All students (past and present!), families and staff are welcome to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat at any time.
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What We Do
The Chaplaincy is a practical example of the Christian, integrated ethos at the heart of the daily life of our school. Our major areas of work are in leading our shared assemblies, pastoral care of staff, students and families and teaching.
We co-ordinate school assemblies where we explore our differences and discover all that we share in common. Primarily, we follow the Christian year, whilst referring to festivals of other faith traditions and making connections with events and situations in Northern Ireland and the wider world. We hold special, longer assemblies to celebrate Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. We seek to involve students as much as possible in reading, drama, music and prayers.
We care for the needs of all students of Lagan College. This includes supporting students and their families when specific denominational needs arise. For example, preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is organised each year by the Catholic Chaplain.
The Chaplaincy is a safe place for anyone to drop in during break times and lunchtimes. Students and staff can call in at other times when they need to talk through some issues in a confidential, caring environment, especially at times of bereavement or family crisis.
We work with students and staff for peace and justice in a variety of ways throughout the school community. Our justice groups in the junior and senior school focus on learning, campaigning and fundraising together. In addition, we organise and facilitate a range of events and residentials throughout the year that provide space for dialogue, for learning about of the experience of others, and for reflecting on our shared challenge of peacebuilding.
We also coordinate the Community Service Programme in Sixth Form. Students volunteer in a range of contexts, for example, in local nursing homes, in Torbank School or with our Learning Support Department.
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Meet the Chaplains
Mr G Sowney
I am originally from North Belfast, where I spent the first 25 years of my life (minus large chunks of my summers, which were spent in Donegal).
Growing up, I attended Catholic primary and post-primary schools on the Antrim Road. Although I had a great time at school and received a good education, I was saddened by the fact that I had no real opportunity develop friendships with people from backgrounds different to my own. So, inspired by my family’s relationship with the Columbanus Community of Reconciliation, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and study Theology at Union Theological College, a Presbyterian College on the Queen’s University Campus.
During my time at Union College I also trained in youth work with Youth Link:NI, before going on to work for the organisation delivering community relations training to young people and youth leaders. I continued this work upon graduating, as well as working for a number of Catholic parishes as a Faith Development Worker. In 2009 I undertook a part-time Masters entitled “Pastoral and Educational Studies” with Maryvale Institute, Birmingham.
I qualified as a teacher in 2012 and I joined the College as Catholic Chaplain in January 2013. I feel very lucky to be part of an institution that shares my values, and to have the opportunity to be part of the legacy of a school that has played such an important role in this country’s recent history.
Year 13 Peacewaves Residential
Year 14 Peacewaves Residential
Mrs H Killick
Hello! I grew up in Scotland, in a village in the Carse of Gowrie, near Dundee, and studied at Aberdeen University where I graduated with an M.A. Honours (Music).
For a number of years I was involved with the Iona Community, an ecumenical community based on the island of Iona, and eventually became resident musician in Iona Abbey. The Iona Community, a sister community of Corrymeela, works for peace and social justice, the rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship.
I came from Iona to Bangor in 1987, where I worked for 5 years in a Presbyterian Church as a musician. Then in 1992, after teacher training, I was appointed as the Protestant Chaplain in Lagan College. It was the first year of the full-time joint Chaplaincy, an exciting time to join the college community and develop the role of the Chaplains with the support of people in many parts of the world.
Over the years, the little Chaplaincy hut has been filled with stories! It really has been a privilege to share both happy and sad times with students and staff.
Now nearly twenty years later the role of Chaplain is still as interesting, unpredictable and fulfilling as it was in the early years, as we share community life together and prepare for a new chapter in our story in the new school buildings.
Student Leadership Team Residential