“Strength of personality and provision” on show at Ballymoney High Transfer Night

QUIET PLEASE. Pictured in the Library on Monday night along with Teachers Joy Gamble and Tracy Montgomery and pupils Carly and Odessa are Mums Deirdre McAuley and Terri Sharp with their respective daughter and son Jenna and Dylan.INBM4-14 003SC.
QUIET PLEASE. Pictured in the Library on Monday night along with Teachers Joy Gamble and Tracy Montgomery and pupils Carly and Odessa are Mums Deirdre McAuley and Terri Sharp with their respective daughter and son Jenna and Dylan.INBM4-14 003SC.

Ballymoney High School demonstrated its vibrant best learning and life at its Annual Transfer Evening on Monday 13th January as a bumper crowd of primary pupils and parents experienced for themselves the variety and quality of education provided at the school.

Principal (Rodney Scott) and Vice Principal (Cynthia Currie) were delighted to welcome the large numbers of interested parents and pupils from primary schools in the borough, surrounding villages and further afield.

A warm welcome and active learning atmosphere was felt and experienced by all present from the opening short talks in the assembly hall to the full display of subject rooms and activities open to view and sample. The positive character and strong relationships in the school were evident for all to experience and drew many compliments.

Mr Scott emphasised the quality of provision and strength of personality within Ballymoney High School which meant it genuinely offered learning and achievement for pupils of all abilities in a positive and caring environment, which supported and stretched young people throughout their years at the school.

Being a strong, successful and sustainable school both now and for the future, the many positive reasons to choose Ballymoney High included:

teaching and support staff with experience and expertise across all subjects

the appropriate and excellent variety of teaching methods, resources and technologies used

the comprehensive curriculum offered in all years progressing to a full range of academic, practical and vocational courses at GCSE

a proven record of examination achievement for all pupils to the highest levels, alongside a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities

a pupil centred approach promoting values, expectations and personal development

Mrs Currie emphasised the strength of pastoral care, the practical personal support and the positive expectations for conduct and learning that underpinned every pupil’s development and achievement. Praise, encouragement, reward and positive relationships combined with appropriate sanctions, support and guidance.

The visiting young people and parents had ample time to view, touch, smell, taste and hear the variety and vibrancy of learning on offer in every subject area. This gave them a real experience of the school’s “personality” and how they could become a successful member of it. Many remarked upon the “warm welcome”, “friendly relationships”, “busy pupils who obviously enjoy their lessons and activities”, “the great range of subjects and resources on offer” , “great range of sports and activities”, “interest in the young people personally as well as academically”, “desire to have pupils achieve their best” and the “fine results being achieved”.

Further contact from interested parents is welcome. (2766 2361)

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