Principal’s Communication – Sept 2015

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Welcome to Banbridge High School – September 2015

We are very pleased that you have decided to join us and continue your education at Banbridge High School. The school was opened in 1957, and moved to this site in 1996.  Over those years many pupils have enjoyed our school and progressed successfully into adulthood. I hope you will do the same.

You will find your new school very different to your primary school.  Here are some of the changes you can expect to find:

  • School day is divided into 6 periods.  Each period is 50mins, click here for details of school day.
  • You will have a different teacher for each subject.
  • You may be in a different room for each subject.

It is only natural that you may feel nervous or slightly apprehensive about starting your new school.  Here is some information that may help you on your first day.

Your first day in Banbridge High School is Friday 28th August.  You should be in school no later than 8:50am.

  • Enter by the junior entrance (at the right hand side of the school)
  • Wait in the junior cloakroom and when the 9:00am bell sounds, move to the Russell Hall.
  • The Principal, Mr Bell, will take assembly and welcome you to your new school.
  • You will then move to your form class at approximately 9:15am.
  • Break time is from 10:15am to 10:30am.  During break you can meet up with your friends in the junior playground or cloakroom.  Please note the canteen will not be open the first day, so bring something for your break.
  • You will return to the Russell Hall for an induction session with Young Enterprise called ‘Your school, Your Business’.   This will last to approximately 12noon.
  • From 12noon to 12:30pm you will return to your form class.
  • School finishes on this day for you at 12:30pm.  For more information on a typical school day, click here.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • School bag
  • Pencil case
  • Healthy break

Mr R Reynolds
(Year 8 Pastoral Head)

Careers Day 2015

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:

  1. Nicola Armstrong Banbridge District Council Economic Development
  2. David Simpson MP
  3. Lord Mayor Darryn Causby
  4. Ray Burrows, former Air Traffic Controller and Engineer
  5. Army Representative
  6. Linton McNeilly Translink
  7. Keith Jackson Ulster Bank
  8. Representative from Army
  9. Judith Black & Colleague PSNI
  10. Rachel Cruickshank DEL Careers Service
  11. Stevie Baines Fitness Instructor
  12. Gordon Scott Rosehip
  13. Frank Snoek Pilot
  14. Marina Williamson Estate Agent
  15. Garry Macdonald Helios IT
  16. Lucy Hillen QUB Chemical Engineer
  17. Jessica Mackin Biological Scientist
  18. Gillian Best Bombardier
  19. Grace – Pharmacist (Daly’s Pharmacy)
  20. 2 Representatives from Little Friends Day Nursery
  21. 2 Nurses from Southern Health & Social Care Trust
  22. Lisa Henning, Beatician
  23. 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.