Schools invited to major mental health awareness event

Local students are being invited to a special event aimed at raising awareness around mental health and well being.

Local people pictured at a sit in in the Guildhall

Schoolchildren to learn about Civil Rights movement in Derry

Hundreds of school children from the across the council area will be gathering in the Guildhall on Thursday for a special event commemorating the Civil Rights movement.

The Western Trust's School Nursing Team who will be offering year 9 and 10 girls the opportunity to receive the HPV vaccine pictured from left to right are: Alison Vincent, School  Nurse; Nicola McCourt, Staff Nurse; Irene McSorley, School Nursing Team Lead and Wendy Edwards, Immunisation Coordinator.

HPV vaccine call to parents

The Western Trust is urging parents of girls who are eligible to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to make sure that they get it to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer later in life.

Pictured at the launch of the Lifestart SOOC (Shaping Ourselves And Our Children) project at the Holywell Trust were from left, seated, Ursula Birthistle, Chairperson of the Steering Group, Dr Pauline McClenaghan, Executive Director, Lifestart Foundation, and Maureen Hetherington, Co-ordinator of The Junction, standing, Liz Kavanagh, Mary Walker-Callaghan, Gina McIntyre, Margaret McCann, Trish McLaughlin, Sharon Hasson and Kenda Somerville, SEUPB. DER1318-152KM

New ‘Shaping Ourselves and Our Children’ project launched in Derry

An innovative new cross-border parenting programme has been launched in Derry.

Colr. Kevin Campbell (left) pictured with colleagues calling for the Acht na Gaelige.

Acht Na Gaeilge backed by majority of Councillors

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has welcomes Derry City & Strabane Council’s official backing for the introduction of an Irish Language Act as detailed in the Good Friday and St. Andrews Agreements.

Colr. McKeever and others at the gates of the Ashbrook facility.

Council backs call for Ashbrook reinstatement

SDLP Councillor Jim Mc Keever has called on the Western Trust to provide funding to re-open the Ashbrook Garden Centre at Ardmore.

Sinn Fein representatives meeting with the Head of the Civil Service in the north David Sterling, the Chief Executive of Derry & Strabane Council John Kelpie and Ulster University representatives to discuss Medical School.

Magee Medical School meeting

A Sinn Féin delegation has met with the Head of the Civil Service to seek assurances that the project to deliver a medical school at Magee University remains on track.

Gareth Blackery, the Principal of St. Paul's Primary School, is calling for traffic calming outside the school in Slievemore. DER1218GS015

‘Children’s safety ‘must be paramount’

Shantallow Sinn Féin Councillor Caoimhe McKnight has backed the call by St. Paul’s Primary School Principal Gareth Blackery for the installation of traffic calming speed bumps on Moss Road.

Derry City & Strabane District Independent Councillor Gary Donnelly. DER2114MC153

Council backs call for British army to be refused access to schoolchildren

Derry City and Strabane have formally backed a call for schools to ban British Armed Forces from accessing children.

Principal Gareth Blackery (pictured) is calling for traffic calming outside St Paul's Primary School Slievemore. DER1218GS010

‘Speed humps’ will now be considered at Derry primary school

A Derry school principal has given a cautious welcome after the Department for Infrastructure said it may now install speed bumps outside the primary school.

Sinn Fein Councillor Kevin Campbell pictured in the area.

New bins installed outside Derry schools

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has welcomed the installation of three new waste bins outside schools along Bligh’s Lane.

Karen Mullan MLA

Parents urged to give views on special nursery provision

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson, Karen Mullan, has urged the public to respond to a new consultation on the future of special educational needs provision here.

Previous bonfires in the Bogside and Fountain estates in Derry.

Bonfire Working Group to look at new Action Plan

Councillors have backed a new multi-agency Bonfire Working Group after previous concerns over how it will function were addressed.

Mrs. Audrey O'Donnell, teacher, St. Cecilia's College pictured with her 'Two Helpers' for the 'Communities United' St. Patrick's Day Parade, Erin Houston and Jessica Ogilvie at the school.

St Cecilia’s students step up for St Patrick’s parade

Around 30 Year 8 and Year 9 students from St Cecilia’s College in the city are all ready to go in the ‘Communities United Youth Engagement’ St Patrick’s day carnival celebrations, after completing various dance workshops that kicked off back in January.

ROE will be performing in Derry tomorrow night.

Lecturers’ Strike: solidarity gig in Derry

A solidarity benefit gig for University and College Union members on strike at Magee, Coleraine, Jordanstown, Queen’s and elsewhere is to be held in Derry tomorrow.

James Nesbitt, Magee Provost Malachy " N�ill and St Mary's Principal Marie Lindsay with staff from Ulster University, and pupils from different schools, at St Mary's College. (Stephen Latimer)

Film-makers ‘tripping themselves to come here’ - says James Nesbitt

Film-makers are flocking to post-Troubles Northern Ireland because of the welcome, landscape and experience on offer, star actor James Nesbitt has told students in Derry.

ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOPS START . . . .Mary McKenna, Entrepreneur-in-residence, St. Mary�"s College pictured with some of the students who attended the first Entrepreneur Workshop in the College today (Monday). This is the first of three planned in the next six weeks with the opening workshop working on developing skills, abilities and entrepreneurial talent at grassroots level, working on short-term skills and long-term business pathways. Included in photo is Mr. Conor Lynch, teacher, St. Mary�"s College.

Business leaders called on to become school ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence’

The new Entrepreneur In Residence at St Mary’s College has issued a call out to other business leaders to consider doing the same following massive interest in the initiative.


James Nesbitt would love part in ‘Derry Girls’

Actor James Nesbitt has said he would love to appear in the second series of the ‘extraordinary’ ‘Derry Girls’.

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LATE PRINCIPAL REMEMBERED. . . .Greater Shantallow Community Arts through their Communities United Project are delighted to have students from Broadbridge Primary School under the guidance of their facilitator Ashwini (pictured on left) join us in celebrating this year�"s St Patrick�"s Day Spring Carnival.'The Eglinton primary school decided to participate in remembrance of their late principal, Mr Tony McLaughlin who passed away last year. 'With over 30 students and their teachers representing the school it will be a beautiful celebration of a �Streasured principal⬝.'The pupils also enjoyed the workshops exploring Indian Bee Goddess �SBhramari⬝ on Monday past with a costume team and artists making bee props to use in the parade. Ashwini and the children will be busy bees over the next few weeks preparing for the big day.

Broadbridge P.S. in tribute to ‘inspirational’ Tony McLaughlin

Year 4 children from Broadbridge Primary School in Eglinton will be participating in this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in memory of their beloved past Principal Mr Tony McLaughlin.

Could you or your firends give up social media for the day to help others?

School pupils urged to give up Facebook and Instagram in Trócaire challenge

Secondary school students in Derry have been challenged to give up social media for a day to help those less fortunate.

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