In the Newsletter this month...
- Congratulations to Luke McCarron
- USSAA Ulster and Field Championships 2017
- Lumen Christi 'Time Team' digs in and Discovers Derry Siege Artefacts
- Shane Hegarty Year 11 Presents at MCA International Conference
- Key Stage 3 Summer Examinations 2017
- Swimming Success
- Great Honour for Derry Students
- USSAA District C Track and Field Championships 2017
- Past Students Visit Year 14
- Presentation of Young Enterprise Quick Start Certificates
- Top Candidate in Northern Ireland In GCSE Business and Communication Systems
- Students present cheque to Jamie Journie
- Students present £2400 to Roisin O’Hara, Trocaire
USSAA Ulster and Field Championships 2017
On Saturday 20th May, 19 Students travelled to the Antrim Forum to take part in the Ulster Athletics Schools Finals. The students came away from the competition with 2 gold medals and 7 silver medals.
Fintan Stewart – 800m
Aela Stewart – 800m
Fintan Stewart – 1500m
Oisin Duffy – 800m
Emma McDonald – 100m
Connie O’Brien, Aela Stewart, Gemma Duffy, Emily Neill - Year 10 Girls Relay Team
Fintan Stewart, Aela Stewart and the Year 10 Girls Relay Team qualified to participate in the All-Ireland Championships in Tullamore County Offaly in June.
The following athletes also competed extremely well:
Grainne O’Hara –Triple Jump, Emily Sweeney – Triple Jump, Eabha Devine – Javelin, Nuala Coyle – Shot Put, Oisin O’Donghaile – Long Jump, Eoin McBrearty – 800m, Anya Hockley – 1500m ,
Year 10 Boys Relay Team – Paul Brady, Eoin McBrearty, Harry Parlour and Oran McLaughlin.
Year 8 Girls Relay Team – Harriet Reid, Kate Harkin, Aiobheann O’Donghaile, Emma McDonald.
Congratulations to all the athletes, the PE Department and Mrs Danea Herron their Coach.
Shane Hegarty Year 11 Presents at MCA International Conference
On Fri 12th May 2017, one of our Year 11 pupils, Shane Hegarty, addressed the delegates at the Middletown Centre for Autism (MCA) second International Conference. In front of over 500 delegates at the Titanic Centre, Belfast, including world-renowned speakers, Temple Grandin, person with autism and Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and Dr Jed Baker, director of the Social Skills Training Project, Shane spoke about how the intervention from Middletown Centre has helped him to overcome some of the challenges involved with autism. Belinda Walters (MCA) and Dr Marie Ferris also spoke about the journey that we have been on with Shane, his parents and the college.
A short video was shown depicting Shane in the school and home setting. It was a wonderful experience for all those involved and a huge privilege to be chosen as an example of excellence in delivering support for students with autism.
Key Stage 3 Summer Examinations 2017
Key Stage 3 Summer Examinations will take place on Thursday, 25th May, Friday, 26th May, Wednesday, 31st May and Thursday, 1st June.
Details of the KS3 timetables can be found below.
The following students made the finals of the Ulster Swimming Championships held in Bangor recently - Liam Sheedy, Ellen Mallett, Oonagh Payne, Mark Mallett, Eoin McBrearty, Harry Parlour. Ellen Mallett won a bronze medal in the 400m Individual Medley and Mark Mallett won gold medals in all 5 events he was entered. Well done!
Great Honour for Derry Students
On Wednesday 10th May, Katie Sweeney and Head Boy of Foyle Adam McElhinney travelled to the Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin, where they met with the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina and Royal Guests, Prince Charles and Camilla. The President invited the pupils to the meeting with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as part of an afternoon celebrating “Young People in Pursuit of Excellence and Ethics”. Here they discussed their work as part of the ‘Amazing the Space’ peace initiative, which brought over 4000 young people together for an event in the Eikon Centre on the 21st September 2016 (International Day of Peace) to celebrate culture, peace and diversity. Alongside other young people in the steering committee, they were heavily involved with the planning of the event by organising performances from local talent as well as international contributions and ‘Peace Pledges’ from across the globe.
USSAA District C Track and Field Championships 2017
Students from Year 8-14 travelled to the Antrim forum to take part in the district athletics competition, 55 students in total competed and all can be proud with their performances.
The school came away from the competition with 5 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze, with 23 athletes qualifying for the Ulster championships.
Grainne O’Hara – Triple Jump
Fintan Stewart - 800M AND 1500M
Aela Stewart – 800M
Oisin duffy – 800M
Emily Sweeney – Triple Jump
Eabha Devine – Javelin
Eoin McBrearty – 800M
Emma McDonald – 100M
Oisin O’Dhonghaile – Long Jump
Fionn Barr – 800M
Anya Hockley - 1500M
Nuala Coyle – Shot
Minor Girls relay team won their heat with an excellent run and narrowly missed out on a medal in the final (Anna Jin, Cara McGrenaghan, Ellen McDaid, Magali Wing)
The PE department would like to congratulate all athletes who took part; they did the school proud on such a beautiful day.
Presentation of Young Enterprise Quick Start Certificates
The last ten weeks, a number of Year 9 and Year 10 students have completed the Young Enterprise Quick Start Programme. The Quick Start Programme involved setting up a company, designing and selling a product along with learning the basics of entrepreneurship. The club carried out a research and development process and decided to create Easter Goodie bags. This product proved successful. All products were sold within two days. The club was run by Ms Doherty-Clay and Emma McAteer (Senior Prefect). Gail Hamilton from Young Enterprise NI presented the certificates for the completion of the programme at the key Stage 3 assembly.
Students present cheque to Jamie Journie
Over this academic year, Year 14 Business Studies class have worked on two projects as part of their GCE. These projects allowed them to create and develop a business. They sold candy canes and chocolate Santas at Christmas time as part of the A2 coursework. Before Easter, the class held a raffle within the school for students and teachers to win donated prizes. The profits made from these projects were then donated to Jamie’s Journie, a charity very close to our school. The total amount raised by the department, with the help of the entire school, was £764. Jamie’s Journie is a charity that helps children and young people who are going through cancer. This money will help the charity to continue their work within the community and provide much needed support to all those who have been affected by cancer. We are delighted to be donating the money raised by the Business Studies Department to such a worthy cause.