Welcome to Dunclug College
The symbol of a heart had dual purpose at Dunclug on Friday 14th February!
Many pupils declared their affections through the 'Valentine Postal Service', raising funds for the Bristish Heart Foundation and the school's new defibrillator.
In addition, pupils and staff competed against each other on the tread mill to heighten awareness of healthy lifestyles. There was great excitment throughout the day, over £1,500.00 was raised!
Thanks to Y14 pupils for their organisation
Key Sponsors: McNeills, Broughshane
Year 14 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
Daisy Day in school on Friday 7Th February
Fund Raising for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children
As part of their course students had to plan, organise and run a successful event in school to raise money for a charity. The students chose this charity as it has very close ties to the school.
The theme 'daisy' was chosen and this became the logo for the charity. The day comprised of
- a non-uniform day
- guess the teacher baby photo competition
- a prize hamper
- bun sale
- guess how many sweets are in the jar competition
- Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children badges
The students raised an amazing £1190 for a very worthwhile cause.
WELL DONE TO ALL!
CHECK OUT OUR NEW SCHOOL PROSPECTUS for 2014
Saturday 1st - Saturday 8th - Ski Trip
Monday 3rd - Thursday 6th - Annual Reviews
Thursday 6th - World Book Fair
Thursday 6th - Year 12 Parents' Consultation - afternoon
Tuesday 11th - Year 10 - Sentinus Day
Tuesday 11th - Year 10 - Option Evening - Parents' Evening
A four minute show of pics from the year including other keys aspects of school life.
School slide show 201213.wmv
Windows Media video format [20.3 MB]
Innovative Teaching Bolstered by Encouragement at Dunclug College
Dunclug College was pleased to welcome over 1200 visitors during the Open Evenings of 8th & 9th January. A vibrant DVD presentation prepared by the Vice-Principal, Mr Oliver opened the evening, recording highlights of the previous year, followed by the rendition of “Ordinary Miracle” from the enthusiastic voices of the Junior choir.
In her address the Principal Mrs Wilson encouraged the young people to enjoy every aspect of the numerous opportunities open to them at this exciting time of transfer. “Nine-tenths of success comes about as a result of hard work on the part of school, pupil and home. Positive attitudes towards learning, belief that obstacles can be overcome and respectful persistent commitment by everyone can yield great outcomes” The school aims to provide innovative and consistent standards of teaching bolstered by encouragement, a wide range of opportunities within and beyond the classroom and to promote an enjoyable learning experience in a supportive environment.. “Our pupils enjoy, and our parents greatly approve of, the benefits coming from the four-way streaming system at KS3. The aim is that pupils are fully stretched in areas where they are strong and receive more support to achieve in the areas where they experience more challenge. The environment is competitive and focused on high standards, catering genuinely for the full range of ability. Even within the streams, differentiation is still a key feature of the pedagogy and where pupils at all level require support, eg in Literacy, Numeracy, Art therapy, behaviour management – this can be accessed from Year 8 through to A Level, if necessary. Those with Special Educational Needs, all of whom also have access to a full range of GCSE choices, are ably supported by a band of strong Learning Support Assistants.
“We are always excited as a staff to see young people exceed what has been identified as their potential: all testing being but a point in time and it’s a constant challenge to prepare our students for the numerous career pathways that beckon!
The Principal emphasised that the best people to ask about the school are its students and was delighted that almost 400 of its existing students were helping in some way with Open Evenings. She interviewed three students about their experiences, and through their spontaneity they conveyed much of the pastoral and curricular strength of the school. Senior students were informative guides for the tours of the groups and pupils were on hand in every subject area to demonstrate and answer questions and to encourage visitor participation.
The Technology Department showed off its new 3D printer and two CNC routers, with enthusiastic pupils keen to demonstrate their knowledge of materials, working techniques and processes. The traditional method of workshop fabrication followed with the new technologies such as Computer Aided Design and Manufacture encompassing Solid Works, 3-D Printing, Milling and Laser Cutting offered pupils the opportunity to explore vast possibilities when designing and making.
As part of Performing Arts, (PA), a Melodrama written by staff and performed by pupils in Year 9 encouraged enthusiastic audience participation to great hilarity. Through PA, Music Tuition is offered by a Music specialist in the department, in piano and voice at no additional cost to parents, and those who are interested in peripatetic teaching through NEELB benefit from its being heavily subsidised by the school. Drama was also on display in the Modern Foreign Languages Department with a large cast of helpers showing the French is Fun, and in the History Department where visitors had to risk catching the black plague! The Art Department was the equivalent of a visit to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory – a veritable grotto of Art, as is its wont! It was encouraging to see GCSE Art students taking opportunity on the Open Evenings to work on their actual examination portfolios! For those who became peckish on the tour – the Home Economics Department was making and sharing its Chicken and Broccoli Bake, delicious wheaten bread and a selection of mouth-watering cup-cakes – pressure for most people on those New Year resolutions! In Business, young minds were trained on financial matters, in ICT the students demonstrated games they had designed themselves, and in Media presented their own animations! The Maths Department offered its usual competitions to both pupils and parents with exciting prizes and in Science visitors were amazed to see burning fivers!, a burning hand and to be able to find themselves encapsulated in a giant bubble! Magic! The high energy PE demonstrations on speed bounce, gymnastics, the fitness suite and game playing set most hearts racing and visitors were refreshed by a cup of tea along the way. Visitor feedback indicated enjoyment with the flavour of the evening.
Parents are encouraged to complete the Transform Forms fully, ensuring they have recorded how they meet all the relevant criteria that apply to them. Anyone who missed the Open Evenings should contact the school on 028 2565 3665, consult the school website on www.dunclug-college.co.uk or make an appointment at the School Office to arrange a tour. All school documentation is available on request. Best wishes to all Year 7s transferring in 2014!
10th January 2014
Drum Major of the 1st Northern Ireland Battalion Army Cadet Force Corp of Drums
Congratulations to Matthew Collins in Year 14. He is the first cadet to receive the stripes of Drum Major in Northern Ireland. Matthew joined the cadets at the age of 12 and has climbed to this prestigious rank at the age of 17.
Lauren Miniss, a Year 12 pupil holds the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Miniss joined at the age of 12 and is a flautist with the 1st
Northern Ireland Battalion Army Cadets Force Corp of Drums.
Senior Prefects Dunclug College
Pupils with Honours
Accelerated Reader Home Connect for Parents/Carers – link to allow parents view their child’s reading practice at home.
Accelerated Reader for Pupils– link to allow pupils to complete their reading practice quizzes in school – does not allow access from home.
Do you want to become a ‘Millionaire’?
Get reading and you can! Take part in Dunclug College’s target to create word-millionaires in the Accelerated Reader programme. Not only can you win ‘Millions’ but you can develop the skills you need to help you be the most effective learner you can be.
Congratulations to Kyle Fraser on becoming Dunclug College’s first Word-Millionaire of 2013/14!
Welcome to the Dunclug College
Our college sits in the heart of the North of Ballymena. Our name means ‘fortified place’ and we trust that sense of peace and solidity is enjoyed by every child who attends. Our badge, in its distinctive black and yellow, depicts the bell and the fort of the townland. Sometimes, from a window or the playground, it seems we can almost reach out to touch Slemish mountain as it oversees our site with its changing faces and moods. Look out for our school magazine, The Bellfort, another variation of the name, which is issued each Autumn, reflecting the experiences and successes of the previous year.
We are an inclusive college - an all-ability 11 – 19 school, fully subscribed at all levels, with a thriving sixth form. Our central purpose is that every child matters and every child can achieve. High standards in learning and in all aspects of living are taught and expected under our motto, ‘Preparing for Life’.
Enjoy a virtual tour of the college, look at details of the curriculum and the enrichments on offer, the results achieved, the pastoral arrangements, the experiences of pupils and staff, the accommodation, the news and the future plans. Enjoy some video footage of the high points… and the lighter moments! We strive to live up to our purpose and ethos both within and beyond the classroom and to make a difference in the community of Ballymena where we live and work and serve.
If you have any questions about the school, please do not hesitate to contact us: we look forward to hearing from you.
We use modern teaching methods to suit the individual learning needs of our students and to build teamwork and a sense of social responsibility. Our modern classrooms are well-equipped, enabling the use of different teaching styles.
Subject areas taught
All pupils are taught the priority and secondary subjects in line with the Northern Ireland curriculum.
Learning doesn't stop at the end of the lesson, pupils can enrol in a broad variety of extra-curricular activities and develop valuable lifelong interests. We believe that so much valuable work and bonding takes place outside the classroom setting, as a result a large and varied programme of activities take place in the College at lunch time and after the bell rings at 3.20pm.
After school homework supervision is provided by form teachers and Heads of Year and support mentoring by sixth form pupils ensure that all our students are able to keep up with their classmates. Project weeks and exchange programmes offer fun ways of broadening students' horizons and gaining experiences that help them grow.
A pathways programme designed to help pupils work on any issues that may hinder their progress in school is also in place and provides pupils with further support when required.