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Year 12 Work Experience 2016

The Year 12 pupils spent last week out in the world of work as part of the work experience programme. 65 students were in placements in Fermanagh, Tyrone and in Co Down. All pupils had a great week and enjoyed their placements. The Careers Department would like to thank all the employers who took on one of our pupils. Your help is greatly appreciated and we look forward to working with you all again next year.

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Our Pantomime for this year is “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”. Evening performances will be held in the School Hall at 7.30 pm on Friday 9 December and Saturday 10 December and tickets can be bought from the School Office. We very much hope you are able to attend.

On recent years coming up to Christmas, the students, parents and staff of the school have made a special effort to raise funds for charities. This year, funds will be shared between the following two charities:




As part of our efforts to raise funds for these worthy causes, we will have a raffle during each of the two evening performances of the pantomime. The prizes will mainly consist of Christmas Food Hampers. Once again we rely on parental and students’ support for this to be a continued success.

If possible, parents are asked to donate suitable items which include cakes, bottles, tinned or packet products, confectionery or indeed any gifts suitable for raffle prizes or cash donations. (No perishable goods i.e. fruit or vegetables)

If you feel you can support our efforts, please send in your gifts as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday 7 December so that they can be made up into hampers. All contributions will be very much appreciated and I would thank you in advance for your support.

As in other years, on the last day of the Christmas Term – Tuesday 20 December, we propose to finish school at 12.00 pm. The school and gates will be closed at 12.30 pm. There will be no transport at that time or school meals during the day, although students who are entitled to a free school meal can avail of a packed lunch if ordered the day before.

School resumes on Wednesday 4 January 2017. Year 11 will take part in a Study Skills Session on this day. On Friday 6 January, Year 9 will take part in a STEM Robotics Day and on Monday 9 January, we will have a visit from the band of the Royal Air Force.

Examinations for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 commence on Tuesday 10 January. Students in Years 8 and 9 are assessed on an on-going basis so whilst they will not sit formal examinations at this time, they may be sitting class tests.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and New Year.
Yours sincerely

S Mowbray

Devenish College Christmas Tree

The Devenish College Christmas Tree is in position for the upcoming Rossorry Church Christmas Tree Festival coming up on the 24th to the 27th of November.
Thanks to all the students and staff who made this original Tree and put all the finishing touches to make it unique to our school. It even boasts our school vision “STRIVE, SUPPORT, SUCCEED”.

Pied Piper 2016

The main cast of the Pied Piper of Hamelin are getting into character. With just 2 weeks to go until our first performance, we hope you will all come along and watch this years pantomime !

School Photograph 2016

Our full school photograph is available for sale and the office is now taking orders.
This image shows Ciara and Andrew our Head Girl and Head Boy with one of the framed options.
Order forms have been distributed to all classes and are available from the school office. There are a number of buying options from a boxed scroll, mounted photograph, desktop acrylic or a number of framed designs.
The photograph is on display outside the school office and the deadline for orders is Friday 25th November.

Shoebox Appeal 2016

They did it! The Year 14 COPE group packed their last box yeasterday afternoon for the Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal. Well done to everyone involved. A massive “Thank you” to everyone who donated gifts, shoeboxes, money, time and effort to help the group collate over 200 boxes! A fantastic effort.
Thank you once again on behalf of the CoPE students!


On Friday 21 October the careers department ran an event called Get that Job for year 14 students. The purpose of the day was to prepare the students for forthcoming interviews, whether they are for employment or for admission to university.
The day was facilitied by Balcas and we are very grateful to Brenda McStravick, HR Manager, for sharing her expertise.
The afternoon session was most beneficial as all students were interviewed in their chosen career areas. The following interviewers were present:- Frank Sandford (Swiftsoft – Ict and Business), William McVitty (Turkingtons UK – Engineering), Hazel Latimer and Michael McDermott (Health Professions), Jennifer Corrigan and Ann Marie McPhillips (BT-business group), David Wilkinson (general group), Const Bob O’Driscoll (PSNI/sport group), David Downey (Cafre) and Gillian Lee (Teaching group). We are indebted to our interviewers who so readily give of their time to help us. We look forward to seeing many of you again next year!

Devenish College bake up a storm!!

Last and this week saw the start of seasonal baking in the Home Economics department. Apples were the theme through all the practical classes kindly donated by our very own Mrs Bullock.
To add some fun to the practical classes we had our very own ‘Technical Challenge’ with many awarded Star Baker.

Check out our Facebook page for more photos!

New Devenish College P.E Kit

Our new Kukri PE kit is now available for order. The students Council worked hard on deciding the final designs and the items available for sale.

The cost of the kit is subsidised by the school to make it as cost effective for parents/guardians as possible. Samples of the kit are on display in the school foyer and photographs can be found on our Facebook page.

If you are in year 8 and 9 a kit pack of T-shirt (boys), polo-shirt (girls), Shorts (boys), Skirt (girls) and socks have already been ordered for you. You have the option to order hoodies, quarter zip top or waterproof jacket this week.

For those currently in year 10 or 11 you have the option of ordering the customised PE kit.

Order forms are now available from the school office for:

• Optional items of sportswear with our school logo
• Individual items of our new school PE Kit

The deadline for orders and payment is Friday 21 October 2016. The forms include further details on price as well as a sizing guide.

If you require clarification or further assistance please contact the school office.

Key Stage 4 Course

All parents of pupils in year 11 should now have received a copy of this booklet. This contains important details of their child’s GCSE or alternative courses. including Controlled Assessment and examination criteria and key dates for the next two years. A study skills session for year 11 pupils will be held at a later date.

Please click below for an electronic copy of the Key stage 4 Course in either a PDF or Word version.

Key stage 4 Course-pdf

Key stage 4 Course-word

Head Boy and Head Girl announced

During a recent assembly our Head Boy, Head Girl and their Deputies were announced.
These positions are elected by the year 14 students and the staff of Devenish College.
Our new Head Boy is Andrew Dunne, with Andrew Morrison selected as Deputy Head Boy.
Our new Head Girl is Ciara Holland, with Laura Sproule selected as Deputy Head Girl.
Throughout the school year these students represent the school at special functions and events, as well as playing a central role in the day to day life of the school.
Congratulations to all four, we wish them every success in their new roles.

Danske Bank Visit

Two representatives from Danske Bank where in Devenish College on Thursday 29th September to give a presentation to our Year 8 pupils about the School Bank.
The School Bank is a very positive initiative as we believe it helps pupils learn to confidently manage their day-to-day finances, while also encouraging them to develop a responsible attitude towards saving money. Saving and budgeting are important skills to help any pupils prepare for their future ahead, and having a bank account at a young age will help to develop these skills.
Through the School Bank, pupils have the opportunity to open a current account giving them a Maestro Debit card to allow them to withdraw money through cash machines and pay for goods and services in shops and online. The pupils can also keep track of their money electronically through Danske eBanking, mobile and tablet Apps.
The School Bank is supervised by a member of staff from Devenish College along with a member of staff from Danske Bank. Two of our Year 11 students acts as the Bank Cashier’s, Lorna McHugh and Lewis McVitty.
The School Bank provides a great opportunity for our pupils to develop a range of financial and interpersonal skills, it supports numeracy and financial literacy and encourages young people to be confident in managing their finances.
The School Bank is open every Thursday morning from 8.40 am to 9.00 am in the Careers Room.
If you would like further information please contact Mrs Noble, Head of Business Studies.

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Waterways Ireland Visit

Recently our year 8 students had a very active and fun few trips at the Waterways Ireland Access Programme.
The students received a tour of the new Museum and spent an enjoyable time on Castle Island studying the ecology of the lake.
They also picked up some kayaking skills with Erne Paddlers.

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Full school photograph

On Tuesday afternoon we had a full school photograph on the all-weather pitch. As you can image it was a major logistical exercise to get almost 600 students and staff lined up.
The photograph will be available for sale soon.

European Day of Languages

What a great spread we had laid out in the canteen on Monday the 26th of Spetember for our European Day of Languages Celebration.
All students enjoyed two items of international cuisine including pains au chocolat, croissants, pepperoni baguette, french toast and cheese bagels. At lunchtime all the meals had an international theme too!
Well done to the Modern Languages department, canteen staff and the able army of classroom assistants who decorated the canteen and helped to prepare the snacks.
Bon appétit.

Senior SU

Senior SU ‘kick-start’ the new season at Rossnowlagh.

As a farewell to Jamie Griffith, James Armstrong and Mrs Magee, and in keeping with the very best tradition, we kick-started the new season of senior SU year with an evening at Rossnowlagh. Very conscious of our school’s healthy eating policy, we decided, since we were not in school, to visit Kenny’s on route and upon arrival were welcomed by an amazing sunset. A few splashes later, hundreds of ‘selfies’ and a stroll along the beach, it was decided not to disappoint Mrs Magee, so we journeyed home via McDonald’s.

U16 Football

Our U16 football team got their McKee Cup campaign underway in a closely contested 2-1 win at the Lakeland Forum on Wednesday against Erne Integrated College.
After conceding an early goal the team had to rally and a long range effort from Joel Irvine left the score 1-1 at half time.
The team started the second half brightly, creating a number of good scoring opportunities. Stuart Johnston eventually broke the deadlock when a shot was deflected to the edge of the box and his first time strike found the bottom corner.
There were a number of contenders for the ‘man of the match’ award, with Joel Irvine putting in a strong shift in mid-field, Sam McDonald was also very safe and solid at the back. On this occasion Jamie Morrow was the worthy winner, putting in a great performance in central defence, replacing the injured Lee McCutcheon.

Devenish College welcomes its new year 8 pupils!

On Friday 2nd of September 2016, Devenish College welcomed its new year 8 pupils. The pupils had a busy morning with their form teacher and spent the afternoon meeting some of their subject teachers.
Thanks to the Peer Mentors who accompanied each form class throughout the day.
Well done to all our year 8 pupils who looked so smart in their new uniforms, see you all on Monday!!

Devenish College - GCSE Results 2016

Devenish College enjoyed another pleasing year at GCSE Level. The top GCSE students in Devenish College were Angus McKee and Grace Elliott. Angus recorded a fabulous 2A*, 5A, 1B and 1C while Grace achieved 1A*, 6A and 2B. Other very notable results were attained by Andrew Surphlis (3A*, 2A and 4B), Karen Dunlop (8A and 1B), Elaine Coulter (7A and 1B) and Alice Graham (4A, 4B and 1C).
Principal Simon Mowbray has commended the students on their excellent achievements and for their hard work and commitment. He commented “It is fantastic to see our pupils fulfilling their potential.” He is particularly delighted that just over seventy pupils have decided to return to Devenish College to study in the Sixth Form. He extended his best wishes to all of the Year 12 pupils in their chosen career pathways and thanked the pupils and their parents for their efforts and dedication to their studies over the last number of years. He concluded by paying tribute to all of the staff in the College who were completely focused on making sure all pupils achieved the best grades possible. With increased numbers entering Year 8 and 13, a positive inspection report and imminent news on the new build he reported that the future of Devenish College is looking very positive.

Devenish College - A Level Results

Devenish College is delighted to record another excellent set of results which once again places the school above the Northern Ireland average. As well as our grades improving from last year, we also have a higher number of pupils achieving the top A* and A grades.
Principal, Simon Mowbray, noted “Our students have worked extremely hard over the last two years and should feel very proud of their achievements. These results reflect the exceptional dedication, expertise and commitment of our staff and the significant support provided by their parents.”
Some very notable performances at A level included Susan Surphlis A*A*A, Jamie Griffin A*AA, Peter Clarke A*AB, Chloe Jameson AAB, Julie Johnston ABB, Leanne Harpur A*BC and James Armstrong ABC.
The College are also delighted with the AS results which will guarantee continued improvement next year.

Duke of Edinburgh camping trip

In the final week of term a group of year 11 students preparing to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh award had a little taster of the outdoors.
They camped in Castle Archdale overnight where over the two days they got to experience map work, orienteering, camp craft, learn some of the history of the area and enjoy some fine outdoor cooking! This was a new experience for most and it was thoroughly enjoyable watching the team effort to overcome many challenges. Many thanks to Robert Richmond and Mrs Stead for their guidance and Mrs Noble who popped in with tray bakes, no chance of the same up the Mourne mountains!

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for photos.
Duke of Edinburgh camp trip

Northern Ireland Super Cup Fundraiser

We had a coffee morning and raffle on Thursday the 30th of June to raise some funds for two students who will be representing Fermanagh at the Northern Ireland Super Cup this summer. The two boys who have been selected are Jamie Morrow and Ethan McCormack. In total £430 was raised. Thanks to everyone who helped out and all the very best of luck to Jamie and Ethan.

Devenish College Fun Day

To end a very busy year our students and staff enjoyed a Fun Day in school on Wednesday the 29th of June. This was to thank and reward our students for their excellent work, commitment and behavior throughout the year and especially during our recent positive ETI Inspection.
With inflatable assault courses, demolition ball, slides and a bungee run there was plenty to keep the students busy.
Thanks to the Canteen staff who put on an excellent free barbecue during lunch time and the ice-cream van went down a treat!

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for photos.
Devenish College Fun Day

P7 Day


On the 23rd of June, Devenish College gave a warm welcome to the pupils from all the local Primary schools, who have chosen to come to “Devenish” in September.
After some words of welcome, Mr Mowbray wished the pupils an enjoyable day, meeting all the pupils from the other Primary schools.

Mrs Saunderson started the morning’s activities with an “ice breaker” quiz entitled “Find someone who…” – a great opportunity to speak to pupils from different schools.

Afterwards the pupils quickly moved to the gym to complete the first of their 3 tests. What a wonderful sight to see the gym filled to capacity with over 90 pupils!

Everyone enjoyed a complimentary break in the canteen before completing their final test. Then it was off around the school, with the prefects, for a whistle-stop tour of the different classrooms. The year 7 pupils, some of whom made new friends today were enthusiastic and excited at the prospect of coming to Devenish in September. We wish them all an enjoyable summer and look forward to meeting them again on 1st September, kitted out in their brand new uniforms, refreshed and ready for their first term at Devenish College.

M Saunderson
Head of Year 8

House Trip 2016

Over 80 students travelled to the Maiden City on our yearly House Trip. This was a reward for the winning house this year (Caldwell), along with the top point scorers from the other three houses. We had a fun filled morning at the Brunswick Cinebowl, followed by a relaxing few hours at the Foyleside Shopping Centre, with some students taking a walk along the famous walls. Throughout the year there are many opportunities to gain house-points and pick up prizes. Congratulations to Caldwell on winning this year. Thanks to the students who travelled for their exemplary behaviour and to Mrs Noble for organising the house trip.

Leavers Barbecue for Year 14 students

A great evening’s craic was had at our year 14 leavers barbecue held at Mrs Bullock’s house. With an amazing spread of food and a large attendance of students and staff it was a fitting farewell to a very special group.
We wish them all the very best for the future. Thanks to Mrs Bullock for being a fantastic host.

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for photos.

Leavers Barbecue

Royal recognition for Chloe!

Many congratulations to Chloe Crawford who had the privilege of meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Hillsborough Castle on Tuesday. This was in recognition for the voluntary work she has been doing at the South West Acute Hospital. It was certainly a day she will never forget.
Chloe is photographed with Mr Mowbray who is presenting a certificate of achievement.

Sports Day 2016

Devenish college had a hugely enjoyable morning at our Sports Day on Thursday the 9th of June . Thanks to all the pupils who competed and to the staff who helped throughout.
There were many excellent performances and the competition between our houses was evident all day.
The day concluded with an awards ceremony in the Assembly hall. Congratulations to Necarne who finished as Sport Day Champions with a total of 630 points.

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for photos.

Sports Day 2016

And the Video of Sports Day 2016 on our youtube channel

Sports Day 2016

Devenish College Young Achievers

Many congratulations to the Devenish College students whose accomplishments were recognized at the Council Young Achievers Reception.
Our Award winning U13 football team were very well represented by Joel Irvine and Sam McDonald. Ava Thompson was recognized for her accomplishments with the U13 football team.
Rachel Evans who has had an amazing year in Swimming also received deserved recognition.
Peter Graham, Jordan Smith and Jack Foster were recognized for their public service with the Boys Brigade. Ian Armstrong was also highly commended for his contribution to public service.
Well done everyone.
Thanks to the Council for hosting such an enjoyable evening recognizing the many talents of young people from across the district.

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for photos.
Devenish College Young Achievers

Devenish College Year 8 Growers

The hard work and sunshine is really paying off for our horticultural enthusiasts. Year 8’s Ryan Beatty, Mark Elliot and Ben Beatty have lovingly devoted much of their morning, break and lunch times to cultivating various flowers and vegetables. The staff have sampled fresh peas already and gave them the thumbs up. Well done guys and keep up the good work.

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for photos.
Devenish College Growers

Devenish College Kayaking Club

The Devenish College Kayaking Club has become the highlight of the week for both students and staff. The group are progressing very well have recently began games of Canoe polo as well as practical skills such as capsizing drills.
Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for photos.
Devenish College Kayaking Club

Year 11 Horticulture

Mr Whittaker’s Year 11 Horticulture class began their Summer term volunteering project with the National Trust yesterday. This involves the regeneration of the walled garden. The pupils had a great afternoon and worked really hard, they are looking forward to getting back into it after their exams. Our thanks to the ‘garden chef’ David Corscadden and the National Trust crew for the opportunity


It has been a busy spell for the Art Department, with GCSE work being displayed for moderation.
The standard this year has been very high.
Well done to all the students who have worked really hard to produce so much excellent work. Special mention must go to Karen Dunlop whose work was highly commended by the visiting moderator.

McMullan Shield Final

Our U14 football team contested the McMullan Shield Final against Fivemiletown College at the Castle Park Centre in Lisnaskea.
Despite the best efforts of the squad we lost the game 3-2. A goal from Stuart Johnston and a late goal by Joel Irvine made for an exciting end to the game, however on this occasion Fivemiletown were worthy winners.
Our boys deserve the highest praise for not letting their heads drop and giving their all throughout the game. The good standard of football and sportsmanship on display was a credit to all the players.
Thanks to all the parents, staff and pupils who traveled and offered their support !

Revision Classes for years 12-14

The following classes have been scheduled until the examinations are over.

Revision classes for Year 12-14


Devenish College enjoyed a record breaking day at the E-Districts Athletics Finals, with our pupils taking home 21 medals from the days competition.
There were many personal best performances and the effort and teamwork shown by all our pupils was fantastic.

Congratulations to all those involved for their outstanding performance

Northern Ireland Small Schools Cup Final

Huge congratulations to our U13 football squad who recorded a 1-0 win over Fivemiletown College in the Northern Ireland Small Schools Cup Final.

Our courageous team performed fantastically and a sensational goal from Joel Irvine was enough to bring the Cup home on Wednesday.
We are really proud of all the players and delighted their hard work and dedication has paid off.

A big ‘thank you’ for the fantastic support received from all the parents, pupils and staff who got behind all the players and supported them this season.

Parental Survey

We are constantly trying to improve the education we offer the students of our school and are now at a stage in the year where I would like you to tell us how well you think we are doing and how we can improve the things that are important to you.
I would be most grateful if you could please spare 10 minutes of your time to complete a questionnaire by Clicking this link and logging on using the information given in the letters sent home with our pupils today.
By completing the questionnaire, you will be telling us how you think we should be spending our time and resources to make our school the best it can be for your child.
Each completed questionnaire is vital in finding out what parents think. Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence and will make a difference to how we run the school and plan for the future.
To increase participation we are offering a £100 Gift Card to a successful family whose response slip will be drawn from those returned. The questionnaire needs to be completed by 8 am on Monday 18 April 2016. To participate in the draw fill in the response slip attached to the letter sent home with pupils and return it to the school office by 9.30 am on Monday 18 April.
With thanks in anticipation of your help.

Simon Mowbray

3D plans for the New Devenish College.

This is a short video to show the 3D plans for the New Devenish College. We hope you enjoy it.
Plans for the New Devenish College

Plantation Walk of Enniskillen Town by Sarah Elliott

Plantation Walk of Enniskillen Town
On Thursday 10 March our class were brought on a History Trip around Enniskillen to show us how Enniskillen was formed and how some buildings got their names. We found out about how Enniskillen was planned.
We started out tour by looking down at Enniskillen. We were able to see buildings such as Portora Royal School, the Town Hall, Coles Monument and the Cathedral. We were told why these buildings were placed where they are.
We walked down to the back of the South West College and were shown the jail. We were also told stories about what life was like in those days. We visited Coles Monument and were told all about the battles he fought. We also visited the Butter Market and the Island of Kathleen (Inis Ceithleann).
Overall, we were amazed at how much history Enniskillen had. Everything has a story behind it. It was a very enjoyable day out and we learned lots of new things.
By Sarah Elliott 9TB

Wrestling Club

Our Wrestling Club in school has been going really well. Thanks to Bruce Irwin who has been coming into school and making the sessions lots of fun. This weekend there is a Festival of Wrestling at the Forum, with a Camp on Friday and Sunday as the poster shows.
Our pupils are welcome to drop in on the sessions on Friday or Sunday at a reduced rate, beginners are welcome. There is also an opportunity to watch the tournament on Saturday, so if you are free get yourself down to the Forum.


During the months of February and March year 9 boys have been working on a unit of Gymnastics. One of the topics covered was that of shapes and balances. The photographs attached show some of the partner balances and shapes the group managed to create.
The boys demonstrated excellent enthusiasm, teamwork and problem solving skills throughout the unit. Well done lads!

First Minister Arlene Foster visits Devenish College

On Friday 12th March we welcomed First Minister Arlene Foster to Devenish College. During a busy morning Mrs Foster visited a number of classes and took time to speak with our pupils and view their work.
The First Minister took a keen interest in viewing the latest plans and 3D images of our new build which is on schedule for completion in November 2018.
Our pupils enjoyed a very informative and motivational talk during our full school assembly and the success of our tug of war teams was recognised during a presentation of medals and the cup won during the recent celebration of sport event.
After assembly members of the school Board of Governors’ and staff met in the school library where refreshments were served.
To conclude her visit the First Minister met with our School Council and there was an opportunity to discuss the work and changes that they have facilitated in school.
Overall it proved to be a very interesting, informative and enjoyable morning for all involved.
Please see Gallery or our Facebook page for photos !

Interview Skills Day 2016

The Careers Department would like to thank all those who took part in Interview Skills Day on Friday 4 March 2016. The day was facilitated by Mr Pat Jameson from Sentinus. We were delighted to have 19 visitors with us for the afternoon session from local businesses who gave up their time on a Friday afternoon to interview our students. Thanks also to all those year 12 students who took part. They had a very beneficial day and also enjoyed themselves. Wishing them all well as they progress along their career paths – wherever that may be.
J Wray
Head of Careers

Shadow Secretary of State Vernon Coaker visits Devenish College

On Friday afternoon Devenish College welcomed Vernon Coaker the Shadow Secretary of state for Northern Ireland and Labour MP. He was in Fermanagh to discuss local issues including education. During his visit he met with some of our pupils, staff and Governors and had a tour of the school. He also took the opportunity to view the plans of our new build which is on schedule for completion in November 2018.

Sponsored Walk 2016

Well done to our Key Stage 3 pupils on completing the sponsored walk on Friday. The weather was kind and it was a great opportunity to get some exercise and enjoy some of Fermanagh’s beautiful scenery.
Thanks to parents, family and friends of our pupils who have supported them by sponsoring them for Friday’s walk.

Fermanagh Herald Sports Award

Staff and pupils of Devenish College had a really enjoyable night at the Fermanagh Herald Sports Awards on Saturday . It was lovely to meet Frank Mitchell and to rub shoulders with Fermanagh’s finest athletes.

Well done to all the school teams nominated and to Enniskillen Collegiate’s Rugby team who won schools team of the year. Thanks to James, Ava and Jack who represented our school brilliantly this evening and to the Fermanagh Herald for the nomination.

Ski Trip 2016 San Martino

Devenish College are now recruiting for next year’s ski trip. Join in with your friends for the experience of a life-time carving graceful arcs though the swooping slopes of northern Italy. Details can be obtained from either Ms Stead or Mr Feeney. Watch the video of the 2016 trip here
Ski Trip 2016

Work Experience

The first week of February (1 – 5) was a busy one for the Careers Department as 56 pupils from Year 12 were out on work experience. The selection of jobs was varied and as reports come back in we can report that everyone had a great time and learned a lot about the world of work. The Careers Department would like to take this opportunity to thank all the employers who provided placements. Without you, work experience would not happen. We look forward to working with you again in the future.

U14 Football

Our U14 football team put up a strong performance on Wednesday (24th Feb) to record a 4-0 win over Foyle College in the Northern Ireland Plate quarter final. Stuart Johnston picked up two goals in each half.

The game took place at Mallusk playing fields. With more than 18 other quarter final matches taking place today, it was a real festival of football.

The boys will play Corpus Christi in the Semi-Final on the 10th of March.

My Maths guidance video

The Mathematics Department have put together a short video giving guidance and instruction on how the MyMaths website can be put to good use. Pupils are encouraged to use MyMaths for their own revision and not just for the completion of homework. Parents might find the video useful as it gives a demonstration of how the Booster Packs within MyMaths can be used for revision and further practise, which pupils are encouraged to work through in preparation for their exams. We hope you find the video useful and informative.

Fermanagh Herald Sports Awards

Please vote for our U12 football team in the Fermanagh Herald Sports Awards. Our boys were brilliant last year and we are very proud of their achievements. Just click the link below and scroll down to the bottom were you can vote.

Devenish College Ski Trip 2016

devenish college ski trip 2016

Devenish pupils have recently returned from their annual skiing trip. They spent a week on the slopes of San Martino Di Castrozza in the Trentino region of Italy. Everybody had a great time and all of the pupils learned to ski, tackling all grades of slope from swooping blue runs to tricky reds.

Ulster Schools Swimming Championship

On Saturday the 6th February, Brett McLean and Rachel Evans travelled to Ballymena to compete in the Ulster Schools Swimming Championships. On Sunday the 7th February, Tara McKenzie travelled to Dublin to compete in the Irish schools finals. They all performed fantastically in their respective competitions and represented themselves as excellent ambassadors for Devenish College. We are very proud of you!

Devenish Day

Last Friday Devenish College opened its doors to over 250 prospective pupils from local primary schools. The school was a hive of activity, with the P7 pupils able to sample lessons in a range of subjects. The participation and enthusiasm was fantastic all day. Best wishes to all the P7 pupils for the future. Please check out our gallery for some pictures of the day


We were delighted to welcome Mr Philip Bain to school on Tue 2 Feb to talk to some of our Year 14 students. This was facilitated through the Inspire program which aims to encourage the youth of N Ireland to reach and achieve their goals.

Many students lack the motivation in life and through this program we can impact on them at a young age so they ‘hit the ground running’ with their career plans, before they reach university level.

Mr Bain was accompanied by two students from the Enactus Ulster group, one of those being our own past Head Girl, Karen Wray. She stated “It was great to be able to interact with the students today, our professional motivational speaker, Philip Bain (Owner of ShredBank) was very impressed with the enthusiasm and interest they had shown throughout the talk”.

We would like to thank Enactus Ulster for sharing their photographs with us and also for allowing putting us in touch with Mr Bain. A huge thank you to him for taking the time to come to Enniskillen to talk to the students.

Janette Wray
Head of Careers

Borneo trip - How to book your place

Camps International have provided some information on how to book your Borneo trip. Please see the steps below.

Booking Your Place

Booking code 2399 and can be found on your information flyer. You simply fill in the online application form and pay your deposit contribution online.


If you can’t get access online you can bring along your handwritten paper application form to the meeting at school on Thursday or call the office on 01425 485390 and one of the team can process it over the phone.

Payment Options

Two payment options:

1) Direct Debit: £239 Initial payment to sign up. You will then be able to make manageable, monthly payments from now until June 2017. There is a Direct Debit Mandate to hand in or post to us.

2) Fixed Payment Method: The second option requires an initial 10% (£398) on booking and then the remaining cost is split into 3 separate payments – 20%, 20% and a final 50% in May 2017.

Once we have received your deposit along with your completed application form, you will receive your Camps Welcome Pack and ATOL protection information! This includes a Camps International T-shirt, log-in details for our extensive Online Fundraising Resources and access to our Travellers Gateway, which has everything you need.

Students Fundraising Workshop & Meet Your Team
Thursday 4th February
11:40 – Meet in Mrs Wray’s Mobile

All students should attend the meeting, so we can kick-start the fundraising process to make sure this expedition is possible you all! We will chat through fundraising ideas as a team and I will also be providing you with essential Fundraising Resources to help kick start your journey.

Tommy Murphy
Regional Expedition Coordinator (NI & ROI)
Camps International Ltd

Plans for New Devenish College site

To see the plans for the New Devenish College site, please click the link below

Devenish College Plans.doc

Junior Sports Team of the Year

Our under 12 Football team have been nominated in the category of Junior Sports Team of the Year at the Fermanagh and Omagh Sports Awards. The Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 19th February at Mahons Hotel in Irvinestown. Our players should bring in their consent forms tomorrow so that tickets can be booked. Well done everyone, a brilliant achievement!!

Camps International meeting

The Camps International meeting will be held on Thur 28 Jan at 6.30 in the Assembly Hall. Anyone who has not returned their reply slip needs to do so by Tue of next week, to me, to enable us to have enough information packs available.
Parents and students interested in the Borneo trip are asked to attend this information evening.

Open Evening for Primary 7 pupils

Devenish College’s open evening takes place on Wednesday 27 January 2016 at 7.15pm. All Primary 7 pupils and their parents/guardians are invited to come along. The evening will commence with a short talk in the assembly hall followed by a tour of the school and the opportunity to speak with students and staff. We look forward to seeing you there

Open Night Flyer.doc

Kayak News Report

Check out the Devenish College 6th Form pupils news report on the Kayak water polo event.

This is a link to the Devenish College youtube page

Kayak Water polo at the Lakeland Forum

Yesterday afternoon we held a staff versus pupils water polo match in kayaks close to the Lakeland Forum. The event attracted some interest from Julian Fowler the Local BBC reporter and was shown on BBC News yesterday evening. Click the link below to see the coverage.
After a very enjoyable match the pupils were victorious 4-2 with promises of a rematch from staff!

This is a link to the BBC newsline video from last night
This is a link to the article by the Fermanagh Herald

Robotics Roadshow

It was a fun start to the term for our year 9 pupils, when the Sentinus Robotics Roadshow visited Devenish College.

This event organised by the Careers Department, gave our pupils the opportunity to write their own programmes and download these to robots to perform tasks at the end of the day.

The aim was to enhance the understanding of robotics and give pupils a hands on opportunity to develop their programming and ICT skills.

Well done everyone!
See gallery for more photos!

Exam Timetable January 2016

The January exam timetable for Years 10,11 and 12 can be downloaded by clicking the links below.

Year 12 Exam Timetable January 2016.doc
Year 11 Exam Timetable January 2016.doc
Year 10 Exam Timetable January 2016.doc

Dutch Exchange Programme 2016

Our school has been involved in an International Exchange programme with a school in the Netherlands for some years. As part of this, there is now an opportunity for our Year 11 students to become involved in the exchange.

This is a wonderful cultural experience. There are two parts to the exchange. In early April our students would have the opportunity to travel to the Netherlands and stay with a Dutch student and their family. In return they would then home host 1 or 2 Dutch students for 5 days (18-22 April 2016). A full programme of activities would be organised here and in the Netherlands.

This programme will be run in conjunction with students from other schools in Fermanagh. The cost of the exchange will be approximately £250.

Any year 11 student interested see Mrs Stead


Our U14 football team progressed to the quarter finals of the Northern Ireland Schools Plate competition after a 7-3 win over Abbey College yesterday.
The game was played at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus. Our goals were scored by Stuart Johnston (1), Sam McDonald (2), Jack Foster (2), Kyle Woods (1) and Ryan Sharpe (1).
The score line does not reflect how competitive this fixture was, with a number of late goals securing a good win.
Man of the Match was Stuart Johnston. Well done lads.

Christmas at Devenish College

Christmas has arrived at Devenish College!

Year 11 GCSE Home Economics filled the school with festive cheer by skilfully baking and decorated Christmas cakes which can be seen in the gallery. They look fabulous, well done guys. Even the Science department couldn’t escape the Christmas spirit. They created their own “Chemis-tree”

Keep an eye out for more Christmas capers happening throughout the school this week !

Christmas Pantomime 2015

Our Christmas production of Jack & the Beanstalk will be performed to over 2400 primary and secondary school children this week.

There are still tickets available for Friday and Saturday nights performances. Call the school Office on 02866 322923 to book your tickets or pupils, buy yours at break-time from room 1.
They have all worked very hard, ably assisted by Miss Mills.

Year 12 Formal 2015

Last week the Westville Hotel hosted our annual year 12 Formal. Our girls were the picture of elegance and the boys were also dressed to impress. The night was fantastic from start to finish, with an excellent meal and some great entertainment, the dance floor was packed all evening. Thanks to the Formal Committee for all their hard work and to the staff who helped dress the room. We hope you enjoy the photographs which can be found in our gallery.

Work Experience November 2015

Devenish College would like to say a big Thank You to all employers who provided placements for our Year 12 pupils in November. Please see the gallery for photos !

Devenish College Pantomime

It’s that time again folks…Oh yes it is!
The final finishing touches & rehearsals are happening this week. Devenish College is proud to present what we believe will be the 57th annual pantomime: Jack & The Beanstalk.
Tickets are on sale now for our two evening performances on Friday 11th & Saturday 12th December.

Call the school office on 028 66 322923 to book your tickets. We hope to see you there!

Year 13 @ Belleek Pottery

Year 13 Business Studies group visited Belleek Pottery on Thursday 15th October 2015. Purpose of the visit was to collect information for AS Unit 1, The Enterprising Business. The visit was extremely successful and enjoyable – we had refreshments on arrival, watched a video on the making of the pottery and had a tour of the production of the pottery. This was followed by a discussion with the Finance Director, Mr Martin Sharkey, when he provided comprehensive details in answer to our questionnaires. The College is indebted to the business for the time, effort and hospitality shown to staff and students on the visit. We appreciate having the opportunity to put the theory into a practical setting.

Art News: Oct '15

It has been an exciting few months for pupils and staff in Devenish College with Year 12 GCSE Art & Design pupils attended the ‘True colours’ art exhibition in the Ulster Museum in Belfast. They also had the opportunity to visit the Botanic gardens. In addition to this staff at Devenish College had the opportunity to view the GCSE Art Exhibition in May 2015.

We are all very proud of Sarah Louise Collum, a Yr. 12 GCSE art student,who entered a number of classes in the Fermanagh show in August 2015. Not only did she win the overall cup for the art section, she also received a 1st , 3rd and a highly commended rosette for one of her pieces. Well done Sarah Louise !

Careers in Health

Devenish College was delighted to be able to host an event called Health Related Careers this morning. We were asked by the Western Trust to host the event. The Careers department worked with Mrs Anne Love to host the event.
13 disciplines from the health professions attended and set up their stalls at 8.30am, ready for the constant flow of pupils who attended from most of the schools in the County.
Judging from the conversations with many careers teachers on the day, the event was a huge success. Hopefully all students who attended will have left the event armed with information to set them on a career path for this area.

New Build Update

Devenish College is delighted to report that significant work has started on our new build on the Tempo Road, Enniskillen.

Deane Public Works have reported good progress and that the programme for completion of their work is 15 January 2016. As you can see from the pictures a significant amount of work is involved in culverting the stream that runs across the site. It is also very pleasing to see that the Drumlin or hill is also being reduced and that the lower part of the site, that will contain the playing fields, is being filled.

We are also delighted to report that a team of architects have been appointed. Isherwood and Ellis have vast experience in designing new schools. Contracts have just been exchanged and the design team will be briefed on taking forward the school design before the end of October.

The Education Authority anticipate that completion of the new build will be in November 2018.

Get that job!

The purpose of the day was to prepare the students for forthcoming interviews, whether they are for employment or for admission to university.

The day was facilitied by Balcas and we are very grateful to Brenda McStravick and Lorraine Thompson for sharing their expertise.

The afternoon session was most beneficial as all students were interviewed in their chosen career areas. The following interviewers were present:- Ian Magee (Ict), David Ilsley (Raf), Hazel Latimer and Michael McDermott (health professions), Andrew Hannah (BT-business groups), ( Richard Johnston – Liberty insurance – general group), Const Lesley Ward – PSNI/sport group and Gillian Lee – teaching group. We are indebted to our interviewers who so readily give of their time to help us. We look forward to seeing many of you again next year!

European Day of Languages 2015

Bon appétit!
Food glorious Food!!!
The canteen staff made a huge effort to cater for everyone during the day and the canteen was decorated with European bunting and balloons by Mr O’Callaghan’s year 10CB French class. European music set the scene for the diners!.
At breakfast club as well as the usual items on sale there was also French toast on the menu which was a great hit with those sampling the breakfast.
Break time was the highlight of the day with FREE snacks for all. Everyone was very eager to get to the canteen on time to enjoy the croissants with nutella, pain au chocolat, pepperoni baguettes and cream cheese bagels, which were prepared earlier by Mrs Saunderson’s Yr 11 GCSE French class. Canteen staff also prepared egg and bacon muffins. It was a real feast and enjoyed by all, staff included! An extended break time was given to ensure everyone could enjoy this culinary experience.
At lunchtime the European theme continued with Chicken Paella, Spaghetti Bolognese, Irish Stew and Pepperoni Pizza being served. For dessert there was mousse au chocolat, apple pie and European cupcakes. What a spread!
I would like to thank most sincerely the Canteen staff for all their hard work and good humour today and also Mr Mowbray who agreed that the school would subsidise the break time snacks.
Marion Saunderson
Head of Modern Languages

Annual Prize Night

Devenish College are delighted to announce that Lisa McHugh will be the Guest of Honour at our annual Prize Night on Thursday 22nd October 2015.
Lisa needs no introduction as one of our most successful and popular Country Music stars. She is also an ambassador for the PIPS Charity. PIPS provide support to individuals, especially young people, who are considering, or who have at some point considered, ending their own lives.
We are thrilled that Lisa has agreed to join us as we celebrate the excellent achievement of our pupils.

World Record Attempt

The ‘Pupils Pledge Peace Guinness World Record Most Signatures on a Scroll’ initiative made its way to Devenish College on the 17th September 2015 providing pupils with the opportunity to participate in this, quite unique, peace-building initiative.

The fabric scroll, kindly donated by Hunter Apparel Solutions Derry, has been making its way around schools and colleges, in the Western Region of the Education Authority, for pupils to personally pledge peace for their country by signing their name onto the scroll.

The pupils of Devenish College happily participated in this once in a life time event. Below are some pictures of the eager pupils.

Folk Park Visit

These are the words spoken by one of the presentation speakers, which resonated with quite a few of our Year 10 pupils who took part in the annual Famine Tour as part of their History curriculum in Omagh last year. She was, of course, referring to the fact that most of their families had survived and lived through The Famine in Ireland and had therefore been made of stronger stuff since their ancestors had produced such a wonderful group of young people.
Divided into groups, and guided around the park by school staff, pupils were afforded the opportunity of experiencing first-hand the sights, sounds and smells of the living conditions of the poor and the cramped circumstances of life on board the Atlantic journeys prevalent during the Famine. They also discussed the role of the landlords, famine relief measures and the widespread assisted emigration, which could now be likened to many of the experiences of the current refugees travelling to Europe.
Pupils were praised by the staff at the Folk Park for their co-operation throughout the educational visit, and the fact that they had to complete workbooks with prizes offered for the best ones, certainly helped keep them focused! Looking forward to introducing the current Year 10s to the experience this year!

Devenish College Sports Wear

Devenish College now has an online store section at kitsportswear.com. At this store parents can buy a range of Devenish College branded sportswear which can be worn during PE classes or for individuals who represent school teams. The store will be open until 1st of October for delivery in mid-November approximately. As well as the range shown on the flyer there is also a new school rugby shirt which can be purchased at £25 for children’s sizes and £30 for adult.

To access this site parents simply go to www.kitsportswear.com and click on the Devenish College area. They can then pay by credit card or paypal.

School Council Visits Stormont

On Thursday 10th September 2015 four members of the School Council were invited to Stormont for the launch of the Make your Mark campaign. They met some of the local MLA’s and also the members of the N. Ireland Youth Parliament. They are now going to carry out a ballot in school on the ten issues identified as of interest to young people in the UK. The Youth parliament will then discuss these at Westminster and they will be presented to MP’s. The pupils were Angus McKee, Becky Amos, Lorna McHugh and Luke Thompson.

Quarries - Stay Out Stay Alive

Following a number of deaths in disused quarries in Northern Ireland in the past number of years the Department of the Environment, led by the Environment Minister, has launched an educational awareness campaign aimed at teenagers and young adults to highlight the serious risks involved in swimming in disused quarries and open water.

The campaign warns of the dangers of swimming in disused quarries and open water. This is a link for more information.

The leaflet highlights how cold shock sets in after an initial plunge into cold water. It refers to the difficulties that an individual will have getting out of water as their fingers stiffen, coordination reduces and muscles weaken as the cold takes hold. If these reduced physical capabilities don’t result in drowning, one is at risk of hypothermia.

The leaflet also refers to the other risks of swimming in disused quarries and open water. These risks include:

• Hidden currents or submerged plants which can drag you under;
• Submerged abandoned machinery/cars which you can impale yourself on if jumping in;
• Underwater ledges or recesses where you can become trapped; and
• Pollution/rubbish which can cause eye and skin irritations, stomach problems and fungal infections

Under 12 NI Champions

Devenish College Inspiresport Under 12 Champions

The Devenish College Under 12 team made the long journey to Ballymena on 29th April to take on Kilkeel High School in the Inspiresport Plate Final at the Showgrounds. The Inspiresport plate was one of ten Finals scheduled for the day. The Finals’ Day is the annual flagship event for schools’ soccer, as all ten Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association major cup and plate finals are staged.

From the kick off the Kilkeel team started the brightest and they had Devenish pinned in their own half for the first 10 minutes. Devenish had a good chance on 12 minutes when a ball from Joel Irvine set Jack Foster off on a great run down the left. He cut inside his marker and his goal-bound effort was well saved by the Kilkeel keeper. The resultant kick out was picked up just outside the Devenish box where the centre forward struck a shot which hit the arm of Devenish Captain, Peter Armstrong. The penalty was well struck and gave keeper Pryce Beatty no chance. The goal sparked the Devenish side into action and they threatened on the left again, as Rhys McCormack controlled the ball well and delivered the perfect pass again for Foster. He beat the defender and this time fired his shot straight across the goal just missing the far post. Devenish continued to press, looking for the equaliser, with Lee ‘tiny’ McCutcheon launching his massive throws onto the Kilkeel penalty area.

The Devenish team got their just rewards with 5 minutes from the turn around when a long clearance from right back James Armstrong, from well inside his half, bounced in front of the Kilkeel keeper, flew over his outreached hands and bounced into the empty net. This ‘Charlie Adams’ type goal changed the game and swung the impetus back to Devenish College.

In the second half the Kilkeel side again came back into the game and several good attacks were cleared by Scott Thompson at left back. Similar to the pattern of the first half, the Devenish side took a while to settle in the game. Again we were able to take advantage of the long throws from McCutcheon, who was able to pick out Sam McDonald, who nodded the ball into the 6 yard box. Unfortunately, the excellent Kilkeel keeper was able to collect safely.

The play swung from end to end as both teams pressed for a winner, but both defences were in top form and the Kilkeel side used the wind to punt clearances into the Devenish half.

The breakthrough came with just 7 minutes remaining, when the only girl player at the finals, Ava Thompson, won the ball on the right and created some space for herself and threaded a ball between two defenders for the diminutive Jamie Marshall to run on to. He raced into the box with two defenders each side and struck a brilliant shot past the Kilkeel keeper into the right hand corner.

The Kilkeel side then had a good chance as their right winger seem to have a free run at the goal, but Peter Armstrong and Scott Thompson were able to put him under pressure and his shot went wide. Play then switched to the other side as Jack Foster raced down the right and played the ball across the box, but as Ava Thompson went to shoot the ball was cleared by the Kilkeel defender. The last chance of the game fell to Kilkeel, when a foul was awarded just outside the box, but the Kilkeel free bounced off Cameron Little and bobbled about the penalty box before a frantic clearance from James Armstrong.

On the final whistle the large Devenish support invaded the pitch to join the players and coaches Dessie Gamble, Sammy McFrederick and Colin Lyons. The teams received their winning medals from NISFA officials. Coach Dessie Gamble said that this was a wonderful achievement for a small school of just over 500 against a school with almost 800. He was pleased at the all-round contributions from all the players. He had a special mention for Ava Thompson who had joined the team only since the semi-finals but had performed outstandingly in the final. The travelling support of 200 pupils and staff also played their part as the ‘12th man’ encouraging the players throughout the match. Thanks must also go to the parents and families of the squad who made the journey to Ballymena to support the team.

SWC Awards

A group of Year 12 students attended the Occupational Studies / BTEC Level 2 Awards at the CREST centre in the South West College. The students study a range of courses there as part of the Fermanagh Learning Community collaboration scheme. The following students were awarded prizes:

Contemporary Cuisine – TOP MARKJonathan Morrison

Carpentry and Joinery – TOP MARKDaniel Dunne

Sheet Metal Work – BEST EFFORTGlenn Birney

Brickwork – MOST IMPROVEDKyle Fisher

Creative Styling Using Blow Dry Techniques – BEST EFFORTCheryl Kennedy

Congratulations to all those who received awards. The group was accompanied by Classroom Assistant Barbara Morrow and Principal Mervyn Walker

Dutch Visit

A group of 22 Dutch students and 2 members of staff from Dr Mollercollege visited Devenish College from Monday 20 April to Friday 24 April. The group was hosted by families and had a very enjoyable experience.

During the week they got to spend some time with the host families, visited Londonderry, went on a tour of Enniskillen and a boat trip to Devenish Island, visited the sights at Lough Navar and Slieve League cliffs. In the evenings they went ten pin bowling, watched a movie at the cinema and on the last night had a games evening in Devenish College.

Karen's success continues

Karen Wray, former Head Girl of the College, is currently in America studying Business Management at Rocky Mountain College (Montana) as part of a Study USA project. She was part of a successful Rocky Mountain College team which competed in a national business competition in Missouri. Her team brought home $5,000 in prizes and two trophies during the National Enactus competition.

Are you a former student of Devenish College? Let us know how you are getting on.

Easter Egg Surprise

As part of the College’s Well Being programme a number of students and staff received a lovely surprise of a free Easter Egg on the last day of term. Our thanks to staff for supplying the eggs which were delivered to the winners of the draw during form time. The names were drawn at random on the day.

New Principal Appointed

Mr Simon Mowbray has been appointed as the new Principal of Devenish College. He takes up post from 1 September 2015 when the current Principal Mr Mervyn Walker finishes. Mr Mowbray is currently Vice Principal of Castlederg High School.

He paid an informal visit to the College on the afternoon of Friday 27 March and was welcomed by Mr Cecil Morton (Vice Chairman) and Mr Willie Magee on behalf of the governors and the current Principal Mr Mervyn Walker.

Year 9 Robotics

On Friday 27 March 2015 the Year 9 pupils got the opportunity to take part in a Robotics event. Organised by the Careers department, the event was facilitated by Mr Pat Jameson from Sentinus.

Competition was fierce as the robotic vehicles were raced in heats against each other. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed putting their vehicles through their paces. In fact the afternoon session ran over into Period 9 as everyone was enjoying themselves so much.

Although this was a fun event the purpose was to highlight some aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Perhaps we will have inspired some budding designers and engineers of the future.

Our thanks go, once again, to Pat for making this learning experience great fun.

Charity Support

The College recently handed over two cheques to KINDFUND and Diabetes UK (Fermanagh Volunteer Support Group). The money was raised from the sale of raffle tickets at the annual pantomime. Diabetes UK received £850 and KINDFUND £900. Our thanks to students, parents, staff and friends of the College for supplying items for the hampers and to local businesses for gifts for the raffle.

Phil Crooke, on behalf of KINDFUND, and Anne Harland, on behalf of Diabetes UK, spoke to the students and staff in assembly and outlined how the money would be spent.

Included in the photograph are Jamie McFarlane (Head Boy), Phil Crooke, Janette Wray (Chair of the PFTA), Anne Harland and Judith Cathcart (Head Girl)

Cup Final

Congratulations to the Year 8 football team who beat Acquinas in the semi final of the Northern Ireland plate competition. The game finished 2-2 after full time and 4-4 after extra time. The Devenish College boys secured a place in the final with a 7-6 win on penalties. A fuller report to follow.

World Book Day

On Thursday 5th of March 2015, Jack Reacher, Captain Haddock, Cruella de Vil, Harry Potter, the Queen of Hearts, Mary Poppins, Gangsta Granny, The Mad Hatter and many others descended upon Devenish College. Why you might ask? Because it was World Book Day.

The staff and students, under the encouragement of Miss Murphy, responded with enthusiasm to the opportunity to come into school dressed as fictional characters. The main aim of the whole day was to promote reading, showing it as the incredibly fun and worthwhile pastime it is. A great day was had by all and some of the costumes were incredibly creative and imaginative. A special mention should be given to to Lorna McHugh in Year 9, who came in dressed as the White Rabbit from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll, and Connor McKenzie in Year 8, who was Mr Spud from ‘Billionaire Boy’ by David Walliams.

The main highlight of the day, however, was a special assembly, led by the Head of English, Mr. Feeney, whose enthusiasm and passion for books flowed from the podium as he reminded us all that “The dinosaurs didn’t read and look what happened to them! Books mean knowledge … Without knowledge we would be nothing … We would be extinct.”

However, the stars of the day by far were four fantastic first-years, Hillis Fleming, Hollie Archer, Dylan Webster and Sarah Elliott, who bravely stood up in front of a packed assembly hall and spoke to everyone about their favourite books. Hillis, a history enthusiast, came in dressed as Winston Churchill from his favourite book, ‘The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill’. In his speech he highlighted all the information he learned about the famous Prime Minister from reading this book, demonstrating to all present the importance of books as an educational tool.

Hollie came in dressed as Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling and in her speech she spoke about one of her favourite books, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, which teaches us that if we “are brave, honest and true, and believe just that little bit, good things will happen”. She also wisely reminded us that “a man who reads lives a thousand lives before he dies, while a man who does not read lives only one.” Now there’s something to think about.

Dylan frightened all when he appeared on stage dressed as a Death Eater, also from the Harry Potter series. In his speech he talked about the importance of imagination as it is the foundation on which this world is built because “without it, there would be no art, no architecture, no inventions and therefore no technology.” He brilliantly highlighted that it is reading and books which capture the imagination and make it run wild.

Finally there was Sarah, who graced the stage dressed as Hermione Granger, also from the Harry Potter series. In her speech, she told us about her favourite book, ‘The Hobbit’ by JRR Tolkien. She thoroughly emphasised that “reading is like living in a whole new world, doing things which you wouldn’t normally do in real life, experiencing amazing things you wouldn’t normally do and being with people you wish were real.” She reminded us all that books are “the cheapest holiday you can buy” and that if you ever want to leave cold, wet, rainy Fermanagh behind all you have to do is open a book and away you go.

All four speeches were nothing short of outstanding, with each student speaking so passionately and eloquently that they left the audience in awe of the fact that they were only in Year 8! They truly did the school and themselves proud.

As Mr Feeney so aptly remarked, “Books are a portal to a different dimension, a different life that we can imagine for ourselves”, and we all were certainly transported into the world of fiction last Thursday. If one message can be taken away from the day, it would be the advice given to the school by Dylan as he concluded his speech: “Get out there and read, and keep on reading, and never stop.”

Linda top of the class

Former student Linda Surphlis, who is studying for a BSc Honours Marketing degree, is delighted after receiving an award for the Best Overall First Year student in the University of Ulster Business School. The award was presented at the annual Business School’s Student Awards event.

The award recognise the top performers across the range of marketing, entrepreneurship and strategy related programmes.

Sporting Round up

The Year 8 team recently won the Fermanagh and Western Schools’ Football Association tournament held at the Lakeland Forum. After a slow start – losing the first game 1-0 and drawing the second 0-0, the boys edged out St Joseph’s College 1-0 and progressed to the final where they beat Fivemiletown College 2-0

Following this excellent result the 11 a-side team of Year 8 boys beat Castlederg High School to progress to the Semi-Final of the Northern Ireland Plate competition.

The Under 14 team on the same day lost out to a big physical Castlederg team in the McMullan Shield.

At the E district cross country championships, with more than 100 runners in some of the events, Ava Thompson finished 3rd and Sarah Elliott 9th in the Mini Girls event. Joel Irvine finished 4th, Sam McDonald 24th and Jamie Marshall 29th in the Mini Boys event. Stuart Johnston finished 36th in the Minor Boys, with Emma Glass and Lauren Sayers finishing 32nd and 34th respectively in the Intermediate girls event. In the Intermediate boys event Ryan Flanagan finished 14th with Callum Baker 23rd and Matty Dunlop 24th, Tom McGowan 34th and Josh Grenfell 42nd.

At the Ulster Cross-Country Finals Ava Thompson Finished 19th and Ryan Flanagan finished in 57th place. Both these athletes competed in a very large field and deserve great praise for the fine display they put in.

New School Build update

The WELB is in the process of appointing a design team and this process is due to be completed by April this year. An initial design is to be presented to the school before the summer break.

A concept design is on display in the school foyer.

Previous report:
The Western Education and Library Board (WELB) has received approval to the Economic Appraisal for a £23m new build school for Devenish College on the Tempo Road, Enniskillen. This approval allows the WELB to progress the appointment of consultants to work with Devenish College to design a school which will provide a modern place of learning and teaching for the future pupils of Devenish College.

Mr Barry Mulholland, WELB Chief Executive, said: “The WELB is delighted for Devenish College. The approval to the Economic Appraisal moves the project forward and will mark a new era for Devenish College.”

The WELB is currently undertaking enabling works on the Tempo Road site to create a site access and compound. Further enabling works to remove the drumlin and culvert the stream are planned for early spring 2015

Previous report:

On Friday 10 October 2014 representatives of the Board of Governors, the Principal, WELB officers and contractors from Woodvale construction met on the Tempo Road site in advance of preparatory work starting. The Principal Mervyn Walker and Chairman Alex Baird had the privilege of cutting the first sods on the site.

Work will now start on preparing the site in order to remove the drumlin and culvert the stream.

The Minister for Education, John O’Dowd, recently announced that “I have committed to a new build at Devenish and I stand by that commitment.” As of September 2014 the Economic Appraisal has been forwarded to DFP (Department of Finance and Personnel) who will now consider it and the appraisal will then be returned to the Department of Education for final ratification.

Read the WELB’s press release here
Development Works Press Release.pdf

Helen McMorris - forensic scientist

Former Devenish College student Helen is making great strides in the world of Forensic Science. She led a team from the University of Abertay in Dundee who recently made a scientific breakthrough when they discovered a way to recover fingerprints from the feathers of birds of prey. These birds are under threat from illegal poisoning, shooting and trapping. If the birds have been handled, the incriminating marks could help police to identify the suspect.

The research has been published in the journal of Science and Justice and reported via the BBC website.

Click on this link for the article on the BBC website where you can read more about Helen’s fantastic achievements. Click on this link to read the report in the journal of Science and Justice

Year 12 Formal

This year’s Year 12 formal took place on 4 December in the Westville Hotel. It was a very enjoyable evening with students, guests, staff and governors present. The event was organised by a Year 12 committee and Mr Feeney, Head of Year 12 .

More formal photos

This was yet another very successful school event. There was a lovely atmosphere all evening and the committee put a lot of effort into the planning. The table settings were outstanding as you can see from some of teh photos. Miss Dennis and staff made them and they were raffled at the end of the evening.

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