2017/18

Year 8s Get Down To Business – Young Enterprise

Year 8 pupils at Cullybackey College were introduced to their new school as they took part in the ‘Your School Your Business’ programme with local charity Young Enterprise. The programme helps to support pupils as they make the big leap from P7 into Year 8. Among a number of key life skills the students developed personal confidence and presentation skills. The students also assessed their personal abilities, while analysing and solving problems.

The charity works with young people of all ages and abilities to encourage entrepreneurial qualities at a young age. Visit YENI.co.uk to see how you can get involved with Young Enterprise, empowering young people with the skills and confidence to succeed in life and work.
Young Enterprise NI is part funded by the Department of Education.


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2017/18

Year 11 The Edge At Cranagh Outdoor Watersport

This Year’s GCSE PE group start off their course with a team bonding day out at the Edge Watersport’s. This was a fun packed day with one or two overcoming their fears with the help of their classmates and a chance to dunk the teachers.


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2017/18

Sunrise Basketball Kicks Off Again This Year

Sunrise basketball kicked off again this year with an early morning start. The boys early rise to shoot some hoops and enjoy a nice breakfast after the workout was clearly well worth it.




2016/17

Last SU of 2017 (05/04/17)

This week, Cullybackey SU had their last meeting. It was a small gathering as a lot of pupils were at other school events (Cullybackey College is a very busy place!), but we had a lot of fun together, with Miss Sheppard leading us in games. It was very special too as it was the last meeting for Y12 pupil, Rebecca Graham and Y14 pupil, Katie McQuillan, both of whom will be leaving the college next year. Both girls have been to nearly every SU meeting in their time at school. We will miss them a lot and we wish all the very best for wherever God leads them next. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3


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2016/17

PTA Table Quiz and Pudding Night

Thursday 23rd March saw a good crowd gathered in for the PTA Table Quiz and Pudding Night. Mr Manson took charge of the evening and made a brilliant quiz master. Puddings were enjoyed by all and some managed seconds and maybe even thirds!! There were lots of great prizes up for grabs and first place went to “The Universally Challenged”. “We’re Not Brazils” came second with “The Empty Heads” in a very close third place.

A big thank you to all who came along and made the evening such a success.


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Prince’s Trust Celebration

12A5 attended a Celebration event held for Prince’s Trust Pupils who have performed especially well throughout their course. They enjoyed bowling, lunch and ice skating at Dundonald Ice Bowl. Thanks to Prince’s Trust for organising the event.


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2016/17

U13 vs Slemish (21/03/17)

The Under 13 rugby squad produced a great win in their home game against Slemish College. Having trained non-stop every Wednesday afternoon from January staff were delighted to see the boys applying their skills to a competitive game, showing a great maturity in doing so. Co-Captains Scott Donley and Aaron McNeilly led the line magnificently, backed up by experienced Ballymena RFC players William Hammond, Stuart Gordon, Johnny Wylie and Calum Mitchell.

It was all Cullybackey in the early stages as they took advantage of their home turf, running in early tries to settle any nerves. Issac Daly and Deane Agnew on the wings proved a constant speedy threat as they switched the ball to the wide men at every opportunity. Some intricate passing moves as well as some straight line charging proved a useful approach as further tries were scored. Credit to Slemish however who upped their game in the second period, running in some explosive tries themselves as the local team became tired. In the closing stages Joel McComb, Thomas Fenton, Mark Wilson and Josh Gibson all put in a shift, with Ben Turtle scoring the pick of the tries with an outstanding ‘Tommy Bowe’ individual effort.


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Rachel Sheppard from SUNI (15/03/17)

Thanks to Rachel Sheppard from SUNI for speaking at Scripture Union last week. We had fun competing to see who would be quickest at building and demolishing a bottle pyramid. Small groups were then challenged to think about putting their trust in God above all else. Our last meeting this year will be on Wednesday 5th April which will be party time!


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Year 14 attend A-Level History Conference

Year 14 History students recently attended an A-Level conference led by the eminent historian and retired teacher, Dr. Russell Rees. Located at the Somme Centre, Newtownards, Dr. Rees examined key aspects of the A-Level Partition of Ireland module and shared his in-depth knowledge of the turbulent period 1912-1918. Students were also given excellent guidance on how to answer examination questions as they prepare for their up and coming A2 papers.




Danny from Methodist Youth (01/03/17)

Scripture Union met again on Wednesday 1st March and was led by Danny from Methodist Youth. He shared his testimony with us and Mrs Smyth ran a quiz. Thanks to both for their valuable contributions.


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GCSE History WW1 Battlefields visit

GCSE History students and staff made their European visit to the First World War Battlefields of France and Belgium in February / March 2017. The poignant setting for this trip was encapsulated by the continuation of centenary commemorations of the “war to end all wars”.

Students and staff marched over the battlefields, where much front line action took place in during World War 1. Bob, our excellent tour guide, originally from N. Ireland told heart-wrenching stories about local soldiers, bringing history to life. Captivated GCSE students were given a detailed tour of the trenches in Thiepval Woods that were occupied by the 36th Ulster Division before they made their advance upon German lines on that fateful day in July 1916, at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. Students also visited the Ulster Tower that was erected in 1921 to commemorate the sacrifices of the Ulster Division during the War and the Thiepval memorial that has inscribed, some 72000 names, of those who fought and went missing during the War or remain unidentified.
During the visit, the harsh reality of death and suffering was apparent due to the many cemeteries dedicated to the memories of many fallen soldiers from British regiments. Students visited the British Tyne Cot Cemetery and were engrossed in the age and details of many of the young soldiers who gave their lives during the War. At Ypres, Belgium, pupils attended an emotive Last Post Ceremony, where all the fallen soldiers from WW1 were remembered, at Menin Gate.

The students also visited the Flanders Field Museum and Ploegsteert, where the Christmas Truce 1914 took place. They saw the memorial dedicated to this event and stood on the field where the Christmas Day football match took place between Germany and England.

On a lighter note students, also has the chance to visit the Eiffel Tower in lights, the Arc de Triumph and Disneyland, Paris.

In all, a fascinating, engaging and educational trip that will live long in the memories of both pupils and staff alike.

“A very interesting and engaging visit.” Connor Reid (Year 12)

“Surreal.” Louise Craig (Year 12)

“The trip to the battlefields was sad and emotional. It put into perspective the suffering and death of World War one.” Jack McQuillan (Year 12)

“It was one of the best visits I have ever had. It was an amazing experience visiting the actual trenches where the brave 36th Ulster Division was located.” Christopher Jamieson (Year 12)


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Blood, Glorious Blood

On Wednesday 22nd February the Year 13 Biology class attended an A Level Update for Schools Lecture at the University of Ulster in Coleraine. The lecture, entitled ‘Blood, Glorious Blood,’ was part of a series of events taking place during NI Science Festival week. Pupils learnt about the importance of blood in an entertaining and informative manner, using popular references such as world famous footballer Lionel Messi and the notorious early C20th monk Grigori Rasputin.


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Danny from Methodist Youth (15/02/17)

Scripture Union met on Wednesday 15th February and our speaker was Danny from Methodist Youth. Thanks to him for the range of activities provided.


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Year 11 River Investigation

Year 11 Geographers visited the North Coast to investigate changing river features along the Curly Burn River on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th February 2017.


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Silver Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award presented at ACF

It is the beginning of a new school year and we are recruiting for new cadets from the college.


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GCSE Hospitality Function

The Year 12 GCSE Hospitality class recently held a Valentine’s Function as part of their GCSE course. Pupils worked together as a kitchen and restaurant team to provide a delicious 4 course meal for guests. Pupils worked to a very high standard – the food was of excellent quality and the service was five star. The staff who attended the meal were all really impressed by the professional way in which they were looked after. All have willingly volunteered their services as a guest at any other events the class hold!


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2nd February- Cup defeat for Year 10s

The Year 10s bowed out of the Mid Antrim Cup, defeated 5-3 by Dunclug at home, with Calan McFall again in the thick of the action grabbing a couple of goals. The Year 10 and Year 11 teams wish their Year 8 and 9 school mates every success in their upcoming cup games.


Hard working Year 11s loose out to talented Dunclug – Thursday 2nd February

The Year 11 footballers produced a hard working performance against a talented Dunclug side in their bid to make the Mid Antrim Cup final. Playing into the wind in the first half caused plenty of problems for Jamie Neeson’s men, and they soon paid the price when goalkeeper Jack McAtamney was beaten after fifteen minutes. One became two when an outrageous kick from the right wing looped into the top corner, one that even Mr Surgenor would have been proud of. This left an uphill struggle in the second half. Despite a truly spirited and disciplined performance, in particular Calan McFall and Thomas McAuley, the lads could not take any of their chances and in the closing stages Dunclug finished the game with a great individual goal.


2016/17

31st January Cullybackey College 0 v Slemish College 0 

The Year 9 Hockey team played their final fixture of the Ballymena league against rivals Slemish on Tuesday 31st January.  This was a closely contested match against the Slemish girls with both teams taking turns at dominating the game.  Both teams were very determined and the game started off at a fast pace.  The second half of the game continued with good skill and fitness from the girls.  A super game played by both sides.

Well done girls!


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