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.
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
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
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
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.
23 Jan 2017
Animations made on the P6/7 open evening
Check out these short movies created by P6/7 pupils who came to visit our school on Open Night earlier this month.
10 Jan 2017
P6/P7 Open Evening
09 Jan 2017
A newly updated school prospectus is now available. It can be downloaded in PDF format using the link on the right.
19 Dec 2016
Clounagh Film Club presents Zero Hour
A bullied boy finds a mysterious piece of technology at the bottom of a bin, giving him power over time - and those who assaulted him.
Enjoy this year's production by the school filmmaking club. Check out
Clounagh TV for more school videos.
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.
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
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
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
Clounagh v Killicomaine rugby match
The Journalism Club report on the Clounagh v Killicomaine Year 10 rugby match that took place on the 3 December.
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.
Eighteen Year 8 pupils and two Year 10 mentors headed off with Mrs. Gray and Mr. Johnston to Shannagh-More Outdoor Education
Centre last week with twenty young people from St. John the Baptist College, Portadown. The weather was cold, but the welcome
from everyone was warm. We had a great time challenging ourselves with new activities and making new friends in the process.
The photo gallery below shows a selection of the tasks we were involved in.
There was a lot of laughter, plenty of chatter, encouraging instructors, an abundance of delicious food, comfortable bedrooms,
but perhaps not as much sleep as we all needed! The teachers involved in the programme are delighted to hear that many of the
young people from both schools have intentions to meet up with their new friends outside workshop time.
Clounagh pupils created this humourous sketch on how to handle school examinations.
28 Nov 2016
Anti-Bullying Week – Together We Are Stronger
Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum and took place last week from the 14th-18th
November. All Clounagh pupils were encouraged to get involved by entering the poster competition run by the Art & Design
Department. The focus of the poster was the NIABF campaign on the theme of "Together We Are Stronger."
Well done to all the pupils who submitted an entry and were awarded an achievement point.
Congratulations to our 8 runner ups and winners who were selected from years 8, 9, 10 and the Learning Support Centre.
Their prizes were awarded by our principal, Mr Hill. Their winning submissions were shared with the whole school in assembly
this week and will be digitally reproduced and put up around the school as a constant reminder that together we are stronger
and can stand up against bullying.
23 Nov 2016
"Bin It" roadshow
Classes SC and JC took part in the "Bin it" road show on 22 November. The show involved pupil participation wih two professional actors;
this was an excellent way to teach us about recycling. We were delighted that three of our local councillors came into
school to watch the show with us: Councillor Hatch, Councillor Jones and Councillor Buckley.
21 Nov 2016
Clounagh pupils enjoy Tasty Careers talks
Geoff Lamb from Food and Drink Sector Skills recently delivered a series of presentations to Year 10 pupils of Clounagh
JHS as part of the Tasty Careers programme. This programme is designed to enhance awareness of the large range of excellent
careers available in the local Agri-food sector. Craigavon has many well known major local food employers including Moy Park,
Irwin’s Bakery, Evron, etc. Pictured are JB2, a Year 10 class. Home Economics teacher Miss Black said she received positive
feedback from pupils who agreed that the presentations were both interesting and informative.
18 Nov 2016
First video from Clounagh's new Journalism Club
Clounagh's newly formed Year 10 Journalism Club presents its first video, reporting on a recent event.
The school's "Focus" (Scripture Union) group organised a week of special activities, led by Crown Jesus Ministries.
One of the guests was Colin Ross, mountain bike champion, who spoke about his Christian faith.
17 Nov 2016
The Rotary Club campaign to end Polio
The Rotary Club planted crocus bulbs at Clounagh Junior High School as part of its End Polio campaign.
Pictured are Mr. R. Hill (Clounagh principal), Mr. L. Irwin (Clounagh VP), Mr T. Canning (former Clounagh principal),
Mr. E. Lawson (President of Rotary Club, Portadown), Mrs. B. McClurg (Rotary Club), Mr. A. Hatch (Chairman of Board of Governors),
Mrs. O. Hatch, Mr. M. McElroy (Rotary Club), Mrs. D. Bell (classroom assisant) with pupils from Clounagh's Learning Support Centre.
08 Nov 2016
Van de Graaff generator
Pupils in the Science department experimenting with static electricity using the Van de Graaff generator. Enjoy a gallery of the best images captured.
The above pupils are the school council representatives for this term: Year 8 (top photo), Year 9 (middle), and Year 10 (bottom).
03 Nov 2016
Colin Ross & Crown Jesus Ministries
Staff and pupils from Focus (Scripture Union), in partnership with Crown Jesus Ministries and Portadown Elim,
organised a variety of activities for pupils during a special week of events. Guests included Colin Ross, an Irish
mountain bike champion, and Harry Bruce, a local beatboxer. Guests demonstrated their skills and shared their story
with pupils. The week concluded with a Friday evening event in school.
12 Oct 2016
Shoeboxes for Project Romania
Robert Vennard (right) from the charity Project Romania, collecting shoeboxes filled with gifts donated by Clounagh pupils.
This is the fourth year the school has collected for this organisation. The shoeboxes will be taken to an orphanage in Romania
11 Oct 2016
Group workshop by the Reach local charity
We were delighted to welcome a team from “Reach” to Clounagh. Reach is a local charity organisation that specialises
in mentoring young people through challenging experiences. All of our Year 8 pupils had the opportunity to participate
in group workshops and discussion tasks with the theme of “Changes”. A great time was had by all and there were some
brilliant responses to challenging scenarios. Well done Year 8! Sincere thanks to the Reach team for all the hard work.
6 Oct 2016
Friendly Faces for 2016/17
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.
We are delighted that eighteen Year 8 and two Year 10 students from Clounagh and St. John the Baptist College have the
opportunity to participate in “Together: Building a United Community – Portadown Educates Together.”
The young people have been involved in shared workshops and activities outside of school time at Clounagh and St. John
the Baptist College and are to be commended on their participation and positive approach to developing relationships.
The range of activities has been vast and has challenged all young people to self-reflect. Some of the things we have been
involved in are: icebreaker games, creating ground rules and forming a contract, assumptions speed dating (without the dating
bit!), circle time ID, breaking barriers and myths, team games, trust games, communication games, quizzes, identity thermometer,
and close association circle time.
Thanks to the parents who have attended some of the sessions. Your support and engagement with the project is appreciated.
We are all now looking forward to the prospect of a residential experience at Shannagh-More, Newcastle in November.
28 Sept 2016
Home Economics celebrates European Day of Languages
Pupils studied foods across the world including some weird delicacies such as bird’s nest soup, live octopus and maggot larvae
bread. Pupils also tasted different foods from around the world.
26 Sept 2016
European Day of Languages
In Clounagh we have many pupils whose first language is not English. Here are some introducing themselves in their first language.
20 Sept 2016
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.
Year 10 pupils are invited to join Clounagh Computer Club, which will be held on Thursdays from 2.45pm to 4.00pm.
The focus of the club will be programming the BBC micro:bit computer (see video). Please see Mr. Eakin or Mr. Sloan to sign up.
13 Sept 2016
The launch of Clounagh TV
Clounagh's Film Club has been running since 2003/04. The first movie production, School's Out!, was a mere six minutes long.
Over a decade later, in 2014/15, the club reached a milestone, producing a science fiction film called Psychosis that
was 51 minutes in length. Not quite a feature film, but close. Here's a teaser:
A girl runs a quick errand for a teacher. When she arrives back in class, twenty-five minutes have inexplicably gone by.
What happened to her during that time and why has she no memory of it? Stranger still, she soon discovers that she’s not the
only one having this experience.
The film was such an achievement by the pupils that we not only showed it to the whole school on projector, we also arranged
an evening showing for the families and relatives of the club members. And now, thanks to the launch of Clounagh TV, our
school's YouTube channel, we invite everyone else to watch the film. Enjoy!
Don't forget to check out the other videos on the channel (link below). Note: YouTube is not accessible by pupils within school.
With your parents' permission, you will be able to access Clounagh TV at home.
9 Sept 2016
Best wishes for your retirement
Wishing a happy retirement to four members of staff who said goodbye to Clounagh this month:
Mr. T. Canning (Principal), Mrs. G. Mitchell (SENCO coordinator), Mrs. P. Mawhinney (Home Economics HOD),
and Mr. L. Montgomery (Science technician).
22 Aug 2016
Michael Aldred Cup
In September 1977 a young boy called Michael Aldred (bottom photo, far right) began his time in Clounagh Junior High. He showed great enthusiasm
for school life – both for his school work and in his love of sport. He played all sports with real determination and
no shortage of skill, but above all he displayed respect to his opponents and officials.
In the summer term of 1978 he set a new school shot putt record of 9.56m which has stood until this year. He played with
pride on several school teams. In 1979-80 he was elected Head Boy. In June 1980 he left Clounagh and went on to Portadown
Tragically he died in an accident in August 1981. His family presented a cup to the school in his memory to be awarded each
year to the boy who displayed the greatest “sportsmanship and endeavour” in participation in sport. The cup was first
presented in June 1982 by Michael's mother Mrs. Aldred.
This year's Prize Night was very special because Michael’s nephew received the cup, and we were delighted that his grandmother
Mrs. Aldred (top left) was here to make the presentation. Michael would be proud not only of his nephew's amazing
achievements (especially as a central figure in the best seasons athletics in the school’s history), but also the endeavour,
sportsmanship and determination he has displayed.
Pictured are the pupils with the top sponsorship in Year 9 for the recent Read On event.
The total raised by Year 9 was £1,820 and the money goes to the Northern Ireland
Cancer Fund for Children.
23 June 2016
Raising money for Chest, Heart & Stroke
Healthy break-time sale by ER and EB raised £90 for Chest, Heart & Stroke NI.
22 June 2016
STEM science lab
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 suspects in a mock murder investigation.
22 June 2016
Against animal cruelty
For the last ten weeks, Clounagh pupils have taken part in a project facilitated
by Portadown YMCA aimed at tackling the issue of animal cruelty. Class 8C
took on the issue following a number of recent media stories around the subject.
The class were so passionate about the problem that they decided to take it to
their peers in their Year 8 assembly. The class also had a professional flyer
produced as part of the project, in the hope it would help them spread the word.
A spokesperson for the class said, "We are sick of seeing stories about people
being cruel to animals and we want to try to stop it. Animals need to be cared
for and we really want to raise awareness, so that cruelty to animals can be
stopped for good. Enough is enough."
Darryn Causby (YMCA), who has been working with the class, said "These young
people are very passionate about this issue and have worked very hard to develop
a poster resource to provide information around the welfare of animals. The
school and the young people should be very proud of their campaign and
14 June 2016
2015/16, an amazing year for athletics records
13 June 2016
Prize Night change of date
Clounagh's annual Prize Night has been changed to WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE 2016. (Please ignore the information on the calendar link).
13 June 2016
Upcoming charity concert CANCELLED
Due to family illness, the school concert scheduled for Wednesday 15 June 2016 is CANCELLED.
13 June 2016
Irish Schools Athletics Finals
On Saturday 4th June four Junior boy athletes from Clounagh JHS made their way to Tullamore, Co. Offaly to create history
in the Irish Schools Athletics finals. They managed to eclipse the achievement of becoming the Ulster Schools Champions for
the first time ever just two weeks previously at the Antrim Forum. Both the travelling staff Mr. Carson and Mr. Graham,
and the boys, could not have predicted the amazing level of performance they produced on the biggest schools athletics stage
Two golds, two 4ths, and a 6th place provided 4 new school records and an impressive tally of 31 points. This proved to be more
than any other of the 78 schools in this age category could manage and made the local Clounagh boys Irish Junior Champions –
not only a first for the school but a first for any school in Portadown! (St Michaels Dublin, Presentation Bray, Thurles CBS
were well beaten second placed schools all on 20 points.) A truly momentous and amazing achievement for these four young
athletes and great reward for their hard work and undoubted talents.
Athletes from Clounagh Junior High School are having one of their best years ever in the track and field championships.
Twenty five young boys and girls qualified from the District Championships in 20 events.
The Minor and Junior boys were the top performing schools in their age group from the 26 schools across Co. Armagh and Co. Monaghan.
On Saturday 21st May the Ulster Schools Championship produced the greatest ever haul of medals and points in the school’s
history at this event
A further four new school records were achieved.
The Junior Boys cup has been brought home to the Brownstown Road school for the first time in its history.
Amazingly this group of young stars won the Minor (Year 9) cup at the Ulster event last year – again a Clounagh first.
To cap off the day the Year 9 relay team broke the school record in a 5th placed run in the final.
23 May 2016
Northern Ireland Cup Final
The Clounagh Year 10 Football team lost their Northern Ireland Cup Final against the Boys’ Model 6-5 at the Ballymena
Showgrounds 3G after extra-time. Credit must go the boys for their endeavour and commitment in a match that was badly affected
due to the strong wind.
9 May 2016
Geography field trip to Lough Neagh
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