Moving On 2015

Supporting the Primary-Secondary transition, ‘Your School Your Business’ is an exciting and engaging way to introduce the incoming Year 8 pupils to Foyle College.

On Thursday 4th September 2014, the Year 8 pupils worked together to identify and unlock their enterprise potential and were given the opportunity to meet and explore the roles of staff within their new school. 

They also tackled difficult school issues such as bullying, graffiti and litter and came up with ways to deal with these problems.  The pupils made a poster and a slogan for their final presentations, which were pitched before the “Dragons’ Den” – a team of budding entrepreneurs from Lower Sixth! These presentations were judged and prizes given for the best pitch.  The Years 8s were ably assisted by the AS Level Business Studies pupils who willingly gave up their free periods. 

At the end of the summer term on Thursday 18th June 2015, the Year 8 pupils were back in the Assembly Hall participating in the ‘Moving On’ seminar.  The pupils started their session with an ice-breaker quiz on ‘Who do we know?’ which assessed their knowledge of various people’s roles within the school, such as ‘Who is the Head Boy?’ and ‘What is the Caretaker’s name?’ 

 

Learn To Earn 2015

Learn to Earn is an engaging and thought provoking programme, that challenges Year 11 pupils to make the connection between education, training and employment.   

This year’s seminar was hosted by Gail Hamilton on Tuesday 23rd June 2015.  The day’s events started with pupils describing or drawing their dream lifestyle.  Using the jobs booklet, pupils were tasked with discovering key facts about their ideal job, the qualifications needed and how much they would get paid.  Using a budget planner, pupils were then asked to calculate how much their dream lifestyle would cost each year.  Unfortunately many of the pupils got a reality check when they realised that the salary from their chosen job did not allow them to afford their dream lifestyle. 

Through playing the ‘Success’ board game the pupils learnt that gaining more qualifications increased their earning potential and the career options available to them.  

Foyle Hospice Run

A selection of girls from Foyle College who raised £516 for the Foyle Hospice when they completed the recent Female Walk/Run. Included is their teacher Miss Barr.

Foyle Hospice provides ongoing palliative care services for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses while supporting their families and loved ones in the North West of Northern Ireland.  Our commitment is to improve the quality of life of patients while extending care and support to their families and loved ones.

Drama Year 11

Year 11 Drama students staged a dress rehearsal of 'Bottom of the Bottle' on Friday, 19th June. 

The play is inspired by issues teenagers are faced with in our modern society, exploring the themes of family life, addiction and peer pressure.

Each of the pupils contributed to the scriptwriting process and have spent the past few months auditioning for roles, learning their lines, exploring rehearsal techniques and staging the production.
 

 

Sportsday Video

Year 9 pupils Molly Gallagher and Peter Hunter took a camera into the skies above Sportsday to capture the event from angles never seen before. Our DJI Phantom drone was quite a spectacle as it hovered and swooped over the track with its gimbal mounted camera following the action. Thanks to Molly and Peter for the footage and they did really well to master the controls after a brief training session the day before. Pictures can be viewed by clicking here

Sci-Fest 2015

Congratulations to the three Yr9 groups who brought their Scifest projects across to St Mary’s on Friday 12 June. Yr8 STEM club pupils also came along attending a ‘magnetic attractions’ workshop and getting the opportunity to be inspired for next year!.

A science of magic show was also entertaining in the afternoon session. A special congratulations to Yr9 pupils Michael Downey, Jessica Crawford & Molly Gallagher who won  the ‘Maths in Science’ STEM Award for their project investigating entitled ’Brain Training with exercise’.

 

Music exam awards

Congratulations to Foyle students Katie House 8E, Rebecca Cole (9A), Elizabeth Hume (11B ), Lauren Devenney (11E ) & Morrigan Johnston (14A ) who were awarded prize certificates by Education Authority Music Service for attaining highest marks in their graded music examinations in the western region. Certificates were presented by Mr Donal Doherty (Head of Music) at a special awards ceremony in Omagh on May 14th.