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Lots of winners - What a way to finish year 9! You’ve all been brilliant this year. We’re sorry to say goodbye to Miss Crothers but we wish her all the best in her new job 🀩

Happy Birthday to Thomas!! πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³ Thank you for the wonderful cake 🍰

Awesome award goes to Andrew for being so enthusiastic in The Escape Room challenge!

Year 9 did a great job of litter picking in the local park. Lots of appreciation from local people, seeing us all doing our part to keep Donaghadee clean πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Year 9 got creative this week - with cubes! Making optical illusions and Minecraft wolves. A few monkeys πŸ™Š appeared too!

We had fun playing the Escape Room this week - hunting for clues and solving some difficult puzzles ……to find out where our iPads had gone!

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Fun and games in the Youth Centre - and on Friday with all of year 9 together! 🀩

Magnificent mascots!! Everyone got crafty this week and made a shark, a bee and an orangutang (called Tim) for each of their Houses.

Happy Birthday Samuel! πŸ₯³ We enjoyed your fabulous chocolate cake πŸ˜‹

Year 9 were super on Sports Day!

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This week in H.E., we made apple crumble. We used apples that had been stewed and then made the crumble for the top. After cooking it in the oven, it was left to cool down before taking home to enjoy. One of the year 9 topics this term has been bees and how important they are. To finish this topic, we painted some bees, honeycomb and a hive for a display. Also, we were really lucky as Miss Warrington brought in an actual beehive and we were able to look at it. We even found the queen bee! Well done year 9. Have a great weekend.πŸ‘πŸ˜€

Year 9 have been learning all about settlements. Today they used different objects from around the room to make their own. Some worked in groups while others worked alone. All the settlements were amazing!

These are Māori patterns. The class have been looking at these as part of their New Zealand topic.

We planted some sunflower seeds. When they are big enough they will go home to be planted in the garden.

This week, year 9 made omelette muffins in H.E. Everyone helped to prepare them and most tried them once they were ready. They tasted great! As part of our New Zealand topic, we made β€˜Poi.’ These were originally used to help train warriors but are now mostly used as toys. In art, the class have been looking at the work of Claes Oldenburg. As part of this project, everyone will be making their own 3D sculpture. We are still in the planning stage but they should look amazing!

Year 9 have had a great week. We did some more research on New Zealand. We found out lots of facts on the Hakka and all the reasons it is used. We also learned how important bees are and what the different parts of their bodies are called. In H.E. we were talking about sun safety. We now know that we should be wearing factor 30 sun cream and a hat on warm days. Today we had a beetle drive which was really good fun. Well done everyone!πŸ˜€

Today we had a challenge. Each person made a shape/structure with blocks and their partner had to try to copy it.

In numeracy this week, year 9 have been working on their money skills.

In H.E. this week, we made β€˜Fifteens.’ Once they had hardened everyone tried one. They were delicious!πŸ˜‹

Year 9 have been learning all about different types of settlements so they used everyday objects to create their own.

Well done Aidan for getting this week’s Awesome Award for being great in all lessons this week!

Hello Easter Bunny! 🐰

What could be cuter than meeting these little spring lambs this morning? πŸ₯° πŸ‘

We melted marshmallows in hot chocolate for a treat this morning β˜•οΈ it was the best 😁

Decorating Easter 🐣 biscuits - delicious πŸ˜‹

Today we had our movie premieres! We had a few special guests and of course there was popcorn and coke.🍿🎦🎞

Today Year 9 made some Easter buns to have as a treat at the party on Friday.

Friday STEM team challenge - build a bridge with newspaper. Year 9 built strong bridges by rolling newspaper and we tested them with heavy weights. They all passed the test! πŸŒ‰πŸ’ͺ

Congratulations πŸŽ‰ Andrew you win this week’s Awesome Award for great focus, answering questions and for being brilliant on our trip. Well doneπŸ˜€

We did an experiment showing the effect sugar has on our teeth. We put one egg in water and one in coke. We then left them for a few hours. The one in coke was already very discoloured. We then brushed the egg with a toothbrush and toothpaste. This showed how important it is to brush our teeth!

We have made our own movies using Stop Motion! Here are the posters to advertise them.

Awesome trip along the Maritime Mile in Belfast today. Here are year 9’s pics which they took as they walked along the docks - everything from graffiti to yachts, ships, Game of Thrones stained glass, fish, The Titanic Museum, textures, bridges, buildings, Lego, the Belfast Giants and sculptures.

Two Awesome Award winners this week πŸ™Œ Thomas for answering lots of questions and for being so helpful and Samuel for being outstanding in basketball πŸ€ congratulations to you both! πŸ˜€

Having fun learning how to pick up things with chopsticks. We made Japanese rice balls - known as onigiri πŸ™. Most of us managed to pick up some rice with our chopsticks! πŸ₯’ πŸ™Œ

Lights! Cameras! Action! πŸŽ₯ Filming our Stop Motion movies this afternoon 😁 Look out for the movie premieres - coming soon!

Beautiful Japanese ink brush painting for Spring

Crazy ink blob art! Turning blobs into pictures with a bit of imagination.

Pizza muffins! What a treat to make these in HE this week, using our favourite toppings.

Year 9 Eco warriors posters. Lots of ways we can help keep our earth clean.

Jack wins the Awesome Award this week for great focus and reading - congratulations!! πŸ₯³ πŸ‘ πŸŽ‰

Thank you cards to the fire fighters from year 9 πŸ™

Thanks to Matt and Dean, fire πŸ”₯ fighters who were in school today talking about fire safety, showing us the fire engine and giving each of us a really cool safety pack full of games, cards, stickers and information.

Awesome award goes to Jasmine for outstanding basketball skills - well done πŸ€πŸ‘

Building Marble Mazes - team work makes the dream work! πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜ƒ

Year 9 slow-mo work out at the outdoor gym! πŸ’ͺπŸ˜…

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As part of World Book Week, year 9 wrote and illustrated their own books. Today we had a β€˜Book Launch’ and Mrs McBratney was our special guest. All the books were amazing and everyone got up to read them out. Well done everyone! We are very proud of you 🌟

Do you like our Manga eyes? Colour blending and adding spots of white to show light reflected

We made pancakes today. Yummy! πŸ˜‹

We’ve started writing our own books for World Book Day …….watch this space!

Today we went over to β€˜The Hive’ to learn about cafΓ© skills. We are finding out about good table manners and table etiquette. Everyone did a great job and tidied up really well. This afternoon we made origami bookmark monsters. Great job year 9!πŸ‘πŸ˜€

Table top games on Fridays πŸ˜€

Here are the key features of mammals. Can you see all five of them on some of our posters?

Awesome award goes to Jay - what a great week you’ve had πŸ˜€

Look at these amazing bargains from our Bring and Buy Sale!πŸ‘ŒπŸŽ‰

Shapes in Numeracy: playing Sudoku, building shapes, tesselation

Having a go at bookbinding - Sewing our Japanese brush painting books. What a great job everyone!

Making Bubble Tea πŸ˜‹

Happy Birthday πŸ₯³ to Jack!!!

Year 9 and 10 Cross Country


A massive well done to all pupils in Year 9 and 10, who completed set tasks in cross country over the past three weeks. You all are super stars!! 

Masked Tasker Year 9 and 10

Four Awesome Awards for PB in cross country!

Happy birthday Jay!!

Just dancing to Mario at Jay’s birthday party πŸ₯³

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No better way to start Friday than doing Yoga with Adrienne πŸ‘Œ

A cube-tastic afternoon learning how to make shapes look 3D with tonal shading and then making our own cube drawings on the ipads. Can you see any Minecraft designs…..?

We had a fabulous day at the Folk Museum seeing how people lived a long time ago. Favourite places were the cinema and sweet shop

Congratulations to Jack - Awesome Award winner for working so hard and having a great week in Year 9!

Today year 9 made themselves a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of toast. Well done everyone! Very independent πŸ‘

In science, we have been learning about invertebrates and today we picked one each to research and draw.

This week year 9 are continuing with their topic on Japan. Today they were learning all about the capital, Tokyo. Everyone researched something they were interested in and made a pic collage.

Congratulations to Adam for getting the Awesome Award this week. Always enthusiastic and working so well in class!

Year 9 solved 2d shape puzzles by using their iPads to read QR codes.

In H.E. we have been learning all about keeping healthy. This week we tried different vegetables dipped in hummus. We also made and then ate some healthy wraps. Yummy πŸ˜‹

Wind Turbines working!

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Year 9 worked hard to built these working turbines that move.

STEM challenge - Building a wind turbine. Year 9 have been learning about renewable energy and today they worked together to construct a moving turbine

We mixed our ink and used the brush holders when we’re not painting. Here are our Japanese paintings of animals, fish and bamboo.Jay washed all our brushes very carefully.

Year 9 practice writing Japanese numbers using ink, iPads and our Magic Mat!

Relaxing Japanese brush painting

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This week’s awesome award goes to………Andrew! What a great week - well done πŸ‘

Today, year 9 were  learning about shapes. First we used elastic bands to form different basic shapes. Next we used an app on the iPad to draw some shape pictures. Great work!

Our science lesson this week was on magnets. Everyone had a great time finding out whether or not different objects in the classroom are magnetic.

We are having a very busy week! We have started a new topic on Japan. Year 9 researched some things  that they were interested in using their iPad and found out lots of amazing facts. On Wednesday, Miss Hart brought in some beautiful brushes and ink and the class had a lesson on Japanese brush art. Everyone really enjoyed it.

Happy New Year!! It was lovely to see everyone back after our Christmas break. Yesterday Year 9 spent some time painting  beautiful trees with a stained glass effect. 

We had a surprise visit from Santa, Mrs Claus and Buddy the elf today. They arrived in style by helicopter!!! Everyone had a great time welcoming them, chatting and dancing to some Christmas music.πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ§‘‍πŸŽ„