Lower 6th Symposium 2013

On the afternoon of Wednesday 27th February Grosvenor welcomed pupils and staff members from neighbouring schools ‘Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Grammar, Knock’ and ‘Lagan College’ as it staged the second annual Lower Sixth Symposium between the three schools.

The event, hosted by BBC Radio Ulster's John Daly, proved extremely worthwhile and provided plenty of topical and relevant discussion between members of the panel, which included Lord Mayor and former Grosvenor pupil Gavin Robinson, Alliance party ML for South Belfast Anna Lo and SDLP MLA for South Belfast Conall McDevitt.  

The theme for this year’s symposium was "Are we a tolerant society?"  The questions posed covered topics such as the current flag protests and the image of Northern Ireland around the world to both potential immigrants as well as to businesses.  On the whole the panel was very positive about the future for Northern Ireland and made the point that to progress as a society we need to be more than just tolerant to each other, but also need to reach a position of respect and understanding.

The success of this year’s symposium is thanks largely to the organization of each school's respective Head Boy and Head Girl teams as well as their selected teacher representatives and comes after ‘Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College’ hosted the first annual Symposium between the three schools, on the controversial issue of increased higher education tuition, last March.

Well done to everybody involved in this year’s Symposium who helped to make it such a resounding success - we look forward to further topical and though-provoking discussions at future such events over the years to come.

 

 

The respective Principals, teachers, Head Boys and Head Girls from each of the three participating Schools, along with host John Daly, prior to the Lower 6th Symposium on Wednesday 27th February