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.


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!"


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.

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18 Dec 2013

Christmas carol service


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18 Dec 2013

Secret Santa


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.

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13 Dec 2013

Project Romania


9 Dec 2013

Cinemagic Gala Awards


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

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.


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

Project Romania


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.

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24 Sept 2013

Jeans for Genes Day


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 genetic disorder.

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

New prefects


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.

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24 Sept 2013

New Year 8 pupils


A warm welcome to all our new Year 8 pupils, who started Clounagh in September 2013.


27 June 2013

Best wishes to all our Year 10 leavers


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26 June 2013

Concert raises over £1,000 for guide dogs charity


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

New mural


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

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 yesterday's Prize Night.

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18 June 2013

Raising funds for solar lights in Zambia


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.

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12 June 2013

Eco Club produces movie: Future Shock


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.


7 June 2013

Sports Day


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31 May 2013

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.


21 May 2013

Think Pink


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."

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20 May 2013

Smoothie and lolly sale


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 supported BW.


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.

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16 May 2013

Year 9 Mid-Ulster Cup & Mid-Ulster League winners


Clounagh Year 9 football team, winners of the Mid-Ulster Cup and the Mid-Ulster League, with their coach Mr. Hill.

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16 May 2013

Robotics Roadshow


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.

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