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.
Our Moving Image Arts pupils are again working hard to complete their movies for this years exam series. As a little boost and also to share their talents with a wider audience we have decided to release one movie a month from last year’s submissions. Also keep a eye out for the odd special release from the MIA Archives.
This months release is “Baby Doll” by Gage McAlister.
The talents of Dalriada’s young artists were recognised by the Coleraine Art Society at their Student Art Competition held in the Riverside Theatre. Our winners were: Jade Houston (1st 14-15 age category), Hannah Bradley (2nd 16-17 age category), Claudia Byers (Special Commendation) and Sophie McPherson (The Colonel Clark Salver for best work in the exhibition). Well done girls.
A ski tour to New Hampshire in the USA has been organised for our current year 8 and 9 pupils. It will take place during the February 2017 half term break, departing on Saturday the 11th of February and returning one week later. There are a limited number of places available so book yours early. Booking forms and other information can be obtained from Mr. Bradley on Monday 4th January 2016.
You can also download the booking form here.
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