Year 7 Latest News
This month the year 7 classes from Holy Trinity, Phoenix Integrated and Cookstown Primary are meeting to begin shared lessons on a variety of themes. We began having some Icebreakers and some “getting to know you” activities in the different schools, which involved the pupils basically meeting each other and forging friendships. There was also a day which involved “growing up” lessons, which proved to be very enjoyable. Later this month, there will be three further days when the schools will come together to “share” the educational activities created by the teachers: activities in practical science, ICT awareness and Money Management.
The dates for these days are as follows:
21st May, 23rd May and 24th May
On Tuesday 20th March, the swimming team took part in a gala, comprising Year 7 pupils from 21 different schools from the locality, at Cookstown leisure centre.
There were a variety of individual events (front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke), and also three fun relay races which were used to determine the overall winning school.
There were some fantastic individual performances and Jonah McConnell won three of his heats but narrowly missed out on a medal in each of the strokes unfortunately. There were also wins for Jasmine Chan, Rachel Farr and Sophia Clarke in their heats but again, they also missed out on claiming a top third placing. These were the most notable achievements and everyone performed brilliantly, despite the team missing out on individual medals or being placed in the top three schools overall.
Well done to all the pupils who took part and also a huge thank you to Mrs Gillis for accompanying the team:
Conor Kennedy Jonah McConnell Leon Martin Carl Gourley
Anna Millar Jasmine Chan Alex Sproule
Sophia Clarke Rachel Farr
Year 7 Victorian Schools
This term the year 7 pupils have been studying what life was like as a pupil in a Victorian school. We have been looking at many aspects of school life during this era, including comparing and contrasting the differences and similarities between a Victorian school and a modern one. Some pupils even interviewed older people to find out about their experiences at school many years ago.
The pupils have been taught some good old-fashioned arithmetic, poetry and copperplate handwriting style, so no i-pads or interactive whiteboards here!!
Nobody spoke unless they were asked to answer a question directly, with their answer always ending, “Yes sir.”
One aspect that has been discussed at great length has been the use of the cane with Mr Beggs reminiscing about when it was used on him during his time at school, and also how it felt! Of course Mr Black is much too young to have experienced the dreaded cane!!
Some of the work that the pupils have produced has been absolutely outstanding, demonstrating great knowledge, understanding and a really conscientious approach to their own schoolwork. It has been most encouraging to look at their work as they have been able to empathize how tough things used to be in schools.
Everyone completed the project and we had a “Victorian School Day” in Primary 7, where the pupils dressed up ready for a whole day as a school pupil in 1847. Penmanship, Arithmetic, playground games, Scripture and Drill were subjects we did on this day, with everyone having to be on their very best behaviour otherwise the dreaded cane would be produced. It was a fabulous day enjoyed by everyone and it also turned out to be a great learning experience. (I’d better go in case the Master sees me using this laptop!!)
Year 7 Zumba
During the month of January, the Primary Seven classes have been taking part in Zumba classes on Friday afternoons, under the guidance of Evelyn Kane. The pupils (and the staff!!) in P7 have found it to be a fantastic learning experience, learning new routines and also keeping fit it in a really fun way. During February and March we will be beginning to learn the dance routines for many other popular songs, some of which will be used in P7 Leavers’ Graduation. Many thanks also to the Parents and Friends who paid for all the lessons.
Year 7 visit to “Bee Safe”
On Monday 22nd January the Y7 classes walked to the leisure centre for a series of workshops related to personal safety. After being divided into groups, everyone went off to different stations where they were given short talks by many different people who work within the community and they also took part in various workshops. Some of the activities were related to internet safety, safety around the home, basic first aid, fire safety and also safety involving school transport or on farms. It proved to be a most enjoyable afternoon which was also invaluable in making our pupils aware of the many dangers we face on a daily basis.
Christmas Jumper Day
On the 15th December we had a Christmas jumper day to raise money for the charity Save the Children. Check out all our festive gear below!
Year 7 Visit to Windsor Park
On Wednesday 25th October the Year 7 pupils and staff headed off to Belfast for a tour of Windsor Park, the home of the Northern Ireland football team. Everyone travelled together in a 70 seater coach and having arrived at 10.45 am, we promptly began the tour at 11am.
We were able to see inside the changing rooms, the press office, the seated areas for fans and also everyone got to experience coming out of the tunnel on the way out on to the pitch.
We arrived home safely again after a most interesting and extremely enjoyable tour of the stadium, with everyone finding this a memorable experience. Many thanks to the Irish Football Association for this tour and also to the Parents and Friends who very kindly agreed to pay for the cost of travel.
Year 7 Cross Country
On Tuesday 3rd October, Mr Beggs and Mrs Gillis took 26 Year 7 pupils to the Mid Ulster Sports Arena to take part in the Mid Ulster Cross Country Finals. The boys are girls all did really well, with both teams coming a very creditable third overall. A special mention must go to Ashton Ramos, who won the boys’ fun race, and also to Leah Caskey who came first in the girls’ fun run.
Exceptionally well done to all the boys and girls who took part. They all showed great determination to finish the course which was extremely demanding!
Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities
In Year 7, the children have been developing their ‘Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities’, particularly their ability to ‘Work with others’. In Literacy the children have been working in groups to discuss the pros and cons of Corporal Punishment.
Year 7 Argory Trip
At the end of September the Year Seven classes headed to the Argory in order to “step back in time” to 1847 to experience what life was really like as a servant in a mansion during Victorian times.
The pupils were able to experience first-hand what life was really like as a lady’s maid, a housemaid, a garden hand and as a valet in 1847. There was a tour of many of the wonderful rooms in the house, with the pupils able to see many of the antique items which were part of everyday life in 1847.
The trip was invaluable in helping the pupils relive this lifestyle and in creating their own fabulous work in History about “Life in 1847.”
Year 7 Bug Hunts!!
This term the year 7 pupils have been studying animals and in particular, bugs and all types of weird mini beasts. We became budding entomologists for an afternoon, exploring the school grounds on the hunt for some mini beasts. Every group was able to locate and identify lots of bugs, ranging from spiders to shield bugs and harvestmen. The weather was perfect which made the hunt even more enjoyable!! This allowed the pupils to use ICT and Literacy skills to record their findings in their Science books, which has really impressed the staff so far. Well done everyone!
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Back to school letter
To download a copy of the Year 7 back to school letter click here.