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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.
Year 10 Options for GCSE 2015
On Monday the Year 10 students received an information booklet about the different Paths and subjects on offer to students moving into Year 11 at Cullybackey College in September 2015.
Parents attended an information session on Thursday 19th March to find out more information on the Options process and then were able to speak to teachers.
The Options response sheets need to be returned to the College reception by Tuesday 31st March 2015.
Downloadable files:Cullybackey College Options Response Sheet
GCSE Options Booklet Part 1
GCSE Options Booklet Part 2
GCSE Options Booklet Part 3
Information from Mr Manson's Presentation to Parents
Dolly Parton's teenage fan club: Pupils explain their love of country music
Dolly Parton is one of the biggest names in country music but the genre isn't always associated with a younger audience.
But School Reporters, Simone, Stacey, April and Louise from Cullybackey College in County Antrim are big fans of country music - and Dolly, Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks - as they explained on BBC Radio 2's Country pop-up on Saturday 7 March.Listen to the report here
Cullybackey College find out how to get a job down on the farm
Reporters from Cullybackey college talk to three GCSE Agriculture students who all want to farm. Two are from from farming families but one lives in town. She says that 'those that work on a farm should make the most of it' and value the experience they are getting.Watch the report here
Ulster vs Scarlets
Cullybackey College visited the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Friday 27th February to watch Ulster defeat the Scarlets by 25-20. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for the party of 47 pupils and staff. This is now an annual event having visited last season as well.
Cullybackey College host Show Jumping
On Saturday 21st of February 2015, Cullybackey College hosted their first Inter-schools' Show Jumping competition. The event was held at Connell Hill Equestrian Centre, with over 80 competitors travelling from various parts of Northern Ireland to support the event on a cold a wintery Saturday morning.
A special mention of thanks must go to Nigel Jess the course builder, who designed a technical course with twists and turns that caught a few horses and ponies out.
The college had fantastic sponsorship from local businesses. Doagh Equestrian, Brookevale Tack Shop and Box It and Feed kindly donated saddle cloths, horse meal, vouchers and a rug. Sylvia Thompson made the beautiful Rosettes which were presented to the first six riders/teams in each class.
'Health Fair' a huge success
Year 13 Health and Social Care class held a 'Health Fair' for year 10 pupils on Friday 6th February. Pupils had an opportunity to learn about various topics such as drugs, alcohol and smoking, all of which have an impact on their health. They had the chance to find out information from each of the health stalls and complete a quiz which was entered into a prize draw for a cinema ticket. The winner of the ticket was Dylan Arbuthnot (10A3). The girls would like to thank everyone who attended the event and also say a huge thank you to those who helped to make their campaign a success.
Cancer Research UK Fund Raising
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the fantastic sum of £290 raised from the bun sale last week. Also a big thank you to pupils and staff who gave £112 of loose change!
The Year 11 Hockey Team enjoyed taking part in a NEBSSA tournament at Ballyclare HS on Tuesday. More information to follow.
Junior rugby has continued to flourish amongst all the treacherous weather we have been having recently. All boys in Years 8-10 are welcome. With the first match organised for just after half term training needs to be maintained in order to achieve the same success as last season. All places are now filled up for the upcoming Ulster v Scarlets trip on Friday 27th February 2015!
Mrs Bristow from the Livestock and Meat Commission provided a cookery demonstration for the Year 13 enrichment classes on Monday 26th January, 2015. Mrs Bristow prepared dishes which would suit a university student.
STEM Club met again last week. Scientific Sue and Kerry from the Antrim Enterprise Agency came to school to carry out different activities with us. We studied the science behind magnets and then had to develop of own magnetic toys and come up with a business plan. We discovered that there are lots of budding entrepreneurs in Cullybackey College! STEM Club will meet again next month.
Cullybackey Challenge Winner
We are really pleased to announce that Lucy Gillespie from The Diamond Primary School was the winner of the Cullybackey Challenge competition following the INOV8 STEM day and the Open Nights last week. There were over 60 correct entries to the competition and Lucy's name was drawn out of a hat.
Mr Manson, the College Vice Principal, was very pleased to see so many correct entries. He said, "It was great to see that so many P7 pupils had made the effort to visit with us and then to enter our competition – I look forward to visiting The Diamond over the next few days to hand over the prize – a Kindle Fire HDX."
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Congratulations to Andrew Stinson who came 5th overall in the recent Inter-schools' Archery Championship. A total of 7 schools were represented by 63 competitors at the event, which was run by Chris MacFadyen from The Range Archery Centre, Ballymoney.
On Friday 9th January, 2015, 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.
Welcome to the Art & Design's new Twitter account where we aim to offer pupils, parents, staff and all our followers a glimpse of day to day life within our department. We hope you enjoy our posts and look forward to promoting the ongoing great work. #feelingcreative
Cullybackey College Cheer
Staff showed some early Christmas cheer last Thursday when they wore their Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children. Organiser, Mrs Gilchrist was thrilled that a total of £198 was raised.
Year 13 enjoy Wrightbus tour
The Year 13 Applied Science class recently visited Wrightbus to gather information for their portfolio work. They were given a tour of various Divisions within the company, including Composites and the Production Assembly Line.
Show jumping success
Rachael Swims to Silver
Rachael Lennox represented Cullybackey College at the recent Ulster Schools' Championships. After achieving two personal bests in the heats, Rachael progressed to the Backstroke final where she picked up her silver medal. Well done Rachael!