18th September 2019

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

As you may be aware Friday 20th September has been designated as a planned climate strike action day for school children across this jurisdiction. It is our understanding that the purpose of this protest is to heighten awareness about climate change. We also understand that some pupils may seek to leave school to attend a local event.

It need not be said that this is a matter that is of concern to all of us; but it is also important to balance our pupils’ ability to express their genuine concerns with their need to avail of their statutory educational opportunities.

As Principal I must also be aware of the significant safeguarding and/or health and safety concerns that emanate from pupils leaving the school premises unsupervised during the course of the school day.

That being the case, the school has decided that any Key Stage 3 pupil who wishes to participate in this event on Friday 20th September must bring a parental note to their Form Tutor at Registration on Thursday 19th September. In addition, no Key Stage 3 pupil will be released from the school to participate in this event unless they are being collected from the school by their parent(s)/guardian(s).

Any Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5 pupils who wish to participate in this event must also bring a note from their parent(s)/guardian(s) (again submitted at Registration on Thursday 19th September) and must then get signed out in the usual way on Friday 20th September.

Please note that phone calls and/or text messages will not be accepted as evidence of parent(s)/guardian(s) permission.

Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.

Yours faithfully

FJM Madden


ScreenWorks, supported by Northern Ireland Screen, will provide work experience opportunities for 450 young people aged 16-19 across a wide range of craft and technical areas within the creative screen industries (including Production, Animation, Make-Up, Games Design, Costume, Visual Effects and Sound).

Across the five screen industries (Film, Television, Animation, Gaming and VFX) there are over 250 unique job roles. ScreenWorks will serve as a starting point for young people to learn about these roles in detail and offer practical experiences of what working in the screen industries will entail. A number of ScreenWorks programmes will be of particular interest to students of STEM subjects – such as upcoming programmes in Visual Effects and Production Accountancy.

The ScreenWorks webpage – click here - lists the first 18 available work experience programmes and we are currently inviting applications for each of these.

There are a limited amount of places on our first two programmes of the year – VFX and Journalism – which take place later this month.

All programmes are entirely free and travel bursaries are available to help any participants travel to programmes in different cities or towns.

For any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch or speak with Mrs O Gallagher in the MIA Department of St Columb's College.

I look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming your students to any of our exciting programmes.

Best wishes,

The ScreenWorks Team

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Submissions now also now open for the 2020 Into Film Awards.
Young filmmakers, reviewers, Into Film Clubs and educators; enter now and be in with the chance of winning £1,000 of filmmaking equipment for you or your school!



The Northern Ireland Screen Foundation Academy for Animation is now open for applications. Animation is a major growth area in the creative industries in Northern Ireland and there is a high demand for skills and local talent in animation. Several of our leading animation companies, Sixteen South, Jam Media, Paper Owl and Dog Ears, are partnering with Nerve Belfast and the Nerve Centre in Derry/Londonderry to establish a career pathway into the industry.  

The Foundation Academy for Animation is open to any young person aged 16-19 throughout the region with the enthusiasm and commitment to take up a career within the animation industry and who is not currently attending university. 
The Foundation Academy is a unique training programme focussing on 2D animation, providing training and hands-on experience of key job roles within the animation industry. Participants will be introduced to the animation production process, learn about design, have the opportunity to animate characters using industry standard software, visit several of the leading animation studios in Northern Ireland and complete an OCN Level 3 qualification in 2D Animation.

Structure of the Foundation Animation Academy  
To allow for progression, the Northern Ireland Screen Foundation Academy for Animation will have two distinct phases.

Phase 1: Saturday, September 28, October 5, 12 and 19
Delivered in Nerve Belfast and Nerve Centre, Derry.
These four training sessions, delivered by industry professionals and some of Northern Ireland’s leading animators, will introduce you to the animation production process and the theory and principles of animation. Everyone accepted on to the Foundation Academy will have the opportunity to complete a unit from an OCN Level 3 qualification in 2D Animation.

Phase 2: Saturdays November – March
Delivered in Nerve Belfast.
On completion of Phase 1, you will be invited to apply to Phase 2 of the Foundation Academy. Phase 2 will provide creative skills development and technical training in many of the key job roles involved in the animation industry, including 2D drawing, rigging, lay-out, digital painting, compositing, in-betweening and storyboarding.

Phase 2 will include a production element linked to an OCN Level 3 qualification in 2D Animation. You will have the opportunity to visit local animation studios and receive training and guidance from leading industry professionals.

The Foundation Academy for Animation is funded by the Department of Communities through Northern Ireland Screen.  Click here to apply.

Foundation Animation Academy Schools

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer McAlorum either by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 02890 644333.

Or contact Mrs O Gallagher in the MIA Department of St Columb’s College.



Photographed are some year 12 and year 13 MIA pupils who recently attended a talk with Eavan King from the Nerve Centre, about the launch of the BFI Academy 2019. Any pupil interested pupil can find further information below.

The BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre is now open for recruitment. Click here to apply.

Nerve Application form network 2016-17

“The BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre will CLOSE for recruitment on Friday 20th September. As always, we are looking for students with a passion for film aged 16-19 years of age to apply to this specialist filmmaking programme.

The course is Industry mentored and accredited and exclusive opportunities for work placement and training in the Industry through the National Film and Television School and Future Films programme exist for students of this programme.
Now in its seventh year, this highly successful, industry focused film programme has mentored over 120 young people in the North West towards a career in the film industry.
By studying all aspects of film and having award winning professionals as mentors, successful students have gone on to study, train and work in the film industry in Northern Ireland and further afield. There is also a strong level of grade progression shown by students who have successfully completed the programme.”

What people say about the BFI Film Academy
"I gained experience as a Video Assist with Game of Thrones. I learnt vital skills for film making through the BFI and if it wasn’t for completing the programme at the Nerve Centre, I just wouldn’t have had the confidence or skills necessary for such a demanding job". Eoghan, BFI Film Academy Graduate

"Film has always been my passion but up until finding a BFI Academy at the Nerve Centre, the thought of having a career in the industry was more of a dream than a possible reality. Through getting the chance to work on different film projects with the BFI Film Academy I have completely fallen in love with the art of filmmaking. I've worked on BBCs Blue Planet, True North series and am setting up my own production company at the moment.  BFI Film Academy was really invaluable.” Katie, BFI Film Academy Graduate

“A course like this is brilliant for someone like me as it gives you so much more opportunity to really get hands on experience in filmmaking as well as learning through masterclasses. The masterclasses are brilliant as we got to understand the meaning behind choices made in making film as well as hearing an industry professional telling you what the business is actually like rather than a teacher telling you what it could be like”. Edward, BFI Film Academy Graduate

“At the BFI Programme in the Nerve Centre, young people have been encouraged in the ownership of their work. The professionalism of the advisers approach means that the young people have gained realistic insights into both the world of work and the making of art. A real strength of the programme is the ways in which young people are encouraged to interact with the wider arts community, producing film-making of the highest quality". Accreditation Moderator

Eavan King
Nerve Centre
7-8 Magazine Street
Derry BT48 6HJ

T: + 44 28 71267432
W: www.nervecentre.org

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

We are inviting you to a Careers Information Evening for the parents of Year 14 in the Assembly Hall on Thursday, 19th September 2019 at 7.30 pm.

The main content of the night will be an explanation and discussion of the university application system.

As you are aware, your son is currently in the process of completing his application to UCAS, CAO etc.  We would hope that the night will be useful to you in helping your son with this important activity.

At this important point in your son’s education we would strongly recommend that you attend this meeting.  Your son is welcome to attend too.

Yours sincerely

S. Beatty

Stacey Beatty
Head of CEIAG/Senior Teacher

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