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PTFA Donations

A huge thank you to our PTFA for their much needed donations to the school at the end of June.  Shown in the photograph is Mrs Sarah Guthrie receiving an iPad from PTFA Chairperson, Mrs Diane Leeson.  Also included are Ms Lisa McAuley, Mrs Jayne Kane and Mrs Fiona Feeney.

  In total the PTFA financed 11 iPads, 4 Apple TVs, an A3 Visualiser and Printer and an annual magazine subscription to subject areas including Geography, Home Economics, Modern Languages, PE, Art & Design and Special Educational Needs.  The PTFA also made a sizeable donation of £20,000 to help support the school’s extra-curricular provision. 

During the current school year the PTFA are hoping to raise funds to support the deployment of iPads to teaching staff to be used to enhance learning and teaching.  Everyone on the staff appreciates the support given by the PTFA and would encourage all those associated with Foyle College to get involved and support their events.”

Belfast Telegraph Minecraft Build Challenge

Following on from training provided by TeacherGaming, on the use of MinecraftEdu in the classroom, 19 students from Foyle College Junior School took part in an exciting Minecraft Build Challenge on 15th September 2015. 

This event, hosted by CultureTECH and the Belfast Telgraph, challenged the students to investigate one of four iconic sites from across Northen Ireland, learning about its history, architecture, etc. before creating their own version inside the game.  The Foyle College students chose to investigate the Guildhall which is an iconic building within our city.  As part of their investigation the students explored a previous build of the Guildhall which was provided by CultureTECH and the Belfast Telegraph. 

As this build was created by a past pupil of Foyle College, Jonathan Black, the pupils were even more enthusiastic to recreate their own build to see if they could rival his masterpiece.  The day was so successul and the pupils so enthused that the ICT Department are now introducing a Minecraft Club so that the pupils can perfect their build prior to entering the Belfast Telegraph competition.  Good luck to all pupils who are taking part in this!

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Way2Go Alcohol Awareness

This morning, Year 13 pupils attended the first of three Way2Go presentations on alcohol use.

Stephanie delivered an interactive workshop which asked the pupils questions about alcohol consumption, health implications and the hazards associated with intoxication.

Hard hitting statistics and real life examples opened the pupils' eyes the realities of binge drinking and lifestyle implications regular alcohol consumption can have.

We thank Stephanie and the entire Way2Go team for facilitating these extremely beneficial sessions. 

Prize Giving 2015

This year's annual Prize Giving ceremony took place, once again, in the Guildhall on Thursday 3rd September. In the event of a family bereavement, the planned guest of honour, former Head Boy Dr Padraig Moore was unable to attend. We were grateful to Mr Menown, former Vice Principal Mr Ray Menown for stepping in at the last minute to present the prizes.

Congratulations to all our prize winners. Very well done. Pictures available from the gallery. 

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GCSE Results 2015

It was smiles all round this morning as GCSE pupils from Foyle College received their results. The schools exam performance at GCSE has been steadily increasing over the last number of years.This year 85% of pupils achieved 7 or more A* - C grades and 23 pupils achieved 9 or more grade A’s or A*s. The school would like to congratulate its pupils for all their hard work and wish them all the very best in their future courses and careers. 

 

Cambridge Visit

On Monday 29th June 2015 Lydia Cullen and Sarah Gwynne travelled with Mrs Eakin to attend the 13th Northern Ireland ‘Experiencing Cambridge’ Summer School organised for AS Level students from the Province.

The Northern Ireland Initiative has been running since 2002 and offers a popular and varied programme of events for academically-able pupils from all backgrounds.  The Initiative’s principal aim is to encourage more students from schools and colleges in Northern Ireland to consider applying to Cambridge University.

Oxford University Trip

During the first week of July two Year 13 pupils, Aaron McFarland and Robert Smyth, were accompanied by Mr Duffy on a visit to Oxford University for the Northern Ireland schools' 'Summer School'.

They were hosted at St Catherine's College where they stayed for the duration of their trip. The visit allowed both pupils the opportunity to experience life at the University, meet tutors, participate in College life and explore the various faculties and campuses they were interested in.

The boys had the opportunity to receive guidance on the Oxford application process and liaise with current undergraduate students.

Sincere thanks to Kathryn Thompson, St Catherine's College's Access and Admissions Registrar, who facilitated the visit.

 

Moving On 2015

Supporting the Primary-Secondary transition, ‘Your School Your Business’ is an exciting and engaging way to introduce the incoming Year 8 pupils to Foyle College.

On Thursday 4th September 2014, the Year 8 pupils worked together to identify and unlock their enterprise potential and were given the opportunity to meet and explore the roles of staff within their new school. 

They also tackled difficult school issues such as bullying, graffiti and litter and came up with ways to deal with these problems.  The pupils made a poster and a slogan for their final presentations, which were pitched before the “Dragons’ Den” – a team of budding entrepreneurs from Lower Sixth! These presentations were judged and prizes given for the best pitch.  The Years 8s were ably assisted by the AS Level Business Studies pupils who willingly gave up their free periods. 

At the end of the summer term on Thursday 18th June 2015, the Year 8 pupils were back in the Assembly Hall participating in the ‘Moving On’ seminar.  The pupils started their session with an ice-breaker quiz on ‘Who do we know?’ which assessed their knowledge of various people’s roles within the school, such as ‘Who is the Head Boy?’ and ‘What is the Caretaker’s name?’ 

 

Learn To Earn 2015

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

This year’s seminar was hosted by Gail Hamilton on Tuesday 23rd June 2015.  The day’s events started with pupils describing or drawing their dream lifestyle.  Using the jobs booklet, pupils were tasked with discovering key facts about their ideal job, the qualifications needed and how much they would get paid.  Using a budget planner, pupils were then asked to calculate how much their dream lifestyle would cost each year.  Unfortunately many of the pupils got a reality check when they realised that the salary from their chosen job did not allow them to afford their dream lifestyle. 

Through playing the ‘Success’ board game the pupils learnt that gaining more qualifications increased their earning potential and the career options available to them.