I first came across Kelsey when he came to my class one day to recite pi to a great number of decimal places. My pupils were so impressed. The next time I saw Kelsey performing he was solving a Rubik’s Cube on the stage in the Riverside Euphoria concert. I always associate Kelsey as someone who enjoyed Maths. I never taught Kelsey but I knew of his great talent for Maths from an early age. Kelsey was an outstanding Mathematician who gained first place in Northern Ireland in 2014 in A Level Mathematics. This is a huge achievement and requires great dedication and outstanding ability. Kelsey had it all. I have put together a few comments from some of his teachers: Read More
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In a Jar – Mini Company and Social Enterprise
Our Team – In the company there are eleven team members who are all AS Level Business Studies students. They volunteered their skills and abilities in the subject to create and come up with an innovative idea that would be appealing to members of the public. The product that we came up with was homemade jars which we decorated and added value by making unique alternations to recycled jars, we sourced the jars from fellow pupils and teachers who very kindly donated any empty jars that they may have accumulated over time. We all applied for different roles within the business and were assigned jobs which suited our personalities and skills; Director, Marketing, IT, Operations, Secretary, Sales and Finance. Team members included Lewis Dobbin, Cait Kirkpatrick, Ruth Taggart, Sarah Crossey, Katie Pierce, Rachel Taggart, Emily Mainwaring, Andrew King, Alice Coulter, Ellen Reid and Oonagh Jordan. Read More
The Religious Studies department will be taking a group of students to Israel in June 2015.
This trip will allow pupils the opportunity to visit many key sites over the course of a week and gain a real insight into the world of Jesus.
The itinerary will include visits to Nazareth Village, Capernaum, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hezekiah’s tunnel, the River Jordan, Masada, a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and much more!
This is an amazing opportunity for our pupils and one they are very much looking forward to.
Trinity College runs several essay competitions for humanities and social sciences students in Year 12. These prizes are a great way to provide motivation and structure for able students who are embarking on their wider reading, particularly if they are not planning to do an EPQ and don’t get much scope to write extended essays as part of their AS courses.
Applicants don’t need to be planning to apply to Cambridge (although, of course, we hope they will consider us!) and, it goes without saying, entering one of these prizes would be a very useful addition to a strong personal statement. Read More
On the 6th Febraury , 7 of us attended a ‘Let’s Talk Politics’ event in Roe Valley Cultural and Arts Centre, Limavady. The event was a great opportunity for young people to get involved and have their say in local politics. We took part in live polls throughout the event which were interesting and engaging but the main activity of the event was so-called ‘Politician Speed Dating’. We sat around tables with groups of people from a variety of other schools from Northern Ireland and had the opportunity to talk to and ask questions to the local councillors. One or two representatives from each party attended including Barney Fitzpatrick from the Alliance Party, Phillip McGuigan from Sinn Fein and Maura Hickey from the SDLP. Overall, we had a fantastic day and the event was very informative, we’ll definitely be getting more involved in politics in the future!
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.
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.