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Open Night 2024 Report

On Thursday 25th January, we were delighted to welcome over 1000 prospective pupils and their family members to our Open Evening on the Castlerock Road campus.  

Upon arrival, guests were greeted by a musical ensemble in the Humphreys Hall.  There, the Headmaster and the Year 8 Pastoral Leader delivered a presentation about the school, which included an explanation of all the new exciting building and sports provision that is underway. In addition to the new classroom block which will ensure we are located on the one campus by September, he outlined the Sports facilities’ refurbishments and also explained we are currently fundraising to provide this Astroturf hockey pitch on our grounds. He noted that when all building projects and sports facilities are complete in the very near future, Coleraine Grammar will have unrivalled classroom, extra-curricular, sporting, music and sixth form provision, all on our 70 acre site near the centre of Coleraine.   During this presentation, a junior and senior pupil also spoke about their experiences in CGS and gave visitors a more pupil centred view of their studies and extra-curricular activities. 

After this, senior pupils escorted groups of the visitors on guided tours of the school, stopping at various classrooms to participate in some of the following: in English, pupils donned Shakespearean costumes and greeted visitors with quizzes and year 8 guides, in History there were Suffragettes campaigning for votes for women, interactive games and a recruitment office for WW1, plus some soldiers!  In Biology there were lots of experiments to take part in and even some fairly gruesome dissections to observe. In the gym there were hockey and rugby skills demonstrations to take part in.  The Maths department offered games and puzzles. Physics pupils assisted visitors with interactive tasks, in Chemistry visitors were encouraged to try out starch tests and various other experiments. The Music department had an array of pupils showcasing their percussion and composition talents. In Technology the pupils explained some of the projects they had been working on and some members of Lego Club were also there with their creations. Whilst touring the classrooms the visiting pupils could look for clues of a treasure hunt that they handed in at the end of the night with hopes of winning a prize. Also, buses shuttled guests to and from the Games Hall and Rowing pavilion throughout the evening to showcase some more of our sports provision. The CGS rowers were very encouraging and helpful with visitors testing out the training equipment! All subject areas showcased a wide variety of activities throughout the course of the evening.  Once the tour was over, the Parents’ and Friends’ Association and canteen staff were on hand to provide teas, coffees and snacks.  Sincere thanks to all who attended our Open Evening, we hope you enjoyed your time with us. 

(Headmaster’s address video at the bottom of the page.)

 

 

For more information from Open Night click on this link:

www.cgsopennight.com/