Laurelhill Community College
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Extra Curricular

Overview

The curriculum is supported by an extensive extra-curricular programme which allows skills acquired in other areas of interest to complement students’ academic studies. The school has a long standing tradition of a varied extra-curricular offer, particularly in a wide range of sports and performing arts. Pupils can choose from the range of clubs and societies below which enriches the learning experience of pupils.


Sport

Alternative Sports

Basketball, Dodgeball, Handball and Badminton are offered on a cycle of 6 week blocks after school from 3.15 – 4.15. The emphasis is primarily on fitness and fun.

Football for Boys

After school football runs every Wednesday from September to April from 3.15 – 4.30. We have teams from U12 – U18 competing in Lisburn League, Belfast and N Ireland Cups. We are the current Lisburn U14 Champions and the N Ireland U15 Futsal Champions.

Football for Girls

After school Girls Football runs every Thursday from September to March from 3.15 – 4.15. We have girls’ teams from U12 – U18 and we compete in Lisburn tournaments and the N Ireland Cups.

Hockey

The mixed hockey club is offered for 6 weeks in Term 2. The club is open to pupils in Year 8 -10 where the pupils compete in a mixed inter-schools Lisburn tournament at the end of the 6 weeks of coaching.

Netball

The girls netball club have 4 teams who regularly compete in the Lisburn Development League. Year 8 and Year 9 are heading to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in March 2017 for their first Netball tour.

Rugby

The PE department run extra-curricular rugby with teams competing regularly against other schools in Lisburn and Castlereagh. Full contact rugby runs from September through to April and mixed tag rugby runs in the summer term. We have a Year 8 and Year 9 team.

Running Club

The running club is open to all pupils in Year 8 - 14 and takes place in Terms 1 and 3. The club welcomes runners of all ability and the primary focus is on health and enjoyment.

Swimming

Pupils will participate in swimming during PE lessons in junior school. The College also competes in the Ulster Secondary Schools Gala on an annual basis.


The Arts

Art Club

The Art Department run an exciting variety of workshop based art clubs throughout the year. Some of these are seasonal and others are just for fun where pupils can develop skills that they have a personal interest in. We try to use techniques and processes that build on classroom based tasks to allow the artist within to flourish.

College Band

College Band welcomes pupils from Years 8 – 14 who play an instrument where the minimum standard required is Grade 1 in the chosen instrument. The College Band performs at many school events including the Carol Service and the Spring Concert.

Drama

Laurelhill Community College has a strong tradition of music, dance and drama, the annual public performance being one of its highlights. Theatre trips and workshops are offered to our pupils throughout the academic year and this develops and enriches their experience of Drama.

Junior Choir

Junior Choir is open to all pupils in Years 8 – 10. The Junior Choir perform at a number of school events during the academic year including the Carol Service and the Spring Concert.

Music Theory Group

Music Theory Group meets in order for pupils to gain public examinations in the Theory of Music. This qualification is required for pupils who wish to pursue to the higher graded examinations of Grades 6 – 8 on their instruments.

Production Band

The Production Band is a group of pupils who come together to provide quality music for the annual college musical production. Pupils who perform at the production are accompanying the live on stage action.

Senior Choir

Senior Choir is open to all pupils in Years 11 – 14. The Senior Choir is well respected in the community and represents the College in many events both inside and outside of school.


Other

Duke of Edinburgh Award

A fun adventure and major challenge, the Duke of Edinburgh scheme offers a wide range of activities. Pupils are required to complete four sections – Expedition, Volunteering, Skill and Physical Activity and will be trained in all aspects of navigation and camp craft for the expedition which will be completed in the Antrim Hills.

Horticulture Club

The Horticulture club meets regularly to develop and maintain the school courtyard, pruning and planting to make the area a haven for wildlife. A range of plants are grown including organic fruit and vegetables which have been delicious!

Numeracy Club

The numeracy club meets during lunchtime twice a week. Each time they meet the pupils get a chance to develop their skills in mental maths through playing fun and interactive games.

Science Club

Science club meets on a weekly basis for year 8 and 9. Pupils have fun doing lots of experiments which are too exciting for normal class time. This year the theme is ‘The Magic of Science’.

Scripture Union

Scripture Union is a time of fellowship and friendship for our pupils. We have a varied programme of guest speakers including past pupils and organisations such as Crown Jesus and Scripture Union. Everyone is very welcome to attend. (“Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst.” - Matthew 18:20)

Student Voice

Student Voice is led by the Student Voice Leadership Team (SVLT), which is made up of elected sixth form representatives. The SVLT team lead the Student Council meetings that are made up of representatives from every class with a total of approximately sixty students on the council.

Technical Production

The Technical Production Team meets on a weekly basis during Term 1 and 2. Pupils learn how to design lighting sequences and stage sound mixes for stage production. Skills are also developed in recording and producing video sequences for school publicity.