Schools Cup match report

Schools Cup match report

Regent played on until the final whistle against a strong Sullivan Upper and vicious weather on Saturday 6th February with a resulting score of 14-0 to Sullivan Upper.

Regent’s 1st XV fans eagerly arrived early last Saturday morning to cheer on their team.  Supporters and fans enjoyed a cooked breakfast in the canteen grasping the opportunity to enjoy good food, good company and discuss the highly anticipated match which was soon to commence. Fans soon finished breakfast at the announcement of teams’ arrivals and headed out onto the pitch with growing anticipation as the teams emerged from the changing rooms.

Regent received a massive roar from fans as they ran out led by captain, Tom-Arthur Donnan, onto the pitch. As both teams warmed up the crowd on both sides grew providing a great support for the boys.

The match kicked off at 10.30am and started with Sullivan quickly dominating play. Within the first five minutes Sullivan scored their first try and repeated this again within the next five minutes to provide the visiting team with a fourteen nil lead. However, their dominance was disrupted when injury to Sullivan Captain Chris Jordan led to a forty five minute suspension of the match.

Fans escaped the worsening weather and anxiously waited to hear news of when the match was recommencing. Once the news reached of the match continuing fans rushed to the sidelines. Regent fought back as the weather worsened and held a strong defense against Sullivan. Fans chanted on the sidelines showing their devoted support for ‘the boys in red’ as well as blaring fog horns.  

Regent pushed forward on several occasions but were defeated by a strong Sullivan who blocked any attempt of gaining an upper hand. By the final whistle the score remained 14-0 to Sullivan despite the strong efforts by the Regent 1st XV. Mr. M C Carville, headmaster of Regent House, commented on the match saying it was a, “good effort by both teams,” and that he “wished Sullivan the best” as they move forward into the next round of the cup.

Our best wishes go to the Chris Jordan for a speedy a recovery.

By Victoria Cairns

Swimming success again!

Swimming success again!

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

On Friday night Maura Glynn in Year 14 reached the final of the Senior 100m Backstroke and came 1st in the 100m Breaststroke.  Bethany Houston in Year 13 made the final of the 100m Freestyle and came 2nd in the 100m Butterfly.  Ruarai Glynn in Year 8 came 3rd in the Boys 400m Freestyle event.

On Saturday Jack Wilson in Year 10 made the final of the Junior 100m Breaststroke, whilst Wiktor Kozak in Year 11 came 2nd in the Intermediate 100m Backstroke.  In Year 12; Luke Balfour came 4th in the Intermediate 100m Breaststroke and 5th in the 200m Individual Medley.  Whilst Coby Cheetham came 2nd in the 100m Butterfly and 6th in the 100m Freestyle.

The Intermediate Boys’ Relay team of Luke Balfour, Coby Cheetham, Wiktor Kozak and Jack Wilson came 1st in the Medley Team Relay and the Freestyle Team Relay.

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

70th Anniversary of the formation of the United Nations.

70th Anniversary of the formation of the United Nations.

Four pupils from Regent House recently attended the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations. They gave presentations to representatives from the United Nations Association NI and the Mayor of Ards and North Down about International work they have been involved in.  Mark Rea and Rory Jackson shared their experience working with Gap Medics in Tanzania.  They raised money before the trip and were able to supply patients with medicine and vaccinations. 

Rebekah McKeak and Zara Gabbey  volunteered  with Habitat for Humanity in Poland and worked in a hospice for abused women.  They helped to build a fence around the hospice, making the women feel safe and raised money to buy them garden furniture.  All four pupils found the experience to be invaluable and they developed a wide range of skills such as working in a team, working independently away from home and improved communication skills.

Berlin Trip - final information

Berlin Trip - final information

To all those heading off to Berlin next week:

  • Please check the Ryanair website for details on hand luggage, hold luggage and transporting liquids.
  • Please arrive on time at school on Thursday 11th February for departure to Dublin airport. 8.30am at the turning circle.
  • Anticipated return time to school on Sunday 14th February is 23.00.
  • Please check the weather for Berlin and pack appropriately. 

We hope all travelling will have wonderful experience and a safe journey!

Oxbridge Offers

Oxbridge Offers

Year 14 pupils Ruth Crothers and Lorcan Cropper have received offers from the Universities of Oxford and  and Cambridge respectively.
Ruth hopes to read Chemistry at University College, Oxford, while Lorcan has an offer from Homerton College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences.
Congratulations to both on their hard work and achievement.  

School play - Belle and the Beast

School play - Belle and the Beast

Wednesday 10th February
Thursday 11th February
Friday 12th February

Starting at 7.30pm

As you may be aware both the junior and senior drama productions sold out last year due to the phenomenal talent within the drama department.

Tickets can be bought in school from Mr Conway or through the school office. Adult £8, concession £5.

Beauty and the Beast is a traditional fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740.

In our 2016 version,  an enchantress, disguised as an old beggar, offers a rose to a young prince, in exchange for shelter from the cold, but the prince refuses. For his arrogance, the enchantress transforms him into a beast and places a spell on his castle. She gives him a magic mirror that is his only link to the outside world, along with the enchanted rose that she had offered. To break the spell, the prince must learn to love another and earn her love in return before the rose's last petal falls on his 21st birthday. If he fails, he will remain a beast forever.

Trampoline duo spring into action!

Trampoline duo spring into action!

Luke and Bailey travelled to Newcastle Upon Tyne on 22 January to represent Regent House at the School Trampoline Zonals 2016. They earned their place by both finishing 1st in their respective groups at NI School Championships that were held in Ards Leisure Centre before Christmas.

Both boys done extremely well in a tough competition with Luke placing 5th out of 22 in the Under 14’s Boys Novice Group and Bailey finishing 2nd in the Under 11’s Boys Elite Group.

Bailey will now represent the school at National Finals in Wigan in March!

A great achievement for them both and a fun weekend all round!

RHS Careers, Further & Higher Education Convention

RHS Careers, Further & Higher Education Convention

*Update - Seminar timetable changed*

Years 10 to 14 pupils and parents from Regent House are invited to attend along with Years 12 to 14 pupils from other Area Learning Community schools.

Regent House Grammar School
4 to 6 pm on Thursday 28th January 2016

The Careers Department at Regent House is making final preparations for its second Careers, FE and HE Convention which has become the largest in Northern Ireland.  They are delighted to announce that 17 English, 10 Scottish, 5 Welsh, 1 Dutch and 2 Irish universities are attending as well as 8 local FE and HE institutions.  Regent House is extremely grateful for the support and assistance provided by local companies and parents to educate and help their pupils make informed career decisions.  It is with great pleasure that they look forward to hosting over 40 companies including AECOM, Army, Bombardier, Citi Group, Culloden Estate and Spa, Deloitte, Farrans Construction, John McKee Solicitors, Kerr Henderson, Lagan Construction, Liberty IT, Moy Park, NIE, Peter Mark, PwC, Royal Navy, RPP Architects, Santander and SE Trust.  Organisations such as 3fivetwo Training Academy, Evolve Sport USA, eye4education, Orchardville Society, Positive Futures, Project Trust and YMCA will also be in attendance to provide information and guidance about gap years, volunteering, interview skills and admission test training among other things.

Mr Carville, stated

“This is a chance for pupils to not only broaden their horizons but also to become inspired.  Education is about creating opportunities.  At each stage we open doors when we have successful outcomes and close them when we don’t.  It is therefore vitally important that young people realise that it is not only important to work hard, it is essential to make well informed and carefully considered decisions about the subjects and career path they choose.  This convention will enable pupils to gather a plethora of information about all the opportunities that exist both locally and internationally. I would therefore ask pupils to not only enquire about their chosen career path but to also explore areas that they might not have considered before”.



Safer Internet Day - 9th February

Safer Internet Day - 9th February

With the Internet being such a useful resource, parents are understandably keen for their children to have access to it.  However with the good also comes the bad, and this can be a source of much anxiety over what they might encounter.

Safer Internet Day (9th of February) seeks to help all people safeguard themselves and their loved ones in regard to the Internet.  The link below leads to the website of the event, and contains many useful videos to educate and guide.

Official Website

Safer Internet Day Videos

Here is also a website with good guidance for parents on e-safety

Think You Know website



After the success of our Big Rugby Breakfast last Saturday with 175 in attendance, we have decided to run the breakfast again on Saturday 6th February.  This time it has been re branded  - The BIG SPORTS BREAKFAST.  This is to include both Schools' Cups on this day.

Regent v Sullivan - Schools Cup Rugby and Burney Cup Boys Hockey

Names needed for numbers or buy your tickets early from Mr Thompson £4.50

Hockey Push back at 9:30 and Rugby kicks off at 11.  If you don't make the breakfast try to come down and support the boys.  Proceeds from the breakfast will be put directly into our Friends of Regent House Minibus Fund.

The Road to Ravenhill - Regent vs Portora

The Road to Ravenhill - Regent vs Portora

Our Schools Cup campaign continues on with a victory against Portora Royal, Enniskillen.  A close-run game, final score 13-14 in our favour. 

More photos to follow


For Year 12 - Subject Choice and 6th Form Information Open Evening

For Year 12 - Subject Choice and 6th Form Information Open Evening

A reminder of a very important event for any Year 12 from Regent House or for those potentially wanting to join us in 6th form - 


9 February 2016

7 - 8.30pm

The evening with comprise of tours, presentations from senior staff and guests on all aspects of 6th form and careers, as well as "What to do in August".

It is an evening filled with good advice, designed to make sure everyone is confident in making decisions that will impact their future.  We hope to see everyone there.

Cross country a runaway success!

Cross country a runaway success!

Yesterday 8 teams travelled to Bangor for the first cross country race of the season- all 8 won team gold! 

There were a number of excellent individual performances, with 4 pupils winning their races. The following pupils achieved the top three in their age group:

Mini girls- Sarah Taylor 2nd, Hannah Derrick 3rd
Mini boys- Joe Hopes 1st, Cameron Gazzard 2nd

Minor girls- Madelyn Calvert 1st, Katie McKenna 2nd
Minor boys- Patrick Mayne 1st, Jonah Heron 3rd

Junior girls- Sarah Moorcroft 1st, Caitlin Taylor 2nd

Inter girls- Naomi Donnan 3rd
Inter boys- Alex Boyd 2nd (almost 1st- he had an unfortunate slip around the last bend!!)

This was an excellent first race of the season and good preparation for the County Down Cross Country Championships which is being held on the 28th January at Delamont Country Park. Well done to all 60 Regent pupils that took part. 

Fancy a fry-up?

Fancy a fry-up?

Regent House have drawn Portora Enniskillen in the 3rd Round of the Schools' Cup.  The match will take place on Saturday 23rd January at the school pitch, with an 11am Kick-off.  As always, we will have the pre match Rugby Fry.  All supporters are welcome to attend this feast to prepare you for the match ahead.  If you are intending on going to the breakfast, please sign up early to give a rough idea on numbers for catering.

Contact Mr Thompson



Interested in Year 8?

Interested in Year 8?

P7 pupils and parents we’re sorry you missed our Open Day before Christmas but if you would like a tour of the school on either Wednesday 13th Jan., Wednesday 27th Jan., or Monday  1 Feb at 3.30pm, please telephone the school office to arrange a tour.

Contact us

Meet your school council representatives

Meet your school council representatives

Our school council representatives strive to improve the school experience for everyone at Regent House.  The representatives listen to and report back on the views and suggestions of their peers and help to make important decisions which affect the school community.  We have had a busy first term, discussing a wide range of issues such as non-uniform days, extra-curricular activities, canteen requests and what makes a good lesson.

Your voice matters – speak to your school council representative today.

Junior School

8A William Plank
8B Charlotte Magill
8C Lucy Martin
8D Rosalind Jameson
8E Cameron Muir
8F Korah Thompson
8G Pharell Moore

9A Sophie Francis
9B Thomas Hagan
9C Zac Irvine
9G Gary Harrison

10A Andrew Donnelly
10B Corey Browne
10D Oliver Cunningham
10E Simon Matchett
10F Reece Brown

Senior School

11A CampbellBrown
11B Jacob Caughey


Alastair Deering
Lucy Octave

12A Amy Alexander
12B Anna Brown
12C Sam Crooks
12D Philip Harrison
12F Alex Mulree
12G Ben Redden
12H Sian Vance

13A Hannah Adams
13B Robyn Scott
13C Ashleigh McKee
13D Hannah Taylor
13E Victoria McArthur
13F Louise Bickerstaffe
13G Rebekah Miskimmin
13H Ethan Bradley

14A Naomi Dickson
14B Zach Hickey
14C Luca da Silva
14D Andrew McKee
14E Jordan Clarke
14F Tori Preece
14H Peter Quinn

A Christmas Catch-up!

A Christmas Catch-up!

The Christmas period in Regent is always a busy one - here's a few of events that have happened!


Open Day

Some of the busiest days in the school calendar, our open days were packed full of exciting activities and showcases for P6, P7 and their parents to get involved with.

Our Skilled Sixth-formers

GS class winners pitched ideas for a Key Stage 3 LLW workshop - the winners will implement their idea next year as part of the LLW programme.

Winning team of Alexa Little, Eden Andrews and Sara Townley presented a Year 9 workshop on Body Image.

Chris, Andrew and George’s efforts to ‘bribe’ Mr Carville were unsuccessful!

All class winners received a certificate from Mrs Haugh.

National Citizens Service Graduation Event

National Citizens Service Graduation Event


Dr Hall and Mrs Adgey attended the National Citizens Service Graduation Event at Crumlin Road Gaol on 15th December 2015 to see Robyn Scott, Katie Graham, Tarah McGonigle and Josh McFarland from Year 13 receive their certificates.

The evening was opened by Minister Storey (Department for Social Development) and certificates were presented by Koulla Yiasouma (NI Commissioner for Children and Young People).

Year 10 Careers event a great job!!

Year 10 Careers event a great job!!

Our year 10 Careers Day was a great success!  here are some pictures from the day...

10 Companies and a number of parents volunteered to speak to small groups of Year 10 pupils.




Orchardville Society


Tina Campbell

Gillian Porter

Moy Park

SVP Talked about the importance of volunteering to enhance CVs and develop skills.

Belfast Met talked about alternative career pathways through FE and HE courses

QUB talked about HE courses and entry requirements

All Year 10 pupils were interviewed by SLT and Careers staff

Year 13 and 14 volunteers presented GCSE Subject Talks and answered questions

2015 UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

2015 UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

A number of our Computing and ICT pupils participated in the 2015 UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge.  This is a 40 minute online, problem-solving challenge aimed at raising awareness of Computer Science in a fun and rewarding way.

Over 55,000 UK pupils participated in the on-line competition during the week beginning 9th November 2015 (World Bebras week)

 In the Intermediate category Tom Myles (10A) achieved 184/200 received a ‘Best in School’ certificate.

In the Senior category (Y11/Y12) Aaron Robinson Y11 achieved 184/200 and received a ‘Best in School’ certificate.

In the Elite category (Y13/Y14) Matthew McGowan achieved 162/200 and received a ‘Best in School’ certificate.

Other Certificates

Senior Category – Distinctions

Year 12 Samuel Hanan, Matthew Reaney, Zak Scott, Adam Harvey, Ben Ayre, Ben McBride, Curtis Jones, Adam Stewart, Jake Hand

Year 11 William Graham, Joshua Culbert, Jacob McCullough, James Armstrong, George Boyd, Alistair McVeigh         

Elite Category – Distinctions

Year 14 - Jamie Clarke, Luke Donnelly, Marcus Allen, Ross Edgar, Jonathan Scott

Year 13 - Jude McConnachie

The remaining pupils received Merit or Participation Certificates.

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