On Friday the 14th December 2018 staff and pupils paid a £1 towards the N. I. Children to Lapland charity to wear their Christmas jumper to school. Total raised was £52.
Class 4a (The Jordanstown Cool Crew) went to St George’s Market on Wednesday 5th December to sell their handmade Christmas crafts as part of the Young Enterprise programme.
A busy but fun day was had by all and they were kindly assisted with sales by 6B. They came 2nd place in the “Team programme” category.
Thank you to everyone in the Jordanstown School community for supporting us.
Jordanstown School welcomed a group of European teachers for a three-day Project visit. These were all teachers of the Visually Impaired and came from Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic and The Netherlands.
Our pupils gave them a wonderful welcome in an assembly and performed songs and gave greetings in their native language. The pupils showcased our school as they enthusiastically took the visitors on a tour of the school.
Our school has had a long history of participating in European projects and with European teachers. The current topic for sharing knowledge and expertise is around Social Skills.
This was organised by class 4H as part of the Home Economics curriculum. They researched interesting ways to serve fruit that encourage young people to get their recommended daily intake of 5 a day. We had:
- Frozen bananas and grapes
- Melon lollies
- Fruit salad
- Dried apricots, dates and raisins
- Banana chips
- Satsumas decorated like mini Halloween pumpkins
6B also helped out with the last minute preparations- it was a real team effort!
Free training in Antrim and Magherfelt for parents, wider family circle and wider stakeholders for those who support / care for children with Autism, Dyslexia or Dyspraxia.
Monday – Football Day
Luke and Sean took a football session from TW Sports. They taught some skills and then we played a match.
We watched the film ‘Early Man’. It’s an animation all about football. Some played ‘Let’s Dance’ on the Wii.
We learnt the ‘Waka Waka’ song and dance from the African World Cup. Mr Murray took this session.
Primary made some football coasters and ‘scratch art’ football boot magnets.
Tuesday – Circus/Chocolate Day
Monkeynastix took an exercise session with the primary. This involved the parachute, music, movement and obstacle courses.
The secondary watched ‘The Greatest Showman’ film whilst groups baked chocolate brownies or chocolate chip cookies. I have heard the brownies were delicious!!! They wouldn’t share!!!
In the afternoon Circus Skills came. They taught us how to walk on a tightrope, hula hoop and juggle. They also did a silly game called head catch. We’ll teach it to you some time.
The primary modelled with chocolate playdough, enjoyed circus art activities and had fun having their faces painted by Mrs Watson.
Wednesday – Pamper/ Bowling
The girls had a pamper morning by indulging in nail painting and braiding hair whilst the boys played Mario Cart on the Wii.
The primary painted musical instruments whilst enjoying the good weather outside in the playground.
Then we had our trip to Glengormley Sports Bowl where we went ten pin bowling. Fun was had by all!!!
Thursday –Nature Day
Ulster Wildlife came in the morning. Andrew talked to us about the decrease of bird numbers in Northern Ireland. We built bird boxes to welcome birds into our nature reserve.
The younger pupils painted bug hotels and went on a bug hunt. They had a great time in the Nature Reserve.
Mike from World of Owls came in the afternoon. He brought a barn owl – she had been taught to fly into her nesting box. She was very soft. He brought Harley, a long eared owl who is extremely famous and starred in Harry Potter. He also brought a Madagascar hissing cockroach which he put onto both Dean and Mrs McClelland. He also had a stick insect, bearded dragon lizard and a royal python. The pupils loved it and ‘some’ of the staff!!
Friday – Movin’ and Groovin’ Day
In the morning Ryan and Shane, two Jiu Jitsu Sensei’s came from ‘The Dojo’ in Ballymena. They showed us how to warm up, how to say ‘No’ to bullies by using a special fighting stance, then our fight stance, leading into punching. They also showed us some self-defence moves like releasing your arm if some-one grabs you. You do this by using ‘thumb’s up’ and your muscles.
Lavinia took a dance session. Pupils learnt a dance to ‘Come Alive’ from The Greatest Showman.
Joe from the Gathering Drum came in the afternoon. He brought Djembe’s. He showed us how to play ‘low drum’ and ‘high drum’. We warmed up by making a rainstorm happen using different sounds, we played rhythm games and echo games. He brought out the steel drums and we played a carnival song. A great way to end the summer scheme!
Primary Prize day took place on 25th June. To present the prizes we welcomed back Mrs Mrytle Shannon, a former vice principal.
We are all very proud of our brilliant pupils and they have all worked so hard throughout the year and have developed academically, socially and emotionally. They are all winners!!