A huge thank you to our PTFA for their much needed donations to the school at the end of June. Shown in the photograph is Mrs Sarah Guthrie receiving an iPad from PTFA Chairperson, Mrs Diane Leeson. Also included are Ms Lisa McAuley, Mrs Jayne Kane and Mrs Fiona Feeney.
In total the PTFA financed 11 iPads, 4 Apple TVs, an A3 Visualiser and Printer and an annual magazine subscription to subject areas including Geography, Home Economics, Modern Languages, PE, Art & Design and Special Educational Needs. The PTFA also made a sizeable donation of £20,000 to help support the school’s extra-curricular provision.
During the current school year the PTFA are hoping to raise funds to support the deployment of iPads to teaching staff to be used to enhance learning and teaching. Everyone on the staff appreciates the support given by the PTFA and would encourage all those associated with Foyle College to get involved and support their events.”
Following on from training provided by TeacherGaming, on the use of MinecraftEdu in the classroom, 19 students from Foyle College Junior School took part in an exciting Minecraft Build Challenge on 15th September 2015.
This event, hosted by CultureTECH and the Belfast Telgraph, challenged the students to investigate one of four iconic sites from across Northen Ireland, learning about its history, architecture, etc. before creating their own version inside the game. The Foyle College students chose to investigate the Guildhall which is an iconic building within our city. As part of their investigation the students explored a previous build of the Guildhall which was provided by CultureTECH and the Belfast Telegraph.
As this build was created by a past pupil of Foyle College, Jonathan Black, the pupils were even more enthusiastic to recreate their own build to see if they could rival his masterpiece. The day was so successul and the pupils so enthused that the ICT Department are now introducing a Minecraft Club so that the pupils can perfect their build prior to entering the Belfast Telegraph competition. Good luck to all pupils who are taking part in this!