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.
The Senior School Council
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 www.keepourteachersni.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/keepourteachersni
Twitter - #keepourteachers
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.
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.
“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:
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.
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.
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.