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Week 4

Friday 29th September 2023

Hi Everyone

Another week and almost the end of September! Students and staff are working hard in the classroom and quite a number of extra-curricular activities are already on the go.

Staff Development was the order of the day on Monday when we joined our colleagues in Cookstown High School for a very informative session about ‘Making Learning Stick’ facilitated by Inspire Education. It is so important to explore new strategies for our learners to help them understand, retain and recall previous learning. Well done to all staff involved.

Year 8 are settling in well and certainly know their way around the College. Thanks to Mr Mc Guigan for organising a range of lunchtime and afterschool activities for Year 8 – this supports them in building new friendships whilst learning new skills.

Rehearsals are well underway for our forthcoming school production, Calamity Jane. The cast are very excited and are working extremely hard. Don’t forget to book your tickets online for what is sure to be a sell-out production, Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th October.

Selected Year 9 pupils continue to engage with our Nurture Provision and we look forward to Year 8 commencing after Halloween. This provision is so necessary for the wellbeing of many of our younger pupils, who already face so many other challenges in their young lives before they are ready to engage in learning. The work which our Nurture Team carry out is invaluable.

Congratulations to the U-20 Ladies Football Team who had a successful win v St Patrick’s Academy. Year 9/10 Boys were also involved in a Football Blitz in Garvaghy. The MacRory Team have started training sessions and Year 9 were in an Ulster Colleges Hurling Blitz on Wednesday. The sporting season has well and truly started!.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to updating you with more news next week.

Isabel Russell


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