

Kailey Curragh

Bryony Moore

Kay Herron

Good luck to the boys in their competition on the 18th June!

 On the 29th May 2015, Glastry College were delighted to receive a very generous donation of a defibrillator from The Danny Mills Heart Foundation.  The Foundation was set up in memory of Danny Mills who sadly passed away from SADS (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome).  The family have set up the foundation to donate defibrillators to local clubs and schools to help save lives.  Glastry College are very grateful for their generosity and will add the Foundation to the list of charities we already donate to. 

Glastry receive defibrillator from Danny Mills Heart Foundation           
Posted June 06, 2015
Student Council participate in NI Youth Forum Survey Posted June 06, 2015

Members of Glastry College Student Council recently participated in a survey on their work for a study being undertaken by the Northern Ireland Youth Forum and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. Members of the council  recently attended a ‘Have Your Say’ event at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast, to discuss their work with other students and adult professionals. Pictured with the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Young  People, Koulla Yiasouma, is Glastry College student, Adam McMaster (front row, second right), together  with participants from other schools.







Glastry Newsletter

Throughout the year Glastry College produces a newsletter for parents & pupils with what's been happening in the College. Please click the links below for the latest editions.

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