Scratch Game Competition !!! – announcement coming soon.
These are the departments within our school.
What a brilliant day for our Robotics Club. This was the first year Dalriada entered a team into the competition, which was ably captained by Andrew Mulholland.
Although we didn’t win, a lot was learned as we prepare for next year’s event.
Special thanks to our sponsors NIE for providing the equipment necessary for the competition and also the registration fee.
As part of the Year 8 History course pupils have the opportunity to learn about Norman Castles. They study the three types of castles that were built: Motte and Bailey, Concentric and Stone Keep castles. After pupils had learnt about the different forms of castles and the advantages and disadvantages to each they began the process of making their own. The effort shown by all pupils was fantastic, from paper mache castles to castle cakes. The history department was very impressed. Peter Clarke from 8M made his castle out of cake. ‘I decided to make a stone keep castle out of cake. I enjoyed making the castle and I think the class enjoyed eating it!’ Oliver Warke from 8W made a motte and bailey castle. ‘I used a lot of lolly pop sticks to make the fence around the bailey. It was great to see the castles that my classmates made and to see what materials they used.’ The efforts of the year 8 pupils did not go unnoticed as they were treated to a castle party…..well the castle cake just had to be eaten!!
Year 9 Forensics Workshop
On Wednesday 20th June another murder mystery was solved in the Science Department at Dalriada. Year 9 were called in to become Forensic Scientists for a day. They analysed chemicals found on the suspects’ shoes, looked at fingerprints, footprints and fibres, set up chromatography experiments to match ink samples and researched the possible careers in the world of forensics. By 3.30pm the crime was solved. What did Year 9 think of this activity? Here are some of their views:
‘It was 100% better than Double Maths!’ Sophie Rollins 9R
‘It was really fun and I enjoyed it. It made me think and I liked making decisions and conclusions to decide who it was.’ Louise Wilson 9W
‘It was cool!’ Aaron Owens 9M
‘I really enjoyed this exercise. I thought it was entertaining and I would maybe consider a career in Forensics.’ Jack McMullan 9R
The Belfast Cookery School operates in association with the well renowned Mourne Seafood Restaurant. The GCSE Home Economics class had the wonderful opportunity to attend a workshop sponsored by NI Seafood to encourage young people to cook and eat more fish. The pupils were given an entertaining talk about a huge variety of sustainable fish. Following a demonstration of each course, the pupils cooked these dishes for themselves, using the state of the art facilities, after which an enjoyable lunch was had by all!
On Thursday the 5th of June and Friday the 6th of June the pupils of year 10 went to Leslie Hill estate to carry out some ecology fieldwork. The pupils were looking at the type of invertebrates that were found in the pond at the centre of the estate grounds. They used sweep nets to capture invertebrates from the top and bottom of the pond, these were identified and the number of each species counted. The slightly wet conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm of the pupils or affect the organisms found. The pond was dripping with interesting species from Greater Water Boatmen to Phantom Midge Larvae and one group found a Giant Water Scorpion, a large invertebrate that have never found there before.
On Tuesday 12th June Year 8 participated in the Annual Science Egg Race Challenge. Each group had to build a contraption out of junk to propel a tennis ball as far as possible. Many amazing contraptions were created and tested. Pupils took risks with their learning as they tweeked their designs to improve propulsion. The weather was kind and we managed to avoid any showers while measuring the propulsions! The winning teams will now compete in October in The Faraday Challenge which is a competition and workshop orgainised by The Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Science students from Dalriada have recently competed in the regional Irish Chemistry and Physics Olympiads at Queen’s University, Belfast. Laura Cull was awarded a Bronze Award for Chemistry and Ross Wakefield achieved a Silver Award for Physics. Ross will now participate in the second round of the competition. Success at this stage would confirm his place to represent Ireland at the International Physics Olympiad in Estonia. Five pupils also competed in the British Biology Olympiad with excellent success. Graham Cooper and Rachel Love were commended, Matthew Wray achieved a Bronze Award and Laura Cull came out tops with a Gold Award. Laura will now participate in the second round of this national competition to confirm her place on the British team at the International Biology Olympiad in Singapore.