DE Consultation on Bullying

Young Person's Survey


Bullying is a complex, multi-facetted problem which can be found,
in varying degrees, in almost every school in the world. It has the
capacity not only to adversely affect the education of children who
experience bullying, but to cause serious mental and emotional
damage which its victims may carry with them into their adult lives.
No child should have to live with this. Bullying behaviour, in any of
the many forms in which it can manifest, is always unacceptable
and must be challenged wherever it is encountered.

2. On 23rd June 2014 the Minister for Education (The Minister)
announced in the Assembly his intention to bring forward new
legislation, within the remaining Assembly mandate, to help tackle
the problem of bullying in our schools.

3. This commitment was made on the basis of both research
evidence and a review of current anti-bullying policies and practice
within our schools undertaken by the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying
Forum (NIABF), a grouping which brings together 25 statutory and
non-statutory organisations working to tackle bullying. Annex A
details the member organisations of NIABF. Annex B outlines the
main NIABF review findings and recommendations.


Full Consultation document can be viewed by clicking here

Irish Bebras Computing Contest

A group of Foyle College pupils who competed in the Irish Bebras Computing Contest (IBCC), an all-Ireland problem-solving challenge with a focus on computational and logical thinking. Pupils successfully completed this online exam in school under the supervision of their ICT teacher. This contest is part of the International Bebras Computing Contest which introduces Computer Science to students. It is designed to get students at a young age excited about computing. It also aims to identify and encourage students having a talent in the area of computational thinking

Christmas Jumper

Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day saw its third year this year and, thanks to fantastic supporters popping on their pullovers up and down the nation, we’re on track for a record-breaking year.

On behalf of the Senior School Council, thank you to all staff and pupils who supported the charity. In total, Foyle College raised £854.70 for Save the Children and this figure will be doubled by the government through the Just Giving scheme.


Merry Christmas!



The Senior School Council



Action on Proposed Budget Cuts

Action on Proposed Budget Cuts

Schools across Northern Ireland are using the power of social media to inform our politicians of the strength of feeling around the impact that the proposed cuts to the education budget will have.  In addition to the letter that I asked parents to submit to the consultation process can I urge everyone to comment on the links below


Website at

Facebook -

Twitter - #keepourteachers


Rosetta Mission twilight teacher training

The National Space Academy will be hosting two FREE twilight teacher CPD courses based around the exciting Rosetta mission and the GCSE science topics that can be taught using the mission as a context on Monday the 15th and Tuesday the 16th of December.

The Academy’s Director, Anu Ojha OBE, will be delivering these sessions as part of the Academy’s drive to engage with teachers in Northern Ireland, and to raise the profile of the UK space sector with young people in the region.

The sessions will be held from 4.30pm-6.30pm in Londonderry and Belfast respectively, to allow teachers to attend without needing to arrange cover, and to give them time to get to the venues.  The locations and times are as follows:

Monday 15th December

Twilight teacher CPD session  4.30pm – 6.30pm, Foyle College, Londonderry Public lecture 7pm – 8pm, Foyle College, Londonderry

Tuesday 16th December

Twilight teacher CPD session 4.30pm – 6.30pm, Ulster Museum, Belfast Public lecture 7.30pm – 8.30pm, Ulster Museum, Belfast

These details and some further information about the content of the sessions are provided in the attached flyer, please feel free to share this with your colleagues and any other interested parties.

To book a place for the twilight teacher CPD or at the evening talk please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. > or 0116 258 2147.

We hope to see you at one of these events if you can attend.  Thank you for your support in promoting National Space Academy activity in Northern Ireland.

Year 14 YPI Competition

“The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative is a one-of-a-kind experience that engages young people in social change and empowers them to participate in the growing of compassionate communities.”

This morning, 10th December, representatives from each of the five Year 14 form classes competed in Foyle College’s YPI final. Each group delivered a presentation to all Post-16 pupils, outlining the reasons why their chosen charity should receive a £3000 bursary from the organisation.

The groups presented on a range of charities within our City, such as ‘Foyle Search and Rescue’ and ‘Men’s Action Network’.

Our judging panel comprised of Mr Allen, Shauna Kelpie, Accord Fund Manager for Community Foundation NI, and two Year 13 Senior School Council members. After a long deliberation, they decided that the winning group were 14D; Axl Tan, Holly Monaghan and Robyn McGarrigle. The three girls presented about ‘Aware Defeat Depression’, and very poignantly conveyed the necessity for this charity within the City.

Our thanks goes to Lauren Lamberton and Charlotte Hodkinson from YPI for their support from the outset. We are also grateful to Shauna Kelpie who took time from her schedule to judge this morning’s competition.


Further information on the initiative can be found from their website: