5 Oct 2015 The new Year 8

25 Sept 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. Also pictured are ESL Teachers Mr. Kennedy and Mrs. Moore.

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16 Sept 2015 School council

Congratulations to the pupils selected as members of the school council for the forthcoming year.

16 Sept 2015 Prefects

Congratulations to the pupils selected as prefects for the forthcoming school year.

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16 Sept 2015 A unique visitor

Clounagh had a unique visitor last week. He was discovered in the Technology corridor, exhausted and unable to fly, having a wounded back leg. Bats are a protected species, so staff from Lough Neagh Discovery Centre arrived and took him off our hands. The incident offered a rare opportunity to photograph one of these amazing creatures up close.

17 July 2015 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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17 July 2015 Sports Day

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17 July 2015 Film Club

Imagine you entered the school's lift, and when you emerged at your destination, twenty minutes had inexplicably passed. Where were you during this time, and why can't you remember? This was the premise behind the school's Film Club production for 2015. Thanks to the dedication of the members (top photo), who worked hard on the project for many months, the story developed into something quite elaborate and the final movie was over fifty minutes in length. The whole school was treated to a screening in the assembly hall at the end of term.

17 July 2015 Charity concert

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17 July 2015 Geography field trip to Lough Neagh

17 July 2015 Ulster Schools Minor Boys Team Cup

Clounagh won the Ulster Schools Minor Boys Team Cup at the Antrim Forum on 30 May 2015.

17 July 2015 Annual tug of war contest

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1 July 2015 Trip to the Somme Heritage Centre

1 July 2015 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.

1 July 2015 New Art & Design suite

The official opening of the G. Hampton Art & Design Suite took place on Monday 27 April 2015 when Mrs. Ruth Hampton, wife of the late Mr. G. Hampton (Principal from 1984 to 1995), cut the ribbon after a short ceremony to mark the occasion.

The suite includes an extensive Art Room complete with full ceramic production facilities, a digital studio equipped with 20 PCs and complimentary software. In addition, the provision of 16 iPads provides plenty of opportunity for paired and group work. A second Art Room has been furnished with all that is required to develop screen printing techniques. The spacious entrance hallway has ample display space for the exhibition of pupils’ work.

The new facility, under the guidance of Head of Department, Miss C. Annett, Mrs. A. McGinn and Mrs. E. Hanson has been an immediate success story with pupils. Who knows what talent remains to be discovered in the years that lie ahead!

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14 May 2015 District Athletics Championships

Clounagh pupils who won medals at the District Athletics Championships and have now qualified for the Ulster Finals at the Antrim Forum.

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20 Apr 2015 School Council with Mayor

The recently elected Year 8 and 9 Year School Council representatives will soon be taking up their posts offering a pupil perspective on decision-making within the school. A number of issues have already been identified and the next stage will be to examine how best to put their ideas into practice. Each Year Group will have its own Chair and Secretary. Items discussed will eventually be raised at Whole School Council level. The Mayor spoke to the young people and highlighted some of the important skills required to make a good representative.

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1 Apr 2015 Ski trip to Italy

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23 Mar 2015 Fields of Life

Year 8 pupils took part in a thirty-minute sponsored silence to raise money for Fields of Life. They raised an incredible £2,723.90! Mrs. Price, classroom assistant, will be travelling to Uganda with Fields of Life in July for two weeks to work in two schools: Star Parents in Mubendi and Tanaga Primary School in Kyenjojo.

20 Mar 2015 Solar eclipse as seen from Clounagh

Here's a shot of today's solar eclipse, which occurred around 9.30 this morning. The UK will not experience another of this magnitude until 2026.

16 Mar 2015 World Book Day

AW celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 5 March with a successful book swop. Pupils brough in a wide range of fiction and non-fiction to discuss and exchange.

4 Feb 2015 Popcorn sale

BB had a break-time sale of popcorn in Tuesday 27 January. Proceeds were in aid of Chest, Heart and Stroke NI and £175 was raised.

4 Feb 2015 Livestock and Meat Commission

A cookery demonstration by L.M.C (Livestock and Meat Commission) took place on Tuesday 20 January 2015. IB pupils watched the dishes being made and participated in group questions. At the end of the session everyone got to eat the two dishes prepared, which were Lamb curry and Mango Beef. Pupils enjoyed tasting the dishes and learning about new ingredients.

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.

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.

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