This year was marked by a flourish of new debating talent within the school – after the departure of a very talented group of Upper Sixth debaters made way for a whole new wave of Speakers from Year 11 to Year 14! Reigning Queen (teacher-in-charge) of the Senior Debating Society, Miss Turner, spent her sophomore year at the heart of the Club, ensuring, through her passion for arguendo, that the year was a very successful one for all involved. This year I had the pleasure of assisting in the role of Student President, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my year at the helm of the Debating Society.
Dalriada’s Bar team over the weekend travelled to the Old Bailey in London to compete in the UK final of the Bar Mock Trial Competition and ended up coming through four rounds against some very stiff opposition to take the Title.
Having won the Northern Ireland title several months ago, extensive practice and indeed fund raising has taken place. Under the careful management of Miss Susan Gregg and technical support of two practising barristers from the bar council of NI the team has worked tirelessly in the run up to these finals.
Saturday saw Dalriada come through three rounds against some very tough English opposition and win through to the final. In the first round they came up against Denbigh High school from Oxford followed by Kesteven and Grantham Girls School from Nottingham, This put Dalriada into the semi-final against a Yorkshire School, Wilmslow High from Sheffield. Again the standard was extremely high but it was the Northern Irish School that got the verdict.
In the final Dalriada would face Clitheroe Royal Grammar School from Preston in Lancashire and this time the trial would be presided over by four Judges. With the celebrity Judge Rinder watching carefully from the balcony it was Dalriada that came out the winners much to the delight of the entire party including Headmaster Tom Skelton who had travelled with the group to London.
It was Dalriada’s fourth time competing at this National level, where twice they had lost in the final but this time they were finally crowned as champions. With some of the team also involved in last week’s BBC choir of the Year win it has been an epic few months for the school competing at the highest level in a number of activities. Some of the party will also travel with the Volleyball teams who on Monday travel south to play in the All Ireland Final after becoming NI champions last month.
Danske Bank Schools’ Cup Semi Final
Tuesday March 1st 2016
ko 2.30 pm
Ulster Rugby are pleased to advise you of how tickets can be purchased as well as price and location of tickets for those who are supporting Dalriada School.
|Area||Discounted School Finalist Price
(accessible through web link see below)
(unallocated seating within each block)
£4 (school child)
|West Terrace 2
(unallocated standing area)
*PLEASE NOTE: SCHOOL CHILDREN IN SCHOOL UNIFORM NOT PERMITTED IN THIS AREA
£4 (school child)
In order for parents and friends of Dalriada School to purchase tickets at a discounted School price, Ulster Rugby have set up a hidden purchase link which we would like Dalriada School to forward to parents. This will considerably cut down on allocation and administration of tickets via each School semi-finalist, allowing schools to sell tickets primarily for school children.
The purchase link for Dalriada School is: http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/38005050D7D414FD?did=school2
Please note all tickets purchased using this promotional code will be ’Print At Home’ tickets ONLY and a reduced booking charge of £1 per adult and 50p per school child will apply to each ticket purchased.
Our Kukri shop is now open again for additional orders. It will close again on Friday 4th Sept. Expected delivery time at present for these items will be late October /early November. Please click on the logo on the right hand side of the page and follow the instructions.
For any pupil who has a query or wants to make a change to their course after receiving their results today, please contact the school with the details or come into school on Thursday 20th Aug. after 2.30pm. Careers staff will be available in the afternoon after interviews with our GCSE candidates.
Please note there are no interviews for A/As level results on Monday 17th Aug.
SATURDAY 1Oth JANUARY 9.30am – 12.30pm
All P7 + P6 pupils attending Primary schools in the locality and surrounding areas should have received a letter from us, via their Primary School, inviting them to our Open Morning.
This Colour coded letter indicates the time of your talk and where we would like you to Park.
Open Morning for P7 Pupils and Parents will start with a talk from the Headmaster.
9.30 am Pupils from schools close to the Ballymoney area
10.15 am Pupils from schools outside of the Ballymoney area
Talks are followed by a guided tour of the school.
Open Morning for P6 Pupils and Parents will start from 10.00am with a guided tour.
Please come to the Sports Hall where you will be organised into groups according to your talk start time, 11.30 am or 12.00 noon.
Your guide will deliver you to your talk for the correct time.
P7 – Please use the front car park area and go to John Armstrong Hall for your talk.
P6 – Please use rear car parks and go to the Sports Hall for the start of your tour.
If you have not received our letter via your Primary School please contact us on 276 63066 from Mon 5th Jan. for information on which talk we would like you to attend.
The Department of Education NI has released for consultation a draft budget for 2015-16. A proposed cut of 7% has the potential to seriously affect the current provision. The READ MORE button below contains a letter from the school to all parents regarding the proposed cuts to Education Funding in the Draft Budget 2015-16. The letter contains some suggested points you may wish to make in your response.
Parents are encouraged to respond through the e mail below.
This year ‘A’ levels pupils at Dalriada have maintained the high standard of success achieved by the School in external examinations. Despite A Level results being slightly lower nationally this year, an impressive 73% of Dalriada Upper Sixth Form students obtained at least 3 A*-C grades each. Indeed 36% of all ‘A’ level grades obtained by Dalriada students was A* or A grades.
The following 17 students gained at least 3 A*/A grades: Constantin Arnscheidt, Jordan Bamford, Annie Cassells, Grace Torrens, David Wolsey, Ross Johnson, Fraser McIlvenna, Kelsey McKenna, Tommy McNamee, Charlotte Warke, Simon King, Susanna Peden, Timothy Emerson, Manon Eyemere, Adam Hamilton, Calum McAuley and Emma Jones.
Dalriada Year 12 students are celebrating an outstanding set of GCSE results. 99% of the pupils gained 5 or more A*- C grades. Indeed 96% of the pupils gained 7 or more A*- C grades including Maths and English. 43 pupils, over a third of the entire year group achieved 8 or more A* or A full course grades and of this group 30 pupils gained 9 A* or A grades each.