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.
Parenting NI "Parent your teen' Programme Posted September 18, 2016
This October, Parenting NI will be running an 8 week long programme called ‘Parent Your Teen’ which is being delivered in Bangor. Please pass this on to parents you work with, colleaugues and anybody else you know of that might be interested in attending this programme which is free to all parents.
More information can be found on the flyer which can be opened by clicking the image to the right.
After school classes to go over all the topics for the Year 12 Maths resit modules have started as follows:
Tuesday – T2 in Room 10 and T4 in Room 12
Thursday – T3 in Room 11
If you are unsure which one you might need to attend, please check with your maths teacher. These classes are for those resitting their Year 11 module, or moving to a different module in Year 12. Please note that the teachers are creating an extra chance for you to achieve your best possible grade – make use of this chance!
After school GCSE Maths Support Posted October 04, 2016
Nationwide Financial Workshop Posted October 11, 2016
On Wednesday 28th September 2016 eight staff from Nationwide visited the college to work with Year 12 pupils in an ‘Effective Financial Management’ workshop. The main areas covered were budgeting, the impact of overspending and not repaying debt, and evaluating different methods of borrowing. These essential life skills will also help our pupils gain their level 2 qualification in PAL and COPE.
Glastry College Students Learn about the Business of Education Posted October 11, 2016
Year Eight students at Glastry College recently took part in Young Enterprise- Northern Ireland’s exciting programme, ‘Your School Your Business.’ The programme shows students the similarities between their school and the world of business through hands-on, interactive games and problem-solving activities.
‘Your School Your Business’ is designed to help make the transition to post-primary school easier for the year Eight students, and to make the experience a positive one. Central to the seminar are the skills that the students will need to be successful in their new school, such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving. The students also received an opportunity to interact with various support staff from the school, in order to gain an appreciation of the different roles within a business. This year the support involved one of the college’s secretarial staff and also our Sixth form study supervisor.
Pupils will continue to develop skills practised on the day in their timetabled Employability classes throughout this academic year.
On Friday 23rd September Year 13 and Year 14 Business Studies students had the pleasure of hosting Philip Bain, Director of Shredbank, and Fiona Young, PR assistant for Shredbank. Mr Bain was delivering an Entrepreneurship workshop which will greatly assist students to complete their A Level Business Studies portfolio work. Students complete modules on ‘The Enterprising Business’, ‘The Enterprising Manager’, as well as ‘Investors in People.’
Entrepeneur Workshop Posted October 11, 2016
Philip has a long running friendship with the College, and for this we are very grateful. Without his help, support and guidance to the students, they would not be in the fortunate position they currently find themselves in. The college also congratulates Shredbank on recently achieving the ‘Gold Investors in People’ award.
Glastry Students meet Prince Edward Posted October 17, 2016
On Tuesday 11th October, pupils from Glastry College had the opportunity to meet His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, at Strangford College as part of our Shared Education Partnership. The Prince was in Northern Ireland to mark the 6oth Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. During his visit he took time to speak to numerous pupils, asking them about the subjects they liked and didn’t like. He also took time to show off his knot making skills, as well as judging a baking competition. Rachel Stewardson & Joel Bunting very much enjoyed meeting the Prince, with Joel so in awe of the Prince that he was temporarily speechless! Well briefly anyway! This was certainly a day which all the students will remember.
Glastry Represented at Prestigious United Nations Ceremony at Stormont Posted November 01, 2016
On Tuesday 25 October, Head Girl and Head Boy Alex Coulter and Curtis Donnan represented Glastry at the presentation of the United Nations Charter to the Northern Assembly, in the presence of the Speaker of the House, Robin Newton MLA. Students from a Belfast school outlined work they had undertaken throughout last year to raise awareness of the United Nations. An extra-curricular club ‘Young Ambassadors’ had been formed by interested students and they used various social media and other methods to highlight how poorly women are treated in some parts of the world and the plight of children in Africa who are not able to access education. The club also encouraged students to think of Fairtrade and sustainable development, and to consider celebrating International World Peace Day and United Nations Day.
Girls Futsal Competition Posted October 26, 2016
Futsal is a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller, typically indoor pitch. Teams from Year8/9 and Year10/11 competed at the Futsal Area Heat Finals at the Shankill Leisure Centre, Belfast on Thursday 13th October 2016. Both teams played extremely well and had many successes. The Year 10/11 finished runners up in their section, only losing one game, but unfortunately did not progress further than this. It was a great team performance with goals from Nadine Keenan and Charlotte Kerfoot throughout the tournament.
The Year 8/9 team won their section and progressed to the semi-finals. They beat St. Joseph’s 2-0 to reach the final. They started strongly and were 2-0 up after the first few minutes. Unfortunately they could not hold on to the lead and were beaten by a good performance from the St Louise’s team. It was an outstanding show of commitment and determination from all of our squad members on the day. We had goals scored by Lauren McMaster, Jodie Keenan, Jane McMaster, and Shannon Herron who scored five! The girls were disappointed not to win but should be really proud of their achievement as they managed to qualify for the finals in November. Well done, girls!
Year 8/9 Year 10/11
Alice Magill Chloe McAvera
Alex Presho Ellie McDonald
Shannon Herron Charlotte Kerfoot
Jodie Keenen Nadine Keenan
Jane McMaster Elizabeth Bailie
Abi Rutherford Becky Orr
Lauren McMaster Anna Macpherson
(Rachel Angus- injured)
(Megan Drummond- injured)
New school Minibus Posted November 25, 2016
Glasty College recently purchased a new school minibus. The picture shows our current Head Boy and Head Girl along with some members of the student council with it.
National Futsal Championships Posted November 25, 2016
Our Year Eight and Nine girls’ team took part in the National Futsal Championships which took place on Thursday 17th November 2016 at Lisburn Leisureplex, having previously qualified as runners-up.
Glastry finished top of their section winning all games, including beating St Louise’s, the team who had won our area final. In the semi-finals we scored in the last few minutes to secure a draw and force a penalty shootout against St Colmcilles. Alice Magill was instrumental at this stage - she did not let the ball past her in the penalty shootout, thus taking us through to the final.
The final was against St Cecilia’s, Derry. We put the opposition under pressure in the first half of the game but could not find the back of the net. It has to be admitted that they were the better team in the second part of the game. The final result finished a 2-0, result to St Cecilia’s.
Congratulations to all of the Glastry squad who got us all the way to the final and helped us to become National Futsal Runners up! All displayed wonderful skill, determination, and above all a great willingness to work hard for their team. Squad – Megan Drummond, Shannon Herron, Beth Gregg, Alice Magill, Lauren McMaster, Alex Presho (Year 9) and Jodie Keenan, Jane McMaster, Abi Rutherford (year 8).
Mr J Blundell, Principal 1988-1998 Posted November 25, 2016
The college is sad to report the death of Mr John Blundell, who was Principal of the college from 1988-1998. Mr Blundell presided over key years in the history of the college, when the full impact of the 1989 Education Act came into force, with major changes including the introduction of the National Curriculum, LMS (local management of schools where schools were responsible for managing their own finances for the first time) and changes to teachers’ employment contracts, with the imposition of directed time and staff-training days. In many ways Mr Blundell was a visionary and one of his proudest achievements was the introduction of a ‘grammar school’ stream in Year Eight, but unfortunately the Department of Education would only allow this to proceed for one year.
Mr Blundell fought very hard with the Education Board to secure better facilities for the college and its students, and eventually he secured a new Science/Technology building, and the introduction of a Sixth form to the college. The name of the school was also changed from Glastry High School to Glastry College at this time.
Mr Blundell was known for his genial and generous personality and his love of sport – he played many sports and was a past President of Bangor Rugby Club and Clandeboye Golf Club. The funeral service, which was largely attended, was held in Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church on Saturday 19 November. The college sends its sympathies to his wife Betty (to whom he had been married for 56 years) and the family circle.
Year 12 Geography Fieldtrip Posted November 25, 2016
In early October, Y12 Geography students embarked on their annual foray into the North Down countryside to investigate changing river characteristics. As on previous occasions, the River Enler - that flows from the Craigantlet Hills, through Dundonald and Comber and into Strangford Lough - would be the focus of their investigation. Students measured the river’s width, depth, velocity and the changing size of its bedload at five stops between the source and mouth of the Enler. This involved water, wellies and the currently in vogue armpit high waders. Students also enjoyed their lunch at McDonalds. Hard work is now well underway as students use the data collected to write up part of their GCSE Controlled Assessment Task, which is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade. Thanks to Dr Brown, Mrs Martin and Mrs McIvor for their organisation of the trip and thanks especially to the students who were a credit to the College.
High Schools’ Cup – Round 1 Posted November 25, 2016
Clear blue skies and not a breath of wind made for perfect conditions at the Clay Pits Arena for round 1 of the High Schools’ Cup. As both sets of players took to the field, anticipation of a terrific contest was in the air and the game did not disappoint. Erne took an early lead with a well worked try from inside their own half, after Glastry had let the ball be turned over in a good attacking position. The conversion was missed. Playing up the hill and into the sun, the Glastry players acquitted themselves superbly, with the forwards in particular punching holes in the Erne defence.
Several try scoring opportunities went begging for Glastry with the ball held up over the line twice, following brilliant last ditch defence by Erne. Eventually, after numerous rumbles, Harry McCarrol burst through and over for Glastry’s first try and Matthew Burke expertly completed the conversion. At half time Glastry were leading 7 points to 5.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Glastry’s big forwards doing serious damage around the fringes of rucks as they were well marshalled by scrum half Ewan Kelly. In particular big carries were made by Mark Patton, Jay Thompson, James McDowell, TJ Greer and Joe Ellesmere. However, the Erne defence held firm as Glastry left at least another 3 tries slip from their grasp with balls held up over the line and the good work done to get to try scoring positions not being followed as the try line beckoned. Having said all of this, much credit must go to the Erne team who defended and attacked superbly, particularly through their scrum half and fly half who controlled the game with excellent kicking and superb defence. Indeed, much credit goes to the Glastry players who made some numerous big and try saving tackles. However, almost inevitably, it was the Erne fly half and captain who crossed for Erne’s second try to give them a 3 point lead with 15 minutes to play, the conversion was missed.
As the minutes ticked down Glastry had several more opportunities to score but could not convert following more excellent work by all players and so after allowing the ball to be turned over for at least the twentieth time, Erne attacked out wide and their impressive inside centre was able to break two tackles to score in the corner, again the conversion was missed but with an 8 point lead and only 5 minutes to play Erne held out for victory in a tight and competitive game.
Much credit should go to both sets of players for an enjoyable, evenly contested game that was only decided in the final 5 minutes. The crowds watching enjoyed the spectacle and the chance of watching the Glastry boys again as they move into the Plate competiton.
AS Level History Trip to ‘The Great War Debate’ Posted November 29, 2016
On Wednesday 23rd November, Glastry’s AS History cohort took up the invitation offered by the First World War Commemoration Board to attend the Great War Debate at the historic Clandeboye Estate, Bangor where many troops for the front were trained. The students questioned experts in the field on the topic of ‘The Great War and Ireland – Divided Communities, Divided War Experience?’ Our Pupils were also able to meet pupils from other schools and handle primary artefacts from the war. Other learning opportunities included wearing WW1 officer uniforms, inspecting shrapnel and gas masks and seeing the horrific effects of trench warfare on the soldiers. A mandatory trip to McDonald’s and a quick cheer passing the Clandeboye Lodge (where the Sixth Form formal will take place) cemented a highly enjoyable and informative evening, despite the group’s music selection for the journey to and from Glastry!
Rights Respecting Schools Award Update Posted November 29, 2016
We are delighted to inform the pupils, parents and the school community that Glastry College has been successfully awarded the Recognition of Commitment (ROC) Award by UNICEF, a body of the United Nations. This is the first step for the College in achieving the Level One Rights Respecting Schools Award. In order to achieve this award, RRSA was introduced to the governors, students, staff and parents, a Steering Group (including members of the school community) was set up, questionnaires were distributed, and Action Plans were completed. A huge thank you is due to everyone for helping us achieve this award! Watch out for regular updates on our journey to gaining our Level One Rights Respecting School Award.
Winners of December Fireside Quiz Posted December 12, 2016
This month the winners of the Fireside Quiz are Rebekah Bristow and James McCluney. Both were able to show off their excellent problem solving skills by working out the conundrums in our recent quiz. However, don’t be dismayed if you didn’t win, as you will have another opportunity to compete again in January!
Rugby Match Report Glastry College Ladies vs. St. Columbanus Ladies
As you grow up you hear people asking ‘Do you remember where you were…?’ when historical events occur - such as the Moon landings, the assassination of JFK, the election of Barak Obama, or more recently the election of Donald Trump. Well, when people ask where you were when you heard about the first EVER match for a Glastry College Ladies Rugby Team, you can reply, I read about it on one of Mr Drury’s rather insightful and entertaining, if not a bit long, match reports!
Never before had a full team of Glastry’s ladies played another school in a competitive game of rugby until Thursday 24 November. Yes, we’ve had girls playing rugby on and off with the boys at Year 8 and during the Annual House Rugby games, but never before have we had a competitive side made up entirely of our ladies. This truly was an historic day. The team itself was captained by Natasha Brown (Y11) and consisted of Jemma Barclay (Y11), Charlotte Kerfoot (Y10) Megan Drummond, Grace Wallace, Holly Johnston, Mya McClenaghan, Alice Magill (all Y9) and Kaitlyn Armstrong, Skye Ellesmere, Bailie Lockett and Katy Rodgers (all Y8).
St.Columbanus were the visitors to Glastry on this occasion. The match had all the potential for an absolute classic that could go either way. A mix of experience, raw sporting talent and aggression was on show from both sides. Some of our girls had only had one or two training sessions, so for them this was a baptism of fire! As well as this, I had a lesson in understanding sports kits! What are Skorts anyway? Some of St.Columbanus team wore them and I was deeply confused! I mean are they a skirt? or a pair of shorts? Anyway, enough chat about fashion, it’s time for kick off!
We were playing a half pitch set up and our referee for the day was Mr Guy McManus, who coaches the girls at Donaghadee Rugby Club. We started slowly, nervously giving the opposition too much space to run and pass, and it was St.Columbanus who crossed the line first to take a 5-0 lead after some lovely passing and running from their more experienced players. After a rallying cry from captain Natasha we seemed to wake up, and after some lovely carrying work from Grace Wallace, Kaitlyn Armstrong, Charlotte Kerfoot and Katy Rodgers, we got things level with Charlotte crossing the try line in the far corner. After the restart, Glastry Ladies went up through the gears to dominate the rest of the first half. Skye and Bailie took the ball forward at every opportunity with great direct running and super step work to avoid tacklers. They looked lively throughout the game with, and without, the ball. This was great rugby from the newest of the recruits! No Fear! Holly and Natasha were given the job of lumberjack duties, in other words, tackling the stronger girls from the opposition. Jemma and Mya linked play with some lovely running and good passing and Katy continued to punch holes in their defence - she clearly enjoys her rugby at Donaghadee!
As the game wore on Alice remained at the side of the pitch ready to receive the killer pass before she hit the afterburners. When she received that pass she was patiently waiting on, she scored in the corner. On another occasion her pressure in the tackle forced the opposition to knock the ball on - Alice scooped the ball off the ground with one hand, never breaking stride and scored again!
The second half saw a stoppage for a potentially bad injury to Megan Drummond following a tackle. Luckily, she was wearing her gum shield, which surely saved her teeth and her braces. With only a cut lip, she soldiered on, indeed it seemed to spark a greater determination from her as she wove her way through to score, only eight times!
Natasha added another two tries and Charlotte a final one, making the final score 65-5. The score summed up an impressive team performance overall. Although everyone doesn’t get their name in lights for scoring, the rest of the girls can take huge amounts of credit for their work on the day.
So let us all stand and applaud the effort, commitment and team work of the Glastry Ladies, not only on the day, but for every Wednesday at training. Ladies of Glastry, if you think you would like to get involved with Ladies Rugby please come and speak to Mr Drury, Ms Raife or any of the other girls that already attend. We’d love to have more girls representing Glastry on the rugby field and to be involved with the continued success of the Ladies team (consider this an invitation!).
STAND UP FOR THE GLASTRY LADIES!!!!
Posted December 19, 2016