Congratulations to all my past Year 12 History pupils on their OUTSTANDING GCSE results. They achieved an excellent 82% pass rate at A*-C and a tremendous 64% pass rate at A*-C. All our hard work paid off as they ALL overachieved and excelled. A special well done goes to:
Callum Glenny – A, Victoria Gray – A, Neil Hawthorne – A, Thomas Ferris – A, Adam Copeland – A, Jonathan Kinnear -B, Rachel Walker – B, Kimberley Haffey – C, Samanta – C.
I am delighted with the results.
That time of year has quickly come around again! Please note your exam dates and tips for revision.
Happy revising and good luck.
Year 8 – Tues 4th Dec, 1 hr; Year 9X – Fri 7th Dec, 1 hr, Year 9A – Wed 5th Dec, 1 hr; Year 10 – Wed, 5th Dec, 1 hr; Year 11 – Wed, 5th Dec, 1 hr 30 mins.
Year 8 Xmas Exam Revision List 2012
Year 9 Xmas Exam Revision List 2012
Year 10 Exam Revision List Christmas 2012
Congratulations to all my past Year 12 pupils on their wonderful GCSE History results. I am delighted to share the great news that the History Dept has achieved a 100% pass rate at A*-C.
3 As, 1 B and 2 Cs
Well done to all the pupils for their hard work – the revision sessions paid off!
Wishing the girls all the best of luck for their future career paths.
Our Year 10 History pupils travelled to Belfast on Thursday 10 May and boarded the Belfast Barge which is permanently moored behind the Waterfront Hall. It is part of the Lagan Legacy Heritage Project which uses physical artefacts and oral history recordings to tell the story of Belfast’s maritime history. The pupils were able to take part in lots of engaging activities, even seizing the opportunity to dress up in old shipyard workers’ clothes without any prompting! They were also able to develop their interview skills by hot-seating a special guest called George, an old Harland and Wolff shipyard worker. He shared his memories of life in the shipyard and encouraged the pupils to chat to their grandparents and elderly neighbours about life in the past – our living history!
Matthew Rowland shone on the day and was our top historian as he impressed us all by asking lots of insightful questions. This experience provided links across the curriculum, particularly between Geography and LLW and built upon the pupils’ prior historical knowledge. In October Year 10 pupils completed a successful group enquiry and class presentation on the Titanic.
Well done Year 10! As you can see the rain didn’t dampen their spirits!
I am sure you are all aware that Sunday 15 April 2012 marks the 100 year anniversary of the tragic sinking of the magnicent Titanic. Over the past week memorial services have taken place across the UK as people have joined together to remember the tragic lost of 1500 people on that fateful night. In addition two elegant modern cruise ships are making a commemorative voyage on a Titantic memorial cruise – one sailing from Southampton, UK, and one from New York – with a plan to meet in the lonely North Atlantic. Two commemorative services in honour of the disaster’s victims will be held at the site of the final resting place of RMS Titanic.
On Saturday, April 14, 2012, beginning at 11:40 pm, the first memorial service will mark 100 years exactly since Titanic hit the iceberg; the second service, at 2:20 am, Sunday, April 15, marks the time at which the pride of the White Star Line went finally beneath the waves.
Titanic, a marvel of modern engineering, the ship they said was unsinkable sank on her maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg in the most infamous disaster of all time. A warning that mankind may be advanced but was not indestructible, the Titanic story has been retold many times. Titanic was the world’s biggest cruise liner of the day. Luxurious and very stylish, she was built in Belfast’s Harland and Wolff Shipyard. When the Titanic was launched from Belfast, the city was known across the world as an industrial powerhouse. It had the largest shipyard, the largest ropeworks and was a major exporter of linen and tobacco products. Indeed the world’s highest grossing film ever (until 2010) was Titanic; the Titanic disaster will be forever etched in the minds of people the world over as intriguing stories about the ship and her passengers continue to fascinate people 100 years after the ship’s fateful demise.
Last October as part of their Unit of Work on significant events in the 20th century Year 10 pupils completed a detailed enquiry into the tragedy. They completed their research and presented their findings to their class addressing questions such as why did it sink and who was to blame? After Easter pupils will be able view a display created by Year 10 on the tragedy in M5 which will include their interpretations of the event – diary accounts, newspaper reports and poems. As part of their display pupils will also consider how the most famous ship to sink is being used to refloat Northern Ireland’s flagging economy. Marking the centenary of Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage, Belfast is finally coming to terms with its connection to the liner with a £97 million visitor centre called Titanic Belfast that pays tribute both to those who built her and those who lost their lives on her. This leisure and visitor complex has been built on the banks of the river where the Titanic was constructed and it is hoped that it will attract 50,000 extra tourists a year.
Year 10 pupils will have the wonderful opportunity to visit Belfast on Thursday 10 May where they will get a 1 hour boat tour of the Harbour and shipyard. They will then take part in a workshop called ‘The Unsinkable Titanic’ as part of the Lagan Legacy Heritage Project on board the Belfast Barge which is permanently moored behind the Waterfront Hall.
You can visit the folllowing website to find out some more about what their trip will entail:
Looking forward to it!
I hope that you are all enjoying the lovely break! However, just a reminder of the work that you need to complete over the Easter holidays – this will give us a good head start to the new term!
Year 11 History Easter Work 2012
Year 12 History Easter Work 2012
Don’t forget Year 12 that we have our after-school revision class starting back on Tuesday 17 April from 3-4pm. We will be focusing on the Vietnam War and past paper questions.
I was delighted to welcome back former pupils Lucy Bell and Lauren Henry to help me deliver my Year 10 History lesson today.
The lesson aimed to inform Year 10 pupils of possible future courses and jobs that studying GCSE History can lead to. Lucy, who is a 2nd year student at Stranmillis University College, and Lauren (2nd year pharmacy at QUB) spoke to the pupils about their experiences of studying History and the opportunities that it has had on their careers to date.
Lucy and Lauren then took time to catch up with a few familiar faces before returning back to Belfast in order to continue with their studies.
Click on the link below to view the movie maker presentation that was used during the lesson.