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:


Anti Bullying Week Video Competition

Year 8 pupils Tom and Mark McLaughlin’s entry for Anti Bullying week 2014. These pupils created a film using puppets to portray examples of bullying that may occur today. This video demonstrates the emotion and harm that can be caused by bullying behaviour.


School Employer Connections

We were delighted to have Vivienne Kerr from School Employer Connections and Jennifer McKeever, founder of Airporter in on the 3rd December to speak to Year 13 and 14 pupils.  Jennifer gave a motivational talk and encouraged pupils to work hard to develop their individual talents and reach their personal goals.

Christmas Lunch at Danske Bank

Christmas Lunch at Danske Bank, Shipquay Place which was attended by our Senior and Junior School Bankers –

(Left – Right) Andrew Hume, Simon Laird, Cameron Knight, Ultan Clancy (all 10B), Matthew Mckee, Roise McSorley, Matthew McClelland, Kyle Hamilton (all Year 13) and Helena (Danske Bank).