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Young Enterprise - Project Business Seminar

Year 10 pupils took on the role of budding entrepreneurs today during their Young Enterprise Project Business Seminar.  Thanks to Diane Marshall (YE Trainer) who helped to bring the world of enterprise to life and the Lower and Upper Sixth pupils who acted as mentors.

 

WW2 Spitfire

Johnny McNee (Aviation Historian) also employed Alastair Ruffell’s GPR expertise to help him accurately locate the remains of a WW2 Spitfire aircraft (P8074) in a peat bog at Moneydarragh – Donegal.  The Spitfire would have been travelling at 200-300km/hr, weighed a few tonnes and would have Profiven through the peat in Moneydarragh like a knife through butter!  The engine of the spitfire is housed in the Tower Museum.  Bud Wolfe (pilot of the Spitfire when it crashed) had an interesting career.

He was arrested – interned – sent to the Curragh in the Free State, escaped, captured again, beaten up, escaped again and flew for the rest of WW2.  He also fought in Korea and Vietnam and was an instructor in the Vietnam war with over 70 kills to his name!  Prof Ruffell referred to him as the ‘first Top Gun’.  On 13th May 2017 invited us to be part of the history of another Spitfire, R6992!  A number of junior and senior school students part of a multidisciplinary team involved in the excavation of Spitfire R6992 which crashed into a field on 20th September 1942 in Fingullar, Monaghan. F/Lt Gordon Hayter Proctor was the pilot at the time of the crash.  He survived the crash and flew as part of the 1402 Met Flight based at RAF Aldergrove.  Below is a report of the day by Grace McNee, daughter of Mr Jonny McNee, Senior Panning Officer DCSDC.

 

Food and Drink Industry Masterclass

Year 10 pupils enjoyed a Young Enterprise ‘Food and Drink Industry Masterclass’ on Thursday.  They designed and presented a range of innovative products suitable for the food industry.  We were delighted to have former pupil, Mr James Huey, and his colleagues from Walled City Brewery on the judging panel.

Sage @ School Instant Accounts

 

Throughout the course of the Autumn and Spring term, twelve AS Level Business Studies pupils enrolled on a Sage @ School Instant Accounts course.  The on-line course gave pupils the opportunity to build skills, knowledge and competencies in the use of the Sage Accounts programme, which is widely used by accountants.  The Year 13 pupils entered both Book 1 and 2 exams which covered nominal, sales and purchases ledgers, VAT returns, bank reconciliation and the recording of customer and supplier invoices and credit notes.  In Book 2, Christian Catterson, Andrew McElhatton, Jason McFaul Aran Muttu achieved Distinctions, with scores of over 90%. 

Congratulations to all those pupils who sacrificed two Private Study periods each Wednesday morning to attend this enrichment class.

Tyndall Schools' Physics Lecture

Foyle was delighted to again host the annual Tyndall Schools' Physics Lecture, sponsored by the Institute of Physics in Ireland.  Dr Liz Conlon delivered her presentation titled the 'ABC of the Universe' to visiting schools from our city and Donegal, as well as our own Foyle physicists.  Photon buckets, model particle colliders and circuitry.

 

STEM Exploration

STEM Exploration funding has enabled a STEM led project to be initiated with Yr13 Life & Health Science students and Biology students with C-TRIC STEM ambassador Coral Lapsley acting as our STEM ambassador. The group had their first gene technology workshop this week over at Altnagelvin hospital and with further funding it is hoped this project can develop further.

Chemistry at work

The aim of this event was to introduce 14 – 16 year old students to local industry and demonstrate how the chemistry they are currently being taught at school is applied by a variety of people in their everyday work.  The event was organised by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at the Ulster University, and sponsored by the RSC and the Wolfson Foundation.

 

Ulster University Talk

Year 13 pupils enjoyed a very informative session delivered by Conan Meenan on the facilities, courses and entry requirements for Ulster University.  It was especially interesting to hear about the excellent investments made in the last few years.  In particular, £11 million has been spent on new facilities for growth sectors such as IT (Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics) and Engineering at Magee.  

Conan also explained their links with Allstate, including a new state of the art computing lab at Ulster University’s Magee campus.  In addition, Mrs Hand brought a number of Year 13 students to C-Tric (Research Centre), where they were informed about courses at Magee, such as Personalised Medicine.