Northern Ireland Higher Education Exhibition

The Year 13 students recently attended the Eikon centre at the Maze site in Lisburn, to take part in the Northern Ireland Higher Education Exhibition. The event, organised by UCAS, gave our boys the opportunity to meet Universities and Colleges and explore the subjects on offer to them in the future.

Custom House Square Gig

19 of our pupils from Years 9 - 13 will be performing on the stage at Custom House Square tomorrow at the main Belfast festivities to celebrate St Patricks Day. This is a huge opportunity for the boys - last year they played to a crowd of 3,500 people!!

http://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/belfast-schoolboys-hope-to-drum-up-support-on-st-patricks-day-again-35535617.html

Subject Choice Time....

This week Year 10 and 12 pupils learned about the subject options available to them next year. They heard from subject teachers, had the opportunity to talk to pupils currently studying these subjects, look through samples of pupil work and try some hands-on activities. Pupils will now be asked their preferences and the final choices will be made in the coming weeks. A very successful week thanks to subject teachers and all the pupils who volunteered to be ambassadors for the different subjects.

World Book Day

On Thursday 2nd March, all pupils in Years 8 – 10 will be reading throughout the school day to mark World Book Day.  502 pupils will receive a free book to enjoy and anyone who finishes his novel may swap it for a new title!

Specific subjects - History, Geography, RE and English – will set aside normal class work to let KS3 pupils read for pleasure. Sit back, open a book and read!

 

 

Boys' Model Garden Growers & QUB

Queen's Architecture students are working alongside North Belfast Alternatives to kickstart a restorative education programme within BBMS and the community that surrounds it. The programme offers the chance for community members to work together with pupils in creating a social enterprise that involves vegetable growing and harvesting with the hope of eventually distributing their crops to local group members such as Good Morning Ballysillan. 

Day 1 : The pupils came along with our group of Queen's students to clean out and organise the disused greenhouse as well as learning to photograph the site so you get the most from the image and measuring up the space available. 

Day 2 : The pupils sanded down and painted the wooden batons that make the table tops within the greenhouse space to fit with the colour scheme, they also decided upon a name for the project 'BM Garden Growers' and a slogan that they felt suited their community and the project's ultimate aim - 'Keep 'er green'.

This story will be updated as the boys progress through the programme.  

 

Year 10 Mood Matters

Pupils from Year 10 took part in a ‘Mood Matters’ workshop this week which aimed to raise awareness of mental health issues.  These sessions, facilitated by Aware, covered topics such as stress, coping strategies and where to get help if required.  Pupils also had an opportunity to discuss what ‘mental health’ is and how to look after their own mental and emotional well-being.”

Museum of Orange Visit

All pupils from 9Wa and 9Hs went to the Museum of Orange where they participated in a day of activities organised by the museum.  Pupils learnt about the origins of the Orange Order and participated  in a cultural/identity workshop.  Finally, all pupils received a guided tour of the Museum galleries and viewed artefacts relating to the Williamite and Jacobite period in Ireland, the 18th and 19th century events in Ireland, Orangeism around the world to modern day Northern Ireland. It was a very insightful day and will be very useful when we are learning about the Williamite Wars later this term. 

Somme Centre Visit

10KB and 10BN went to visit the Somme Centre as part of their understanding of the First World War.  They got a guided tour of the museum and participated in a workshop which demonstrated various types of weapons that would have been used by soldiers in the trenches from 1914-1918.  Finally, they had an educational talk on Ireland’s role in the First World War, which included the 10th and 16th Irish Divisions as well as the 36th Ulster Division.  Pupils were brought back to 1914 and learnt how men were recruited, trained and lived in the trenches.  

Bring IT on NI

#BringITOnNI Mr. Patterson's A-Level Computing Class visited Belfast Met today, attending the Speed Networking Event.  They met Careers representatives from a wide range of ICT Companies to see the variety of jobs that are available in this industry.  

Congratulations to Nathanael Glass of 13SA on winning the Power Bank.

Year 13 &14 Sports Studies visit the Kingspan Stadium

The Year 13 and 14 Sports Studies classes recently went on a trip to the Kingspan Stadium, the home of Ulster rugby. This was part of preparation for an upcoming unit entitled 'organising an event.' Pupils received a tour of the impressive facilities, including the Nevin Spence Centre. The Events manager from Ulster Rugby, Anita Bayne also conducted a question and answer session with pupils to assist them in understanding the different factors to be considered when running an event.

Formal 2017

The annual Model schools formal took place on Thursday night at the Culloden Hotel.  It was a great evening, with everyone having good fun and enjoying themselves.  

Cyber Safety for Parents

Are you concerned about your child's safety in the online world?

Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) are partnering with PSNI to provide free online for safety training for parents in the City Hall on Wednesday 8th March 2017, 6.30pm - 9.00pm.  The courses are open to parents and carers of children, including grandparents.

Topics covered include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Sexting
  • Social Media Risks
  • Adult Content GamingOnline Grooming

To book your free place visit www.ci-ni.org.uk/cybersafety or call 028 9040 1290.  

Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  

Upcoming ice-hockey star

After many months of training from August, Year 9 pupil Kell on Monday night received his congratulations letter to tell him he was selected to represent Scotland at the Ice Hockey UK conference held in Sheffield in May. He is absolutely delighted and I can honestly say the competition between the last 22 boys was intense before the final cut to take it down to 15.

 This is now four years in a row that Kell has skated for Team Scotland.  Not only is this brilliant for the Belfast Junior Giants (who he also plays for), but he is an extremely proud to be Boys’ Model boy and loves school and says (when asked!) that it’s a great place!

Annual Careers Conference

On Wednesday 25th January 2017, the North Belfast Schools Careers Convention was held in the Valley Leisure Centre. Over 900 young people from 7 schools attended the event which was supported by representatives from industry, local training organisations and universities. 


The pupils had the opportunity to talk to employees about their career, opportunities in their company or organisation and the qualifications needed to progress into the wide range of careers. Pupils could also try a virtual reality parachute jump, with the Army, sample the fresh crepes being made by the catering students from Workforce Online or handle some (small!) animals from Belfast Zoo. Many thanks to all the organisations who put so much effort into making this event such a success!
 

IFA Grassroots Football Coaching Course

The Year 13 Sports Coaching class took their first steps into football management by completing the IFA Grassroots coaching qualification.  This course enables pupils to coach children of primary school age or as an assistant to a senior coach.  IFA Development Officer, Jordan Reid led the course and was impressed with the level of interest and knowledge of our pupils.  

CATCH at Belfast Activity Centre

Today 14 boys from 10BN were out at Belfast Activity Centre as part of the shared education CATCH programme. We were there with 3 other schools - Mercy College, Lurgan Junior High School and St. Ronans.  

The CATCH programme is 6 sessions to help young people from different backgrounds come together and build relationships.  Today was a focus on teamwork, with 3 different sessions - dry caving, rock climbing and teamwork activities.  The boys had a fantastic day and can't wait for the next session.