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
10 Mar 2016
Puppetshow by BW
During History class, BW pupils produced their own puppetshow, dramatising the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
03 Mar 2016
District Cross Country
Clounagh pupil receives two gold medals in the District Cross Country Junior Boys event - for first place within his team, and for his team coming first.
03 Mar 2016
Year 10 football team reach NI Cup final
The Clounagh Year 10 football team have reached the final of the Northern Ireland Cup through defeating Laurelhill 2-0.
The team will face Boys' Model in the showcase match on the 27th April at Ballymena Showgrounds.
EB pupils enjoyed a day at W5 (short for "whowhatwherewhenwhy"), Northern Ireland's award-winning science and discovery
centre at Odyssey in Belfast. There were over 250 interactive exhibits to explore. Pupils also took part in a workshop where
they learned about extreme weather conditions and the science of predicting them.
03 Mar 2016
A Clounagh pupil gave an extensive presentation on bee-keeping to Year 8 pupils, and then invited questions from the audience.
This is a genuine passion for him, as his family keeps bees, for the purpose of selling honey.
03 Mar 2016
Children's Heartbeat Trust
Year 8 pupils held a sponsored silence, raising £2,727.10 for the Children's Heartbeat Trust.
26 Feb 2016
STEM Table Quiz NI Finals
The Clounagh team who qualified for the STEM Table Quiz NI Finals were 3 points off qualifying for the Semi-Final last
night, at Titanic Belfast. The team was in 2nd place after 3 rounds but narrowly missed out on getting into the top four after
6 rounds. The competition was won by Brownlow Integrated College after beating Lumen Cristi in the final.
Barra Best was the celebrity Quizmaster (he forecast ‘high pressure’ for last night’s event!!)
84 teams entered and we competed against top Grammar Schools (including BRA and Ballyclare High amonst many others). The team
performed admirably to qualify for the last 8 teams and they behaved superbly. Mr. Carville has suggested that a similar event
could be held within school as a House competition event – watch this space.
26 Feb 2016
Joseph then and now
The final Friday evening performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat proved to be a night of
nostalgia when former Clounagh pupil Mrs. Lisa Duke (Nee Cassidy) watched a present pupil play the leading role of Joseph,
the same part Lisa had played in Clounagh’s previous production of the show 25 years ago. The evening brought many memories
flooding back as Lisa enjoyed the cast of 2016 presenting their version of the Lloyd Webber/Rice show.
16 Feb 2016
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
A few weeks ago if you had walked into Clounagh Junior High School you might have mistaken it for a theatre, as the school assembly hall became the venue for its most recent production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
The all-singing, all-dancing version of the Old Testament Bible story was enthusiastically performed by over sixty talented
Clounagh pupils under the expert musical direction of Mr. Colin Slaine and choreographer Mrs. Sharon Moore. Over two thousand
people came through the doors during a week, which involved seven performances for local primary school pupils and adults alike.
So as the curtain closed at the end of the final performance and Joseph took off that multi-coloured coat and replaced it with
the blue and gold school uniform, the theatre was packed away ... until the next production in 2018!
Literacy Leaders are responsible for selecting termly literacy targets. In teams they prepare resources, presentations,
competitions and information to help raise the literacy standards of the whole school population. Keep your eyes peeled
for their next competition!
16 Feb 2016
Raising money for underprivileged children
Class EB organised a bun sale to raise money for underprivileged children in Brazil.
16 Feb 2016
The above pupils are the school council representatives for this term: Year 8 (top photo), Year 9 (middle), and Year 10 (bottom).
16 Feb 2016
Raising money for charity at Christmas
Thanks to all who took part in the "Wear a Christmas Jumper/Hat to School" charity day on Monday 14 December 2015.
A total of £601 was collected and this will go to the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.
Tickets are now available in school for this year's musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, priced £5.00.
Showings on Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th, and Friday 12th February, at 7.30 pm.
2 Feb 2016
Some photographs of our town's recent flooding, taken by Clounagh teacher Mr. Jackson.
26 Jan 2016
Year 8 Cookery Club enjoyed making tasty treats including decorated fairy cakes, Swiss roll, chocolate biscuits, and
snowballs, to name a few. All Cookery Club recipes can be found on the Home Economics Fronter page.
16 Dec 2015
Christmas competition results
This year the Art and English Departments ran a joint competition for students to design the Clounagh 2015 Christmas Card
cover and verse inside. Over 101 students responded to the brief and submitted a cover design which celebrated the true
meaning of Christmas. Pictured here are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners for the cover and poem. Congratulations to all
students who took part for the outstanding standard of art and creative writing submitted.
16 Dec 2015
Eco Club learns about bee keeping
Members of the school's Eco Club recently enjoyed a visit from the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, who gave a presentation on
3 Dec 2015
Van de Graaff generator
Pupils in the Science department experimenting with static electricity using the Van de Graaff generator.