Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training
Post 16 students take part in an interactive Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training Programme, organised and delivered by Mrs. Owens and Mr. Rodgers. The aim of the training programme is to develop confidence in the students to feel more confident in challenging bullying behaviours, be equipped with several strategies responding to low-level bullying behaviour and understand the need to, and mechanisms for, reporting bullying concerns to appropriate school staff.
QUB Transitional Skills Training Programme
The QUB Transitional Skills Training Programme is offered to Post 16 students. The Library at QUB has developed the Transitional Skills Online Training Programme to assist students making the transition from school to HE. Aimed at Post-16 students, the content is of relevance to those embarking on HE but the skills are transferrable and of value to those choosing to enter the working environment too.
There are five components including Academic Expectations followed by four modules: Undertaking Research Literature, Searching the Web, Plagiarism and Referencing, Social Media and Email Etiquette.
Ulster University – Schools Outreach Academy
The Ulster University Outreach Academy’s online programme is designed to raise aspirations, widen participation and increase attainment across the post primary sectors. There are lots of subject specific courses, so-designed by Educational Outreach Officers and Academies across all four of their University faculties.
All courses help our students understand the different disciplines they could eventually study at Ulster University. All courses are self-paced. Each course finishes with an end of course quiz. On successful completion of their quiz, our students receive an Ulster University Course Completion Certificate for each module undertaken.
Paired Reading Programme
Our Paired Reading Programme is organised in conjunction with the Mid Ulster Community Planning Schools Together Initiative and facilitated by Learn Spark (Training and Facilitation Programmes for Education, Charities and Business). Paired Reading is when pupils (mentors) work with other pupils (mentees) to help improve their reading and understanding of what is being read. The aim of the programme is to increase the mentees' interest and ability to read for enjoyment and to gain better access to their subjects across the curriculum, improving outcomes. Our students volunteer to take part in this valuable and rewarding programme and they continue the excellent practice within our school - Students Supporting Students.
Delivered through scenario-based discussion and relatable topics, such as ‘social pressures’ and ‘exam stress’, Bloom leaves our students with a better understanding of mental health in themselves and others. They will also possess a suite of tools they can deploy in ways which are right for their own mental health both now and in the future. Topics covered include: Resilience, Exam pressure, Social pressures and Managing stress.
Financial Capability Workshops – Your Money Matters
The aim of these workshops is to help the students on their journey towards financial literacy. The workshops consider money choices which can affect them on a daily basis and as they move into independence the decisions grow, whether that be going to University, apprenticeships or indeed the world of work. Topics covered include: Savings, Budgeting, Making Informed Choices, Moving on from school to the world of work, Identity theft, and online security.
Principles of First Aid Management
As part of the Year 13 Enrichment Programme, year 13 students can avail of Paediatric First Aid Training - a training course on the Principles of First Aid Management in Paediatric Emergencies. Mrs Owens is very grateful for the support of Dr Kevin Moore (Western Emergency Skills Training Limited) for sharing his expertise in this field.
Translink yLink Card
Year 13 students were able to sign up for their free yLink Card as part of their Enrichment Programme. A yLink card entitles young people aged 16-23 to avail of a 1/3rdoff all Translink bus and rail services along with great partner offers that they can avail of using the Translink website.
Young Enterprise NI
Year 13 students take part in the Young Enterprise NI company programme. This excellent programme gives the students first-hand experience of setting up and running their own real business.
This year the year 13 students have planned and developed a unique and sustainable product, created a business plan, carried out market research and raised capital for their venture. They are currently at the development stage of the product and have already put in motion a comprehensive advertising campaign for their company and the product. They intend to showcase their product locally and look forward to the opportunity of selling in St George’s Market, Belfast.
The overall experience has enhanced the group’s entrepreneurial skills such as being creative and teamwork and has developed their confidence to succeed in the changing world of work.
New Driver NI Presentation
Emma Duffy from New Driver NI presents to our students on useful information for those who are starting out on the road for the first time.
The presentation covers the following topics:
Learning to Drive
Passing the test
Buying a car
Insuring a car
Avoiding penalty points
Staying safe on the roads
New Driver Pledge.
The students are encouraged to sign up to the ‘New Driver Pledge’ and to raise awareness with their friends and family. Each student receives a copy of the booklet entitled ‘New Driver NI – Northern Ireland’s Guide for New Drivers’.
We wish our students many years of safe motoring.