Pupils from Glastry College took part in the Praxis Sponsored Read It during the month of October. Pupils raised a total of £1157.50 as well as reading over two million words in that time!

Included in the photo are the four top raisers who between them raised over £600! They are pictured with Mr Donald Bell from Praxis who presented them with their certificates. Praxis Care provides a range of supported living services to people experiencing mental ill health.

A Million Words raises a Thousand!

 Posted December 15, 2014

Praxis Care also provides home response domiciliary care, and a day activity / drop-in and “out of hours” service that offers individuals with mental ill health and related complex needs help in the planning and management of their own social routines. A volunteer befriending scheme helps to reduce isolation and improves the well being of people with mental health difficulties.


The four pupils will also attend the Praxis Care Read IT Awards ceremony which will be taking place on Friday 30th January 2015 at the Odyssey Pavilion, Belfast. Afterwards they will attend the UK premier of the new cartoon film “Big Hero 6” featuring Marvel Comic Characters.

The day the Irish Football Association came to College

Posted December 12, 2014 by Lucy Cunningham 9G

On Thursday 11 December, 2014 the Irish Football Association came into College to teach us about mental and physical health. ‘Big’ Ted, ‘Small’ Paul, Trisha and Stevie came in to present to us by showing us videos, telling stories and playing games to show the interactive part of their Association.


‘Big’ Ted talked to us about motivation and success. I liked this part because he was funny and told us about the phrase ‘eat the frog first.’ Some pupils thought that we were actually going to eat frogs! It was really a metaphor to explain that we should always try to do harder tasks first.

‘Small’ Paul then talked to us about nutrition and healthy eating. He showed us what we should be eating and explained more about the ’eat-well’ plate. I liked this part because now I know more about what I should be eating.


Following that, Trisha explained the effects of smoking, alcohol and drugs. She told us stories that were quite scary, but that is a good thing as she scared us into not doing unhealthy things like drugs and smoking – that is why I liked this section.


Finally, there was Stevie, who did most of the interactive side of things because he talked to us about physical fitness and exercise. He also tested our knowledge of routines and exercise. I really liked the interactive nature of this activity.


I really liked them coming in to teach us these important things. It was a nice change and I would like them to come in again!

Young Enterprise delivering "Success Skills" to Year 12 students

Posted December 05, 2014

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On Monday 24 November the careers department of Glastry College hosted a ‘Success Skills’ event in the school.   Led by Vivienne - a Young Enterprise NI Training Officer - the programme helps to develop essential skills and attributes for employment or self-employment.


Working with our Year 12 this event not only focused the pupils on the development of key skills for success, but also on instilling the confidence and knowledge required to implement these skills, helping them to excel at school, employment interviews and in their future ahead.

This is event runs alongside the essential careers guidance that each pupil in Year 12 receives.  All pupils have already participated in a very successful work experience week  in October and are currently receiving one-to-one careers consultations.

Glastry Art students' work displayed in Creative Peninsula Exhibition

Posted December 01, 2014

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During the month of August, fourteen pieces of artwork by twelve GCSE students was chosen for exhibition in the annual Creative Peninsula exhibition in the Sunburst Gallery in Newtownards Town Hall. The opening night was well attended by local politicians, pupils and their families, as well as practicing Artists from the Peninsula. Our congratulations goes to this year’s successful students for a great exhibition, showcasing their high standard of work and representing Glastry College in the community. This is the seventh year that Glastry has been involved with the Creative Peninsula and we are proud to support Ards Arts Council, and our students in this great event.

Photo 1 – Ruth McMullan (Dress made of Duct Tape flowers) and Aimee Roleston (Music piece made out of paper butterflies).


Photo 2 – Hayley Sloan (Abstract portrait), Kezia Ward (Impressionist mixed media based on Paris) and Warren Stewart (Car Crash Wire sculpture)


Photo 3 – Rebecca Watson (Pastel piece based on Big Cats)


Photo 4 – Georgina Donaldson (Expressionist painting Horses), Natalie Brown (Once upon a time – Mixed Media) and Jonathan Kyle (Harvester 2 – Watercolour Painting).

Glastry goes "BAD HAIR" for Children in Need

Posted November 14, 2014

Wednesday 12th November was a little bit different in school. Members of staff and pupils suddenly developed very strange hair styles (even those who do not normally have hair to style!) and I don’t mean just the male staff who are ‘manfully’ trying to grow moustaches for ‘Movember’. All the effort was for some great causes, as we were raising money for both FASA and Cancer Focus. As a school we were able to donate £541 to each charity. Well done on such a fantastic total!

Year 12 Public Speaking Competition

Posted November 12, 2014

A big congratulations to Alex Coulter, Jordan Kerr, Caitlin Warden and Megan Whiteside who participated in the Soroptimist International Annual Public Speaking Competition on Tuesday 11th November in Regent House.  The four girls were required to speak for a maximum of six minutes from a selection of challenging titles.  

The girls faced stiff competition from local schools and were judged on the content, construction, style, delivery and impact of their speech. The standard on the night was phenomenal and a special well done should be given to Caitlin Warden who achieved third place and Jordan Kerr who achieved second place.


Good communication skills are an essential skill sought, not only in GCSE English, but also by all employers and competitions like this show how good Glastry’s Speaking and Listening skills really are!

Throughout the month of November there have been several members of the male staff have been growing the most amazing facial hair on their top lip, a moustache. These have now been checked and groomed to perfection ready for the final stage.


We have been growing these to raise awareness of male cancer and health issues. Illnesses like Tescticular and Prostate Cancers effect millions of boys and men annually around the world.  


Posted November 10, 2014

We want to raise as much money as possible for MacMillan Cancer Support, so we ask that you take part in our competition. We will be coming to your registration groups over the next two weeks asking you to vote for your favourite "TASH". We would ask that you donate £1 for your first vote. IF you wish to vote again you can and this will only cost you 20p. You can vote for as many teachers as you like AND as many times as you like. The teacher with the most money and therefore the most votes will be declared the Movember 2014 winner. Remember it's all about raising awareness and raising money, so feel free to get your parents and families involved too! Check back here for more updates and pictures.


We're not Brazil, we're Glastry College

Posted November 01, 2014

Congratulations must go to our Sixth Form football team. They recently played in a "friendly" against local grammar school Regent House and came away victorious on the day. Mr Breen reports the boys played extremely well in what was a hard fought game, but the Glastry Men emerged triumphant. Final score was 5-4 with goals coming from Zack Allen, and Matthew Dempster and James Coffey both scoring twice on the day. Well done boys!

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.

Please click on the image to access the News & Events from the academic year 2013 - 2014

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