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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.  

Foyle Hospice Run

A selection of girls from Foyle College who raised £516 for the Foyle Hospice when they completed the recent Female Walk/Run. Included is their teacher Miss Barr.

Foyle Hospice provides ongoing palliative care services for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses while supporting their families and loved ones in the North West of Northern Ireland.  Our commitment is to improve the quality of life of patients while extending care and support to their families and loved ones.

Drama Year 11

Year 11 Drama students staged a dress rehearsal of 'Bottom of the Bottle' on Friday, 19th June. 

The play is inspired by issues teenagers are faced with in our modern society, exploring the themes of family life, addiction and peer pressure.

Each of the pupils contributed to the scriptwriting process and have spent the past few months auditioning for roles, learning their lines, exploring rehearsal techniques and staging the production.
 

 

Sportsday Video

Year 9 pupils Molly Gallagher and Peter Hunter took a camera into the skies above Sportsday to capture the event from angles never seen before. Our DJI Phantom drone was quite a spectacle as it hovered and swooped over the track with its gimbal mounted camera following the action. Thanks to Molly and Peter for the footage and they did really well to master the controls after a brief training session the day before. Pictures can be viewed by clicking here

Sci-Fest 2015

Congratulations to the three Yr9 groups who brought their Scifest projects across to St Mary’s on Friday 12 June. Yr8 STEM club pupils also came along attending a ‘magnetic attractions’ workshop and getting the opportunity to be inspired for next year!.

A science of magic show was also entertaining in the afternoon session. A special congratulations to Yr9 pupils Michael Downey, Jessica Crawford & Molly Gallagher who won  the ‘Maths in Science’ STEM Award for their project investigating entitled ’Brain Training with exercise’.

 

Music exam awards

Congratulations to Foyle students Katie House 8E, Rebecca Cole (9A), Elizabeth Hume (11B ), Lauren Devenney (11E ) & Morrigan Johnston (14A ) who were awarded prize certificates by Education Authority Music Service for attaining highest marks in their graded music examinations in the western region. Certificates were presented by Mr Donal Doherty (Head of Music) at a special awards ceremony in Omagh on May 14th.

 

Software and Electronics Taster Day

Software and Electronics Taster Day (Year 13 Maths students), Queen’s University - Fri 26 June 2015, Ashby Bldg.

This event is a one day taster session for Software and Electronics. Again it is open to Maths A Level students (Year 13) - students are not required to have any previous experience of programming in order to take part.The online application form may be found here -

http://go.qub.ac.uk/eeeworkexp

Foyle College Careers Evaluation

Foyle Learning Community.

In recent years the Department of Education has promoted the need for parental involvement when students are making Career decisions. The Foyle Learning Community would like to hear your opinion.

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Festival of Chemistry

Pupils who took part in a festival of chemistry at the ‘Tech’ have impressed event organisers.

The winners of the Salters Challenge were as follows: 1st place: Foyle College; 2nd place: Loreto Letterkenny; 3rd place: St Cecilia’s College

 

Audrey Strong from the Salters Institute said the Salters Festival of Chemistry at the North West Regional College’s (NWRC) Strand Road campus

set a precedent for similar festival events to take place across Further Education Colleges in Northern Ireland.

“Involving young competitors from a range of secondary schools, the Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of the Salters’ Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young,” she said.
 

“We have been mightily impressed with this College, both in terms of its course provision and learning environment, and also it’s partnerships with stakeholders across the industry,” she added.

“We wish to congratulate all of the young pupils who took part in the events, and hope that their experiences have enabled them to consider a career in this industry for the future,” said Ms Strong.