St. Columb’s College will be marking the 30th Anniversary (Wednesday 20th November) of the United Nations Convention on the rights of children and young people.

A number of things will take place in our school to mark this anniversary:

  1. A banner at the front of the school.
  2. A display in the foyer.
  3. The foyer lit up blue.
  4. Odd sock day – Wednesday 20th November – all pupils permitted to wear odd socks (must be in full school uniform apart from this) please inform your Form Class.
  5. Mr Horner will accompany a group of pupils to W5 to mark the 30th anniversary.
  6. Resources sent to Form Tutors/Year Heads for use in Form Classes and Assemblies  - see links below:

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Carer(s),

It is important that we have cognisance of the views/needs of all of you if we are to make the best decisions for St Columb’s College going forward.

In conjunction with the Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum, we wish to ascertain the views of all our                    Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Carer(s) regarding their needs as members of the wider St Columb’s College family. This is with a view to implementing various projects and programmes in the future which will cater for your needs.

In order to garner the views of our Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Carer(s) we want you to complete a very short questionnaire using a link which can be accessed through the school App.

The closing date for submission is Monday 18th November 2019.

Many thanks,
FJM Madden


Many congratulations to Amir Mahmud Oates12A who has secured a place on the NI Screen works Academy for Animation which will take place over eighteen Saturdays in Belfast. Well Done!


A Mahmud Oates


ScreenWorks, funded by the Department of Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and delivered by Into Film, is an exciting scheme to help young people in Northern Ireland aged 16-19 learn more about careers in the screen industries through hands-on work experience opportunities.

Placements with ScreenWorks offer young people unparalleled access to industry professionals on 3-5 day work placement across all five screen sectors – Film, Television, Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects.

Programmes take place throughout the academic year, and will include:

  • Costume Design
  • Production Design
  • Storyboarding & Concept Art
  • Prosthetics
  • Make-Up
  • Visual and special effects
  • Production Accountancy
  • Animation
  • Game Design
  • Camera Operating
  • and much more!

Young people can apply to their preferred placement by completing an application form and emailing it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participants are encouraged to apply directly, rather than through a teacher or parent.

All ScreenWorks programmes are free, and a travel bursary is available to assist young people in travelling from different cities and towns.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Into Film website.


Congratulations to Luke O'Grady and Matt Doherty both Year 14 MIA pupils who have earned places on the NI Screen Works Academy, being held early December in Derry City and Belfast. Luke will be attending the academy on Special (Visual) Effects and Matt will be attending the specialised academy on Animation.
Also, congratulations to Luke O'Grady 14F who entered his GCSE film 'Dishes' into the Newark International Film Festival in which he was recently shortlisted as a semifinalist. The Newark International Film Festival is a three-day festival that showcases the innovation and breadth of the film industry. Located 15 minutes from New York, Newark IFF maximizes exposure for your film, screenplay or series by drawing film and entertainment leaders from both NYC and LA.

Luke has also recently entered his AS Film 'Forgive Us Our Trespasses", into the Asti Movie Awards in Italy, so fingers crossed it will do well there also.


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Congratulations to Ben Byrne and Caoimhin Saunders in year 12 and also to Shaun Carlin and Ben White in year 13 who were successful in obtaining a place on the 2019- 2020 BFI Film Academy. Also congratulations to Amir Mahamad Oates year 12 and Aimee Hegarty year 13 one of our FLC pupils who also gained a place on the BFI Animation Academy.  All pupils  went through a rigours interview process to obtain their place on the academy. Each pupil, will get an opportunity to avail of masterclasses with professionals in their chosen industries, learning new skills and gaining insight into their chosen disciplines. On successful completion pupils will obtain an additional qualification from the Open College Network. Well done to all.