Friday 22nd November 2019
Another week gone – and the Christmas Lights will be switched on this evening in Cookstown. I hope you all have a fabulous time there!
All Classrooms are very busy with preparation for Christmas Exams, practical GCSE work in Science and Home Economics: Food and Nutrition, and lots of information and fact finding for Years 12 and 11 who attended the Mid Ulster Council Jobs Fair and Skills NI Event respectively. A huge thanks also, to Derek Mc Laughlin from Queens University School of Nursing and Midwifery, who spoke with Years 13 & 14 with regard to these very important health areas. Raising awareness with regard to future pathways is extremely important.
The Scholastic Book Fair was in full flow with many pupils buying a wide range of books for themselves or possibly, as Christmas presents.
Year 8 were full of Amazing Brains on Monday (and every day of course!). They had very successful ‘Blast Off’ workshops to ascertain the type of learners they were and to provide them with tips for success in their forthcoming Christmas Exams – Good luck everyone!. Over the past number of weeks, some Year 8 pupils have engaged in a range of culinary skills, culminating in a lovely meal made for their parents on Monday. Thanks to Johanna Neeson from Wise Bites for facilitating this programme under Extended Schools, and we look forward to a new programme commencing in January 2020.
Congratulations to Ben Mc Nally, winner of the Marie Curie FIFA 20 Tournament. This was a great fund-raiser for the 14B Entreprenuer Team as well as providing a little bit of light entertainment every breaktime for a range of competitors. A huge thanks to Mrs Beggs in the organisation of the Event and of course to The Ritz Multiplex, Cookstown who enabled the Final to be shown live on the big screen.
The Agriculture Club have reached the final weigh-in for their lambs and what a great learning experience this has been for the pupils involved – learning about livestock husbandry, monitoring daily weight, business planning etc and transferring this knowledge to portfolio work in the classroom. This has been an excellent programme and we look forward to hearing about what the Club will do next. Well done everyone! You can check out further details about the success of this Club on our Facebook account.
KS4 Middle Leadership Team were involved in Prefect Training resulting in enhanced leadership, teamwork and communication skills. The Running Club are busy training, Year 8 were busy making Christmas Truffles, whilst Year 13 Business Studies students received a very insightful address from David Kenning, lead manager of Tesco in Cookstown, about life as a nationwide store, retail and challenging strategic concerns within the current economic climate.
I attended the MEGA Network event in the Glenavon Hotel on Tuesday – Manufacturing & Engineering Growth & Advancement. The Event was about attracting talent back to Mid Ulster in the key areas of Manufacturing and Engineering, and developing workforce skills within these huge growth areas. We all have a role to play here.
Don’t forget Christmas Exams and Mock GCSE and GCE Exams begin whole school on Monday 2nd December. Download the revision guides from the Website and start studying now if you haven’t already started. Be proud of your success!
Enjoy your weekend