British Council International School Award success for Lagan College

Lagan College has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

Ms Bell (Head of Languages) and Miss Atkinson (Vice Principal) collected the award at a ceremony held at Lisneal College at the end of October 2015.

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

British Council Chief Executive, Sir Ciarán Devane, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Adding an international dimension to children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.’

The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Egypt, Lebanon and Pakistan as part of the Connecting Classrooms programme, which is delivered by the British Council and supported by the Department for International Development (DFID).

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

“Young people must be at the heart of our work to create a safer and more prosperous world for everyone and we need to ensure their voices are heard if we are to win the fight against global poverty. That is why I am delighted to celebrate the international work of [name of school here] and the energy and passion of the young people involved.

“The International School Award is a great way of highlighting how young people have the potential to change things for the better. I’m sure that schools getting involved will be broadening the horizons of their students, which will not only help their careers but benefit their wider lives in the future.”

Around 5,000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community

Year 8 Time Capsule

On Tuesday 20.10.15 our year 8 students buried their time capsules – not to be re-opened until Easter 2020!  We have been reflecting on what it will be like in 2020, some of the students have written their future selves a funny letter, some have videoed a message to themselves in the future and some have included a little present for themselves when they will be in Year 12.

Some of the bigger questions about 2020: Will we still know who One Direction is? Will we still be using iPhones or iPads?  What Star Wars film will be released then? How much will a bottle of coke or bag of crisps cost then? And… did Mrs Quigg really dig that hole?



Our New Year 8 Artwork

We have welcomed our new pack of Year 8 students and they have had a busy couple of months. As is tradition at Lagan College, they have created their own artwork to mark their place in Lagan College.

Mother Teresa once said these words:

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things”.

It is exciting to think of what the future holds for all our new Year 8 students.  We recognise that they are all individuals with their own gifts and talents.  But yet, when we put them all together we think that amazing things can happen – we have represented this in school by this flower.  Each petal of the flower is a handprint from one of our year 8 students – and one from one of our artistic form teachers.

The stalk and leaves of the flower were decorated by some of our Year 13 students with words and phrases that represent what integration means to them.


Year 8 Ganaway Visit!

On Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th Year 8 students enjoyed a day of team building and outdoor activities at Ganaway in Millisle.  They were divided into groups to help them get to know each other and each group (and some of the braver staff) took part in archery, caving, Jacob’s ladder, wall climbing, orienteering and the infamous zip wire.  The students had a great time on each of the days.

Some thoughts from students:

“Ganaway was really fun, exciting and nerve wracking! If we could go back again I would. Best Day Ever!”
Rachael M

“Ganaway was really fun. My favourite part was caving because the tunnels were so small and sort of spooky.  Mrs Castillo and Mrs Grant going down the zip wire was hilarious. All in all I had a great day at Ganaway”. 
Silas B

“When we went into the caves I was really excited but when I saw the hole I was terrified but I kept moving…. I was so happy to get outside.  At the zip wire, the man in charge grabbed Dara and said “your go” and buckled him into the zip line and then just opened the gate and threw him out. Everyone laughed”.
Daniel M

“When we did our orienteering… we went on a sandy beach… and all ended up playing on the beach for a while. It was so fun! The water was freezing!”
Sofia G


Lagan College iPad Launch!

Lagan College Launches Student iPad Rollout!

Lagan College today launched one:one iPad deployment to all Year 9 students – the first step in a whole school rollout which will encompass over 1200 pupils.

Year 9 students now have their own individual iPads for completing assignments, browsing educational websites, doing independent research, reading eBooks and interactive textbooks, not to mention the huge possibilities afforded to art, media and music classes.

Introduced as part of an evolving, blended approach to learning, Principal Amanda McNamee said “This is an exiting occasion for staff and students alike. We fully appreciate the investment made by our parents in their child’s life long learning in the technological age. iPads will not replace traditional teaching and learning methods but serve to enhance a students’ capacity to learn in a more independent way”.

The move follows significant research and investment in infrastructure, staff training and technology throughout Lagan College, particularly since moving into a new state of the art facility in June 2013.

As Northern Ireland’s first planned integrated school, and currently the most over-subscribed school in Northern Ireland, Lagan College has a proven history of adapting and progressing within a changing environment.