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Week 33

Friday 17th May 2024


Hello Everyone!


Today was a mixture of events!  The morning commenced with Year 10 receiving clear advice re cultural awareness and respecting everyone’s ethnicity and values.


Miss Mc Adoo followed with a brilliant literacy event in the Library under the umbrella of Children’s Books Ireland from whom we had received the Everyone a Reader Award. Did you know that HTC was shortlisted from over 400 entries in the whole of Ireland to be one of four recipients to achieve the Everyone a Reader Award, and indeed the only Post Primary school in the North!.  What an incredible achievement!  We were delighted that representatives from CBI and also our Champion author Sheena Wilkinson, joined with us in a very professional ceremony to congratulate our many students as reading enthusiasts.  It has been an awesome year in the Library and there is so much more to come!.


This afternoon we welcomed to the College, an Ardboe legend, Barry Devlin, founding member of the Irish Celtic Band, Horslips. We enjoyed a terrific afternoon celebrating our Irish culture, music, dance and song.  Sincere thanks to Holy Trinity Primary School who gave very polished performances and to our own students for equally polished performances of a varied repertoire. It was sheer delight to listen to Barry Devlin sing a few verses of the classic ‘Old Ardboe’.  Having launched our tribute video to Barry Devlin and Horslips - the afternoon finished on an ecstatic note.  Well done to everyone involved this afternoon and especially Mr Mc Stocker for ensuring it all ran smoothly.




With the Balmoral Show on this week, a group of students were brought to the Show by Mr Loughran.  They had a fantastic day and a great reward for their hard work all year long in the Agriculture Club.


On another winning streak was the Greenpower Racing Team who came 2nd in the event.  Again, the STEM Club put their shoulders to the wheel, worked hard, designed their own car and its mechanics, and raced it against a number of other schools in this great Mid-Ulster Race.  Well done everyone.


Finally, Good Luck to all Primary 7 pupils as you receive notification of your Post Primary School tomorrow morning (Saturday) – I hope you get the school of your choice!


Have a lovely weekend.


Isabel Russell



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