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On Tuesday 22 March 2016, Jordanstown School held an ‘All Performance Musical’ at Theatre at the Mill, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey. Our annual concert showcases the amazing talents of all pupils and staff at Jordanstown.

 

This year marks the retirement of Mrs Anne P Magee and such as this year’s concert held special significance. Our ‘All Performance Musical’ not only gave us the opportunity to showcase the wonderful talent we have here at Jordanstown, but also gave us a chance to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution Mrs Magee has made to the school.

 

This year we also wanted to give more people the opportunity to share in the achievements of our pupils and as such were very fortunate in being granted the use of the wonderful Theatre at the Mill for our show by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

 

A packed theatre enjoyed a captivating evening of dance, drama and music, signs, songs and poetry.

 

For just under forty years, the past ten as principal, Mrs Magee has been an integral member of staff and a leader of Jordanstown School. She has overseen many achievements at Jordanstown over the years but possibly the biggest of these, the building of a new school, which opened five years ago.

 

Anne Magee, School Principal said, “I am so proud of every one of the children who participated in tonight’s performances. The hard work put in to learning words and signs for such a wide-ranging programme showed great commitment but also the talent we have at Jordanstown School. A very special thanks must go to all of the staff who ensured the children were well prepared for tonight. I think it would only be fitting to mention a few people in particular without whom the show wouldn’t have been the success it was, they are Sam Murray and Margaret Moore. I would also like to thank all the parents and families for their support and encouragement throughout the year and not only on nights like this. It has been a privilege to serve both as a teacher and principal in Jordanstown School, the enthusiasm and can do attitude of the children has always filled me with immense pride”.

 

Anne Magee is leaving Jordanstown School in a very healthy, happy and secure place, safe in the knowledge the commitment, drive and enthusiasm she has demonstrated over many years will continue.

 

 

Confirmation

On Sunday 13 March 2016, Dean Newbronner and Seani Heaney received the sacrament of Confirmation along with the pupils of St Vincent de Paul PS, Belfast.

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For the second year running, Jordanstown School Choir captivated the audience in Belfast City Hall. The choir in partnership with St. Patrick’s College, Antrim Road, were taking part in the final of the Flax Trust Inter-Community School Choirs Award (FISCA).

 

FISCA is a musical project aimed at reconciliation through the art of music, enabling children in Northern Ireland from all walks of life to integrate, converse, improve their confidence, self-esteem and work together towards an end shared goal.

 

Jordanstown School and St. Patrick’s choirs came together for musical and vocal workshops, learned new music and engaged in activities to promote inter-relations, confidence and team building.

 

The culmination of months learning and rehearsing was a performance on Thursday 3 December 2015 at the FISCA Christmas Gala event in Belfast City Hall.

 

Anne P Magee, Jordanstown School Principal said, “I can’t congratulate all the students from both Jordanstown School and St. Patricks College highly enough. The commitment, enthusiasm and hard work they’ve demonstrated make me immensely proud! I would also like to thank all of the teachers involved, without their commitment and effort we couldn’t have achieved these fabulous performances.”

 

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Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has visited Sign Language classes at Jordanstown School. The classes, which are funded by the department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), are for parents of children who are deaf. The courses offer parents the opportunity to study British Sign Language (BSL) Levels 1 and 2.

 

The Minister said: “As 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents, I am delighted that my Department has been able to assist with providing these vital classes.

 

“It is widely accepted that the key years for language acquisition for all children is 0-2 years and early intervention to teach sign language in this time span is fundamental to improving educational prospects.”

 

“After meeting with Emma Rogers, whose son is deaf, I felt it was necessary to help these parents to be able to communicate with their children.”

 

Parents have previously raised concerns, aside from costs of classes, that Further Education Sign Language classes are not always appropriate as they preclude parents from attending due to the difficulties with childcare.

 

The Minister added: “The DCAL funding also helps to provide crèche facilities for all of the parents’ children to enable both parents, where applicable, to attend the classes. The crèche includes specialist one-to-one care where their deaf child has other special needs.

 

“I hope all the parents completing these courses have enjoyed them and have no doubt that they will benefit immensely from them.”

 

Anne Magee, School Principal said: “I am delighted that Jordanstown has been able to host these DCAL funded Sign Language classes for parents. I should particularly like to thank the Minister for her personal interest and support. It is so important that parents are equipped to communicate with their deaf child from as early an age as possible. I am also proud that both qualified tutors of the Level 1 and 2 classes are former pupils of this school. They are a source of inspiration to our current pupils.”

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On Wednesday 9 March 2016, NDCS held the annual award event for young authors and artists in the grand surroundings of Belfast City Hall’s Great Hall.

 

The competition, which celebrated its 30 year anniversary, awards young deaf people for their creative writing and visual artistry.

 

This year as in many previous years, Jordanstown School featured prominently, receiving eight commendations, four top three places and three special awards including one for our very own Principal, Anne Magee.

 

The pupils who were highly commended for their entries were, Elliryn McPhillips for creative writing, Charlotte McCann, Charlie Cunningham, Chloe Lennon, Dean Newbronner, Elliryn McPhillips and Emmanuel Ofor-Manteaw for Visual Artistry.

 

Emmanuel Ofor-Manteaw also took third place for Creative Writing, as did Cain Taylor for Visual Art.

 

Rhys Newbronner took home second place for Creative Writing whilst Aliyah Black scooped first place for Visual Art.

 

The Bob McCullough award for best overall creative writing entry went to Alanis Millar, and Olivia Bamber took home the Marks and Spencer Cup for best overall work by a child with additional complex needs.

 

Jordanstown School principal Anne Magee was delighted to receive the Commercial Connections Cup, the award to a professional who really makes a difference to the lives of deaf children and young people. Anne was nominated by a large number of parents and one parent wrote, “Mrs Magee has dedicated her career to supporting the education of deaf children and young people. She recognises the individual needs of each pupil and is a strong advocate to ensure every pupil is given the opportunity to reach their full potential“. A very fitting award as this was the final Young Authors and Artists awards Anne attended as Jordanstown School Principal.

 

 

Class 6N took the opportunity to interview Mrs Magee on her time at Jordanstown School. Under the guidance of Cathy Moorehead (BBC NI) the class learnt about making and editing a radio interview.

 

Please click the link below to have a listen.

 

 

 

 

 

Angel Eyes NI in Partnership with, Blind Children UK, (BCUK), Disability Sports Northern Ireland (DSNI), Jordanstown School and the Royal National Institute of Blind People Northern Ireland, (RNIBNI), hosts a monthly youth club at Jordanstown School.

 

A youth club with a difference, suitable for 4-18 years split in to age appropriate groups.

 

A range of various activities will be organised each month including, arts and crafts, cooking and independent living skills, music, sports and lots more.

 

The club is open to all the family and will run from 2.00pm-4.30pm on the following dates,

 

21st Nov
19th Dec
23rd Jan
20th Feb
19th Mar
16th April
14th May
11th June

 

Places are limited, please book to avoid disappointment by e-mailing,

info@angeleyesni.org

 

or by calling,

028 9094 1632