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YPI & The Foyle Down Syndrome Trust

The Foyle Down Syndrome trust were awarded a cheque for £3000 pounds last week thanks to Year 14 pupils Lydia Cullen, Amy Gardiner and Aaron McFarland. Year 14 pupils took part in a YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative) event in January where groups of pupils from each form class presented on why their chosen charity should benefit from a £3000 prize. The Foyle Down Syndrome Trust were delighted to be the winners of this competition.

Fifteen schools from across Northern Ireland took part in YPI this year, raising £45000 for local charities. Each charity officially received their cheque last week at a presentation at Queen’s University, Belfast. This provided the opportunity to see some of the winning presentations from other schools and to gain a greater insight in to the worthwhile work that YPI are doing in Northern Ireland.

Science visits

Photographs from our annual Yr9 Castlerock Science visit  and Yr8 Nesswoods science trip can now be viewed on the school gallery.

Yr9 travelled by train to Castlerock and considered a range of projects including train speeds, banded snail populations, convection currents in land and sea breezes and marram grass growth. Yr8 had fun sampling the invertebrates, considered the soil pH and discovered if moss growth on tree trunks can give directions?! Pupils enjoyed poetry with the ‘environment theme’  over lunchtime as they  ate their planned ‘healthy’ packed lunch- lots of connected learning in evidence!

PTFA Sponsored Walk

As part of the PTFA’s fundraising efforts this term, Year 8-11 pupils will be completing a sponsored walk on the morning of Friday, 17th June, from our existing school sites to the new Foyle College on the Limavady Road!

We are encouraging each pupil to raise £10 in sponsorship and would appeal to the friends of Foyle College to support them in their endeavour. The money raised by the committee contributes towards the school’s extra-curricular activities, ICT provision and teaching and learning resources.

Thank you in advance for your support.



European Youth Council

Adam McElhinney and Sophie Doherty, Year 13, attended the 'EYC19 - Make It Happen Workshop’ at the Guildhall to share their thoughts on the importance of Youth Democracy and the need to improve education and employability for young people in the Derry-Strabane area. 

The event was part of the ongoing bid for the Derry-Strabane Council area to become 'European Youth Capital' in 2019, a title awarded to a European city for the period of one year, during which it will be given the chance to showcase its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic development.

The EYC initiative encourages innovative projects, with regard to the active participation of young people in society, and seeks to present a pilot model for the further development of youth policies in other European municipalities.

A successful EYC19 bid will see the council area as one of Europe’s most progressive and enlightened places for young people