YPI is an organisation that grants money to community-based social service charities each year. The charities that receive the money is decided by pupils in school-based philanthropy projects. Year 14 pupils at Foyle College had the opportunity to make contact with a charity that they thought deserved a £3000 prize from YPI.
Six groups of pupils were chosen to go forward to the finals, which were held on Wednesday 20th January. Each group provided information on their chosen charity and told us about the good work that could be done if their charity were to win £3000.
The charities that the groups chose to represent were RNIB, Foyle Sailability, St.John’s Ambulance NI, Children in Crossfire, Foyle Down Syndrome Trust and The Phoenix ADHD Project.
Although there was close competition, Lydia Cullen, Aaron McFarland and Amy Gardiner were selected as the group with the best overall presentation and therefore won £3000 for The Foyle Down Syndrome Trust.
Foyle attends the Student Leaders’ Congress, Dublin
Foyle College is currently an Ambassador School working to promote positive mental health amongst its pupils. As such, a group of Year 11 and 12 pupils joined over 4000 students from across Ireland at the annual Student Leaders Congress at the RDS in Dublin on Thursday 14th January.The aim of the Student Leaders’ Congress was to promote positive mental health; encourage help-seeking behaviour in young people; and put forward the Cycle Against Suicide message that ‘It’s ok not to feel ok, and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’.
The Congress brought together students and teachers from all over the island of Ireland in an inspiring and energetic forum comprising celebrity speakers, live entertainment, discussions and much more.
This was very much a student-led event whereby a large portion of the day involved students: discussing projects they have engaged with, providing entertainment, conducting peer interviews and interacting with a range of mental health organisations exhibiting on the day.The theme of this year’s Congress was ‘Together We Can.’
11th January 2106 saw a first in the life of Foyle: a French storytelling event organised in conjunction with Queen’s University.
Madame Isabelle Sauvage, a professional French Storyteller from the CLIO (Association of Storytellers in France) performed two stories in French to a group of year 12, 13 and 14 French students: “Le Moineau, le Lièvre et le Chat” ( The Sparrow, the Hare and the Cat) and “Le Souriceau” (The Baby Mouse).
Foyle pupils also performed a dramatization of “Le Navet Enorme” ( The Enormous Turnip), and completed linguistic activities based on the stories.
This event was a further development of the French storytelling project, for which Foyle won a prestigious award from the British Academy in London in 2013.Some pupils’ comments: “I found Isabelle entertaining to listen to” “I’ve rekindled my love of storytelling – very entertaining and enthralling”