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.
Students and teachers at Dalriada School are celebrating the school’s best set of A level results since 2007. An outstanding 80% of Dalriada‘s upper sixth form students obtained at least 3 A*-C grades each, well above the NI average for grammar schools. The results re-affirm Dalriada’s position as one of the leading grammar schools in the province. Special praise has to go to Thomas Hancock who gained 5 A* grades in Further Maths, French, Physics, Music and Mathematics. Additionally Sarah Cassells obtained 3 A*s in Art and Design, Biology and Chemistry.
Reflecting on all these superb results, Headmaster Mr Tom Skelton commented
“I am absolutely delighted with these A level results which our students fully deserve. They have worked hard to earn this success. Our outstanding committed staff have played a big role as have their supportive parents. In addition the young people have somehow found the time to make a huge contribution to the extra-curricular life of the school. I wish our leavers continued success as they embark on the next step of their educational future” Read More
GCSE results are available for collection from the school on Thursday 20th August from 9 am. Results by phone will be available after 11 am through the office. As previously informed all year 12 have been scheduled for an interview with a member of the Careers Department to confirm subjects for the coming year.
If unable to attend your interview in person, pupils must phone and speak to the Careers Department before 2.30 pm.
Please note any results not collected by 3.30 pm will be posted home.
On Thursday 18th June Dalriada Pupils embarked on their annual Dalriada Dander. All pupils in Years 8 to 10 took part in a sponsored 5 km walk around the school grounds. Pupils were raising money towards new ICT equipment for the school. The weather was kind to us and the rain stayed away for the afternoon. This enabled the pupils to enjoy some appreciated refreshments kindly provided by Biesty’s Centra, Ballymoney. During the week the Year 11 pupils contributed to the fundraising by providing delicious buns and treats for sale.
The event was a great success raising a combined total of an amazing £5316.46. Dalriada School appreciates the support of all the friends and family who sponsored a pupil.
There will be an important meeting for the parents of current P6 pupils who wish to transfer to Dalriada in September 2016 on Monday 11 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 for entry to Dalriada. The meeting will be held in the John Armstrong Hall at 7.30 pm and visitors are asked to use our front Car Park.
For any additional information please contact the school or visit the AQE website
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.
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.