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St John's and DH Christie Memorial Primary School pupils at the Mission to Mars day - View Full Size Image
St John's and DH Christie Memorial Primary School pupils at the Mission to Mars day
Pupils from St Colum's Primary School Portstewart at the Mission to Mars day - View Full Size Image
Pupils from St Colum's Primary School Portstewart at the Mission to Mars day
Pupils from St Malachy's Primary School Coleraine enjoy hands-on Chemistry - View Full Size Image
Pupils from St Malachy's Primary School Coleraine enjoy hands-on Chemistry
14/11/2008 SCIENCE WEEK AT LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE

Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, held its annual Science Week during the second week of November 2008, with a number of exciting activities taking place to highlight the place and relevance of Science in the curriculum for students of all ages.  The week included the annual one-day event for Primary 7 students from four local Primary Schools, and, for the first time, a Quiz Night for students, families and friends of the College, including students and staff from some of the College’s Partner Schools.  

Some of the activities involved in the Loreto Science Week included paper plane design in Physics, in which the challenge for students was to design a plane which went the greatest distance, using a mechanical launcher.  Meanwhile in the Chemistry department, whizz-bang Chemistry was in action, with the production of a volcano in the lab, filling the room with smoke after a reaction.  In an enthralling display, water was also set alight.  The Biology department was visited by a representative of the local pet shop, who afforded students the opportunity to handle a snake, have a parrot perch on their shoulder or feed rabbits, hamsters and so on.  Other activities on offer throughout the week included a Scientific Creative Writing competition, run in conjunction with the Loreto English Department.

On of the highlights of the week was the Primary Schools’ “ Mission to Mars” Day, in which Primary 7 students from St John’s Primary School Coleraine, St Malachy’s Primary School Coleraine, DH Christie Memorial Primary School Coleraine, and St Colum’s Primary School Portstewart took part.  The students participated in a variety of activities in the course of the day, such as exploring how to use a microscope in the Biology Department, and enjoying hands-on participation in an experiment in the Chemistry Department.

Mr Brian Lenehan, College Principal, congratulated the members of the Science Department, in particular Mrs Maeve Close, Head of Physics, Mrs Geraldine Doherty, Head of Biology, Mr Frank Scullion, Head of Chemistry and Mr Brian McKenna, Head of Technology, along with Vice Principal Mr Michael James, on a lively and stimulating week.