Successful Limavady Grammar open night

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Limavady Grammar School was thrilled by its successful Open Night recently when it played host to over 700 pupils and parents from a wide catchment area across the North West.

Principal Mr Robert Wilson spoke warmly to pupils and parents on the school’s aims and focused on the school’s Mission Statement: ‘Learning, Caring, and Preparing for Life’.

Guests were escorted on a guided tour of the school’s extensive buildings and” state of the art” facilities by enthusiastic pupils, where the subject departments provided samples of pupil centred classroom activities and work.

Pupils in the Art and Design Department demonstrated the considerable skills they had learned at after school clubs in ceramics and textiles. In the Biology Department, the primary school pupils were encouraged to take part in a number of different fun activities. These included “build a torso” and “where do woodlice like to live?”.

The Chemistry department had a ‘hands-on’ approach for the P6 and P7 students giving them the opportunity to make slime, burn explosive gases, make mini coloured fireworks and also watch demonstrations of some LGS students launching film canister rockets, making elephant’s toothpaste and turning water into wine.

The History and Politics department displayed a wide range of topical work from Year 8 to GCSE level. ICT & Computing hosted a wide range of activities including animation using innovative programs Monkey Jam and Pivot, simple programming using Scratch and some competitive gaming using GameMaker. There was also a live video conference with the Physics Department and a search for the” usual suspects” with our wanted posters. Parents listened to a presentation by Year 11-14 pupils in French, German and Spanish about language provision in the school, before taking part in some language games on computers with Year 8 and 9 pupils. Technology had a number of year 8 students demonstrating some of the work they have been engaged with during their first term in the school. There were also some older students working on a range of activities associated with the current GCSE course: these included Electronic control and CAD/CAM.