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Learn to Earn

Learn to Earn - Young Enterprise Seminar, Wednesday 22nd June 2016

'Learn To Earn' is an engaging and thought provoking Young Enterprise programme, that challenges Year 11 pupils to make the connection between education, training and employment.

Pupils engaged in a variety of different activities such as 'Who am I?', 'Who is successful?' and playing the 'Success' board game.  These activities helped them understand how the learning and training opportunities available in school and the decisions they make now will influence their future careers and their happiness in later life.

Guildhall charity concert

The Honourable The Irish Society and Derry City & Strabane District Council are jointly promoting a concert in the Guildhall at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 26th June 2016 to celebrate the initial refurbishment by Wells Kennedy Partnership of the 3,000 pipe organ.  Catherine Ennis, President of the Royal College of  Organists and Resident Organist at St Lawrence Jewry church in the City of London, has agreed to perform and will be accompanied by Codetta, the  internationally acclaimed Chamber Choir from Londonderry.  The performance will feature choristers from Christ's Hospital School, which has historic connections with the City of London and also from St Mary’s College in Derry. 

The Irish Society and the Council have also been raising sponsorship from charities in the City of London and local businesses in Londonderry.  All proceeds from sponsorship and ticket sales will be donated equally to the Foyle Hospice and the Mayor of Derry’s annual charity appeal (Action Cancer and the Tear Fund).

Tickets are now on sale at £10 from the following website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-organ-event-at-the-guildhall-tickets-19741174384

Please support this good cause by purchasing a ticket and encourage your friends to come along too.  We very much hope this will be a ‘sell-out’ and with your help it just might be.

YPI & The Foyle Down Syndrome Trust

The Foyle Down Syndrome trust were awarded a cheque for £3000 pounds last week thanks to Year 14 pupils Lydia Cullen, Amy Gardiner and Aaron McFarland. Year 14 pupils took part in a YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative) event in January where groups of pupils from each form class presented on why their chosen charity should benefit from a £3000 prize. The Foyle Down Syndrome Trust were delighted to be the winners of this competition.

Fifteen schools from across Northern Ireland took part in YPI this year, raising £45000 for local charities. Each charity officially received their cheque last week at a presentation at Queen’s University, Belfast. This provided the opportunity to see some of the winning presentations from other schools and to gain a greater insight in to the worthwhile work that YPI are doing in Northern Ireland.

Science visits

Photographs from our annual Yr9 Castlerock Science visit  and Yr8 Nesswoods science trip can now be viewed on the school gallery.

Yr9 travelled by train to Castlerock and considered a range of projects including train speeds, banded snail populations, convection currents in land and sea breezes and marram grass growth. Yr8 had fun sampling the invertebrates, considered the soil pH and discovered if moss growth on tree trunks can give directions?! Pupils enjoyed poetry with the ‘environment theme’  over lunchtime as they  ate their planned ‘healthy’ packed lunch- lots of connected learning in evidence!