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LHS celebrates A level results success

Sixth form students and their teachers filled the foyer of Limavady High School on Thursday morning in anticipation of celebrating yet another set of outstanding results. Needless to say they were not disappointed.

The overall percentage pass rate of students achieving 3 A*-C is up 18% on last year with 100% of our students achieving 2 A*-E. Special congratulations go to our top achievers including Josh Kerrigan who gained A*, A and B grades, Nicole Millar and Emma Hetherington who attained 2As and 1 a B and Zoe Gibson, Iona Maxwell and Rebecca Rainey who gained 2As and a C grade.

Acting Principal, Mr Darren Mornin, said, "Once again we are delighted with the achievements of our students and there have been some exceptional results which reflect the hard work of the students and staff. The ethos of the school is based around our mission to provide a secure, caring, happy and challenging learning environment in which all pupils are encouraged to respect others and develop their potential as members of the school and the wider community. I believe that the pupils leaving our school today are fine examples of this and we wish them all the best in the future.”

Mr Mornin continued by saying, "I would like to take this opportunity once again to thank all of the staff of Limavady High School for going that extra mile, the pupils for their dedication and also their parents for their continued support. Our students leave us now to begin the next chapter in their lives, many of them ready to see first hand what university life has to offer and we wish them all well.” Mr Mornin also paid tribute to the input and support from the staff of the partner schools in the Roe Valley Learning Community.

These are exciting times for Limavady High School with the up and coming Shared Campus Project in partnership with St Mary’s Limavady. With a state of the art STEM Centre at Limavady High School and a shared sixth form centre on the St Mary’s site, there has been no better time to join this school community. If you are be interested in applying to Limavady High School please contact the school office on 02877762526.

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Swimming Gala 2016

Limavady High School held its annual swimming gala on Friday 12th February at Roe Valley Recreation Centre. Approximately 75 pupils took part from Years 8 and 9 boys and girls. A big thanks must go to the parents and grand-parents who arrived to watch and cheer their children on at their first inter-house competition this year.

The competition got underway with the time trials for each swimming stroke in the minor and junior age groups for both boys and girls. A total of 30 heats were held to determine the swimmers who reached the finals of the competition. All pupils in the finals of each swimming stroke gained points for their house team. After the back stroke finals Alexander were in 4th place, with Ross in 3rd place and Phillips in 2nd place with 17 points and Massey in first place with 20 points. With the breast stroke finals next the positions changed with Ross in 4th place and Massey increasing their lead. After the front crawl finals Ross stayed in 4th place with 36 points Alexander third with 39 points Phillips 2nd with 44 points and Ross increasing their lead further in 1st place with 56 points. Most of the finals were very close and the timers had to be really alert as well as the finishing judge Mrs Mac and parents were on the edge of their seats urging their little ones on.

The relays were worth double points but unfortunately we did not have enough year 9 pupils to contest the junior girls and junior boys relays. After the minor boys and girls relays the positions still remained the same. The mixed relay was another exciting race.

The minor girls section was quite open with 3 girls finishing on 5 points Megan Milligan, Amber Eccles and Toni Peace. Hollie Buchanan gained 7 points and Rachel Smyth was placed second in her finals and won by one point.

In the minor boys section again we did not have an out right winner. John McCurry and Tom Patton finished in 3rd place with 6 points while Keatin Readdie gained 8 points with two second places and Steven Paterson finished in first place with 11 points.

We had an out right winner the junior girls section with Sophia Anderson finishing in 3rd place with 9 points. Leah Craig and Robyn Anderson had very close finishes but Robyn took first place with 3 wins while Leah finished in second place with 12 points.

The junior boys section was very close Joshua Campbell was 3rd with 8 points while Gregory McCracken gained one first and two seconds and finished with 13 points but was pipped at the post by Cole Buchanan who gained two firsts and one second and finished with 14 points.

A big thanks to all the staff and year 11 pupils who helped with the smooth running of the gala, and thanks must also go to the Recreation Centre staff for their great contribution to the swimming gala preparations.

Swimming Gala results

Minor girls
1st Rachel Smyth 8 pts
2nd Hollie Buchanan 7 pts
3rd Megan Milligan 6 pts
Amber Eccles 6 pts
Toni Peace 6 pts

Minor boys
1st Steven Paterson 11 pts
2nd Keatin Readdie 8 pts
3rd John McCurry 6 pts
Tom Patton 6 pts

Junior girls
1st Robyn Anderson 15 its
2nd Leah Craig 12 its
3rd Sophia Anderson

Junior boys
1st Cole Buchanan 14 pts
2nd Gregory McCracken 13 pts
3rd Joshua Campbell

Overall results
1st Massey
2nd Phillips
3rd Ross
4th Alexander

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Ian Maxwell selected for Northern Ireland U16s

Year 12 pupil, Ian Maxwell, has been selected for the Northern Ireland Under 16 international football team that will play two games in Finland on Monday 14 September and Wednesday 16 September.

On its return home the team will play two further internationals against Poland on Tuesday 22 September at (Queens University Belfast) and on Thursday 24 September (at Comber).

Then, during the first week of November, a revamped Victory Shield will be held at Dragon Park, Newport with matches against the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Regrettably England has withdrawn from this tournament.

Ian’s selection comes as no surprise to those who have monitored his development over the past couple of years. Indeed, last season, he established himself as a key member of the Under 15 development team.

This latest accolade is not only an honour for Ian and his family but also for our school. Staff and pupils at Limavady High School therefore wish him every success for what will be a very busy couple of months.

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