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

National ICT Day

A national event to encourage more 15-18 year olds to study technology related degrees will return to Londonderry this April, delivered by the Tech Partnership in conjunction with the Department for Employment and Learning, Invest NI, Momentum and Sentinus.

Up to 400 post primary students are set to attend the National ICT Day, held in Millennium Forum to learn about the exciting career opportunities offered by Northern Ireland’s technology sector. The event is part of the highly successful Bring IT On campaign, which focuses on giving young people an insight into Northern Ireland’s fastest growing and most dynamic sector.

 

School Disco

Junior school pupils enjoying disco which raised £467 for Childline