British Academy

On the 27th November, 2013, four year ten pupils from Foyle College along  with their teachers, Mrs C. Johnston and Mrs C. Lynch, travelled  to the British Academy in London to receive an award for their languages project, learning French through storytelling.

Pupils have been involved in learning French through storytelling in Foyle  for 7 years, and have worked on familiar stories such as “ le Navet Enorme”  “ La chenille affamée” and “ Les trois petits cochons”.  This is an innovative,  effective and stress free way of language learning and pupils observed that they learnt the language without realizing it.

The French drama group, la Comedie Foylaise, was involved last year in a story workshop with pupils from Lumen Christi, but this year, the project entered a new phase – teaching French to teachers through storytelling. Pupils and teachers were involved in a story workshop working on the Hungry Caterpillar story in French; teachers commented that they were surprised how much French they learnt.

The British Academy is aiming to promote language learning  in the UK  and especially to increase the uptake of languages at Advanced level.  This year, 12 schools from the UK were selected to receive an award of £4,000 towards the development of their project.

  The actor, Larry Lamb, the BBC presenter Seema Pathan, Samir Singh , Community Development , Arsenal FC,  and Wendy Berliner from the Guardian Newspaper, presented the awards, and the Ceremony was introduced by Professor Marian Hobson FBA .  


Shakespeare Schools Festival

Congratulations to all pupils involved in our Shakespeare Schools Festival performance.  Twelfth Night was a fantastic success and was given an excellent appraisal by the Shakespeare Schools Festival team.

Mrs. Johnston and Mrs. Knox are very proud of all cast members and wish to thank all parents, teachers and pupils who were at the Waterside Theatre for their support on Monday night.

Foyle Film Festival 2013 Screening

Foyle Film Festival 2013
Derry born film maker and academic Desmond Bell screens his early film
Redeeming History (1992) 
8.00pm Sat 23rd Nov. 
Masonic Hall, Bishop St, Londonderry 
Desmond Bell’s film, originally commissioned by Channel 4 TV, tells the story of a group of Protestant pupils from Foyle and Londonderry College who explore the complex history of Frederick Hervey, the Earl Bishop of Derry and eighteenth century champion of Catholic Emancipation. Elements of the film were shot in the Masonic Hall which originally was Hervey's palace as Bishop of Derry. 
Post screening panel discussion with Des Bell (dir), Sylvia Stevens (producer, Faction Films), Rod Stoneman (former commissioning editor Channel 4 TV) Jonathan Burgess and Vanda Wolsey (participants), Dr.Willa Murphy, University of Ulster, Director, Bishop Hervey, Summer School


As part of our City of Culture year artists were invited to visit and work alongside local students. Kate Newman a creative writer/artist worked with some of our senior school students to creatively combine text and photography. This work along with others from various local schools was displayed at the London Street Gallery during October