Principal's Blog


APRIL

18th April 2018

Dear Parents and friends of LJHS, join with me in celebrating our win today. Our boys are Northern Ireland Champions. I want to thank all parents who travelled down to Ballymena and the boys who were absolutely terrific, as well as Mr J Guy their coach, Dixie and Billy. It was wonderful that almost 200 of our pupils attended to support the team. I am incredibly proud of all the boys. Well done!

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MARCH

22nd March 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians

I hope this letter finds you all well and looking forward to the Easter break with your family. The beautiful sunshine this week has been encouraging and after such a long winter, we are all due some good weather so we can have some outdoor time with our children.

NON UNIFORM DAY   - Friday, 23rd March 2018

£1 non uniform money is for Cameron Truesdale. Cameron is currently receiving treatment for his condition and all funds raised will support this.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

We have had another busy term at Lurgan Junior high and were delighted with the School Performance, High School Musical. Our pupils and staff put their whole heart into it to make it such a success for everyone. I’m sure that as parents you were proud as punch.

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WINNERS of THE HIGH SCHOOL CUP IN RUGBY

We have also had a tremendously busy sporting season with weekly practices after school and competitive matches on going throughout the term. Our pupils performed well and we were absolutely thrilled when just last Tuesday our U12 boys’ rugby brought home the silver in the High Schools Cup.

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NAVAL CADETS STARTING SOON

Next term, we are adding another extracurricular activity to provide another outlet for our young people. Mr David McCausland has talked to our pupils about Naval Cadets and is hopeful that he will have a company of our pupils to participate in canoeing, hill walking and other equally rewarding outdoor pursuits. He is keen to commence this after Easter and it would be such a positive and rewarding experience for the children. There will be permission letters going home this week. Do return them at the earliest opportunity.

SHARED EDUCATION

Shared Education classes continue to play a big part in Lurgan JHS and this has done much to develop our pupils’ thinking skills, creativity, oracy and problem solving as well as their self-esteem and confidence.   The classes – 9A6, 9A1, 8A5, 8B1 - have enjoyed their shared experiences at both St Ronan’s College and Lurgan Junior High School. Mr Addley, as coordinator, has successfully extended the programme to include History, R.E., ICT, Maths, Art and Music. It was so empowering for our 2 Shared Education Ambassadors, Lucy McBride 9A6 and Cameron McLean 9A1, to provide the Project Coordinators with worthwhile and evaluative feedback. We are indebted to all our staff and pupils for their enthusiasm, involvement and participation in the project.

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KEY STAGE 3/4 TRANSITION – YEAR 10 NEWS

On Thursday 22 March, Mrs R Harkness, Acting Principal of Craigavon Senior High School, attended Year 10 Assembly to inform our pupils of future pathways for them as they go forward in their education. Other activities have been arranged by Mrs Harkness to ensure a smooth transition from LJHS to CSHS. There will be a Subject Fayre and 3 days of Induction at the end of June to support them into GCSE and other appropriate courses.

Likewise, Mr D Bell, Vice Principal, Curriculum and his team from Lurgan College will be arranging pupil/ parent interviews in May to finalise Option Choices. Induction will also take place at Lurgan College for Year 10 pupils. Additional advice and guidance by Subject Leaders takes place in specific subjects. Indeed, Mr Reavie, HoD I.C.T. has already spoken to Year 10 pupils regarding I.C.T. courses available for G.C.S.E.

WINNERS OF THE SEMI FINAL NI CUP

On Wednesday 21 March, the U12 Boys’ Football Team played in the semi-finals of the NI Cup against Integrated College, Dungannon. It was such an honour for our boys to play at Mourneview Park and we very much appreciate the kindness of Glenavon staff in making us welcome. All in all, it was a wonderful game and we have much to celebrate with the skill, talent, persistence and team work shown on the day. The match went into extra time and then on to nail biting penalty kicks with LJHS winning 4 goals to 1. Simply, a beautiful game. Thank you to all of the proud parents, staff and pupils who supported them at the match.   The boys will now go on to play in the finals on Wednesday 18th April at Ballymena. We wish them every success.

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TECHKNOW CHALLENGE

Congratulations also to the team who travelled to Strathern with Mr Black on Tuesday to take part in the Techknow Challenge. A great result for Noah, Simon, Louis and Nathan who built a website, under timed conditions. Well done boys’.

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SCHOOL FACEBOOK PAGE

I know many of you keep abreast of all school news on Facebook. I would just like to say a huge thank you to Mrs McCrory for keeping you informed about the many and varied activities that go on in LJHS. We couldn’t do without her!

PRIZE DAY

This year, for the first time, Lurgan Junior High is changing its Annual Prize Day date. This is in line with all the other schools in the Dickson Plan system of education. It will give our Senior High School principals an opportunity to know those prize winning pupils and share in their success. It will also afford our own LJHS pupils opportunities to participate in events right up to the end of the school year. We are looking forward to this celebration of success in September of Term 1.

YEAR 9 EXAMINATIONS

Following robust and rigorous monitoring of data, it was clear that pupil attainment dropped in Year 9. After discussion with pupils, staff and governors it was felt that Year 9 outcomes would be considered more purposeful if a percentage of marks was carried over to the Year 10 Transfer examinations. This will be in place for our current Year 8 as they move into Year 9. It will ensure more consistent effort and progress by pupils. It will also provide a stepping stone to Year 10 and as pupils move forward in their education, they will not be as stressed regarding the final examination.

END DATE AND TIME

School ends on Friday 23 March 2018 at 12 midday. There will not be school buses at this time and parents are responsible for ensuring their children are collected from school.

On behalf of all staff, I wish you all a restful and relaxing Easter break. We look forward to seeing all your children return safely to us on Monday 9th April 2018.

Mrs L Currie

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JANUARY

23rd January 2018

Good morning everyone,

Just a quick note to say a huge thank you to the students from Lurgan College who attended LJHS for Work Experience last week.  It is a privilege to have so many of our former pupils return to support their LJHS teachers in the classroom.  Special thanks to Jack A, Tyler, Alex, Andrew, Jack D, Chloe, Hannah, Jamie, Rebekah, Alexandra and Ruth.  Hopefully, they were able to take away a lot of positive messages about the roles and the responsibilities of the classroom teacher.
 
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Teaching is a worthwhile and rewarding career.  I have no doubt that all students could see the value of developing trusting relationships and encouraging a love for learning.   I wish them every success as they return to their studies.
 
We are also looking forward to developing these same links with the SRC as Lauren, Elliott and Kurt return this week to support their former teachers in the PE Department.
 
Just a reminder at this time of Lurgan College P6 & P7 Open Evening on Thursday evening .  Our Year 10s are also very welcome to attend.
 
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 Also,  Hannah C and her “Colour Rush” Team from Lurgan College have had numerous meetings with staff and pupils to promote a special charity day just before the half term break.  Thank you, parents and pupils for your support.  I will keep you informed about how much money has been raised by our young people.
 
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Well done to Lurgan JHS Under 13 Rugby Team in their game against Friends School, Lisburn.  Captain, Matthew C was absolutely delighted with their 15-12 win.   I know this was a very encouraging game for the team with trys scored by Lexx McC and Ben M.   Congratulations boys!  On behalf of all pupils and staff, I would like to wish the Netball Team every success in the Junior Cup being played today at Lisburn Racquets’ Club today.
We have an exciting Sporting week ahead.  Best wishes to both Hockey and Football Teams in their games against Clounagh, Dromore  and Laurelhill Community College.  Give your best,  everyone.
 
Mrs L Currie
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DECEMBER

15th December 2017

What a busy day at LJHS! Firstly thank you to all participants and Mrs Graham who ensured that LJHS Bake Off was a huge success. Special thanks to Mr Sydney McCormick, former governor and proprietor of The Kosy as our expert. Also thank you to Chairman and to so many talented pupils who performed so well under pressure. Well done to everyone!

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Thank you also to the Barcelona Fundraisers - adults and pupils for all their efforts.

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Super to see and hear the contributions made by Year 8s in the TPV elections- a talented and enthusiastic group of young people, a credit to our school.

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Year 10 Career talks have gone on all week and we hope they have proved beneficial to our pupils. Thank you Mr Guy for arranging them.

The generosity shown by all families in providing for the Food bank is really appreciated.

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Also impressed by the hard work of Young Enterprise in making the most beautiful Christmas gifts.

Thank you to the Misses Cardwell's for the bun sale to support their charity.

Thank you too Mr Lunn for Wednesday night’s disco. Our children loved it.

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And last but not least a wonderful warm thank you to all those who supported Miss Hanna and Mrs McCrory in the Christmas Assembly. The pupils were absolute stars. It was also lovely to have Mr Peter Wright from Hill St Presbyterian Church to support this occasion.

Parents be proud of your children. They have given a lot this week. We too are proud of them and wish them a wonderful weekend.

L E Currie

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SEPTEMBER

28th September 2017

Aspire comes to Lurgan JHS!

Mrs Rhoda Kerr, Pastoral V.P. invited 2 inspirational young people and past pupils of our school for an evening meeting with parents and pupils for an incredible opportunity to raise engagement and attainment.

Mark and Matthew, Aspire Leaders, spoke to all informally over a cup of coffee to raise awareness of the possibilities to improve pupils’ learning by providing support, resources and free tuition.
From next week, 10 of our pupils will be able to avail of the after school club for homework support and downtime. This runs on 3 afternoons when volunteers will make themselves available to support our young people both academically and pastorally.

We are delighted that they can provide such a wonderful service and on behalf of all pupils and parents present on Wednesday evening, I wish them every success. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be involved in such a worthwhile community project.

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A big thank you to the ASPIRE Team!

Mrs L Currie

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27th September 2017

Congratulations to our Under 13s Hockey Team who had a great 2-0 win against Killicomaine JHS at the weekend. Goal scorers were Danielle Ervine and Sophie Wylie. Well done to all our girls!

The under 14s had a good game against a very strong Killicomaine team. They performed so well and worked hard right to the end. We wish them well as they continue through this season.

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I was absolutely delighted to hear about Saturday’s achievements regarding the Equestrian Team. There was a huge number of competitors but Lurgan JHS did themselves proud with Daniel Moore riding a double clear and securing 2nd place time wise, Callum FitzGerald with only one pole down and Ellie Leathem – out for the first time with her new pony – a tremendous start!

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Outside of school, as members of Lurgan Town Juniors, six of our boys, Kristian Cassells, Patryk Suchonski, Dylan Alexander, Jamie Stokes, Dylan Emerson and Luke Vennard, alongside their team had a wonderful 3-1 win against Windmill starts on Saturday. Well done to all of them!

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Today I am looking forward to the U13 Rugby match against RBAI. I wish the boys every success.

Mrs L Currie

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26th September 2017

Dear Parents

On behalf of staff members who attended the Modern Languages/History Trip to Paris and Normandy, I want to say a huge thanks to all parents and pupils involved.

Your kindness and appreciation of staff members and the contribution they made to the trip was overwhelming and all staff benefitted from the treats and eats you provided. The teachers and non- teaching staff involved could not have felt more valued.

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Thank you for taking up this wonderful and enriching trip for your children. They will have many memories of this for years to come.

Mrs L Currie

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9th September 2017

Good to see the Under 14 and Under 13 Hockey Teams in action this morning in their first match against Royal School Armagh. The U14 team gave their best efforts and also battled against the relentless rain to finish with a scoreless draw. Thanks to the parents who gave their support. It is so motivating for your children.

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The Under 13s played against a tough Armagh side and by the time I left Kathy Thompson had scored the first goal. 
Despite the bad weather, the girls showed great character and persistence. 
Mrs Sue Gibson was there to offer, as always, her constant encouragement to the teams and it was just super to welcome back Miss Chloe McCann to LJHS, this time as staff member and umpire. 
The girls looked smart in their new all weather coats purchased from The Gordon Group. 
Well done, girls. I am looking forward to your next matches. 

LJHS pitches were very busy this morning. As I was leaving, I met 3 very happy Glenavon players. (U18 team) They had finished their match with a 3-1 win. Congratulations boys. A good start to your season.

Regards,
Mrs L Currie

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8th September 2017

Dear Parents

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As you can see, your children are looking happy and confident. The majority have settled so comfortably to BIG school and appear to be enjoying their first days. This is one of our biggest year-groups and we are at our maximum numbers. I continue to enjoy seeing them respond to the routines of LJHS.

I just love the photograph of our PE Boys in their new kit. They know they look good!

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Regards,
Mrs L Currie

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1st September 2017

Dear Former Pupils of LJHS,

All staff are delighted by the great A level results. We wish you well as you continue your educational journey. We invite you to return to LJHS at any time to keep us informed of your progress.

Well done to those who have completed their As examinations and other courses. We wish you well as you continue your studies.We in LJHS are absolutely delighted by the outstanding GCSE results. Keep studying and give your best as you return to do your As subjects and other courses.

Regards

L Currie

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 AUGUST

31st August 2017

Dear Parents,
 
We had a lovely morning with your children. Thank you for sending them to LJHS. They were all very well presented and so well mannered. All their Form Teachers have been so impressed.
 
We are looking forward to Friday when they will begin their learning. Have a wonderful evening.
Regards
Mrs L Currie
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 30th August 2017

Good afternoon, Year 8s,

All your teachers are feeling excited and genuinely looking forward to your arrival tomorrow morning. There is no need for anyone to feel worried or nervous as it is a similar experience for everyone. Form Teachers will be present in the Junior Assembly Hall to greet you and they will be supported by some of our Year 10 pupils. Many of you are already familiar with the school due to your attendance at Open Evening or at Taster Days and the fact that your brothers or sisters have been former pupils at the school.

Have a good night’s sleep and we will see you at 8.50 a.m. on Thursday morning. On arrival, just make your way to the Hall and take a seat. Your Form Teachers will have lots of useful advice and information for you. They are keen to give you the best start possible. Hopefully there will be time to visit the many classrooms where you will be taught a variety of subjects. And before you know it, it will be 12.30 and your parents will be waiting to collect you.See you all tomorrow. Enjoy your evening.

Mrs Currie
Principal

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