School life is so much more than the curriculum taught in the classroom. We aim to give all our pupils opportunities to develop and enhance their skills outside the classroom. Visiting speakers, workshops, trips to local business, fieldwork, trips abroad and entering competitions, all contribute to augment the curriculum.
Before and after school and at lunchtime there are a variety of extra-curricular activities for pupils to get involved with and to develop their interest in, for example, sport, music, drama, cookery, technology and ecology. These activities often lead our young people to take part in sports’ fixtures and competitions and the activities may become be lifelong pursuits.
We have a thriving youth club which is open to all young people in Antrim. The youth club meets in our new youth area of the school which has a craft room, kitchen and large social are with pool tables and table football. The youth club also makes use of the sports’ hall and the outside sports facilities.
It is important that our pupils have a voice in school matters. Therefore, we have a School Council. All classes elect a member onto the School Council which meets regularly. As well as giving pupils a say in things like school uniform and school policies pupils get the chance to develop debating and leadership skills. Pupils who are appointed as prefects and mentors are given leadership training and have the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership ability.