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- Launching Children's Mental Health Week at Shimna
We are marking Children's Mental Health Week this coming week at Shimna. We are number of activities to promote positive thinking. This year’s theme is "my voice matters". Students have been busy preparing this week's assemblies and the setting up of an ‘appreciation station’ outside the Canteen on Friday to share positive and inspirational wellbeing messages. Tomorrow, students in Year 8 to 11 will attend an afternoon concert featuring former Shimna student Conor Marcus and his band "Absnt Minds". Their show promotes positive messages about wellbeing and staying safe online via song. It promises to be an impactful and enjoyable gig. All students are invited to take part in our "Express Yourself & Bake a Difference" competition. Entries should be delivered to the Assembly Hall at the start of school on Thursday. We also have our Leap into Spring Concert on Thursday evening. Hope to see you there!
- Leap into Spring with our 30th Anniversary Concert
Join us on Thursday 29 February for our anniversary themed Spring Concert. It promises to be an unforgettable evening as students and staff revive the sounds of 1993 and 1994 through music and dance. From chart-topping hits to movie soundtracks, you will be immersed in the nostalgia of the ‘90s. This is an open event. No tickets are required but, to help with planning, please let us know if you are coming by signing up here The show starts at 7.00 pm.
- Netballers fall just short in NI League Final
Mrs Doyle writes: “Earlier today, our Year 8 & 9 girls played in the Minor B N.I. League Final. It was a very competitive game but we were beaten 14 goals to 10. The girls all played magnificently but Mount Lourdes Enniskillen established a lead early and, despite winning the third quarter, Shimna could not level the score before full time. Shimna have another opportunity to gain revenge when they meet them in the forthcoming Minor Shield Competition Quarter-Final. Madeline Mason, the current Inspector for PE, was there to present the awards and Lucy McGrady was selected as the Most Valued Player on the Shimna team. It was a special occasion and our supporters enjoyed it.”
- U14 Boys make Gaelic final
Mr McCormick writes: “Shimna's first foray into Ulster Schools U14 started well at St John's outside Castlewellan today. The headline is that Shimna won two games and lost one to qualify for the final of the Corn Uladh cup, and will play New-Bridge Integrated College in the next fortnight. Shimna started against St Columba's Portaferry, a team that Shimna defeated well earlier in the year. From the first throw in it was clear that St Columba's had improved since they last played and were ferocious in their tackling. Shimna though drew first blood with Darragh Russell scoring two quick fire goals and Gerald Smyth pointing from an acute angle. St Columba's roared back and actually took the lead with two goals and two points without reply from Shimna who were struggling to find their previous fluency. However, they dug deep and Darragh and Gerald scored again to give Shimna the win by 4 points. Shimna 3-3 St Columba's 2-2 In the next game Shimna took on Fort Hill Integrated College and Shimna immediately went for goal and Darragh Russell scored another. However, Fort Hill didn't make it easy for Shimna and dug deep, even scoring a point and having a goal chalked off for a foul. But then Dara McGrath went on a mazy run and scored past the keeper to settle the nerves. A great goal from Tom Heaney Sloan and a smart point by Darragh Ruddell scored again to put the tie beyond Fort Hill. Shimna 3-1 FHIC 0-1 In the final game Shimna went up against the team that looked in form, New Bridge Integrated College. The New Bridge team looked much taller than the Shimna team but before long both teams were putting on the best show of the day. New Bridge hit the first point of the game but Tom Heaney Sloan again popped up to equalise with a well taken point. New Bridge kept plugging away though and were rewarded with a point over the bar to leave them one up at half time. Shimna came roaring out after half time and equalised the tie through captain Darragh Russell, but unfortunately the low sun on the day twice blinded keeper Ollie Reid with high balls coming in which crept into the net. It was a cruel end to a very even match, but one that gave the lads hope for the final in the next fortnight. Shimna 0-2 New Bridge 2-2 Date for the Corn Uladh final to follow!”
- Drama & Performing Arts students prepare to tread the boards
Yesterday, our Drama & Performing Arts students benefited from an immersive workshop led by Maeve and Darcey at Fourth Monkey, a London-based theatre company. Fourth Monkey specialises in preparing students to transition into drama schools effectively. The company offers many undergraduate & postgraduate courses in acting, producing, writing, and directing. Some of their alumni students have gone on to be employed by Warner Bros, Dreamworks, Netflix and Royal Shakespeare Company, to name a few. Mrs Quigley, Head of Drama, writes: “Following the workshop, the facilitators led an insightful discussion for our students where the actors described their unique journey that led them into the industry. This was an incredibly inspiring experience for our students, giving them a realistic perspective of what it is like to be an actor today.”
- Save the date - Spring Concert - 29 February
Join us on the evening of Thursday 29 February for our anniversary themed Spring Concert. It promises to be an unforgettable evening as our students revive the sounds of 1993 and 1994 through music and dance. From chart-topping hits to movie soundtracks, you will be immersed in the nostalgia of the ‘90s. The show starts at 7.00 pm.
- Shimna students start planning for the future
Our Year 13 students attended the Lecale Careers Fair at Down Leisure Centre last week. The event, hosted by Newry, Mourne and Down Labour Market Partnership, provided students with an opportunity to explore future available pathway options, from continuing on to higher education, joining an apprenticeship scheme or progressing directly into employment. Overall, over a thousand students from twelve local schools joined the event which featured over 45 exhibitors showcasing higher education courses, employment opportunities and other pathways. Students had the opportunity to speak directly to universities, businesses and employers to help make informed choices about their future plans.
- Shimna student secures place on QUB Pathways Programme
Sixth Form student Madison Crawford has gained a place on the QUB Pathways Programme. The Pathways Programme supports talented students on their journey to Queen's University Belfast, providing students with the opportunity to study their chosen subject on campus in order to prepare them for the transition to university life. The Pathways Programme offers a range of benefits, including a reduced grade conditional offer or a guaranteed interview, a £1000 bursary and an invitation to attend a Summer School at Queen’s. Madison, who is studying A Levels in Biology, Psychology and Health and Social Care at Shimna, will study Psychology on campus at Queen's University Belfast: "I'm really grateful to have been offered a place on the Pathway Programme. I'm looking forward to meeting like-minded students and getting to know a range of Academics and staff. I'm also excited about the opportunity to improve my study skills and confidence." Joanne Poland, Assistant Vice-Principal, said: "Madison is such a talented student. She has worked extremely hard to secure this place and we are delighted for her."
- Shimna group sends letter from America
Shimna students and staff are enjoying an unforgettable mid-term break with a visit to Washington DC. The group, comprising 22 students and 4 staff, have a full itinerary of activities, including a walking tour of the iconic monuments along the Mall and visits to Capitol Hill, the American History Museum, the Holocaust Museum and Ford’s Theatre. The social programme has been equally busy, with a Superbowl LVIII party, Chinese New Year Parade and Mardi Gras.
- Junior girls go through to netball final
Congratulations to our junior girls' team who yesterday reached the Junior B Division 2 final, defeating St. Ronan's HS 29 goals to 5. This is a fantastic achievement for this highly committed group of players. Well done to all of our girls netballers on what has been a fantastic term so far, with three of our teams reaching the finals of their respective leagues.