Boards of Governors delighted to announce building project moves ahead
This week the Boards of Governors of Ebrington Primary School & Nursery and Foyle College are delighted to announce that plans for the co-location of the two schools have finally gone out to tender, with seven Northern Ireland firms involved in the bidding process.
There had been some fears in the two school communities that the recent announcements regarding budget cuts of some 20% in the capital budget might impact on the project, but the Department of Education has already made provision to ensure that the project goes ahead. This decision will lead to significant investment in the Waterside; not only in terms of new infrastructure, but more importantly as a means of ensuring the very best education for the young people who will attend the new schools.
Nigel Dougherty, Principal of Ebrington, said “Ebrington has a long and proud history stretching back over 114 years. We will soon have an outstanding new building with excellent facilities which, we hope, will serve the children and the community of the Waterside for the next 50 years”. The Chief Executive of the WELB, Mr Barry Mulholland said “This shared campus is a very exciting venture for Ebrington Primary School and Nursery Unit and will enhance the educational provision within the Waterside and surrounding Area”.
Commenting on the announcement Patrick Allen, Principal of Foyle College, stated
“It is our hope that the new school facilities will provide an inspirational learning environment that will encourage every pupil to reach their full potential. Foyle College teachers are currently developing their use of new technologies in preparation for the move so as to better engage pupils and provide them with the skills needed in the modern workplace”
Both Principals stated that they are delighted to have reached this stage following a lengthy, and at times frustrating, campaign stretching over many years.
Robin Young, Chairman of the Foyle College Board of Governors said of the news
“We are delighted to have got over the final hurdle and look forward to forging closer links between the two schools at all levels for the benefit of both sets of pupils”.
The tender period for the project commenced on the 5th December and it is intended that work will finally commence on the Clooney site at the beginning April 2015.
As part of the Great War remembrance, 38 Brigade have marked this anniversary by setting different ways to engage with the public as well as the youth. One of these programmes was titled Local Heroes, this was sent out to all Cadets to enter with the programme being split down as CCFs and Sea Cadets in one category and the other category between the Army Cadet detachments.
The event happened yesterday at Palace barracks with Jacob Galbraith, Adam Feathers and Jamie Bankhead presenting their story to a panel of 8 judges from 38 Brigade,two of which were local Historians.
The guys did very well indeed with strong opposition from all the CCFs in the province as well as the Sea Cadets. It was far from an easy group especially as Campbell used their past pupil that was awarded the VC and Bangor quoted a local sailor that fought in the Battle of Jutland in HMS Caroline. After speaking to the judges it was very close battle between ourselves and RBAI, with the guys being piped into second place but they received great praise and a large around of applause from the panel.
RJ Gibson, Foyle College CCF
A-Level English Literature students visited Seamus Heaney’s hometown and burial site during a shared education trip with Lumen Christi College. Pupils from both schools thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and their engagement with the poet’s contextual background will further prepare them for their summer examination.