A national event to encourage more 15-18 year olds to study technology related degrees returned to Londonderry this April, delivered by the Tech Partnership in conjunction with the Department for Employment and Learning, Invest NI, Momentum and Sentinus.
Foyle College students were one of only three schools 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.
The students participated in an Interactive Session led by Clair Gheel from the Tech Partnership Company, this hands on session enabled students to gain an insight into the real world of computer science and what it entails. The workshop allowed the students to learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and algorithms while enabling them to develop code using iOS software.
Foyle College to host Mental Health Event for Cycle Against Suicid e
10,000 cyclists, 1,400 kms, 2 weeks, ONE goal
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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.”
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.
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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.