On 8th December, Coleraine College welcomed the Education Minister, Mr Peter Weir, accompanied by fellow MLAs Mr Adrian McQuillan and Mr Maurice Bradley and Councillor George Duddy, to the Carthall Road site.
Mr Weir was taken on a tour of the campus and spoke with a range of pupils including the School Council, along with the Head Boy,Ross, and Head Girl, Olivia, who impressed upon him, the need for better facilities and accommodation.
School Principal, Mr Marsh, informed the Minister… of the many recent positive developments at the school, including increased enrolment and higher pupil attainment. Only yesterday this was recognised by ETI who praised the school’s leadership, curriculum provision and pastoral care.
The Principal stressed to the Minster that in order to build on this success, there must be significant investment in the College. Mr Marsh clearly outlined his vision to Mr Weir for a new school which would meet the academic and vocational needs of young people in Coleraine and the surrounding area.
Coleraine College Students on Nolan Live
Four 6th Form students, Chelsea Moore, Philip Gordon, Shane Rodgers and Lauren Hutchison were part of the audience of students from across the province who took part in a live TV debate last week. The show entitled “the Good Friday Agreement Generation” was hosted by Stephen Nolan and Tara Mills, and it gave young first time voters the opportunity to quiz local politicians about the issues that matter to them in the run up to the Stormont elections.
Coleraine College History Trip
On Wednesday 20th Aprilth the Year 10 students from Coleraine College headed off on a school trip to the Somme Heritage Centre and Crumlin Road Gaol. Throughout the year students have been studying World War I in detail, building their own trenches and the Somme Centre gave them the opportunity to see what life in the Trenches was actually like. Later in the afternoon, the students took a guided tour around the Gaol which showed them what crime and punishment was like in the 1800 and 1900’s. It also helped show how the partition of Ireland, a key issue studied during Year 10, has affected our communities, through the famous names associated with Crumlin Road Gaol.
During the Somme tour, students were able to walk through a simulated trench experience which showed the daily horrors that the soldiers of Ireland experienced during the Battle of the Somme. A weapons talk at the end had them all enthralled, as they were able to examine the hand grenades, rifles and bayonets of World War I. A couple of our students, Sam Godfrey and Lewis Vance, were brave enough to try them out!.
Our tour of the Gaol was a real highlight for the students with tales of imprisonment, escape, bombings and best of all, the visit to the hangman’s noose! The tour guide informed the students of the Gaol’s troubled past and famous residents such as Bobby Sands, Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson. As we stood in the tunnel, just 1.5 metres under the Crumlin Road, which leads from the Gaol to the courthouse, the tour guide informed the students that it was haunted. The suspense continued in the coffin room, below the hangman’s noose, when the lights ‘accidentally’ went out to a chorus of screams!
An excellent day out which really enriched the pupils’ learning experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for History. I’m sure if you were to ask any of the students they would highly recommend both tours, especially the Gaol, just watch out for the Ghost…..
Coleraine College welcomes P6 pupils.
P6 pupils from Gorran Primary School, Hezlett Primary School and Culcrow Primary school descended upon the College for a taster event on Thursday 25th February, to provide the pupils with a sample of some of the practical activities that are on offer at Coleraine College.
The Primary School students were divided up into groups and were treated to Science, Art and Technology classes. In Art they had to design fashion costumes from household objects, while in Technology, they made Mothers’ Day Gifts in the workshop. In Science, the kids experimented with vinegar, baking soda and sandwich bags causing a few controlled explosions in the lab!
Special thanks to Mrs Linda Thompson from Culcrow Primary School, winners of a Gold UK Primary Science Prize who facilitated the Science workshop.
A lot of fun was had by all the P6s who fully engaged in the practical workshops and behaved impeccably throughout.