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.
Posted on the: 31st March 2014
World Book Day
This March, Ashfield celebrated World Book Day in style, with a week of events revolving around all things books! We started the week with a nod to the 25th Anniversary of ‘Where’s Wally’ with a school wide treasure hunt for our very own Mr Cuttle – who ended up in some very unusual places! Rebecca Duff in 8H was the winner and she received a ‘Where’s Wally’ goody bag.
Tuesday saw the launch of the new senior book club by Mrs Strange. The girls met for afternoon tea in the library and were not only introduced to their first book by Malala Yousafzai, but also joined by a special guest: award wining local author, Glenn Patterson. As well as this, several A-Level Art students, along with Mrs McKeag, ran an Illustration Workshop; teaching an enthusiastic group of girls how to redesign the cover of their favourite books. The winner of this competition was Madalyn Richards from 10.S, with her beautiful version of a new cover of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green.
On Wednesday, we held the ever popular Book Swap in the library, with over one hundred girls involved with swapping their second hand books for free. There were lots of happy customers! A new addition to our usual World Book Day events was launched on Thursday: Extreme Reading! The girls were challenged with taking photos of themselves reading in strange, exciting or unusual locations – always with one foot on the ground, of course. There were some hilarious entries and, after a pupil vote, Abbie Anderson from 9S won with her photo of herself reading inside a wheelie bin! Macy Stewart from 10H came a very close second with her photo of herself sharing story time with two Shetland ponies.
Friday was a ground breaking day for Ashfield as several members of staff came dressed up as their favourite literary characters. We had the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, the Bennett sisters from ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and a lot of Wallies! It was great fun and the girls certainly enjoyed seeing a different side to their teachers. After a busy week, we finished off with an acoustic set, hot chocolate and a piece of cake in our pop up café in the Library, just for the senior school. Glenn Harrison provided the chilled out atmosphere and we also launched our new senior reading section.
Over all it was an incredible week of reading and we’re looking forward to doing it all again next year!
Posted on the: 25th March 2014
Wonderful Westminster Experience For Lily
Ashfield Girls' High School pupil, Lily Smyth, had a once in a lifetime opportunity today as she was shown the inner workings of Parliament. Lily was shadowing East Belfast MP Naomi Long as part of International Women's Day.
As part of the day, designed to celebrate, appreciate and show respect to women around the globe, Mrs Long brought Lily Smyth onboard as her intern for a day’s work in Westminster.
A Level pupil Lily was able to see first-hand the work carried out by Alliance MP Mrs Long, as she took part in meetings, watched a debate in the House of Commons chamber, assisted in her office and also had afternoon tea in the Speaker’s apartments.
The intern scheme which is part of the Inspiring Change project, is intended to encourage young females from around the UK to get up close to politics by accompanying their MP for a day.
“International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to showcase politics for young women and allow them the chance to get involved. Politics needs to accurately reflect our whole society, and show we are moving forward to a brighter and fairer future.
“I was delighted that Lily was able to join me in Westminster and see that we are working hard here to deliver change. Maybe the day will have been so inspiring that one day Lily will be in my position as East Belfast MP.”
Ashfield Girls’ Principal Alison Mungavin said she was thrilled that Lily had the opportunity to spend the day in Parliament.
“Lily was so excited to travel to Westminster to take part in International Women’s Day and we are delighted with this unique opportunity for one of our sixth form pupils.Hopefully it will have been a valuable learning experience as well as an enjoyable day.
Thanks go to Naomi Long for facilitating the project and we can’t wait to hear all about Lily’s time away.”
Posted on the: 7th March 2014
Ski Trip 2014
On Sunday 16th February, 22 pupils and 3 members of staff set off for Pamporovo in Bulgaria. On arriving we were a little concerned about the lack of snow,
but felt reassured when we were told that there was plenty of snow on the slopes and that all of the ski lifts were operating.
On the first morning we were divided into three groups based on our previous skiing experience. The advanced group set off to seek out some red runs,
while the intermediate group was content to start off on green. The beginners group stayed on the nursery slopes in order to master the snowplough turn.
All of the groups progressed very quickly and were tackling more difficult runs each day. It was incredible to see our group confidently skiing down the mountain together on the last day.
It was a very successful trip and one that we hope to repeat in 2016.
Posted on the: 27th February 2014
Young Enterprise Success
On Thursday 30th January this year’s Young Enterprise Company ‘Bags of Class’ attended the Belfast and Castlereagh Area Trade Fair in the Kennedy Shopping Centre, Belfast.
The girls had the opportunity to employ their enterprising skills by selling their reusable bags which came in many different styles such as pigs, pandas, roses, strawberries to name but a few.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed their day and were successfully awarded the ‘Best Product’ for their unique and extremely useful compact bags.