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.

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).