Mock Results Day 2018

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Mock Results Day 2018

We will be having a Mock Results Day for Year 12-14 taking place in school on Thursday 25 January.

It is our hope that this day provides an insight for our students into the day when they collect their official external exam results and focuses their minds on the task ahead.

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Did you miss our Open Day?

Did you miss our Open Day?

If you missed our Open Days prior to Christmas, additional tours of the school, for P7 pupils and their parents, will be held on:

  • Tuesday 23 January 2.10 pm
  • Wednesday 24 January 3.45pm
  • Friday 26 January 2.10 pm
  • Monday 29 January 2.10 pm
  • Tuesday 30 January 2.10 pm

Please contact the school office on 028 91813234 to book a place on one of these tours.

Regent House Grammar School To Take Part In BBC 'The Spirit Of Christmas'

Regent House Grammar School To Take Part In BBC 'The Spirit Of Christmas'

Recorded earlier this month in the BBC's Blackstaff studios in Belfast, The Spirit Of Christmas, is on Sunday 24 December at 1pm featuring music including O Come All Ye Faithful. Silent Night; The Twelve Days of Christmas, and seasonal medleys.

Taking part in this programme will be St Lawrence's Primary School, Fintona and Regent House Grammar School, from Newtownards, both winners of this year's BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year.

Also performing in the hour long show will be the Open Arts Community Choir and the Ulster Brass Quintet.

Open Evening Rescheduled

Open Evening Rescheduled

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

As you are probably aware we have had to reschedule our Open Evening to Friday 15th December. This is due to the very serious health and safety concerns I had last Friday.

To allow the school to be properly prepared we unfortunately will need to close at 1215pm. There will be a reduced bus service at 1215 on this day with buses to Bangor, Millisle via Donaghadee, Saintfield via Comber and Portavogie via Kircubbin. I sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this causes. (Please note that the Preparatory Department is operating a normal school day)

Last Thursday saw enormous crowds visit Regent and the feedback has been very promising. Most of the compliments centre on our pupil guides and classroom helpers who did a great job of describing their school experience to our visitors. To help ensure our guests this Friday get the same experience can I please urge that your child volunteers again. I realise the difficulties this will create for you and am grateful for your support.

Please can I also ask that you tell as many people as possible about our rearranged Open Evening. Friday 15th December from 6pm to 9pm. My talks are at 6pm and 7.30pm. An updated advert will appear in local press this week.

Apologies for all the inconveniences caused by the rearranged event. It wasn’t an easy decision to postpone the evening but I do believe it was the right one to ensure everyone’s safety.

Many thanks
Michael Carville

Open Night Postponed

Please be advised that Open Night has been postponed to Friday 15th December 6pm-9pm. Headmaster’s talks at 6pm and 7.30pm.

No students should attend school this evening.

Senior Mathematical Challenge

Senior Mathematical Challenge

Congratulations to the 3 pupils who were top in their year in Regent and gained silver awards in the recent U.K. Senior Mathematical Challenge.

Samuel Hanson (Yr 14), Kate Mooney (Yr 13) and Best in School - Paige Irvine Year 12.

Drop Everything and Read Day!

Drop Everything and Read Day!

In a bid to continue to promote reading here in school, we are going to have our next DEAR day (Drop Everything and Read) - This will be held on TUESDAY 19TH DECEMBER.

There will be 2 reading slots on this day. One from 9.40 – 10.15 (period 2) and the second from 11.40 – 12.15 (period 5).

Please ensure that your child has some appropriate reading material in school with them on this day. There are many books available in the library which they can borrow in advance.  If your child has no reading material with them, they will be given a text book or any other material their teacher finds suitable.

We hope that everyone will embrace the opportunity of having time to read in school.

Your sincerely,

L Hutton
Literacy Co-ordinator

2017 UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

Recently over 300 of our pupils were among over 140,000 UK pupils participating in the 2017 UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge during ICT classes. This is a 40 minute online, problem-solving challenge aimed at raising awareness of Computer Science in a fun and rewarding way.

The following received ‘Best in School’ certificates in their category:

Junior Category                           Madalyn Bailie 8B
Intermediate Category                Nathan Gibney 9G
Senior Category                           Filip Misiarz Y12
Elite Category                              Luke Balfour and Philip Billimore Y14

The remaining pupils received Distinction, Merit or Participation Certificates.

25 of our Y8 pupils and 7 of our Middle School pupils were in the top 10% in the UK in their respective categories.

The competition is sponsored by Oxford University, Google, The Raspberry Pi Foundation, ARM(supplier of microprocessor technology) and CAS (Computing at School)

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Regent Choir Ulster Hall Performance

Regent Choir Ulster Hall Performance

On an icy cold Saturday morning, the Senior Choir and Chamber Choir ventured to Belfast’s iconic Ulster Hall, to rehearse and perform in the BBC’s ‘Ten Pieces’ Family Concert.

After an initial warm-up with Mr McQueen, our pupils (and teachers!) took their seats behind the Ulster Orchestra to practice ‘Zadok the Priest’ with conductor Rory Macdonald.

After a few run-throughs, and a sound check, it was lunchtime - Nando’s, Pizza Express and the Christmas Market being popular choices.

On returning to the Ulster Hall, concert-goers were queued outside, and excitement started to build as the final audience seats were filled.

Presenters John Toal and CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson gave a warm welcome to Regent House and the choir gave an excellent performance!

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The event was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster’s Classical Connections and can be found on BBC iPlayer by clicking here - we can be found at 23min 30s!

Geography and Classical Civilisation Trip

Geography and Classical Civilisation Trip

Geography and Classical Civilisation have launched their trip for October 2018.  The 5 days in Italy will mix the history of the Ancient Roman Empire with the Geography of Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast.  Sightseeing will include many of Rome’s famous tourist attractions: The Colosseum, The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and The Vatican.  We will also climb Vesuvius and visit Pompeii, before a trip along the Amalfi Coast and out to Capri and returning via Herculaneum.  It is an action packed trip not to be missed by Geographers and Classic Civilisation students in Years 12-14 at time of travel. 

Requesting a School Magazine

Requesting a School Magazine

If you wish to order a copy of the school magazine, please complete the order request form below before the 8th December 2017.  Please note that only one copy per household is available. Many thanks for your help.

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Well done Junior Choir!

Well done Junior Choir!

On Friday night, our Junior Choir sang ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ on the BBC Children in Need Live Show. They joined with young people from all corners of the UK in a 1788 strong ‘super choir’ and performed to an enormous national TV audience.

The standard of singing in the Northern Ireland choir was exceptional and our pupils were a true credit to the school.

On top of the excitement of the live performance, our pupils enjoyed a performance by Jake Carter and Mrs Mort and Mrs Adgey got a photo with their favourite weather presenter, Barra Best.

A great night really was had by all!

If you missed the Live Show on Friday night or the ‘Northern Ireland Best Bits’ on Sunday, you can find both on BBC iPlayer.

Again, well done Junior Choir!

Our Junior Choir on TV!

Our Junior Choir on TV!

The Junior Choir will be performing live on this year's Children in Need show!

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Remember to tune in to BBC1 from 7.30pm on Friday 17th November for interviews, rehearsal footage and the live ‘super choir’ performance!

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The Hills are Alive...

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The Hills are Alive...

...with the sound of music!

Brought to you by acclaimed director Elaine Allen, The Sound of Music has never been so good. A limited amount of tickets are available at break and lunch outside the canteen.

The trailer for this year's school play has landed.  It might not be too late to get a last-minute ticket!

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Swimming Success

Swimming Success

At the Swim Ulster Schools’ Championships at the weekend, our swimmers had a number of successes.

On Saturday afternoon Alyssa Boyd in Year 8 finished 2nd in the 12 Year Old Girls 100m Individual Medley and 4th in the 50m Freestyle.  Sofie Heasley (also Year 8) reached the finals of the 12 Year Old Girls 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke.  Joe Simpson reached the finals of the 12 Year Old Boys 50m Breaststroke and 100m Individual Medley.  Alyssa, Sofie and Joe have all qualified for the Irish Minor Schools’ Championships which will be held in Dublin in February.

Sunday was another busy day for the swimmers.  Adam Barnes in Year 9 reached the finals of the Junior Boys 100m Backstroke and the 100m Freestyle, whilst Naeve Pountney in Year 9 reached the finals of the Junior Girls 100m Backstroke and the 100m Freestyle.  Brooke Simpson reached the final of the Girls 100m Breaststroke. 

The Junior Girls’ Relay team of Brooke Simpson, Alyssa Boyd, Cassie Huddleston and Naeve Pountney just missed out on a medal, finishing in 4th place in the Medley Team Relay.  

Rebecca Reid in Year 12 came 1st in both the Intermediate 100m Backstroke and the 200m Individual Medley.  Rebecca’s time of 1:22.25 in the 200m Individual Medley broke the Ulster Junior record.  

In the Senior events Luke Balfour in Year 13 made the finals of the 100m Breaststroke.

Well done to all swimmers on a fantastic set of results!

Tom for Principal!

Tom for Principal!

Keeping on trend with other recent achievements from our students, exciting news that Tom Myles has been offered the role of principal clarinettist in the National Youth Orchestra for 2018.