All students and staff had a great day on Tuesday 23rd June when the whole school focussed on a ‘Past, Present and Future STEM/Careers Day’. It was great to see so many getting together to help our students consider the many aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths, and what made the day even better was the support of local employers and professionals. A day packed with activities from Bridge Building with the Army, Robotics with Pat Jamison, the science of sound with W5, Teamwork with the RAF, Donal the Irish Guards mascot, and the Ulster Aviation Society’s Down Spitfire which took pride of place at the front of school. From the start of the day to the very end, not only our own students but local primary schools, residents, passers-by and even bus drivers stopped by the school to take a seat in the cockpit!
We were privileged to have over 50 professionals on site, with the biggest group taking part in our first Speed Networking, which was a great information gathering experience for Year 11’s. Thanks to all who gave of their time so generously to make the day a success. They were:
- Nicola Armstrong Banbridge District Council Economic Development
- David Simpson MP
- Lord Mayor Darryn Causby
- Ray Burrows, former Air Traffic Controller and Engineer
- Army Representative
- Linton McNeilly Translink
- Keith Jackson Ulster Bank
- Representative from Army
- Judith Black & Colleague PSNI
- Rachel Cruickshank DEL Careers Service
- Stevie Baines Fitness Instructor
- Gordon Scott Rosehip
- Frank Snoek Pilot
- Marina Williamson Estate Agent
- Garry Macdonald Helios IT
- Lucy Hillen QUB Chemical Engineer
- Jessica Mackin Biological Scientist
- Gillian Best Bombardier
- Grace – Pharmacist (Daly’s Pharmacy)
- 2 Representatives from Little Friends Day Nursery
- 2 Nurses from Southern Health & Social Care Trust
- Lisa Henning, Beatician
- Dr E McRory Medical Doctor
Click here to view the images from that day. A big thank you to Mr Murray for taking the pictures.
The Ulster Aviation Society recently had a dedication event to unveil their replica Spitfire in Down markings, and they were delighted that Banbridge High students Josh Toland and Melissa McCready-Shaw took part in the event by singing songs from the era. The talented singers prepared such numbers as ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and White Cliffs of Dover’ to sing at the event on Saturday 25th April.
The work and effort of students was rewarded with comments from those present, and later by email. Mr Ernie Cromie, former chair of the society noted:
‘Thank you to Melissa and Josh. Their self-confidence came across admirably and what promise they demonstrated as singers and performers – I thoroughly enjoyed listening to them. They made me proud of my associations with Banbridge’.
The current Chairman, Mr Raymond Burrows, was very moved by their contribution and thanked them for their attendance.
Well done Melissa and Josh on making such a positive contribution and for sharing your talents!