Cycle Against Suicide

Foyle College to host Mental Health Event for Cycle Against Suicid e

 

10,000 cyclists, 1,400 kms, 2 weeks, ONE goal

It’s ok to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help

 

Foyle College is delighted to be named as Northern Ireland Anchor School for the 2015 Cycle Against Suicide.  The Cycle starts in Belfast on Monday, 27th April and covers the entire island of Ireland for two weeks before finishing in Dublin on Sunday, May 10th.

 

Foyle Collegewill welcome a few hundred cyclists on the evening of Tuesday 28th April and local families will host the cyclists overnight. Foyle College, together with Cycle Against Suicide, will organise a mental health event on the following morning, with presentations, videos, music, celebrity speakers and an exhibition of local mental health services. The Cycle will then make its way to Omagh for the afternoon stop before arriving in Eniskillen that evening.

 

Sandra O' Connell, the Link teacher for Foyle College said: “Our school is delighted to host this important event and welcome the cyclists to our City. The impact of this type of event is powerful and far reaching, not just in our schools, but also in the community at large. It encourages conversations around mental health and highlights the support services that are available to those in need of them.”

MinecraftEdu

Funding from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has ensured that all schools in Northern Ireland will be in a position to avail of the world famous video game Minecraft.  This ground-breaking initiative is expected to reach up to 50,000 pupils annually and the staff and pupils of Foyle College were lucky enough to be the first school to receive training when the team behind MinecraftEdu, Finland based TeacherGaming, facilitated a full day training event in the school on Monday 23rd March. 

The CEO of the company, Santeri Koivisto, and one of the teams Learning Developers, Mikael Uusi-Mäkelä, ensured that this event would be memorable for both staff and pupils of Foyle College through their innovative approach to using this game in classroom.  The staff and pupils now look forward to using this software in many areas of the school curriculum and are enthusiastic about the programming element that this will bring to the IT classroom.

 

Hope Beyond Hurt

Year 9 students along with Steve Wessler, key speaker at the ‘Hope Beyond Hurt’ conference that took place in the Holywell Building on Bishop Street. The pupils were participants in Student Leadership Training on April 14th, focussing on creating respectful schools and communities by reducing bias, bullying and mistrust.

They were excellent ambassadors for the school, demonstrating leadership and willingness to spread the message of unity in Foyle.

Derry Feis

Congratulations to the Foyle College pupils who successfully competed in the Derry Feis over Easter.

Lauren Holmes, Year 9, was awarded 3rd place in the KS3 Public Speaking Competition for her speech on Facebook. The audience were intrigued and amused by her depiction of social media.

Chloe McCarter, Year 8, came 2nd in the same competition. Her controversial speech questioned whether teachers should wear a uniform!

Both girls are to be commended for their hard work in the lead up to the competition. Well done! 

Travelwise NI competition


Travelwise NI competition to be in with the chance of winning one of six £100 One4all gift vouchers.The competition marks Walk to School Week 2015 (May 18 – 22) and to enter pupils simply need to fill in a short survey on their methods of travelling to school before the closing date of Friday May 22.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WTSW2015

Find out more on how to enter and terms and conditions here:

 http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/information-and-services/travel-transport-and-roads/travelwiseni/travelwise-schools/walk-to-school-week.htm