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Carol Service 2014

The Carol Service last night was absolutely stunning! The service could not get any better with choir, orchestra, instrumental pieces and readings all delivered by our gifted and talented students. Mr McFadden spoke poignantly about the school and the message of hope in relation to our integrated ethos. We would like to thank all the many staff who made last night possible, and also extend our huge appreciation to Knock Presbyterian for hosting us so kindly.

Mrs McNamee

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Nicholas Speaks At Keeping Northern Ireland Beautiful Jubilee

Last Thursday I attended Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’s jubilee event at Stormont, along with Patrick Beatty and Miss Wightman, and many famous faces there including Anna Lo and David Meade. While visiting the event I had to act as the 2028 Northern Ireland Environment Minister which was really fun! The main focus of my speech was about how I had been made redundant, since my job was no longer required – the citizens of Northern Ireland now maintaining the environment together with “Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful”, along with the many successes and benefits we had made as a government toward the Northern Ireland environment.

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful can trace its origins back 60 years to 1954 when it was established by the Federation of Women’s Institutes from the beginnings of an anti-litter campaign. In 2000 TIDY Northern Ireland became an independent charity and this year they have rebranded themselves with the new name “Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful”. It was a fantastic day!

Nicholas, Year 12
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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!

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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.

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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!”

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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. 

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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!