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A Parents' Guide to Facebook
Click here to download a fully updated version of A Parents' Guide to Facebook (pdf). It's designed to help parents understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. The guidebook is published in partnership with the iKeepSafe Coalition.
Rugby squad collect "Best team spirit" Award
The Cullybackey Under 13 rugby squad finished their season off in style on Friday 28th March, receiving the "Best team spirit" award at the Year 9 Cross Community Rugby Tournament organised by Ballymena RFC.
To celebrate engineering week (14 - 23 March 2014) we invited the company "Learn Differently" into school to give a presentation to junior pupils. The interactive demonstration involved pupils flying on home made hovercrafts and flying rockets!
Berlin GCSE History Trip
On Monday 10th March 2014 Mrs McQuoid, Mr McLaren and 18 GCSE History pupils set off on a visit to Berlin, Germany. The purpose of our trip was to gain a greater understanding of the impact the Nazis had on Germany before and during World War II.
Congratulations to the Year 11 girls who ended up runners-up in the Year 12 Ballymena Netball League. This is one of our most successful teams who have continually excelled each year. Well done girls and lets hope for more success in the future.
"Farm to Fork"
On Wednesday 12th March 10A1/2 pupils were joined by 50 pupils from St. Paul's, Kilrea for a "Farm to Fork" presentation by representatives from the Agri-Food Industry. We had an excellent presentation from 3 speakers involved in the industry.
Show Jumping Success
Keavy Molloy, Hannah Thompson and Laura Gordon won the Inter-Schools Show Jumping today (17th March) in Lurgan. They faced stiff opposition from 16 other schools but as usual showed their class and won convincingly. Well done girls!
Hannah Thompson to represent NI
After successful trials at Danescroft near Lisburn, Hannah was selected to represent Northern Ireland in the Pony Club Games at the Windsor Horse Show in May 2014. She will participate in the "Prince Philip Cup". Well done Hannah!
'Cast with Contrast'
Year 11 GCSE Performing Arts theatre company, 'Cast with Contrast' are busy rehearsing for the one hour mock exam performance, 'Maggie's Marvellous Memories'. They perform for Year 10s on Tuesday, April 8th and a Family and Friends performance will be at 7.30pm on April 8th. Performances take place in the Assembly Hall of Cullybackey College. Hope to see you there!
Choir and orchestra
As the main musical programme for the year is over and exams are getting closer it has been decided that choir and orchestra practices after school will be cancelled until further notice. Thank you to all pupils and staff who have helped throughout the year.
Success at Girlguiding awards night
At her recent Girlguiding awards night, Year 14 pupil Rachel Gillespie received many awards, including the Millennium Volunteers 200 Hour Award of Excellence, Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Young Leader Qualification. Well done Rachel!
Book Week 2014
Close call against Ballymena Academy
A gallant effort from our senior football squad was not enough against Ballymena Academy as we went down by three goals to two at the Showgrounds. We were unable to capitalise on an early lead and the Academy held on for the win.
First defeat for Year 8 girls
The Year 8 hockey team recently played Slemish College and suffered their first defeat of the season. The girls were very nervous in the first half and let in four very slow goals. However, the second half showed great improvement.
Northern Ireland Book Awards
On February 27th, 6 top Drama students from Year 10 along with their teacher, Mrs. Drennan, went to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast for a dynamic drama workshop given by Stephen Beggs, a highly experienced workshop leader.
Beyond Skin visited Cullybackey College on Thursday 28th February. They are an organisation that use music, art, multimedia and radio as a tool for cultural education & exchange in an aim to address issues of racism & sectarianism.
STEM Club Experiments
This month in STEM club we got the chance to try out those experiments that you don't get to do every day in science class. We exploded canisters, discovered how to make secret messages appear and gave ourselves a fright using ghost marbles.
Heartstart on Valentines Day!
Year 8 pupils are very useful to have around at the moment because they have recently learned how to save lives through the Heartstart Programme. Each class learned important life saving skills such as what do if a person is having a heart attack.
Year 12 Formal
The Year 12 Formal was held on the 19th February in the Rosspark Hotel and yet again is was a fantastic night. Pupils enjoyed great food, great company and a lot of dancing!! Thanks to all those who attended and made this such a special night.
Fundraising for NI Cancer Fund for Children
Over the last three years Hannah Crawford (Year 13) and her brother Matthew (Cambridge House)have raised £2,600 for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children by making DVDs of local cultural events.
Celine Mitchell awarded LIFE Certificate
From Monday 27th to Friday 31st of January, Celine Mitchell took part in a fire and rescue Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) course. The group took part in ladder drills, climbing high to the top floor and also did hose drills.
Budding journalists meet the deadline
School Reporters were treated to a visit from the BBC Media Bus on Wednesday 12th February. The aim? To create a news bulletin in just one school day! Check out the finished product on our School Report page.
Music Department perform at Loughan School
On Thursday 13th February, Cullybackey College's Music Department went to Loughan School in Ballymena, accompanied as always by Mr Hall and Mrs Smyth. Our choir sang songs like "As the Dear", "King of Kings" and "There is a Higher Throne".
Ross shines at 13 in the world of music...
Just at the turn of the year, January 2014, Ross Houston achieved the fantastic result of 92% in his ATCL diploma exam giving his a pass with distinction. To reach this standard is an outstanding achievement for any musician at any stage in their career.
After another year of excellent results from the Hospitality Department, we are delighted to hear of the individual success of Esther Blair, who was placed third in all of Northern Ireland in this GCSE examination. Well done to everyone involved!
Cullybackey College Examination Success
Cullybackey College is rightly proud of its Year 13 and 14 students who have just received their AS and A2 results.
Outstanding performances at A2 were achieved by Jessica McCombe (A,A,A,B), Sam Linton (A*,A,C), Thomas Gordon (A,A,C), Andrew Acheson (A,B,B), Andrew Wallace (A,B,C) and Ryan Bonar (A*,B,E). We are delighted that most of our students have successfully gained entry to their chosen higher education courses.