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Winners of the Poster Design and Photography competitions with Mrs S. McBroom and Mrs K. Brolly - View Full Size Image
Winners of the Poster Design and Photography competitions with Mrs S. McBroom and Mrs K. Brolly
Y12 students enjoying the Royal Navy STEM workshop - View Full Size Image
Y12 students enjoying the Royal Navy STEM workshop
Y12 students enjoying the STEM workshop led by the Royal Navy - View Full Size Image
Y12 students enjoying the STEM workshop led by the Royal Navy
Y12 students exploring STEM applications in engineering - View Full Size Image
Y12 students exploring STEM applications in engineering
The team from Armstrong Medical which took part in the Science Quiz with Mrs K. Brolly - View Full Size Image
The team from Armstrong Medical which took part in the Science Quiz with Mrs K. Brolly
23/11/2011 SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE WEEK AT LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE

Loreto College Coleraine held its annual Science Week from 7th-11th November 2011, incorporating visits from partner schools and exciting, enjoyable learning experiences for all age-groups among the College’s students.

Primary 5 and 6 pupils from partner Primary Schools St John’s PS, Christie Memorial PS and St Malachy’s PS Coleraine each spent time exploring the Environmental Trail in the Loreto grounds.  They were assisted on their explorations by Year 11 students and members of the Loreto College Biology Department, Mrs G Doherty, Mrs S McBroom, Mrs S Mullan and Mrs S Young.  All groups were lucky enough to explore the trail before the stormy weather took hold, and were able to admire the stunning autumn foliage on the Loreto campus.

There was a great variety of events for the College’s own students: all Year 10 Science classes took part in a tightly-contested wall display competition, with the aim of outlining the purpose and career possibilities in environmental science. These displays were judged by a panel from among the Loreto teaching staff, on the basis of content, impact, literacy and design: all members of the judging panel were impressed by what they saw.  Other competitions on offer included a Scientific Poster contest for Junior students, and a Scientific Photography contest for Seniors: again, both competitions drew a large number of excellent entries.  The winning photograph was an impressive picture of a prism separating white light.  In the Junior Poster competition, the winners were: Niamh McAtamney (first Year 8), Milena Mroz (second Year 8), Abigail McBroom (Highly Commended Year 8), Kate McLaughlin (first Year 9), Eliza Richardson (second Year 9) and Cariosa O’Harte (third Year 9), while in the Senior Photographic competition the honours went to: Roisin Parahoo (first), Tara Stewart (second) and Julia Brzozowska (third) – all Year 12.

Lunchtime demonstrations were available in turn in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with the Biology department offering an investigation into extracting strawberry DNA when Gerard Hughes from Sentinus came to visit. The Chemistry lab was full to capacity when Mr Scullion demonstrated some exciting experiments including ‘the screeching jelly baby’ and ‘careful what you mix-sugars and acids start a fire.’ In Physics the Year 13 pupils demonstrated ‘dancing liquids’ and the Year 12 students led discussions on surface tension and air pressure including the amazing expanding and shrinking marshmallows.  The year 13 Physics pupils were also  visited by a nuclear physicist, Mr Daniel McKeever, who offered an insight into his role and career opportunities for those interested.

The Science Week Quiz was popular with both staff and senior pupils, and they were joined by representatives from Armstrong Medical and Nicobrand.  There was a Science twist to the quiz, which was hosted by Mr John Montgomery, and the winning team was none other than a team of Science teachers, with Armstrong Medical a close second.

Taking place shortly after Science Week, on Wednesday 23rd November, but in keeping with the spirit of ‘Science Across the Curriculum’, Year 12 Physics students enjoyed a half-day workshop with a team from the Royal Navy.  This ‘STEM’ workshop encouraged the students to see the value and relevance of Physics (and the broader study of Science) to potential future careers, including engineering, communication, search and rescue and many others.  Head of Physics Mrs Katrina Brolly commented that the Year 12 students had been enthused and intrigued by the demonstrations and interactive sessions on offer during the workshop.

With all these activities proving very successful, and with high rates of student participation and enthusiasm, Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to all the members of staff who had organised the various events: Mrs Katrina Brolly (Head of Physics), Mr Frank Scullion (Head of Chemistry), Mrs Geraldine Doherty (Head of Biology), Mrs Sheila McBroom (Head of Junior Science) and all the members of the Science department. Mrs Sheila McBroom and Mrs Katrina Brolly, who co-ordinated Science Week, paid tribute to all those who had helped run the events and to the students for their enthusiastic participation.