Revision Advice

Congratulations to our P.E. Department at Killicomaine JHS on their Youth Sport Trust Award. 

We were awarded an Outstanding Secondary School Award at the Youth Sport Award Dinner on 28 February.

New Vice Principal

Dear KJHS pupils and parents,
I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Vice Principal at KJHS. I consider myself very lucky to have the opportunity to work alongside our Principal, Mr McAleese, who is already hard at work in his new position.

I have taught at KJHS for over 20 years and I am committed to the school, its ethos and the school community that it serves.  Geography is my main subject specialism but I have also held other roles over the years – Year Head, Head of Geography, Child Protection, Boys’ hockey, Student Council and most recently Senior Teacher. I look forward to starting my new  role and supporting the hard working and dedicated staff as we continue to “work together for excellence in a caring community”.

I firmly believe in the triangle of learning and want to continue to develop a strong partnership between KJHS pupils, parents, and our teachers.  I am looking forward to my new role and the challenges ahead.

Thank you for your continued support

Mrs J Murphy

Your son/daughter can find revision techniques and tips by going to BBC bitesize page:

Parents often ask how they can help their son/daughter during exam time. The BBC have produced a page at:

Revision Advice

The science of revision: nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively. 

This useful article from The Guardian newspaper shows us a lot about how to improve our memory and avoid distractions.

There are tips on how can students revise better. Which techniques really work, and which don’t. And what can students do to improve their memory, mood and concentration.

You can view the article here.

Message to parents

Could you please replenish stationary supplies that pupils are expected to have for school (pens, pencils, glue stick, colouring pencils, ruler etc).

Also a reminder that any parent who has not signed up to parent mail should contact the school office so they can get updates on school events and information. You can sign up to parent mail by clicking on the link below:



STEM Quest Final

Grace, Alana, David and Will made it through to the 2017 NI STEM Quest Final as one of the top 8 teams in the country. 

The final was hosted by weatherman Barra Best who predicted high pressure as the competition progressed.

Unfortunately we missed out on the trophy, but it was a fun day and a challenging experience. 

You can photographs from the day here.

Christmas Crafts Challenge

Some very “crafty” people in Year 9 were showing their talents this Christmas.

The year 9 challenge was to produce a Christmas decoration, card, wrapping paper, Christmas tag or gift bag.  Year 9 got busy being very creative and produced a festive postbox, a knitted Christmas tree, a Christmas picture, and a Christmas tree to name a few.

Prizes were awarded to each class along with prizes for outstanding entries. Well done to everyone who took part. The crafts are all here.

Happy Christmas.


Carol Service

On Wednesday 14th December the school choir and orchestra performed at our annual Carol Service. 

The evening was well attended by parents and staff.

Tea, coffee and mince pies were served afterwards in our Home Economics department.

You can see the action here.


Year 8 financial capability programme

As part of our year 8 financial capability programme 8B1 and 8B2 collected money to buy Christmas hampers.

The pupils purchased the goods in Asda, and donated the hampers to the Salvation Army who will deliver them to families in need in the Craigavon area.

See the hard workers in action here.


Choir entertain at Rushmere

On Tuesday 6th December the school choir were invited to Rushmere Shopping Centre. 

They spent the afternoon entertaining the shoppers with Christmas songs and carols.

You can see the choir in action here.


Choir perform at Edenderry Christmas Tree Festival

Killicomaine choir visited Edenderry Methodist Church to take part in their Christmas Tree Festival.

The choir sang carols for an hour and then had time to view all the festive trees.

Hear the choir in action here.



During November several members of staff took part in 'Movember'. 

They grew moustaches in an effort to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men's suicide.

A coffee morning in the staffroom raised £178.50.

You can see all the moustaches here.


Senior Prefects

Senior prefects have been appointed for 2016/17.

Head boy is Adam McClatchey and head girl is Alison Munroe.

Deputies are Carter McCluskey, Ruth Cadden and Katie Burke.

Other senior prefects are Lucy Hazley, Meadow McCauley, Jodie Morrison, Arthur Laurinavicius, Peter Pickering, Todd Brown and Nicky Zhang.

Tharp Family

On 9th November the Tharp family visited our school. They are an American evangelistic band who travel around schools in the UK and America teaching about God through their love of singing. 

This is not the first time they have visited our school and we were very happy to see them again.

There were plenty of opportunities to sing and dance. The band treated everyone to a CD of their songs.

You can see all the action here.


Charity boxes

Members of the 16/17 charity committee with 56 shoeboxes which were collected thanks to pupils, staff and parents.

Drop Inn Ministries are working with Team Hope to help distribute the boxes to children in Africa and Eastern Europe.

For most children this will be the only gift they receive.

You can see more of our charity work here.

Accelerated Reader

In Killicomaine Junior High we use a programme called Accelerated Reader with ALL our pupils to help us in our aim to develop lifelong readers.

During the school year 2016-2017, all pupils will be signed up to use Accelerated Reader during their library periods. It is a computer based program that we use so that the pupils can track their reading progress and so that the teachers can monitor pupils’ individual reading practice.

Your child/children will choose books for themselves under the guidance of their class teacher and our librarian. It should be a book that is appropriate to their ZPD.

You can see Accelerated Reader in action here.


STEM module visits Killicomaine

The STEM module (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) visited the school in October.

Pupils got involved in a forensics experiment to solve a murder enquiry.

You can see photographs from the day here.

8th year Enterprise Day

Year 8 pupils had an Enterprise Day in October 2016.

Through fun network generating exercises, young people are able to ease themselves into their new school gaining valuable social skills.

Pupils look to the future and explore goal setting and innovation. They use their imagination to solve problems and learn about global trade.

You can see what went on during enterprise day here.


UUP leader visits Killicomaine

Mike Nesbitt, leader of the UUP, visited the school on Friday to find out more about the Dickson Plan and transfer at 14. He was accompanied by Julie Flaherty, a former pupil of the school.

Mr McCarthy gave a full presentation of the benefits of the Junior High School system. Mr McAleese then gave a presentation of the electronic profiling system currently being developed and piloted by Killicomaine and, which it is hoped, will be used by all schools.

Also shown are Mr David Thompson, Chair of our Board of Governors and Mr Arnold Hatch, local councillor and Chair of Clounagh Board of Governors.

French exchange student Léna Clech

French exchange student Léna Clech took part in our French lessons on 14th September.

Pupils asked her questions about herself and her French culture. They improved their French speaking and Léna practised her English skills.

It was an excellent opportunity to have an authentic French speaker taking part in our lessons. A fun day was had by all.

You can see what went on in the lessons here.


Kingspan Rugby Stadium Visit

The year 10 boys' Rugby team visited Kingspan Stadium in June 2016. The boys enjoyed a tour of the stadium and visited The Nevin Spence education centre.

They then went to 'We are vertigo' trampoline park and finished the day with a BBQ back at school.

The boys really enjoyed the day and was a great way to celebrate their three years of rugby at Killicomaine.

You can see the photos here.

Balloons for Literacy

8th September was International Literacy Day.

To raise awareness 8C pupils participated in a balloon release.

Each balloon had a tag attached asking the finder to contact us with their name, where they found the balloon and the title of their favourite read.



3 Fond Farewells

Killicomaine said farewell to three very popular staff members in 2016. Mr McCaffrey and Mr McVeigh are pictured with Mr McCarthy (principal) and Mr Thompson (chairman) before Prize Night 2016 where they were the guests of honour.

Mr McCaffrey retired after 39 years in the P.E. department.

Mr McVeigh retired after 37 years in the science department.

Mrs Usher (not pictured) also retired after 27 years in the P.E. department.


11 Killicomaine pupils successfully completed the Heartstart Emergency Life Skills course

Heartstart courses teach CPR and other emergency lifesaving skills.



Charity Committee 2015/2016

The role of a charity committee member is to meet with the charity coordinator to help plan and assist with various charity events throughout the year. They are the pupils’ voice for charity work that takes place in our school.

The committee members are kind, helpful and encouraging.

They have great ideas and want to help others in need.

Fond Farewell

Killicomaine bid a fond farewell to two very popular staff members in 2015. They are pictured here before Prize Night 2015 where they were the guests of honour.

Mrs Gribben retired after 35 years in the science department.

Mrs Bleakley (Madame Bleakley) retired after 26 years in the language department.


Solar Panels

This shows work starting on the installation of solar panels at Killicomaine JHS.

Scaffolding was erected and solar panels are now in operation.

Part of the school's energy needs are now being met via these panels.

Young Athlete of the Year

Matthew Wilson 10A2 received an award for Young Athlete of the year 2014 for County Armagh.

The award is for Matthew's achievements in the past year.

The President of the Ulster Athletics Association presented Matthew with the award at the Ulster Athletics awards ceremony in Monaghan.


Charity Shoebox Appeal 2014

In October 2014 our school supported the Drop Inn Ministries with their annual Christmas shoebox appeal.

81 shoeboxes were collected by the school and will make their way to children in poverty in Latvia, Ukraine and Belarus. For most children this will be the only gift they receive.

We thank pupils, staff and parents who took part in this appeal. As we filled each box, we all thought of that child who would receive the gift. We imagined the joy on their faces and it reminded us of how good it is to give.

Best Kept School

Killicomaine pupils took part in the 2014 Best Kept School Project.

Pupils split into groups and worked around the school grounds, cleaning, painting, tidying, weeding and planting summer flowers.

Photographs of Killicomaine pupils hard at work can be seen here.


Boys Hockey Tour to Barcelona 2014

Killicomaine 9th & 10th year Boys had a very successful Hockey Tour to Barcelona.

All the photographs and video can be viewed here.


Commonwealth Baton

Killicomaine pupils were part of the 288 day relay, covering 118,000 miles.

The Commonwealth Baton, containing the Queen's hand-written message to the Commonwealth, visited all 71 competing nations and territories ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Photographs and video of Killicomaine's part in the relay can be seen here.

The final relay runner hands the baton, which contains the sealed, hand-written scroll, back to the Queen at the opening ceremony.

Typhoon Haiyan Appeal 2014

Killicomaine raised £825 to support the British Red Cross appeal to help the thousands of people affected by the Typhoon Haiyan tragedy in the Philippines.

For many members of our school community, this devastating natural disaster has very personal links. On Thursday 21st November we held several fundraising events:

Pupils had a Donation Bucket Collection.

10B2 had a Sponsored Silence.

Miss McMillan baked muffins and held a Staff 'Mug & Muffin' coffee morning.

International Kids’ Lit. Quiz

The NI heat of the International Kids’ Lit. Quiz was held on 14th November at Wellington College, Belfast.

Up against 26 teams from 23 schools across the country, Killicomaine’s team (made up of Caleb Collins, Nye Crozier, Emily Monroe and Daniel Moorcroft) led throughout much of the competition with Methodist College, Belfast, hot on their heels throughout.

Having beaten the guest author team in two rounds and drawing with them in another, confidence was high as we came to the final few rounds. By the end of the penultimate round we could not be beaten and, as we waited for what seemed an agonisingly long time for the announcement to be made, we won best dressed and second best dressed fictional characters in that competition too!

Eventually we were declared the winners and, after many photos and receiving £20 book tokens for each team member we came home victorious, having answered 84 of the 100 questions correctly, an impressively high score amongst past winners.

Annual Area Board Hockey Tournament 2013

Congratulations to Kerrie Burns and Emily McStay who took part in the Annual Area Board Hockey Tournament for under 15 girls.

The girls represented the Southern Board.

Winners 2013 - Southern Board.

World Maths Day '6th March 2013'

To promote this day the World Education Games offers free online games which use mental maths skills. The games are uniting the world in learning.

World Education Games support UNICEF’s ‘School in a Box’ program. This is a learning kit which gives 80 children the opportunity to start school in poor communities, and costs £155 per box. As a result of the year 8 & 9 recent charity collection, KJHS donated 2 ‘School in a Box’ kits.

Overall Individual Winner – Emily Parks, 9A2 – 42,637 points. This is a new record for KJHS.

Winner of ‘C’ band – Rugile Zeneviciute, 8C2 – 6290 points.

Overall Class Winner – 9A2

Certificates were presented to the top 10 from A/B classes, and the top 5 from ‘C’ classes.

Annual Charity Collection 2013

Year 8&9 pupils from Killicomaine Junior High School have taken part in their regular collection for charity, raising the fantastic amount of £5560.00.

The main charities supported this year were Barnardo’s, Cancer Research Northern Ireland, NSPCC and The Southern Area Hospice Services. Each charity received £1000.

Pupils who collected £50 or more are pictured at the presentation along with representatives from the four main charities.

You can see all the photographs here.

Maths Week Ireland
Keen photographer, Chloe Wilson entered the ’Maths Eyes’ poster competition in celebration of ‘Maths Week Ireland’.

The entries involved taking a photograph and adding a tag line that would encourage those looking at the poster to use their Maths Eyes. Chloe’s photograph was a bottle full of corks, and the caption was 'Will it sink or will it float?'.

Chloe was one of 24 finalists from Ireland who were invited to the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin for the prize giving. She was also the only finalist from N.Ireland.

Chloe was runner-up in her age group and was presented with a silver plaque and a poster of her bottle of corks. Well done Chloe!

Open Night 2013

Open Night 2013 was held on 31st January and as always, it attracted a large crowd of interested Primary School pupils and their parents.

Killicomaine JHS choir and orchestra started off the evening, then there was a welcome address by our principal, Mr McCarthy.

All the classrooms were open and there were interesting and fun things going on throughout the school. It was a most successful evening.

You can see all the Open Night photographs here.

10A1 Reunion

The 10A1 class of 2010 had a reunion in Zio restaurant with Mrs Campbell their form teacher & Mrs Gribben & Mr Adamson their year heads.

More photos from the reunion are available here.

Enterprise Day

In February all year 9 pupils took part in "a Young Enterprise programme.

The programme expanded the pupils' knowledge of local businesses.

Pupils learnt about entrepreneurship, working with others, teamwork, future skills and financial awareness.

You can see more photographs from programme here.

9th Year Enterprise Day

In November year 9 pupils took part in a Young Enterprise programme.

The day took the form of the TV program 'Dragon's Den'. Pupils were in teams and competed to produce an innovative product, produce a marketing plan, identify their target market and forecast profits.

Teams pitched their idea to The Dragons and a winning team was chosen.

More photos from the day are available here.

Armed Forces Careers Day

In November 2012 some year 10 pupils took part in an Armed Forces Careers Day.

They discovered what career paths were available through the armed forces.

Pupils saw inside RAF airplanes, Army tanks. They used the climbing wall, communication equipment and tried target shooting.

More photos from the day are available here.

Agri-Food Challenge

Killicomaine pupils created radio adverts aimed at encouraging young people to consider a career in the agri-food industry. The groups of pupils highlighted the diverse and exciting career opportunities within the sector in their radio adverts.

The winning entries were presented with their prizes from Ruth Irvine (Rural Affairs Committee), Barclay Bell (Ulster Farmers’ Union), Paula Smyth (LANTRA) Neville Woods (SuperValu) and Lindsay Lyttle (Food NI) during a special assembly. The winner David McClelland will be interviewed by Richard Wright on BBC radio!

Overall winner was David McClelland. Runners up were Aaron Henderson, James Halliday & Andrew Fleming.

Enterprise Day

In September all year 8 pupils took part in "a Young Enterprise programme designed to build confidence in their new school through fun, network-generating exercises which build valuable social skills.

Feedback from the Young Enterprise facilitator was very positive with some excellent responses orally and in projects completed.

More photos from the day are available here.

Mrs Murtagh retires

After 36 very happy years at Killicomaine JHS Mrs Murtagh has retired from her position as art teacher.

Staff and pupils said their goodbyes to Mrs Murtagh and she was presented with gifts.


UK Junior Maths Challenge

A number of pupils from year 9 entered the UK Junior Maths Challenge.

Over 3700 schools from all over the UK entered and over 240,000 pupils sat the challenge.

A large number of our pupils were successful in achieving a certificate.

A gold certificate is awarded to the top 6% in the challenge; a silver to the next 13% and a bronze to the next 21%.

L.S.C. BBQ and Awards Evening

On 31st May 2012 a BBQ and Awards evening was held at K.J.H.S. for pupils from 10HE & 10DC who were involved in the The Working in Partnership scheme.

The goal of the scheme is to empower young people to make their own decisions in life with confidence. To help form a mannerly, respectful and understanding member of society.

There was a tug of war competition between the teachers and the pupils - the teachers won.

The food was fantastic. Thanks to Amir Bengal Tandoori Restaurant for the starters, Tesco for the soft drinks, The Y- Zone and the Seagoe Youth Group for the BBQ and the Form teachers for the desserts.

Queens' Jubilee Celebration

K.J.H.S. celebrated the Queens' Diamond Jubilee on Thursday 31st May.

A whole day of events took place, including a fancy dress party, jubilee quiz and a street party and all the photos are here.

Our special guest was Queen Elizabeth II (Mrs Proctor) who presented the prizes to fancy dress and quiz winners.

World Maths Day
World Maths Day

World Maths Day was held on 7th March 2012. It was a day when the entire world was united in numbers.

All pupils were given a username and password to allow them to take part in the activities online, which all involved mental maths.

There were five different levels. Level one was adding, level two subtracting, level three multiplication, level four division and level five a mixture of all four. Each game lasted for a minute and you could be competing against up to three other people from around the world; Saudi Arabia, America, Africa and Portugal to name a few.

Sam Matchett 8A2 was the overall winner of the challenge in Killicomaine Junior High School.

Show Jumping Success

Kara Mills competed at the Meadows Equestrian Centre on 2nd April 2012.

Kara was on a horse called DJ.

They came 5th overall and 3rd in the fundraising for Action Cancer.

Cup Tie

P.S.N.I. Visit
P.S.N.I. visit

As part of our Learning for Life and Work programme several youth and community workers take classes in our Learning Support Centre each week.

Keith McCann recently invited the PSNI Community Team into school . They covered a range of issues which occupy their officers in Portadown at the present moment of time.

Issues covered were:

Drugs and Alcohol Awareness
Misuse of the Internet and Cyber Bullying
Road Traffic Offences
Anti-Social Behaviour

You can see more photos here.


Grosvenor Hockey Tournament

Killicomaine U12A hockey team won through to the final of the Grosvenor Hockey Tournament where they met Sullivan Upper.

The final score was 1:1 so the trophy will be shared between the two schools.

This is the 8th time Killicomaine have won the Grosvenor trophy since 1994.

Read the full tournament report. Well Done Girls!

Cup Tie

Money Week
Money Week

Killicomaine pupils attended the launch of the Money Week in the civic centre on Thursday 23rd February.

Money Week was a fantastic success with so many people in the Craigavon area turning up to take advantage of the information and resources that are on offer at the various events.

Killicomaine pupils were told that our school's achievement was an excellent example of financial capability in action and that it demonstrated to the audience the good work that is going on in our school and how important it is for young people to learn about managing money.

PM Big Band Charity Fundraiser

Funds for the Neal Turkington Nepal Project received another boost due to the success of the PM Big Band Concert held in Killicomaine Junior High School on Friday, 4th November 2011.

Killicomaine JHS choir also took part in the fundraising event.

You can see all the concert photographs here.

Kosovan Visit

On Friday 4th November the school played host to a group of visitors from Kosovo. They are looking at how to organise democratic institutions in their fledgling country as it emerges from war and this group was obviously looking at how our schools are organised.

We toured the school and presented them with an information pack over coffee in the staff room. 

They were very impressed with the behaviour of our pupils, the friendliness of the teachers and how well our school is cared for as well as our facilities.

You can see photographs from their visit here.

NDCS (National Deaf Children's Society) Awards

NDCS (The National Deaf Children's Society) presented the Commercial Connections Cup for 'Outstanding Dedication and Support' shown to a deaf child.  Mrs McBurney was nominated by Catherine Doogan.

Catherine said of Jenni; "She is positive, encouraging, kind, understanding and does so many things which mean so much to a deaf child".

There were many deserving people nominated but it was Mrs McBurney who won the cup which was presented by the Lord Mayor of Belfast.

Community Concert
Community Concert

Funds for the Neal Turkington Nepal Project received a massive boost due to the success of the Community Concert held in Killicomaine Junior High School on Thursday, 14th April 2011.

The evening was very well supported and was possible due to the generosity of all the performers who gave their time and talents completely free of charge.  £4500 was raised on the evening.

You can see all the concert photographs here.

Christmas Charity Fundraiser

Killicomaine had a non uniform day with a Christmas theme on Monday 13th December

Some pupils put in a lot of effort with their Christmas look.  The Santas are pictured here with Mrs Camblin and Ms Fulton who organised the fundraising event.

Money raised (over £700) went to Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA) and the Buddy Bear Trust

Prison Me No Way

Killicomaine pupils discovered what life was like behind bars when the Prison Service visited the school in November 2010.

The successful "Prison? Me? No Way!" initiative involves prison officers speaking to young people in schools and youth clubs.

You can see all the Prison Me No Way photographs here.

Firework Safety

The BEAM Theatre Company visited Killicomaine in October 2010.

The whole school attended the play which was about about Firework Safety.

The pupils were totally captivated with the extremely professional performance put on by the BEAM actors, and their message was loud and clear:

fireworks are not allowed without a licence, fireworks are not allowed unless you are over 18,
it is illegal to make your own fireworks
PSNI & Courts will not look well on any regulations broken & punishments will be severe

8th Year Charity Collection

Killicomaine pupils who collected over £50 along with representatives from Barnardos, NSPCC, Cancer Research NI and the Southern Area Hospice.

Pupils who collected over £40 all received an Easter egg and the top 15 collectors also received Easter teddies. The photos are here.

You can see more details of our charity work here.