2020 – A Year Like No Other

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The year 2020 was certainly ‘a year like no other’. As a school family we experienced hardship, sadness and loss during this time, yet we also saw our pupils respond with determination, enthusiasm and selflessness. This reflection back on the year captures some of the ways in which Ballymena Academy responded to the crisis. Life before lockdown is captured perfectly in the joy and excitement of the art trip to Belfast to see Matthew Jackson’s (Year 14) work in the Ulster Museum. While the Leaver’s Video from June, perhaps best illustrates that, even during a crisis, Ballymena Academy’s sense of community remains strong. We hope you enjoy this moving and inspiring look back over 2020 – ‘a year like no other’

February 5th 2020 – Memories of normality

February 5th 2020 – Memories of normality

February 22nd 2020 – Schools’ Cup Memories

February 22nd 2020 – Schools’ Cup Memories

March 17th 2020 – Our year changed…

March 17th 2020 – Our year changed…

March 19th 2020 – …but we never gave up

March 19th 2020 – …but we never gave up

March 30th 2020 – Home Schooling Tips!

March 30th 2020 – Home Schooling Tips!

April 1st 2020 – Donating Safety Equipment to the COVID-19 response

April 1st 2020 – Donating Safety Equipment to the COVID-19 response

April 6th 2020 – The Great BA Easter Bake Off!

April 6th 2020 – The Great BA Easter Bake Off!

April 15th 2020 – 3D Printed Faceguards

April 15th 2020 – 3D Printed Faceguards

April 17th 2020 – Bagpipes for NHS Heroes!

April 17th 2020 – Bagpipes for NHS Heroes!

April 17th 2020 – BA’s Ping Pong Pots and Pans Trick Shot Challenge

April 17th 2020 – BA’s Ping Pong Pots and Pans Trick Shot Challenge

April 24th 2020 – The school in bloom

April 24th 2020 – The school in bloom

May 18th – 24th – Mental Health Awareness Week

May 18th – 24th – Mental Health Awareness Week

May 20th 2020 – Year 8 & 9 Artwork

May 20th 2020 – Year 8 & 9 Artwork

May 26th 2020 – Drama Remote Learning – Lady Macbeth

May 26th 2020 – Drama Remote Learning – Lady Macbeth

June 4th 2020 – Leavers 2020

June 4th 2020 – Leavers 2020

June 23rd 2020 – Science Remote Learning

June 23rd 2020 – Science Remote Learning

June 24th 2020 – Education Minister Peter Weir visits Ballymena Academy

June 24th 2020 – Education Minister Peter Weir visits Ballymena Academy

June 30th 2020 – Final Assembly of 2019/20

June 30th 2020 – Final Assembly of 2019/20

August 13th 2020 – A Level Results

August 13th 2020 – A Level Results

August 24th 2020 – Staggered return to school

August 24th 2020 – Staggered return to school

August 25th 2020 – GCSE Results

August 25th 2020 – GCSE Results

September 5th 2020 – Year 8 rugby training in class bubbles

September 5th 2020 – Year 8 rugby training in class bubbles

September 5th 2020 – Year 8 hockey training in class bubbles

September 5th 2020 – Year 8 hockey training in class bubbles

September 11th 2020 – Ballymena Academy students stop, care and help

September 11th 2020 – Ballymena Academy students stop, care and help

September 12th 2020 – Athletics success

September 12th 2020 – Athletics success

September 22nd 2020 – Sailing to victory

September 22nd 2020 – Sailing to victory

September 28th 2020 – Socially distanced choir practice

September 28th 2020 – Socially distanced choir practice

November 2nd 2020 – Operation Christmas Child

November 2nd 2020 – Operation Christmas Child

November 11th 2020 – Remembrance Day

November 11th 2020 – Remembrance Day

November 13th 2020 – Ballymena Academy’s PE Department innovate due to restrictions

November 13th 2020 – Ballymena Academy’s PE Department innovate due to restrictions

November 19th 2020 – Luke Gregg (Year 14) takes part in the Ulster Youth Ochestra online sessions

November 19th 2020 – Luke Gregg (Year 14) takes part in the Ulster Youth Ochestra online sessions

December 2nd 2020 – Prize Day

December 2nd 2020 – Prize Day

December 3rd 2020 – Annual unveiling of Mr Christie’s Chemistree

December 3rd 2020 – Annual unveiling of Mr Christie’s Chemistree

December 9th 2020 – Year 8 Taster Days

December 9th 2020 – Year 8 Taster Days

December 16th 2020 – Carol Service – Facebook Premiere

December 16th 2020 – Carol Service – Facebook Premiere