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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. 

Bronagh Gallagher Concert

 

Congratulations to our pupils Abbie Smith, Katie Smith & Laura Hegarty who performed in concert with Bronagh Gallagher on Saturday Sept 26th in the Millennium Forum. All proceeds from the concert went to the Foyle Hospice.

Voice of the Future

The annual Junior Chamber Voice of the Future event took place last night in the Northern Ireland Science Park.  Voice of the Future is broken up in to two categories (13-15 & 16-18) and Foyle College had highly confident participants in both; Chloe McCarter (Year 9), Jason Nolan (Year 14) and Blake Gray (Year 14).

Special congratulations to Blake Gray who was a winner in his section, presenting an engaging speech entitled 'Derry City is a great place to start a business'.Well done to all involved and a special thank you to Chris Gray, Junior Chamber President, for continuing to organise this enjoyable event.

Mandarin Language Course

Last year, a number of Lower and Upper Sixth pupils were given the opportunity to study a ten-week course in basic Mandarin as part of the Confucius Classroom scheme.  The teachers, Liu Fang and Pi Wenli, who delivered teaching in Chinese language and culture were seconded from Hanban in China to the University of Ulster. 
 
It looked like an interesting course and it was something that hadn’t been offered at Foyle College. We learnt basic phrases and words like how to introduce yourself and talk about your family. It was an interesting approach to learning the language as we used not only PowerPoints but also songs to help us remember words.