On Thursday the 5th of June and Friday the 6th of June the pupils of year 10 went to Leslie Hill estate to carry out some ecology fieldwork. The pupils were looking at the type of invertebrates that were found in the pond at the centre of the estate grounds. They used sweep nets to capture invertebrates from the top and bottom of the pond, these were identified and the number of each species counted. The slightly wet conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm of the pupils or affect the organisms found. The pond was dripping with interesting species from Greater Water Boatmen to Phantom Midge Larvae and one group found a Giant Water Scorpion, a large invertebrate that have never found there before.
On Tuesday 12th June Year 8 participated in the Annual Science Egg Race Challenge. Each group had to build a contraption out of junk to propel a tennis ball as far as possible. Many amazing contraptions were created and tested. Pupils took risks with their learning as they tweeked their designs to improve propulsion. The weather was kind and we managed to avoid any showers while measuring the propulsions! The winning teams will now compete in October in The Faraday Challenge which is a competition and workshop orgainised by The Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Dalriada athletes enjoyed success at the Ulster Championships on Saturday at the Antrim Forum. Eleven athletes had qualified from the District C Heats two weeks previous. The top performance came from Jack Magee who won the senior boys 200 metres in a time of 23.30. Jack just missed out on a medal in the 100 metres by being placed 4th in a very tight photo finish covering the first five athletes. Jack will now compete in the Irish 200 Final in two weeks.
Also, in the senior girls sprints Holly Clarke qualified for the Irish Championships at Tullamore in two weeks time with two 2nd places in the 100 and 200 metres. In the 100, Holly ran 12.50 with one hundredth separating her from the winner. Neil Johnston ran in the senior 5000 metres on Friday night at the Antrim Forum and was placed 3rd in a time of 15.53. He also is qualified for the Irish championships in two weeks time. On Saturday he finished 5th in the 1500 metres in a time of 4.13.
At the end of the spring term, ten lower sixth pupils competed in the regional finals of the European Youth Parliament In this debating competition Pupils become an MEP for the day and discuss issues of prevalence within the EU. The 2012 Northern Ireland Regional Session was held this year by Belfast Metropolitan College in its new building in the Titanic Quarter. The students and teachers were thrilled that the event was hosted in such a wonderful building and in such a special place. The Jury had a difficult task as all schools performed very well but the worthy winners were our Dalriada team and they will represent Northern Ireland and have the opportunity to become UK champions in September when they compete in the national final in Liverpool.
Each school year can be measured in various academic, dramatic, musical and sporting events; each with their own particular place: each with a direct connection to the passage of time. Within the annual musical events the Evening of Music holds a significant and poignant place, being the final musical performance of the year and, thus, the final opportunity for the Upper Sixth choristers and musicians to perform on the stage at Dalriada. But what the evening also demonstrates is the depth and breadth of musical talent across all of the year groups: individual and group talent which never ceases to amaze and delight.
As the lights dimmed in the John Armstrong Hall; as the eager chatter subsided to be replaced by an expectant hush; as the sound of warm applause for, firstly, the leader of the orchestra, Hannah Tran, and then the conductor Mrs Heather Montgomery, echoed around the full-to-capacity hall, the audience already knew that, based on previous experience, they were in for a diverse and immersive musical experience: they were not disappointed!
On Saturday 24th March 2012, Dalriada’s Bar Mock Team competed in the UK Final of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition. The competition was held at The Old Bailey in London and involved the 16 regional winners from around the UK.
This is the second year that the team from Dalriada has won their regional heat and had the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland at the UK Finals of this prestigious competition.
Dalriada defeated several schools throughout the course of the day and secured their place in the Final. To compete in the Final on a National level was a first for Dalriada’s Mock Trial Team.
The team faced tough opposition from Queen Elizabeth Academy Trust School from Devon. Both schools relished the opportunity to compete before Lord Justice Hooper in Britain’s most famous courtroom.
Both teams put on an amazing performance in what was an incredibly close Final. Dalriada were runners up – losing out to Queen Elizabeth Academy by only 2 marks! To have been awarded 2nd place in the UK (out of 171 schools) is a huge achievement!
The opportunity to compete at The Old Bailey was, in itself, a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one the team members will never forget!
The Final was attended by several senior members of the legal profession. Two of the Barristers on the team were offered pupillages once the competition had drawn to a close. This is a week’s work-experience, in London, shadowing one of the country’s Senior Barristers. Pupillages in London are not easy to get, so we were delighted for the students to have been offered this opportunity.
Science students from Dalriada have recently competed in the regional Irish Chemistry and Physics Olympiads at Queen’s University, Belfast. Laura Cull was awarded a Bronze Award for Chemistry and Ross Wakefield achieved a Silver Award for Physics. Ross will now participate in the second round of the competition. Success at this stage would confirm his place to represent Ireland at the International Physics Olympiad in Estonia. Five pupils also competed in the British Biology Olympiad with excellent success. Graham Cooper and Rachel Love were commended, Matthew Wray achieved a Bronze Award and Laura Cull came out tops with a Gold Award. Laura will now participate in the second round of this national competition to confirm her place on the British team at the International Biology Olympiad in Singapore.
After some epic performances in their cup run the Medallion team are through to the the final of the Medallion Plate competition. After a tight quarter final win away to RS Armagh and a tense victory in the semi final 24-22 against a much fancied Belfast High, the Medallion take on our neighbours Ballymena Academy on Friday 16 March. The game is to be played at Rainey OB ground in Magherfelt and is scheduled for a 3.15 ko.
The School and the team would appreciate all support in what should be a entertaining and highly competitive game.
Both the 1st XV and the Medallion sides were in action last weekend in their respective Cup Competitions. After last weekend’s draw away to Portora of Enniskillen the replay proved to be every bit as tense and exciting, coming out as winners 20-18. The Medallion played their 3rd round game away to RS Dungannon and held out for an epic 13-12 win.
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