Gearing up for a good old Cockney knees-up are the leads from this year's Clounagh Junior High School production of Me and My Girl. This hilarious musical is set in London's East End and features classics such as
"The Lambeth Walk," "Leaning on a Lamp-post," and of course "Me and My Girl." The show runs from Wednesday to Friday, 9th to 11th April. Tickets are available now from the school.
19 Mar 2014
Joanna Millan, Holocaust survivor
On 13 March, classes EB and ER were taken to Brownlow Hub to listen to a talk by Mrs. Joanna Millan. Mrs. Millan is a survivor of the Nazi
Holocaust during the Second World War. She gave a most interesting, informative, and at times harrowing, description of the fate of her
family during this period. Mrs. Millan was rescued by the Russian army from German imprisonment in 1945 and was then taken to London where,
as a three-year-old orphan, she was adopted by an English couple. This talk can only be described as a considerable privilege for those
who were lucky enough to be present and was a stark warning of the dangers of historical and modern racism.
6 Mar 2014
Eco Club promoting Fair Trade
To increase knowledge of Fair Trade in the community, the Eco Cub set up a stall in the local P&G/EuroSpar store to give out leaflets on Fair Trade and to display Fair Trade products which are on sale in the shop.
Our thanks must go to the owner of P&G/EuroSpar who facilitated our visit.
The Eco Club sold Fair Trade chocolate, biscuits and bananas at breaktime and raised a
fantastic total of £105.68. This money will be given to Oxfam, a charity which aims to promote
Fair Trade across the globe.
25 Feb 2014
Home Economics "Tasty Careers" compaign
At Clounagh Junior High School, pupils begin to understand the availability and nature of work in the local market.
As labour market trends are explored, they are made aware of skills and qualities required and the educational pathways available.
The Home Economics Department have promoted the "Tasty Careers" campaign, designed to educate young people about the wide variety of excellent careers opportunities
available within the food and drink manufacturing sector. 6,000 additional skilled workers are to be recruited in jobs by 2017.
Employing over 19,000 full-time employees, the food and drink sector is the biggest single manufacturing industry in Northern Ireland.
Each school got to take one of the three murals made during the project back to display in their school.
11 Feb 2014
Schools collaborate on art project
Before Christmas, the Learning support Centre from Clounagh and Tandragee Junior High School decided to get together with Ceara Special School
to take part in a collaborative art project entitled, “Sharing, Learning, Together”. The Art Department from Clounagh JHS, under the direction
of Mrs. G. Crossey, led the art activities for the project. The overall aim of the project was learning through teamwork and friendship, sharing
ideas and skills together. It was a great success, many new skills were developed and friendships made over the course of the months of November
and December 2013. The new skills included print-making, felting, drawing and painting, in the style of Abstract Artists. It was lots of fun and
each school got to take one of the three murals made during the project back to display in their school.
6 Feb 2014
Hello from Italy!
A quick message from one of the teachers, presently in Italy on the school's annual ski trip:
"Snowed all day yesterday as you can see in the photos. Visibility was poor at the top of the mountain but certainly didn't annoy the pupils. They have all been very good and more importantly all still in one piece! Long may it last!"
31 Jan 2014
Bun sale for Cancer Research
Class AY held a break-time bun sale, raising a total of £204.04 for Cancer Research.
31 Jan 2014
Royal Air Force band
Clounagh pupils were treated to a concert by the Royal Air Force band, who performed orchestral versions of many popular tunes.
Some pupils were invited to take part.
20 Jan 2014
Clounagh pupil wins poster competition
Pictured are the winner (top centre) and two runners up who took part in a poster competition to raise awareness for Electrical and Fire Safety within the home.
Mrs. McGinn and the pupils went to a prize ceremony on Tuesday 4th January at Bannvale house, Gilford. Mr. Humphries, Chair of Craigavon and Banbridge Home Accident Prevention Group,
presented the winner (bottom) with a calendar which included her illustration and £50, this is a great achievement, well done to the winning pupil and to all the Year 8s who took part.
Thanks also to The Accident Prevention Group for making us so welcome, for the lovely lunch and for the supply of calendars to distribute at school.
18 Dec 2013
Pupils raise funds for Alzheimers Society
This Christmas, pupils raised over £300 the Alzheimers Society by purchasing and wearing Santa hats.
Pupils giving gifts to each other as Secret Santa.
13 Dec 2013
Eco Club garden project
This term the Eco Club have been involved in creating an environment garden project in a disused area of school.
Mr. Farr kindly made us two huge raised beds to plant and we have filled one of these with some butterfly- and bee-friendly shrubs.
We added some colour with a few seasonal plants in hanging baskets and look forward to seeing our bulbs growing in spring in
various areas around the school. We plan to fill the other raised bed with some fruit and vegetables to enable pupils to learn to
grow their own food for the future.
Thanks must go to Mr. Hutchinson of Woodview Garden Centre, Armagh, who generously supplied us with gloves and tools to help get our venture started.
We really appreciated his support.
13 Dec 2013
Eco Club trip to IKEA
On the 11th December, 30 members of the Eco Club set off to IKEA. Nigel McGarry, the Education Officer, gave us a guided tour
of the building and we learned how such a huge international business can minimise its environmental impact and even make money from waste!
He covered issues such as recycling of packaging, batteries, light bulbs, damaged goods and metals, minimising food waste and composting restaurant leftovers,
harvesting rainwater to use to flush toilets, generating renewable energies from wind, solar and tidal power, reusing the famous yellow bags
(which are made from biodegradable corn), multiuse inventions - to name a few. He was very impressed with the knowledge our pupils had and answered
some very interesting questions from the Eco Club. We finished our tour with everyone receiving a free lunch in the IKEA restaurant, which was most appreciated
by pupils and staff. All pupils were a credit to the school, demonstrating good manners and outstanding behaviour throughout the day.
13 Dec 2013
Christmas tug of war
Congratulations to JB, this year's winners of the school's annual Christmas tug of war contest.
Year 10 pupils pictured at the Cinemagic Gala Award Evening held in the City Hall, Belfast. The girls
announced the results of the Post-Primary Jury Award for Best Short Film/Animation, which Clounagh
pupils had determined to be the film "I'm Going to Mum's." The girls, accompanied by two members of staff,
were given the full red-carpet treatment at the reception before the ceremony.
20 Nov 2013
Operation Christmas Child
Over 60 shoe boxes were donated to the charity Operation Christmas Child and will now travel to some of the poorest children in the world - brightening their Christmas.
Well done Year 8 and a special thank-you to BR.
12 Nov 2013
European Week for Waste Reduction
Pictured are some members of the school Eco Club who will be taking part in the European Week for Waste Reduction
from 17th November. The Eco Club will take an assembly on waste reduction to give Clounagh pupils a better understanding
of how they can help our environment.
12 Nov 2013
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 12th November.
The family was last with us in 2012. 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.
5 Nov 2013
Mr. Canning presented a number of newcomer 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.
29 Oct 2013
Build a Hovercraft workshop
In October, Year 10 pupils enjoyed Army-led Build a Hovercraft practical workshop. They worked in groups of four to design a hovercraft, putting their STEM skills to use.
Each team was given a set of materials from which to build their design, including sheet materials, a motor, fan, and battery. The task linked the subjects Technology & Design, Science, and Mathematics,
with pupils exploring forces, materials and design ranging from motor and fan placement to ducting. After construction, fun escalated as pupils raced their craft,
putting speed and directional stability to the test.
29 Oct 2013
Year 10 pupils from Clounagh pictured with representatives from Project Romania handing over shoeboxes filled with gifts. These boxes will be transported to Romania on the 7 November and handed out to children
in an orphanage as Christmas presents. Well done and thanks to all who participated in the appeal.
17 Oct 2013
Bun sale for Helping Hands charity
Year 8 AW held a bun sale to raise funds for Helping Hands, a charity to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
All 30 pupils generously provided enough buns to raise a wonderful £255 for Helping Hands. The charity was established to
provide the best equipment, to fund research, to provide education, and to support the immediate needs of children and their parents at the RBHSC.
The money AW raised will be used to purchase vital new equipment to diagnose and treat the hospital’s young patients,
to provide facilities and services for families, and to fund research into children’s illnesses.
4 Oct 2013
Friendly Faces for 2013/14
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.
Clounagh once again supported the nationwide Jeans for Genes Day.
This is organised by the charity Jeans For Genes, which supports children born with a
Pupils wore blue denim jeans with their school shirt, tie and blazer. Staff also wore jeans.
A total of almost £600 was raised, so a big thank-you to all the pupils and staff who supported
this worthwhile cause.
24 Sept 2013
Congratulations to the Year 10 pupils selected as Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl, and prefects,
for the forthcoming school year.
Clounagh Junior High School raised money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. A group of young boys from EB came up with the idea
of a concert to raise money. At the concert the crowd were amazed by a wide range of talent, including dancers, musiciams of various instruments,
and singers. They raised a whopping £1,048, which will help train a dog for a blind person. The charity don't receive funding
from the government, so they really appreciated the fund-raiser. One of the acts involved in the concert, a past pupil of Clounagh (front right), was waiting on a
guide dog, so he was happy to contribute to the concert.
26 June 2013
Four talented artists from IB who painted a mural which is now on permanent display outside room 9 for all to appreciate and enjoy.
The pupils took their inspiration from different parts of school life in general.
26 June 2013
Trip to University of Ulster Art College
The above pupils, who have selected GCSE Art & Design for next year, were treated to a trip to the University of
Ulster's Art College in Belfast City Centre, for a taste of the many avenues of creativity that lie ahead.
21 June 2013
Clounagh Film Club celebrates 10th anniversary
Clounagh's Film Club, managed by Mr. Sloan, has now been running for ten years. In its first year, 2003/04,
the members of the club produced a six-minute movie. As the years progressed, the films became steadily
longer, more elaborate, and more polished. This year the running time is 38 minutes.
The story, entitled Intruders, is a supernatural thriller about a school with a
reputation for strange phenomena. Five pupils break in at night, hoping to
have their own ghostly experience. But they end up getting far more than they bargained for, as they
happen upon a robbery-in-progress.
Well done to this year's Film Club members (above) for their dedication all year round. Their acting talents made
Intruders our best production of the past decade. The whole school was treated to a big-screen showing
of the film on Wednesday.
19 June 2013
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 yesterday's Prize Night.
BW held a lolly and smoothie break-time sale and raised £225 for solar lights in Zambia.
Pictured at the presentation are Mr. T. Canning (Principal), Mrs. P. Mawhinney (Head of HE), Ms. Joanne
Harrison (president of Lurgan Soroptimist International), and Ms. Jillian Patchett (coordinator of
Lurgan Lights and Soroptimist).
12 June 2013
Concert in aid of Guide Dogs charity
A concert was held yesterday evening, with talented pupils past and present performing.
Acts included singing, dance, and various musical instruments. All money from tickets sold
will be donated to the charity Guide Dogs, assisting the blind and partially sighted.
Clounagh's Eco Club has produced a short film, Future Shock, emphasising the importance of caring for the
environment. In the story, all the pupils mysteriously experience the same dream, seeing the planet as a
polluted wasteland. Is this a glimpse of the kind of future that awaits mankind if we continue on our present
course of apathy? If so, the responsibility is ours to change what happens.
11 June 2013
Recent sporting achievements
Left: In the District, this Year 10 pupil achieved Silver in the 200m, Bronze in the Relay, Gold in the Triple Jump.
He also achieved the Bronze in the Triple at the Ulster Champsionship, and Gold at the Irish Championship in the same
event. His distance of 11m 34 is also a new school record for the Triple Jump (with restricted run-up).
Right: These girls achieved Bronze at the District.
Left to right: (1) District High Jump, Silver; Relay, Bronze; (2) District Shot Putt, Bronze;
(3) see top photo; (4) District 100m, Silver; Relay, Bronze; (5) District High Jump, Bronze;
(6) District Shot Putt, Bronze.
Under 14 Girls Hockey, Mid Ulster Cup runners up.
Clounagh boys achieved Gold, and the girls Bronze, at the Armagh Team Districts.
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.
21 May 2013
Pupils and staff participated in a "Think Pink" day to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Activities for the day included accessorising uniforms with pink, a pink bun sale, guess the
number of pink sweets, and a pink zumba. Over £900 was raised by generous pupils and staff
for a very worthy cause. Dance/zumba teacher Hannah Blevins put Mrs Corrigan and a selection
of Year 8 & 9 girls through their paces during "Pink Zumba."
BW held a healthy breaktime sale, selling fruit juice lollies and smoothies. They raised £225.
The money will buy nine solar lamps for rural Zambia in Africa, so children can study at night,
as they have no electricity. This will make a real difference to the academic achievement
and wellbeing of children, their families, and the wider community. Thank you to all who
17 May 2013
Clounagh cook book
The pupils of AB are raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation, to help children with life-limiting or terminal
illnesses. They are doing this by producing and selling a cook book: "A Little Taste of Clounagh."
16 May 2013
Year 10 Mid-Ulster Cup & Mid-Ulster League winners
Clounagh Year 10 football team, winners of the Mid-Ulster Cup and the Mid-Ulster League, with
their coach Mr. Eakin.
Year 10 pupils took part in a Robotics Road Show given by Sentinus in school on Thursday 14th February 2013. The pupils were mentors for Year 8 pupils
who were introduced into the topic of computer control. Pupils were divided into groups and throughout the day they had to write programs which would control
a "nanobot" through a track. Marks were award for the distance the bot travelled along the track and a bonus if the bot completed the task. All pupils’, both
mentors and participants, had an enjoyable day. Thanks to Sentinus for providing the training.