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Armagh Covid-19 Response Committee

These two lovely girls, sisters Victoria and Alice Murray arrived at our offices with their mother Linda yesterday to assist us in the communication and preparation of care packages for deaf people.

They then delivered the care package and communicated the help the Armagh Covid-19 RC can provide to the community.

Victoria and Alice are both deaf and showed a great level of social conscience to utilise their skills in this particular way. We were all truly humbled by their volunteering to assist us weekly in this regard.

We understand the seeds of friendship were sown today with the recipients of the care packages. An outstanding contribution from two teenagers to help those in need during this crisis.

We are delighted to announce the Jordanstown School prize winners of the NDCS Young Authors and Artists Competition 2020.  We are so proud of them all!

Primary Winners – Visual Art

Charlotte McCann (Joint 1st)

Hafsa Khan (Joint 3rd)

Ryan Baird (Joint 3rd)

Jude Armstrong (Highly Commended)

Anton Malone (Highly Commended)

Primary Winners – Creative Writing

Brielle Toal (Joint 3rd)

Alex Lennon (Highly Commended)

Post-Primary Winners – Creative Writing

Max McGall (2nd)

Chloe Lennon (3rd)

Ross Cartmill (Highly Commended)

We are also delighted to announce that our Class 4 teacher, Miss Stroud, has won a special award, the Commercial Connections Cup.  In informing Miss Stroud of the award, NDCS said:

‘You were nominated by a number of parents as a professional who over many years has been passionately involved in all aspects of support for deaf children

Commercial Connections introduced the prize to reward professionals who really make a difference to the lives of deaf children and young people.  This year your dedication and encouragement has played a vital role in ensuring they achieve their full potential in school.’

Congratulations to Miss Stroud – a very well deserved award!

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On Monday 2nd March the secondary department welcomed David Orwin to the school.

David delivered a session of non-contact boxing to the schools secondary department that was very well received! 

The pupils were put through their paces and a very enjoyable morning was had by all!

The school is delighted to be the recipient of a Joan Christie Bursary from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, in recognition of our work in promoting horticulture with our pupils.

The school was presented with the award at a ceremony in the Theatre at the Mill, where we were represented by one of our senior pupils, Sarah Gilmore. 


The award is particularly timely given the school’s recent accreditation as a Forest School, and we plan to use it to enhance our use of the Nature Reserve.

Professional violinist, Rebekah Durston visited Jordanstown School to perform and work with pupils who are learning a string instrument.

This was made possible through the ‘Extended Schools’ programme. 

Rebekah performed for the whole school a mix of classical, traditional music and songs from Musical Theatre.

Some pupils attended a masterclass with Rebekah to help them improve skills on their string instruments. 

This was an invaluable experience for the whole school.  An extremely enjoyable day for all.

We are delighted to announce that Jordanstown School is now an officially recognised Forest School, one of only 55 in Northern Ireland!

Brian Poots from the Northern Ireland Forest Schools Association (NIFSA) came into school to observe a Forest School session with4N and was very impressed with our Nature Reserve and how well our pupils engaged with the activities.

We are looking forward to expanding our outdoor learning here in school over the coming years; at present we have 2 staff who are involved with Forest School.

We would like to extend a warm thank you to Jordanstown Together, our parent and staff association, for all their support with the Forest School initiative. 

If you would like to find out more about Forest School, please have a look at the photos on our school website and have a look for our school profile which will appear on the NIFSA website on the near future.