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Glenwood Primary School

Caring for Children

Achievements and Events 

Christmas Jumper Day 19.12.19

We paid to wear Christmas jumpers to school today in aid of Save the Children. Don't we all look festive and merry?

Christmas Carol Service at St Matthew's Church

Winter Wonderland

Pyjama Day for Children in Need

Football Festival – North Belfast – 7-a-side Wed 9th October at The Hammer

The boys and girls performed with great spirit, courage and team play against 3 other schools in the first of our two league festivals before Christmas. Mr Willis and Miss Bell were very proud of their attitude and the skills on display. Football Club continues for P7s and P6s throughout the year in Glenwood with many more competitions coming up.


European Languages Week  September 2019

We are proud to be a culturally diverse and International School and enjoyed taking the opportunity last week to broaden our cultural awareness and to improve our linguistic skills.  We began with an assembly led by Mr Wright who acknowledged and praised our Language Ambassadors who have been helping to translate for some new pupils to our school. Lots of classes enjoyed researching facts, playing games, singing songs and eating foods linked to their chosen country.

Glenwood's Got Talent

On Monday we had our school talent show for the P4-7 children. The representatives from each class sang, danced and played the piano in front of the whole school. The overall winner was Benjamin Palaghiu and our winner for the Cha Cha slide competition was Jay Gibson. Well done to everyone who took part; the audience really enjoyed the performances.

Bradley Manor

P7 McDaid made beautiful clay dementia flowers for the residents of Bradley Manor Care Home.

Science Fair

Last week we celebrated Glenwood Science Week. A few science teachers from Boys' Model came to demonstrate some explosive science experiments and chose our winners from each year group. Well done to everyone who submitted a science experiment project, they were all fantastic. A special congratulations to Ellie-Mae Azzabi who was chosen as the overall winner and was awarded a fantastic prize and the Coulter Cup for Science.

Young Enterprise Trade Fair

P7 O’Hare and P7 McDaid took part in the Young Enterprise Trade Fair in Victoria Square on Friday. Both classes took a team of pupils from their businesses to show off their sales talent and sell their products to the public. P7 had a wonderful product called ‘Just Dough It’ which was a mixture of multi-coloured, plain and scented play dough. P7 McDaid had some very mysterious ‘Lucky Bags’ which contained a variety of different items. Both teams worked tirelessly to entice the public to their stalls to purchase their products. It proved to be a very successful day as there was very little product left.

To top off a fabulous day, P7 O’Hare’s business picked up the ‘Pete’s Pick’ award. This award was chosen by Pete Snodden from Cool FM who chose his favourite overall product from the many that were on sale throughout the day.


School Choir of the year

Congratulations to our Senior Choir who achieved 3rd place in the Belfast School Choir of the year competition last week.

Inter-school Quiz

Our P6 boys achieved 1st Prize in the inter-school quiz at St. Peter’s Primary school last week. Well done!

Oliver Twist 24.05.19

 Today we had a special treat with a visit from Shoogalie Road Productions. They performed Oliver Twist, singing the famous tunes from the musical and making us all laugh with their portrayal of the characters. We all really enjoyed their performance!

Terrible Tales of Trash- Belfast City Council

On Monday 20th May, we had a visit from Belfast City Council. They showed us how the Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks and Victorians disposed of their rubbish and explained how important it is that we keep our environment clean and safe.

Glenwood Spring Fair 10.04.19

 Glenwood's first Spring Fair took place on Wednesday. Everyone had a great time playing games, having their faces painted, petting the animals, jumping in the bouncy castles and enjoying the BBQ, sweets and cakes.

P1-3 Sponsored Sing 05.04.19

Peace Players- P7 Willis

On 27th March P7W enjoyed an excursion to the Shankill Leisure Centre with St. Clare’s and The Peace Players. The pupils from both schools got to play basketball with Leif and all the volunteers as well as getting the opportunity to learn about each other; all their similarities and differences. Next week we head to Grosvenor Community Centre for more Peace Players fun.


LSC 1 and 2 trip to Streamvale Farm

P6/P7 Irish FA Futsal Tournament – Belfast Section

On Wednesday 20th March, some of our P6 and P7 boys and girls took part in the Belfast section of the IFA’s Futsal competition.  

The groups games saw both teams coming away with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats meaning both teams finished 4th in their respective groups and qualified for the semi-finals. A special mention to Lewis Baker (P6) who scored all 4 goals in a 4-0 win against Lowood, a very difficult task considering the game lasted 6 minutes.

Finishing 4th meant that both the boys and the girls played against the teams who finished top of the league tables. The boys played against St. Bernard’s while the girls played against St Clare’s.Both teams put in a lot of effort throughout the day but unfortunately both teams were beaten in the semi-finals.

Every pupil who represented the school were excellent throughout the day and showed great sportsmanship. Everyone at Glenwood is very proud of both teams.

Imaginative Writing Week

This year we had a jungle theme to explore in our literacy lessons. The children enjoyed reading and writing stories, poems and information texts about jungle animals and settings and created fantastic artwork to display around our classrooms and corridors. We invited our friends and families to come to our jungle exhibition on Friday 15th March to see our artwork and creative writing. For those of you who couldn't make it to the exhibition, please watch our video below to see the wild and wonderful journey through our school building.

Life Guards

Our P.5 children recently completed a 6 week programme with Life Guards. Laurence, who is the Children’s Work Co–ordinator for Willowfield Parish Community Association, developed Life Guards to tackle obesity and mental health.Throughout the sessions, they discussed topics like exercise, nutrition, setting targets, not being afraid of failure, dreaming big and working hard. Additionally, the children also took part in four 1 hour long fitness lessons and some children received awards for the top boy and top girl as well as the most improved or best attitude. The children really enjoyed the programme and learned a lot about the importance of looking after themselves. We hope to welcome Life Guards back to Glenwood in the near future. 

A play in a day

 On Wednesday 13th March, our drama club took part in the 'play in a day' production . The ensemble production was directed by Sinead from Konflux Theatre, a theatre company based in England. The children had no knowledge of the 'Rainforest' themed script until the end of the play. The children had a wonderful day and performed their play to the P5 children and teachers who were all very impressed with their acting skills and sound effects. Watch a video below of their wonderful rainforest sound story.

P6 Cup Match

 The Primary 6 Football Team played in a cup match on Wednesday afternoon against Stranmillis Primary School at the YMCA Centre in Stranmillis. The game itself was a fantastic battle between two sides trying their hardest to get the opening goal and take control of the game. Unfortunately for Glenwood it was Stranmillis who took the lead halfway through the first half, a brilliant break from midfield saw Stranmillis get a shot away that was well blocked but falling to another Stranmillis player who fired home into an open goal.

Glenwood battled well throughout the rest of the game and had a couple of chances to level the score but Stranmillis took advantage of the counter attack and managed to double their lead. The game finished 2-0 which means the P6 team are out of the competition but they can hold their heads high as they fought hard and represented the school superbly. Each child was a credit to the school and showed character to work hard throughout the game.

Football Tournament

Some members of the Girls’ Sports club played in a 5-a-side football tournament in Shankill Leisure Centre on Wednesday 6th March. They all showed great determination and sportsmanship and most important enjoyed themselves.

World Book Day

 To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March we dressed up as our favourite book characters and jungle animals. P5 O'Hanlon led an assembly to kick things off and we spend the day writing book reviews, reading our favourite stories and learning about the importance of reading.

Hot Chocolate Café

 On Friday 1st February, we hosted a Hot Chocolate Café for all the children who had an attendance record of 95% or above for Term 1 (September-December). They each received a hot chocolate drink with marshmallows and a cookie. Well done everyone! We will be having more treat days in the coming terms so everyone is making a big effort to come to school each day.

Fun with Fitness Freddy

On Wednesday 16th October, Glenwood had the pleasure of welcoming ‘Fitness Freddy’ to our school.  Every year group from P1 to P7 had the chance to work with Freddy. The boys and girls had a great time dancing and working out to music and we even heard the teachers got involved too. Thank you Freddy for coming out to us, the boys and girls really enjoyed it.

Tesco Christmas Art Competition

Lots of children won prizes from Tesco for their Christmas Colouring Competition. Their wonderful art, along with all the other entries can be seen at lots of Tesco stores; so look out for them next time you shop!

Carol Service at St Matthew's Church

 On Wednesday 19th December, our P4-7 children sang carols at St Matthew's Church. The Junior and Senior Choirs both sang beautifully and the soloists were exceptional. We also had performances on the bells by the P7 classes, a poem recited by P5s and a variety of readings explaining the meaning behind the carols and the real meaning of Christmas.

P7 Christmas Play

The P7 classes performed 'Scrooge' for their Christmas play this year. They sang and acted in their own version of the play and certainly looked the part! The audience were blown away by their acting and singing talents, especially the solo performances.

P1-3 Christmas concert

 Our P1-P3 children performed their nativity play last week. Our P1 children dressed as snowmen, singing and dancing to a variety of wintery tunes and reciting poems whilst our P2 classes sang and danced along to Christmas songs, featuring a special guest appearance from Santa's less well-known reindeer, Blitzen. Our P3 classes told the story of how Jesus was born and taught us the real meaning of Christmas.

Remembrance Day

As this year marks 100 years since World War 1 ended, our pupils and teachers decided to make this year an extra special Remembrance Day. Our pupils have been learning about why Remembrance Day is so important and have also been incorporating the poppy into their art lessons. Our Junior Choir (P4 and P5) visited Tennent Street Care Home this week to sing some war time favourites to the residents and staff. Our P6 and P7 pupils also led a Remembrance Day assembly by reciting poems, stories and facts about the war. We also had some beautiful singing from our Senior Choir and Reverend Duncan gave us a special Remembrance Day message and led us in prayer.

Maths Week 15th – 19th October, 2018

The children in Glenwood worked really hard during maths week exploring patterns, solving problems and exploring maths all around them. This week helped the children to realise the fun in Maths and see how relevant it is in the world around us.

A big thank you to the children who took photographs showing how maths exists in their everyday life.

Some notable events included;

  • the P6 classes visiting the MAC Theatre to see an exciting show about Maths and Science.
  • the P4 classes visiting Stranmillis University to watch Bubblz, the mathematical clown.
  • P6 and P7 classes had fun using IZAK 9 cubes to explore mathematical concepts and language.
  • P7 Willis explored mathematical concepts within the school using QR codes
  • P7McDaid did a math’s trail around the outside of the school
  • The P5 classes had great fun solving maths’ puzzles both outside and in large hall.
  • Game24 Tournament for P6 and P7


Harvest Service

Today we celebrated Harvest with a wonderful service and collection of food items and clothing. Each year group performed a song, poem, story or prayer for the entire school and we prayed for those in need. We remember how grateful we are at this time of year and try to help those who are less fortunate. We would like to send a huge thank you to all the children and parents who donated dried food and tins and to our staff who provided fresh fruit and vegetables as well as some items of clothing. The donations were collected today by Storehouse and will be distributed to families all over Belfast who need them.

Road Safety Signs

The reflective cut-outs are being used to stop people parking at our school entrance in a bid to keep our children safe.

Specially made for the Greater Shankill ACT group, the signs carry warnings like ‘do not park here’ and ‘no parking’ to deter people from stopping at the zig-zag lines in front of two schools.

Follow the Belfast Live link to read the full story



Hip Hop success!

Danielle Godfrey from P6 Heaney attended the Trabolgan All Ireland Hip Hop Championships. She was very successful winning; 

1st Place and All Ireland Champion for under 10s Hip Hop

5th Place in group dance with Dynasty dance crew

2nd Place in duo dance


Well done Danielle! 

Image Musical Theatre

On Thursday 4th October our P3-7 classes had a special visit from the Image Musical Theatre. They performed a play called 'The Selfish Giant' based on the Oscar Wilde short story. Lots of children got to help act out the story while the rest of us helped sing the songs to bring the story to life. It was really funny and we learned an important lesson; live your life with a loving heart.

European Languages Week 24th-28th September

We celebrated the European Day of Languages with a week of language learning in Glenwood. Our P6 year group led a whole school assembly telling us about the different traditions, languages and delicacies from all over Europe. Our children enjoyed learning Spanish, French, Italian, Slovakian, Portuguese, Romanian and Polish with their teachers by singing songs and playing games. Some classes even had a food tasting lesson with food from their chosen country.