On Thursday 26th February, Year 12 pupils gained an insight into the skills required and the career opportunities in a wide range of STEM professions. Each pupil selected three workshops from a varied menu which included designing new branded merchandise with Partridge-Peartree, discovering more about Concorde from the Aerospace industry, analysing blood samples with the Department of Clinical Chemistry, searching for oil on the North Coast with UUC School of Environmental Science, extracting DNA from fruit and vegetables with the QUB School of Pharmacy, analysing fingerprints with a CSI Officer from the PSNI and drooling over Nutella chocolate cake as well as the endless opportunities to work with pop stars as they listened to local entrepreneur; owner of Ground and LSFX, an international lighting and sound company. A very big thank you to all those who gave up their time so willingly to share their expertise with us.
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Dalriada’s 1st XV picked up their second major trophy in two years when they convincingly beat Rainey Endowed School at Ballymena Rugby Club in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools Bowl Final 31 points to 15. Captain Michael Finnerty led from the front scoring a hatrick of tries. Dalriada took the game by the scruff of the neck in the first ten minutes running in two excellent converted tries. From that point on Dalriada were able to control the game and despite Rainey rallying and scoring an excellent try Dalriada’s pressure defence forced another score when a mistake at the line out close to the Rainey line allowed Dalriada to go into half time 19 – 5 up.
On Friday 20th February, the IT department enjoyed a full day of the Sentinus ‘IT Road Show’. This was aimed at our KS4 students to promote an interest in IT, Computer Science and Software Development as a possible career choice amongst students. Specifically, the programme was designed to give pupils an opportunity to work on key skills including teamwork and problem-solving.
Overall, it was a great insight into the IT industry giving each of the listeners an acute awareness of what the IT sector is looking for and which skills are on demand. The pupils’ exposure to lengthy software programming has certainly given them an appetite for more.
At 8 pm on the evening of Monday 2nd March a meeting for the Parents of our current Year 12 will be held in the John Armstrong Hall.
At 7 pm there will be meeting for Parents and pupils who are not currently enrolled at Dalriada but would like to enter Dalriada School in September 2015 into the Sixth form. For the Parents and Pupils of Year 12 students not currently at our school the meeting will inform you of the criteria for entry into Dalriada’s Sixth Form. In addition we will outline our expectations for being a Sixth Former in Dalriada, covering how we regularly review performance, the privileges, how we support students and the resources provided throughout the two year course. In attendance at this meeting, will be teachers of some of the new subjects that we offer in our sixth form. At the end of the meeting you will be able to speak to these teachers individually.
If you would like to attend this meeting, please phone the school on 276 63066 to confirm your attendance.
In the meeting for our current Year 12 Parents, it will also cover what options year 12 pupils have available to them post GCSE results. With A level study at Dalriada being one of these options, we will outline to you the entry criteria for our Sixth form. The other options available, will also be presented along with relevant information around choosing suitable courses at A level. In addition as part of the presentation, we will also outline detail around our expectations of being a Sixth Former in Dalriada along with some pointers to help Parents support their sons/daughters through the period leading up to their GCSE exams in the summer.
All year 12 students have received a letter from the school outlining the details of their meeting on Monday 2nd March. Please return asap, the tear off slip on the bottom of the letter, indicating for us whether you will be in attendance or not.
For the second year running Dalriada 1st XV have made a major Schools’ final after beating Banbridge Academy on Saturday 19 points to 11. Three second half tries turned a half time deficit into a final position where Banbridge had to score twice to win the game. The final will be played on Wednesday 4th March at Ballymena Rugby Club where the opponents will be Rainey. A big support is required if the Dalriada boys are to land another trophy for what could be the second in two seasons.
On Saturday 24th January saw the School’s 1st XV start their cup campaign. With a healthy travelling support the Ballymoney side fought valiantly throughout the game initially taking the lead in the 1st half. Falling behind to two tries from Bangor the last quarter saw Dalriada come back with a converted try making the last seven minutes very tense. Bangor managed to score with the last play of the game leaving the final score 27-15. Later on in the day the draw for the Bowl competition saw the 1st XV drawn at home against Grosvenor.
The following saturday the Medallion side were to enter the Medallion Shield competition at the 4th round stage. Unfortunately the weather forced the postponment of the game. Hasty re-arrangement scheduled the game for the following tuesday but again overnight frost forced postponment. Wednesday the same story unfolded but finally the game took place at Ballyclare on the thursday afternoon.
At the CCEA Celebrating Excellence Award Ceremony held at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast: Grace Torrens (a past pupil) received an award for obtaining first place in the Summer 2014 GCE examination in Art. Her teacher Mr. David Bradley also attended the ceremony.
Former Dalriada pupil Grace Torrens has followed in the footsteps of several past Dalriada pupils in being selected for an Entrance Exhibition Award from Trinity College Dublin due to her high level performance achieved in all her A Levels. She received her award in November at a formal reception from the Vice Provost of Trinity College, Professor Linda Hogan. She is now studying History at Trinity College, Dublin.
You might have seen the appearance of a ‘mummy’ or two along the History corridor in November when the Year 8 pupils tried their hand at some mummification. The Year 8 pupils had been learning about life in Ancient Egypt in their History lessons. They studied the process of mummification and what the process involved. Mrs Irwin was very impressed by the pupils’ efforts and needless to say, if you take a look at the pictures, some of our pupils would certainly make good embalmers. The Year 8 pupils certainly enjoyed this activity with Lucas Eymere and Aaron Fleming from 8M, and Josh Hill and Dean Millar from 8W, claiming the prize for best ‘mummy’ in their class. Keep an eye out in case you see any loose ‘mummies’ wondering around school!!
As part of our demonstration for Open Morning, we were lucky enough to once again secure the services of Mr. Michael Gilmore, a local amateur historian and World War enthusiast. Mike very kindly returned to our school with his unique collection of WW1 and WW2 artefacts and created a display which certainly kept the interest of our own pupils and the visiting primary 6’s, 7’s and their parents.
Mike also returned to school on Monday 12th January to facilitate a historical workshop for our year 10 pupils. He shared his knowledge with all our year 10 classes and then gave them all the opportunity to handle the artefacts he had brought along. This included holding a range of WW1 and WW2 weapons and trying on certain pieces of uniform and military kit. This was a brilliant session for our year 10’s and one that allowed them to gain hands-on knowledge and understanding of what they are currently studying in year 10 in History. We once again offer our thanks to Mike for providing such a unique and valuable learning experience both for our year 10’s and on Open Morning.