9SH Literacy Workshop with Tony Bradman

Read the winning story – Our Secret Bunker (Oran Devin)

Read the Runner-Up – THE BLOOD CULT (Darragh Sloan)

9SH were given the fantastic opportunity to participate in an author workshop at the Ulster Rugby Kingspan Stadium on Tuesday 19 May.  The event was organised by Booktrust (in conjunction with the Education Library Service and the Arts Council).

9SH were introduced to the author, Tony Bradman, and his books through an on-line programme delivered through a Fronter Room.  They were able to ask Tony questions and include their opinions of his novels they had read during English classes.  Moreover, pupils were invited to enter a creative writing competition with the chance to win tickets to see an Ulster match!

After a tour of the stadium, including the new Nevin Spence Education Centre, pupils were introduced to Tony, who told them about his life, career, motivation, co-writing with his son and the secrets to writing a good novel.  He emphasised the key aspects of suspense and surprise, using examples from his favourite films: ‘Alien’ and ‘School of Rock’.  Tony also gave plot tips, explaining to 9SH how to leave vital clues, disguised in plain sight.  Member of 9SH asked Tony questions, for example, what was his favourite novel and how many had he written.  Tony promoted his new novel, ‘Anzac Boys’ and explained how his interest had been sparked by his great uncle being evacuated to Australia during the war.

Prize Winners

At the end of the workshop, the winners of the creative writing story were announced.  Katie Nelson was third.  The runner up was Darragh Sloan, for his story: ‘The Blood Cult.’   Darragh was presented with a certificate and signed copy of one of Tony’s books.  The overall winner (not just in 9SH but overall from the 4 schools involved) was Oran Devlin, for his story: ‘Our Secret Bunker.’  Oran was also presented with a certificate, in addition to two tickets to see an Ulster Rugby match.

It was a fabulous afternoon and Ms Bell is now expecting amazing creative responses from 9SH next week!

Ms M Bell


US Ambassador Visits Lagan College

The U.S. Ambassador to the U.K, Matthew Barzun, along with representatives from the US Consulate, visited Lagan College on Monday to meet with Year 11 students and discuss their views and perceptions on US politics.

The Ambassador first met with the Principal and Senior Prefect Team for a brief introduction to Lagan College, before continuing on to speak to Year 11. Ambassador Barzun was very forthcoming and did not shy away from any difficult topic, engaging the students in issues as diverse as ISIS, Foreign Aid, Equality Law and Area 51!

Thank you to Ambassador Barzun for taking the time to visit Lagan College.


Year 8 Science Visit to Titanic

Dr Mc Connell and Miss Wells accompanied Yr 8 students to Titanic Belfast on 13th May. They had a fantastic visit with an ‘Exploring the Depths’ workshop followed by a tour through all nine galleries which also included the Shipyard Ride!

Plenty of pictures are available on our Science blog – click the atom icon at the very top right of the site, or visit




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.




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.


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!



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 featuring a number of vines recorded specially with the well spoken students.


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.”