CRED Sixth Form Symposium 2015

On the afternoon of Wednesday 11th March Grosvenor’s entire Lower Sixth year group took time out of timetabled classes to attend the 2015 CRED Sixth Form Symposium between itself, Lagan College and this year’s host school ‘Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College, Knock’.

The Symposium is an annual community relations programme project, sponsored by the Department of Education, with this year’s event being primarily organised by the Head Boy and Head Girl teams from each of the participating Schools. The topic for discussion at this year’s event was 'Should Northern Ireland be Independent?’ – especially topical given the recent Scottish referendum on the issue of independence.

This year’s Symposium took the format of a question-and-answer session to a panel of guest speakers comprising former Grosvenor pupil Gavin Robinson (DUP), Chris Lyttle (Alliance) and Fearghal McKinney (SDLP) with television and radio broadcaster John Daly acting as chair throughout.

The discussion covered a broad range of areas with questions, from pupils of all three schools, relating to such matters as E.U. membership, financial sustainability, currency, flags and the health service in an independent Northern Ireland. Many thanks to the Head Boy and Head Girl teams from each school, as well as the relevant teachers who were also heavily involved in the running and coordinating of the Symposium – this year’s forum proved particularly successful and the three schools look forward to the successful continuance of such gatherings over the coming years.

(Left to right):  Gavin Robinson (D.U.P.), Mr Dermot Mullan (Principal, Our Lady and St. Patrick's College), Dr. Frances Vasey (Principal, Grosvenor Grammar School), Mrs Amanda McNamee (Principal, Lagan College), Fearghal McKinney (S.D.L.P.) and Chris Lytlle (Alliance) prior to this year's Sixth Form CRED Symposium at 'Our Lady and St. Patrick's College'.