Ulster Tatler Post Primary Guide 2022

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Ulster Tatler’s essential guide to help you make the best post primary choice for your child.

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INSIDE Campbell College • The Royal Belfast Academical Institution • Grosvenor Grammar School • Victoria College • Rockport • Wellington College • St Columbanus’ College • Banbridge Academy • Antrim Grammar • St Louis Grammar • Lagan College • The High School, Cookstown • Sullivan Upper School • Ballynahinch High • Saintfield High • Loreto College • Wilsons Hospital School • Clongowes Wood College • Dundalk Grammar • Sligo Grammar • Liverpool John Moore University • St Mary’s University College • Open College Network NI • Tutortoo


CONTENTS

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099 Campbell College 100 The Royal Belfast Academical Institution 102 Grosvenor Grammar School 104 Victoria College 106 Rockport 108 Wellington College 110 St Columbanus’ College 112 Banbridge Academy 113 Antrim Grammar 114 St Louis Grammar, Kilkeel 116 Lagan College 118 Cookstown High 119 Sullivan Upper 120 Ballynahinch High 121 Loreto College 122 Saintfield High Irish Boarding Schools 123 Wilsons Hospital School 124 Clongowes Wood College 126 Dundalk Grammar 127 Sligo Grammar Universities 128 Liverpool John Moores University 129 St Mary’s University College 130 Open College Network NI Tutoring 131 Tutortoo

A MESSAGE FROM EDUCATION MINISTER MICHELLE MCILVEEN

“AS EDUCATION MINISTER I WANT CHILDREN TO EXPERIENCE AN EDUCATION THAT BUILDS BELIEF IN THEMSELVES AND THEIR ABILITY TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS.”

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any children across Northern Ireland will be looking forward to their move to ‘big’ school in September. It is a nervous but exciting time for young people taking this next step in their educational journey as they find out what school they will attend. Many have already completed entrance tests and the results of those tests may influence their preferences when the time comes to apply for particular schools. However, there are many more factors that children and parents will wish to consider at this time. Some children will have views on where they would be happiest. Parents will also wish to consider factors such as travel arrangements; extra-curricular activities;

pastoral care arrangements; schools’ admissions criteria and how well their child meets the criteria; as well as the arrangements schools make for pupils who may require additional help. It is important to take time to select the school that best meets your needs. I would advise parents to discuss potential options with their children and, when it comes to nominating schools, ensure that they nominate a sufficient number of realistic options. In Northern Ireland we are very fortunate to have excellent schools all delivering the same curriculum. I therefore urge parents look at a wide range of schools when deciding on their preferences. My Department recommends that

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parents apply to a minimum of four schools, at least one of which should be a non-grammar school. By doing this parents will maximise their children’s chances of securing a place at a school of their choice. As Education Minister I want children to experience an education that builds belief in themselves and their ability to achieve their dreams. I assure them that they will receive excellent teaching and leadership across our schools to ensure that each and every child can flourish and reach their full potential. Michelle McIlveen Education Minister


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Virtual Open Month From Saturday 22nd January 2022 Boarding Places Available

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THE ROYAL BELFAST ACADEMICAL INSTITUTION

VIRTUAL TOUR Join us for a virtual tour of our school from Monday 20th December. You will experience some of the highlights at RBAI and be given the opportunity to gain some interesting insights into life behind the scenes as well as receiving a welcome message from our Principal, Ms Williamson.

INNOVATIVE With specialist facilities like our Centre of Technical Innovation we can nourish inventive young minds and best prepare them for future careers in fields like design and engineering. The next generation of world builders are having essential career cornerstones instilled right now at RBAI.

INCLUSIVE Having the best possible start in life is what everyone wants for their child, and the diverse range of friendships made at RBAI not only last a lifetime, but nurture open minds and a positive world view. Sporting prowess is encouraged at RBAI along with academic excellence, as we seek to maximize the whole potential of a child.

INCOMPARABLE From our iconic black and yellow school ties to our premier location in the heart of the capital, RBAI is distinctively cosmopolitan without being overtly urban - an oasis of culture and learning conveniently close to the bus and train termini at Great Victoria Street.

When asked to sum up what RBAI has to offer, we simply describe it as…

INSTPIRATIONAL But don’t take our word for it...

Visit via our Virtual Tour @ www.rbai.org.uk The Royal Belfast Academical Institution, College Square East, Belfast BT1 6DL

Tel: 028 90 240461


“I WANT TO STUDY ENGINEERING AND HAVING ACCESS TO CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY GAVE ME AN EXTRA PUSH.” Theo Fitch, Head of School 2020/21

“MY AMBITION IS TO COMPETE AT THE OLYMPICS. THE SUPPORT FROM MY TEACHERS HAS BEEN AMAZING.” Matthew Cheung, Year 12 Larmor

“THE YELLOW AND BLACK MAKES RBAI SPECIAL.” Oscar McGonigle, Year 8 Stevenson


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GROSVENOR GRAMMAR SCHOOL, BELFAST

RELATIONSHIPS - RESPECT - RESPONSIBILITY learning environment in which all are inspired to achieve high standards and to become tolerant and confident adults. Music and drama have always been two of our most successful extra-curricular fields, and events such as the Carol Service, Spring Concert and annual School Production have provided the perfect opportunity for Grosvenor pupils to showcase their amazing talent. In sport, Grosvenor pupils have enjoyed fantastic success and the School welcomes families and friends to its Saturday morning fixtures, while the pupils have also benefitted from many sporting and educational trips to such varying destinations as Spain, Germany, France, Portugal and Poland in recent years. Grosvenor Grammar School is located in the Castlereagh area of East Belfast and benefits from fantastic, modern facilities. Happiness breeds success in Grosvenor and everyone is encouraged to get involved in the School community. The School has a proud tradition of providing a high-quality education to all of its pupils, enabling them to participate in a superb range of curricular and extracurricular activities.

The school ethos is underpinned by the three values of Relationships, Respect and Responsibility. Pupils are welcomed into the Grosvenor family and its dedicated staff members work hard to ensure that pupils feel supported and encouraged at every stage of their educational pathway.

Having recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of the founding of the School, the Grosvenor community looks forward to celebrating continued success in the future under the leadership of the Principal, Dr Vasey and her committed team.

At Grosvenor, the pupils consistently achieve outstanding examination results at GCSE and A Level. The School prides itself on providing a caring and supportive

Dr Vasey, Principal.

Further information is available on the School Twitter account - @GrosvenorGS, and on the School website www.grosvenorgrammarschool.org.uk where, amongst other things, you will be able to enjoy our promotional video and virtual tour.

For more information contact: Grosvenor Grammar School, Marina Park, Belfast, BT5 6BA Tel: 028 9070 2777, Fax: 028 9097 7019 Email: info@grosvenor.belfast.ni.sch.uk, Website: www.grosvenorgrammarschool.org.uk Twitter: @GrosvenorGS PAGE 103


VICTORIA COLLEGE BELFAST YOU AN EXCEPTIONAL SCHOOL IN SOUTH BELFAST INSPIRING EACH PUPIL TO REALISE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL Victoria College is a leading nondenominational Grammar school that provides an outstanding and rounded educational experience. The College is conveniently located between the Lisburn and Malone Roads, close to town and country bus routes and the local railway network; hence pupils travel from a wide catchment area to avail of the high quality teaching and learning. The school takes pride in its strong record of academic achievement, sporting success and outstanding pastoral care. Pupils are inspired, supported and challenged to reach their full potential and achieve their aspirational goals. The personalised learning needs of each pupil are met through a broad and balanced curriculum allowing each individual pupil to blossom, whilst enjoying the freedom to explore fully all the educational and cultural opportunities available. “An exceptional school that provides high quality education. Staff members show real care, dedication and display a high level of professionalism to ensure that the College provides a safe, secure and challenging environment for students to learn and grow academically, emotionally and personally.” Inclusion and Quality - Mark Assessor

Please visit our school website and social media to experience our vibrant school community.

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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an integral part of the school experience and across the Key Stages pupils are engaged in innovative programmes. Pupils may also avail of a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities allowing them to develop the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and dispositions which prepare them for success in work and in life.

In sports pupils represent Ulster and Northern Ireland at local, national and international levels and in school they can enjoy an exciting range of activities from athletics, crosscountry, badminton, gymnastics, hockey, netball, squash and tennis to swimming, trampolining, rugby, golf, dance and equestrian events.

The College boosts a modern sports hall on campus and the PE Department also benefits from access to facilities at the nearby Queen’s University Belfast and Stranmillis. “Pupils benefit significantly from the opportunities provided for participation in an extensive range of sporting, cultural and other additional enrichment activities, which further develop their personal and social skills.” - ETI Music, theatre, languages, art and humanities are real strengths within the school as is the STEAM agenda. The educational experience for both pupils and staff is enhanced through partnerships with schools at home and abroad and through a wide range of educational trips and visits each year, further augmenting the international dimension that permeates the school.

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Pupils have many opportunities to demonstrate their musical skills. The annual Musical allows pupils to shine both front of House and backstage.

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WELLINGTON COLLEGE

ENGAGE - EDUCATE - EMPOWER Wellington College is a co-educational grammar school situated in one of Belfast’s most attractive and accessible locations. The College is close to main arterial routes into and out of Belfast and its pupils benefit from dedicated transport services. Accommodated in first class buildings, Wellington College offers superior facilities including sophisticated practice and recording rooms in the music department, state-of-the-art ICT facilities, a Lecture Theatre, fitness suite, tennis courts, sports hall and astro turf pitch. Wellington College has a well deserved reputation as a caring school with a strong pastoral and academic ethos. The College emphasises individual fulfilment and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of education and holds high expectations of all pupils in terms of behaviour and school work. It aims to empower young people to achieve the best results of which they are capable. Whilst academic success remains a priority at Wellington College, it believes that all students should benefit from a broad range of extra curricular opportunities. At Wellington pupils are expected to take part in the full, rich and diverse life of the College. In music, pupils can join one of the choirs or singing groups, the concert band, orchestra or one of the many instrumental ensembles. In sport they can participate in hockey, rugby, football, netball, athletics, badminton, tennis and golf to name but a few. Other opportunities for extra curricular

Year 8 enjoying their Team Building day at Crawfordsburn.

success include debating/public speaking, ICT club, Art club, Science club, Astronomy club, Chess club, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, Scripture Union, the various College magazines and the annual Kids Literature Quiz which Wellington hosts each year. In addition the College puts on a musical performance each year which allows a huge number of pupils to take part both on stage and backstage. Wellington College wants every pupil’s experience to be exciting and inspirational. It takes every opportunity to broaden horizons and place learning in context. Pupils take part in trips, visits and courses in a range of local, national and international settings including sporting trips to Italy, language trips to France and Spain and the annual ski trip. The College believes that to prepare all pupils for the challenges they face in the future, its job is to present them with as many different situations as possible in which they can adapt, compete and develop into successful citizens of the future.

The annual Ski Trip.

1st XI Hockey Squad.

Caring for the community with our Foodbank appeal

For more information visit our website at www.wellingtoncollegebelfast.org 6th form prize winners.

For more information contact: Wellington College Belfast 18 Carolan Road, Belfast, BT7 3HE Telephone 028 9064 2539 or take a look at our website at www.wellingtoncollegebelfast.org

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ST COLUMBANUS’ COLLEGE, BANGOR

A SCHOOL FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY

Principal, Mrs Maria Flynn, with students

St Columbanus’ College is a wellestablished and very successful 11-19, all-ability, co-educational, Catholic college located on Ballymaconnell Road, Bangor. We are proud that our school attracts people of all religious denominations and is a community where diverse beliefs and cultures fuse together to form a vibrant college where the academic, pastoral and spiritual growth of our students are valued equally. At the school’s core are the values of

equality and inclusion, providing individual support and learning to all pupils, from the highest academic achiever to the child who needs more focused support and encouragement. All children are welcome within the College both by their peers and by highly motivated teaching staff who uphold a pastoral care system which ETI have determined to be outstanding. When you combine passionate and caring staff with a highly effective pastoral structure,

Our Virtual Open Evening will be accessible via our website on Tuesday 11 January 2022 from 7pm onwards. you get a community designed to ensure that all children are included and equally valued. From the minute you start at St Columbanus’ College, you will be cared for by staff in a close-knit, caring environment, with student services and support focused on the individual needs of our children. We have been described as “a happy school with a can-do attitude”. It is our belief that happy and contented children working in a climate of co-operation and high expectation will achieve their full potential. The College works successfully in partnership with families to promote the successful development of their children. It is a school that is firmly committed to the communities it serves, thriving at the heart of the Bangor and Ards area parishes and community life. The aim of St Columbanus’ College is to provide every child with academic knowledge and skills with a culture of challenge and success whilst maintaining an equal focus on their moral, physical, spiritual, emotional and social well-being. Our academic success speaks for itself. In August 2021 we had another outstanding set of GCSE and A Level results. 91% of our pupils achieved at least 5 A*C grades at GCSE level, 75% achieved 5 GCSEs including English and Maths. At A’Level’, 84% achieved 2 A*-C Grades and 98% achieved 2 A*-E Grades. In all of the indicators used by authorities to measure academic performance, our College performed at levels well above the National Average. As a Catholic, co-educational, 11 -19 College, we strive to achieve success in a happy and hard-working environment. This success is evident in many ways, including our outstanding results. The College is proud to be a strong Catholic college firmly rooted in Christian teaching and principles. We welcome children of any faith, or none, and we pride ourselves on inclusion and acceptance according to the teachings and values of the Gospel. The College’s ethos encourages young people to “Live with God’s Law in their Heart”, to have love and respect for one another and to display the values of honesty, integrity, respect and hard work in all that they do. St Columbanus’ College is committed to providing every pupil with an education for life.

For more information contact: St Columbanus’ College, Ballymaconnell Road, Bangor BT20 5PU Tel: 028 9127 0927 Email: info@stcolumbanuscollege.bangor.ni.sch.uk Web: www.stcolumbanus.org.uk Twitter: @StColumbanusCol Facebook: @StColumbanusCollege PAGE 111


Banbridge Academy “...known personally and cared for individually.” Banbridge Academy was founded in 1786 and moved to its impressive present location, Edenderry House, in 1950. During the last 25 years there have been two major building projects which have blended the best of modernity with the school’s family ethos and distinguished heritage. The modern and attractive educational facilities, combined with a talented and dedicated teaching staff, enable Banbridge Academy to provide an excellent standard of education where high quality Teaching and Learning is prioritised. Educational activities spread far beyond the confines of the classroom. From experiencing life in World War One trenches in Bayernwald, Flanders, to a field study in the Rocky River, Mourne Mountains, its pupils enjoy broad and varied learning experiences. Recent visits have included educational trips to Boston, Barcelona, Berlin and to New York. The aims of Banbridge Academy are to empower and develop its pupils and it is committed to delivering an education which is an enriching and enabling experience. Pupils excel as a community of learners, in an atmosphere of academic enquiry, where they are encouraged to become articulate, reflective and independent learners. Current and former Academy pupils have excelled in sports at regional, provincial, national and international level. Rugby continues to grow,

having won a number of trophies. In 2015-2016, the boys’ 1st XI hockey team won an unprecedented number of titles, including the Tasmanian AllIreland Title, The Burney Cup and the HDM European Cup. In 2018, they lost narrowly in the All Ireland Final. In 2016-2017, the girls’ senior hockey team enjoyed an unforgettable season, winning The Belfast Telegraph Ulster Senior Schoolgirls’ Schools’ Cup and the Kate Russell Subway All Ireland Championship. In 2018, they lost narrowly in the NI Superleague Final. Pupils are always encouraged to get involved in as many extra and co-curricular activities as possible. Over seventy opportunities exist in the school’s rich extra-curricular provision, complemented by the school’s thriving House System, named after significant local figures: Crozier, Dunbar, McWilliam and Waddell.

In the last ten years, Banbridge Academy pupils have raised in excess of £179,000 for various local, national and international charities. The outstanding quality and variety of the Drama Society’s theatrical productions contribute to the inclusive ethos of the school. Recent productions have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music and Show Stoppers. The Principal, Mr Robin McLoughlin, extends a welcome to our virtual Open Night. An interactive video, prospectus and brochure will be placed on our school website: details will be published following the AQE Assessments. Please take time to visit the school website and experience the warmth and energy of the friendly, caring ethos that defines Banbridge Academy.

Open Night (Virtual) Pupils and their parents are most welcome to visit the school website. An interactive video, prospectus and brochure will be placed on our school website: details will be published following the AQE Assessments.

T: 028 4062 3220 or visit www.banbridgeacademy.org.uk


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ANTRIM GRAMMAR SCHOOL 10 Steeple Road, Antrim, Co. Antrim BT41 1AF Telephone: 028 9446 4091 Attendance Line: 028 9446 3432 Facsimile: 028 9442 8345 Email: info@antrimgrammar.antrim.ni.sch.uk

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ST LOUIS GRAMMAR SCHOOL, KILKEEL

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A SCHOOL WITH A GREAT TRADITION AND FUTURE

Student Leadership Team.

St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel.

Specialist school for Technology

St. Louis receive Green Flag status.

Paris Trip.

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POST PRIMARY GUIDE 2022 Blessed with a view of the majestic Mourne Mountains, St. Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel, has offered a high-quality education to the young people of South Down and beyond for nearly 100 years. Celebrating its centenary in 2022, St Louis is an inclusive school for boys and girls, whose aim is to provide opportunities for all students, enabling them to develop their talents and skills to realise their full potential, academically, socially and personally. St. Louis seeks to provide a secure and caring environment for all children whilst promoting our Catholic ethos. The provision of an academic education of a high standard under the guidance of well-qualified teachers, whilst striving to create a setting which encourages pupils’ physical, moral and spiritual well-being, is central to the ethos of the school. The school is committed to working in partnership with parents to ensure that high expectations are met in the form of excellent examination results and high quality extra-curricular experiences. We Care St Louis is a caring school, where students are encouraged to live out their faith by supporting a range of charities, local, national and international. Fundraising takes several forms including ticket sales, sponsored fasts, goal shoots, sponsored walks and bag packs. In the past, groups of students and staff have travelled to Rwanda and Romania to work in orphanages bringing with them substantial funds and resources to aid their development. We have strong links within the Network of St Louis schools worldwide. Each year thousands of pounds are donated to a range of charities including MacMillan Cancer Care, Action MS, SERVE, Trocáire Lenten Appeal, the Hospice, and St Louis Mission work in less economically developed countries. Something Extra At St. Louis there is something for everyone to join in with and enjoy, and that participation and social interaction is what really matters. There are a wide range of activities on offer including athletics, camogie, cross-country, Gaelic football (boys and girls), golf, netball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and swimming. Internal competitions in some sports are held annually and the school organises and hosts annual primary school competitions in Gaelic football and netball.

St. Louis Year 10 Boys Gaelic Football

St Louis has a strong camogie tradition with a proud record in Ulster Colleges’ competitions including two recent All Ireland semi-final appearances. Individual players have also earned 5 All Star awards and contribute to county and university teams. There has also been great success in Gaelic football including MacRory and MacLarnon cup final appearances as well as success in All-Ireland Colleges’ competitions. Students, past and present, continue to achieve tremendous success at local, national and international level in a range of sports including Gaelic football, Camogie, Australian Rules football, golf and rugby. The school has a long tradition of music and drama. As well as regular music lessons, students are able to take part in further musical study, where they learn to play a wide variety of musical instruments taught by a team of specialist musicians. Students perform at assemblies, Masses, concerts and musicals. They also have opportunities to perform in a variety of plays and the annual Drama Festival. St. Louis have staged some magnificent musicals in recent years, such as Jesus Christ, Superstar, My Fair Lady, Oliver and most recently Beauty and the Beast. High levels of success have been achieved individually by pupils in competitions at local feiseanna and in the annual Schools’ Irish Drama Festival. Each year a concert of music, drama, song, poetry and fashion is staged to bring together the talents developed throughout the year.

A Preparation for life St. Louis is a magnificent platform from which students go forward to a diverse range of careers. University, college and employment destinations of the recent ‘Class of 2021’ reflects the unique interests, abilities, talents and aspirations of each individual St Louis student. 91.7 % of 73 UCAS applicants gained a place on a Higher Education Honours Degree Course in August 2021 with two of those students electing to accept offers of a Higher-Level Apprenticeship. 89% of St Louis UCAS applicants were accepted onto their first-choice degree course.

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A number of students attained Higher Apprenticeships (HLA’s). This ‘learn as you earn’ salaried position offers the option of undertaking part-time degree level study often sponsored by the company. The HLA’s gained were in Computing with First Derivatives and in Accounting with Boyle’s Finance Department. 18 St. Louis students have accepted places at Queen’s University Belfast within STEM disciplines such as Pharmacy, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Biomedical Science, Environmental Management, Accounting, Psychology & Nursing. The Arts & Humanities field is well represented with undergraduate study in Law, Sociology, Criminology, Music, English and Politics. Other students chose to study PPE and those with a passion for innovative structural design and built environment chose to study Architecture. St. Louis students also progressed to the University of Ulster with degrees related to the construction sector such as Building Surveying, Construction Management, Architectural Technology, Architecture and Quantity Surveying. Mechatronic Engineering and Bio-medical Engineering also featured, with creative courses such as Screen Production, Animation, Music and Sound Production offering a route into a future career in creative media/film. Interest and academic successes in Food Science and Nutrition gave rise to degree places awarded in Environmental Health and Consumer Management & Food Innovation. Criminology proved a popular degree option as did degrees in Business and Marketing. Students moving to other regions of the UK commenced degree courses in; Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough, Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations at Durham, Physics at UCL, London, with seven students electing to pursue degree studies across the disciplines of Nursing, Psychology, International Relations, Urban Planning and Marketing in Liverpool. A school with a great tradition and future St. Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel, has certainly delivered on the vision of its founders and can look forward with confidence that it is meeting the needs of current and future generations. On the 23 June 2020 the Minister of Education announced 9 schools to advance in design under the major capital works programme, at an overall anticipated cost of £156million, £120m of which is anticipated on construction. St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel, was included in that announcement. The Board of Governors and the Trustees now welcome reaching a significant milestone for the project with the appointment of Hamilton Architects LLP, who have been selected to lead the project through to completion. Hamilton Architects LLP have now commenced with the design and appraisal of options for the scheme.

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St. Louis Grammar School 151 Newry Road, Kilkeel, Co. Down BT34 4EU Tel 02841762747 Fax 02841765694 www.stlouis.org.uk


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NORTHERN IRELAND’S FUTURE As Northern Ireland’s first planned integrated school, Lagan College is very proud to be a co-educational 11-18, all ability school that meets the learning style of all children within the same family. We celebrate the diverse backgrounds and cultures of children from over 50 feeder primary schools, city and countryside wide. Our school promotes a strong integrated and inclusive ethos based on core Christian values of respect, equality, reconciliation and service and we encourage our students and their families to embrace these values. we continually strive to educate our students in an environment not only where self-esteem and independence are developed as priorities but also in an environment of self-respect and respect for others. Lagan College continues to provide diverse opportunities and experiences available for our students, despite the obstacles the pandemic has thrown in our way. the resilience, versatility and team spirit demonstrated by the governors, staff, parent(s)/carer(s) and young people alike carried us all through. Students continued to excel academically, artistically and athletically despite the difficult year. During the lockdown, the school provided fitness challenges and Home Economics lessons and students and staff found innovative ways to raise money for various charities. The College is fortunate to reside on a National Trust site of natural beauty and

have achieved 5 Eco Awards as well as holding the accolades of being an international, ‘Cross of Nails’ School, ‘Rights Respecting’ Community and an ICT Award winning learning hub. Learning and developing together is at the heart of what we do. We enjoy having fun in class, on the sports fields or by being dramatic, musical and artistic! We celebrate effort, achievements and diversity and we offer a diverse range of courses designed to appeal to all styles of learner. Our students can choose from 44 GCSEs and 25 A level courses. A range of learning opportunities and educational visits are on offer beyond the classroom as well as offering over 40 different extra-curricular clubs. We passionately believe we have something to offer every child and focus

on their strengths, interests and talents, be that in music, drama, coding or those who enjoy public speaking, debate and STEM innovation with the ultimate goal of nurturing important personal qualities of self- belief, confidence and happiness in our students. Having close links with our alumni, it is wonderful to see the many varied pathways which they have chosen, as well as the impact that an integrated education and ethos has had on their lives. Our ‘Lagan family’ is spread across the world and it is heart-warming to hear how much of an impact the College is still having on their lives to this day. We are winners of the JJ Riley Cup for Gaelic and All Ireland Basketball. We are the Northern Ireland Hockey Champions and often win the North Down Football Cup, in all leagues. Whilst we work hard and play as a united team, individually many of our young men and women represent Ulster in Rugby, Gaelic and Athletics and Northern Ireland in Netball, Football, Dance and Tennis, to name but a few sporting disciplines! During our 40th Anniversary year, we welcomed a new intake of Year 8 students, as well as some new staff members, and we continue to look forward to a positive future supporting more children to learn and grow together. Lagan College is proud to play its part in peace building as an intentionally, integrated, inclusive and all ability school in Northern Ireland.

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THE HIGH SCHOOL, COOKSTOWN

EXCELLENCE, OPPORTUNITY, SUPPORT Centre where pupils with moderate learning difficulties thrive in a supportive, nurturing environment. There is a large Sixth Form, almost all of whom progress to their first choice of university. In the last decade seventeen pupils have been offered places at Oxford or Cambridge.

The High School has been a feature of the sporting, educational and cultural life of the greater Mid Ulster area since its foundation by Rev. Thomas Millar in 1806. It occupies splendid wooded grounds just off the town centre, is easily accessible and boasts some the finest outdoor sports facilities in Ulster including two modern hockey pitches (one sand-based, one water-based) and two splendid grass pitches, rugby pitches and a state-of-theart fitness suite.

As a combined grammar and secondary school it admits pupils to distinct grammar, secondary and vocational pathways. Pupils are admitted to grammar provision on the basis of their academic ability as

evidenced in primary school and do not need to sit additional ‘transfer’ tests. Secondary pathway pupils who perform highly may move onto the grammar pathway. With a strong academic performance, pupils achieve highly through the provision of an all-round education through inspirational teaching and the very best pastoral care. Parents comment that ‘there is a lovely sense of community where all feel valued, respected and well cared for as individuals’. Pupil creativity is encouraged, and different talents and gifts are celebrated to encourage fulfilment of their potential. Pupils showcase their skills in various events through the school year including competitions, House events, the Spring Concert, Carol Service and Art and Technology exhibition. Pupils on all pathways are expected to work hard; bespoke careers provision ensures they choose the GCSE subjects most appropriate to their needs so they can succeed and pursue their life goals. Pupils on the vocational pathway avail of the school’s links with local employers for work experience and courses at the Further Education College. The school also has an excellent Learning Support

For more information contact:

Coolnafranky Demesne Cookstown, Co. Tyrone BT80 8PQ www.cookstownhighschool.org

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The school places a strong emphasis on character development and community engagement with over forty extra-curricular activities on offer which contributes significantly to widening pupil experiences and opportunities. Pupils are encouraged to develop their skills in music, sport, art, science, technology and ICT through groups, teams, clubs and ensembles. Every pupil is regarded as an individual with an important contribution to make to the life of the school and the wider community, and through excellence, opportunity and support, The High School continues to meet the needs, and develop the skills of all of its pupils.


Sullivan Upper School Sullivan Upper is a co-educational, non-denominational, voluntary grammar school. The school was founded in 1877 and, since 1939, has occupied extensive grounds on the edge of Holywood. The school’s aims remain very much as they originally were: to provide the best possible education for all pupils, regardless of race, gender, background or religious denomination. Pupils come to Sullivan from a large catchment area,

covering North Down, Ards and East Belfast. Sullivan Upper takes great pride in providing its pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, supported by a much praised pastoral care system – truly living up to the school motto ‘lamh foisdineach an uachtar’ or ‘the gentle hand foremost’, a constant reminder of the virtue of gentleness in dealing with others. In order to ensure that all pupils are granted a well-rounded education

in every aspect, the curriculum is extended through a wide range of cocurricular and extra-curricular activities, for example in sports, music and drama. A dedicated team of teaching and non-teaching staff helps all pupils to develop their talents to the full and to prepare themselves effectively for the challenges and responsibilities of adult life. Sullivan Upper School’s emphasis is strongly academic and we place a high value on academic achievement. The vast majority of pupils remain at school after GCSE to take A Level courses before heading off to universities at home or further afield, including Oxford and Cambridge. Sullivan Upper’s proud record of outstanding results in public examinations shows that all pupils are empowered to realise their potential. To find out more, visit the school website where you can participate in the school’s Virtual Open Day.

Contact:

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THE HIGH SCHOOL BALLYNAHINCH

EDUCATING AND EMPOWERING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE SINCE 1955

Your child deserves the best! • Excellent results and exceptional pastoral care • Stimulating learning environment and small class sizes • Caring and supportive teachers • 27 subjects offered at GCSE level • Successful shared education programme • Excellent public transport links

The High School Ballynahinch is a small, friendly, country school with a big heart and our pupils are at the heart of all we do. We have a holistic perspective of education and develop all of our young people’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials. At The High School Ballynahinch our motto is ‘Educating and Empowering’, we strongly believe that all of our young people are capable of great things if inspired and motivated each day. Our committed, caring and attentive staff support and encourage all our young people to reach their full potential. Class sizes are small with a maximum of twenty pupils permitted in each class, and this ensures individual teacher attention. Our excellent pastoral care team provides additional confidence, and our dedicated form teachers and Heads of Year will ensure a smooth transition from primary school. We are proud of our excellent GCSE results and we are delighted to offer twenty-seven subjects at GCSE level, with our successful shared education programme providing our

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pupils with a wide range of opportunities and experiences. School outings and educational visits are an important part of life at The High School Ballynahinch and we ensure everyone has an opportunity to experience a range of activities and pursuits, popular choices are Shannaghmore Outdoor Learning Centre, Let’s Go Hydro, Ulster Folk Park, Grand Opera House and the Balmoral Show. We also offer a selection of extra-curricular activities, including, Drama, Film, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Table Tennis, Scripture Union and Breakfast Club each morning before school starts. We are only twenty minutes from Belfast with excellent public transport links available. Come and see for yourself at our

Open Evening

Thursday 6th January 2022 at 7:00pm. Principal’s Address at 7:00pm and 8:00pm


Loreto College, Coleraine Voluntary Grammar School Celebrating over 200 Years 1821-2022 “Spirituality and Excellence in all aspects of school life.”

Loreto College is a Catholic CoEducational all ability voluntary grammar school which has established a renowned tradition of academic excellence, extracurricular success and high standards in all areas of school life. The College promotes a disciplined atmosphere in which mutual respect is fostered. Within the school there is a great sense of community and common purpose. The caring and supportive Pastoral Care system aims to develop students’ selfesteem to the full. Our defining characteristic is our unique Loreto Ethos which makes us a warm,

friendly, welcoming and inclusive school. The College continues to evolve, develop and adapt to an ever changing educational landscape whilst preserving its core values of “Spirituality and Excellence”. The College celebrated its 200th Year in Coleraine and is very proud of it’s fine tradition and heritage. It continues to offer students a broad and balanced curriculum via its academic and vocational pathways whilst remaining true to the traditions and values of the Loreto Order. Preparing our young people to excel at university, further education, and the world of work.

Virtual Open Day Available to view on our school website Saturday 8th January 2022

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SAINTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL Individual success for all pupils – learning and achieving together School Pledge 1

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pathway that nurtures each individual pupil to achieve their true potential. Every single child is supported fully in their learning and in their personal development.

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alongside exceptional pastoral provision, cements our key position at the heart of our community. In addition to a broad and balanced curriculum at both Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four, the school offers a wide and varied extra-curricular programme to enhance performance in the classroom, and to encourage and promote pupils’ broader perspectives. At Saintfield High School, we have a firm community focus and through effective collaborations within the wider area, we continue to improve the learning experiences of

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Academic Excellence 95% of our students progress to 3rd Level; 22 Leaving Certificate Subjects Offered; Excellent Career Guidance; Comprehensive TY Programme. Pastoral Care: Our extensive Care Team supporting each student’s development to their fullest potential. Sports Facilities: First Class Sports facilities including state of the art floodlit grass rugby pitches and olympic standard hockey pitch. Arts Facilities: Full peripatetic music and drama programme; School Choir; Drama Club. Co-curricular Programme: Includes Craft Club, Woodwork, Debating and Coding. Annual participants in Scifest competitions. Faith Development: Church of Ireland ethos which promotes respect and kindness to oneself and community. Students from all traditions are welcome. Student Leadership: Student voice is actively represented by Student Council, Christian Union, Boarders Forum and Senior Prefect System. Boarding Facilities: 24 hour supervision and care. 5-day and 7-day options available. Financial Support: Range of scholarships and bursaries are available. Full support to attain your entitlement for S.E.C. grant. This full SEC grant covers all boarding fees at Wilson’s Hospital School.


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CLONGOWES WOOD COLLEGE

DISCOVER CLONGOWES Clongowes is a Jesuit boarding school set in 550 acres in Co Kildare. A home from home for some 450 boys from all over Ireland, the UK and further afield. All our students enjoy our 7-day boarding education with long weekend breaks. Boarding life at Clongowes consists of a rich variety of academic and co-curricular programmes encompassing a wide variety of sports, music, drama, debating and the arts. The school is set in beautiful grounds with state of art facilities for teaching and learning and our wide-ranging sports and cocurricular programmes. The sense of community amongst the students and staff is a real hallmark of boarding life at Clongowes. At the heart of our school is the Jesuit maxim, Cura Personalis or care for the individual. We really get to know our students exceptionally well, we get to know their strengths, their weaknesses and importantly guide and empower them to discover and nurture their talents in a safe and supportive environment. The philosophy of “doing better” and being better at all we endeavour to do is key to life at the school. Our innovative and ambitious teachers work hand in hand with our dedicated and caring boarding team to inspire our students to achieve the fullest of their potential. Our students are competitive but also work together as a team on the pitches

and in the classrooms and during study time. In our unique boarding setting they are constantly learning from each other. This nurturing of co-operative learning is central to what we do at Clongowes and gives our students a huge advantage as they develop a team ethic and problemsolving skills through living and learning together. Our built environment such as the James Joyce Library and the Bellarmine Learning Centre is designed to encourage even greater cooperation amongst students as they grow and learn together.

The spirit of “doing better” stays with our graduates and drives our graduates to do more, not only for themselves but for the greater good of society. We believe that boarding school life should mirror the very best of family life and the family home. The best homes are full of life and laughter. They offer understanding and patience; they provide support and comfort when things go wrong. The best homes give children clear boundaries. They set high expectations and they instil values by which to live. A strong family life nurtures the self-esteem that young people need to go out into the world with confidence. This is what we aspire to do, and more, complementing modern family life in our boarding school.

To discover what makes Clongowes such a special place, please take a virtual tour of our college on our website. Contact our Admissions team to request more information, find out more about our upcoming virtual open evenings or arrange a visit to the school.

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DUNDALK GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Why board in Dundalk Grammar School? Boarding has been an integral part of the school since its foundation. Students from Ireland and abroad have a unique opportunity to experience a wide range of cultural diversity and form friendships that will last a lifetime. Our resident staff aim to provide students with an environment that is safe and happy.

• Students from all traditions are welcome

Students come to board for a variety and combination of reasons such as their homes are too far away for a daily commute, and or they want to be away from home distractions and temptations at a time of important study.

• First class ICT facilities with high speed wireless network

Some parents wish their children to have some experience of living away from home prior to moving on to third level study – an important factor when you consider that nearly every (c.97%) Dundalk Grammar School student goes on to study at third level.

• Sports facilities with floodlit pitches and tennis courts

• Excellent career guidance and exam results • 97% of our students progress to 3rd level education both in Ireland and overseas • Multi-purpose hall for music, sport and drama

• Modern kitchen/dining rooms providing nutritious and balanced meals • First class accommodation offering 5-day and 7-day boarding options • State-of-the-art facilities for teaching and learning

For a prospectus or further information please call, email or visit our website:

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SLIGO GRAMMAR SCHOOL ONE BODY, ONE SPIRIT

QUALITY EDUCATION ON THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY Sligo Grammar School, situated on the banks of the Garavogue River in Sligo Town, is a Church of Ireland Co-Educational Day and Boarding School, established in 1570 by Elizabeth I. Our school motto “One Body, One Spirit” enshrines over 450 years as a school which operates within and encourages Christian values and faith. We are a school in which an ethic of care and respect for others, and for each individual, is valued. We welcome students from all faiths and traditions. Sligo Grammar School aims to promote excellence in an inclusive and supportive community that reflects Christian values, where each member is enabled to achieve their full potential in life and in learning.

Academic Achievment Students come to Sligo Grammar School directly from Primary Schools all over the country and abroad. We do not require incoming students to sit an entrance examination. Sligo Grammar School prides itself on consistently excellent academic results in the Leaving Cert examination. Our CAO points average is consistently 100 to 130 points above the National average. In 2021, for example, 74.9% of our students accepted University places both in Ireland and abroad, while 25.1% took up places in other Third Level Institutions or took a GAP year. Each year 10% to 15% of our students go abroad to study. In Leaving Cert 2021 our average points score was 470 points with 5% of students scoring a maximum 625 points. In 2019, 61% of our students went to University, while the remainder took up places in other Third Level Colleges or went on to do apprenticeships. In recent years Sligo Grammar School has been one of the top schools in Connacht for students transferring to Level 8 courses in Universities. These include many UK Universities such as Queens University Belfast, The University of Manchester and Cambridge University. Some of our students study in European

Sligo Grammar School Service of Remembrance and Reconciliation. Mary Lou McDonald, Leader of Sinn Féin with Viscount Brookeborough, Lord Lieutenant for Co Fermanagh.

Sligo Grammar School students with the German Ambassador.

Universities, many in Holland and Hungary, while we have had students in recent years study at Yale and Harvard in the USA. Extra-Curricular activites Sligo Grammar School offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities. As a school we encourage participation and believe that those who are involved in extracurricular activities have a more rounded education and better general wellbeing. Sporting and cultural activities are offered to our students. Hockey is available to girls in all years, with rugby, basketball, soccer, kayaking, rowing and athletics, available to both boys and girls. Many of our students go on to represent Connacht at regional level in both rugby and hockey, with students from both team sports going on to represent Ireland. The school has been very successful in recent years, winning All Ireland titles in basketball, and regional competitions in both rugby and hockey. Athletics takes place in the final term of each year and we are lucky enough each year to have students winning at regional level and going on to the All-Ireland School’s Competition, held annually in Tullamore. The school

offers a Debating Club, Drama Club, Chess Club, Woodwork Club, Christian Union, and access to the Art Room every week after school. A biennial school musical, involving Transition Year and 5th year students is staged in the Hawks Well Theatre. Choir is an important and popular activity and, like all our clubs, it is open to all students. The Choir plays a central role in our annual Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation and our Christmas Carol Service, and has performed on RTE for their Christmas Day Service on several occasions over the years. During the year we have lunchtime concerts for our students, where they can display their musical talent. Lunchtime debates are held in the school foyer during the year. Boarding in Sligo Grammar School Seven and five-day boarding is offered to both boys and girls. The Boarding School is an integral part of school life. Students come from Ireland and countries across the world. The school prides itself on its family atmosphere, and this is especially true of the Boarding Houses. The boarders are cared for by House Parents who are supported by Matrons and live-in staff.

For more information about Sligo Grammar School visit our website at sligogrammarschool.org or contact the school at admin@sligogrammarschool.org Phone: 00353 71 9145010 / 00353 71 9143531

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LIVERPOOL

A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE AND STUDY Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) remains the most popular university in Great Britain for Northern Irish students*, welcoming a very strong community of 2,000+ students from Northern Ireland.

YOUR HOME FROM HOME

JMU has a special relationship with Northern Ireland built over 20 years, as our dedicated NI outreach team spend months every year visiting schools and colleges, as well as attending community and higher education fairs all across Northern Ireland, offering a flavour of what it is like to study amongst 20,000 students in a modern citycentre university with over 200 programmes to choose

We guarantee all new students a place in high quality student accommodation. Safe and affordable, our LJMU-approved student flats provide the perfect base to explore Liverpool and make new friends.

from. We also invite young people to apply for a place on our annual Summer Residential, an unmissable opportunity for Northern Irish students to experience LJMU first-hand. Famous for its warm welcome, Liverpool is a fantastic place to live and study, providing students with all the excitement of a major city but with the friendliness and sense of community of a much smaller town.

Email us at nioutreach@ljmu.ac.uk for details

EXPERIENCE LJMU

ON CAMPUS* ONLINE AND ON DEMAND Open Days at LJMU are not to be missed and a great way to experience LJMU first hand. Applicants who receive an offer will also be invited to exclusive Applicant Day events in Liverpool and Belfast, giving students and their families the chance to attend an event closer to home. Details of our invite-only events will be sent to successful applicants.

Travelling to Liverpool from Northern Ireland couldn’t be easier too, with daily flights to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, and ferries that sail direct from Belfast.

I love how quickly Liverpool and LJMU felt like home, and you will always hear the Northern Irish accents! Laura from Belfast BA (Hons) History

LJMU ON DEMAND Available 24/7. Watch on-demand course videos, campus facilities, accommodation and more. Explore the world of LJMU. Register here:

For more information contact: Liverpool John Moores University Tel: 0151 231 5090 Web: ljmu.ac.uk Email: nioutreach@ljmu.ac.uk * 2020/21 UCAS application data ** On Campus open day experiences may be modified in order to adhere to the latest government guidance on public events in respect of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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ST MARY’S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION WITH A REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENT PASTORAL

Applications are welcome for admission to the following programmes Programme Undergraduate

Deadline for receipt of applications

BEd (Hons) Primary Degree

Monday, 17 January 2022

BEd (Hons) Post-Primary Degree

Monday, 17 January 2022

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts Degree

Monday, 17 January 2022

Postgraduate

St Mary’s University College is a small and specialist institution of higher education with an ethos that is welcoming to all, where valueseducation is actively promoted, and respect is intrinsic. The College has had a long-standing academic partnership with Queen’s University Belfast whereby it has a sufficiently high degree of autonomy to offer a distinctive educational experience for its students while also engaging in collaborative provision with a world-class university. The academic programmes at St Mary’s are validated by Queen’s. In addition, the College has an exceptionally high profile of both community engagement and international study opportunities as well as a strong commitment to widening access and participation in higher education.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Irish-medium Education) Primary

Friday, 25 February 2022

Teacher Professional Learning Master of Education (MEd) Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)

Depends on Spring or Summer entry.

Entry qualification guidelines are available from the College website www.smucb.ac.uk/admissions Or contact: 028 9026 8320

Information Event Details Information Event forndergraduate Programmes For more information email admissions@smucb.ac.uk Virtual Open Day Visit: https://tinyurl.com/y669nw2a or visit our website www.smucb.ac.uk

The College advances a faith-based approach to education which emphasises the desire to build a dynamic community of learners, united through the fusion of Christian faith, reason and scholarship. St Mary’s has successfully created such a remarkably student friendly community and we are fortunate to be able to recruit students who are highly engaged in the life of the College. The Students’ Union, as well as the clubs and societies, play an important role in College life by promoting a stimulating and fulfilling student experience through sport as well as cultural and social activities. Undergraduate Student Experience A recent survey of the BEd (Hons) Primary and Post-primary degree programmes by the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) identified important strengths in the College’s educational provision, including a very good level of retention and modules that are well designed to ensure student teachers are prepared for their school-based work.

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“I continue to be impressed by the programme. It is thoughtful and well-designed. The learning outcomes make good sense in the light of the liberal arts ideals that inform the programme and the local context in which the programme is implemented.” Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) The annual PTES covers students on the College’s MEd and PGCE programmes, and St Mary’s has constantly had an exceptional outcome. The programmes placed either first or second in each of the seven evaluative categories, which covered the full range of the educational experience including the quality of the teaching, skills development and learner experience.

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Flexible Progression Pathways for Pupils

In this ever-changing world, particularly as we attempt to overcome the challenges around COVID19, the need to provide flexible and economically relevant qualifications to support the upskilling of all pupils in Northern Ireland has never been greater. The Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCN NI) is NI’s leading Professional and Technical Awarding Body, developing and awarding regulated qualifications from Entry Level up to and including Level 5 across all sector areas. OCN NI offers a wide range of vocational and technical qualifications through the Entitlement Framework, enabling schools to provide a broad and balanced curriculum with clear progression pathways for their pupils. OCN NI qualifications ensure schools can access an appropriate range of relevant and engaging courses that meet the needs and aspirations of pupils. To date over 140 schools have chosen to deliver OCN NI qualifications that assist in tackling educational underachievement as well as preparing pupils for Further Education. To view our current list of available qualifications please visit www.ocnni.org.uk Alternatively, for further information you can contact us via: Tel: 028 90 463 990 Email: info@ocnni.org.uk Web: www.ocnni.org.uk

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ROCKPORT SCHOOL, HOLYWOOD

TEEN BOY SOPRANO ERIC GENTET STUNS AUDIENCES Teen Soprano Eric Gentet stunned audiences at Queen’s University and at the Portico of Ards in his first concerts in Northern Ireland in five years. Last time he sang before the First Minister and at the Charles Wood Festival in Armagh. Eric, 15, is famous in France as Eric le Rossignol (Eric the nightingale) after first achieving fame on the French TV show Prodiges singing opera aged just 8 years old. He wowed the judges with his handling of complex arias sung in several languages. A starring role with the Red Army Choir followed and by 11 he was the soloist for a choir of 10,000 children in a stadium in front of 40,000 spectators and a household name across France. Eric stunned audiences by his sweet, yet powerful pure soprano voice, reducing folk to tears in such numbers as the famous “Danny Boy”, “The Rose of Tralee” and the incredibly taxing Italian “Mana Morta”. The concert was attended by the Mayor of Ards, Councillor Mark Brooks. Two years ago, aged nearly 14 Eric defied expectations by continuing to use a classic but now totally lost vocal technique which enables boys to retain their angelic, controlled vibrato, singing voices long after the speaking voice has broken. This voice-technique has all but disappeared since the 1950’s: the last boys known were Derek Barsham, Michael Morely and

Belfast’s own Billy Neely. Now Eric celebrates their legacy, returning to and giving new life to their wonderful repertoire. Said Eric: “The voices of the old boy sopranos live through me, and I aim to keep and develop my Soprano voice. Now. I have the ability and maturity to sing some of the great emotional operatic works originally written for boys, but now only performed by women. Stephen Beet, who has helped Eric with his voice for nearly nine years added that he was very proud of Eric and was sure he would have a great future as a soprano. Eric gave a masterclass to academics and students at Queen’s University where he demonstrated his deep breathing and fully controlled vibrato. Later he sang for appreciative pupils of Rockport School.

GROSVENOR GRAMMAR SCHOOL, BELFAST

THE ARKWRIGHT ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar School pupil Abby Corbett, who was recently informed of her success in applying for the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Programme, a prestigious initiative that aims to inspire the younger generation to become engineers of the future. Abby, Year 13, is one of only ten successful Arkwright Scholars in Northern Ireland this year, and will be working with her sponsor, The Worshipful Company of Salters - a chemical engineering charity - to build her skills and knowledge in this field; her chosen career path. Abby’s success comes after she previously secured victory whilst representing Grosvenor at the ‘Sentinus Rotary Technology Challenge’, held in Jordanstown in June of 2019. Furthermore, Abby’s achievement follows that of Grosvenor’s Deputy Head Girls, Olivia and Louisa Millar, each of PAGE 132

whom were chosen as two of only nine Northern Irish Arkwright Scholars in 2020. Grosvenor’s Head of Technology and Design, Mrs McMillen, was delighted for Abby, saying “I was so thrilled and proud to learn that Abby has been awarded the Arkwright Scholarship this year. It is an amazing achievement to have had three girls from the same school achieve this success over the past two years: Abby is exceptionally talented and a very worthy recipient of such a prestigious award.” Principal, Dr Vasey, was equally delighted, saying “Abby is such wonderful ambassador for our school and deserves this illustrious accolade. I am so delighted for her and for Mrs McMillen. Abby has achieved so much during her time in Grosvenor and we know she has a very bright future ahead of her. She is a credit to herself, her family and her teachers.” A huge congratulations to Abby on her selection onto such a highly prestigious programme; she deserves much credit for such an impressive achievement and will no doubt make the most of this fantastic opportunity.


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Banbridge Academy BANBRIDGE ACADEMY “...known personally and cared for individually.”

ULSTER HOCKEY CHAMPIONS

Banbridge Academy was founded in 1786 and moved to its impressive present location, Edenderry House, in 1950. During the last 25 years there have been two major building projects which have blended the best of modernity with the school’s family ethos and distinguished heritage. The modern and attractive educational facilities, combined with a talented and dedicated teaching staff, enable Banbridge Academy to provide an excellent standard of education where high quality Teaching and Learning is prioritised.

The winning score line of 3-1 against Wallace High School, reflected the overall play, but it took patience and talent to see the coveted title come home in front of a massive crowd at Lisnagarvey Hockey Club. Educational activities spread far beyond the confines of the classroom. From experiencing

having won a number of trophies. In 2015-2016, the

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Charlie Rowe linked at pace before slipping the ball to Ben Pollock who spun out and fed Cody Large. Cody slid in on his backhand side for the In the last ten years, Banbridge Academy pupils Academy have raised in excess ofwith £179,000 a for perfectly various local, national and international charities. The timedqualityreverse sweep – outstanding and variety of the Drama Society’s theatrical productions contribute to the the Old Boys loving his inclusive ethos of the school. Recent productions have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, celebration. This new Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music and Show Stoppers. attacking energy now The Principal, Mr in Robinspades McLoughlin, extends arrived witha Ben welcome to our virtual Open Night. An interactive Pollock, video, prospectus and Josh brochure willBrownlee, be placed on our school website: details will be published Matthew Spence and following the AQE Assessments. Please take time to visit the school website and experience the James Evans all causing warmth and energy of the friendly, caring ethos that defines Banbridgean Academy. Wallace equation they couldn’t solve. Then the match ball scenario arrived and again Pollock caused the pain as his mazy run set up a ping pong with Matthew McKee who fired his assist across the face of the Wallace goal for Louis Rowe to deflect home for what would be the final Academy goal - winning the title for a ninth time.

Coach Jess was delighted for his squad of talented Open Night (Virtual) players. He said the squad would like to thank the

extended coaching staff of Mr John Clarke, Team Pupils and their parents are most welcome to visit the school website. An interactive video, prospectus brochure will be Colin placed onWalker as well as Headmaster The lack of an outlet and height of attack was and Manager Mr our school website: details will be published following the AQE blatantly obvious from both sides – and it would Mr McLoughlin and Mr Mark Cordner, Master in Assessments. be a matter of who dares T:wins. The3220 Academy Charge Boys’ Hockey for making every resource 028 4062 or visit www.banbridgeacademy.org.uk took the game by the scruff and it turned quickly available to them throughout the season and in in favour of Banbridge Academy as Louis and the run-up to this final.

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They also extend their thanks to all the parents, past pupils and wider Banbridge community who made the trip to support the team and wish to sincerely thank Academy Hockey partners EMTEK, Sinton’s at the Bridge, Scarva and Mid Ulster Granite for their continued financial backing. Banbridge Academy Squad - Connor Part, James Finlay, Luke Watt, Aaron Baxter, Seb Best, Ben Walker, Louis Rowe (Captain), Ben Pollock, Josh Brownlee, Matthew McKee, Tommy Dobson, Charlie Rowe (Captain), James Evans, Cody Large, Matthew Spence, Matthew Stevenson, Ben Farson.

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CPR TRAINING FOR POST PRIMARY PUPILS

Laura Walker B.A Hons A.R.A.D

Royal Academy of Dance syllabus ballet classes with Laura Walker B.A.Hons A.R.A.D. registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance preparing children and young people for RAD Graded and Vocational exams. Pre Primary to Advanced 2.

Venues:Monday, St Katharines BT15 Tuesday and Thursday: St Johns, Malone BT9 Wednesdays and Fridays: Old School, Holywood BT18 Saturdays, Carnmoney BT36

Contact Laura Walker

028 9076 3953 : 07711643958 : laurawalkerballet@hotmail.com

The Department of Education has announced that beginning from September 2022 all post-primary pupils should be provided with CPR training as part of the schools curriculum. Education Minister Michelle McIlveen said, ‘CPR is a critical and potentially life-saving skill. In Northern Ireland, there are around 1,400 cardiac arrests a year that take place outside hospital. We know that providing CPR training within the school curriculum can have a clear and measurable impact on survival rates.’ The Education Authority is working closely with the British Heart Foundation and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to support schools with this important project. The British Heart Foundation offers free CPR training kits to all eligible post-primary schools through their ‘Call Push Rescue’ programme. The Education Minister continued, ‘The importance of CPR Training is clearly demonstrated by Clare and Melissa Doyle. Clare suffered a cardiac arrest in 2017. She was saved by the heroic and quick thinking actions of her daughter Melissa who performed CPR. Melissa had been taught CR at her school, Fort Hill Integrated College by her school nurse using the British Heart Foundation’s Call Push Rescue training kit. Learning CPR at school saves lives.’ PAGE 134


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