Head Boy/Girl Welcome

 Matthew Houston

I am very proud to be Head Boy of New-Bridge Integrated College 2017/18. New-Bridge is a truly great school, which I have had the honour to be a part of for the past seven years. I am studying

A-Level Biology, Psychology and ICT, having completed AS Physics in Year 13. I hope to pursue Law at Queens University Belfast in September 2018.

The College itself is not only recognised for the excellent results that it produces year in year out, but also the varied and up to date teaching styles which make true learning possible. Our College’s success is built on its strong teacher to student relationships as well as the strong community ethos at New-Bridge; these are just a few aspects of New-Bridge, which make me proud to be Head Boy 2017-2018.

Through the unique, integrated and diverse teaching environment provided by New-Bridge, I have been given a platform to achieve my very best, both inside and outside the classroom. The College provided me with the amazing opportunity to attend the Oxford University Summer School 2017.This was an incredible and unique experience, which has thoroughly prepared me for university and the opportunities and challenge of third level education. In addition to this, I have taken advantage of the various extra-curricular programmes that New-Bridge has to offer, for example the Young Enterprise Company Programme, where I was lucky enough to become managing director of our company. I have also provided a leadership role to the recent BOI School Bank. It is through such invaluable leadership opportunities and experiences that I have been able to enrich my skill set, therefore allowing me to achieve my very best in academic studies but also in many other challenges, which have enriched my CV and ultimately my future career path.

In my opinion, the success stories produced by New-Bridge are simply a result of the excellent teaching style the school has to offer. The student-teacher relationships ensure that students work towards their very best and that all students enjoy their subjects. This, in addition to the fantastic resources available after school, underlines the commitment of all teachers and allows all students with opportunities to really excel at the College and beyond.

New-Bridge is a truly remarkable school at the forefront of teaching and I am incredibly proud to have studied here. I know that the past seven years here have provided me with foundations required to excel in university and in my future career.

 Alanna McCourt
It is a privilege to be Head Girl of New-Bridge Integrated College; a school, which has provided me with wonderful opportunities over the past seven years and a school, which I adore. I am studying Music, Drama and Physics at A-Level and I am hoping to study Music at University College Dublin next year.

New-Bridge has shaped me into the person I am today; a confident, well-rounded and determined young lady. No other school is quite like New-Bridge and I increasingly appreciate the unique community we have here between pupils and staff and I know that not every school is as special as ours.

New-Bridge excels because of its ability to teach pupils about tolerance, inclusivity and respect, ensuring all pupils are accepting of one another regardless of gender, age, ability, culture, religion or background. There are great bonds between the pupils and teachers which makes New-Bridge such an enjoyable place to come to everyday.

New-Bridge has provided me with numerous opportunities. I have been a part of the CRED (Community Relations, Equality and Diversity) programme which provides children with further knowledge and experience of interacting with people from different cultures and beliefs. I am also a member of the Young Enterprise Programme and the School Bank.

One of the most rewarding opportunities I have experienced is being awarded the Carson Bursary; The bursary provided me with the opportunity to write and record my own composition ‘New Beginnings’ and as a result of this I have been invited to perform at many prestigious events.

I am very involved in the Music and Drama departments in school and this has given me a great foundation for my future career path. Not only does New-Bridge have a variety of opportunities to provide pupils, the teaching and support staff go to extreme lengths to make sure pupils are equipped for and supported in their examinations.

New-Bridge is a phenomenal school! These experiences have provided me with a platform to achieve great things and it is a place I will truly miss when I leave. I am so grateful and proud not only for being Head Girl but for being a student of New-Bridge Integrated College.