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Posted on 12th October 2018 | GeneralNews

Guest speakers Conleith Gallagher & Lisa Duffy pictured with MLP students

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Shared Education, the Magherafelt Learning Partnership hosted a public speaking event for Year 9 pupils on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 October 2018.  

60 students from Rainey Endowed School, Sperrin Integrated College, St. Pius X College, Magherafelt High School, St. Mary’s Grammar School and Kilronan School came together to explore the impact of social media on our lives.  Pupils participated in interactive games to develop their teamwork skills before watching an engaging performance by Magherafelt High School pupils on the advantages and disadvantages of social media. 

“The MLP is very grateful to guest speakers who came along to share their experience of social media within their lives and business.”

The MLP is very grateful to guest speakers who came along to share their experience of social media within their lives and business.  Social media guru, Kel Dickson (@thebiggiraffe), explained to the pupils how social media can lead to a fascinating and rewarding career.  He reflected on his own experience of working with the IFA, large sporting bodies, famous bloggers and YouTubers.  Students then listened to Conleith Gallagher, Director in Spectrum Employment Solutions in Cookstown, who revealed how he used social media to help his business to flourish.  Lisa Duffy, Director of Bright Young Things, addressed the pupils about how their social media defines their personal brand, as they move into the adult world.  The final speaker, PSNI’s Schools’ Officer Martin Allen, provided a stark warning about the dangers of social media and offered pupils tips on how to stay safe online. 

Each of the 12 teams then had time to work together to plan and perfect a presentation on their group’s views on social media.  On Thursday 11 October, each team had five minutes to impress the esteemed judging panel with their presentation.  Mrs Mary McGurk from CCEA, Kel Dickson, and Conlieth Gallagher were so impressed with how pupils engaged with one another and the high quality of the presentations. 

The  teachers involved were in awe of the creativity, kindness and maturity displayed by all pupils over the course of the two days. It is hoped that this experience will help MLP students to grow together and it was a great way of celebrating the talent and skills of all young people in Magherafelt. 


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