Ballymoney High School demonstrated its vibrant best learning and life at its Annual Transfer Evening on Monday 12th 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 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 of the school was evident for all to experience and drew many compliments. Parents and pupils could see and sample for themselves the breadth and quality of provision offered.
Mr Scott emphasised the strengths and successes of the school, making it a sound and suitable choice for now and the future. The school truly catered for all abilities and being non-selective never meant second best. Being a core school within Area Plans, a positive recent Inspection Report, best ever GCSE results in summer past and a planned new build extension were all evidence of the vitality and sustainability of Ballymoney High.
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 and 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. Pupils were helped to develop in body, mind and soul – academically and personally
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 realexperience of the school’s “personality” and how they could become a successful member of it.
Many remarked upon the “warm welcome and 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 developing”, “desire to have pupils achieve their best” and the “fine results being achieved”.
Further contact from interested parents is welcome. (2766 2361)