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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.

 

10E Showcasing Poetry

Pupils from 10E showcasing their published poetry on stage at the Ulster Hall, last month:

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.

Snappy Science

Primary 6 pupils from Oakgrove, Drumahoe, Lisnagelvin and Ebrington Primary Schools enjoyed a ‘Snappy Science’ event this week in our assembly hall. Yr10 mentors presented the series of practical activities enjoyed by the primary pupils throughout the morning with assistance from STEM Aware.  “Can you smell like a shark?”; “ How does a lemon battery work?”; “Can you see what I see?”. These are just some of the questions that pupils considered during the morning.  Click on the link HERE to view further pictures 

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.

 

Mood Walk

 

Students and Staff took to the pavement on a Mood walk this morning, to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and to raise money for AWARE a local charity working with people who suffer with depression and bi-polar.