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22 Nov 2017 TBUC mural project

On Saturday 18th November, pupils from Clounagh Junior High joined up with pupils from St. John the Baptist’s College to work together on the TBUC project (Together Building a United Community). Pupils from both schools worked together to come up with the design for a mural and, with guidance from experienced graffiti artists, great progress was made.

22 Nov 2017 Living history

On Thursday 2nd November, History reenactors from the ABC Council visited our Year 8 pupils. The reenactors were dressed in full Norman costume and brought with them authentic weapons and artefacts. Many of our pupils had an opportunity to dress up in armour, handle the weapons, and even build a shield wall before taking part in a trial to decide the rightful heir to the English throne. This was an enjoyable experience for all involved.

22 Nov 2017 This year's prefects

Congratulations to the pupils chosen as head boy, head girl, deputy head boy, deputy head girl, and prefects, for the current academic year.

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20 Nov 2017 Growing fruit and vegetables

Gemma Richardson, representative from ABC council came into school recently to talk to pupils about environmental issues. Pupils were given advice on how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

20 Nov 2017 Storm Ophelia

Mr. David Blevins spoke to pupils about Storm Ophelia today. Mr. Blevins reported live from Salthilll, Galway for Sky News during the storm. Video footage of the storm was shown and pupils had the opportunity to ask questions on the storm and also on a career in journalism.

10 Nov 2017 Remembrance Day

Clounagh held a special assembly for all staff and pupils, for Remembrance Day. Guest speaker, Padre Charles McCartney, recounted his personal experiences on the frontlines of the 1990s Gulf War.

8 Nov 2017 Portadown Educates Together: Shannagh-More residental

A group from Clounagh heading to a residential at Shannagh-More from Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th November to take part in Portadown Educates Together (PET). They will be joined by staff and pupils from St. John Baptist High School, taking part in outdoor activities as well as exploring heritage, culture and identity amongst many other topics.

2 Nov 2017 Pupil exam timetable
Click here to view the Year 8 and Year 9 examination timetable for this term.

2 Nov 2017 Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box Appeal

BR and FB participating in the Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box Appeal. Well done and great effort!

25 Oct 2017 Three spooky movie trailers

If you're looking for something to put you in the Halloween mood, check out this collection of movie trailers, showing some of the spookier movies made by the school's Film Club: Psychosis, Sleepless and Intruders (click each title to watch the full movie).

25 Oct 2017 Bun sale and raffle

Pupils held a bun sale, and Rachel Forsythe held a raffle, to raise money for Headway East Kent Brain Injury Support.

25 Oct 2017 Clounagh staff member writes programming book

In 2016 the BBC released a miniature computer called the micro:bit. A million of these were distributed free to UK schools in a nationwide initative to rekindle interest in computer programming among the next generation. Clounagh's ICT technician Mr. Sloan decided to write a book for micro:bit users entitled Micro Games, featuring 12 game-making projects. The book is used extensively in the school's computer club (top photo). Unexpectedly, thanks to the ebook format removing the burden of printing and shipping costs, copies have been sold beyond the UK, to countries such as Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, USA, and Australia.

25 Oct 2017 Shoeboxes for Project Romania

The charity Project Romania collecting shoeboxes filled with gifts donated by Clounagh pupils. This is the fifth year the school has collected for this organisation. The shoeboxes will be taken to an orphanage in Romania for Christmas.

13 Oct 2017 School council

The above pupils are the school council representatives for this term. From top to bottom: main school council, Year 8, Year 9, and Year 10 representatives.

3 Oct 2017 Face of Northern Ireland

On 31 July Clounagh pupil Rachel Forsythe won the Face of Northern Ireland contest. Rachel said, "This is a pageant which is for girls to make friends, have fun, and gain confidence, but mostly to raise money for charity. As part of my prize, I received a trip to Disney to compete in the Face of the World."

3 Oct 2017 Friendly Faces for 2017/18

Friendly Faces is a mentoring system whereby Year 10 pupils help to: (1) support year 8 pupils and help them settle into Clounagh; (2) assist with their integration and enable them to quickly feel part of the school community and enjoy school life; (3) assist the form teacher during registration period one morning a week.

27 Sept 2017 Jeans for Genes

On Friday 22nd September, all Clounagh students and staff wore jeans on "Jeans for Genes Day" to raise money for genetic research. A fantastic sum of £645.85 was raised. Many thanks to everyone for their participation in this very worthy cause.

26 Sept 2017 Young Enterprise workshop

In Clounagh we recognise the need for pupils to have access to high quality opportunities that create aspirational careers guidance and develop employability skills. Today was an example of such an opportunity when we had Young Enterprise NI attend the school to help develop employability skills. The trainer, Mrs Mary McDermott, delivered an interactive and inspirational enterprise programme to our Year 9 pupils.

19 Sept 2017 A warm welcome to the new Year 8 pupils

11 Sept 2017 Clounagh computer programming club

Year 10 pupils are invited to join the computer programming club, which will be held on Thursdays from 2.45pm to 4.00pm, starting this week. The focus of the club will be programming the BBC micro:bit computer (see video).

11 Sept 2017 Best wishes for your retirement

Wishing a happy retirement to Clounagh's head of Science, Mrs. Hanna.

28 June 2017 Prize-winners

Congratulations to this year's prize-winners. Top photo: class prize-winners. Middle: academic prize-winners. Bottom: sports prize-winners.

28 June 2017 Movie trailers created by pupils

Pupils demonstrate skill in drama and filmmaking by creating their own horror and sci-fi movie trailers.

27 June 2017 Pupils raise funds for Love For Life

Year 10 pupils raised money in a sponsored walk and donated £561.20 to the Love For Life organisation.

27 June 2017 Dragon's Den

All Year 8 pupils developed a marketable product and business plan under the guidance of Employability teachers, supported by Young Enterprise’s Mrs. Cathy Morrison, with business volunteers and CEIAG Coordinator Mrs. McConnell. Pictures are the semi-finalists who presented their prototypes and PowerPoints to a judging panel in the Dragons Den on Monday.

Products included: wireless straighteners with app; watch with a timetable; translator box; heatwave shoe soles; the Quick Tidy Desk Organiser. The winning product was Sweet Scents Candles, by pupils from AY. The runner up product was Fizzz Bathbombs, by pupils from AR.

A huge congratulations to all Year 8 pupils, the semi-finalists, and especially the two winning companies. The Dragons could not believe how innovative and well-presented you all were.

22 June 2017 Pupils raise funds for REACH

Clounagh pupils have held different events recently to raise money to thank Jonny Hampton and the REACH team for the services given our school this year. £1,000 was raised through Leavers Day activities, a "Year 8’s Got Talent" show and smoothie sales at breaktime. Thank you to all who contributed to support such great work in schools.

22 June 2017 Jetset certificates

Mr. Hill (acting Principal) presented a number of pupils with certificates achieved for success in Jetset English examinations. Many of the pupils have arrived in this country within the past three years. Also pictured are ESL Teachers Mr. Kennedy and Mrs. Moore.

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22 June 2017 UK Maths Team Challenge National Finals

In March, a team of four pupils from Clounagh took part in the Northern Ireland Regional Heats of the UK Maths Team Challenge. The team of two Year 10 and two Year 9 pupils saw off all the competition from schools across Northern Ireland, and qualified for a place at the National Finals in London on 19th June. Across the UK there are 1700 schools who enter the competition and only 88 schools make it to the National Finals. The competition consisted of four rounds – the Group Round, Crossnumber, Relay and Shuttle rounds. The questions are designed to challenge the pupils, and require them to apply their knowledge as well as work as a team to complete the variety of different tasks. The team worked well together and put up a good performance in a very challenging and competitive field. Congratulations to the team for making it to the National Final.

21 June 2017 Highlights from Prize Evening

Snippets from the pupil performances at this year's Prize Evening, including the school choir, band, guitar ensemble, solo instruments, solo singer, drum major, poetry, and dance acts.

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21 June 2017 New athletics records

Congratulations to four new athletics record holders. Full details on the Athletics Records tab (top).

19 June 2017 Ulster Athletics competition

Both Year 8 teams qualified from the Ulster Athletics competition for the inaugural Ulster Team competition. Despite the weather both teams enjoyed success and the day itself. Special note to the boys team who finished as the 7th best team in Ulster.

19 June 2017 Clounagh from the sky

Our thanks to Andrew Gough for providing these aerial views of Clounagh school, photographed using a drone.

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16 June 2017 Raising money for REACH

The Smoothie ‘n’ Scone sale on Tuesday 13 June raised £125 for REACH. Thanks to pupils who prepared and sold food and anyone who provided fruit. Thanks also to Lidl, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and the P&G, who kindly donated.

16 June 2017 Challenge Ministries Swaziland presents a plaque

Dean and Gary from Challenge Ministries Swaziland presented Clounagh with a plaque in recognition of the amount raised by the school for the organisation's clean water project.

16 June 2017 Cancer Fund for Children

In April, Year 9 pupils took part in a sponsored "Read On" event. They raised an amazing £2,128.81 for the Cancer Fund for Children.

15 June 2017 Highlights from Year 8's Got Talent

Year 8 pupils took part in a talent show, featuring dance, singing, stand-up comedy, and animation.

15 June 2017 Sports Day

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15 June 2017 REACH workshops

Our Year 10 pupils have been making some very important choices recently in regards to their future. With this in mind, we invited the REACH team into school again to help us mentor our young people through this really important stage of their lives. All young people had the opportunity to participate in four days of workshops and the whole year group enjoyed team games and challenges each afternoon. "Life’s Journey", "Created for a Purpose", "My Identity" and "What Choices Are We Going to Make?" were the titles of the workshops. They involved plenty of activities with others, self-reflection, problem solving, and decision making. The young people evidently thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities and there was a great buzz of enthusiasm in the assembly hall. We would like to extend our sincere thanks again to Jonny Hampton and the fantastic REACH team for the on-going support they give to us in Clounagh. They are highly respected and appreciated by our young people and staff.

26 May 2017 Mood Matters for Young People

All of Year 10 have been involved in workshops to improve their understanding and knowledge of mental health problems and mental illness. To help us enhance the focus on this very important issue, we welcomed a team of ladies from AWARE NI. The Mood Matters for Young People programme helped our young people realise what affects mental health, taught signs and symptoms of stress and depression, suggested sources of help, and encouraged all young people to look after their own mental health. The team were very impressed with our school and all the young people they encountered. We as a staff were very proud of how mature and responsible our young people were when approaching such a challenging subject.

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23 May 2017 Freedom Acts

Ian from Freedom Acts has been in school to work with all Year 10 classes. Some of the big issues that the workshops explored were: Human Trafficking, Grooming, Slavery, Exploitation, Human Rights and Fair Trade. Our young people were shocked to learn that some of these issues are happening in the Portadown area and in other parts of Northern Ireland. We hope that they will take these messages beyond the classroom and protect themselves and others from these risks in the community. Our sincere thanks to Ian and Freedom Acts for helping us to reinforce these messages in school in such an interactive and meaningful way.

08 May 2017 "The Sound of Silence" & "Surfin' USA" covers

Talented Clounagh pupils performing songs by Simon & Garfunkel and the Beach Boys, in a guitar ensemble with drums.

08 May 2017 School concert highlights

This year's concert combines the talents of Clounagh Junior High School pupils, Millington Primary School pupils, and special guests the Khulula Choir from Swaziland.

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05 May 2017 Ski trip

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03 May 2017 Hearts for Swaziland - upcoming concert reminder

Year 8 pupils in Clounagh have this year chosen the severe water shortage in Swaziland and the H20 project as their charity. The people of Swaziland, along with other countries in the region, are suffering extreme hardship and disease because there is no clean water. The H2O project is aiming to pipe water from the mountains to rural Swaziland thus ensuring that everyone who lives there will have access to clean water.

The pupils have already raised almost £4,000 as a result of a sponsored walk before Easter and Years 9 & 10 supported them with a non-uniform day raising a further £353. During the sponsored walk each class had to carry a bucket of water, to bring home to them just how far children of a similar age in Swaziland would have to travel to obtain water which very often was far from clean.

The highlight of the year will come on Thursday 4th May when the Kuhula choir from Swaziland will visit the school. On that evening they will join pupils from Clounagh and Millington for a concert in the school assembly hall in a final effort to raise some money for the drought stricken country.

Tickets are priced £5 and are available from pupils of the school.

26 Apr 2017 Raising money for Tiny Life

9EB recently held a charity bun sale at break time to raise funds for Tiny Life. Tiny Life is Northern Ireland's premature and vulnerable baby charity, dedicated to reducing premature birth, illness, disability and death in babies born here. The event was a great success and the class were able to donate £220.70 to this worthwhile cause.

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26 Apr 2017 Values workshop

We have been very lucky to have the REACH team in school to deliver their “Values” workshops to all year 9 classes. Our pupils were encouraged to think about personal values and how our values can be challenged by the world and people around us. The group activities and scenarios produced a great buzz of discussion in the gym and our young people all engaged whole heartedly and produced many fantastic responses. Sincere thanks to REACH for putting together such a great series of workshops for us!

26 Apr 2017 Red Nose Day

Clounagh's canteen staff organised a 1980s-themed lunch to raise money for Red Nose Day on 24 March.

4 Apr 2017 Upcoming concert

4 Apr 2017 Crocuses planted by Rotary Club in bloom

14 Mar 2017 Clounagh wins NI Reg. Final of Maths Trust Team Challenge

The Year 9 and 10 students who recently took part in the UK Maths Trust Team Challenge. The team took part in the Regional Final, held in Belfast, competing against schools from all across Northern Ireland. The Team Challenge is a competition which gives pupils the opportunity to tackle a variety of engaging mathematical activities, using logic, reasoning, problem solving and communication skills. The team worked well as a group and answered well across all four rounds of the competition, and in the end their hard work paid off as they were crowned the overall winners of the Northern Ireland Regional Final! Congratulations to the team, who will now attend the National Final to be held in London in June.

13 Mar 2017 Bun sale for Tiny Life

Members of 9EB who held a bun sale to raise funds for Tiny Life.

13 Mar 2017 Promoting Fair Trade

Fair Trade fortnight was celebrated in school on Thursday 9th March. ABC Council staff visited school to talk to pupils about the promotion of Fair Trade. There was a presentation from the manager of a local Co-op store, explaining what Fair Trade products are on offer and what the Fair Trade logo looks like. A representative from Freedom Acts gave a presentation on modern-day slavery and how the promotion of Fair Trade can provide more ethical working conditions for farmers across the world.

7 Mar 2017 Under 12 Mid Ulster Cup winners

The Year 8 football team played Killicomaine Junior High on Friday 3rd March in the final of the Under 12 Mid Ulster Cup. Clounagh put on an impressive performance and won the match 2-0, adding the Mid Ulster Cup to their League Title. Well done to all the boys in the squad and good luck for their upcoming Northern Ireland Cup Semi Final match.

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27 Feb 2017 Year 8 achievement points

It is hard to believe that half of the academic year has already passed by. Today at break the Year 8 Year Heads had the pleasure of rewarding the 20 pupils in Year 8 with the most achievement points which were awarded by their teachers over the first half of this academic year. The pupils enjoyed a luxury break of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, dougnuts and sweet baked treats!

27 Feb 2017 Young Enterprise Trade Fair

On Friday 10th February, 10 Year 8 & 9 Pupils from the Senior Art Club went to compete in the Young Enterprise Southern Area Trade Fair in Rushmere Shopping Centre. They set up their stall "Handcrafted with Love" selling lots of handmade goods including brooches, framed Bible verses and ceramic vases. All products were independently designed and produced by the entire Art Club of 24 members who meet in school every Thursday after school. The Senior Art Club have learnt about setting up and running their own business as they developed their entrepreneurial skills and created a range of handmade products.

The sales team started trading to the public in Rushmere at 9.45am and were competing against 35 local schools of GCSE and A’Level aged pupils who were also competing for passing trade. Competition was fierce and as the judges made their way around the stalls our pupils were a credit, with many members of the public commenting on how creative, polite and well-mannered they were. We even had some influential members of the local community come along and make a few purchases! Trading finished at 1.15pm and as we calculated our total sales and packed away our stall we eagerly awaited the judge’s decision. The sales team were delighted with takings of £446 on the day. This was topped off in the awards ceremony when "Handcrafted with Love" were awarded the Best Overall Company for the Quickstart Programme!

Huge congratulations to all involved, not just the sales team on the day who were exemplary ambassadors but also the other 14 members of the production team without whom we wouldn’t of had any products to sell.

24 Feb 2017 Mid Ulster Under 12 League winners

The year 8 football team have had a very successful year so far. They finished their league campaign by playing a very strong Lurgan Junior High team in a match that would decide who would win the League trophy. After going two goals down, Clounagh displayed a lot of courage and determination to come back and eventually win the match 3-2. This meant that Clounagh secured the Mid Ulster Under 12 League Trophy. The under 12 team are still in two cup competitions this year with the Northern Ireland Cup Quarter Final and Mid Ulster Cup Final to play. Well done to all the boys in the squad and good luck for your upcoming matches.

24 Feb 2017 Year 8 pupils with 100% attendence

We would like to congratulate the 38 pupils in Year 8 who had 100% attendance during their first full term at CJHS. All the pupils received a 100% attendance certificate in their Year 8 Assembly. All Year 8 students were challenged to see if we could improve on this number for term 2 and the race is on to see which form class will have the highest attendance for Term 2!

23 Feb 2017 STEM Table Quiz NI finals

The Clounagh STEM Table Quiz team qualified for the NI finals of the STEM Table Quiz, which was held last Monday in the Titanic Building in Belfast, hosted by the quizmaster Barra Best. The team did very well, finishing in 6th position, narrowly missing out on a semi-final place. They were a credit to the school and gained much from this experience. Congratulations to all.

15 Feb 2017 Computer programming workshop

Peter Waugh from Sentinus visited Clounagh to give some Year 10 pupils the opportunity to do some computer programming in Java. Currently, Northern Ireland has a shortage of software engineers, so this workshop allowed pupils to get a taste of what a career in this industry would be like.

15 Feb 2017 Anti-bullying workshop

We were delighted to welcome BEAM Creative Network and BNL Productions to school. Year 9 classes FW and G had the opportunity to take part in workshops which focused on anti-bullying (including cyberbullying), developing resilience, and internet safety. Our young people were involved in team games, freeze-frame discussions, emotion walks, safe and dangerous choice challenges, media analysis, moral compass activities, to name a few. The activities encouraged everyone reflect on serious issues, and FW and G all participated enthusiastically.

09 Feb 2017 Young Enterprise NI Trade Fair

The 24 senior Art Club members have been diligently working every Thursday after school since October 2016 to design, make and mass produce a range of hand crafted products to sell in their company "Handcrafted with Love". Their stall at the Christmas Carol Service sold products to the value of £519. This was great practice for them in pitching their stall and selling to the public. Tomorrow 10 of the members of the Art Club are heading to Rushmere Shopping Centre to the Young Enterprise NI Trade Fair to compete against local schools in their annual competition. We wish the company all the best and invite all friends and family of Clounagh pupils to come along between 9am and 2pm to support our pupils and boost their sales.

09 Feb 2017 Building a united community: Portadown Educates Together

Following our visit to Shannagh-More Outdoor Education Centre, our PET Project Team have been involved in post camp workshops with young people from St. John the Baptist College. Our final meeting became a celebration event. We invited our principals along to hear more about what we had been doing since we first met in September. We shared what we had learned about ourselves and others through the experiences we had. Young people from both schools took the lead in this event. They enjoyed pizza and chat time afterwards as a reward for their commitment to the project and active participation throughout. Mr. Hill congratulated all involved and expressed his hope that the project has brought friendship experiences between young people from different backgrounds which will continue into the future.

03 Feb 2017 Healthy eating workshop

Nutrition Services NI delivered a healthy eating workshop to several Year 9 classes. The workshop, which included experiments, quizzes, and group tasks, was enjoyed by all. Pupils ended the workshop by summarising what they had learnt in a fun news reading activity.

26 Jan 2017 U12 football team in Quarter-finals

The Under 12 football team recently defeated Lumen Christi 3-2 in Londonderry. This match was at the 4th round stage of the Northern Ireland Cup, so as a result the team have progressed to the Quarter-finals.

10 Jan 2017 P6/P7 Open Evening

09 Jan 2017 Prospectus
A newly updated school prospectus is now available. It can be downloaded in PDF format using the link on the right.

16 Dec 2016 Raising money for Save the Children

Clounagh pupils and staff donned their Christmas jumpers and hats to raise £600 for the Save the Children charity as the end of term festivities are enjoyed.

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16 Dec 2016 Christmas tug of war contest

Well done to the winning team in this year's tug of war contest.

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13 Dec 2016 Charlene's Project

A random text from the friend of a member of staff asking for donations for school equipment has resulted in forty boxes heading to Uganda to help equip a school which has nothing. Once again, the generosity of Clounagh’s pupils, staff and support staff has been overwhelming.

Mr. Hill, the new Principal, invited Mrs. Janice Barr to school assembly to explain the reason for the donations. Janice explained how the charity Charlene’s Project had been started by her daughter Charlene when she had been unable to attend school due to severe complications with her cystic fibrosis. Charlene realised how priviledged she had been to receive a free education and wanted to use her time to help provide education for children in Uganda where she had visited in 2008.

This was Charlene’s project for the remainder of her short life. Just as the first school was to be built, Charlene died. Her family has continued the project she started and with the help of others Charlene's dream continues. The equipment, games and books donated by Clounagh are going to equip a secondary school called Destiny.

Thank you to everyone who donated. Charlene’s Project is also holding a Festive Fry on Saturday 17 December in St. Saviour's, Dollingstown, from 7.30am to 12 noon. All are very welcome.

Top photo: Class ER with form teacher Mrs. Corrigan and caretaker Mr. Matchett with some of the boxes they filled. Below: Mr. Hill, Principal, sorting through donations with help from some pupils.

12 Dec 2016 New e-safety advice website for parents
The NSPCC, in conjunction with O2, have recently released a new website as part of their commitment to help parents know how to keep their children safe online. The guide looks at the social networks, apps and games with an interactive element that children use most frequently.

The purpose of the net-aware website is to provide parents with the information they need to understand their child's online world and help them to stay safe online.

On the net-aware site you can explore what other parents and children are saying about the various social media and gaming sites. You can form your own views about the appropriateness of popular sites and have the confidence to have a balanced and informed conversation about what your child is doing online.

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[ Site designed & maintained by Mr. D. Sloan, ICT technician ]

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