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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.

Students Meet Mayor @CAS

Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, who was on hand to give her support and encouragement to the Cyclists Against Suicide participants and students as they left Foyle College to travel to Enniskillen on the next stage of their 1400Km cycle.

A cavalcade of 800 cyclists arrived at Foyle College this week as part of the annual all-Ireland Cycle Against Suicide which aims to promote the message that “it’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.”

The epic 1,400km, 14-day charity cycle, which set off from Belfast, arrived in Derry on Tuesday before heading to Omagh and Enniskillen and then on to the southern tip of Ireland. It’s due to finish in Dublin on May 10.

Somme Heritage Centre

All Year Ten pupils enjoyed a History visit to the Somme Heritage Centre in Newtownards.  They toured a reconstruction of a trench system and tried on uniforms from the First World War.  They also learned about the weapons used in World War One and thought about the impact of the Great War, right up to the present day.  Pupils will be able to use this useful information when preparing for the Great War section of their Junior Certificate exam.

 

 

Chemistry Workshops

The Chemistry department welcomed Dr Stephanie Nelson, RSC Education Coordinator, and QUB postgraduates, to deliver workshops on IR, UV and NMR spectroscopy to our senior pupils.  Once again our pupils found the sessions informative and very helpful. 

 

 

 

Bring It on ICT Event

A national event to encourage more 15-18 year olds to study technology related degrees returned to Londonderry this April, delivered by the Tech Partnership in conjunction with the Department for Employment and Learning, Invest NI, Momentum and Sentinus.

Foyle College students were one of only three schools to attend the National ICT Day, held in Millennium Forum to learn about the exciting career opportunities offered by Northern Ireland’s technology sector. The event is part of the highly successful Bring IT On campaign, which focuses on giving young people an insight into Northern Ireland’s fastest growing and most dynamic sector.

The students participated in an Interactive Session led by Clair Gheel from the Tech Partnership Company, this hands on session enabled students to gain an insight into the real world of computer science and what it entails. The workshop allowed the students to learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and algorithms while enabling them to develop code using iOS software. 

 

MinecraftEdu

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.

 

Hope Beyond Hurt

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.

Derry Feis

Congratulations to the Foyle College pupils who successfully competed in the Derry Feis over Easter.

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!