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Sci-Fest 2015

Congratulations to the three Yr9 groups who brought their Scifest projects across to St Mary’s on Friday 12 June. Yr8 STEM club pupils also came along attending a ‘magnetic attractions’ workshop and getting the opportunity to be inspired for next year!.

A science of magic show was also entertaining in the afternoon session. A special congratulations to Yr9 pupils Michael Downey, Jessica Crawford & Molly Gallagher who won  the ‘Maths in Science’ STEM Award for their project investigating entitled ’Brain Training with exercise’.

 

Music exam awards

Congratulations to Foyle students Katie House 8E, Rebecca Cole (9A), Elizabeth Hume (11B ), Lauren Devenney (11E ) & Morrigan Johnston (14A ) who were awarded prize certificates by Education Authority Music Service for attaining highest marks in their graded music examinations in the western region. Certificates were presented by Mr Donal Doherty (Head of Music) at a special awards ceremony in Omagh on May 14th.

 

Festival of Chemistry

Pupils who took part in a festival of chemistry at the ‘Tech’ have impressed event organisers.

The winners of the Salters Challenge were as follows: 1st place: Foyle College; 2nd place: Loreto Letterkenny; 3rd place: St Cecilia’s College

 

Audrey Strong from the Salters Institute said the Salters Festival of Chemistry at the North West Regional College’s (NWRC) Strand Road campus

set a precedent for similar festival events to take place across Further Education Colleges in Northern Ireland.

“Involving young competitors from a range of secondary schools, the Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of the Salters’ Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young,” she said.
 

“We have been mightily impressed with this College, both in terms of its course provision and learning environment, and also it’s partnerships with stakeholders across the industry,” she added.

“We wish to congratulate all of the young pupils who took part in the events, and hope that their experiences have enabled them to consider a career in this industry for the future,” said Ms Strong.

 

Work begins at school complex

Education Minister John O'Dowd MLA, pictured at the cutting of the first sod at the site of the new Foyle College and Ebrington Primary School buildings at Caw yesterday. Included are, from left, Patrick Allen, Headmaster of Foyle College, Kacey Laird, a member of the school council, Luke Pentland, a P5 pupil at Ebrington Primary School, and Nigel Dougherty, Principal of Ebrington Primary School.

Despite the blustery weather, there were smiles all round earlier today, when the first sod was cut at the site of what will soon be the new Foyle College and Ebrington Primary School complex off Limavady Road.

The Boards of Governors members, principals and elected representatives stoody proudly by as the Minister for Education John O’Dowd, performed the official ceremony.

Guests at the ceremony included the master of the Merchant Taylors’ livery company and representatives from the Honourable The Irish Society.Durkan welcomes ‘sod cut’ on Derry’s new £35m schools

Among those to attend was SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan, who welcomed today’s event at the former army barracks on the Clooney Road, saying it paved the way for expansion options at the Magee campus of Ulster University.

 

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Childline

Junior school pupils presenting a cheque for £745 to childline, Students raised the money for the charity by holding a school disco.ChildLine is a free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the UK provided by the NSPCC.[1]ChildLine deals with any issue which causes distress or concern, common issues dealt with include child abuse, bullying, mental illness, parental separation or divorce, pregnancy and substance misuse.

Foyle Hospice Female Walk/Run

Foyle Hospice Female Walk/Run Sunday 7th June 2015 @ 1.30pm

Any female pupil who wishes to take part in the Foyle Hospice Female Walk/Run on Sun 7th June can collect an entry form from the office & return it, along with the £7 registration fee by Fri 29th May. Foyle College have helped raise thousands of pounds at this event over the years so the more the merrier! See Miss Barr for further details

Best Individual Speaker in NI

A triumphant victory came as an apt closing to what had been a very successful year for the Public Speaking and Debating Society at Foyle College.  Blake Gray, a Year 13 Pupil at Foyle College was one of six pupils selected by the judges throughout various rounds of the NI Schools’ Debating Competition to compete for the title of ‘Best Individual Speaker’.

 The motion for debate was ‘This house believes that Northern Ireland should see a return to direct rule.’ Competitors were set the task of preparing 6 minute arguments, both for and against the motion and upon arrival at Stormont, they would be told which side they would debate and with whom they would be teamed.

Blake was teamed with Thornhill student, Marianne Lappin, their other teammate having withdrawn a few days before the event was due to take place. Together they opposed the motion and faced the proposition which consisted of pupils representing St. Louis Grammar School, Ballymena; Belfast High School, Newtownabbey and Lurgan College.

The debate was tense throughout and thought-provoking arguments were put forwards from both sides. However, in the end, Blake’s outstanding ability as an orator shone through and he was the only competitor to successfully accept and contest every point of information thrown his way by the three members of the proposition.

 

Jazz Workshop

 

On Friday 1st May, Foyle College proudly hosted a ‘Jazz in the Community’ workshop in association with the Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure and The Nerve Centre.

The event included performances from Foyle College’s Senior Jazz Band. Guests included Neil Cowley, contemporary jazz pianist and musician in residence for the UK City of Culture, and David Lyttle, drummer and The Nerve Centre’s musician in residence. Other performers includedsaxophonist Meliana Gillard, Glen Rossborough, Aideen McGinn, Marty Coyle and Paddy Danagher.

The event also included a performance of an untitled composition written by David Lyttle and Foyle College Year 14 pupil Joseph Leighton. This composition will be release later this year by David’s record label LYTE records. 

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U18 football

On Wednesday 29th April the U18 footballers travelled to Ballymena Showgrounds to play in the Final of the Inspiresport Youth U18 Plate against St Joseph’s, Derry.

In difficult weather conditions the team played a backs to the wall first half with Matthew McClelland making an outstanding save early on to thwart the St Joe’s attack. Midway through the half a high ball was dropped by the opposition keeper and sam Hughes was on hand to turn the ball into the net. Against a strong wind and determined opposition, Foyle had battled to a half-time lead. The second half was a much more open affair and the solid and assured back four of Foyle allowed the midfield and forwards more time and space.

The game was effectively won in a five minute burst involving two free kicks. The first was parried by the keeper before Robbie House slammed the ball home to double Foyle’s advantage. Even better was to follow as Jack McNeill scored a spectacular 25 yard free kick to make it three nil and Foyle were in dreamland. A couple of minutes later the ball broke to Stephen Mills and he chested the ball under control before slotting home. There was still some defending to be done but when the whistle blew to signal the end of the game there was no denying that the better team had triumphed. A first football trophy for Foyle and their proud captain, Alex McDonnell lifted high the trophy. This squad have been outstanding throughout the cup run, scoring 22 goals in securing the prize.