In the Newsletter this month...
- Concerned about your child's safety in an increasingly online world?
- Year 11 Learning for Life and Work Workshop
- ‘Gaeilgeoirí na Míosa’ (Pupils of the Month for Irish)
- Lumen Christi Swimmers Shine at Ulster Schools Swimming Gala
- Comhghairdeas leat!
- NICLT Spanish A Level Debate
- Fintan Stewart crowned King of Ireland at the All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Champion
- Medical and Dental Interactive Presentation
- Lumen Christi StemQuest 2017 Champions
- Year 13 A’Level English Literature Students Visit Homeplace
- The Classical Association in Northern Ireland Latin Club Lecture
- 8B celebrating La Fête des Crêpes
- PTA and School Council - Irish Night
- Lumen Christi Students Crowned Ulster Schools Cross-Country Champions
- Key Stage 3 Lumen Christi College Swimmers Excel in Ulster Youth Championships
- Lumen Christi Netball teams “SHINE” at the Northern Ireland Schools finals
Concerned about your child's safety in an increasingly online world?
Children in Northern Ireland are delighted to be partnering with the PSNI to provide FREE online safety training for parents in venues all across the country in March 2017. The courses are open to parents and carers of children, including grandparents.
It will cover, among other things, the following:
Cyberbullying | Sexting | Social Media Risks | Adult Content | Gaming | Online Grooming
Places are limited so booking is essential at www.ci-ni.org.uk/cybersafety!
Year 11 Learning for Life and Work Workshop
On Monday 20th March all Year 11 pupils took part in a Digital Masterclass delivered by YENI (Young Enterprise Northern Ireland) as part of their LLW programme of study. Pupils were invited to come up with an innovative app to use in everyday life. Within their teams pupils had to assign roles within marketing, finance and sales. They had to present their pitches to a panel of judges which included a representative from Allstate, a local software development company and a guest speaker from the Intelligence Systems Research Centre of the UU. The panel assessed teams on the uniqueness of the app and the delivery of the pitch. The panel was hugely impressed with the range of app designs and commented that some of them would be viable in today’s market. The ideas included a “SimplyFit” app which provided ideal running routes based on current weather conditions, “Ofla”, an app which stores your clothes size, shoe size, favourite clothes brands and suggests matching items and the winning app, “Drinkr” which helps users track the amount of units of alcohol consumed and tests awareness reactions and attention span. The added breathalyser can track the alcohol unit intake and send a full breakdown to your phone via Bluetooth.
The guest speaker from the Intelligence Systems Research Centre of the UU gave pupils an insight into the array of career opportunities available within the digital world and the innovative work taking place within the ISRC of the UU. Exciting prospects for students and encouraging that pioneering work within the digital world is taking place on our doorstep!
Pupils were fully engaged in all activities and thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.
‘Gaeilgeoirí na Míosa’ (Pupils of the Month for Irish)
January - Emma Redmond, Tom Edwards, Liam Mc Callion
February - Ben Mc Laughlin, Oscar Jennings, Sadbh Mullan
Lumen Christi Swimmers Shine at Ulster Schools Swimming Gala
Lumen Christi College are now Ulster Schools Swimming Champions [age 14 and under]. On Saturday 18th March at the Ulster Schools Swimming Gala the team - Eoin McBrearty, Harry Parlour, Mark Mallett & Liam Sheedy struck gold in both the medley relay race and the freestyle race winning both events brilliantly achieving a new Ulster Schools record.
In the individual events, Mark Mallett won bronze in 100m backstroke. Harry Parlour made the final and just missed out on a bronze in the 100m butterfly.
Eoin Mc Breaty also qualified for the Ulster squad to travel to Tenerife at Easter.
Well done to all!
NICLT Spanish A Level Debate
Congratulations to Eloise Smyth, Andrew Leach, Michael Mc Colgan and Caitlyn Toye Year 14 who were awarded first place in a Spanish Debate organised by NICLT in Queens University on Tuesday 14th March. Ten teams took part from Schools throughout the North. The standard was extremely high. The Lumen Christi team performed exceptionally well and won their own debate. On top of this they won overall best debate with Michael Mc Colgan winning overall best speaker. They were highly commended by the judging panel for their level of Spanish and for their delivery of their speeches.
Fintan Stewart crowned King of Ireland at the All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Champion
Fintan Stewart Year 14 has achieved something that most young athletes can only dream of - a few weeks ago he was crowned Ulster Champion and on Saturday 11th March in Mallusk he claimed gold in the Senior Boys 6500m race to be crowned All-Ireland Cross Country Schools Champion. Fintan ran a very smart, tactical race and was in control throughout. This is a thoroughly deserved title for him, he has worked so hard for a number of years now and this has paid off. The school and PE department are extremely proud of you Fintan.
Luke McCarron also competed in the Senior Boys race. He ran a very determined race throughout to finish in the top 40. Also an excellent achievement.
Fintan’s younger sister Aela ran the race of her life in the Junior Girls race finishing an impressive 9th and was awarded an Irish Vest. This is a fantastic achievement and we look forward to Aela's bright future.
Oonagh Payne ran in the Minor Girls race. She took a few tumbles in the race but showed fantastic character and strength to finish in the top 50. We look forward to seeing Oonagh progress in next few years also.
Well done to all!
Medical and Dental Interactive Presentation
On Thursday 9th March, a number of Year 12/13 students attended a Medical and Dental presentation facilitated by the WSCHT in Altnagelvin Hospital. Students attended talks by Dr Sandra Mc Neill and Dr Inez Cooke on the reasons for studying medicine/ dentistry, the skills and qualities needed to succeed and on the entry requirements for study at QUB. They also participated in interactive workshops delivered by clinical experts in Obstetrics, General Surgery, Paediatrics, General Practice, Cardiology, ENT, Opthalmics, Radiography, Orthopaedics, Neurology, Dental and Maxillo Facial surgery.
Lumen Christi StemQuest 2017 Champions
On Monday 20th February two teams from the college travelled to the Titanic Building in Belfast to compete in the finals of the Northern Ireland StemQuest Quiz.
To qualify for the finals a series of regional heats were held in January throughout Northern Ireland. One of our teams won the event and secured an automatic place in the finals and our other team were confirmed later as best runners up and hence secured their place.
The day of the finals was broken up into two parts. The first part of the day saw the eight finalist teams compete in a table quiz format with BBC’s Barra Best acting as quiz master. At the end of this stage, four teams were eliminated. Both of our teams made it into the top four and progressed to the head-to-head stage along with teams from Friends School, Lisburn and Ballymena Academy.
Fortunately our teams were kept separate in the first round of head-to-heads and both won those contests, showing excellent knowledge and composure. As a result an all-Lumen final was on the cards as our students faced off against each other for the title of best STEM team.
After 40 buzz in questions only one point separated the teams in the end and the team of Harvey Ward-Gallagher, Yuqi Cao, Aditya Shah and James Douglas emerged as champions. An interesting reversal in fortune as they were the team that qualified as runners-up in the regional heats! Our simultaneous congratulations and commiserations went to Edmond Lee, Samuel Prendergast, Patrick Gormley and Chinmaya Panchapagesan for a wonderful display of knowledge and teamwork throughout the competition.
Year 13 A’Level English Literature Students Visit Homeplace
Year 13 AS English Literature pupils, accompanied by Mrs McMenamin and Ms Lester, attended a series of events, held at Seamus Heaney, Homeplace, which drew inspiration from Seamus Heaney’s Field Work collection. Pupils were given a guided tour of the exhibition, enjoyed a lecture by the academic and poet, Leontia Flynn and attended a dramatic response to the Field Work collection, directed by Stephen Rea.
The Classical Association in Northern Ireland Latin Club Lecture
Drs Peter Crawford and John Curran from the Belfast branch of the Classical Association visited the College on the 24th February to deliver a talk to KS3 pupils entitled “20 Things Every Latin Student Should Know About Rome”.
This was a fascinating and engrossing talk that addressed a wide range of topics including the History of Rome and the spread of Roman Civilisation, the development and etymology of the English language, and the parallels between the power structures of the Emperors of Rome and the Royal families of Europe.
Bringing the talk up to date and relevant to his audience Dr Crawford also explained the Latin involved in the magical spells used in the Harry Potter stories, and the wide spread use of Latin names in the “Hunger Games” series.
The pupils who attended all enjoyed the talk and we look forward to the next visit.
PTA and School Council - Irish Night
PTA and Student Council are organising an Irish Night in the College on Tuesday 14th March. This event is open to all parents, students & their friends.
Tickets are available from Parent Pay priced £10 for adults, £5 for students or Family Ticket £25 including supper.
We would love to see you all there.
Lumen Christi Students Crowned Ulster Schools Cross-Country Champions
Lumen Christi College students competed in the Ulster Cross Country School Championships in Mallusk on Wednesday 22nd February.
Fintan Stewart, year 14 became Senior Boys Champion and Oisin Colhoun, year 8 became Mini Boys Champion.
Luke McCarron, year 14 and Aela Stewart, year 10 finished 8th
Oonagh Payne year 9 finished 9th.
Fintan, Luke, Oonagh and Aela have qualified to compete in the All-Ireland Cross Country Final, on the 11th March.
Harry Parlour and Fionn Barr in year 10 also had a super run in the Junior Boys race.
The Year 10 Girls Team - Aela Stewart, Aisling Walsh, Katie Devlin, Connie O’ Brien, Emily Neil and Anya Hockley finished 5th overall.
The Year 8 Boys Team - Oisin Colhoun, Paul Downey, Michael Houston, Stephen Walker, Corin Hyndman, Fabian Flood and Patrick Dunne finished 6th overall.
Aoife Neill in year 8 had an impressive run also in the Mini Girls race.
Well done and congratulations to all our athletes.
Key Stage 3 Lumen Christi College Swimmers Excel in Ulster Youth Championships
Mark Mallett won three gold medals and one silver medal and Harry Parlour won a silver medal at the Ulster Youth Championships in Bangor at the weekend.
Qualifying times were achieved by: Liam Sheedy, Ellen Mallett, Oonagh Payne, Eoin Mc Brearty and Ciara Sheedy.
Congratulations to you all! Well done!