Friday 8th November 2019
The Mid-term break is well and truly over now – and it was certainly needed for both pupils and staff. We have all returned to school refreshed and ready to face the next number of weeks as pressure continues for coursework deadlines and formal assessments in December. But before that, Years 11 & 12 demonstrated a very positive work ethic this week as they engaged in GCSE Science Modular Exams. I am confident the results will be extremely encouraging for them all.
Regrettably our football competitions didn’t go quite as well. The Year 10 squad, who had reached the Quarter Finals of the Corn Na nOg Cup, lost out to a very strong St Colman’s Newry. They had a great run up to the Quarter Finals however, displaying some strong footballing skills, but alas it was not to be!. However, well done to the Team and your coaches, Mr O’ Neill and Mr Mc Girr. Today was the first official game for the MacRory Team. Beaten by 2 points, and with many injured players, the pressure will be on now for the next number of games – you can do it lads! Year 8 Boys participated in the GAA Regional Blitz winning 2 out of 3 matches and narrowly beaten by 2 points in the final match. Hard luck Boys, but keep up the great work!
There is a vast range of Extended Schools Projects up and running since September and proving very popular are the table tennis and pool clubs at break and lunchtime. Similar to last year, Maths GCSE is being promoted to our community, alongside English GCSE for the first time – work alongside your child to assist them in their GCSEs or for your own career development – this is a great initiative. Good Luck everyone!
Equally exciting is the Agriculture Club, some of whom made their way to Ballymena Livestock Market last Friday and bought an Aberdeen Angus calf to rear. Agriculture is a huge success subject in school at both KS4 and KS5, so why not carry out the practical aspect of rearing lambs and calves!. A huge thanks to Barry Hutton from Hutton’s Butchers for providing the sponsorship.
Year 13 experienced a hard-hitting and powerful message at the ‘Roadsafe Roadshow’. They are our future drivers and safety is a priority at all times. Year 8 are on a winning streak with the majority of pupils still on zero behaviour points at the end of October. Fantastic achievement Year 8 and a well-deserved treat in Mc Donalds today!
Congratulations to Kevin Mc Clean (currently Year 13), who received 1st place in Northern Ireland, in CCEA GCSE Engineering & Manufacturing Exam held in the Summer 2019 Exam Series. This is an exceptional achievement for Kevin and his teachers, Mr O’ Hagan and Mr Tennyson. Well done to you all – very well deserved.
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That’s all for now folks!