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Nuffield Research Placements

Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries) provide over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians…The placement scheme is an opportunity for Lower 6th students studying STEM A-Levels to be placed in a research environment (industrial or university setting) in the summer months of 2016.Applications for the Scheme are opening on Monday 26th October 2015.  Please have a look at the website for more information!

http://www.nuffieldresearchplacements.org/There are opportunities for their students to obtain placements and potential financial support in the form of bursary.Placements are available across the UK, in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions.Nuffield Research Placements are administered at a regional level by a network of Nuffield coordinators.

We particularly encourage students who don't have a family history of going to university or who attend schools in less well-off areas. We make sure no-one is excluded on a financial basis by covering students' travel costs. Some students may also be eligible for a weekly bursary in addition to travel expenses. Your regional coordinator will be able to advise on eligibility.

Science Focus Week 2015

Science focus week in the junior school offered a wide selection of workshops, visits and shows to the Yr8 pupils and proved to be very popular- with a focus to enthuse our pupils outside the confines of the classroom and demonstrate the relevance of science to local industries pupils had the opportunity to engage in a fun chemistry workshop, visit the Loughs Agency, have a site tour of Invista discovering just how stretchy Lycra is and even had a visit from a rocket scientist, Ash McFadden from Greencastle Planetarium.

A rat dissection, rocket making workshop and some sports science in the gym also were on offer. 'Science 4 You' presented their science 'dragon' show on Wednesday to all Yr8 engaging introducing aspects of engineering, biology, chemistry and physics during the show. 

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Lego Family Stem Night

Our first ever Family STEM night proved to be a great success with a  great turn out of Yr8 and Yr9 families.

The educational part of the evening was not lost with an emphasis on STEM related career opportunities  locally and the significance of subject choices as students progress through school being highlighted.

That said,  I have never experienced so much fun with lego in one room amongst both adults and pupils with a competitive streak amongst families at the fore! Our thanks to STEM Aware for hosting the event.

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PSNI Road Safety

Stuart Crutchley, PSNI Road Safety branch, delivered a presentation to our Year 13 pupils outlining the importance of driving safely.A combination of videos, facts related to careless driving, firsthand accounts of accidents and hard hitting questions helped to provide Year 13 with practical advice for their future driving.

A startling message to all of our young drivers is that 95+% of crashes where someone is killed or seriously injured are due to human error.Sincere thanks to Stuart for facilitating this extremely beneficial presentation

Amazing Brains

Year 11 pupils participated in ‘The Drive for Results’ seminar which is aimed primarily at GCSE students.  During this workshop they worked through practical, meaningful and relevant activities, allowing them to develop the study techniques and strategies essential for success at GCSE.

Local Democracy Week

The middle school council had the opportunity to debate with local MLAs about issues pertinent to Derry.  Some of the topics discussed were the expansion of Magee College, cuts in education and the impact on youth in the city, addressing mental health and anti-social behaviour.

NEXUS Internet Safety Presentation

Foyle College's PTFA welcomed parents and guardians to an informative presentation from Mary McLaughlin, a NEXUS representative, who presented an alarming account of the dangers associated with sexting, cyber relationships and online grooming.

Mary delivered real life examples of children and adolescents who were, often innocently, endangered as a result of their online activity.Her advice is that parents should always friend request their children on social media sites, monitoring their online activity and communication.The message for all young people using the Internet is simply: "Online communication should always be suitable dialogue for the family table if you are surfing safely."

A sincere thank you to NEXUS for their informative presentation, one that will be delivered to our Post-16 pupils in the coming weeks.

NEXUS' office is situated on Clarendon Street, where they offer additional guidance and support to members of the community.

 

Career Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yr 12 & 13 students enjoying a career presentation on creating a new generation of H&S professionals by Mrs Jackie O'Niell 

Poster Competition

   

Congratulations to Debbie Hawthorne 8C & Sophie Young 11D for winning the Hairspray poster competition. 

New Driver NI

This morning, Stephen Savage from New Driver NI delivered a presentation aimed at 17 years olds who are about the begin driving.Stephen reminded the pupils of the pledge they should make to themselves each time they get behind the wheel, to always

- drive SLOW

- drive SOBER- SECURE all passengers

- put mobile devices on SILENT - have SHARP vision

This, coupled with real life accounts of tragic teenage road deaths, proved to be an informative and worthwhile experience. We thank Stephen for his time and the excellent resources he distributed to our pupils.