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New attendance incentive programme launched in College

We are excited to announce a new initiative aimed at increasing pupil attendance in our school. We understand the importance of regular attendance for student success and want to encourage and reward our pupils for their commitment to being present in school.

Starting on Monday 20th May 2024, we will be implementing a new attendance incentive program. If a pupil attends school for 30 consecutive days, their name will be entered into a draw to win £30 and other reward prizes. This is a great opportunity to motivate our students to come to school regularly and engage in their learning.

We believe that by providing incentives and rewards, we can create a positive and supportive environment that promotes attendance and student achievement. Your support in encouraging and promoting this initiative to our pupils is greatly appreciated.




Last Friday our Year 11 football team were crowned U15 Belfast Cup Champions after a fantastic performance against Boys Model. The boys were excited on the morning of the final and as the stadium began to fill with both sets of supporters a few pre match nerves began to creep in.

Laurelhill found themselves a goal down 2 minutes into the final, an excellent delivery from a corner was headed home by the Boys Model midfielder, to give Boys Model a 1-0 lead. It would be typical of teams to crumble and collapse in a cup final after such an early setback but there is nothing typical of this Laurelhill side. If anything, the early goal settled all pre match nerves, as Billy N, Billy B and Jay B started to get on the ball and dictate the game. As the half progressed, Laurelhill grew in confidence. Max T hold up play was excellent, bringing James H and Harry D into the game. Billy N and Billy B broke up the Boys Model attack and Jay B drove Laurelhill forward. Billy B and Jay B were restricted to long range attempts, but it was inverted winger James H who almost had Laurelhill level. Great defending by Isaac and Spencer, allowed Jay B to switch the play to James. James cut inside and smashed his effort off the bar, much to the relief of Boys Model.

With the first half coming to a close, Laurelhill knew they needed to capitalise on the chances they were creating. On the stroke of half time, James H corner found the head of Isaac, who’s blocked header fell to Harry D who made no mistake and smashed in the equaliser. Half time 1-1 and momentum was with Laurelhill.

The second half started similarly to the first, Boys Model tried to take control of the game, but Billy N and Billy B were determined to break up any attacks and prevent them from getting into a rhythm. From the 5th minute of the second half Jay B started to become more involved in nearly every Laurelhill attack, the work rate of Max to pressure the Boys Model centre backs into rushing their passes was superb, allowing Jay B to pick up the second ball in midfield. Endless running from fullbacks Noah and Spencer meant that Jay B and Billy N always had an extra option out wide. Laurelhill took the lead through Jay B 20 minutes into the second half, an excellent defensive header from Reuben allowed Billy N to pick up the second ball, a couple of quick interchanges with Max and James, allowed the ball to find Jay B. Jay drove at the Boys Model defence, who struggled to stop him, Jay powered his way past two defenders before striking his effort low and hard across the keeper, where the shot clipped the post and nestled in the corner of the net. The Laurelhill supporters, who had been singing nonstop throughout the game, erupted!

5 minutes later Laurelhill added a third, another dazzling, driving run from Jay allowed him to get past two defenders before his shot cannoned off the crossbar. Following the shot in was Harry D, who slotted home his second of the game, 3-1. The final 15 minutes saw Laurelhill raise their game to another level, true grit, desire and determination from all the boys saw them stand firm against the wave of Boys Model attacks. Injuries to James and Jay 12 minutes from time saw Joel and Jamie introduced, who slotted in perfectly to the side. With 5 minutes left, Boys Model launched a long, looping ball into the box, goalkeeper Lewis D was unsighted by the sun, lost track of the ball as it found its way into the back of the net, 3-2, which set up a very nervous end to the game. Boys Model won a free kick from the kick-off and launched another long ball high on top of Lewis. This time Lewis made sure of his handling and held on to the ball well, with supporters, parents and coaching staff letting out a huge cheer! With Boys Model throwing more players forward, Laurelhill saw a chance to counter, a 4 on 2 break saw Billy N drive at the defence, play in Spencer who was brought down, an excellent advantage from the referee saw Harry collect the ball and shoot narrowly wide, with what would have been his hattrick.

Despite Boys Model’s efforts, the colossal centre back pairing of Isaac and Reuben refused to be beaten! Isaac and Rueben controlled the back line and communicated well with their midfield. The three minutes of added time were up, one last attack from Boys Model was cleared well by Isaac. A final glance at his watch, the full-time whistle sounded, queue the pandemonium in the stands amongst supporters and parents.

The Year 11 football team are Belfast Cup Champions! A fantastic team performance from a side who have shown courage, determination and desire throughout the Belfast Cup.  The attitude of the boys was exemplary and were a credit to themselves, their families and to the school. Mr Smyth and Mr Lyons are incredibly proud of their efforts.

A massive thank you to all parents who have helped this year and given tremendous support to the boys, to all the Laurelhill pupils who cheered and roared the boys over the line and to all the staff who have supported the boys this year.

Man of the match was incredibly hard to pick as every player had an outstanding game, but it was decided that Harry D’s two goals and his work-rate off the ball was superb, so he picks up the MOTM award.


U15 Belfast Cup Final

Full Time – Laurelhill 3-2 Boys Model

Goal scorers: Harry D x2 and Jay B

MOTM: Harry D


Mr Smyth


Year 8 Netball Match Report

Today our Year 8A and B team played their final match. Our game was against Wallace at the Lisburn Racquet Club.
First to the court was the 8A Team. Captain Rosie kept the team motivated by shouting words of encouragement and getting herself up and down the court and helping pass the ball to GA Amelia. Lacey and Faith worked well in defence and Tiana helped keep moving them back down the court.
Unfortunately, the win wasn’t to go to us with Wallace taking home the win!
POM Lacey F
Up next was our 8B team. The girls came to the court very eager and ready to play some fast play netball. Mylie Mc kept the centre passes moving quickly to Niamh and getting the ball down to our shooters – Mia and Charley. The Wallace defence was very strong and we were ready for the rebound balls and moved them quickly to their shooting area. With a half time substitution Myliee M moving into GA and Effie G moving to Centre the girls found their groove and Myliee M got some get shots and goals and we started to score points. The win didn’t go our way with this game either but the girls played really well and showed great teamwork. 🤾‍♀️
POM Myliee M
Well done everyone
Ms Beattie & Mrs McCready

Royal Navy Ready Steady Cook Challenge Masterclass

The Royal Navy Recruitment Logistics team provided a Ready Steady Cook challenge masterclass to some of our Year 11 Occupational Studies students today.

Pupils were tasked with preparing, cooking and presenting two dishes: Chicken Kievs with Fondant Potatoes and Sticky Toffee pudding. On completion, pupils presented their food to the Navy chefs. Their dishes were judged on taste, texture and appearance.

Our pupils executed great time management, technical and presentation skills. This was an excellent morning, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. I was very proud of all our fantastic pupils who demonstrated great skills and wonderful manners. 🍽️


Mrs Crawford


U12 Girls reach semi-final of the Electric Ireland Cup.

Laurelhill U12 Girls v St. Colm’s On Friday 19th April, the U12 Girls Football team pulled off a dynamic performance to beat St. Colm’s and secure a place in the semi-final of the Electric Ireland Cup.

An early goal from Kaci set us on our way towards victory. Strong, steady defending and composure from Niamh, Harlow and Effie kept St. Colm’s at arms length throughout the duration of the first half. In the first 25 minutes, Tilly comfortably secured a hat-trick, followed by a lovely finish from Miley to make the half time score 5-0.

In the second half, Miley dominated midfield, creating some skillful chances for Tilly, Kaci and Eva. St. Colm’s battled well securing two goals. However, Tilly found the back of the net once again, followed by two impressive goals from Kaci making her our second hat-trick hero of the day! Final score 8-2.

A remarkable performance from every girl on the pitch and a great reward for all the hard work the girls have put in to develop as a team. Well done girls, we couldn’t be more proud of you! 👏🏻💙💛

Special thanks to Madison and Ryan for their assistance and to each of the parents who turned up to support from the sidelines!

Goal scorers:
Tilly ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
Kaci ⚽️⚽️⚽️
Miley ⚽️

Miley & Harlow

Ms Cunningham and Miss Moorhead

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Belfast Cup Semi Final

Determination, drive and desire! Three characteristics displayed by our Year 11 football team during the Belfast Cup Semi Final clash with Ballyclare Secondary at Midgley Park on Tuesday afternoon. Both teams had met in the group stage of the competition with Ballyclare winning 2-1 in a very close game at Dixon Park in September. Yesterday, there was very little to separate the two teams, with Storm Kathleen doing everything in her power to ensure a difficult game for both teams.

Laurelhill, captained by Billy N, played against wind in the first half and found it difficult to get into a rhythm. Strong winds made even the simple passes difficult and Laurelhill struggled to play the quick one-two touch football that we have grown accustomed to this year. Ballyclare, playing with the wind, were good in the first half, with their centre backs looking very solid in defence and comfortable on the ball. Ballyclare took the lead on the 20th minute through a rather fortunate decision. A free kick was met by the head of the striker, Lewis palmed the ball down at his feet, collected the ball and looked to distribute the ball and hit Ballyclare on the counter. As the Ballyclare players ran back to defend, the referee blew his whistle and indicated a goal. It was ruled that the ball had crossed the line from the header, much to the bewilderment of all players and staff. However, the referee’s decision is always final and Laurelhill found themselves a goal down.

Playing with the wind in the second half made a huge difference to Laurelhill’s attacking play. Billy B and Billy N started to get a hold of the game and started linking well with Max, Noah and Spencer, as Laurelhill chased an equaliser. Harry and Max ran at the defence and held the ball up well, but Ballyclare’s defence stood firm. Billy B was restricted to long range efforts but to no avail. Max, being marked by a Northern Irish international, was superb, his hold up play resulted in multiple free kicks. Delivery from Billy B and Billy N was excellent, but the Ballyclare centre back was commanding and dominant in the air. However, the next delivery from Billy N was met by Isaac, who’s header was glanced just wide. Set piece after set piece, Laurelhill were gaining momentum, they were knocking on the door. Six minutes of added time was all that was left for Laurelhill to rescue their Belfast Cup chances. Another free kick, another narrowly missed opportunity. In the sixth minute of added time, Spencer won yet another free kick, this was it, the last chance of the game, it was now or never. Another excellent delivery from Billy N was headed on target by Jay, the keeper saved it but palmed it back into the box. Like all good poachers, Harry was there to follow in the header and smash the ball home to draw Laurelhill level, with the last kick of the game.

Ten minutes of extra time to decide who will progress to the final, momentum was well and truly with Laurelhill. Playing against the wind again, Laurelhill found a way to raise their game and deal with the strong gales. The boys moved the ball well and defended excellently to deal with the long balls being launched into the box by Ballyclare. Great link up by Billy B and Spencer earned Laurelhill another free kick. A fantastic delivery from Billy N saw the ball fall to substitute Joel, who’s effort curled away from the keeper and into the top corner, to send the supporters in the stand into raptures.

The second half of extra time saw Laurelhill show real determination, bravery and guts! Ballyclare threw everything they had at the boys but the centre back pairing of Isaac and Reuben were formidable. A final attack from Ballyclare saw their shot blocked and cleared by Noah, with the referee blowing for full time.

A fantastic display of courage and a never say die attitude has the Year 11 boys into the Belfast Cup Final. Mr Smyth and Mr Lyons are incredibly proud of their achievement.

We now look forward to the Belfast Cup Final against Boys Model on Friday 26th April at the Blanchflower Stadium.

Full Time (AET): Laurelhill 2 – 1 Ballyclare Secondary

Goal scorers: Harry D and Joel M

MOTM: Isaac L

Mr Smyth


Northern Ireland – Cleveland Basketball Tournament at Lisburn Racquets Club

Our Year 8 Boys and Girls teams took part in the Northern Ireland – Cleveland Basketball Tournament at Lisburn Racquets Club on Wednesday 6th December.

The tournament was very competitive with some excellent talent on show. The girls tournament started with an emphatic win against Rathmore, with game finishing Laurelhill 20 – 4 Rathmore.

The girls were involved in a nail bitter against St Dominic’s in their second group game. Laurelhill raced into a 6-2 lead with scores from Tiana, Amelia and Maisey. The last period saw Niamh dribble her way past the St Dominic’s defence and produced a terrific pass to find Faith under the basket to put Laurelhill in front. A steal from Lacey, allowed Laurelhill to extend their lead to 4 points as she found Tiana under the basket for another score. However, St Dominic’s managed to tie the game on the  buzzer. Final score 10-10.

The girls then faced St. Patrick’s Knock straight after their St. Dominic’s game, with tiredness being a big factor and St Patrick’s large squad the girls were beaten 14-4 in their last group game.

Due to a few transport issues for other schools, the boys started their tournament against St. Joseph’s who had two strong teams in the tournament. The boys started brightly with Leyton, Tobias and Mark coming very close to opening the scoring. The boys battled hard against a strong St. Joseph’s, Matthew and Tobias had a couple of efforts that were unfortunate not to go in. Leyton was a constant threat on offence. Final score Laurelhill 4-6 St. Joseph’s.

The boys then faced an even stronger St Patrick’s Armagh side, with the height and size advantage proving too much to overcome, final score Laurelhill 4 – 18 St Patrick’s Armagh. The boys’ final game was terrific, against St John The Baptist, both side traded scores, before some excellent rebounding from Lukas and Tobias, allowed the speed machine Leyton to fly up the court to give Laurelhill the lead. Benji added another excellent score, but St John the Baptist made a late comeback in the final moments to snatch victory from the boys. Final score Laurelhill 10-St. John’s 14.

The girls progressed to the semi-finals were they met St Dominic’s again. The girls showed excellent teamwork, determination and desire to win the game but unfortunately narrowly missed out on a place in the final, with St. Dominic’s winning 12-10.

All pupils effort, determination and commitment was excellent throughout the day and they should be incredibly proud of their efforts.

Year 8 Girls

Most Valuable Player – Niamh 

Most Improved Player – Amelia 

Year 8 Boys

Most Valuable Player – Leyton

Most Improved Player – Matthew


Sports Day 2023

On Wednesday 14th June our PE department held our annual sports day. The sun was shining as we were blessed with some fantastic weather and clear blue skies for the occasion. Students in Years 8-11 took to the pitches to participate in a series of heats in track and field events. It was a wonderful day with strong participation across the school despite the uncharacteristically warm temperatures. Pupils participated and ran with enthusiasm, commitment and desire which are three very important life skills which our PE department teach to our pupils all year!

Students were also treated to a delicious BBQ thanks to Chef Hines and Chef Newnham!! Thank goodness the ice cream van was there for the perfect cool down refreshment after the racing. It really was a wonderful way to finish off what has been a busy year of sport in school.

Thank you to all who help to make the event a huge success and congratulations to all our student and staff competitors!! 

Head of PE Mr Watson was delighted with the day:

‘Sports Day 2023 show-cased the best that Laurelhill has to offer. Not only were our fantastic outdoor facilities bathed in sunshine from start to finish, but all pupils were a credit to themselves and to the College. Races and field events were hard fought with determination and competitive spirit on show throughout and several school records broken. Well done to all of the pupils who participated and congratulations to the winners of the following events listed below.’


Year 8 Girls – Tilly Short

Year 8 Boys – Abbey Coulter

Year 9 Girls – Mia McKittrick

Year 9 Boys – Sam Banford

Year 10 Girls – Ruby Hunter

Year 10 Boys – Fred Patterson

Year 11 Girls – Ellie McIlveen

Year 11 Boys – Arnar Brynjarsson


Year 8 Girls – Tilly Short

Year 8 Boys – Michael Layland

Year 9 Girls – Josephine Haggerty

Year 9 Boys – Harvey Girvan

Year 10 Girls – Ruby Hunter

Year 10 Boys – Fred Patterson

Year 11 Girls – Ellie McIlveen

Year 11 Boys – Arnar Brynjarsson


Year 8 Girls – Riley McDowell

Year 8 Boys – Matthew Gilliland

Year 9 Girls – Grace Campbell

Year 9 Boys – Harvey Girvan

Year 10 Girls – Lucy Woolsey

Year 10 Boys – Jay Borrill

Year 11 Boys – Archie Wiseman


Year 8 Girls – Alijah Johnston

Year 8 Boys – Matthew Gilliland

Year 9 Girls – Grace Campbell

Year 9 Boys – Archie Irvine

Year 10 Girls – Lucy Woolsey

Year 10 Boys – Jay Borrill

Year 11 Girls – Sophie

Year 11 Boys – Aaron Wilson


Families First NI Award Success for Laurelhill Community College

It was a night of celebration for the College on Saturday 20th May 2023 as we picked up FOUR awards for the school and teaching staff.

Families First NI hosted the 2023 Secondary, Grammar and College awards, sponsored by Calvert Office Equipment Ltd, in Titanic Belfast, to recognise schools and individuals who make a difference to the up-and-coming generation in education. We were delighted to receive a nomination in the “School of the Year Country Antrim” category and are delighted to announce we received a Special Recognition Award in this category for the care and dedication our students receive to ensure every child achieves their potential.

Principal, Mr James Martin, was also nominated for “Principal of the Year” and received a Special Recognition Award in this category in recognition for his leadership in school.  Mr Martin said “We are delighted to be recognised in four categories at this award event as it is a clear indication of the breadth of talent across all aspects of the school. We are particularly pleased that our school has been recognised in the School of the Year category.”

Two further nominations were made for members of our teaching staff, Head of PE Mr Watson, and English teacher Mr Reuss. Mr Watson received the Highly Commended Award for Teacher of the Year County Antrim. Mr Watson expressed his delighted in winning highly commended in this caetgory, “I have been teaching for 21 years and I thoroughly enjoy my job and I have enjoyed teaching every pupil throughout my years. I am privileged to teach the best subject in the Curriculum (Physical Education) and the subject which can truly change pupils’ lives. I feel my award is not only a reflection on myself and my teaching but on my entire PE department, which I owe a great deal of gratitude.” English teacher Mr Reuss received the Special Recognition Award in the same category,  Teacher of the Year for Country Antrim. Humbled by the recognition he said “There’s nothing better in teaching than when students or parents say that you’ve made a difference in a child’s life. It’s the bullseye all teachers aim for, that’s why it was so gratifying to be at Titanic Belfast to receive this award thanking me for role I play. It was a proud moment in my career that I’ll cherish for a long time.”

As we  look ahead to the next academic year and celebrate our 50th anniversary, these awards are a great start to the year of activites planned when we will reflect and reminisce at what we have achieved as a school over the past 50 years in the Lisburn community. They are the perfect start to our anniversary celebrations.