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.
Danske Bank Schools’ Cup Semi Final
Tuesday March 1st 2016
ko 2.30 pm
Ulster Rugby are pleased to advise you of how tickets can be purchased as well as price and location of tickets for those who are supporting Dalriada School.
|Area||Discounted School Finalist Price
(accessible through web link see below)
(unallocated seating within each block)
£4 (school child)
|West Terrace 2
(unallocated standing area)
*PLEASE NOTE: SCHOOL CHILDREN IN SCHOOL UNIFORM NOT PERMITTED IN THIS AREA
£4 (school child)
In order for parents and friends of Dalriada School to purchase tickets at a discounted School price, Ulster Rugby have set up a hidden purchase link which we would like Dalriada School to forward to parents. This will considerably cut down on allocation and administration of tickets via each School semi-finalist, allowing schools to sell tickets primarily for school children.
The purchase link for Dalriada School is: http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/38005050D7D414FD?did=school2
Please note all tickets purchased using this promotional code will be ’Print At Home’ tickets ONLY and a reduced booking charge of £1 per adult and 50p per school child will apply to each ticket purchased.
The Longitude Explorer Prize is an innovation competition, where innovation entries are based around the use of satellite data. I entered the competition shortly after it was announced in November 2014.
Since then, I have attended an induction day for the event at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, competed in the semi-finals at Techno-pop in Bristol, and finalized after a close round of judging, held at a Teen Tech event in Stratford, London. Needless to say, it has been quite a journey, and I think my concept design that I entered into the competition reflects that. My original concept was based on e-ink technology, but this was scrapped for an improved solution involving the Raspberry Pi (a small, educational computer) and an online website.
A team of four pupils, Ellen Gilmour, Auriel Guarino (both Year 10), Sarah Hadden (Year 11) and Eason Chan (Year 12) travelled to Belfast to participate in the regional finals of the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry competition ‘Top of the Bench’ where they emerged victorious. The pupils had to complete a practical task in the laboratory which demonstrated their team work and problem solving abilities before enduring two different rounds of questioning which tested the content of the GCSE specification and their general chemistry knowledge. Congratulations on being not just top of the class but top of the bench! The team received individual prizes and will now represent Northern Ireland at the UK National finals in Loughborough University on Saturday 16th April 2016. Mark Collins, Chair of the RSC Local Section who organised the heats, described the team as consistently excellent throughout the night and worthy winners! We wish the team every success as they prepare for the finals of the competition.