Funding from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has ensured that all schools in Northern Ireland will be in a position to avail of the world famous video game Minecraft. This ground-breaking initiative is expected to reach up to 50,000 pupils annually and the staff and pupils of Foyle College were lucky enough to be the first school to receive training when the team behind MinecraftEdu, Finland based TeacherGaming, facilitated a full day training event in the school on Monday 23rd March.
The CEO of the company, Santeri Koivisto, and one of the teams Learning Developers, Mikael Uusi-Mäkelä, ensured that this event would be memorable for both staff and pupils of Foyle College through their innovative approach to using this game in classroom. The staff and pupils now look forward to using this software in many areas of the school curriculum and are enthusiastic about the programming element that this will bring to the IT classroom.
Year 9 students along with Steve Wessler, key speaker at the ‘Hope Beyond Hurt’ conference that took place in the Holywell Building on Bishop Street. The pupils were participants in Student Leadership Training on April 14th, focussing on creating respectful schools and communities by reducing bias, bullying and mistrust.
They were excellent ambassadors for the school, demonstrating leadership and willingness to spread the message of unity in Foyle.
Lauren Holmes, Year 9, was awarded 3rd place in the KS3 Public Speaking Competition for her speech on Facebook. The audience were intrigued and amused by her depiction of social media.
Chloe McCarter, Year 8, came 2nd in the same competition. Her controversial speech questioned whether teachers should wear a uniform!
Both girls are to be commended for their hard work in the lead up to the competition. Well done!
Congratulations to the Under 18 football team who have made it through to the final of the Ulster Schools’ Subsidiary Competition. They defeated Edmund Rice College 2-1 in a closely contested semi-final played at Moyola Park. Foyle trailed 1-0 with only a few minutes to go, but Jack McNeill (right of picture) managed to grab an equaliser to take the fixture to extra-time.
The winning goal came from a through ball from Alex McDonnell, with Sam Hughes (also pictured) rounding the keeper to score. The final is due to be played after Easter at Ballymena Showgrounds – further details to follow.