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Best Ever A-Level Results!

Congratulations to Lagan College’s Year 14 students who have achieved the best A-Level results to date with 68% of students achieving 3 A-Levels at A* – C grade, and 91% achieving 3 A-Levels at A* – E grade.

A big ‘Thank You’ must go to all their parents/guardians, teachers and support staff who encouraged, supported and cared for them along the way. It has been a joy and privilege to watch you grow and develop into beautiful young men and women.

Take care of one another as you fly our school nest. You will be missed!

Mrs A McNamee

(Full image gallery coming soon!)

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Good Luck Matthew!

Good luck to our Olympian past pupil (and former Head Boy) Matthew McGovern as he begins his Rio 2016 campaign today!

Matthews first three races are at 17.05, 18.05 and 19.05, and everyone at Lagan College will be cheering him on!

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Translink Travel Challenge Winners!

Lagan College was awarded ‘Best Class’ in NI at the Challenge Awards Ceremony held at Central Station this week. Nicholas Jamison led the campaign this year, in close association with Pupil’s Council and with all of the Year 9 team, and he picked up the award on our behalf which includes £150 for Eco Projects and a funded school trip to an Eco Location.

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Nicholas was also invited to be a keynote speaker at the event and the quality of his speech was “better than outstanding”. Many passengers stopped on their way on and off trains to listen to him speak and all the organisers spoke of how impressed they were with him. Nicholas has now even been invited to act as a shadow Eco Judge in the assessment of a Green Flag for another school as part of our Eco Ambassador School work.

Pupils say ‘#GetonboardNI!’: Schools right across Northern Ireland have been rewarded for their efforts to use more sustainable transport at a special prize-giving event during Translink’s first ever Bus + Train Week, June 6 – 12, which aims to celebrate the benefits of public transport Over a two week period, 36 local schools participated in the ‘Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge’ with more than 1100 pupils monitoring their travel patterns and making an effort to walk, cycle, use the bus or train for the school run. Pictured are Conor Loney from Ballymacricket PS, Crumlin; Ellen Sammon from Enniskillen Integrated PS and Katy Gregg from Mill Strand PS, Portrush, Sam Moffit from Cranmore Integrated PS Belfast and Nicholas Jamison from Lagan College, Belfast. For further information click www.translink.co.uk/ecoschools/. Picture by Brian Morrison

Pupils say ‘#GetonboardNI!’: Schools right across Northern Ireland have been rewarded for their efforts to use more sustainable transport at a special prize-giving event during Translink’s first ever Bus + Train Week, June 6 – 12, which aims to celebrate the benefits of public transport
Over a two week period, 36 local schools participated in the ‘Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge’ with more than 1100 pupils monitoring their travel patterns and making an effort to walk, cycle, use the bus or train for the school run. Pictured are Conor Loney from Ballymacricket PS, Crumlin; Ellen Sammon from Enniskillen Integrated PS and Katy Gregg from Mill Strand PS, Portrush, Sam Moffit from Cranmore Integrated PS Belfast and Nicholas Jamison from Lagan College, Belfast. For further information click www.translink.co.uk/ecoschools/. Picture by Brian Morrison

Congratulations and ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped Lagan College win this award, especially Mrs Mulholland the Year 9 pastoral team and pupils, Head Boy Paddy Smyth who played a key role in organising and Mr Mathison for the support of Pupils Council. And of course Mr Patton, who has tirelessly leaded, promoted and guided all our Eco and sustainable growth projects and for many years!

Finally, while the challenge was very successful, we would encourage all pupils and staff to consider ways in which they may travel more sustainably. Cars are a significant factor in carbon emissions, pollution and global warming: walk, cycle and use public transport where and when you can!

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Trocaire Poetry Competition Success

On Monday 6th June Emma Corry, a representative from Trócaire, attended Year 11 assembly. Ms Corry awarded those who participated in the recent Trócaire Poetry Competition through Mrs McCaughan’s Senior Creative Writing Club.

David Merron took 3rd place in the All-Ireland competition for his poem “Difference”, which compellingly communicated the effects of Climate Change in Third World countries. He was awarded a framed photograph, £15 worth of book tokens and a framed certificate. Carlos Barr also received a participation certificate for his poignant audio entry.

Mrs McCaughan commented: “I am bursting with pride today for these two pupils. Both David and Carlos have brought a lot to the Creative Writing group and to see them recognised today was a very proud moment for me. I hope they continue to write as they are both very talented young men.”

David has recently had his work published in the Eco-Schools magazine and Ms Bell gave a commanding recital of his piece at assembly. The aim of the competition was to raise awareness about Climate Change and David’s poem achieved this in a very effective and a very human way.

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You complain about the weather,
My country drowns every year.
You’re sad one flower has died,
My entire crop is gone in one day.

You cheer over sunny weather,
My land cries as it is burnt.
Your jobs pays well.
I have no job.

You hear of one death,
I hear of hundreds.
You start your car,
I start to walk.

You get stuck in traffic,
I get stuck at the border.
Your job is five minutes away,
My safety is far more.

Your country pollutes,
As my country watches on.
As my country is dying,
Your country lives on.

You get to stay while I’ve got to go,
This is my Exodus, so now you know.

By David Merron, Year 11

Pictured : (l to r) Mrs S McCaughan (Facilitator of Senior Creative Writing), Ms Emma Corry (Trocaire Representative) , Carlos Barr (Participant) , David Merron (Winner of 3rd Place) , Mrs M Mills (Head of Y11), Mrs R McBreen (David and Carlos’ Form Tutor)

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Heroes of Youth Awards 2016

We are very proud of Amy McClure in Year 11 who was named Local Hero at the Heroes of Youth Awards 2016.
Amy has given up every Thursday evening and many weekends to help young children with Autism or ADHD at Belvoir’s ASD support group in South Belfast, and her dedication was rewarded at the presentation in The Mac on Friday evening.

Congratulations Amy!

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Year 9 Reading Challenge

Year 9 have been asked to log on to the nilibraries page. They have their pin and membership details stored, so they are ready to let the reading bug take over!

They have been asked to read books and complete at least one book review over the summer and will be asked for this by their English teacher when they return in September.

Good luck!

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Feis Bhéal Feirste

On Thursday 14th of April we enjoyed great success at Feis Bhéal Feirste in St Patrick’s College, Belfast.  The competition was based on poetry recital in Irish and general conversation, competing against 9 other schools both secondary and grammar.

In poetry, Niamh McGuigan, 8MY won 3rd place. In Year 9, Aoibhinn Martin O’Dowd won 1st place.  In year 10 Sarah Duggan 10MJR won 1st place and Tori McKay 10 EL won 2nd place.  Sarah achieved the highest score overall and was awarded the cup for best performance in the poetry section.  In conversation Charlotte Blair 9NB came 3rd and Kerri Donnelly 8KDY came 2nd.  This means that Kerri has won a scholarship towards a trip to the Donegal Gaeltacht this summer.

Well done everyone! Coláiste an Lagáin abú!

 

Mrs L Quigg