Year 8 have been busy using their problem solving skills, making decisions, taking risks and working with others to design contraptions made from junk that could throw a tennis ball as far as possible. Hayden Feeney, Harry Condell, Ross Anderson and Eoghan Maginn from team RHHE Slingers (8R)produced a catapult design with a winning throw of 28m. James Wright, Caleb Moore and Daniel Beckett from team Raiders (8R) came second with a superb 26.6m throw. Team Arbre, consisting of Sarah Liggett, Olivia McAleese , Lois Mc Fetridge and Mrs Bolster(8W) gained third place with their throw of 16.5m. Well done to all who participated. We have many potential engineers in this year group with excellent design skills. On the design side special mention must go to Erin McMullan, Benny Mitchell, Hollie Scott and Eva Mc Caughan from 8R and Callum Conway, Jed Owens, Joshua Hazlett and Andrew McKay from 8S, for some excellent designs and very creative ideas!
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Two Dalriada pupils proved themselves as the best in Ireland with success in the Irish School’s Athletics Championships on Saturday in Tullamore Co.
Offaly. Thomas Hunter of Year 12 proved himself to be the best Triple Jumper in Ireland at his age when he took Gold in the Intermediate event. His 1st round jump of 13.61 metres proved too much for his fellow competitors who struggle to match this. Indeed Thomas had three 13 metre plus jumps while no one else in the field managed to break the 13 metre barrier. Such was the quality of his jumping he would have been very close to taking a medal in the senior event but it also demonstrated that he is one of the best U18 Triple Jumpers in Ulster and Ireland despite being only 16.
In the Junior Triple Jump event Luke Pollock of Year 10 won the Bronze medal in a very tight contest. Luke fought throughout the competition getting into the final jump off in 6th place, indeed he was convinced that he had not made it as he had taken off his spikes and packing up to go home. However in the final two jumps he first produced a Personal Best of 10.87 metres to go into second place. On Luke’s final jump he again broke his PB and even more impressive broke the 11 metre barrier with an 11.03 effort. The second last competitor produced a big jump of 11.05 to secure the silver leaving Luke with a hard fought Bronze and third in Ireland. Of the 48 jumps in the competitors only four broke the 11 metre barrier.
The two medals gained on Saturday added to two gained the previous year at the Irish Championships. Dalriada have secured four medals in two years all in jumps. Success in triple jump, one of the most technical of athletic events, has become a regular occurrence at Irish, Ulster and District level over the last number of years. The school is immensely proud of these boys to have achieved so highly this year and indeed of all our athletes who have gained success in their various competitions this season so far.
The next major event for our athletes will be our Junior Sports day on June 10th with again this year a number of our long standing school Sport Day records looking vulnerable.
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Registration opens on 1st May 2015 with testing to begin from 1st July 2015 for those Yr13 students who want to pursue a career in Medicine/Dentistry. The UK Clinical Aptitude Test is a requirement for entry into Medicine/Dentistry courses for many British Universities, including:
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I first came across Kelsey when he came to my class one day to recite pi to a great number of decimal places. My pupils were so impressed. The next time I saw Kelsey performing he was solving a Rubik’s Cube on the stage in the Riverside Euphoria concert. I always associate Kelsey as someone who enjoyed Maths. I never taught Kelsey but I knew of his great talent for Maths from an early age. Kelsey was an outstanding Mathematician who gained first place in Northern Ireland in 2014 in A Level Mathematics. This is a huge achievement and requires great dedication and outstanding ability. Kelsey had it all. I have put together a few comments from some of his teachers: Read More
In a Jar – Mini Company and Social Enterprise
Our Team – In the company there are eleven team members who are all AS Level Business Studies students. They volunteered their skills and abilities in the subject to create and come up with an innovative idea that would be appealing to members of the public. The product that we came up with was homemade jars which we decorated and added value by making unique alternations to recycled jars, we sourced the jars from fellow pupils and teachers who very kindly donated any empty jars that they may have accumulated over time. We all applied for different roles within the business and were assigned jobs which suited our personalities and skills; Director, Marketing, IT, Operations, Secretary, Sales and Finance. Team members included Lewis Dobbin, Cait Kirkpatrick, Ruth Taggart, Sarah Crossey, Katie Pierce, Rachel Taggart, Emily Mainwaring, Andrew King, Alice Coulter, Ellen Reid and Oonagh Jordan. Read More
The Religious Studies department will be taking a group of students to Israel in June 2015.
This trip will allow pupils the opportunity to visit many key sites over the course of a week and gain a real insight into the world of Jesus.
The itinerary will include visits to Nazareth Village, Capernaum, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hezekiah’s tunnel, the River Jordan, Masada, a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and much more!
This is an amazing opportunity for our pupils and one they are very much looking forward to.
Trinity College runs several essay competitions for humanities and social sciences students in Year 12. These prizes are a great way to provide motivation and structure for able students who are embarking on their wider reading, particularly if they are not planning to do an EPQ and don’t get much scope to write extended essays as part of their AS courses.
Applicants don’t need to be planning to apply to Cambridge (although, of course, we hope they will consider us!) and, it goes without saying, entering one of these prizes would be a very useful addition to a strong personal statement. Read More
At the CCEA Celebrating Excellence Award Ceremony held at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast: Grace Torrens (a past pupil) received an award for obtaining first place in the Summer 2014 GCE examination in Art. Her teacher Mr. David Bradley also attended the ceremony.
You might have seen the appearance of a ‘mummy’ or two along the History corridor in November when the Year 8 pupils tried their hand at some mummification. The Year 8 pupils had been learning about life in Ancient Egypt in their History lessons. They studied the process of mummification and what the process involved. Mrs Irwin was very impressed by the pupils’ efforts and needless to say, if you take a look at the pictures, some of our pupils would certainly make good embalmers. The Year 8 pupils certainly enjoyed this activity with Lucas Eymere and Aaron Fleming from 8M, and Josh Hill and Dean Millar from 8W, claiming the prize for best ‘mummy’ in their class. Keep an eye out in case you see any loose ‘mummies’ wondering around school!!