> Clubs & Societies
Carrickfergus Grammar School offers a wide range of Clubs and Societies both in and out of School.
From busy weekends away with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme to our popular lunchtime Chess Club, there is something for everyone...
Science club meets every Thursday after school for an hour from 3:30pm – 4:30pm.
Students from Years 8 to 10 who enjoy science meet and carry out scientific challenges from Bath Bombs, Rockets, Bouncy Balls, Dissection of Organs and the list goes on!
Science clubs gives pupils a chance to do messy, dangerous and fun experiments that we wouldn't have time to do during the hectic schedule of class time.
Each week is led by a different science teacher.
Talk to your Science teacher to find out more…
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education plays a vital role in equipping young people with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in and contribute to society. STEM subjects have permeated every aspect of our lives; providing both opportunities and challenges. For young people, STEM opens the door to a rich diversity of opportunities, which can improve the quality of people’s everyday lives and find solutions to global challenges, such as sustainable economic development.
The club has now been running for over a decade and is designed to involve students in practical Technological tasks outside of the classroom, encourage team building skills, communication and develop enthusiasm for a possible career in a STEM based area.
This year we have established a collaborative group of junior school students from Years 8,9 and 10 who are being mentored by our Year 14 A level Technology class, with the view to produce F1 in schools race cars. This will culminate in an in house F1 competition. We will keep you posted with the results….
The chess club meets several lunch times a week in Mr Marshall's room (19). It is an informal setting where pupils and staff are welcome to come and play a game of chess in a relaxed atmosphere.
There are senior members of the chess club available to assist and teach as well as supervising behaviour.
In previous years we have combined our House Chess Competition with entrance to 'The British Land Chess Challenge'. Each year several of our players have qualified for the MegaFinal, held in Methodist College.
Many of our players have also played in local chess competitions run by Greenisland Chess club, with whom the school liaises.
So come along and see what the Chess Club is all about.....
The ICT club meets every week on Tuesday (For Years 8-10) and Wednesday (For Years 11-14).
The aim of the club is to provide support for pupils wishing to develop their knowledge of software and practical ICT skills.
As well as offering the opportunity to undertake set tasks such as creating simple games using Game Maker software, the club also offers the facility to catch up on class work, coursework or other school related project work in a supervised environment with technical assistance available if required.
Pupils are encouraged to attend should they require further assistance with any aspect of ICT or simply wish to learn more about software packages and their potential applications.
The Drama Club meets in the Studio on Thursdays after school.
It is open to any pupil who has an interest in Drama. The aim of the club is to provide an enjoyable and structured environment for pupils to develop creative and expressive skills.
At the weekly meeting of the club, pupils participate in Drama games, improvisations, skills in concentration, focus, and team work. It is a relaxed and fun environment.
It is a fantastic outlet for young people who want to develop their communications skills, confidence and creativity.
CGS Bridge Club runs during lunchtimes for different age groups in Mr Reid's room.
Our aim is to learn how to play and enjoy bridge. Each year we represent the school in competitions at both Ulster and Irish schools level. We also run an annual competition against the staff and a Christmas where we invite back former pupils.
We are always on the look out for new members; especially those in years 8, 9 and 10. So listen out in assembly for what day it's on and come along and learn how to play…… and maybe even get a trip to Galway out of it too!!
Cookery Club began in September 2010 and is attended by pupils from Years 8 – 10. The club has taken a temporary hiatus while Miss Elliott recovers from her broken leg.
Cookery club is great fun and is a chance to socialise and make new friends whilst developing new cooking skills and a wider knowledge of a variety of ingredients.
In a typical year, we make a range of dishes including pizza, chicken noodle soup, savoury scones and healthy chicken nuggets. We try to make healthy dishes to consolidate what we learn in Home Economics. However, we do make the occasional treat including meringues and shortbread.
Cookery Club will run on Tuesday afternoon 3.30- 4.30pm when Miss Elliott returns to school.
Everyone is welcome.
Our Showjumping Team was created several years ago and is taking part in various inter-schools events throughout the year.
These events include the Inter-School Team Showjumping at the Balmoral Showgrounds (every September) and the Ulster Schools Championships events at Knockagh Lodge Equestrian Centre.
To be part of the team, pupils must be competent riders, able to jump 85/95cm-high obstacles and to complete a show-jumping course, have their own pony/horse or have the permission to ride somebody else's, have parental permission and supervision and be able to travel to and attend events.
For further enquiries or if you wish to join, please contact Mrs Murray.
Photography club meets in room 25 after school. Photography Club allows you to be creative and make pictures without drawing and painting.
The photography club helps you get to grips with your camera and shows you ways of using Photo shop to change your pictures from snaps to digital compositions.
The photography club members help take shots of events around the school such as Pop Act and the Fashion show and them get the work displayed around the school.
If you want to try out the new camera or be the next David Bailey see Mr Hamilton for details.