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- Let’s talk about integration
As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, we asked our students to talk about integration. From today, we invite students, staff, parents and carers to engage in a conversation about our core mission, values and vision. Click on the link and share your views.
- Shimna News - September 29/23
Shimna News Learning From Each Other Dear Parents & Carers We are barely a month into the new school year and it is remarkable how much has happened already. In addition to the daily business of teaching and learning, there have been educational trips, training and fixtures are well and truly underway across different sports and a rich and varied extra-curricular programme has been launched. It is great to see our students making the most of the opportunities on offer. As always, the foundations of the College lie in the commitment and enthusiasm of staff. That said, our new school is rising from the ground and it’s very exciting to see the progress being made each week. Our 30th Anniversary celebrations And then there is the remarkable coincidence that this is also our anniversary. Thirty years ago, a group of determined and courageous parents and staff welcomed 60 students to the temporary lodgings at Murlough House. It is such an incredible tale that we decided to make a film out of it. You may have seen the trailers on our website. ‘The Shimna Story’ will be released in the coming weeks. The film is just one of the ways we will be marking this special year. Other ways include 30-themed monthly activities for the students and farewell tours of the current building for former students. I am delighted to say we will also launch an annual lecture in memory of Gordon Wilson (1927-1995), the celebrated peace campaigner who, on 5 August 1994, cut the sod for the building of our current school. Save the date: Wednesday 29 November. Further information on our guest speaker to follow. Next Wednesday, 4 October, we will be hosting a celebration event in the Slieve Donard Hotel. As well as a screening of ‘The Shimna Story’, the programme will include musical items, drama and a review of the last school year, presented by Levi Johnston, Head Boy, and Anna Young, Head Girl. This venue was chosen because it offers a larger capacity than any of our own assembly spaces in College. Even then, there is a limit to the number of invitations we have been able to extend However, I am delighted to say we have managed to secure additional places. If you would like to join us for this special event click on the link to sign up . In order to ensure students from last year’s Years 8 to 13 are represented, invitations have been sent to those who accumulated the highest number of Achievement Points. Over the past year, these were awarded by staff in recognition of effort, uniform, respect, engagement, kindness and academic endeavour. There are, of course, other ways in which students could have been selected. If this becomes an annual event, we will look at ways of opening it up to larger numbers. In the meantime, if you cannot join us on 4 October, we will be running the same event in the College on the evening of Thursday 19 October for those who would like to join us. We will send out a link nearer the time to sign up. As published in the calendar, next Wednesday (4 October) is a Staff Development Day and the College will be closed to students. Our Mission, Values & Vision On 2 October 1993, the Founding Parents agreed thirteen statements as the Guiding Principles for the College. Our 30th anniversary is a timely opportunity to take stock and to refresh the language by adopting mission, values and vision. Our mission statement will communicate our purpose Our values will describe what we believe in and the behaviours we display and expect Our vision will set out our aspirations for our students Over the past few months, with input from staff, students and governors, we have drafted some provisional statements as a way of initiating engaging parents, carers and the whole school, which you can read and review by clicking on the link. We welcome your input and would appreciate your thoughts and responses by Monday 16 October. News from the Board of Governors I am delighted to announce the appointment of David Waddell as a Parent Governor. As the father of three girls - one who completed her Sixth Form studies last year and two still at Shimna - he already knows the College well and will be a great asset to the Board. Student Leadership The Young Ambassadors scheme was launched a year ago and those students who signed up made a positive impact, representing the views of students and contributing in different ways across the College, for example by leading extra-curricular activities and by helping out at events like Open Evening. Alongside our Peer Mentor scheme, Young Ambassadors provide valuable leadership opportunities. With our Year 14 Student Leaders now in place, applications are now open to students in Years 8 to 13 to become Young Ambassadors. Students who signed up last year are encouraged to re-apply and new applicants are warmly invited to join. Our aim is to build on the good work of last year. Students can apply by clicking on the link. This will also be shared in school next week. Young Ambassador -Role description Parent & Carer workshops On a daily basis, Shimna staff interact with many of our families, often working together to address challenging issues. Over recent months, we have been exploring ways to build on these relationships and, on that basis, would like to trial a half-termly programme of open-door sessions for parents and carers. These would be aimed at providing guidance, support and the opportunity for discussion around student well-being. We recently asked for expressions of interest in the first of these, focusing on keeping our children safe online, and many of you have expressed an interest. I am delighted to announce our first session will be led by the leading online safety expert Wayne Denner and take place on Monday 9 October at 5.00 pm. Click on the link to sign up. You can find out more about Wayne’s work at https://www.waynedenner.com/blog/ Introducing I am delighted to introduce the following members of staff who have joined the Shimna ranks since the start of term. Teaching staff Classroom Assistants Canteen Staff Coming up The next edition of Shimna News will follow in the next week or two as there will be other items to share, including information about a Department of Education survey on Relationship & Sexuality Education, as well as plans for the long overdue return of our Parent Council. Kind regards, Steve Pagan Principal
- 👑 Checkmate! 🤝🔥
The intellectual battle continues at Shimna Integrated College's Chess Club, where students explore the intricate world of strategy and tactics. 🏆🌟 These students are honing their critical thinking skills while having a blast. 🤓🙌 Come Join us! 🧠♟️ #CheckmateChampions #ShimnaChessMasters #IntellectualProwess #ShimnaIntegratedCollege 📚🤝#extracurricular
- Shimna student joins Premiership club
Congratulations to Year 12 student Calum Simmons who recently joined NIFL Premiership club Crusaders. Calum has been selected to play for the U16 side and enjoyed a tremendous debut a fortnight ago in the 6-1 victory against Portadown, with an assist and a goal from the penalty spot. Last weekend, he continued his fine form, scoring from thirty yards in a 4-0 victory against Dungannon Swifts. Crusaders U16 now sit in fourth place after four games. Calum’s talents are well known at Shimna. He was a mainstay of our cup-winning team at the national indoor football championships last season, finishing the tournament as top scorer with ten goals. Barry Dagen, Head of Boys PE, said, “Calum has always given 100% in Shimna colours. We are very proud of his success and look forward to seeing him progress through the ranks. He has massive potential”
- Students learn key messages about making good choices
Last Friday, students in Years 8 to 11 enjoyed a morning of interactive workshops aimed at delivering key messages about making good choices. The focus of the sessions on keeping safe and avoiding the dangers posed by vaping, drugs and alcohol Thank you to the Made for More team for running such a positive programme and for helping to empower our students to take personal responsibility
- Shimna becomes a CyberFirst School
Shimna Integrated College has been presented with the CyberFirst Schools Bronze Award in recognition of evidence based aspirational goals in delivering cyber-security education. The Award was presented to Irene Mathieu, Head of Mathematics and Computing at Shimna, James Magee, ICT Coordinator and Anthony Bennett ICT and Computing teacher by Eamonn Brankin (CyberFirst Regional Delivery Partner Project Lead). “The CyberFirst Award, recognises schools and colleges whose approach to cyber security education is excellent.” (National Cyber Security Centre). Irene Mathieu said, “This award is a tribute to our high-quality provision in computing, which includes A Level Software Systems Development (SSD) which was designed by Queen’s University and local employers specifically to equip students with the skills and experiences they need to progress in the fast changing world of computing. Successful Shimna SSD students have successfully completed degrees in Computing and Higher Level Apprenticeships, and this award will encourage students to explore the excellent prospects in computing and cyber security in particular.” James Magee added, “In addition to recognising our provision in Software Systems Development and Digital Technology at A Level, the award values progression in ICT across the College.” In the photograph: James Magee, Eamonn Brankin, Irene Mathieu and Anthony Bennett
- Star performances from Shimna students at Ulster Schools’ Multi-Event Athletic Championships
Two girls from Shimna College competed in the Ulster Schools’ Multi-Event Championships, at The Mary Peters Track, where they had to participate in the 75m Hurdles, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump and Shot. Eve Mc Namara performed to an excellent standard in the minor girls’ event achieving 11th place overall out of 37 athletes. This was an outstanding performance considering that Eve is also eligible to compete as a minor athlete next year. Her best performances were in the 75m Hurdles where she was placed 5th, the 8oom where she was placed 6th and the High Jump and Long Jump where she was placed 7th. Hania Dziubek also competed impressively in the multi – event and was placed 23rd overall. Her most notable performance being the high jump where she was placed 7th.
- This year’s Student Leadership Team appointed
We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Student Leadership Team. The Sixth Form team has been chosen to represent the views of the students this year, building on the good work of their predecessors over the previous school year. Our Head Boy, Levi Johnston, and Head Girl, Anna Young, have demonstrated exceptional commitment in their time at Shimna and have expressed a genuine desire to make a positive impact on our school community. Deputy Head Girl, Taniesha Chikwana, and, Deputy Head Boy, Lorcan McAnulty will also play a key role in working with our Young Ambassadors. The rest of the team, who will help to lead student voice groups, are Elina Bunere, Ciara Fitzpatrick, Liam Hawkins, Eimear McCartan, Jake McBride, Anna O’Flaherty, Isabella Susay-Quinn, Shreyash Wankhade, Caitlin Ward. We look forward to their contribution over the coming year. In their applications, they exhibited an unwavering commitment to inclusivity and unity across our student body. We extend our warmest congratulations to all students. on their well-deserved appointments.
- Caitlin Cyber Secures her future at Shimna
Meet Caitlin Ward, a Year 14 Software Systems Development student. Caitlin recently dived into the world of cybersecurity. She participated in the CyberFirst Advanced Belfast course over the summer, a fully funded five-day residential program that's making waves. What's CyberFirst Advanced? It's an incredible opportunity for to class students interested in cybersecurity. This program equips students with essential skills and knowledge, paving the way for a future in the exciting worlds of cyber security and technology. It's perfect for those already studying computer science or anyone with a PASSION for all things tech. Here are just a few of the amazing skills Caitlin honed during her journey: Digital forensics Encryption technologies Penetration testing Open-source intelligence techniques Caitlin's experience shows the limitless possibilities that await our students. Let's give Caitlin a virtual round of applause for her dedication and achievements! #ShimnaIntegratedCollege #Cybersecurity #InspiringStudents #TechSkills #CyberFirstAdvanced #BrightFuture #EducationMatters
- Our Ana's Feis Success
We're thrilled to celebrate Ana Maguire, Year 8 student, for her outstanding performance at the St Agnes’ Charity Feis in Belfast last Saturday. Ana secured 1st place in the Reel and an impressive 4th place in the Heavy Jig categories! What makes this achievement even more special is that proceeds from the event will go to Aware NI, a charity supporting mental health awareness in Northern Ireland. Kudos to Ana for her talent and her dedication to making a positive impact in our community. Join us in congratulating her! #ProudSchool #StudentAchievements #AwareNI #FeisSuccess