Year 12 Dalriada Girls need your votes!
There will be an important meeting for the parents of current P6 pupils who wish to transfer to Dalriada in September 2015 on Monday 12 May. The meeting will outline the process for application to take the AQE tests in November 2015. The meeting will also allow parents the opportunity to speak to the Headmaster and other Senior Staff about any aspect of the Transfer process in relation to entry to Dalriada. The meeting will be held in the John Armstrong Hall at 7.30 pm and visitors are asked to use the Front Car Park.
For any additional information please contact the school or visit the AQE website
A very large turn out of nearly a thousand people attended the school’s Open Day on Saturday 11th January 2014. Primary school pupils from Year 6 and Year 7 and their families enjoyed an impressive insight into all aspects of life in Dalriada. The work of all academic departments and many extra-curricular activities were on display and the visiting pupils had the opportunity to witness and take part in many varied activities.
Visitors also had the opportunity to see in action the new Home Economics facilities and 3G training area. Mr Skelton addressed both Year 6 and Year 7 pupils and parents outlining the continuing success of the school and pointing out the unique ethos of the school. He stated that ‘happy, interested children work hard and achieve highly. Our pupils and staff set their sights high and constantly work to improve the quality of what they do, in order to achieve the highest possible standards in academic work, and in a wide range of activities’.
In addition to Mr Skelton’s presentation a number of Year 8 pupils and the Senior Prefects gave short accounts of what life was like for them in the school and visitors were also treated to a superb compilation of photographs which depicted life at Dalriada.
Over 300 pupils volunteered to help out at the Open Day, manning the 22 areas in operation. Nearly 100 sixth form pupils acted as guides to the large number of tour groups that toured the school. They were able to give an invaluable first hand insight into what life is like for a pupil at the school. The Open Day was another very successful day for the school.
A new club sprang to life in Dalriada this year, one that has never happened before. In January of this year, I was offered a “crash course” in Latin by Mrs. Millican. I decided to take her up on the offer. So, for most Tuesday lunctimes since then, we worked through some Latin videos, websites and books.
Then, on Tuesday 11th June, Latin Club opened its doors. The members were pupils that had been invited by their English teachers, from Years 9 and 10. And so, over the last three weeks of summer term, I have been giving these pupils the same “crash course” that I took. Using the Ecci Romani books (books that many teachers and parents may still remember- perhaps with dread!), we were quickly able to translate entire Latin paragraphs, and have a basic understanding of Latin grammar.
Our hope is to continue running Latin Club next year, on the last Tuesday lunchtime of each month, making it open to all freely, just like our own Coliseum events.
Ut permanere vincere in spiritu Dalriadan!
Peter Forde 10R
Dalriada year 12 students are celebrating an outstanding set of GCSE results. 98% of the pupils gained 5 or more A*-C grades. A staggering 60% of the grades achieved by Dalriada pupils were A*or A grades, well above the NI average of 28%.
An outstanding 39 pupils, approximately a third of the year group obtained 8 or more A* or A full course grades and of this group 32 of the pupils gained 9A* or A grades each.
45 pupils now will undertake As level courses in four subjects at Dalriada having achieved at least 8 A*-A full course grades.
Thomas Hancock will start his courses having achieved a magnificent 10 A*s, while Rachel Fallowes, Jenny Love, Sophie Sterne, Sarah Cassells, Jack Steele have achieved an outstanding 9A*s.
Zara Loughridge, Kamila Marszalek, Esther McCollum, Matthew Christie, Sarah Huey, Abbie McIlhatton, Scott Malcolmson, Rachel McClelland, Clare McGurk, Peter Adams, Claire Crawford, Robyn Ennis, Christopher McClean, Joy Pollock, Mark McMullan, Ellen Monteith, Diane Ramsey, Michael Finnerty, Sarah Hodges, Lydia Pollock, Emma Johnston, Harry Magee, Katie Johnston, Lynn Macauley, Jonathan Adcroft, Amy Simpson, have all achieved 9 A*-A grades.
In addition the following pupils have now obtained 8 or more A*-A full course grades. Laura Abernethy, Jonathan Jamison, Michael Torrens, Emma Armstrong, Jack Simpson, Hannah Frizzel, Chelsie McKendry, Chris Nevin, Chris Surgenor, Leah Boal, Daniel Kelly, Sophia Rodgers, Ellen Yates.
Of last year’s cohort of year 12 pupils 111 of them now progress to the Sixth Form at Dalriada, where they will be joined by 15 students from schools in Ballymoney, Bushmills, Coleraine, Belfast and Portadown..
Headmaster Mr Tom Skelton enthused, “ We are delighted with these excellent GCSE results and pleased that such a large group of students is progressing into sixth form. We wish students who are leaving us well and we are delighted to welcome 15 external students who have also gained impressive GCSE results. We now have 126 students in lower sixth and 119 in Upper sixth making it the largest sixth form in the history of the school.”
There was further cause for celebration at Dalriada last week on the back of the excellent exam results, when news emerged that two students have secured places at prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Colleges. Rebekah Warke will read Law with European Law at Corpus Christi College Oxford while Caitlin de Jode will read Human, Social and Political Sciences at Trinity College Cambridge. Following their achievement of excellent A Level results, both girls were delighted to accept their offers and look forward to beginning their studies in October.
Head of Dalriada, Mr Tom Skelton commended ‘This is a great achievement by both Rebekah and Caitlin and we at Dalriada are immensely proud of them. We wish them well in their studies and shall follow their future careers with interest. This success further enhances the reputation of Dalriada as one of the leading grammar schools in the province’.
This year’s ‘A’ Level pupils at Dalriada have maintained the high standard of success achieved by the School in external examinations. A very impressive 75% of the Upper Sixth Form students obtained at least 3 A*- C grades each. Almost 35% of all ‘A’ Level grades obtained at Dalriada were A* or A grades, well above the Northern Ireland average.
The following 18 Dalriada students obtained at least 3 A*/A grades:
Dalriada has reason to celebrate this week following the publication of the Belfast Telegraph analysis of the 2012 Annual Examination Results, recently released from the Department of Education.
Dalriada came joint first in the league table with 100% of our GCSE pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades in the 2012 examinations. Dalriada was one of only four schools, along with Aquinas Diocesan, Lumen Christi and Wallace High School, who ensured that every Year 12 pupil secured 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths.
We have proved that we not only ‘strive for excellence’ but that we can achieve perfection.
On Tuesday 5th March, two Year 13 pupils attended CCEA’s GCSE ‘Celebrating Excellence’ Award Ceremony. The ceremony recognises the achievement of those candidates who attained first place in CCEA’s summer 2012 examinations.
These award winners have shown exceptional ability and have earned themselves the highest place at GCSE – an outstanding achievement.
Kelsey McKenna received first prize in Moving Image Arts.
Grace Torrens received first prize in Religious Studies.
Dalriada School was honoured on Wednesday morning (10 October) when Sacha, Duchess of Abercorn helped launch celebrations to mark the 75th Anniversary of the school on its present site. Mr Brian Dillon, Chairman of the Board of Governors, extended a warm welcome to the Duchess and to the Mayor of Ballymoney, Councillor Evelyn Robinson, on this important occasion for the school.