Students urged to claim TV licence refund

As students pack up and move home for the summer, TV Licensing is reminding students they may be entitled to extra holiday spending money in the form of a refund.

Pupils and staf from St Ronan's College and local primary schools who took part in a writing project organised by the college, called The Magical Doors. The project culminated in the launch of an e-book of the same name. INLM25-200.

Magical miniature doors spark pupils to write inspirational book

Magical miniature doors popped up in primary schools across Lurgan and Craigavon inspiring young children to write a book.

13 June 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. 
Pictured is Rian McGeown from St Mary's Primary School in Derrytrasna, Lurgan. Rian was crowned champion speller in the 2017 Eason Spelling Bee Ulster final which took place at the Eason flagship store in Donegall Place, Belfast. Rian competed against 8 other finalists and will now go on to compete in the All-Ireland final in Dublin on June 20th."

Rian is crowned as Ulster spelling bee champion

Local lad Rian McGeown has been crowened as the winner of the Ulster Spelling Bee 2017.

Mount Charles Big School Cook Off finalists Niamh Bracken and Carla Withers from St Ronans College pictured with Mount Charles Group Development Chef Simon Toye, teachers Mrs Brock, Mr Hanratty, Principal Mrs Corkey, Mrs Harrison, Vice Prinipcal Dr Moore and Mrs OBrien, Head of Home Economics.

Niamh and Carla cook up a storm for St Ronan’s in NI competition

Award-winning chef Simon Toye visited St Ronan’s College recently after students Niamh Bracken and Carla Withers qualified for the final of the Mount Charles Big School Cook Off.

Register now for anti-bullying week

Register now for anti-bullying week

Lurgan schools and youth organisations are being encouraged to register to take part in this year’s Anti-Bullying Week 2017 (November 13-17) and submit entries for its creative arts competition before the deadline of Friday, June 23.

LOCAL SCHOOLS SCOOP AWARDS: Zoe Salmon, Jennifer Morton Centra, and Rebecca Dalzell Action Cancer along with James O'Hagan Natasha Garrigue (Teacher) and Evan Doyle pictured at the annual Health Action Awards, where The Beeches day Nursery, Aghalee scooped a Gold award. The Awards are part of Action Cancers unique Health Promotion Programme, sponsored by Centra, as part of the brands Live Well initiative. Fifty schools across Northern Ireland picked up awards for their innovative approach to good health promotion across various areas including, providing healthy meal options, promoting healthy snacks and water, encouraging extra-curricular exercise programmes and running cancer awareness initiatives. A full list of the 2017 award winners is available at

Aghalee Day Nursery scoops top health award

An Aghalee day nursery has been recognised for his unique health promotion programme at a recent awards ceremony.

Patrick Yu

Patrick’s honour for his work on racial equality

Patrick Yu who runs the Migrant Centre in Lurgan, Derry and Belfast is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Ulster.

John Donovan Lismore Comprehensive Teacher, Kelli Anne Goodman SPP Student of the Year from Lismore Comprehensive and Brian Doran SRC Chief Executive

Success for high school students at special awards event

Over 150 students from local high schools celebrated their success recently at an awards ceremony for those participating on the School Partnerships’ Programme (SPP) at Southern Regional College’s Lurgan and Portadown Campuses.

Craigavon Area top pupil in each subject winners at the recent SRC SPP

Top pupils at SRC SPP Awards

Pictured are some of pupils from the Craigavon area who were subject winners at the recent SRC SPP Awards.

Craigavon Senior High School.

Upper Bann and Armagh schools named in education report

Five schools in the Upper Bann and Armagh area have been named in a report into the future of education published today.

Stock classroom image. Dozens of schools with 'sustainability issues' have been identified by the Education Authority in their 2017/18 action plan

IN FULL: Schools at risk of closure across Northern Ireland

Dozens of schools across Northern Ireland are facing ‘sustainability issues’ and may be in line for closure or amalgamation with other schools, according to a new action plan published by the Education Authority (EA).

Lismores two respective companies, Key Katchers and Easy Lace joined over 500 students from a range of secondary schools across Northern Ireland and made their way to the Titanic Quarter Belfast for The Big Celebration 17.

Innovative local students develop award-winning device

Lismore Young Enterprise Students are celebrating after their Easy Lace Product made it through to the Northern Ireland Finals.

Armagh heat winners Niamh Bracken and Carla Withers, St Ronan's College with judges Brian Quinn and Caitriona Lennox of Mount Charles.

Budding chefs from St. Ronan’s win place on School Cook Off final

Lurgan’s St. Ronan’s College pupils Niamh Bracken and Carla Withers, a team of Year 9 pupils have been named regional finalists of the 2017 Mount Charles Big School Cook Off, and will progress to the grand final in June.

Beth Wiffen

Author Beth returns to her old school to show children her book

A former pupil of St Patrick’s Primary School in Magheralin returned to the classroom during the week to read extracts from her first ever book, ‘Freddie’s Fire’.

Sorcha Eastwood, HR Officer at Interface Ltd & Kirsty McManus, Head of Business Development at NI Chamber, launch the Southern Area Network STEM group at Interface Craigavons factory site.

New STEM working group for ABC

A new working group to get more women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics job roles has started in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area.


Top 20 books you claim to have read (but probably haven't)

Four in ten of us claim to have read a book they've never picked up in order to appear more cultured in front of friends.

Sarah Farragher and Chloe Mooney with Miss Claire McNeice (Head of ICT), Mrs Noelle Quinn ICT and Karen from Sentinus

St Ronan’s students join ‘IT crowd’ as roadshow arrives at school

Students at St Ronan’s College, in Lurgan got a taste of IT when they were introduced to a programme that will teach young people about the skills required to make it into the industry.

Those who took part in Fit 4 U event in Craigavon.

Adults take part in team building event at Craigavon Leisure Centre

Adults with learning disabilities from across the Southern Trust area, recently participated in a Fit 4 U 2 Team Building at Craigavon Leisure Centre.

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Eco-Schools were delighted to host a Teachers Conference at Stranmillis University College focusing on the importance of Outdoor Learning. During the event they were thrilled to award Eco-Teacher of the Year to Mr Coleman, St Francis Primary School, Lurgan. Pictured with the St Francis Eco-Committee who nominated their teacher are L-R: Dr Sue Christie, Vice Chair Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful; Mr Coleman, St Francis Primary; and Dr Ian Humphreys, CEO Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Go to the top of the ‘eco-class’, Mr Coleman, say St Francis pupils

Teachers from all over Northern Ireland recently gathered to find out about the benefits of Outdoor Learning with one Lurgan teacher coming away with a very special award!

Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

‘What have the Irish done for us?’

What have the Irish ever done for us? Well, the story of one fascinating Lurgan woman will go some way to explaining just that!

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