A large team from Years 8-10 travelled to the University of Ulster at Coleraine to take part in the NEBSSA cross-country competition on Tuesday 24th November. The weather meant that the ground conditions were far from perfect but this did not deter the runners who braved the mud and the showers and performed to their best. Highlights of the day included the performances of Saskia Love, James Wright and Andrew Symmington who were all well placed in their respective age groups.
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Renowned local Chef and journalist Paula McIntyre paid a visit to her old school in October to deliver a talk and demonstration to the Year 12 GCSE Home Economics pupils. In line with the pupils’ GCSE practical examination, she showed a creative use of fruit and vegetables. A great advocate of local produce and use of seasonal ingredients, Paula prepared Gnocchi cooked in chestnut oil, leeks, black garlic and smoked black pepper; Pumpkin wedges roasted with local rapeseed oil, flavoured with Sumac and served with her own fermented tomatoes. This was followed by indulgent Brownies with local caramelised plums, raspberries, orange blossom flowers and honeycomb shards. The pupils were enchanted by the skills she showed and the new ingredients she introduced.
Three pupils from 8R, representing Calvert House, won a hard-fought competition on Monday, 15th June in the 5th annual Year 8 Spelling Competition. Over the course of the year, all Year 8 pupils have been learning new words from George Orwell’s Animal Farm, which they have been studying in their English classes. The pupils spent a lot of time learning these spellings, along with their meanings and had been tasked with attempting to use some of this very ambitious vocabulary in their own writing. Pupils spent most of the spring term committing these words to memory and being tested on how well they could remember them. The top three spellers in each class were selected by their English teachers to compete against each other. Congratulations are due to the following pupils who were entered as the top spellers in their year:
A group of Year 12 and 13 pupils left Dalriada on Saturday 27th June to spend 7 days in the land of Israel.
Throughout the week they visited many Biblical sites they had encountered in their studies. They spent time in Joppa, Caesarea, the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum before taking a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee.
Nazareth Village proved to be a highlight for many of the pupils and staff as it provided a real insight into what life was like in Palestine in the time of Jesus. A walking tour of Jerusalem allowed the group to visit the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane.
Pupils and staff also visited the River Jordan, enjoyed the Sound and Light Show against the walls of Jerusalem, had the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and experienced a camel ride at Genesis Land.
This trip was a busy one, however it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our pupils and a fantastic way to begin the summer holidays!
Wednesday 14th October saw forty Year 11 pupils board a bus and travel to the University of Ulster, Coleraine. The UUC School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences had organised their annual ‘Chemistry at Work’ Exhibition. Exhibitors from different Global Pharmaceutical companies all based in Northern Ireland were represented (Almac, Nicobrand, Norbrook, Randox and Warner-Chilcott), the University’s Department of Environmental Studies and then the Pharmacy Department itself which has been voted top of the League Tables for the past two years. Each presenter outlined their area of work, a little bit about how they got there and explained different aspects of Chemistry within what they do. The students were impressed by the global nature of the companies represented and the large sums of money involved in the Pharmaceutical industry. The Pharmacy Department outlined some of the practical work that their undergraduate students complete in the laboratory e.g. how much water does a nappy hold? You might be surprised to know that it is an incredibly large volume…about one litre in fact. Following the exhibition the students enjoyed ‘Scientific Sue’ and her ‘Crazy Chemistry Show’. She explored lots of different aspects of chemistry and there were plenty of explosions in her show. She was accompanied by dragons of various sizes…all toys of course…which she made fly, breathe smoke and even fire. There was plenty of audience participation and it was great fun to see how the students reacted when there was a loud explosion or there was something messy happening! We would like to thank the University for organising the event and the school for facilitating attendance at it. The students came away with plenty of information regarding employment opportunities in this sector and how the Chemistry they study in class impacts on our everyday lives from nappies to Sudocrem!
The new term started very well for many of our Year 10 pupils. In June each Year 9 pupil had written and submitted a competition entry to the Schools Bible Project. Thousands of pupils from schools across the UK enter each year and 22 Dalriads have been awarded prizes in this year’s competition.
The Schools Bible Project Competition allows students the opportunity to find out more about a major event in the life of Christ by imagining they had been present. This year the Bible passages studied were: ‘Jesus calms the storm at sea’ and ‘The Last Supper’. Both events were studied in class and pupils were then given the task of writing their essay.
Rachel Anderson received a copy of ‘Mere Christianity’ by C.S. Lewis. Her essay had been shortlisted for a major prize and the judges agreed that her work was outstanding. Ten other pupils were awarded a copy of the same book for work of a very high standard. A further eleven pupils were presented with a copy of ‘Light in the Darkness’ in recognition of the high standard of their work.
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.
On Monday 22nd June 2015 four boys and six girls from Year 10 competed for the Jonathan Logue Public Speaking Cup. This year the standard was, as ever, extremely high presenting the judges with great difficulty in awarding the top three places. Our judges were two previous – and much loved – members of the English Department here at Dalriada, Mrs Mary Doherty and Ms Hilary Timmons, who kindly returned to be part of this annual Key Stage 3 event.
This year a good range of topical and controversial topics were chosen from the popularity of eBooks to Is Consumerism Killing the Earth? We had a brand new topic chosen by Daniel Steele who wanted to advise us on the opt-out organ donation system while we also enjoyed Kate Beattie’s time-travel tour of society 20 years ago –where there wasn’t a smartphone in sight!
The judges worked hard during the course of the afternoon and finally arrived at their decisions, after giving praise and useful advice to all the speakers. The following places were then awarded:
- 1st The Jonathan Logue Cup, £20 Rebekah Stewart – 10T
- 2nd £15 Kate Beattie – 10W
- 3rd £10 Daniel Steele – 10S
The runners up were also congratulated on their speeches – they had, indeed, made the judges’ decision very difficult.
The English Department continue to be blown away by the talent and diligence displayed by the pupils of Dalriada – once again, we are very proud!
Many thanks to all the Year 10 pupils who prepared talks, and to the members of the English Department who supported this work. Let’s hope we can maintain this standard next year.
On Thursday 18th June Dalriada Pupils embarked on their annual Dalriada Dander. All pupils in Years 8 to 10 took part in a sponsored 5 km walk around the school grounds. Pupils were raising money towards new ICT equipment for the school. The weather was kind to us and the rain stayed away for the afternoon. This enabled the pupils to enjoy some appreciated refreshments kindly provided by Biesty’s Centra, Ballymoney. During the week the Year 11 pupils contributed to the fundraising by providing delicious buns and treats for sale.
The event was a great success raising a combined total of an amazing £5316.46. Dalriada School appreciates the support of all the friends and family who sponsored a pupil.