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Extracurricular Provision

Participation in extracurricular activities is actively encouraged in Mount Lourdes. It helps develop positive relationships between students, staff and parents as well as forge links with the wider community and other schools. The varied, challenging range of activities helps students develop confidence and a positive self-image, increases their ability to manage stress and improves social skills. Availability of these clubs and activities may differ year on year, due to level of demand and curricular arrangements/priorities. Some of these activities are offered at lunch time while others are available after school.

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Sports

 

A wide range of sports are accessible in or through Mount Lourdes. Our aim is to give students as much opportunity as possible to develop their talents. Examples are given below:

• Badminton

• Cross-Country

• Gaelic Football

• Netball

• Queens’s University Future Stars GAA

• Ulster School Swimming

• Rugby

• Sports Hall Athletics

• Track and Field

Clubs/Societies

 

  • An Cumann Gaelach

  • Biology Bake-off

  • Catalyst – Generation Innovation KS5

  • Craft

  • Chemistry Olympiad UK

  • Current Affairs (Junior and Senior)

  • Dance

  • Digital DNA Futures Competition

  • Drama

  • ECO Club

  • Future Chef Competition

  • Geography Environmental Photo Competition KS3

  • History Club

  • Homework Club

  • Learn Spark – Study Skills Development KS4

  • Mount Lourdes Fun Day KS3 and KS4

  • PSNI Schools Liaison Events KS3-KS5

  • Public Speaking and Debating

  • Queen’s IT Subject Ambassadors Programme

  • Rotary Club Leadership Development Competition

  • Science/Gardening Clubs

  • Senior Prefect Training – Share Discovery Village / Royal Navy

  • SistersIN Leadership Programme

  • Soroptimist Public Speaking

  • St Patrick’s Day Parade

  • Young Reporter Competition

  • University Roadshow

Music and Choir

 

Ceili Band

• Junior and Senior Grupa Ceoil

• Junior and Senior Choir

• String Orchestra

• Wind Band

Educational Visits

 

A wide range of educational visits take place from year to year in Mount Lourdes. Our school curriculum is directly supported by many of these trips while others have a more pastoral, social dimension.  Some examples of very recent school visits are listed below. Many of these trips are annual while others, occasional.

  • Ardhowen Theatre KS3

  • Croke Park, Dublin

  • Giant’s Causeway Trip KS3

  • International Trip to Spain/Germany/Italy – Year 10

  • Leinster House / The Oireachtas, Dublin – KS5 Politics

  • Mullaghmore, Co Sligo

  • Museum of Free Derry

  • National Cemetery at Glasnevin, Dublin

  • Opera House Belfast, Pantomime – Year 8

  • River Sillees, Fermanagh

  • Seamus Heaney HomePlace

  • Strasbourg, France – KS5 French

  • Titanic Quarter

  • Various NI destinations for athletics, netball, rugby and Gaelic Football

  • Washington DC – KS4/5 History

Languages

 

  • All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad

  • European Day of Languages

  • French, Irish and Spanish Clubs

  • Gael Linn Quiz

  • Hispanofest Competition – Queen’s University Belfast

  • Irish Language Spelling Bee

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Faith

 

At the heart of school life in Mount Lourdes is our Catholic ethos and Mercy tradition which permeate all that we do. Some of the main events which support our Catholic ethos are listed below:

• Annual School Mass

• Annual Mass for the bereaved

• Ash Wednesday Ashes Service

• Christmas Carol Service

• Eucharistic Minister Training

• Leavers Mass Yr 14

• Weekly School Mass

• Weekly Year Group Assembly