Fossil Hunt

The Geography Club went on a fossil hunt in Colin Glen as part of their on going eco-project with Belfast and City Council and this week Jo Boylan from the Belfast Hills Partnership joined the group as tour guide. Students were able to learn about the geology and formation of the mountains surrounding Belfast, tree and plant identification and the habitat the glen provides for wildlife. They also had the opportunity to go on a fossil hunt and some students (Caitlin Lindsay, Chantelle Reynolds and Sibheal McGarry) were lucky enough to find some bivalve fossils, close the river!


Opportunity Europe Euro Quiz

Congratulations to our Key Stage 3 Quiz team who came joint second in the Northern Ireland Final of the ‘Opportunity Europe Euro Quiz’

On Thursday 17th May. They led in six rounds out of eight and were pipped to the post in the last 2 rounds.

They demonstrated their great knowledge of Europe in the many challenging questions on a range of European themes such as: languages, geography, music, famous people, sport, daily life and culture.

Well done to:


Sofia Delgado 8A

Cara Magennis 8A

Aimee Lenzi 9A

Julia Szkopinska 9D

Zara McGarrry 10A

Emerson Wickham 10E

Shared Education - History Visit to Dublin

Shared Education - History Visit to Dublin


10B and 10D enjoyed a shared history tour with students from Friends' School, Lisburn.

They started with a 1916 Easter Rising walking tour with Lorcan Collins and then enjoyed an excellent tour at Glasnevin Cemetery.

Looking forward to their residential in Corrymeela together in June.


Further Guidance for Students taking Public Examinations

JCQ has launched a video, available online, which highlights to candidates that they are not permitted to carry mobile phones when taking examinations and that to do so can constitute a malpractice.


The video can be found at and we would ask that you encourage your candidates to view this as it may help to alert them to the dangers of carrying mobile phones when taking examinations and the penalties they can incur by doing so.


Rail Safety

The Year 10’s took part in workshops based on Rail safety, which was facilitated by Replay Theatre Company. All the students thoroughly enjoyed discussing and exploring this serious issue in such an active and engaging way.

National Numeracy Day & LLW

National Numeracy Day &  LLW

As part of National Numeracy Day 2018, celebrated on May 16th , Year 9 pupils completed a Monthly Budgeting activity.  The activity is part of a joint Careers/Employability & Numeracy task specially designed for National Numeracy Day.  As part of their LLW classes Junior pupils study modules on Home Economics, Citizenship and Employability.  Here we see 9B pupils hard at work designing a household budget for a family on minimum wage. 


Geo Club Trip to Carlingford Adventre Centre

On Saturday the 12th May, as part of the annual Geo Club trip, a group of Yr.11 students ventured off to Carlingford Adventure Centre, Co. Louth for an action packed day of activities.

In the morning session, two teams competed to build their own rafts for a boat race.  Whilst 'Team Steve' raced ahead with a very coordinated approach worthy of an Oxbridge boat race, 'Team Stena Line' faced a few technical issues ending with team members abandoning ship.  With encouragement from their teammates, the students then took part in pier jumping.

Following their well-deserved lunch they headed off for the challenge course.  The teams competed to win the most gems through a range of mental and physical games similar to that on ‘The Crystal Maze'.  After a great start from 'Team Steve', 'Team Stena Line clawed their way back and the result was a draw.  The group headed home exhausted but are already looking forward to next year’s trip.

National Winners – “25 Genomes Project” Biology Department.

National Winners – “25 Genomes Project” Biology Department.


Congratulation to Claudia Morelli, Louise Finnegan and Grainne Farrell who won the “25 genomes competition”. This was a national competition with entries from all over the United Kingdom. The girls produced a short video on the Shark’s genome.


The Wellcome Genome Campus is located in Cambridgeshire and the girls have won an all‐expenses paid class visit to the Wellcome Genome campus featuring a tour of the Campus and behind‐the‐scenes access to the scientists and labs of the Sanger Institute. Flights, accommodation and lunch is provided. Special thanks to Mr Mulholland who helped with the video work. The prize is conservatively worth about £5000.