The Old Girls’ team showed the depth of sporting talent that has passed through Foyle College in recent years, by putting on a master class this afternoon. Captained by Hannah Lawther the squad looked like a team that play together regularly. It was great to see so many of our former players making the effort to come back and play against their old school. The fact that Megan Frazer took to the pitch upped the stakes somewhat! Partnering Coral Lapsley in the midfield, they provided a steady supply of balls that tested the Foyle defence. Ebony Leckey made some superb saves in goal, however, it was difficult to keep Camilla Lyttle, Esther Hume and Lara Dingley off the scoresheet. The Foyle girls played some good hockey and enjoyed the challenge of playing against such experienced, skilful players. Mrs Robinson and Miss Moore showed that they have not lost their touch and enjoyed lining out alongside the young ones!
Thank you to all the spectators who created a great atmosphere for all the players and to our coach, Alex Tinney, who umpired.
Final score 4-0 to the Old Girls!
At present funding comes from whatever small surplus is made from our social events throughout the year and from the generosity of the school. Our social events are designed at best, to make a small surplus but at least, to break even. Your committee felt that it was inappropriate to increase the costings of these events and potentially discourage attendance. There was unanimous agreement amongst the members of the committee that the Former Pupils Association could not continue to rely on financial support from the school.
So where does that leave us? Again, there was unanimous agreement that the FCFPA should remain free to its members. However, we must have some way of generating an income. To that end we propose a voluntary annual subscription of £25 for those who wish to pay. This will be collected by Standing Order - a form is available from download link or available from the school Bursar. I stress again that there is absolutely no compunction to pay and it is only for those who feel able and willing to support the association in this manner.
It is with great sadness that the Foyle College Former Pupils Association note the death of Mr Hugh Gillespie. Mr Gillespie was headmaster of Foyle College from 1973 until 1994.
A Memorial Service will be held in Hillsborough Parish Church at 2pm on Friday 28th September. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Valerie, sons Stephen and David and the wider family circle.
Foyle College Archive
Five years have now passed since Dr Robert Montgomery and Mr Ken Gamble came into Duncreggan House and were admitted to the Headmaster’s study to inspect the contents of the secretaire and cabinet which contained school magazines going back many years. Thus began the creation of the Foyle College Archive which is presently housed in a room in Dunseverick where a comprehensive collection of school records from Foyle College and the Londonderry Academical Institution for the boys, and Strand House School, Victoria College, St Lurach’s and Londonderry High School for the girls has been amassed. There is also an extensive library of books and memorabilia which will be of interest to many past pupils and, indeed, their relatives and descendants.
Below is a list of some of the valuable books and artefacts which are among the material currently held in the archive which you may find interesting. The work of uncovering and cataloguing this comprehensive collection continues with the archive team in school each Tuesday morning, and visitors are welcome by appointment. Arrangements may be made by contacting the school and speaking to Mrs Jenny Galbraith, Principal’s PA.