Congratulations to this year's prizewinners. The photos above show the class, sports & academic prizewinners, respectively.
The school choir, along with other talented performers, provided the evening's entertainment at the annual Prize Night.
Imagine you entered the school's lift, and when you emerged at your destination, twenty minutes had inexplicably passed.
Where were you during this time, and why can't you remember? This was the premise behind the school's Film Club production
for 2015. Thanks to the dedication of the members (top photo), who worked hard on the project for many months, the story
developed into something quite elaborate and the final movie was over fifty minutes in length. The whole school was treated
to a screening in the assembly hall at the end of term.
Some Year 10 pupils were invtied to take part in a mobile science workshop organised by the Royal Navy's STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) team. Pupils experimented with real forensic science, with the goal of narrowing down
a list of five suspects in a mock murder.
1 July 2015
New Art & Design suite
The official opening of the G. Hampton Art & Design Suite took place on Monday 27 April 2015 when Mrs. Ruth Hampton, wife of
the late Mr. G. Hampton (Principal from 1984 to 1995), cut the ribbon after a short ceremony to mark the occasion.
The suite includes an extensive Art Room complete with full ceramic production facilities, a digital studio equipped with 20 PCs
and complimentary software. In addition, the provision of 16 iPads provides plenty of opportunity for paired and group work.
A second Art Room has been furnished with all that is required to develop screen printing techniques. The spacious entrance
hallway has ample display space for the exhibition of pupils’ work.
The new facility, under the guidance of Head of Department, Miss C. Annett, Mrs. A. McGinn and Mrs. E. Hanson has been an
immediate success story with pupils. Who knows what talent remains to be discovered in the years that lie ahead!
The recently elected Year 8 and 9 Year School Council representatives will soon be taking up their posts offering
a pupil perspective on decision-making within the school. A number of issues have already been identified and the
next stage will be to examine how best to put their ideas into practice. Each Year Group will have its own Chair
and Secretary. Items discussed will eventually be raised at Whole School Council level. The Mayor spoke to the young
people and highlighted some of the important skills required to make a good representative.
Year 8 pupils took part in a thirty-minute sponsored silence to raise money for Fields of Life.
They raised an incredible £2,723.90! Mrs. Price, classroom assistant, will be travelling to Uganda with
Fields of Life in July for two weeks to work in two schools: Star Parents in Mubendi and Tanaga Primary School in
20 Mar 2015
Solar eclipse as seen from Clounagh
Here's a shot of today's solar eclipse, which occurred around 9.30 this morning. The UK will not experience another of this magnitude until 2026.
16 Mar 2015
World Book Day
AW celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 5 March with a successful book swop. Pupils brough in a wide range of fiction
and non-fiction to discuss and exchange.
4 Feb 2015
BB had a break-time sale of popcorn in Tuesday 27 January. Proceeds were in aid of Chest, Heart and Stroke NI
and £175 was raised.
4 Feb 2015
Livestock and Meat Commission
A cookery demonstration by L.M.C (Livestock and Meat Commission) took place on Tuesday 20 January 2015. IB pupils watched
the dishes being made and participated in group questions. At the end of the session everyone got to eat the two dishes
prepared, which were Lamb curry and Mango Beef. Pupils enjoyed tasting the dishes and learning about new ingredients.
14 Jan 2015
Raising money for Save the Children fund
This Christmas, Clounagh pupils raised £500 for the Portadown branch of the Northern Ireland Save the Children Fund.
Clounagh was honoured to be asked by the Banbridge Home Safety Office for the District Council to design the entire 2015
calendar to promote safety in the home. As a result, 13 students have had their work published in the council’s annual
Home safety calendar and received a £15 voucher. In Art lessons, students were very excited and quickly got to work on
researching and illustrating posters, raising awareness of blind cord safety, fire in the home, slips trips and falls,
and carbon monoxide poisoning, to name but a few.
13 Jan 2015
Eco Club visits Tayto factory
The school's Eco Club recently visited the Tayto factory in Tandragee, where they were taken on a tour of the premises,
learning not just about the crisp-making process, but about ways in which the company optimise their energy usage.
The school received the following thank-you letter:
Dear teachers, children and parents,
On behalf of Noeleen's Helping Hands Marketill Committee and Norman and Linda Patterson Project Romania,
we could like to convey our sincere thanks for supporting our Shoe Box Appeal.
To all who gift-wrapped and filled shoe boxes, gave most beautiful gifts, sent cash donations, spent time
knitting and crocheting lovely items of clothing and blankets, and helped in so many ways, your kindness
and generosity was tremendous. We thank God for people like you and praise Him for His faithfulness.
The container left Markethill on 18th October 2014 packed to capacity with shoe boxes, knitwear, blankets,
clothing for all ages, medical supplies, and food parcels, to help relieve the suffering of many desperately
needy families and bring joy to many children as they opened their Christmas shoe boxes.
Our deepest appreciation and renewed thanks.
God richly bless you in 2015.
Gladys Gwynne (Secretary)
9 Dec 2014
Visit from Lough Neagh Discovery Centre members
Staff from the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre visited school on Monday 8 December to talk to the Eco Club.
Pupils learned about winter birds, what to feed them, and how to make bird feeders.
9 Dec 2014
Friendly Faces for 2014/15
At the beginning of each school year, pupils are selected from among the prefects
for the role of "friendly faces," providing assistance to the new Year 8 pupils.
The RE department and the Art Club have collaborated to produce “The Gift Tree” which is now on display at St. Columba’s
Parish Church on the Loughgall Road. It is a very meaningful expression of the Christmas Message. It is one of sixty trees
on display and is part of the Glory to the Newborn King Christmas Tree Festival (28 November to 2 December).
20 Nov 2014
During September, the Year 8, 9 and 10 students who attend Art club weekly after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays created
posters for the Northern Ireland Anti Bullying Week Art Competition. All of the students worked very hard to create a range
of creative posters promoting the competition theme, “together we can make a difference – end bullying now!” Congratulations
to all students who produced a poster; these were entered in the national competition and are now proudly displayed in the
new Art suite.
14 Nov 2014
Visit from The Tharps praise group
The Tharp Family Christian praise group from Atlanta, Georgia returned to Clounagh to host the morning assembly on Tuesday.
The family was last with us in 2013. Pupils were treated to some Christian music, Southern style. They tour throughout the year, travelling by land and air,
to many schools over here and in North America.
7 Nov 2014
Bronze for Clounagh pupils in World Kickboxing Champtionships
Two Clounagh pupils participated in the World Kickboxing Championships, in Dublin on 7 October. The pupil on the left
came 3rd place in the 13-15 age bracket. The pupil on the right came 3rd place in the under 12 bracket.
23 Oct 2014
Jeans for Genes update
21 Oct 2014
Shoeboxes for Project Romania
Robert Vennard, representing Project Romania collecting shoeboxes filled with gifts from Clounagh pupils.
This is the second year the school has collected for this organisation and Robert hopes to take the shoeboxes
out to an orphanage in Romania for Christmas.
9 Oct 2014
Mr. Canning 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, and all the students received either a merit or distinction in the exams.
Also pictured are ESL Teachers Mr. Kennedy and Mrs. Moore.
1 Oct 2014
Jeans for Genes Day
Clounagh pupils and staff raised an impressive £604 by participating in Jeans for Genes Day. All contributors wore
jeans to school on that day. The money raised went to the Genetic Disorders UK charity, to help families who have to
cope with genetic defects, which cause much trauma and hardship.
1 Oct 2014
European Day of Languages
Friday the 26 September was European Day of Languages. This is an annual event which celebrates our rich and diverse culture.
The event aims to show people across Europe how important languages are and what fun can be had from learning them. Clounagh
celebrated the day with a special break for Year 10 pupils. They enjoyed a selection of French, Spanish and German foods.
The canteen provided some dishes from other countries at lunch time, and staff and pupils were encouraged to use as much
foreign language as possible throughout the day.
9 Sept 2014
Congratulations to the Year 10 pupils selected as Head Boy and Head Girl (top photo, seated); Deputy Head Boys and Deputy Head Girls (top photo, standing); and prefects (centre & bottom),
for the forthcoming school year.