Congratulations to our ‘Open Day Ticket’ prize winners!
Collecting their prizes from Principal McNamee today were Pearse Cullen (pictured with his Dad and little brother Reuben) from Cedar Integrated Primary School, and Damian Klos from Holy Rosary Primary School.
GL Assessment Results will be posted to home addresses on Friday 29th January 2016. If you have not received your post by 12 noon on Saturday 30th January 2016, the College will be open between 12 noon and 2 pm for the collection of results only.
Please telephone the Office on 028 90401810 (12 noon – 2 pm) for further information.
Lagan College was proud to welcome the visit of Dr Sabri Saidam, Education Minister in Palestine, to the school on Wednesday 20th January 2016.
Dr Saidam met with the Principal, Chaplains, Head Boy and Head Girl and presented the school with a beautiful gift prior to undertaking a tour of the facilities and learning more about Lagan College’s role in promoting integrated education in divided societies.
We are very excited and thrilled to announce our Music Dept Dhol Drummers and Dancers have been shortlisted for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards Community Prize, with the awards ceremony to be held in the Grand Opera House on January 20th.
The Music Department continue to work with groups in the community, and in October partnered with ArtsEkta to perform in the ‘Nine Nights’ Diwali celebration. They shared this experience with other groups and continue to use the experience gained to promote integration in its truest sense.
Here is the Music Department submission which formed part of the consideration process:
Lagan College was the first Integrated school in Northern Ireland opening in 1981. Our believe in integration filters all aspects of school life and is particularly promoted through the Arts.
We believe in sharing integration with the community and over the years have worked on many projects in the community that celebrate integration, taking part in part in events such as the lantern parade, the Holocaust memorial in the City Hall, The Lord Mayor’s Show, The Belfast Carnival, to name but a few.
Recently we enjoyed performing in the community with ArtsEkta as part of the Nine Nights project with our drummers and dancers (you can see this in the video). With ArtsEkta we were able to embrace the idea of integration in its fullest sense with its inclusivity of everything, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental ability.
Our students have been able to share this experience, after learning new skills and making new friends, in performance in the community. we also invite community members to learn and perform with us. At present we are working on a project for the Chinese New Year, students are learning the dragon dance, making their own Chinese music, making fans and doing calligraphy. We will be sharing these skills and inviting members of the public to join with us on the 16th of January & then in Belfast as part of a community event on the 6th February.
To win this award would not only allow us to invest the money in our projects, which are expensive to fund, but it would also endorse the work that our young people are involving themselves in.
Congratulations to our amazing Young Enterprise company, who were named Best Company at their trade fair at the end of December. They beat many other schools, answered tough questioning remarkably and wowed with their market research stats!
(And of course sold ALL their stock).
Congratulations to the whole team, who were a credit to both themselves and to the whole school!
World Challenge Destination Change – Mexico to Costa Rica & Nicaragua
World Challenge made us aware of some security concerns with certain routes in Mexico (as advised by their international security partners, International SOS), in particular concerning bus travel. As safety and security of the students is absolutely the number one priority, World Challenge have taken the decision to take out certain bus routes within the country – which therefore limits the team to much more of a set itinerary which goes against the ethos of these student led trips.
As this means a lot of the student led decision making pre-departure would have been taken out of the itinerary, World Challenge wanted to offer an alternative destination to the teams – Costa Rica and Nicaragua. This would ensure that the teams have the full ethos expedition experience and be in total control of their itinerary pre-departure.
After a short debate the whole team quickly agreed that rather than continue to travel to Mexico in July, they will accept the proposed change and so now will be travelling to Costa Rica & Nicaragua, a dual destination, offering two countries in one, it is a Central American experience and the jungle/volcano trekking I’ve heard is phenomenal.
Training for the expedition continues and recently we met early at Belfast Castle, on a wet, blustery and very grey Saturday morning to continue training for our expedition. The team set out walking up to the summit of the Cave Hill and explored the surrounding area. The pace was set high to help increase individual fitness and conditioning in preparation for the volcano and jungle trekking that we will experience in Costa Rica & Nicaragua.
The team are confident and their spirits are high as their training/fundraising continues and they are all getting more excited as our expedition departure date draws closer.