‘School preparing young people for life in rapidly changing world’
‘A school serving the whole community with traditional values and a commitment to preparing young people for life in a rapidly changing world’ was the theme of the annual Open Night at Cookstown High School.
Hundreds of primary six and seven pupils accompanied by family members filled the assembly hall at each of the two introductory talks to hear Principal Gwyneth Evans present the school’s Christian ethos and aims as well as the school’s accomplishments.
There was a strong family atmosphere as hundreds of visitors viewed the facilities and took the opportunity to meet and talk with pupils and staff. Departments engaged prospective pupils in interactive games, crafts, and of course the chance to sample some tasty treats in Home Economics.
Each introductory session started with a video of a year in the life of CHS before being addressed by the Principal. The sessions also heard from Dr Heather Kane, the Head of Year Eight, the Head Boy John Boden and Head Girl Rebecca Hill who talked about what the High School means to them followed by Year Eight pupils Sarah Fulton and Theo Thompson who each spoke very enthusiastically about their experiences of starting ‘big school’.
Miss Evans said: “We believe that timeless values such as personal discipline, good manners and respect should be combined with a fun and rewarding educational experience to ensure that all the young people who come here are well prepared for their future.”
She went on to refer to the school’s legacy of over two centuries of educational achievement and to ambitious plans for refurbishment in parts of the school and an update of the ICT, art and music facilities subject to funding.
Attention was drawn to the sporting and cultural successes of the school; the high quality provision in the Learning Support Centre and the school’s uniqueness as a combined grammar and secondary school.
“We are a grammar school and a secondary combined into one campus. That means that whatever aspiration your child has we have provision for them”. She also thanked the staff and pupils for helping to make the evening such a memorable one.