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Year 14 raise £1437 for Habitat for Humanity

The Year 14s would like to thank everyone who supported their fundraising events for “Habitat for Humanity” throughout the year. They raised an impressive total of £1437.09 and presented a cheque to Habitat Northern Ireland earlier this week.

 

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Year 8 Readathon: £3640!

Year 8 pupils from Lagan College have raised £3640.94 via a sponsored Readathon.  All the money raised is donated to Clic Sargent; Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity; Together for Short Lives and Readwell.  The money is spent caring for seriously ill and disabled children and young people.  This year, Clic Sargent will use the donation to aid their Homes from Home appeal.

Principal, Mrs Amanda McNamee said: “We are delighted to have taken part in Readathon again this year.  It encourages our children to read for enjoyment and at the same time help other children, who are not as well as themselves.”

Fiona McCann, from Clic Sargent said: “We are thrilled that the Year 8 pupils from Lagan College have enjoyed reading lots of books and we would like to thank them for all the money they have raised.

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Over the past ten years, Lagan College has raised over £34,290 for Readathon.  Melanie Bell, Readathon Co-ordinator said: “I’m absolutely astounded by the amount raised each year – our Year Eights are amazing!”  Fiona McCann, from Clic Sargent, came to a special Awards Assembly on 21 April to receive the cheque.  Prizes were given to top fundraisers:

1st – Finn McKeefry £110

2nd – Morgan Gamble £109

3rd – Ben Labourne £105

8MRG were the highest raising class with the awesome amount of £765.30!

 

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Political Hustings at Lagan College

Lagan College hosted a Political Hustings event on behalf of the IEF yesterday, Monday 23rd March 2015.

Westminster candidates Máirtín Ó’Muilleoir (SF), Ross Brown (NI Green Party) and Rodney McCune (UUP) were joined by Fearghal McKinney (SDLP) Paula Bradley (DUP) and Chris Lyttle (Alliance), with broadcaster and journalist Jim Fitzpatrick chairing the event.

Pupils from Lagan College, Grosvenor Grammar School and Ashfield Girls’ and Boys’ Schools had the opportunity to grill the panel, and they certainly did.

As reported by the IEF:

"The students challenged the platform party on issues concerning culture and identity, employment, and education. Pupils contributed their own opinions through an electronic voting system run by LucidTalk polling company. The polling revealed that the vast majority of young people felt that the two main traditions in Northern Ireland do not respect each other and that most wanted to see the voting age lowered to 16. It was also revealed that only 36% see their long-term future as being in Northern Ireland. At the end of a morning of lively engagement, a repeat question about voting intentions for the forthcoming elections showed that the number of young people present would not wish to use their vote had fallen."

Media reporting on the event was very favourable towards the students, with belfastlive.co.uk featuring a number of vines recorded specially with the well spoken students.

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Eco-School Ambassador

Lagan College were recently named an Eco-School Ambassador, an exceptional honour and a great validation of the work done by the Eco team under the guidance of Mr Patton. Minister for the Environment Mark Durkan presented the team with their Ambassadorial accreditation at a ceremony last week.

Here is what Eco-Schools had to say about being an Ambassador:

“An Eco-School Ambassador is an inspirational flagship school Eco-School. Our Ambassadors are leaders, who extend the ethos of Eco-Schools far beyond the school gates. Our Ambassadors have given support and guidance to other Eco-Schools and non Eco-Schools to encourage them to be sustainable and responsible schools.

With exceptional levels of pupil leadership and whole school support, Ambassador Eco-Schools work to ensure sustainability is embedded into the curriculum. As an Ambassador they have successfully delivered change in the culture of the school. An Eco-Schools Ambassador will be able to demonstrate successful pupil and community interaction and are supporting and sharing information and advice with other schools and the wider community.”

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NICMAC Dance Medallists

Congratulations to the Lagan College junior dance team, coached by Mrs Beckett, who were crowned Bronze medallists at the NICMAC Championships on Saturday 7th March at Lisburn Leisureplex.  They gave a fabulous performance as ‘Fuchia Fitness’ dancing to ‘Ugly Heart’ by G.R.L and ‘Break Free’ by Ariana Grande.

The girls had to master four required elements including abdominal curls, jumping jacks, press ups and leg kicks in an originally choreographed routine – quite a challenge! After a gruelling day we were tired but delighted with our podium position not to mention those shiny bronze medals.  Go Lagan!

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Netball Clean Sweep

At the Integrated Netball Finals held at Lagan College yesterday, the Lagan College girls rounded up a great sporting week with a clean sweep of all the finals!

The Seniors started with a convincing 35-5 win versus Strangford College. The Intermediate (Year 12) team fought hard during a really exciting game, finally winning in the last 30 seconds 12-11 against Shimna. The Junior (Year 10) team then won again with a resounding 35-8 scoreline. Last but not least the minor team won 23-2.

The Most Valuable Player Trophies were also given to 3 out of the 4 Lagan College players on the day, Megan Spence (Year 14), Laura Mills (Year 10) and Olivia McCloskey (Year 9).

Well Done to all the girls, you are now the INTEGRATED NETBALL NORTHERN IRELAND CHAMPIONS!

 

 

 

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Integrated Education Week at Stormont

Lagan College students celebrate ‘International Integration Week’ at Stormont Buildings. Niamh Gibson (Year 13) welcomed everyone to the event in Irish. It was a lovely occasion enjoyed by primary and post primary students from a wide variety of integrated schools. 

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Hockey Champions!

Well done to the U18 X1 girls hockey team for beating Slemish Integrated and being crowned the NORTHERN IRELAND U18 X1 HOCKEY CHAMPIONS!.

They won 4-0 and displayed a fantastic team performance, and goal scorers were Megan Spence, Lauren Lewis and Natasha Donnan (x2). MVP for the final was Jacinta Hamley.

Please also congratulate the girls on their hard work and dedication. They have been in school on Saturday mornings from 8.15am (along with the other 6 teams) since September!

Well done girls!

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Environmental Youth Speaks – Winner!

Congratulations to Carter (9SH) who won the Senior section of Castlereagh Borough Council’s ‘Environmental Youth Speaks’ competition this morning and now goes forward to the next stage. Congratulations to Amy (9BKT) who also took part. Both students also received a goody bag and certificate. Well done!

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Debating Success!

Year 13 Debating and Public Speaking team enjoyed success at the BPW Northern Ireland Final on Saturday 7 February 2015.  Jack Rainey won the award for ‘Best Chairperson’ and lifted the trophy.  Well done, Jack!BPW Final photo 1