Fantastic Week

By Ballyclare High School on 16 April, 2021

Let’s celebrate because our school doors are open, our classrooms full of chatter and it is so wonderful to see everyone.  

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Poetry Success

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  Congratulations to 6th form pupil Amy Blackbourne whose composition ‘A VIEW FROM HERE’ is the winning entry in Ulster University’s Poetry Competition organised by the English subject team at Ulster University and School Partnerships. Her poem was highly praised by the judges who were unanimous in awarding Amy First Place. The judges further commented […]

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Former pupil success

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  Congratulations to former 1stXV captain Jack Gamble who has been involved with the Ulster A Rugby Team in matches against Leinster and Munster recently and the Ulster 7s side.  A tremendous achievement in his first year away from school. Jack commented on his Ulster A participation, “It is an exciting new challenge and there […]

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Former pupil makes a difference

By Ballyclare High School on 12 April, 2021

  Aaron Fleming is a 5th year Medic at Gonville and Caius Cambridge University and has been involved in the design and user interface at the Open Ventilator System Initiative.   In March 2020 when the Covid pandemic began at a terrifying rate it was quickly noted that a lack of ventilators would be a huge […]

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Past Pupil Success – Aaron Fleming

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In March 2020, when Covid-19 infection rates were rising dramatically in Europe, the number of infections in many low- and medium-income countries remained low. However, it was predicted that towards the summer these rates would start to increase. This was especially worrying due to the low number of ventilators available in the developing world. In […]

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Josh’s Creative Resilience

By Ballyclare High School on 26 March, 2021

As a very different term ends for our school community, we wanted to share one Year 8 pupil’s very moving and hopeful poem. Josh Blair in 8B shares his observations.    A Lockdown Mind In there you’ll see a mass in masks, But it’s not a party. A room full of people in blue, But […]

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Happy Easter

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AQE Update 23 March 2021

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  “The Board of AQE understands the need for certainty for pupils, parents and schools in relation to arrangements for the 2021-22 academic year. As ever, we will be guided by the NI Executive’s guidance regarding the Covid-19 restrictions as the health and well-being of the children remain our primary concerns. The Board has been […]

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Fairtrade Baking Competition

By Ballyclare High School on 25 March, 2021

Year 9s have been involved in the ‘Great Ballyclare Bake Off’ using some Fairtrade products. My goodness there were lots of Star Bakers which meant it has been very difficult for Year 9 staff to judge the winners, as they all were so good. Ms Smith Head of Year commented that not only was the […]

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Condolences Extended

By Ballyclare High School on 19 March, 2021

  It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our former Chief School Caretaker Mr George Dodds, a faithful and dedicated member of staff for 32 years. George started work in school as a groundsman before moving to become a member of the caretaking staff. A true gentleman he just loved being part […]

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Power NI Award

By Ballyclare High School on 17 March, 2021

We are delighted to have received £500 from Power NI from their #MorePowerfulTogether fund. We received this from Power NI staff member and one of our parents, Alicia McCauley. Thank you, Power NI and Alicia! We will use this technology fund award to purchase a computer which will be used to support a child’s learning […]

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Politics Opportunities

By Ballyclare High School on 11 March, 2021

Our A level Politics students have been involved in lots of online learning events in the last week. Queens University held the Annual A level Conference entitled this year Government and Politics in Turbulent Times. There were lectures on USA, Britain, NI and Political Power and gave pupils an insight into studying Politics at University. […]

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#ChosetoChallenge

By Ballyclare High School on 8 March, 2021

Happy Women’s Day to all our former pupils across the globe – let’s celebrate!

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UTV Favourite Gillian Porter Zooms In!

By Ballyclare High School on 26 February, 2021

Aspiring journalists from Year 12 and 13 benefitted from a zoom call with Gillian Porter news reader and continuity announcer on UTV, yesterday. She was joined by her former colleague and editor, Paul Cromie in the call. The media professionals outlined the skills, attributes and qualifications required in front of and behind the news desk camera. […]

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Well done Ms. Orr!

By Ballyclare High School on 23 February, 2021

Well done to Ms Orr, Head of Music who raised money to purchase a new instrument by walking miles! This will be of huge benefit to current Year 9 pupil Lily McKeenam.

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Former pupil success

By Ballyclare High School on 22 February, 2021

Look at how far learning Languages can take you! This is Jill Gallard, a former pupil from Ballyclare High School who is now the British Ambassador to Germany. A true inspiration to all linguists!

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Year 9 Photographic Competition.

By Ballyclare High School on 12 February, 2021

Wow, what an amazing response, well done Year 9!  The finalists were Anna Wilmont, Alex Kelly, Alex McAllister, Amber Rae Ferguson, Abigail Reid, Bobby Quinn, Charis Mercer, Edee Rankin, Isabel Campbell, Joshua McColgan, Katie Sloane, Lea Matthews, Lucy Logan, Lydia Jones, Mia Wilson and Will Chambers. The eventual winner was Alex McAllister.

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What Year 9’s will be getting up to during half term!

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They will be participating in The Tokyo Challenge, designed by a group of A2 PE pupils which involves daily activities to gain points for their Form Class. This event is supporting the charity MIND which focuses on mental health by providing support and access to the right information and hugely relevant at this time. If you would […]

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Year 8 DIY OLYMPICS

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Year 8 pupils will be taking part in the DIY Olympics run by the A Level PE Pupils over half-term. Lots of new and fun challenges will be tried as they aim to get as many points as possible for their form class to win prizes! This event will be linked to ‘NHS Charities Together’, […]

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Computer Donation Scheme

By Ballyclare High School on 11 February, 2021

  What an amazing community we have around and in our school. We have had a wonderful response to our shout out for recycling machines. Thanks must go to you for your donations and to Mr Farley for ensuring they are all in order and ready to be used by our pupils.

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Year 10 Careers

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This week saw our Year 10 Careers event and subject choices beginning. Information was posted on GCR and opportunities to sign up for consultation have been offered. Year 10 tutors and careers staff have been guiding pupils through this process and we thank you our parents too for your support. ‘What do you want to […]

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Year 10 Lockdown Playlist

By Ballyclare High School on 8 February, 2021

Year 10 and Mrs Kent inspired us all this week by creating their own lockdown and then challenged the staff to do so too. There was an overwhelming response by pupils and staff and we now have our own diverse list of songs to get us up and moving and lifting our spirits. What a great bit […]

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Safer Internet Day

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On Tuesday 9th February we will be joining schools and youth organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2021. Safer Internet Day is a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology, which calls on young people, parents, carers, teachers, socialworkers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and more to join together in helping to create a better […]

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Inescapable Reading Culture – Brann Readers Take the Lead!

By Ballyclare High School on 5 February, 2021

  Two great Year 9 reading recommendations   The current lockdown has afforded some KS3 readers the time to fill their Starbooks cards with great reading options. Brann readers forged ahead this month with Aikin, Dixon and Russell following closely behind in that order! Don’t forget that parents can sign the Starbooks reading cards too. Let […]

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Year 9 Challenge

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Head of Year Miss Smith and her form tutors challenged Year 9 to beat them in a keepie uppie competition. The teachers were confident, being led by Mr Hawthorne and Mr Bell, but the pupils knocked them out of the park! Isabel Campbell and Freddy Gillan taking the leader board with scores of 154 and […]

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