In December, the Robotics Club competed in the finals of the First Lego League tournament at W5, SSE Arena. This is an international competition; in which teams from around the globe research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design; build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.
On Saturday 28th November, our Bar Mock Team competed in the regional heat of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition, held at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast. They won all three of their rounds, facing strong teams from Foyle College, Grosvenor Grammar School and Methodist College and subsequently secured a place in the final. The pupils competed against Coleraine Grammar School in the regional final and won the coveted title of ‘N.I. Champions’ for the third time. Read More
Dalriada travelled up to BRA on Saturday morning in conditions that wouldn’t favour running rugby. The visitors ended up with a fine 21-15 win. With the pitch covered white instead of green after an early morning snow shower, Dalriada were first to make a breakthrough after a penalty following a Jack Dowey break. The penalty was kicked to the corner and after a couple of phases Angus Johnston slipped through a gap for the opening try. This was converted by centre Stewart Moore. From the kick off young winger Ross Fallows made some great ground and obtained a penalty. Dalriada again opted to kick to the Corner and Aaron Christie was bundled over from close range from the line-out. The Conversion was again converted by Moore.
No such thing as a free lunch?
Year 12 Business Studies students Katie Trotter and Troy Patton get a close look at the new vouchers being sponsored by Subway, Ballymoney. The lucky winners will be selected based on work ethic, organisation, attendance and many other elements to be in with a chance to win a free lunch. A big thank you to Jim Warke and Mandy Craig (featured) for supporting education.
Pictured are the students and staff of the History, Classical Civilisation, Religious Studies and Art Departments’ trip to Rome. The group departed on the 22nd October and returned on the 27th visiting sites such as the Vatican, the Colosseum, and Roman Forum, the excavations at Pompeii, the Circus Maximus, the Castel St. Angelo and the four major Basilicas of Rome. A full report will be added later in the term.
On Thursday 12th Nov, Janet Schofield and Stephan Clarke from Compass Advocacy Network (C.A.N) located in Ballymoney talked to our Year 11 Business students about operating as a social enterprise. Janet explained that C.A.N. was established in 1999 and its aim is to, ‘Enhance the lives and Create Change’ for people with learning disabilities and associated problems aged 12+. The business recycles clothing, textiles, cardboard, aluminium cans and plastics. They provide this service to many different companies where they will sort out your waste problem. In 2014-2015 the company processed over 90 tonnes of waste. The social drive of the business gives people with learning difficulties the opportunity to experience a real work environment. They now work with over 140+ service users and employ 14 staff and sessional workers. The business has a many different services, Can Can Recycle, Can Can Bazaar, Can Can Upcycle, Can Can Bubbles and Can Plus. All profit generated is ploughed back into the business to train the staff and fund a variety services such as Best Buddies NI, Adult Buddy Programme and many more. Janet and Stephan delivered an extremely interesting talk that gave our students an insight into a different business model. A business that of course needs profit to survive but also gives back so much more to society as a whole. On the 28th November C.A.N. will be holding their Christmas Fair at the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine.
Dalriada had the honour of being one of four schools, selected by CCEA, who were asked to share good practice.
The Speaking and Listening unit of the GCSE English Language course is worth 20% of the overall exam and to fulfil the criteria pupils must perform a variety of oral tasks, both individually and as part of a group. To assist in teacher training and exam standardisation, CCEA asked Dalriada pupils to complete several tasks, whilst being recorded. This DVD will eventually be distributed to all exam centres to enable effective marking.
Our pupils certainly rose to the occasion, with the moderator (Mr S Lambe) stating that he can now show ‘clearly what an A* performance looks like’.
It was an interesting experience for the pupils and the English Department were very proud of all those who participated.