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Week 11

Week 11 – Friday 20th November 2020

Another busy week with pupils and staff working extremely hard in the classroom but also in extra-curricular activities. In addition to the Ceramics Club, Early Bird Reading, Junk Kouture etc, the HTC Entrepreneur Club also started this week and of course, there are numerous staff runningextra subject revision for Exam Groups after school every day.  This will be ongoing for the majority of this year.  I know the pupils certainly appreciate this as do I myself.

The highlight this afternoon was our Calf from the Agriculture Club.  The boys and girls in this club have worked extremely hard and were delighted to see the beef calf againout in the back pitch.  It has reached the stage where the calf must go to market on Monday night coming.  Huge thanks to Mr Mc Clean and Mr Loughran for their commitment to this project.  Also, Barry Hutton who sponsored this creative initiative with the support of Extended Schools.

Congratulations to members of 10 MTO who gained 1st and 2nd place in the online Gael Linn Quiz – the girls, Elainna Donnelly, Carla Mc Cullagh, Brianna Vincent and DonicaRyan won 1st place and the boys, Canice Cullen, Peter Mc Keever and Callum Rocks won 2nd place.  That is fantastic and speaks volumes of the ongoing hard work within the Irish Department.  Maith sibh!

The Engineering Club are working hard with final preparations for their lit-up Christmas Trees. The demand for GCSE Engineering is creating such huge interest in our school that we are in negotiations to see if it can be offered at A Level in September 2021.  Watch this space!

I am very proud of our school and the hard work within.  This Term, both pupils and staff are working over and above. The need for pupil well-being has increased and our Nurture provision is overflowing.  Disappointingly, the Education Minister Peter Weir and Michelle O’ Neill, Deputy First Minister, did not see fit to visit our Nurture Provision on Wednesday due to Covid-19 cases on the same day. Their postponed visit did not send a good message – and staff and pupils were deeply disappointed. We can take pride however, that school life continued as normal despite managing Covidcases at the same time.      

Bye for now and keep safe.

Isabel Russell

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