Welcome to Dunclug College
Let me welcome you as the new Principal of Dunclug College. My name is Niall Oliver, I look forward to working closely with the pupils, parents, staff and school community. Dunclug College, meaning ‘fort of the bell’ is at the heart of community life in the North of Ballymena, and caters for the wider town and district. The school has grown to 880 pupils, 160 of whom are Sixth Formers, with an expanding curriculum, that has responded to economic change and emerging technologies.
The collective aim of the staff is that our pupils will leave us confident that they are ready to take their places in society, secure in their strengths and with determination to overcome challenges. Alongside the successes of their learning and the memorable events, we want them to take away lasting friendships and values which will stand the test of time. I hope you enjoy browsing our Website and better still, please come and visit us.
Digital Media & Virtual Reality Event
On Friday 17th January Year 10 pupils participated in a Digital Media Event sponsored by Young Enterprise and Mid and East Antrim Council. Pupils had the opportunity to experience Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and how to use a Sphero! Groups had to identify a problem that could be solved using digital technology.
The Winning Group!
Naomi Turtle, Leah Scott, Sophia Frew, Anna Service, Anna Francey, Amy Barr and Emma Houston.
Some of our competitors really excelled yesterday in the Sportshall Athletics finals at the Meadowbank Arena, Magherafelt. Ben McCormick 9LW and JJ Ross 9ET were part of the winning Under 13 Boys’ team and have now been selected, together with other team members from a selection of other schools in the Mid-Ulster area (Rainey Endowed; St.Mary’s Grammar School; St.Pius X College; Magherafelt High School), to represent Ulster at the UK finals in Sheffield during April. These two boys, in particular, made no small contribution themselves to the overall team success, with JJ winning the Shot Putt event outright, and Ben collected two medals for his performances in both the 4x1 lap relay (Bronze) and the 8 Lap ‘Paarlauf’ (Silver) – this was a two-person event involving running 4x2 laps. Erika Carp 8LT also did exceptionally well – she won the Vertical Jump competition and also had a very ‘gutsy’ run in the 6 lap race, to hold onto the silver medal at the very finish. They were absolutely super, together with Hope Morrow 8NM and Anna Service 10SD (silver medal in the Girls’ Under 15 ‘Paarlauf’).
This Molly a Labrador golden retriever cross. We donate monthly to her training and living costs as it takes £55000 to support her over her lifetime. Training will take one year and there are currently over 3000 people waiting for a guide dog. In the UK one person loses their sight every hour.