Shoebox Appeal Thanks

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Shoebox Appeal Thanks

A huge thank you to all Year 10 pupils who wrapped and packed over 40 shoeboxes for Blythswood’s Shoebox Appeal this year. The Christmas gifts are on their way to Eastern Europe where they will be given out to children, who otherwise wouldn’t receive anything for Christmas this year.

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2018 UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

Recently over 300 of our pupils were among over 200,000 UK pupils participating in the 2018 UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge during ICT classes.

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

Junior category Sadiya Begum 8A

Senior category Rhys Cheung, Charles McClements, Daniel Wilkinson

Elite category Louie McComb

The remaining pupils received Distinction, Merit or Participation Certificates.

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

Girls in Camogie Success

Girls in Camogie Success

Congratulations to Sophie McGrath in Year 10, who has been selected for the County Down Camogie team for her age group.

She will play her club matches but will also train with the team and fulfil their fixtures.

Sophie also plays on the U14 A hockey team in school.

Further to this both Sophie and Jodie Bell, Year 9 have won the following:

  1. Feile- a competition in which their club team Ballycran was selected to represent Co Down in an all-Ireland Camogie competition.

  2. The girls won their league this year which is supposedly of a very high standard!

Seacourt Print Workshop

Seacourt Print Workshop

In November, Y13 and Y14 Art and Design students visited the Seacourt Print Workshops in Bangor as part of their ongoing portfolio practice.

The students were taking part in a Dry Point Etching workshop for the day, hosted as part of the centre’s educational outreach. They worked in advance to create their printing plate and on the day, were taught by professional artists how to follow the principles of printmaking to achieve a variety of differing and successful outcomes.

Everyone who took part had a most enjoyable and rewarding experience and produced some beautiful prints.

Art and About!

Art and About!

Last Friday the 23rd November 2018 the year 14 Art and Design students spent the day at the Ulster Museum where they viewed the Royal Ulster Academy exhibition.

Habitat for Humanity Schools and Youth Programme

Habitat for Humanity Schools and Youth Programme

Volunteers from Regent House and St Louise’s School recently spent the day at Habitat Restore in Lisburn, tackling jobs such as cleaning, up-cycling, painting, basic DIY and merchandising.  Their contribution will make a real difference to our community.  Well done to all involved!

Further success for Soul-be Courtney, 8A

Further success for Soul-be Courtney, 8A

Soul-be was selected to represent the Northern Ireland ITF Taekwondo Team at the Dutch Open Taekwondo Tournament on 25th Nov 2018. There were competitors from across the UK, Holland, Germany and Ireland represented.  

The competition comprised of 2 separate disciplines and Soul-be competed in both at the 35- 45kg weight category.

The competition began at 10:00 am with the Poomse (pattern) discipline.  There were many competitors ranging from blue to black belt in a knock out competition aged 9 - 17 years.  Soul-be achieved a 3rd place trophy.

She then competed in the Kyorugi (sparring) competition, in a highly competitive weight category she made it in to the final being awarded the 2nd place trophy. 

In the afternoon she went on to assist in coaching the younger members of the NI squad.  The NI team consisted of 16 competitors, bringing home 16 trophies in total.  Soul-be is extremely proud and grateful to be part of the Northern Ireland squad.

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Middle School Merit Awards

Middle School Merit Awards

The following pupils are the first winners of the Middle School Merit Awards. These are to reward pupils every half term, who have achieved the most merits, achieved 100% attendance and a VP award for effort. This will run alongside our Middle School Interventions and Rewards for achievement.

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  • Year 11 Merit Winner Girls – Kirsty Peel

  • Year 11 Merit Winner Boys – Daniel Hunt

  • Year 11 Attendance Winner – Trinity Stevenson

Year 11 VP Award for Effort – Jack Grundy

  • Year 12 Merit Winner Girls – Melissa McCrea

  • Year 12 Merit Winner Boys – Matthew Murray

  • Year 12 Attendance Winner – Mia Carroll

Year 12 VP Award for Effort – Charlie Lewis

Winners received their prizes in assembly. I would like to thank Little Wing, McDonalds and Del Piero’s for their vouchers for the prizes.

Noah's Tennis Success

Noah's Tennis Success

Noah Cotter in 9G has just won the U12 Regional tournament last weekend in Tennis and is now of to the Nationals to play at all Ireland level this weekend. We wish him the best of luck!

Lewis at the RYA Youth National Championships

Lewis at the RYA Youth National Championships

Lewis Thompson 9G competed earlier this term in the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships (and Schools Cup).

Lewis had a very successful two days of sailing in extremely tricky conditions representing his sailing club and Regent House School in the RYA Youth National Championships at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club. He was one of the youngest competitors in the 5.3 Topper class and was placed second male and 5th overall in a fleet of almost 50 competitors.

Jonah VS The Wales

Jonah VS The Wales

Jonah Heron has been an important part of Regent House U18 and U16 Football team this year, but can now add Victory Shield winner with Northern Ireland U16 to his resume. This is only the second time in 70 years NI have won it!

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It’s always a great honour for our school that one of our pupils gets international recognition.

Victory Shield Results

  • Beat the ROI 3-1

  • Drew 1-1 with Scotland

  • Beat Wales 3-0

He is off to Poland next week to play more international football. Congratulations to Jonah on his endeavours!

Our Next DEAR Day is coming....

Our Next DEAR Day is coming....

The next school DEAR Day will be held on Tuesday 27th November during periods 1 and 3. All pupils should ensure they have ample reading material with them on that day.

There is an Accelerated Reader quiz currently being run for all junior school pupils so they should get reading and quizzing.

Next week will also see the Scholastic Half-Price Book Fair visit Regent House, pupils will be able to purchase books or related material from B15.

New School Sports Jacket!

New School Sports Jacket!

Regent House are delighted to show off and sell a new water proof Sports Jacket that now be purchased from Kukri using the attached link below:

This Water Proof Jacket can also be used as a school coat and is the preferable option for travelling to and from school and sporting fixtures on a Saturday morning, however it is not compulsory. Please ensure you order the right size and Mr Robb has a sample of the Jacket should students wish to try it before purchasing.

The Jacket will be sent direct to your home address. Hopefully you will find this useful now coming into the winter months!

Kind Regards

D Robb

Kirsty at the UEFA Womens Championship

Kirsty at the UEFA Womens Championship

Recently Kirsty Cameron has been away with the Northern Ireland Under-17 football squad in Greece. The team were playing in the UEFA Women’s Championship where Kirsty played all 3 matches, against Greece, Switzerland & Kazakhstan. They recently confirmed their qualification for the elite round of the Women's Under-17 Euro Championships and on the 23rd of November they will know the further details of the next stage.


We continue to wish Kirsty all the best as her football career goes from strength to strength!

Water Polo Triumps!

Water Polo Triumps!

On 2nd and 3rd November four students from regent House represented Ulster Water Polo in an Inter Provincial tournament with Leinster, Connacht and Scottish Saltires.

Anna Reilly and Madelyn Calvert played for the Ulster u15 (2003 and younger) team, gold medallists. They won all their matches convincingly, beating Scotland twice 17-3 and 19-4, and also beating Leinster 17-4 and 16-10. Connacht didn’t field a team in this age-group.

Zach Balfour played for the Ulster u15 boys. Although they lost their games the contest was physical and the Ulster team played well.

Katie McGonigle played for the Ulster u17 (2001 and younger girls), bronze medallists. They beat Scotland 6-5 and were defeated by Connacht and Leinster.

Well done to all the students involved in the competition, and wish them well in their continued participation!

TAEKWONDO SUCCESS FOR SOUL-BE COURTNEY

TAEKWONDO SUCCESS FOR SOUL-BE COURTNEY

Soul-be was selected to represent the Northern Ireland ITF Taekwondo Team at the Chang-Un Cup in Glasgow on 21st Oct 2018. There were competitors from across the UK and Holland represented.

The competition comprised of 3 separate disciplines and Soul-be competed in all three at the red belt grade.

The competition began at 9:00 am with the Poomse (pattern) discipline. There were many competitors in the knock out stages aged from 9 to 17 year. Soul-be won the completion, achieving the gold medal.

She then competed in the Kyorugi (sparring) completion, again winning the gold medal at her grade and height category.

Finally, Soul-be competed in the Special Technique (high flying kick) discipline and again achieved the highest kick to win the gold medal.

The day was rounded off with Soul-be being awarded the Overall Individual Female Coloured Belt Junior Champion trophy. This was the same trophy she had won the previous year at the same venue.

In the afternoon she went on to assist in coaching the younger members of the NI squad. The NI team achieved over 50 medals and won the overall event on the day. Soul-be is extremely proud and grateful to be part of such a highly performing national team.

And Regent House is very proud of Soul-be!

The Student becomes the Master...

The Student becomes the Master...

Congratulations to Ollie Cunningham in Year 13, who attended and passed the Army Master Cadet course, at Frimley Park , Camberley, England.

The aim of the Master Cadet Course is to broaden and develop further the leadership, instructional and administrative responsibilities of 4-star cadets, with the intention of making better use of their abilities.

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Swimming Success

Swimming Success

The Swim Ulster Schools’ Championships were held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October and the Regent swimmers performed very well over the 2 days against the best swimmers in Ulster.

On Saturday our Year 8 swimmers had a number of successes. Kiera Aiken finished 2nd in the 12 Year Olds 50m Breaststroke and 3rd in the 100m Individual Medley. Megan Diamond reached the finals of the 12 Year Olds 50m Backstroke. Gene Smyth came 3rd in the 12 Year Olds 100m Individual Medley. Kiera, Megan and Gene all qualified for the Irish Minor Schools’ Championships which will be held in Dublin in February.

On the second day of the championships Kiera Aiken reached the finals of the Junior 100m Breaststroke. Adam Barnes in Year 10 came 1st in both the Junior 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle. Whilst Naeve Pountney in Year 10 reached the finals of the Intermediate 100m Backstroke.

The Junior Girls’ Relay team of Alyssa Boyd, Sofie Heasley, Kiera Aiken, Megan McBride and Megan Diamond narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing in 4th place in both the Medley Team Relay and the Freestyle Team Relay.

The Junior Boys’ Relay team of Adam Barnes, Joe Simpson, Killian McCandless and Gene Smyth came 4th in the Medley Team Relay and 3rd in the Freestyle Team Relay.

Rebecca Reid in Year 13 came 1st in both the Senior 100m Butterfly and the 200m Individual Medley.

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