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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.
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.
Five try win over Dragons at Ravenhill
Our pupils enjoyed a great night at Ravenhill as they watched Ulster defeat Newport Gwent Dragons 38-8.
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.
Outstanding performances from Junior Rugby Squad
Year 8 and Year 9 boys played their first rugby matches of the season on Thursday 27th February against Magherafelt HS. The games consisted of '7's' rugby and involved two matches being played side by side, with seven players in each team.
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.
The Year 12 Girls have started Boxercise during their PE lessons. Chris Nicholl; Active Community Coach for Ballymena Borough Council now comes in every other Tuesday to teach the girls the basics of Boxercise.
Girls impress at tag rugby
Year 10 girls continue to enjoy tag rugby as part of their PE programme. Rugby Community Officer Tom Wiggins has been very impressed with their skills and they will be entered into a league to play other schools! Watch this space!!!
Success at show jumping
Last Saturday was the final round of the Ulster Schools' Show Jumping. Keavy Molloy was placed 1st, Hannah Thompson was placed 2nd and Laura Gordon was placed 6th in Ulster. The girls will be attending the ball on March 22nd to receive their prizes!
Keavy in action:
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".
Colin Jenkins visits SU
On Wednesday 12th February Colin Jenkins from the Seamen's Christian Friend Society attended the SU meeting. He talked to us about Faith, Love and Hope. He talked to us about how important and evident they are within our everyday lives.
Super turn out for Cross Country
Well done to all 126 pupils who took part in the Cross Country Competition on Tuesday 11th February. All participants showed a great determination as they completed the difficult course. Click the link for photos and results.
U15s turn game around
The U15s played Magherafelt High School on Tuesday 11th February. Well done to the boys, who having been 3-1 down at half-time turned this game around to win 6-4. Goals were scored by Ryan Mills (3) Camryn Millar (2) and Simon Evans.
Paula McIntyre Visits the GCSE Hospitality Class
Year 11 GCSE Hospitality classes have taken part in a workshop with local chef Paula McIntyre and the MEAAP. Pupils were given a very interesting and informative presentation about the issues facing elderly people when cooking meals.
Staff treated to restaurant style experience
The Year 12 GCSE Hospitality class held a Valentine's Function on Friday 7th February. Twelve lucky members of staff were treated to a restaurant style experience and were served up a delicious 4 course meal.
Ulster Schools' Swimming
The Cullybackey College swimming team represented by Rachel Lennox and Katie Morrow recently competed in the Ulster Schools' Swimming Gala on the 18th January 2014 at Ballymena Seven Towers Leisure Centre.
A Level Trip to True Colours - Ulster Museum
It was a bright and sunny day, if a little cold when Miss Gallagher, accompanied by A Level Art students travelled to the Ulster Museum to view the annual True Colours Exhibition. This CCEA event showcases inspiring GCSE and A Level work.
First point in McGarry Cup campaign
The Year 9 football team eventually got their McGarry Cup campaign up and running with a match against St Joseph's. This match was postponed last week and then switched to Coleraine in a bid to beat the horrendous weather conditions.
Success at Cullybackey Detachment, Irish Guards
The Parents of the Cullybackey Army Cadet Force looked on with pride as youngsters gathered to show their skills at the annual Inspection night. This event is a chance for parents to get up to speed with the achievements of the cadets.
On Friday 10th January, 2014, we welcomed around 700 pupils from our feeder primary schools to IN-O-V8. This event provided pupils with an insight into robotics, science and technology, with lots of fun demonstrations and hands-on activities.
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.
Sportshall athletics for PE pupils
Boys and girls from Years 8-11 recently participated in the Annual Sports Hall athletics competitions at St Patrick's College. On Friday 24th January the Year 10s and 11s competed against four schools from the area, and as usual did themselves proud.
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.