During our spring term all Year 8 classes had the delight of receiving a visit from Mr David Thomas who is a volunteer for Christian Aid. During this visit we focused on the earthquake in Haiti, how it occurred, the aftermath and what Christian Aid did to help the citizens of Haiti. Read More
On Monday 9th May at 7.30 pm in the John Armstrong Hall, Dalriada will hold an information evening for the parents of current P6’s who are seeking to join Dalriada in year 8 in September 2017. There will be a presentation outlining the process that Dalriada employs for the selection of pupils into Year 8.
Details of the Common Entrance Assessment run by the Association for Quality Education will be explained along with information about how to apply. Furthermore the Headmaster will outline the timeline involved along with the school’s entrance criteria and how to apply for any special access arrangements that maybe required.
If you require any further information about the meeting please contact the school on 028 276 63066. If you require wheelchair access please also contact us so we can be prepared for your arrival.
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.
Friday 15 April 2016 saw a team of four pupils from Year 10-12 set off, accompanied by Mr R Johnston and Mrs H Millar from the Chemistry Department, to compete in the UK National Finals of the RSC ‘Top of the Bench’ Competition being held at Loughborough University. Ellen Gilmour, Auriel Guarino (both Year 10), Sarah Hadden (Year 11) and Eason Chan (Year 12) had competed at the Regional finals of the competition held at Queens’ University Belfast in January where they were successful in winning the honour of representing Northern Ireland at the UK Finals. This was only the second time that the school had entered a team in this prestigious competition which is organised annually. Read More
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “Geography Workshop?” Most likely you would not imagine making pyramids with toothpicks and marshmallows, would it? I didn’t know what to expect when we walked into the John Armstrong Hall to attend The Christian Aid Geography Workshop. There was the deafening sound of fifty teenagers, rumbling away like Mount Krakatoa on a bad day.
A few minutes later, a man walked in and explained that he represented Christian Aid, who specialises in helping developing countries who have a high degree of poverty. He then told us a very interesting story of a man who had been trapped in a collapsed office building for 2 HOURS after an earthquake hit his city. His resilience to survive was incredible. After this, the marshmallows and toothpicks came into play. He laid them out irregularly around the tables and challenged us to construct an earthquake- resistant structure with it. Our group decided to make a pyramid, which seemed like a good idea, as the pyramids at Giza seemed to have withstood the test of time pretty well. We were quite pleased when it survived the simulated earthquake (a shake of the table), without collapsing.
Thank you to all those who returned their booking forms and 1st deposits for the 2017 Ski Tour. Below you will find the suggested payment dates when paying in instalments. The dates that must be adhered to are the 2nd Deposit by Friday 8th April and the Final Balance by Friday the 4th of November.
Ulster University’s Parents Information Event is being held on Saturday 16 April 2016 www.ulster.ac.uk/parentsevent
This event is aimed at parents and guardians of Year 12 and Year 13 students. Students are also welcome to attend along with their parents/guardians.
The event will provide an excellent opportunity to find out about applying to university. It will include: course options, the UCAS application process and campus developments.
We would encourage parents and guardians wishing to attend, who have not yet book to take the opportunity to sign up, as there are very limited places remaining and the registration will be closing soon.