‘Choosing Science’ Event

All Yr10 pupils attended a ‘Choosing Science’ event  on Wednesday 16 January.  Pupils were engaged through workshops with a wide range of science ambassadors from the local community  who presented their experiences to the pupils, ensuring pupils are more informed as they move forward with subject and career choices this year. Click HERE to retrieve photos from the mornings event. 


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Geology Competition


Louis, winner of the Geology Competition on open day. He predicted the location of the earthquake that would happen closest to 9pm last Thursday. Prize was a £15 amazon voucher. With his birthday this weekend he was a happy bunny!


‘Local Heroes’ project

Just one woman’s name is to be found amongst the 755 names commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial in Londonderry – that of Laura Marion Gailey, a nurse who served with the Voluntary Aid Detachment of World War 1.One of the first nurses to volunteer, Laura was a past pupil of Victoria High School in the city which later amalgamated with Londonderry High School to form today’s Foyle College.

That connection proved the starting point for a fascinating journey into the past by Cadets from Foyle College Combined Cadet Force.  Their research into Laura’s story unravelled a poignant story of World War 1 courage and loss and earned the teenagers first prize in the Northern Ireland wide ‘Local Heroes’ project.

Laura, they discovered, was born in Londonderry on 8 November 1886, the daughter of William Gailey and Margaret Elizabeth Gailey. Not much is known about her early life, but her service record shows she volunteered in June 1915, joining the Donegal/Londonderry Commission of St John's Ambulance Service, later moving into the Voluntary Aid Detachment.  During World War 1, volunteer nurses gave up their time, left their families and risked contracting diseases such as typhoid and influenza in order to care for ill and wounded soldiers in hospitals across the UK and in countries throughout the British Empire. 


Yr8 STEM Club Site Visit

Yr8 STEM club members finished the term with a site visit to Farran’s Construction site at the South wing of Altnagelvin Hospital- soon to be open in 2019. They had the opportunity not only to see the new wards near completion  but also a tour of the  ‘underworld’  basements gave pupils an insight into the electrical installations, steam heating systems and water supplies all part of the process when managing this build. An enthusiastic and very interested group of Yr8 students also quizzed the female structural engineer  about her own school experiences and career path into this line of work.

The Poetry Games

Congratulations to our Year 9 poets who are celebrating the publication of their poems in The Poetry Games, a schools’ poetry anthology.


Well done, Young Writers

Mandarin Speaking Competition 2018

Congratulations to Year 13 and 14 pupils Hollie, Lindsay, Sarah and Conall who participated in the HSBC/British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition 2018 at The Mac Theatre in Belfast on Tuesday 27th November.  Although these pupils have only been learning Mandarin since the beginning of their Lower Sixth year, they performed very well against more experienced pupils from other schools in the north-west.

Thanks to the pupils and Honge for all their hard work and many hours of preparation over the past few weeks.  Well done!


Monster Confidence event

Students attending the Monster Confidence event in the Millennium forum to encourage girls into STEM Careers.  

Foyle College students exploring their options in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths world of Careers. It was a great to have the opportunityto have mock interviews with volunteers from HR and recruitment backgrounds to learn valuable interview skills, speak to volunteers about their industry and have professional headshots taken for their online profiles. 

The young women heard about STEM opportunities from a number of local employers and there were panellist discussions on career building in STEM subjects.The two Foyle girls were also picked to do a You tube video and conduct an interview BBC Radio Foyle Mark Patterson show. 

Year 14 Interview Skills Day 2018

Year 14 Interview Skills Day at Foyle College was a credit to the students and interviewers taking part. Interviewers from Seagate, Fujitsu, Western Trust HR department, Lisnagelvin, Primary School, Bank of Ireland, Grafton recruitment and many other industries conducted mock interviews to help prepare our students for life after Foyle College. Students befitted greatly from the knowledge and experience of the interviewers who were tailored to suit their specialist area. 

In preparation for the mock interviews, Pat Jamison from Sentinus conducted a workshop to prepare students in "How to complete an application form" and "How to market yourself for an Interview". Each student participated in a one to one or group interview and were given written or verbal feedback.

Interviewers commented that Foyle Students were very well informed and prepared for the mock interviews. They acknowledged the wealth of activities that many students were involved in from Duke of Edinburgh, Volunteering and many sporting activities. These extra-curricular activities provided students with many experiences which highlighted their skills and qualities.

I personally would like to thank the Interviewers for giving up their time to assist our students in succeeding in applications and interviews for University, College or the World of Work.


Careers department