My Brush with Royalty - by Mark Lindsay

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My Brush with Royalty - by Mark Lindsay

It was such a privilege and an honour to be invited to play at an occasion of such importance as the Royal Garden Party at Hillsborough.  The experience alone made the day worthwhile as I'd never played for a crowd as big as the one gathered in the gardens of Hillsborough Castle. 

Although the weather was atrocious we didn't let it dampen our mood and we managed to pull off our 3 hour programme very well. Obviously, the main event was the arrival of Prince Harry, who was making his first visit to Northern Ireland.  We heard the bugler play his fanfare and we played the National Anthem to welcome the Prince.  I remember that as soon as we had finished with the National Anthem we rushed out of our seats to find Prince Harry, not caring how dirty our shoes got or how far they sank into the muddy grass. After taking our pictures we continued with our programme and we didn't see the Prince again.  Although it was exciting, the Prince's visit was short lived as he left in the helicopter not 10 minutes after speaking to the last of the guests.  However, it didn't bother us!  We'd done our job well and that was all that mattered in the end. 

I already know that this story will become one that I tell to my children and maybe even my grandchildren in the future as I know it was a day that I could never possibly forget.  

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EYPUK

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EYPUK

8 Year 14 pupils represented the school at EYPUK at Hope University Liverpool.  They debated and created resolutions for many current issued facing the European Union today.
 

Regent House pupils at the European Youth Parliament UK Autumn National Final in Liverpool September 2017. 

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What a classic!

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What a classic!

Congratulations to Dara Brown who scored full marks in her GCSE Classical Civilisation exam!  Dara finds learning about the culture and society of the Ancient Greeks and Romans very interesting and she particularly enjoyed reading Homer’s Odyssey.  For A level Dara is studying French, Spanish, English Literature and, of course, Classical Civilisation.

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PS Dara also gained full marks in Spanish!

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Joel is on the 'Rowed' to Victory

Joel is on the 'Rowed' to Victory

Over the weekend Joel Burns travelled to London to represent Northern Ireland at a National Kayak Competition.  Joel was extremely successful, winning first place in Boys Double Kayak Sprint 500 metres, and second in boys Single Kayak Sprint 500 metres. 

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Robbie Johnston continues U18 Rugby Success!

Robbie Johnston continues U18 Rugby Success!

Congratulations to Robbie Johnston who vice-captained the Ulster U18 Schools team to an 18 – 17 win over Leinster on Saturday at Campbell College.

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Best wishes to Robbie for the rest of the inter-provincial series, the next match is at home to Munster on 16th September. Match at RBAI, kick off 3pm.

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Holly has unbridled success!

Holly has unbridled success!

Holly Boal (Year 14) has had a very successful year in regard to Equestrian Competitions....

  • Ulster Schools Champion representing Regent House, winner from 90+ entires.
  • 5 x first places with Eventing Ireland riding a 6yr old horse that she has brought on and trained herself from a 4yr old, very time consuming and needs full commitment from her to achieve anything like these results. 
  • Representing Northern Ireland at Pony Club Championships in Cheshire in Individual Show Jumping, Team Show Jumping and Individual and Team Eventing. Her show jumping team were placed 5th and Holly got a podium finish in 3rd place individually in Eventing. A fantastic achievement competing with the whole of the UK.
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Erin involved with BBC Production of Little Women

Erin involved with BBC Production of Little Women

From Erin Kendrick...

Over the summer, I was involved in the new BBC adaptation of Louisa May-Alcott’s “Little Women”.
I spent a day filming in Dublin as Mary Kingsley, who is a friend of Amy March.
It was great to meet the screen icon that is Dame Angela Lansbury, and seeing the man I know as Dumbledore wandering around production base is not something I’ll easily forget!
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Although I had a small role, it was an absolutely fantastic experience, and it was great to be a part of this project (especially with the fabulous period costumes).

At the minute, Little Women is due to be broadcast on BBC1 over Christmas 2017

Results 2017 - Headmaster Review

Results 2017 - Headmaster Review

I can confidently state our pupils have achieved the best set of GCSE, AS and A level results in the history of the school.

At A level we have witnessed a significant improvement in the achievement in the top grades and the best 3 A*-C performance ever, placing us amongst the very highest achieving schools in N Ireland at this level.

  • 81% of grades achieved were A*, A or B compared to 71% in 2016
  • 57% of grades achieved were A* or A compared to 42% in 2016
  • 37 students gained at least 3 A grades, 5 of whom achieved at least 4A* grades
  • 84% of students achieved at least 3 A*-C grades compared to 74% in 2016 (used in Belfast Telegraph leagues tables)
  • 56% of students achieved at least 3 A*-B grades compared to 45% in 2016
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At AS level this pattern is repeated with continued impressive performance in the top grades and the best 3 A*-C performance ever.

  • 69% of grades achieved were A or B compared to 68% in 2016 and 53% in 2015
  • 37 students achieved at least 3 A grades
  • 81% of students achieving at least 3 A-C grades compared to 72% in 2016 and 59% in 2015
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At GCSE level, the headline figure for students achieving at least 7 grades at A*-C (including Maths and English) continues to be above average for similar schools.

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Congratulations to all the students who have worked exceptionally hard to achieve these results and I am sure you will join me in congratulating and thanking the teaching staff here in Regent. Their dedication, hard work and exceptional talent guides the way. They, along with their non-teaching colleagues, are our most important and valuable resource.

In closing, I would also like to thank you, the parents and guardians, for the support you provide to your children and the school. Without it, these outcomes would not be possible.

Yours

Michael Carville
 

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Stuart helps Down U17 Hurlers win Celtic Challenge

Stuart helps Down U17 Hurlers win Celtic Challenge

Stuart Martin in Year 12 represented Down U17 Hurlers in the All Ireland Celtic Challenge. Playing corner forward he scored two goals helping his team win the tournament - congratulations to Stuart and his team!

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Emily Moore receives valuable university scholarship

Emily Moore receives valuable university scholarship

Congratulations to Emily Moore 14B, who had applied for The Success Scholarship at Harper Adams university, and recently received a letter to inform her that she has won the scholarship worth almost £30,000 that covers her tuition fees for the 4 years taken to obtain a degree at the university.

We wish her all success in her future, and thank Mr Conway for writing her reference letter. 

DEAR Days

DEAR Days

In a bid to further promote reading here in school, we are going to have a DEAR day (Drop Everything and Read).

This will be held on Wednesday 21st June.

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.

L Hutton

Literacy Co-ordinator

Year 8 Pupils at the Big Bang Fair

Year 8 Pupils at the Big Bang Fair

On Monday 12th June six Year 8 pupils:  Euphrates Gilpin, Shannon Kaymak, Sophie McGrath, Dominik Rapiej, Emily Simpson and Kyle Thompson,  participated in the Sentinus ‘Big Bang Fair’ at the Ulster University. 

The team had worked for 8 weeks with an under graduate from Queen’s University, James Brown, to design a computer game using Python software. They set up a stall at the exhibition to presented their research and working programs and were interviewed by numerous judges from local industry.  

They spoke extremely well and were a credit to Regent House School.