It’s time again for our yearly dander (hope the sun shines). It will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 7th June and its purpose is to raise funds to replace some of our ageing ICT equipment. All our Year 8 – 10 pupils have a sponsorship form, it would be lovely if the whole school community could help fill them up.
The Dander this year has been sponsored by BIESTY’S BALLYMONEY. They have kindly donated a bottle of water and a piece of fruit for each pupil taking part.
Here are the payment dates for our upcoming ski trip.
Also note that each pupil going on the ski trip must have their own passport and it must at least be valid until March 2018. If your child does not yet have a passport or it will expire before March, then please renew it over the summer holidays. A copy will need to be brought into school in September.
If you would like to join our school in September 2018 you are invited to come along and listen to a short presentation about entry to Dalriada. The Headmaster Mr Skelton will speak about the process and method that we use to enable pupils to transfer into our year 8 for the academic year beginning September 2018. Details and guidance regarding the AQE process and the Common Entrance Assessment will be outlined with application forms available on line through the following link AQE.
Here are the presentations that were given at the Year 12 – Post GCSE Options parent’s evening. They can also be found in the School Info – Information Evening Presentations section.
Here are the details of our 2018 Ski Tour to Sierra Nevada in Spain. The trip is for our current year 8 and 9 pupils and will take place over the February half term break in 2018.
The reason for choosing Sierra Nevada this year is due to the weak sterling price. A US tour would have cost significantly more. It is our intention to alternate between a European and a US destination from now on.
This document was given out to pupils on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January. Those interested in joining the tour should return the completed booking form to Mr Bradley on Monday 30th January between 8.30 and 9pm.
Once we have received a completed booking form then an initial deposit of £120 should be paid within one week. Payments will be made via our new ParentPay app. Activation codes for this will be sent out when we receive a completed booking form.
If you require any further information then contact Mr Bradley.
Click the ParentPay Logo to activate your account and pay your 1st Deposit.
Our Open Morning for 2017 takes place on Saturday 7th January starting at 9.15 am and finishing at 12.30pm.
For Pupils and Parents of Year 7 the morning will start with a talk by the Headmaster at 9.15 am in the John Armstrong Hall followed by a tour of the school from 9.45 am finishing at 11.00 am. Parents are requested to use the front car park of the school with a restricted amount of parking available on site. The car park will be open from 8.45 am
For Pupils and Parents and Pupils of Year 6 please arrive from 10.00 am and park in the Northern health Trust, Route Complex, Coleraine Road. Guides will direct you to the John Armstrong Hall for the Headmaster’s talk at 10.30 am. At 11.00 am school guides will be available to take you on a tour of the school where you will be able to visit departments and get the chance to speak to pupils and teachers. The tour will finish at approximately 12.30 pm.
The Admissions Criteria and the Prospectus are available on the morning and an e-version will be posted on this website from Monday 9th January .
The pupils, teachers and governors would like to congratulate our former pupil, Professor John McCanny CBE, who has received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours for services to Higher Education and Economic Development.
Professor McCanny is an international authority on silicon chip architectures for Digital Signal Processing and Digital Security, who led the initiative to create the Centre for Secure Information Technology, the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre in Cybersecurity. He also developed the vision to create the Northern Ireland Science Park, which transformed a brownfield site into a science and technology hub where over 2,500 people are now employed. He has founded two high technology companies based on the work of his research teams and has served on numerous committees of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Irish Academy.
Speaking at the School’s Prize Day in 1998, Professor McCanny reminisced, “I have many fond memories of Dalriada including the many lasting friendships I made, the sporting activities in which I was involved, the fun associated with the Shakespeare play and, most importantly, the education I received. This was to form the foundation of my future career.”
Three of our Moving Image Arts pupils have had their films shown in the Foyle Film Festival – Moving Image Arts Showcase. A group of our year 12 and 13 pupils attended the showcase and it was great to see the finalists films shown on the big screen at the Queens Film Theatre.
Odhran Combe’s GCSE film was well received by the audience, but didn’t win a prize. Conor Thompson’s AS film was awarded 2nd prize in the ‘AS Live Action’ category and Gage McAlister’s film was awarded ‘Best Animation’. Well done to all three boys.
The three films can be seen below:
Bang and the Dirt is Gone – Odhran Combe – Nominated ‘GCSE Best Film’.
Winter Fuel – Conor Thompson – Runner up ‘AS Best Film’.
The Ballon Effect – Gage McAlister – Winner “A2 Best Animation”.