Christopher’s a Karate King

SAM_2409Year 9 student Christopher Cassells competed in the recent Northern Ireland Karate Championships held at Queen’s University Belfast.

He won a silver medal in the Team Section and a Gold in the Individual Section.

Congratulations to Christopher on a great achievement

Banbridge High School Commemorates World War 1

Tree1 Tree2Mr. Tommy McClimmonds, Local Historian, visited school on Friday 5th November to help Year 14 History A Level pupils plant trees provided by the Woodland Trust, as a lasting reminder for the school community of those who died in World War 1.

Tommy provided pupils with entrenching tools to help with the job. This allowed them to experience at firsthand, the difficulties for soldiers in the Trenches.

Pupils decided that a modern day spade was much easier to manage.

The Technology Department’s commemorative plaque marked the place of Remembrance.

This was but one of the many events, coordinated by the History Department, to mark 100 years since the start of “the war to end all wars “ in Banbridge High School.

The Art Department designed and produced a moving and insightful wall display for future students whilst all pupils remembered those serving or who had served in the armed forces by writing a name on their poppy which again formed part of a display.

Mr. McClimmonds also supported Year 13 A level History Pupils by providing information from his research on a local man James Carson from Banbridge who died at in the war.

Pupils used primary sources to produce James Carson’s blog, telling of his experiences from joining up until his death at the front. The blog was updated daily on the school website running up to Remembrance Day and Year 12 GCSE pupils ran a House Competition for Junior School based on his story.

Mr McClimmonds presented the winner , of the competition Josh Hoey 10.UP with a book, “Endal” by Allen and Sandra Parton.

The school will continue to support the charity and will be Christmas bag packing again this year on Thursday 18th December.

Allen is to make a return visit in the New Year.

Check out The website Hounds For Heroes to find out more about what these wonderful dogs can do!!!