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DH Christie Memorial pupils taking part in the Mission to Mars day - View Full Size Image
DH Christie Memorial pupils taking part in the Mission to Mars day
Pupils from St John's Primary School during the Physics activity - View Full Size Image
Pupils from St John's Primary School during the Physics activity
Pupils from St Colum's Primary School Portstewart hard at work - View Full Size Image
Pupils from St Colum's Primary School Portstewart hard at work
Concentration in the lab from St Malachy's Primary School pupils - View Full Size Image
Concentration in the lab from St Malachy's Primary School pupils
12/11/2009 SCIENCE WEEK AT LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE

Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, held its annual Science Week during the second week of November 2009, 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 an afternoon Science Quiz for A level Scientists, including students and staff from some of the College’s Partner and neighbouring schools – a tightly contested event, which was won by a team from Coleraine Academical Institution.

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, while a demonstration of liquid nitrogen-based ice cream making was also on offer.  The Biology department was visited by a local marine biologist, Mr Joe Breen, who gave a highly informative presentation on the features of the local coastline.  GCSE and A level Physics students from both Loreto College and its partner schools attended a talk by Dr Kevin McGuigan from The Royal College of Surgeons, which gave an intriguing insight into ‘the Physics of the body’, while over several lunchtimes, junior students took part in Treasure Hunts on the College’s Environmental Trail. Other activities on offer throughout the week included junior and senior 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.