Lagan College hosted a Political Hustings event on behalf of the IEF yesterday, Monday 23rd March 2015.
Westminster candidates Máirtín Ó’Muilleoir (SF), Ross Brown (NI Green Party) and Rodney McCune (UUP) were joined by Fearghal McKinney (SDLP) Paula Bradley (DUP) and Chris Lyttle (Alliance), with broadcaster and journalist Jim Fitzpatrick chairing the event.
Pupils from Lagan College, Grosvenor Grammar School and Ashfield Girls’ and Boys’ Schools had the opportunity to grill the panel, and they certainly did.
As reported by the IEF:
"The students challenged the platform party on issues concerning culture and identity, employment, and education. Pupils contributed their own opinions through an electronic voting system run by LucidTalk polling company. The polling revealed that the vast majority of young people felt that the two main traditions in Northern Ireland do not respect each other and that most wanted to see the voting age lowered to 16. It was also revealed that only 36% see their long-term future as being in Northern Ireland. At the end of a morning of lively engagement, a repeat question about voting intentions for the forthcoming elections showed that the number of young people present would not wish to use their vote had fallen."
Media reporting on the event was very favourable towards the students, with belfastlive.co.uk featuring a number of vines recorded specially with the well spoken students.
Lagan College were recently named an Eco-School Ambassador, an exceptional honour and a great validation of the work done by the Eco team under the guidance of Mr Patton. Minister for the Environment Mark Durkan presented the team with their Ambassadorial accreditation at a ceremony last week.
Here is what Eco-Schools had to say about being an Ambassador:
“An Eco-School Ambassador is an inspirational flagship school Eco-School. Our Ambassadors are leaders, who extend the ethos of Eco-Schools far beyond the school gates. Our Ambassadors have given support and guidance to other Eco-Schools and non Eco-Schools to encourage them to be sustainable and responsible schools.
With exceptional levels of pupil leadership and whole school support, Ambassador Eco-Schools work to ensure sustainability is embedded into the curriculum. As an Ambassador they have successfully delivered change in the culture of the school. An Eco-Schools Ambassador will be able to demonstrate successful pupil and community interaction and are supporting and sharing information and advice with other schools and the wider community.”
Congratulations to the Lagan College junior dance team, coached by Mrs Beckett, who were crowned Bronze medallists at the NICMAC Championships on Saturday 7th March at Lisburn Leisureplex. They gave a fabulous performance as ‘Fuchia Fitness’ dancing to ‘Ugly Heart’ by G.R.L and ‘Break Free’ by Ariana Grande.
The girls had to master four required elements including abdominal curls, jumping jacks, press ups and leg kicks in an originally choreographed routine – quite a challenge! After a gruelling day we were tired but delighted with our podium position not to mention those shiny bronze medals. Go Lagan!
At the Integrated Netball Finals held at Lagan College yesterday, the Lagan College girls rounded up a great sporting week with a clean sweep of all the finals!
The Seniors started with a convincing 35-5 win versus Strangford College. The Intermediate (Year 12) team fought hard during a really exciting game, finally winning in the last 30 seconds 12-11 against Shimna. The Junior (Year 10) team then won again with a resounding 35-8 scoreline. Last but not least the minor team won 23-2.
The Most Valuable Player Trophies were also given to 3 out of the 4 Lagan College players on the day, Megan Spence (Year 14), Laura Mills (Year 10) and Olivia McCloskey (Year 9).
Well Done to all the girls, you are now the INTEGRATED NETBALL NORTHERN IRELAND CHAMPIONS!
Lagan College students celebrate ‘International Integration Week’ at Stormont Buildings. Niamh Gibson (Year 13) welcomed everyone to the event in Irish. It was a lovely occasion enjoyed by primary and post primary students from a wide variety of integrated schools.
Well done to the U18 X1 girls hockey team for beating Slemish Integrated and being crowned the NORTHERN IRELAND U18 X1 HOCKEY CHAMPIONS!.
They won 4-0 and displayed a fantastic team performance, and goal scorers were Megan Spence, Lauren Lewis and Natasha Donnan (x2). MVP for the final was Jacinta Hamley.
Please also congratulate the girls on their hard work and dedication. They have been in school on Saturday mornings from 8.15am (along with the other 6 teams) since September!
Well done girls!
Congratulations to Carter (9SH) who won the Senior section of Castlereagh Borough Council’s ‘Environmental Youth Speaks’ competition this morning and now goes forward to the next stage. Congratulations to Amy (9BKT) who also took part. Both students also received a goody bag and certificate. Well done!
Year 13 Debating and Public Speaking team enjoyed success at the BPW Northern Ireland Final on Saturday 7 February 2015. Jack Rainey won the award for ‘Best Chairperson’ and lifted the trophy. Well done, Jack!
Congratulations to the U16 X1 who yesterday defeated Slemish Integrated College 1-0 to be named the 2015 NI Integrated Hockey Champions!
MVP was Megan Gray, and Kirsty McCrory scored the only goal of the game!
Even though it was still dark on the morning of 21st January 2015, History students could spot our very dapper, knowledgeable and eccentric guide for the day. This was Clive Scoular, a local historian. His bright red outfit lit up the dark morning but his anecdotes proved to be even more illuminating!
Clive took the class in the footsteps of the insurgents of the Easter Rising, 1916. He began, as James Connolly began, outside where the Liberty Hall once stood. Connolly reportedly told the stunned Volunteers, “We could all be dead in 10 minutes!”
In a brilliant whirlwind of a tour the students were taken to the key strongholds taken in that Easter week including: The GPO, South Dublin Union, The Royal College of Surgeons, Boland’s Mill, St Stephen’s Green and the Four Courts.
Some of these places are were open to the general public, like the Royal College of Surgeons, and it was here that rooms had been preserved exactly like they had been in 1916: a bullet indent in a door, a rebel’s graffiti scratched into the wood.
The day finished at Collins Barracks which has an excellent museum of the period including a piece on the UVF, written in Irish. This teacher thought that was very Lagan College! The Barracks also housed the newly restored Asgard yacht that was used in the gunrunning for the Irish Volunteers.
It was fascinating trip and has proved very helpful to our understanding of this crucial period of our history.
Thanks to Clive Scoular and the Year 14 History class for making it such an enjoyable experience.
Mr P Mulholland, History Teacher