Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

Congratulations Gareth!

Many congratulations to Gareth Connor (14E) who has been named as one of 20 Finalists in the 2013 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, an all Ireland recognition programme for outstanding young volunteers.


Gareth was nominated for his services to Institute Football Club’s Youth Academy and Mini Soccer Programme over the past five years. 


By hosting three weekly sessions, Gareth is helping to take young children off the streets, allowing them to play and learn in a safe, controlled environment while promoting healthy and active lifestyles.  Participating in sporting activities has also encouraged these young people to socialise with other children from different communities and across the religious divide, helping to break down barriers and stamp out discrimination.


Volunteering three nights a week has meant a significant personal commitment but without doing so, the children would not have had a coach or manager to develop their skills and someone to take them to matches.


Gareth will receive a €500 award and an engraved medal.


Gareth and his parents will attend a gala awards dinner at Lough Eske Castle in Donegal on 26th March, when two All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be named.  They will each receive €1,000 for a charity of their choice, a gold medallion and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.


We wish him every success in March!

Cross Country Results

Foyle College was well represented yesterday at the Cross Country District Championships in Coleraine. Congratulations to all pupils who participated. Please see results below:
Top 15 individuals qualify for Ulster Cross Country Championships. 
Mini Boys (1500m) (111 Competitors)
Scott Pollack 36th
Tom Baldrick 71st
Intermediate Girls (2500m) (56 Competitors)
Kirsti McIntosh 42nd
Kerri McIntosh 23rd
Aine Sneddon 56th
Intermediate Boys (4000m) (104 Competitors)
Rhys Hughes (12th)
Christopher Martin (104th)
Adam McElhinney (100th)
David Jackson (85th)
Joshua Lyle (17th)
Thomas Monaghan (96th)
Senior Girls (2000m) (23 Competitors)
Phoebe Love 16th
Senior Boys (6000m) (30 Competitors)
Andrew Porter  19th
James Morrisson 
A great day had by all.
Mrs.Leonard & Miss Carlin

Merchant Taylors' Visit

New Art and Design Workshops

Our students are again taking part in a variety of activities, both inside and outside of school, which helps them connect effectively with the big world of Art and Design.

Bernie Murphy, a local textile designer, was invited into the school to run a set of half day workshops with some of our creative Yr.12 and 14 students. They worked very effectively and made the most of this opportunity to develop new technical skills. Our thanks must go to Bernie as she so successfully managed to help so many students develop worthwhile pieces within such a tight timeframe.

·         Jamie Baldrick was one of a small select group of local A level students to work with noted Irish sculpture Philip McFadden in a workshop organised by the Gordon Gallery.

·         Caroline Gilliland and Jake Desmond, both ex-pupils, have been doing a great job working after school with Junior School pupils in both the Photography and Film Clubs.

·         Four of our current A2 students - Anna Kilgore, Laura McElhinney and Jamie Baldrick have been building up their portfolios by going to the value for money night classes at the N W Regional College each Thursday night.

In the coming weeks of the spring term we hope to see some of our Senior students take part in a set of Architecture workshops funded by The Architecture Foundation, London.







British Academy

On the 27th November, 2013, four year ten pupils from Foyle College along  with their teachers, Mrs C. Johnston and Mrs C. Lynch, travelled  to the British Academy in London to receive an award for their languages project, learning French through storytelling.

Pupils have been involved in learning French through storytelling in Foyle  for 7 years, and have worked on familiar stories such as “ le Navet Enorme”  “ La chenille affamée” and “ Les trois petits cochons”.  This is an innovative,  effective and stress free way of language learning and pupils observed that they learnt the language without realizing it.

The French drama group, la Comedie Foylaise, was involved last year in a story workshop with pupils from Lumen Christi, but this year, the project entered a new phase – teaching French to teachers through storytelling. Pupils and teachers were involved in a story workshop working on the Hungry Caterpillar story in French; teachers commented that they were surprised how much French they learnt.

The British Academy is aiming to promote language learning  in the UK  and especially to increase the uptake of languages at Advanced level.  This year, 12 schools from the UK were selected to receive an award of £4,000 towards the development of their project.

  The actor, Larry Lamb, the BBC presenter Seema Pathan, Samir Singh , Community Development , Arsenal FC,  and Wendy Berliner from the Guardian Newspaper, presented the awards, and the Ceremony was introduced by Professor Marian Hobson FBA .  


Digital Survey ILEX

ILEX, the urban regeneration company, in conjunction with Foyle Learning Community, is undertaking an online Digital Survey of school children between 11 and 18 years to determine the access pupils have to digital media. It’s important that all secondary schools in the Derry City Council area take part in this online survey.

Pupils from each participating school will be entered into a draw and one person from each participating school will win a Microsoft Surface Tablet & Keyboard. The survey closes on Friday 13th December 2013.


Please find below a link to the online Digital Survey:

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Congratulations to all pupils involved in our Shakespeare Schools Festival performance.  Twelfth Night was a fantastic success and was given an excellent appraisal by the Shakespeare Schools Festival team.

Mrs. Johnston and Mrs. Knox are very proud of all cast members and wish to thank all parents, teachers and pupils who were at the Waterside Theatre for their support on Monday night.

Foyle Film Festival 2013 Screening

Foyle Film Festival 2013
Derry born film maker and academic Desmond Bell screens his early film
Redeeming History (1992) 
8.00pm Sat 23rd Nov. 
Masonic Hall, Bishop St, Londonderry 
Desmond Bell’s film, originally commissioned by Channel 4 TV, tells the story of a group of Protestant pupils from Foyle and Londonderry College who explore the complex history of Frederick Hervey, the Earl Bishop of Derry and eighteenth century champion of Catholic Emancipation. Elements of the film were shot in the Masonic Hall which originally was Hervey's palace as Bishop of Derry. 
Post screening panel discussion with Des Bell (dir), Sylvia Stevens (producer, Faction Films), Rod Stoneman (former commissioning editor Channel 4 TV) Jonathan Burgess and Vanda Wolsey (participants), Dr.Willa Murphy, University of Ulster, Director, Bishop Hervey, Summer School