10th October 2018
September is now behind us and all of our young people are well settled into the first term of the school year. Already so much has happened and I’m certain your children have kept you informed about their activities. Remember, there is always the school Facebook page to let you see the myriad of events that have taken place.
We had a wonderful Prize Day on Friday 5th October and were delightfully entertained by the School Choir and Band under the tutelage of Mrs. McCrory and Mrs. Moorehead. It was wonderful to see the Hall filled to capacity with pupils, supportive family members, governors, principals and friends of the school. Our former pupils returned proudly wearing their new uniforms and looking so mature and grown up. There was a great atmosphere which just added to the entire afternoon.
On Monday 8th October, we had our first Parent Forum. We very much appreciated their attendance and the high level of participation by all present. This was an opportunity to consult with a random selection of Year 8 & Year 9 parents regarding developments in Assessment, Reporting and ICT. Miss Osborne, Mr. Logan and I are looking forward to the next meeting in the Spring Term.
Next Friday, 19th October is our Primary School Sampler Day. This is a major event for us when we will host P6 classes from our contributory primary schools to let the pupils see first-hand exactly what the BIG school offers. To ensure that our P6 children have an enriching experience, our Year 8s and Year 9 pupils will not attend school on this day. Year 10s will attend as usual and a Careers Day has been arranged for them. The main reason for this is to support the Key Stage 2/3/4 transition. In previous years this has taken place over 5 days and involved significant financial investment for substitute teachers and for transport. We are no longer in a position to cater for our P6s in this way and as a result we have had to be creative and bring them all in on the same day. We genuinely appreciate the support of our Primary schools and our current and prospective parents for making this possible.
BEHAVIOUR into LEARNING POLICY
There are a few other areas relating to LJHS’ “Behaviour into Learning Policy” that I wish to highlight in this letter. Firstly, the Health and Safety of our pupils. Yesterday, it was brought to my attention that a pupil ran across the road to Moutray’s shop to join her friends. She did not look where she was going and almost caused a fatal accident. Apparently, a number of our pupils congregate around Moutray’s shop. Please advise your children to take the utmost care when crossing roads. They need to be vigilant at all times. There is a lot of traffic along Millennium Way and I would urge the greatest of care when walking to school. I am very grateful to the gentleman who contacted the school to advise me of this situation.
Secondly, we are very grateful to the majority of our parents who always use the front entrance to the school and call in at the front office or telephone to make an appointment with staff members. We are always more than happy to talk to parents and sort out any issues as they arise. However recently, parents used the Mourne Road entrance to come into the school. We would discourage this at all times as we require all parents to sign in if they are visiting the school or a member of staff. This procedure is for the safeguarding of both our pupils and our staff.
Thirdly, the Conduct Card. This has been an amazing success. As parents, you can be genuinely proud that there are well over 500 pupils who have yet to receive a signing. Our Year Heads and Form Teachers have noticed a significant improvement in uniform, corridor behaviour, timekeeping and litter. This initiative is working and with your continued support, behaviour, uniform, punctuality and the absence of litter should continue to improve.
Finally, the development of resilience in our young people. Many of you will already be aware that we are striving to ensure the growth of our children’s level of initiative and independence. We are encouraging every child to take and accept responsibility for their learning and their equipment. As educators, we want to be enablers rather than disablers. This improved ethos can only work when parents support their children by supporting us. However, I am reliably informed that there are still a number of parents who regularly bring in late home works, forgotten PE kit and other materials in order that their child does not need to take any level of responsibility. I am respectfully requesting that this stops. If your children are to become resilient adults, they need everyone’s support.
Last year, all our Year 8 pupils (currently Year 9) and their parents were informed that 30% of their overall Year 9 marks would go towards the Year 10 Transfer Examination. This is a positive move and one that is supportive of the child. It ensures a consistent and constant approach to learning. At the moment, a number of teachers report that some pupils still need to improve the quality of their work if these marks are going to benefit their final examination in Year 10. Teachers are expecting focused and quality written and oral responses at all times.
On TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER at 7.30 p.m. our Year 10 pupils have been invited to Lurgan College. It is important that parents attend with their Year 10 children so they are aware of subject options and also the process of transfer. Mr. Guy and I will be present. This has always been an informative evening and there will be opportunities to listen to the principal, Mr. Robinson, and the 2 Vice Principals as they talk about pastoral and curricular provision.
On WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER at 9.00 a.m. Ms. Harkness, Principal from Craigavon Senior High School will attend LJHS to speak to all Year 10 pupils.
Also on this SAME DAY, the SUBJECT TEACHER MEETINGS will take place from 1.10 p.m. These meetings will end at 3.20 p.m. and Ms. Harkness will hold a Transfer Meeting in the Senior Assembly Hall for Year 10 Parents from 3.30 p.m. All Year 10s are welcome to attend. ALL PUPILS WILL LEAVE SCHOOL at 12 MIDDAY. Please organize transport for your child as there will be no buses at this time.
School will end for Half Term on Friday 26 October 2018 at 3.20 p.m. and resume on Monday 5 November. I wish you all an enjoyable Halloween.
Mrs. L. E. Currie
29th August 2018
Dear Pupils and Parents,
There is only one sleep left until our Year 8s join the Lurgan Junior High School family and staff in school are very excited about your arrival on Thursday morning. We have been very busy making sure we are fully prepared for your learning as we want to make Year 8 as productive as possible. We will see you at 8.50 a.m. and there will be lots of staff members about to guide you into the Junior Assembly Hall so you can meet your Form Teacher.
This is the second year in a row that we have been oversubscribed in Year 8 and we are genuinely delighted that you have chosen LJHS for the beginning of your post primary education. In the last 4 years our numbers have grown immensely and we have an additional 170 pupils in our school. Isn’t that wonderful?
Many of you, I have no doubt, are equally enthusiastic and happy to start your new school. Mums and Dads have been investing in school uniforms and all the things necessary to ensure you have the best start possible at LJHS. Take pride in your uniform. When you wear it appropriately, you send out a message of self-respect to everyone. What you look like on the outside is a reflection of how you feel on the inside.
Of course, it’s normal to feel a little nervous and you will not be on your own in this. One thing that has worried previous Year 8s is that they may not know others in their class. Everyone is in the same boat and I want you to use this as an opportunity to get to know as many young people as possible. To have good friends, you need to be a good friend, so talk to the pupils in your class, find out what they did during the summer, ask them questions about their interests and see if they want to join any of the after school clubs. Include everyone, don’t leave anyone out.
It’s a really good idea to join a club that will develop your own particular interests. This is a great way to make friends and also allows you to see your teachers in a different environment. Our teachers are amazing and will want you to participate in as many clubs as possible. Mrs McCrory has put the after schools’ clubs on our Facebook page so you can easily see what might interest you.
Another little worry is homework. You definitely don’t need to be anxious about this as we have a homework app called “Show My Homework” (SMHW). Most teachers will put their homeworks on this and you can see it on your mobile phone or your PC. Teachers will provide lots of guidance to ensure you can be successful. Mums and Dads can also see what homeworks teachers are giving and the specific deadlines for handing them in. It’s a good idea to be organised and get your homeworks done as soon as possible. Remember, they may not be for the next day so you will need to look at your timetable every night to make sure you have the right books, equipment and homeworks. We are really trying to develop your independence, so start off with the right habits now and you will be fine.
Getting lost is also a concern for new pupils. Everyone gets lost now and again, even new teachers. Just stay with your class as you move from classroom to classroom over the next couple of weeks and before you know it, you will feel totally confident about the location of all your classrooms.
On Friday, Mrs Kerr and I will be going to the canteen with you. Our 2 supervisors there, Mrs Cassells and Mrs Tolland are really helpful and will make sure you get the lunch you want. The dinner ladies work very hard to provide nutritional meals for you on a daily basis and they will get to know the food you like very quickly. We have already informed the canteen of anyone who has specific dietary needs but it does no harm to make yourself known to the ladies if you are gluten free or have any allergies. If you could bring your packed lunch or your money for the canteen in change that would speed up the process.
On the first 2 days you will be in school without Year 9 & 10 pupils. This will give you time to get to know the geography of the school and to see the way the canteen operates. Lottie, our Head Girl and Leon, our Head Boy, have organised prefects to come in on Thursday and Friday to support you. They are 2 brilliant young people, respected by their teachers and peers, who, with their team will continue to look out for you during your first year. They have also organised a prefect rota for playground duty in the first few weeks and will be available for any questions or concerns you may have.
Your Form Teacher will be with you all of Thursday morning and will explain your timetable and show you around the school. They will provide guidance and advice on absolutely everything. They will be in your corner at all times throughout the year ensuring you are working to your potential and encouraging you to give your absolute best in all you do. The Year Heads, Mrs F Kennedy and Mr R Logan, will also be working hard to get to know all of you as the year progresses. There is healthy competition for Year Heads to have the best year group and this is evidenced by achievement points, attendance and participation in House events. So get active and get involved. We really want you to feel you belong!
Roll on Thursday! I can’t wait to meet you all. Have an early night, sleep well, there is no need for any anxiety. We will look after you tomorrow and you will be home by lunchtime. Mums and Dads can collect you at 12.30pm.
Mrs L E Currie
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!
22nd March 2018
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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’.
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!
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
23rd January 2018
Good morning everyone,
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!
Thank you also to the Barcelona Fundraisers - adults and pupils for all their efforts.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A big thank you to the ASPIRE Team!
Mrs L Currie
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.
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!
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!
Today I am looking forward to the U13 Rugby match against RBAI. I wish the boys every success.
Mrs L Currie
26th September 2017
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.
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
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.
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.
Mrs L Currie
8th September 2017
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!
Mrs L Currie
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.
31st August 2017
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.