Purple Patch Interview Skills Coaching

On Wednesday 12th March 2014, Year 13 students from Magherafelt High School, Sperrin Integrated, St Mary’s Grammar, Rainey Endowed and St Pius X College attended a training workshop for writing effective Personal Statements by understanding their competencies and selling points. 

Personal Statements can make or break a student’s opportunity to gain a place on their course of choice. This workshop provided students with the tools to prepare memorable Personal Statements to give them every opportunity to gain University places.

Belfast Marathon Fun Run

Miss Alexander will once again lead her 'fun-running' troupe down to Belfast for the annual Belfast Marathon 'Fun run' which takes place on the May Day bank holiday, Monday 15th May.

Miss Alexander, Head of Home Economics in the school, is passionate about running, and is regularly dons her running gear for a 'wee' run (10K!) after school. No stranger to Marathons, Miss Alexander was delighted at the level of interest shown by the students.

"Each year the numbers participating from Magherafelt High School have grown and hopefully it provides students with an interest in going to do a full Marathon some day later on in life."

With over 20 students and staff taking part in what is being billed as the largest Belfast Marathon to date in terms of the numbers of runners, it will surely be a fun day out if nothing else.

Civic Voices at Magherafelt High School

Civic Voices Logo

For the past four years Magherafelt High School students have been involved in an Oral History project that has aimed to record for posterity the testimony of those who made a significant stand in Northern Ireland. 

The project was the brainchild of the American Federation of Teachers in partnership with the NASUWT in Northern Ireland.  Through the funding that the AFT secured, teachers from around the world were given the opportunity to attend training events to prepare them to enthuse students to go out and record interviews with key civic activists for themselves, armed with their nifty Flip Cameras.  These interviews could then be compared with other key contexts, such as South Africa, USA, Georgia, Poland and others.  The key aim was to always ensure that the students were leading the project and they were the key decision makers in relation to who should be interviewed.  Students were literally recording History.

Holocaust survivor captivates students

On 11th March, around 240 students representing all the schools in the Magherafelt Learning Partnership (Sperrin Integrated, St Mary’s Grammar, Rainey Endowed and St Pius X College, Magherafelt High School) gathered together in Magherafelt High School to hear a testimony from Holocaust survivor, Joanna Millan,as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).