Pupils from nine schools from across N Ireland came together in Ashfield Girls' High School in East Belfast today to compete in the Tech Know Club Grand Final.
The Computer Programming Competition, organised in conjunction with Ashfield Girls' High, W5, STEMNET and STEM Ambassadors was sponsored by Allstate NI and the aim of the day was for the students to create a game, using Scratch, or an app, via MIT App Inventor on the theme of 'Litter and The Environment'.
For the four weeks leading up the final the students have been meeting as part of a Tech Know Club in their schools, working with a teacher and STEM Ambassador to improve their skills of the different software.
The winning team, Abbey Grammar, Newry received a trophy for their school, individual trophies and a Samsung Tablet each. The runners up received trophies and £40 Amazon vouchers. There were also £10 Amazon vouchers which were given throughout the day as 'spot prizes' and all schools received a certificate for their participation in the event.
Mr McDermott, Head of ICT at Ashfield Girls', said, "This was a wonderful opportunity for pupils from all across the province to work together to improve their skills and knowledge of a wide range of software. It was great to see their competitive streak coming through as they worked collaboratively to strive to win the top prizes. The judging team from Allstate NI, Allen and Overy and Digital Media were extremely impressed by the standard, professionalism and enthusiasm displayed by all participants”
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Mr Gerry Byrne Allstate NI, Sophie McClean (Ashfield Girls’ High), David McDermott, Dohmnall Gregory, (Abbey Grammar, Newry), David Wilson Allstate NI
Posted on the: 26th June 2014
Healthy Eating Week
It was Healthy Eating Week in Ashfield on 2nd – 5th June 2014. To kick start our week we had an assembly for all year 8, 9 and 10 pupils. The assembly had a variety of activities to highlight the key health messages pupils should know about. The messages were that everyone should try to eat five a day, eat breakfast everyday, drink 6-8 glasses of water a day and be active for 60 minutes a day.
Each pupil received a target tracker sheet and Mrs James explained the challenge for the week. All pupils were encouraged to try to meet the four targets. The completed tracker sheets had to be signed by an adult and returned to school to be entered into a prize draw to win gift vouchers. We had four very special guests at the assembly who took part in a relay race to promote Healthy eating week! Mr Banana, Mr Carrot, Mr Burger and Mr Hotdog were very competitive and completed a tough relay race. They had to peel an orange, drink a glass of water, skip and race to the finish with the egg on the spoon. The first to pick up the inflatable banana was the winner! The pupils laughed, cheered and really got into the competitive spirit of the race. Mr Banana was the winner in the end. On Tuesday 3rd June all the staff including technicians and classroom assistants had a fruit treat at lunchtime. Year 10 pupils gave out free fruit and stickers to all the other pupils during lunchtime.
It was great to see all the girls munching on their fruit and really enjoying it. In the Home Economics department all year 8 classes made fruit salad. It was so encouraging to see the number of girls who had eaten their whole tub of fruit salad before they had left the classroom. Everyone embraced the challenge of Healthy Eating Week and I hope that they will remember the key messages and continue to stay healthy!
Healthy Eating Coordinator
Posted on the: 10th June 2014
Farewell to 5th Year
Year 12 pupils were presented with their Progress files by one of our own governors, Ms Sarah Clarke,on Monday 19th May. Pupils and parents were delighted to see and hear their daughters' letters about their ambitions written to the Principal when they were in Year 8. It was wonderful to see virtually every girl's parents or carers at the Leavers' assembly. Parents and pupils were very emotional to say farewell to Ashfield Girls' High School.
Posted on the: 29th May 2014
Meeting the First Minister
First Minister, Mr Peter Robinson, kindly presented, to Ashfield Girls' Year 10 pupils and Ashfield Boys' certificates for participation in a local Life Skills Programme.
The Ballymacarret Life Skills Project was funded by Belfast City Council and gave opportunities to visit well known landmarks and historic buildings in Northern Ireland; including a visit to Stormont and the Somme Centre.
The First Minister reminded pupils that they had more opportunities than their parents before them; but they needed to take advantage of these to ensure success in their future.
Posted on the: 29th May 2014
Sponsored Walk Event
After a false start in February, the whole school stepped out into the St Patrick’s Day sunshine, to put our best foot forward to participate in our annual sponsored walk event.
A sea of blue travelled the route along the Holywood and Circular Road, to raise vital funds to support three worthwhile causes.
The total raised so far is a fantastic £4200, which will benefit Tens Foundation, British Heart Foundation and the NI Hospice Somerton House rebuild. A massive well done to everyone involved.