On Saturday 19 March a team of twelve pupils and four staff had a very different start to the Easter holidays. Following a year of fundraising, planning and preparation, we were all about to embark on our first Habitat for Humanity global village trip.
Students at Friends' School Lisburn were treated to a display of the latest Virtual Reality technology from Global IT giant Google last Tuesday (26th April). Friends’ School Lisburn were one of a very select group of schools in Northern Ireland to be hosting an ‘Expeditions’ event and it certainly proved to be fascinating insight into the world of virtual reality.
University of Ulster held a Lower Sixth Economics Conference on Wednesday 13th April. Pupils arrived to tea, coffee and scones before settling down to listen to some very interesting lectures on Market Failure, the NHS - is it affordable?, UK income and wealth inequality and UK fiscal policy. Pupils found the content very relevant to their AS course.
On Thursday 17th March Jordan Buchanan, who works for the Economic Policy Centre based at the University of Ulster, spoke to Sixth Form pupils. The centre is an independent research centre focused on producing evidence based research to inform policy development and implementation. The Centre’s work is relevant to government, business and the wider general public with the aim of engaging those who may previously have been disengaged from economic debate.
This year’s Young Enterprise company Generation won two awards at a recent awards ceremony. In order to compete the pupils completed a ten page business report and took part in an interview.
On the 14th and 16th March 2016, Year 13 Business Studies pupils visited Chain Reaction Cycles in Doagh. Chain Reaction Cycles is the world's largest online bike store which has grown from a small family owned local bike shop, to a multi-channel online retailer distributing to over 120 countries daily with over 5 million units sold per year.