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.

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14 Jan 2015 Clounagh pupils design calendar

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.

13 Jan 2015 Christmas carol service

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12 Jan 2015 Shoe Box Appeal update

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.

Yours sincerely

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.

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5 Dec 2014 Van de Graaff generator

Pupils in the Science department experimenting with static electricity using the Van de Graaff generator.

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1 Dec 2014 The Gift Tree

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 Anti-bullying posters
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 Jetset certificates

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 New prefects



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.

9 Sept 2014 New Year 8 pupils

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A warm welcome to all our new Year 8 pupils, who started Clounagh in September 2014.

5 Aug 2014 Best wishes to our Year 10 leavers

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5 Aug 2014 New school records

Congratulations to the two pupils who beat school athletics records this year. Left: year 8 boys high jump, 1.51m. Right: year 10 boys high jump, 1.80m

5 Aug 2014 Prizewinners



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.

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5 Aug 2014 Charity concert

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5 Aug 2014 Sports Day

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5 Aug 2014 STEM science lab

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.

5 Aug 2014 Jetset certificates

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.

5 Aug 2014 UK Junior Mathematical Challenge

5 Aug 2014 Visit to Streamvale Open Farm

Section G visited Streamvale Open Farm on Thursday 26 June. The pupils were able to cuddle duck and chicken chicks, rabbits, puppies, and bottle-feed a lamb, as well as seeing a wide range of other animals.

18 June 2014 Fields of Life

A group of Year 10 girls held a bun sale and a raffle within the school this year. They also participated in the Belfast City Fun Run. Over £1,300 was raised and the money went to the Fields of Life charity.

21 May 2014 Clounagh wins at District Athletics

Clounagh Year 9 pupils participated in the District athletics team event held at Royal School Armagh. Clounagh's boys won the District Event and the girls finished 2nd. Both teams have qualified for the Ulster Final on 2nd June, to be held at the Antrim Forum.

21 May 2014 Clounagh wins Mid-Ulster Cup

Clounagh's under 14 football team recently lost the Northern Ireland Cup Final, after extra time and penalties. Having secured the Mid-Ulster Cup, these players finished their time at Clounagh having only lost one competitive game in regulation time. They were the Northern Ireland under 12 champions two years ago.

15 May 2014 Geograpahy fieldwork at Lough Neagh

Classes EB and FW carried out Geograpahy fieldwork at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre. All had an enjoyable learning experience.

29 Apr 2014 Clounagh wins Mid-Ulster Vista Netball Cup

The junior netball team defeated Tandragee Junior High School 14-8 in the Mid-Ulster Vista Netball Cup final.

3 Apr 2014 Me and My Girl - tickets on sale now

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.

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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.

6 Mar 2014 Ski trip to Italy

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27 Feb 2014 Eco Club Fair Trade tuck shop

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!"

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