After winning Young team of the Year at the Ballymoney Borough Council Sports Awards Dalriada School Under 16 Girls Volleyball Squad celebrated their successful history culminating in the All-Ireland title from the 2011-2012 season by being invited as one of four shortlisted teams for the Northern Ireland Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Shaws Bridge, Belfast. The team were delighted to be shortlisted in the ‘Young Team of the Year’ category alongside Lurgan College Hockey Team, St. Colman’s Newry GAA team and the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Youth Games team. The award eventually went to Lurgan College Hockey team who were worthy winners. Head Coach Dr Walker said that it was a great honour to represent the school and the sport of volleyball amongst the sporting elite of our province. Our girls had a great night and we would like to thank Ballymoney Borough Council for nominating us. Dalriada and Volleyball was given quite a few mentions on the night.
Business Studies Department
Big congratulations to both teams who took part in the investment challenge during open morning in the Business Studies Department. It was very close and both teams did exceptionally well but the winners were Team one (Year 10) who were promoting their new jungle game. Well done to all who took part.
On Saturday 19th November Dalriada’s new Bar Mock team travelled to the High Court to defend the school’s title in the Belfast heat of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition.
The competition aims to give young people an exciting and innovative insight into the workings of the legal system. It consists of teams of 15 students who take on the roles of barristers, witnesses, court staff and jurors to compete against other schools. The students are judged by legal professionals on their performances, prosecuting and defending two carefully planned cases.
The team competed in three rounds, before being announced winners of their league. They then went through to the final where they faced tough competition in the form of Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College. With an excellent case for the defence, the team from Dalriada went on to win the overall competition.
This is the second year in a row that a team from Dalriada have won the competition – a great achievement!
Dalriada School presents Les Misérables
Wednesday 7th – Saturday 10th December 2011
Doors open at 7 pm
It is hard to believe it is eight years since Dalriada last staged this timeless musical and twenty-one years since Mrs Flynn first directed the annual school production – The Merchant of Venice for those of you not old enough to remember! Despite all the jokes about having said this before, this WILL be her LAST ONE!
As tickets go on sale and rehearsals become more fraught, Mrs Flynn & Mrs Montgomery would like to issue a special invitation to the cast of Dalriada’s last Les Mis, and indeed to any cast or team members from any Flynn/McQuillan/Montgomery show over the years, to come back and see if the current generation of Dalriads are as good as you were! Don’t forget to speak to us if you do make it.
Tickets available from the school office. Adults £10 Concessions £8
Tickets still available for the new Wednesday evening performance:
Thursday performance Tickets available:
Friday performance Very limited availability:
Saturday performance. Sold Out:
Tuition fees for Northern Ireland students attending universities in Northern Ireland have been frozen. Higher education minister Stephen Farry said fees would rise only in line with inflation and that the budgets of universities would be protected. The decision means fees will remain at around £3,500 per year.
All Scottish universities have set tuition fees for students from other parts of the UK, including Northern Ireland with some charging £36,000 for a four-year degree. Fees will apply 2012-13, although the rates will not become official until the outcome of a Scottish government consultation and new legislation is brought in.
The Scottish government put the estimated average annual fee at £6,841 – slightly higher than the £6,375 previously predicted, but less than the £8,509 average figure for England.
Scottish Education Secretary Mike Russell says he has reluctantly decided to allow universities to charge fees, saying Scotland must maintain its reputation for quality in higher education, rather than becoming seen as a “cheap option” to study.
Edinburgh and St Andrews universities, as well as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are to charge £9,000 a year, making the cost of a degree as much as £36,000.
Other institutions, such as Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University and Glasgow School of Art, want to charge £9,000-a-year, but will cap fees at £27,000 for four-year courses – essentially giving students one free year.
Some universities will offer some students the option of direct entry to the second year of a course, while there is an ongoing debate over a wider move from four to three-year degrees in Scotland. And a new range of bursaries, available to all students, is to be introduced in 2012.
Use the following link for a full list of what each Scottish University plans to charge in 2012: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-14879607
Several Year 10 pupils were celebrating success on their first week back to school. The whole year group entered a UK-wide competition in June, with one of the students, Lucy Buick, winning THIRD PRIZE. 30 other pupils were also presented with prizes or certificates of special merit for work of a very high standard.
Dalriada student Gavin Harvey will this week travel to London to receive an award for Biology. Gavin who has just completed his A Levels won the highly prestigious Silver Medal from the British Biology Olympiad. Dalriada are particularly pleased that two students were rewarded with Head Boy Christy Gregg receiving a Bronze Medal. Gavin will receive his Silver Medal on June 30th at the Royal Society in Central London. The Science Department are delighted at the success and recognition of these Biology students and they add to the large number of awards achieved by the Science Department over the years.
The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) is an annual competition for post-16 students which tries to challenge and stimulate gifted students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. In offering a wider syllabus than A-level, it allows gifted students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognised by the award of medals, certificates and other prizes.
This is organised by the Society of Biology which is a body that is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences.
On Wednesday 22nd June Year 9 participated in a Forensic Science Workshop. A serious crime had been committed in lab A4. Year 9 were asked to analyse the evidence found at the crime scene to help to identify the culprit. In full CSI mode, using their Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making skills, Year 9 analysed fingerprints, footprints, fibres found at the crime scene. Ink from a note was analysed using paper chromatography and a white residue was identified using flame tests and chemical analysis. The Art Department also assisted with some expert advice on observation and sketching skills as Year 9 took on the role of police sketch artists. The mystery was solved and a good time was had by all!
Dalriada’s Northern Ireland Bar Mock Trial Champions have been invited to compete in the Empire City Invitational, the International Mock Trial event being held in New York on October 21st-23rd 2011. Schools who achieved one of the top three places in each country were invited to submit an application form, along with questionnaires from two students.
We have been notified that our application has been successful, making us the first school from N.I. to ever compete in this world-wide competition. Teams from countries such as Australia, Canada and Korea have been confirmed and 8 reigning American State Champions will also compete.
Dalriada’s Bar Mock Team are absolutely delighted to have been chosen to take part in this international competition. It is a very prestigious event which would allow our pupils to represent their school and Northern Ireland with pride.
Dalriada School has enjoyed participating in the Northern Ireland heats of the competition for several years and as a result have had the great pleasure of watching many pupils develop a real passion for pursuing a career in Law.
The enthusiasm and determination shown by every single member of the team has been outstanding. Their commitment and team work has undoubtedly contributed to ensuring our success.
The team will be working hard over the summer months to prepare for the competition and are keen to maintain the very high standard they have set thus far.