> 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 with a team of Sixth Form helpers and the highlight is a day trip to W5…the award-winning science and discovery centre at the Odyssey in Belfast.
Talk to your Science teacher to find out more…
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Club is a new initiative which started out in 2012 with Mr Currie and a group of Key Stage 3 Technology and Design students building Robotic Arms using Electronic Servo Technology.
The club 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 are working with an enthusiastic group of Year 11 students building our very own Soapbox racing cars.
Each student gets to work as part of a team and use resistent materials to design and build their own designs for racing later in the year.
We are all excited for race day.....
The chess club meets every lunch time 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.
The most recent House Competition was dominated with players from Castle and so they won the most points for participating house but Knockagh won the prize for best average house score. In the individual house awards for the top four players saw Castle gaining both first and second place with Knockagh picking up third and fourth.
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 Room 26 every Thursday 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 will work together on developing skills in improvisation, concentration, focus, and team work.
In previous years, members of the Drama Club have put on plays and sketches; helped out at the school's Open Night, and attended local theatre trips and workshops.
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.
It 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.
This year we made 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 runs on Tuesday afternoon 3.30- 4.30pm.
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.