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Nesswoods and Castlerock 2019

Yr8 travelled to Nesswoods and Yr9 to Castlerock for the annual Science visits at the beginning of June. Projects included ‘Investigating plant diversity on the woodland floor’, ‘Competition between Bluebells and Woodrush’, ‘Considering land and sea breezes’ and ‘banded snail populations’ to name a few. Click HERE to view the photos on our gallery.

 

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.

 

PTFA Fun Afternoon

As a reward for our pupils’ dedication and commitment this year, on the afternoon of Sports Day, the PTFA will host a FREE ‘Fun Afternoon’ for all Year 8-11s!

 

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.

PTFA Grants


This morning, representatives from our school’s PTFA presented curricular, pastoral and extra-curricular leaders with grants to subsidise or fully support activities that enrich the pupils’ experiences at Foyle College.

Grants included:

-Examination Signage 
-HE’s ‘BBC Good Food’ subscription 
-History’s ‘History Ireland’ subscription 
-The Honey Bees Project 
-The Environment Club’s sandbox 
-Pupils’ Rewards Breakfasts
-Physics Infrared Camera

Bebras Ireland

Massive congrats to Jacob, Peter & Tom who represented the school at the Bebras Ireland Computational Thinking Challenge 2019 with Peter winning the Senior Challenge. A special word of thanks to their parents who provided transport to the event, your support is much appreciated.

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.

 

£1337 Raised During Mental Health Week

A total of £1337 was raised during our Mental Health Awareness Week, led by the Sixth Form Health Committee. This money was gratefully received by Mrs Margaret McCrossan, from the worthy charity, AWARE. It will be used to educate and support those living with or family members of those who cope with mental illnesses such as Depression and Bipolar disorder.