On Friday 15th November, we held our annual Post-Primary Prize Day in school. 

It was a wonderful event attended by pupils, staff, parents/carers, grandparents, siblings, Governors, Trustees, friends and past pupils, who were all there to celebrate the achievements of our Post-Primary pupils for the academic year 2018-19.

We were especially pleased to welcome back the Leavers from 2019, all of whom have gone on to further education.

The Guest of Honour was Ms Rosaleen Dempsey, the Children, Young People and Families Lead for RNIB NI.

She talked about her journey through school and university, and she inspired the young people with her wise words about overcoming challenge. As she said, ‘You can do whatever you want but you might have to do it in a different way.’

Every pupil received a Character Award celebrating the wonderful traits they have which will serve them well as they go through life, such as resilience, determination and good humour.

Also presented were the examination certificates from the public examinations, as well as the class prizes and a number of special awards.

At the end of the ceremony we were treated to a signed musical medley by some of our senior pupils.

We are very proud of each and every one of our pupils and we were delighted to have this opportunity to publicly celebrate their achievements.

We had great fun today with our ‘Hallow-Green’ day. The pupils looked fantastic in their dress-up and they enjoyed all the activities.

The primary children enjoyed party games, baking and a visit by ‘Wee Critters’, while post-primary pupils had green-themed activities to focus on the environment.

There were some wonderful entries for the pumpkin competition, with very creative carving, painting and decorating.

All in all, it was a great way to finish for the half-term break.

Forest School after school club has now finished and the pupils had so much fun.  We were very lucky with the weather but we were all equally as happy being out in the rain! 

Forest School is child led learning.  As well as fresh air and exercise some of the aims are: using imagination and thinking skills, encouraging independence but also team- work and communication.

Activities involved :

  • Conker hunting, the pupils decided to make their conkers in the containers instruments and loved pretending to be soldiers!
  • Conker crafts.
  • Searching for spiders, looking at spider’s web structure and making spider’s webs.
  • Making animals pictures out of natural items found outside.
  • Looking at colour outside and doing a colour survey.
  • Den building and the most favourite activity of all, having hot chocolate in their den!
  • Scavenger hunt and making the Mr Forest Man face!

4N have been working towards an ASDAN qualification ‘Knowing About Myself’. Part of this involved thinking about what clothes are appropriate to wear for different occasions, different jobs and different weather.

They also had to show the class their favourite clothes and talk about what each other is wearing which is what they did in this fashion show. 

Part of the ASDAN qualification is also about organising an event so the class set about organising this fashion show!  After many rehearsals, the students loved strutting their stuff on the cat- walk and the audience enjoyed every minute!

We are delighted to be running a new Forest School after school club. We provide opportunities for our pupils to explore the natural world, appreciate biodiversity and develop their environmental awareness.

Forest School takes place in our Nature Reserve so we encourage a healthy outdoor lifestyle. Pupils get to be active learners with child-led problem solving and art activities. 

Week 1 was a great success and we look forward to lots of fun and learning in the coming weeks.

The school is super-proud of pupil Dean Newbronner from Class 3M who was recently nominated for the Sense Sibling of the Year Award. 

Dean and his family travelled to Birmingham on Thursday 19th September for the national awards ceremony, where he was placed Runner Up.

He gave a speech congratulating the winner and thanking those who nominated him.  Well done Dean!!

Photograph of pupil receiving his award

Jordanstown School supported by CCEA have produced a video to demonstrate how CCEA Growing for the Future resource can contribute to the development of Home Economics and outdoor education for all learners in their school.

Just click on the picture to watch the video.

Picture of two pupils watering a plant

Today we were delighted to hold an induction morning for the new pupils in 1D and their parents, they all looked amazing!

We are very proud of their achievements in our primary department and look forward to teaching them in their new adventure in our secondary department. 

Beyond diagnosis – Developing the professional toolkit for meeting the needs of sensory impairment profiles.

On August 28, BATOD NI in conjunction with NatSIP, Sense NI, RNIB NI and GuideDogs NI delivered a day full of workshops and keynote presentations at their first ever, Northern Ireland based, multi-agency conference for professionals working with children and young people with sensory impairment.

We are pleased to have Steve Rose (NatSIP associate) and Steph Halder (BATOD President) as the keynote speakers. There were 14 workshop options specific to multi-sensory impairment, vision impairment and deafness. 

Everyone has had a great week. 

Day 1 – Circus Skills Workshop came to visit us in the morning and then in the afternoon World of Owls came in. The children had an amazing time learning to juggle and petting owls and snakes.

Day 2 – We made some playdough in the morning and did basket weaving.  The children loved being creative and had fun playing some games.  In the afternoon we all went bowling, everyone loved it and showed their competitive sides.

Day 3 – Lea Vaughan (Forest Fitness) came into school with lots of activities for us all to do. We enjoyed learning how to box, we timed ourselves on the mini assault course and had a great time playing with the nerf guns.  At the end of the day all the children were exhausted after a very active day.

Day 4 – The bus came and picked us up and took us to Carrickfergus Cinema to see Toy Story 4. We were very lucky as we were able to sit in the VIP suite, everyone loved the reclining chairs and also the film. When we got back to school we celebrated a child’s birthday with some cake and dancing. Smiles all round. 

All in all, all children and staff had a brilliant week! Thanks everyone for coming, see you all next year for more fun and games.