New Art and Design Workshops

Our students are again taking part in a variety of activities, both inside and outside of school, which helps them connect effectively with the big world of Art and Design.

Bernie Murphy, a local textile designer, was invited into the school to run a set of half day workshops with some of our creative Yr.12 and 14 students. They worked very effectively and made the most of this opportunity to develop new technical skills. Our thanks must go to Bernie as she so successfully managed to help so many students develop worthwhile pieces within such a tight timeframe.

·         Jamie Baldrick was one of a small select group of local A level students to work with noted Irish sculpture Philip McFadden in a workshop organised by the Gordon Gallery.

·         Caroline Gilliland and Jake Desmond, both ex-pupils, have been doing a great job working after school with Junior School pupils in both the Photography and Film Clubs.

·         Four of our current A2 students - Anna Kilgore, Inge Swiegers, Laura McElhinney and Jamie Baldrick have been building up their portfolios by going to the value for money night classes at the N W Regional College each Thursday night.

In the coming weeks of the spring term we hope to see some of our Senior students take part in a set of Architecture workshops funded by The Architecture Foundation, London.






Recent Outstanding Artistic Successes

 To coincide with the Turner Prize and as part of the City of Culture 2013 year, CCEA decided to select a small number of recent A level work from across the country to display at the Void Gallery.

We are rightly proud that three of our talented students, Inge Swiegers, Joanne Struthers (both Yr.13)  and Richard Magee (Yr.14) all had pieces selected and were recognised for both their innovative approach and the thoughtful concepts behind their artwork. Worth noting that no other school in the country achieved more than this success.


Joanne Struthers followed this up with further success when she claimed 1st prize in the ‘Positive Mental Health’ Photography Competition (U18 section) which was part of World Mental Health Day. Along with Joanne, Laura McElhinney(Yr.13) and Cody Chambers(Yr.12) had their entries selected to be part of the Western Health Trust 2014 Calendar.

                Congratulations on a job very well done.


With funding from the Sorrell Foundation Jordan Finlay, Louise Hulleman and Sara Douglas(all Yr.12) were, along with some other local GCSE students, chosen to take part in a Saturday Art and Design Club at the North West Regional College. As part of this course they are having master classes with various leading professional artists and designers. Also, they recently went on a trip to London to visit the Tate Modern Art Gallery and to see a piece of their own work exhibited at Somerset House, along with work from some other young people from across Britain.



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 .  


Digital Survey ILEX

ILEX, the urban regeneration company, in conjunction with Foyle Learning Community, is undertaking an online Digital Survey of school children between 11 and 18 years to determine the access pupils have to digital media. It’s important that all secondary schools in the Derry City Council area take part in this online survey.

Pupils from each participating school will be entered into a draw and one person from each participating school will win a Microsoft Surface Tablet & Keyboard. The survey closes on Friday 13th December 2013.


Please find below a link to the online Digital Survey:

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