PWC for currently on the look out for talented people to join their Tax and Transaction Services Higher Apprenticeship Programme. This programme is a good alternative to a full university application for any Yr14 pupil who has a career interest in Accounting, Finance or Consulting. The programme is designed to teach successful applicants business skills, while at the same time completeing formal training and gaining professional qualifications. For further information visit www.pwc.com/uk/schools
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Barclays are offering a number of Sponsored degree programme places for students who are on course to leave school with 320 UCAS points and enroll in a BA (Hons) Business Management course at Nottingham University’s School of Business. This is a fantastic opportunity for any pupil who has an interest in pursuing a career in Banking and/or Business leadership. All University fees will be paid on your behalf; allowing successful applicants to receive a University Degree without incurring any debt. For further information visit http://joinus.barclays.com/emea/sponsored-degree-and-certificate-programmes-uk-only/barclays-degree-programme-external-candidates/
UCAS are currently experienceing difficulties with the way results are returned for Durham University in Course Search. Not all relevant courses at every institution may be returned and there are inconsistencies in the order that search results are reported (these are not necessarily in alphabetic order). For a number of courses Durham University is listed towards the very end of the listings and for some other courses Durham University is not returned at all by the search. Applicants are therefore advised to check all results pages on Course Search and to check on Durham’s website www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/course if their chosen course is not listed on Course Search. Please do this in order to ensure you are fully aware of all the course opportunities Durham has to offer.
Queen’s University Belfast are holding an information evening hosted by the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Department aimed at AS/A2 Level students, Parents and Teachers who have a career interest in following a Social Science degree pathway. The evening will highlight the various routes into employment available to those students who join the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Department at QUB. The event will run on Thursday 17th Octiber 7.00pm-9.00pm.
The annual sponsored walk for pupils in years 8-10 took place within the school grounds on June 20th 2013. The aim was to raise money to buy much needed ICT equipment for the Modern Languages Department. Year 11 were also involved in raising funds by selling buns at break-time during the week of the Dander. The KS3 pupil in each year group who raised the most money was awarded a gift voucher. Well done to pupils and staff who contributed to making this a very successful event! We would like also to thank The Henderson Group who supplied water and fruit for our pupils.
Modern Languages Department.
Year 8 put their thinking and problem solving skills to use when they designed contraptions from junk to propel a tennis ball as far as possible. After much trial and error and many rolls of sticking tape, 8R’s ‘Ultimate Eggers’, Lewis McAuley, Luke Pollock, William Gilmore and David Dysart became this year’s champions; propelling their tennis ball an amazing 24m.
They were closely followed by ‘Popcorn’ from 8R, comprising Alicia Cooke, Megan Archibald, Oliver Doyle and Anna Wright; their tennis ball landed at 20.3m.
The ‘Jellybeans’ from 8T came a commendable 3rd place. Their team consisted of Archie McIntyre, Richard McGoogan, Tyler Laverty and Adam Taylor.
What a fun morning with lots of creativity and independent learning- the sun even shone!
On the 17th and 18th June 2013 Zoolab came to visit our school. Andy the ‘zookeeper’ introduced us to some amazing animals. He told us all sorts of interesting facts about the animals including where they came from, how they move and how they were able to survive in their habitat. The best part was definitely when we got to hold them!
The corn snake was a very popular choice. It was fascinating to watch it slither around. Its scales were smooth one way and rough in the other direction. It had lovely peach and red markings. Having never held a snake before, it was quite an unusual experience!
The cockroach felt quite tickly on your hand. We discovered that they eat bat poo and that if you stamp on them,the eggs stick to the sole of your shoe and spread wherever you walk. If you chop a cockroach in half it can still survive for 24hours.
A Tarantula’s hair is poisonous if it gets in your mouth, eyes or cuts. It was really good (and a bit scary!) to see a tarantula up so close.
We also found out that the largest stick insect is 3 foot long and that birds are very clever at getting crabs out of shells for a good meal; they carry them up into the air and drop them from a height- splat! Dinner is ready!
Catherine Torrens had the honour of showcasing her creativity and imagination in the historic surroundings of Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Wednesday. Catherine’s winning artwork, along with six other unique pieces of recycled art were on display. These pieces are the result of months of hard work by pupils to highlight how valuable a resource waste is and to compete in the RiverRidge Recycling Make Art Not Waste competition. The final of the competition, which took place in the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings on Wednesday 19th June, saw Catherine from Dalriada School claim the top prize of an iPad for her art entitled ‘Tea Party’, she had already recieved £70 for herself and £500 for the school from a previous round of the competition. Pictured with Catherine is Brett Ross, Managing Director of RiverRidge Recycling, sponsor of the Make Art Not Waste competition which is designed to highlight the importance of recycling and ensure that future generations understand the value of waste as a resource.
Year 10 pupils learn about the First World War as part of their study on the Twentieth Century and in June the pupils got to experience aspects of the war first hand through their visit to the Somme Heritage Centre.
Pupils were given a presentation on weapons used during the year 1914-1918 and were able to handle some weapons and hear the stories behind them. Pupils also had the chance to experience what recruiting was like and to actually feel what it would have been like to wear the uniforms. The highlight of the day was the walk through a reconstructed World War One trench, hearing and seeing what life would have been like.
Pupils said; ‘it was a brilliant day out – i actually got to feel the weight of the weapons the soldiers had to carry’, ‘I loved hearing the stories’, ‘it was so good to actually see what a trench was like, rather than just reading about it in class’.
We, in Year 10, were delighted to welcome debut novelist Debbie McCune to Dalriada on Tuesday, 4th June. The library was closed for the morning and all of us who had ticked the English Literature box on our GCSE options sheet were invited to join Debbie for an insight into the world of writing and publishing. Debbie’s novel Death and Cohas recently been released and we didn’t miss the opportunity to buy a copy from the Waterstone’s representative, which Debbie kindly agreed to sign.
We were then treated to an intriguing workshop on creating and developing character and setting. Swirling around the library – and our imaginations – there was talk of fabulous necklaces, large dogs, spooky forests , angry yet romantic characters, train stations, scars and painful shyness to name but a few.
What we didn’t imagine, though, was how Debbie inspired us to get writing and to take the plunge by putting our writing ‘out there!’ We left that library knowing that if we felt like writing, then that’s exactly what we should be doing, so off we went . . .to enter that first Young Writer’s competition. Wish us luck!
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