Emma Wins Commonwealth Bronze!

Congratulations to Year 14 student Emma McCartney on achieving a Taekwondo Bronze Medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Championships in Edinburgh at the weekend. She scored an impressive 6.5 with the winner from Singapore scoring 6.7 in a field of 24 competitors. 

Emma has also been added by the British Olympic Association as “one to watch”!

Well done Emma!


Public Speaking Winners

The Year 13 Public Speaking and Debating Team won the Business and Professional Women’s Public Speaking Competition on Tuesday 18th November 2014, beating stiff competition from Victoria College, Shimna Integrated College, Belfast High School and Dromore High School.

As Belfast Champions, the team now go forward to represent Lagan College at the Northern Ireland Final in February 2015. Congratulations to Sam Howard, Ronan McCann and Jack Rainey who gave the performance of a lifetime!

Special thanks to Mrs Beckett and Miss Jess for preparing the team and supporting them during the event.


Fourth Green Flag Award!

Lagan College was today awarded a staggering fourth Eco Green Flag Award!

Congratulations to all our Eco Committee and Mr Patton for the deserved recognition of their work over the years throughout the old site, building site and beautiful new school site!

As Mrs McNamee said of the rainbow which appeared just before their photo, “it must be a sign!”


Thank You – Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College, Knock

We would like to extend a special ‘Thank you’ to our friends at Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College, Knock, for the invitation to their Remembrance event today.

With support from churches in the Braniel and Gilnahirk areas, and featuring students from OLSPCK, Bloomfield Collegiate, Grosvenor Grammar, Strathern College and Lagan College, the students and staff felt privileged to have be invited and involved.

They were particularly grateful for the gift they received – a reproduction of the scripture given to young soliders as they headed off to war.

Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Joshua Beats 5,500 for Film Role!

After having to keep quiet about it for a while, Joshua Smyth can now reveal his part alongside Liam Neeson, Bronagh Waugh and Suranne Jones in A Christmas Star. 


The ‘unique, educational and cultural film’ will be screened by BBCNI and UTV simultaneously at Christmas 2015.

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings, MBE said: “Our Christmas feature film will bring young people from different cultural backgrounds together, and representatives from the worlds of film, television and music will collaborate to celebrate creativity and highlight the importance of developing young people’s skills and offering them unique film and television related opportunities.

“The industry professionals will mentor the young cast and crew throughout the film production process from script to screen, giving invaluable insights to the world of filmmaking across various film disciplines ranging from directing, acting and production to script editing, film composition, and costume/makeup.

“The young people will finish the project with a wealth of skills, experience, and, most importantly, their first credit on a feature film.”

The film will shoot over three weeks around Belfast and Glenarm, and we can’t wait to see Joshua in it!


EU Mock Council

Stormont Parliament Buildings, 10th October 2014

Ever wondered what happens in the European Parliament?  An intrepid team of four Year 13 European Studies students got the chance to find out when they attended a Mock EU Council debate at Stormont.  28 schools were representing the countries of the EU and Lagan College had the honour to voice the interests of Denmark.

There were two debates: EU foreign Policy and Youth unemployment in the EU.

eu_council_1Sacha O’Prey, our foreign policy expert, argued that Denmark – a world leader in green energy – should stop buying Russian oil and gas. This would send a strong message to Russia and wuld be much better than more sanctions.  Denmark was also happy to welcome Turkey into the EU.


Emma, our youth policy expert, made the excellent point that there are approximately 2 million job vacancies across the European Union – surely we must promote mobility across Europe to get the unemployed into these jobs.  Denmark (through Emma) also pointed out that it has free, quality university education and a low youth employment rate as a result.

Our representatives said this…

eu_council2“It was an incredible experience that gave me a real insight into the role of politics and being the youth policy speaker allowed me to interact and debate with other schools on an issue that I believe is very important. I really enjoyed the whole day.” Emma Carville


“Debating about Foreign Policy in Stormont was a new and exciting experience for me. I met loads of new people who all had a common interest in European Politics, and I also learnt a lot.” – Sacha O’Prey

“Participating in the Mock EU Council at Stormont was an amazing experience! I got an insight into how the EU Council works and how relevant they are to us here in Northern Ireland. I really enjoyed the political debate – in a way, it has encouraged me to be more interested and involved in politics because I found it liberating and actually very fun putting across my own views and opinions.  :) :)” Jodi-Lee Burns

Thanks to all the Year 13 European Studies students for preparing so well for this event and particular thanks to our four representatives that gave such a strong account of themselves.

Mr P. Mulholland


Kids Lit Quiz – Heat Schedule

Thursday 2nd Oct:
Lagan Ladies (9EL)
Lagan Bookworms (8MRG)
The Beautiful Brainiacs (8QN)
Spaghetti Sauce Survivors (9MJR)
Monday 6th Oct:
Crazy Teddies (9EL)
Team (9MJR)
The Lit Kids (8QN)
Thurs 9th Oct:
Donuts of Justice (8MRG)
The Swagsters (9EL)
Eggs and Bacon (8QN)
Laganaiti (9MJR)
Book Marks (8KDY)
Mon 13th Oct:
The Fabulous Four (8MRG)
The Illuminites (9BKT)
The Watermelons (9JS)
The Double A, Double K (8CNL)
Thurs 16th Oct:
The Lamp Posts (9JS)
Watermelon Buzz (8CNL)
Dumbledore’s Army (9SH)
Smarties (8NB)
Monday 20th Oct:
Stephen, Ryan etc (8KDY)
The Cabbages (8KDY)
The Johnny Bears (9SH)
Haha, we won (9SH)

Thursday 23rd Oct:
Semi- Final.
Top five winning teams, plus the top runner up = 6
Four go through to the final

Thursday 6th November: FINAL in the library

Thursday 13th November: NI Final in Wellington College.


Miss Poland