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PTFA Rewards Breakfast

This morning, pupils from all year groups were treated to a Rewards Breakfast courtesy of our school’s fantastic PTFA committee.

Scrumptious breakfast was served by our wonderful canteen staff, to help celebrate pupils’ academic, athletic and artistic achievements during term one

WW2 Spitfire

Johnny McNee (Aviation Historian) also employed Alastair Ruffell’s GPR expertise to help him accurately locate the remains of a WW2 Spitfire aircraft (P8074) in a peat bog at Moneydarragh – Donegal.  The Spitfire would have been travelling at 200-300km/hr, weighed a few tonnes and would have Profiven through the peat in Moneydarragh like a knife through butter!  The engine of the spitfire is housed in the Tower Museum.  Bud Wolfe (pilot of the Spitfire when it crashed) had an interesting career.

He was arrested – interned – sent to the Curragh in the Free State, escaped, captured again, beaten up, escaped again and flew for the rest of WW2.  He also fought in Korea and Vietnam and was an instructor in the Vietnam war with over 70 kills to his name!  Prof Ruffell referred to him as the ‘first Top Gun’.  On 13th May 2017 invited us to be part of the history of another Spitfire, R6992!  A number of junior and senior school students part of a multidisciplinary team involved in the excavation of Spitfire R6992 which crashed into a field on 20th September 1942 in Fingullar, Monaghan. F/Lt Gordon Hayter Proctor was the pilot at the time of the crash.  He survived the crash and flew as part of the 1402 Met Flight based at RAF Aldergrove.  Below is a report of the day by Grace McNee, daughter of Mr Jonny McNee, Senior Panning Officer DCSDC.

 

Christmas tree decorating competition

Congratulations to Jessica in Year 8, Josie in Year 9 and Abie in Year 10, pictured with Mr. Guthrie, Headmaster of Ebrington Primary, who announced them as winners of the Christmas tree decorating competition. Well done to all three girls for their hard work! They each won a £15 Foyleside voucher for their efforts.

Sage @ School Instant Accounts

 

Throughout the course of the Autumn and Spring term, twelve AS Level Business Studies pupils enrolled on a Sage @ School Instant Accounts course.  The on-line course gave pupils the opportunity to build skills, knowledge and competencies in the use of the Sage Accounts programme, which is widely used by accountants.  The Year 13 pupils entered both Book 1 and 2 exams which covered nominal, sales and purchases ledgers, VAT returns, bank reconciliation and the recording of customer and supplier invoices and credit notes.  In Book 2, Christian Catterson, Andrew McElhatton, Jason McFaul Aran Muttu achieved Distinctions, with scores of over 90%. 

Congratulations to all those pupils who sacrificed two Private Study periods each Wednesday morning to attend this enrichment class.

Sloane McClay Awards

 

HUGE congratulations to Katie who has won 2nd place in the Sloane McClay Awards 2019 based on her combined marks in GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Outstanding! 

Frank Ekstrom Visit

 

On 22nd November 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  At the U.S. Naval Base in Londonderry, where our school now stands, Frank Ekstrom raised the American flag as a mark of respect after the assassination. 

Today Frank returned to raise the flag with the help of some of our Year 14 History students and members of the School Archive Team.  It was an honour to welcome Frank to Foyle College today and to hear his recollections of his time in Londonderry.

Chemistry at work

The aim of this event was to introduce 14 – 16 year old students to local industry and demonstrate how the chemistry they are currently being taught at school is applied by a variety of people in their everyday work.  The event was organised by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at the Ulster University, and sponsored by the RSC and the Wolfson Foundation.

 

Science Focus Week 2019

“Another exciting Yr8 Science focus week at Foyle College! –  Pupils had the opportunity to sign up to a wide range of science based activities with  rat dissections, sports science, bug hunts and rocket making  to name a few of the lunchtime workshops on offer alongside site visits to the Lough’s agency and ‘The Lycra Company’ at Maydown. The visit form ‘World of Owls’ with the ‘Amazing Animal roadshow’ was informative and enjoyed by both pupils and staff. Please click on the link below to see more photos of the week’s events.”

 

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