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Stranmillis Enterprise Challenge
Year 2 Business and Enterprise students at Stranmillis recently hosted an enterprise event, supported by Widening Participation funding.
Over 40 pupils from two local schools, Ashfield Girls’ High School and Ashfield Boys’ High School, attended the event. Year 2 Stranmillis students worked hard to plan an engaging enterprise programme, based on the theme of ‘Healthy Snacks’, which aimed to help the pupils develop important enterprising skills such as creativity, decision making and team work. Pupils also had the opportunity to experience a university setting for the day.
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Posted on the: 1st July 2015
Digging for Heaney
On June 23rd the Year 11 GCSE English Literature class journeyed north to spend the day in the villages of Castledawson and Bellaghy and surrounding townlands as part of their poetry module on the work of Seamus Heaney. Under the direction of local guide and Heaney expert, Mr Eugene Kielt, the students were able to explore the landscape that inspired many of the poems studied in class.
Visits to the locations that hold special significance in Heaney’s writing brought his poetry to life giving pupils a greater sense of the Nobel Laureate’s background, the rural community in which he grew up and his affinity to nature.
With regular stops for recitations and readings, Mr Kielt entertained the students with personal stories and anecdotes as they toured the countryside, ticking off many of the literary landscapes immortalised in Heaney’s poetry such as Mossbawn, Anahorish, Broagh, the Moyola River and Lough Beg. The memory of the remarkable 95 year old Barney Devlin hammering the anvil in his father’s forge will never be forgotten nor will the lively lunch-stop at McGrogan’s farm amidst goats, horses, chicks and ducklings. A visit to Heaney’s grave and the Heaney Library in Bellaghy Bawn brought the tour to a poignant end and left the group with an understanding of Heaney’s legacy to the world of literature.
A huge thanks to Mr Kielt of Laurel Villa, Magherafelt, for sharing his wealth of knowledge and passion for Heaney’s poetry with us and also to local estate agent John Minnis for generously sponsoring the trip.
Posted on the: 26th June 2015
Victoria House Celebrate Victoria Park
Over sixty Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils from Victoria House enjoyed a fun, active and highly educational afternoon in Victoria Park on June 24th during a specially organised event showcasing the recent improvements to made to the park as part of the development of the Connswater Community Greenway.
In small groups, students completed a circuit of the park attending a series of specially designed workshops en route. Coordination and fitness levels were tested in energetic workouts with the famous Fitness Freddie. A fascinating workshop in bird identification and ringing with ‘Birdman’ Aidan Crean informed students about the park’s birdlife while watching wrens, robins and black caps being tagged and released. Pupils’ attention was then focused on the park’s flora and fauna with the opportunity to experiment with a range of cameras under the guidance of photographer Mervyn Smyth .
Class representatives donated books to Victoria Park’s newly inaugurated Little Lending Library at the observation area where each group read poetry together with Reading Rooms facilitators Maeve and Susan. Patrica Deeney, from the Field Studies Council, introduced students to the hidden wonders of the Connswater’s mudflats in her interactive workshop Foul to Fair on the Sam Thompson Bridge. Everyone was surprised to learn that the mud is indeed home to a vast array of creatures and discover the environmental importance of this much overlooked river feature. Our budding ornithologists even learnt how to identify oyster catchers, terns, curlews and black-tailed godwits.
Students and staff were treated to a refreshing ice-lolly and a last dance with Fitness Freddie before returning to school in high spirits. What a brilliant way for Victoria House to celebrate the end of the school year and the fantastic facilities we have on our doorstep.
Posted on the: 26th June 2015
Ashfield Cookery Book
Ashfield Girls’ Parents and Friends have collated many flavoursome recipes from past and present into our newly published, Ashfield Cookbook.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please get in touch with our school office.
Posted on the: 8th June 2015
Cooking up a storm
Friday morning called for a treat to round off a hard week of examinations.
Mr Cuttle and Mr Osborne rose to the challenge to cook up a feast of bacon butties and fried eggs.
It was great to see staff and pupils enjoying breakfast before a well-earned Bank Holiday weekend. £100 was raised for the Nepal Appeal.
Posted on the: 22nd May 2015