We love this Arts Council film about the recent visit of Children’s Laureate PJ Lynch!
The Arts Council said of the event:
“Children’s laureate PJ Lynch made a return to school and his home city this week to host a special illustration workshop with pupils at Lagan College, supported by Booktrust NI.
Well known for his detailed illustrations, many inspired by traditional stories, myths and legends, year 10 and 11 pupils had the opportunity to explore drawing techniques with the award-winning illustrator P J Lynch, as part of an event to promote creativity and reading for pleasure.
Appointed as Laureate na nÓg in May 2016, PJ Lynch is the fourth artist to hold the prestigious title. An initiative of the Arts Council with the support of Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Children’s Books Ireland and Poetry Ireland. The honour was established to engage young people with high-quality children’s literature and to underline the importance of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative lives.”
We are delighted to have been informed that our Sixth Form Development Proposal has been approved by the Education Minister, Mr Peter Weir and the Department of Education. We would like to thank everyone involved in the process and all those who offered their kind wishes and support to the school. We look forward to a greater number of our Year 12 students staying on to Post 16 study at Lagan College this September.
The purpose of the day is to encourage Year 10 students to promote university as a potential career pathway in the future by participating in a series of interactive workshops and having the opportunity to talk to University staff and students.
To support our expanded 6th Form proposal, our students created this powerful video for the Minister of Education.
With over 22,000 views within 48 hours of initially being posted on our Facebook page, the message has already garnered incredible support:
This film was entirely the work of our students, with Josh Lynas (Year 12) the directorial and editorial driving force behind the whole project.
Support our proposal for an expanded Sixth Form by contacting Mr Peter Weir, Education Minister, at the Department of Education in further support of our proposal before a decision is made on 24 January 2017 – Department of Education, Rathgael House, Balloo Road, Bangor, County Down, BT19 7PR or email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will support our development proposal for the following reasons:
• Lagan College’s Sixth Form Development proposal would enable 75% of our own students to have the opportunity to stay on in their school. (Annually 25% of students have expressed a desire to study a highly vocational course at Further Education College or connect with bespoke Apprenticeships and Training programmes.)
• Lagan College’s Sixth Form Development proposal would enable the school to offer a wider choice of A Level and equivalent level 3 courses to our young people.
• Lagan College’s Sixth Form Development Proposal would enable 100 more of our students over a 2 year period, to continue to experience our integrated and inclusive school ethos and values- supporting the Government’s shared learning programme.
• Lagan College’s new school buildings opened in 2013 and were purpose built to accommodate over 300 Sixth Form students.
• Lagan College is currently offering 28 Post-16 Courses and our own children would like the opportunity to stay on in their own school and continue to experience an integrated ethos.
• More of Lagan College’s students deserve the chance to stay on at their own school, if it is the young person and their parent(s)/guardian(s) desire.
‘Shakespeare’s Dentures’ win the coveted ‘Killen Cup’ at the 2016 Kids’ Literature Quiz!
Lagan College’s annual Kids’ Literature Quiz took place on Thursday 10th November in our impressive school library.
Heats began on Thursday 29th September and each week Mrs Knipe and Mrs Halligan quizzed Year 8 and 9 teams on their knowledge of literature. The teams this year were particularly competitive and supporters came in their droves to spur on the tenacious teams.
Unfortunately, only four teams could progress through to the Lagan College final and the talented teams consisted of pupils from 8CHN, 8CV, 8DM, 8FG, 8FS, 9MY and 9PRV. Needless to say, the pressure was on as 9MY and 9PRV did not want their pride bashed by Year 8! The team names were, as always, very ‘unique’! In the Year 8 corner, we had ‘Pokemon Power’ and ‘yoloswag’ and in the Year 9 corner, ‘Lit or Miss’ and ‘Shakespeare’s Dentures’.
Pupils were tested on their knowledge of everything from ‘The Hunger Games’ and Greek mythology to popular fairytales and nursery rhymes. Pupils were asked thirty questions and the final round proved very tense as teams were closing in on each other and competition was fierce. In first place were ‘Shakespeare’s Dentures’ from 9MY and 9PRV, who were thrilled to win the coveted ‘Killen Cup’. They also won vouchers for Waterstones and progressed through to the Northern Ireland final in Wellington College on Tuesday 29th November, where they were placed an impressive 8th out of 23 teams – a fantastic effort!
Worthy runners-up were ‘Lit or Miss’ from 9PRV, who were also presented with book vouchers.
This was, yet again, another thrilling year for The Kids’ Literature Quiz and I have no doubt that the participating teams thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Most importantly, pupils celebrated their love of literature and embraced their passion for books. Well done, one and all!
“Day of Ambition” at Bloomfield Collegiate School brought together 10 schools from East Belfast with some of our most exciting local entrepreneurs and innovation companies – top-flight companies, makerspaces, incubators, pop-ups, labs and clusters, designers and digital technology.
The theme for the day was “Stretch Yourself” where pupils could experience the opportunities that exist in the world of innovation and creativity.
Special thanks to the Department for Communities for helping support the event along with the great work of the CONNECT team at Catalyst, and of course to Bloomfield Collegiate as great hosts!
The year 14 Business Studies (Double Award) Applied class recently had the pleasure of meeting with and learning from Eamonn O’ Neill a second year Apprentice Software Developer who works for the International company Fujitsu.
Representatives from this company have been visiting our department for the last ten years giving vital information to students for their Investing in People Unit.
Fujitsu are Championship Winners in this area and the expertise and information that Eamonn provided is important to our students’ success. Eamonn gave a very interesting presentation and answered many questions. Fujitsu are a valued industry link for the department and we would like to thank Eamonn and the company for all that they do to enhance our students’ education.
Asidua CEO Visits the Business Studies Department.
On Friday 28th Oct, our year 13 Applied Students had the great pleasure and honour of hearing from one of Northern Irelands most successful businessmen. Dr Steve Brankin is the former CEO of Asidua, an IT Services company. Steve gave up his time once again to give a very informative and interesting presentation on the Enterprising Manager, something which he himself personifies. Steve ensured students are aware of how important it is to be enterprising when managing staff and how their motivation and satisfaction in the workplace is vital to business success. Both the presentation and question and answer session gave our students a fantastic and practical insight into their classroom learning. The department would like to extend their thanks to Dr Brankin for his time and experience.