Lucy continues her Karate Success

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Lucy continues her Karate Success

Lucy represented Northern Ireland at the 14th Carlow International Open Karate Competition this weekend where she came away with a haul of medals and outshone herself. She was up against competitors from England, Scotland, Wales, Czech Republic and Ireland at this prestigious event.

 She fought in both individual and international team events in Kumite as well as Kata and came away with 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze and a trophy for runner up.

 Her next competition is on 15th November at the European Championships in Portugal where again she'll be representing Northern Ireland.

We wish her the best of luck.

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Regent House student hits Top Notes at 2018 Frank Maher Classical Music Awards

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Regent House student hits Top Notes at 2018 Frank Maher Classical Music Awards

Tom Myles (16) from Ballygowan, Newtownards, a student at Regent House School on Circular Road, Newtownards, was one of only seven finalists at the 2018 Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards held at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin on 5th October 2018. It is Ireland’s largest competition for second level schools with a 5,000 euros top prize for the winner.

Tom plays the clarinet and performed two pieces on the night, ‘No.1 Zart and mit Ausdruc from Fantasiestucke for Clarinet and Piano Op 73’ by Robert Schumann and ‘Solo De Concours’ by Andre Messager. He was presented with a 300 euro bursary by Emmet O’Rafferty, chairman of the Top Security Group

The Awards were created in 2001 by Emmet O’Rafferty to honour the memory of his late teacher, Fr Frank Maher, who taught music at Castleknock College, his old school. Their aim is to showcase outstanding young musical talent in Ireland and are open to sixth year post-primary students of strings, woodwind, brass and piano. The €5,000 top prize must be used to attend a recognised place of tuition, a course of study in Ireland or abroad or on a purchase necessary for the development of their talent.

Emmet O’Rafferty said “As always, there was an incredibly high standard of entries, with top class performances from all the finalists on the night, which gave our judges the unenviable task of selecting the winner. Tom now joins the growing line of extremely talented young musicians who have taken part in this competition and I wish him the very best in his future career.”

Previous winners have gone on to attend some of the world’s most prominent music colleges, which includes Shenandoah University of Virginia, Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Kronberg Academy in Germany, the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London to name a few.


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Scholarship Success for Former Pupil

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Scholarship Success for Former Pupil

The Regent House community recently received some good news when we learnt that one of our Senior Prefects from 2017-2018, Aisling Rafter, had been awarded a JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship.

The All Ireland Scholarship Programme commenced in 2008. The value of each scholarship is set at £5,500 per annum for recipients from Northern Ireland and continues for the duration of the undergraduate studies undertaken by the scholarship winners.

Aisling, a past winner of the Nuffield Crest Gold Award for a research project carried out at Queen’s University, Belfast, learnt of the All Ireland Scholarship Programme through its publicity in school as part of the Careers and Gifted and Talented programmes. She has now commenced her studies in Medicine at Glasgow University.

Everyone at Regent House wishes Aisling and her peers from the class of 2018 every success as they embark on the next stage of their educational journey.

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Air Cadet Success

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Air Cadet Success

Last weekend saw 2241 Regent House school squadron attend the Northern Ireland wing parade for the annual awards distribution, where the squadron were recognised for their success.

Flight Sergeant Megan Dempster was awarded 2017-18 sports cadet of the year for Northern Ireland. Megan Proudly represented 2241 in 2 inter-squadron sports competitions before competing for Northern Ireland in Cross country and athletics and as captain for the Netball and Hockey. She was then selected to compete for Scotland and Northern Ireland region in all four of these sports. The competition this year was very close and Regent house school squadron came out with a respectable third place out of all the squadrons Northern Ireland air training corps for sports.

The squadron also won the Senior RAF officer Northern Ireland (SRAFONI) trophy for the best overall squadron in Northern Ireland, this award is very prestigious and 2241 have now been entered in the competition for the Lees trophy for best overall squadron in Scotland and Northern Ireland region. With our staff Sergeant winning the best adult senior NCO in Northern Ireland wing for all the extra hours of work she has put in over the past year to make the cadet experience as enjoyable as possible. Congratulations to 2241 on all their awards.

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This Year's Play is Full of Hilarious Mistakes....

This Year's Play is Full of Hilarious Mistakes....

Calling all parents, pupils and friends of Regent House School…. A Comedy of Errors

I want to welcome you all to the long hot summer of 1976 when the tarmac melted, the Troubles raged and fledgling Downtown Radio was spinning the hot discs from the Hit Parade. Ephesus is a dangerous town to be seen in if you’re a Syracusan since the introduction of Draconian internment laws that threaten ‘foreigners’ with the death penalty.

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Nonetheless, Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse, both separate identical twins looking for their long-lost sibling, find themselves accidentally in the very town where their siblings, Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus, are living. Sounds like a recipe for mistaken identity, madness and mayhem? Come along and witness the comedy at the Artemis Café in Ephesus, otherwise known as Regent House assembly hall, 7:30pm 16th to 18th October. (Don’t mention that it’s Shakespeare!)

Regent House AQE Familiarisation Event

Regent House AQE Familiarisation Event

A Familiarisation Event will be held on the morning of Saturday 20 October for parents/guardians and children who are sitting the CEA at Regent House.

Children are not required to wear school uniform on this morning and do not require their AQE cards or any stationery.

Children and a parent/guardian are asked to attend the Familiarisation Event at the time listed below for your School.


SESSION 1 - 9.15AM
Abbey, Academy, Ballyholme, Carrickmannon, Carrowreagh, Castle Gardens, Cedar Integrated, Clandeboye, Comber, Crawfordsburn, Cumran, Downpatrick, Euston Street, Killinchy, Kilmaine;


SESSION 2- 10.15AM
Andrews Memorial, Ballywalter, Ballymagee, Ballyvester, Brooklands, Bangor Central, Donaghadee, Hazelwood Integrated, Loughries, Portaferry Integrated, Rathmore, Rockport, Rosetta, St Anne’s (Donaghadee), St Brigid’s, St Comgall’s, St Malachy’s, St Mary’s (Comber), St Mary’s (Kircubbin), St Patrick’s (Ballygalget), St Patrick’s (Saul), Victoria (Ballyhalbert), West Winds


SESSION 3 - 11.15AM
Bloomfield Road, Carrowdore, Dundonald, Grange Park, Grey Abbey, Kircubbin Integrated, Kirkistown, Londonderry, Portavogie;


SESSION 4 - 12.15PM
Millisle, Model, Regent House Preparatory, St Finian’s, Towerview, Victoria (Newtownards);

Swimming Success

Swimming Success

The Ulster Schools’ Relay Gala was held on Friday afternoon at BRA and our swimmers had a number of successes.

 In the Open Mixed Medley Team Relay; the Regent team consisting of Rebecca Reid, Adam Barnes, Naeve Pountney and Killian McCandless finished in 3rd place.

 The Junior Boys’ Relay team of Adam Barnes, Gene Smyth, Killian McCandless and Aaron Scott finished in 3rd place in the Freestyle Team Relay and 2nd in the Medley Team Relay.

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 The Year 8 Junior Girls’ Relay team of Kiera Aiken, Megan McBride, Megan Diamond and Darcy McLaughlin finished in 7th place in both the Medley Team Relay and the Freestyle Team Relay.

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 The Year 10 Junior Girls’ Relay team of Brooke Simpson, Cassie Huddleston, Rachel Press, Naeve Pountney and Anna Reilly finished 5th in the Medley Team Relay and 2nd in the Freestyle Team Relay.

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 The Senior Girls’ Relay team of Rebecca Reid, Naeve Pountney, Cassie Huddleston, Brooke Simpson and Kiera Aiken finished 1st in both the Medley Team Relay and the Freestyle Team Relay. 

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 In the Open Girls’ 6 x 50m Relay the girls finished in 2nd place.  

Well done to all the swimmers who took part!

Tracking Assessments for 2018 - 19

Tracking Assessments for 2018 - 19

The various assessments and dates for reporting for this academic year are now available to view on the Curriculum page of our website.

These documents are useful to see how the tracking grades are arrived at, and can help with planning the required work.

Naeve Swims the Big Bay

Naeve Swims the Big Bay

The Swim Ulster Big Bay Swim was held at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Saturday 9th September.

Congratulations to Naeve Pountney in Year 10, who won the Under 16 Girls 750m race.

This is an excellent achievement and very well-deserved.

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Senior Golf Team News

Senior Golf Team News

In miserable wet and cold conditions at Royal Belfast GC yesterday, the Regent Senior Boys qualified for the match play stages of the Irish School Senior Boys Competition which will be held in March 2019.

Congratulations go to the team, Jared Magee, Callum Walsh, Matthew Gibson and Robbie Davidson.

They finished 4th from 18 other schools, where the top 4 qualified.

Another great year for Regent pupils!

2018 saw the best Regent House A level results in our history placing us amongst the very highest achieving schools in N Ireland.

At A level we have maintained the very high standards set in 2017 in the top grades and the best 3 A*-C performance ever.:

  • 86% of students achieved at least 3 A*-C grades compared to 84% in 2017 and 74% in 2016 (used in Belfast Telegraph leagues tables)

  • 62% of students achieved at least 3 A*-B grades compared to 56% in 2017 and 45% in 2016

  • 78% of grades achieved were A*, A or B compared to 71% in 2016

  • 47 students gained at least 3 A grades, 9 of whom achieved at least 3A* grades

At AS level this pattern was repeated with continued impressive performance in the top grades and exceptional 3 A*-C performance:

  • 77% of students achieving at least 3 A-C grades compared to 72% in 2016 and 59% in 2015

  • 69% of grades achieved were A or B compared to 68% in 2016 and 53% in 2015

  • 29 students achieved at least 3 A grades

And at GCSE:

  • 94% of Year 12 pupils achieved at least 7A*-C grades including Maths and English

  • 84% of grades achieved were either A*, A or B.

    Congratulations to all the students who have worked exceptionally hard to achieve these results.

Music Department Online Resource

Music Department Online Resource

This year an online resoruce was introduced for pupils in year 8-10 to help with homework and revision. The resource has had thousands of pupils using it in the lead-up to the summer exams. Thank you to all junior pupils who trialled it and gave feedback!

It will be available through the Music department page shortly, but can be accessed from the link below in the meantime.

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Drop Everything and Read - This Thursday

Drop Everything and Read - This Thursday

On Thursday 21st June we will be having another DEAR day (Drop Everything And Read).
Pupils will be given time to read during some classes.


Please make sure a book is brought to school on this day!
 

 

      Last night the Young Enterprise team were at the Northern Ireland Awards dinner in the City Hall and I am very pleased to say we won one award and came runners up in the other.  Aimee Clint won the Journey award (1st in Northern Ireland). This involved her detailing her experience from the very beginning of Young Enterprise and how the team came up with the product along with challenges they faced.     



  

  


 
   
    
      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      
    
   

  

 




 
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     Aimee now goes through to the next stage and is in with a chance of going to the UK finals in London in July.  The other award we were up for was Innovation in IT. It was won be a very deserving group who created a fantastic app.  Can I thank you all for your continued support!   Thanks, Miss R McMillan

Last night the Young Enterprise team were at the Northern Ireland Awards dinner in the City Hall and I am very pleased to say we won one award and came runners up in the other.

Aimee Clint won the Journey award (1st in Northern Ireland). This involved her detailing her experience from the very beginning of Young Enterprise and how the team came up with the product along with challenges they faced.

Aimee now goes through to the next stage and is in with a chance of going to the UK finals in London in July.

The other award we were up for was Innovation in IT. It was won be a very deserving group who created a fantastic app.

Can I thank you all for your continued support!


Thanks,
Miss R McMillan

Sam and Matthew to play for Ulster

Sam and Matthew to play for Ulster

Congratulations to Sam Hamill in year 12, who has been selected for the Ulster U18 Hockey team to participate in a 3 match series v Wales U18 Boys at Ulster University, Jordanstown campus during the period 22nd – 24th June 2018.

Congratulations also go to Matthew McKibbin who has been selected to play for Ulster U16 against Scotland and Wales this month.

The school are very proud of both boys' achievements!

UK Pipe Band Championships

UK Pipe Band Championships

Ryan Cupples-Menendez pictured with former Regent House pupil Bradley Parker shortly before the prize giving at the UK Pipe Band Championships in Scotland

Regent House Golf Day 2018

The 2018 Golf Day was held on Friday 25 May and was enjoyed by pupils past and present, parents, friends, teaching staff and Ulster Rugby players, Paul Marshall, Darren Cave and Stuart McCloskey. The tournament was won by our very own Mr Steven McGonigle and Mr David Thompson along with teammates, Mr David Algie and Mr Chris Allen. Congratulations gentlemen!