Politics Students Enjoy MP Visit

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Politics Students Enjoy MP Visit

Friday 4TH March saw Year 13 and 14 Politics students enjoy a visit from local Member of Parliament, Jim Shannon. Mr Shannon spent time talking to students about their interests and plans for life after school before giving a comprehensive overview of his political career from his time on Ards Borough Council to the Northern Ireland Assembly and finally to Westminster where he currently sits as MP from the Strangford constituency.

Following the overview, Mr Shannon then answered a wide range of questions which had been prepared by both Politics classes. These questions addressed topical issues, such as his stance on the UK’s membership of the European Union, to matters concerning his role at constituency level.

Mr Shannon’s visit is a further example of Politics being made relevant to those who study it in Regent House. Last month, Year 13 students visited Stormont to learn about the workings of the Northern Ireland Assembly meanwhile earlier in the year, Politics students visited Queen’s University to attend lectures by eminent academics on topics which were relevant to the “A” level course.

The Year 13 and 14 Politics classes wish to thank Mr Shannon for his time. 

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Senior Spring Concert

Senior Spring Concert

Friday 15th April – 7.30pm
School Assembly Hall

Senior Spring Concert

Regent House School

Featuring:   Senior Wind Band, Senior Chamber Choir, Senior Big Band, Senior String Orchestra, Senior Choir

 

Please note: This is a “Ticket-only” event

Tickets: £10 (£7 concession – children & OAPs) available from Mr E Conway or School Reception Desk.

 

LMC visits RHS

LMC visits RHS

On Thursday 4th February, Wendy Donaldson from the Livestock and Meat Commission visited our year 11 Home Economics students.  Pupils were given the fabulous opportunity to watch a cookery demonstration take place, whilst having their nutritional knowledge tested by Wendy.  During the demonstration Wendy explained to the students all aboutFarm Quality Assurance and the importance of buying local.  The best part of the morning was undoubtedly  the sampling at the end.  We would all love Wendy to visit every Thursday! 

Hannah is on Target!

Hannah is on Target!

Hannah Moore (Year 14)  has been placed in the top 10 in the TARGET careers School Leavers’ Challenge in Northern Ireland

She has been invited to attend the Grand Final at the BT Tower, Maple Street, London W14 4BG on Monday 14 March 2016.

We wish Hannah lots of luck and look forward to hearing how she gets on!

Another successful Scholastic Book Fair

Another successful Scholastic Book Fair

Pupils and staff had a delightful week of opportunities to browse and buy at the Scholastic Book Fair. Junior pupils visited it during a period of English and it caused great excitement in the library at lunchtimes. There was also a stand at our fabulous production of “Belle and The Beast”.

We now have £750 of commission from Scholastic Books to spend on new material for the library. Pupils are invited to browse the Scholastic website and suggest titles to Mrs Mc Cann in B17 or to Miss Benson in the library.

Local author, Sheena Wilkinson, visits Regent House.

Local author, Sheena Wilkinson, visits Regent House.

Year Nine pupils were absorbed by Sheena Wilkinson’s account of her journey to become a writer. She demonstrated how her childhood writings, including meticulously bound novels, exemplified the necessity for determination, completion and continued practise in the pursuit of any goal. Sheena was really impressed by the originality of the questions asked by pupils at the end of her talk. 

European Youth Parliament

European Youth Parliament

Senior pupils at European Youth Parliament today at Belfast Met, Titanic Quarter

Year 13 Politics trip to Stormont

Year 13 Politics trip to Stormont

by Victoria Cairns Year 13

On Tuesday 23rd of February the Year 13 Politics went on a trip to Stormont to enhance their understanding of the AS1 module which covers Northern Irish politics.

Upon arrival they were greeted by the Stormont education team and given the opportunity to speak to the Committee clerk of the Education Committee, Peter McCallion. The class was able to interview Mr McCallion and obtain useful information on the effectiveness of the Committee system in holding the Executive to account.

They were then given the opportunity to watch the Assembly in plenary session, discussing the Multiple Occupation Bill This allowed the class to see the Institutions at work.

Afterwards, the class were given the chance to interview MLAs about their parties and the upcoming election. The class would like to thank Steven Agnew MLA Green Party, Barry McElduff MLA Sinn Fein, Claire Hanna MLA SDLP, Kieran McCarthy MLA Alliance, Mike Nesbitt MLA UUP for taking time to speak to and enhance their understanding of some of Northern Ireland’s parties.

The class would also like to thank Mrs Bailie and Mr Keys for organising the trip and allowing them to have this opportunity to enhance their understanding of the politics and government of Northern Ireland.


Year 12 Careers Information Day

Year 12 Careers Information Day

Year 12 Careers Information Day was run on 23rd February to enable our Year 12 pupils to make fully informed decisions regarding their A level choices and future career pathways.

Activities included – Mock Interview with CV (Armed Forces), Subject Talks (Year 13 and 14 pupils), QUB Talk, CAFRE Talk, Employment and Volunteering Talks, Careers Quiz and Individual Subject Choice Interview.

Dr Hall would like to thank everyone who helped make this event a great success but especially all of our amazing Sixth Form pupils who presented each A level subject with knowledge, honesty and , of course, humour!

Subject Choice Interviews were conducted by Mr Carville, Mrs Haugh, Mrs Taylor andMr McGonigle as well as career staff.
Pupils completed a Careers Quiz to identify their skill set and get career ideas.
Six members of the Armed Forces guided by Marti McConnell interviewed all of our Year 12 pupils (in groups of 3 or 4) for a part-time job in a local hotel.
Talks were given by QUB (HE Options), CAFRE (FE and alternative Pathways), Mark Huddleston -NI Commissioner for Employment and Skills (Skills Currently Sought by Employers)as well as Volunteer Now and Orchardville Society (Skill Development through Volunteering). 
Mrs Adgey and Mr Lowry also presented information on some of our new A level subjects.
Almost 40 of our Sixth Form pupils volunteered to present a short PowerPoint about each A level subject before answering questions from each group of Year 12 pupils.

Berlin Trip February 2016

Berlin Trip February 2016

by Aaron Addidle Year 12

On Thursday 11th February, 52 pupils and 6 staff began the highly anticipated trip to Berlin. After a long coach journey of singing, smiling and for some, sleeping, we arrived at Dublin Airport. After the stressful ordeal of checking bags in, the teachers let us loose on Dublin airport as they went for a much needed coffee break and a celebration after getting all 52 of us to the airport and on time. After indulging in the exotic delights of Dublin Airport, basically Burger King, we all piled on to a packed Ryan Air flight. After a smooth and safe flight we had finally arrived in the German capital. We hopped on another coach and were joined by Tatiana, a Berlin tour guide, who gave us some background and history on the city.

            It was then a pit stop at the hotel before heading out again to the restaurant for dinner but this time on foot, a way of getting around we would become very well accustomed to over the coming days. On our first walk I was taken aback by the beauty of this grand city and the stark contrast between some very old but beautiful architecture and the very modern buildings. Once we invaded the restaurant and enjoyed a delicious three course meal it was then back to the hotel for a much needed sleep.

            It was an early start on Friday as it was up, breakfast and out for nine o’clock where we were greeted by Michael, who was to be our tour guide for the four-hour tour of Berlin. Thankfully we didn’t have to walk the whole time but we made many stops at thought-provoking monuments such as the Soviet soldier memorial site and the Holocaust memorial site. We also made stops at the Berlin Wall, the Olympic Stadium and other historical sites. After that it was off to my personal favourite, the Reichstag, where we had the privilege of getting a tour and had the chance of going to the dome at the top of the building where we could see the beautiful Berlin skyline very close to sunset.

            Checkpoint Charlie was next and we had the opportunity of going into the museum and learning even more about the Berlin wall and how the city was divided not too long ago. After that it was another brisk walk and we arrived at our second restaurant of the trip and on the menu that night was sour cream. It was served with the starter and main and Mr Matchett was particularly disappointed it didn’t come with the dessert. That evening it was off on foot again to the TV tower where we were able to rise 20,000 metres up and look out and see Berlin lit up and thankfully it was a very clear night and we could see virtually right across the city. Although, when I turned around everyone was on their phones as for the first time all day we had Wi-Fi and I think some people were having withdrawal symptoms (especially Mrs Hutton)!

            Saturday morning was quite a brisk morning and a perfect morning for taking the underground to the Topography of Terror which was a museum about the Nazi regime, how the concentration camps were run, what sorts of people were put in them and how they were treated. Off for a spot of shopping next and it was an opportunity for the teachers to get some caffeine into their system at least for the next few hours before the next stop. After an exploration of a Berlin shopping mall we went to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church which had the finest architecture I had ever seen. It was very captivating. After roaming the streets of Berlin for a few hours we went to the ‘Story of Berlin’ museum and were given a guided tour of one of the bunkers which had been set up in the case of a nuclear attack on Berlin. It was then off to an American diner where we had a ‘delightful dinner’ … well most of us got dinner! That evening we were able to sample the finest cultural experience that Berlin had to offer… bowling! It was a great way to end an eventful day.

            For many of us Sunday was quite a sad day as it was our last day in Berlin and we had all enjoyed the trip immensely. Our last visit was to Sachsenhausen, a concentration camp and it was a bitterly cold morning which was fitting for the atmosphere we had entered into. The silence around the camp was very eerie and it was incredibly moving to walk around and heart breaking to read some of the abhorrent things that went on at these camps. Our last hurrah was back to the main city where we enjoyed some free time and lunch before getting back on the coach and heading to the airport for a pleasant flight home.

On behalf of all the students who went on the trip I would like to convey my thanks to Mrs Hutton, Mrs Sloan, Mrs Bailie, Mrs Murphy, Mr Matchett and Mr Mahood for accompanying us to Berlin and certainly giving us a trip to remember.   


Valentine's Post Update

Valentine's Post Update

The SU Committee and the Fundraising Committee raised £300 on the week preceding half-term delivering cards, Love Hearts and singing telegrams for our Valentine Post. This money will be donated to the local Children’s Cancer Unit Charity.  Thank you for all your kind donations!

Regent Cross Country news

Regent Cross Country news

We had 10 pupils competing in the Ulster Schools’ Cross Country on Wednesday 10th February , with three of our team members absent due to prior commitment to school trips and the Junior School Play, some changes to the team were made. There were some impressive performances from Sarah Moorcroft, Patrick Mayne and Rebekah Derrick. Alex Boyd ran an excellent race to finish 6th place in the Inter Boys competition, qualifying for the Irish Schools’ in Sligo on the 5th March. Alex has also been selected to run for the Northern Ireland Mini Marathon U15 team for the second year in a row.  This is an excellent achievement and we wish Alex lots of luck at the Irish Schools’ in March.  Well done to all the Regent runners. 

Friends of Regent House

Friends of Regent House

Friends of Regent House is the parent teacher organisation and while fundraising is an important part of our work, we also hope to create a community within the school where parents and teachers work together to improve resources for the children in a social and fun way. Over the past year we have provided many resources for the school including eight defibrillators, new flooring in the library, dance costumes for the Dance team and funds for the music department.

February has seen the launch of our most ambitious project, a new school minibus. Fundraising has occurred in many different ways from dinner dances to cooking hotdogs on wet and windy Saturday mornings. It is work hard but a great time is had doing it!

The minibus will cost around £25,000. This will require a huge amount of fundraising, therefore if there are any parents who think they might have any sponsorship contacts or ideas we would be pleased to hear from you. Friends of Regent House is also a registered charity which may have advantages for your business.  Please contact the school, every little helps!

Friends of Regent House also have a Facebook page which has information about current events. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/482160431967971/)

Below are some of the fundraisers which have contributed to the minibus fund so far:

  • School Dinner Dance £550
  • Non Uniform Day £1164
  • Hot dogs £230
  • Donation from the Drama Dept £422
  • First Big Breakfast £560
  • Second big breakfast £230

This comes to a fantastic £3156, 12.4% of our target!!!

Everyone has received a book of ballot tickets and already there have been a number of these returned. A visual target will be displayed in the foyer to keep pupils and parents up to date and the first update on income from ballot tickets should appear after half term.

So if your envelopes have not appeared from the depths of your children’s school bags, go looking!! We all have a full week of half term to sell them and if you need any more just let us know.

Speak for Yourself!

Speak for Yourself!

Congratulations to Natasha Stephenson (10C), Megan Simpson (10E) and Emily Burn (10E) who were placed second in the Irish Federation of University Women Public Speaking Competition 2016 held last night at the Queen’s University, Belfast. The three girls gave excellent speeches and fully deserve their recognition.

Beastly business at the castle

Beastly business at the castle

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PRINCE UNVEILS NEW STATUE OF HIMSELF

PRINCE UNVEILS NEW STATUE OF HIMSELF

BOOK REVIEWS BY BELLE

BOOK REVIEWS BY BELLE

GASTON WINS SHOOTING COMPETITION

GASTON WINS SHOOTING COMPETITION



Beastly business at the castle

Sources close to Prince Charming have revealed that on Saturday night a rogue caller made an unwelcome visit to the Royal Palace. An anonymous enchantress, disguised as an old beggar, offered a rose to our young prince, in exchange for shelter from the cold, but the prince refused.

No one has been able to make contact with His Royal Highness since and Le Police Municipale are appealing for any information on his whereabouts. With his 21st birthday approaching, celebration plans in our quiet village have been put on hold.
Police are also warning locals to stay out of the forest after numerous reports of a hideous beast on the prowl. Monsieur Gaston has vowed to have the beast’s head to add to his impressive collection of hunting trophies on display at Murphy’s Tavern.

With such sinister goings on we recommend that, as darkness falls, all villagers come together for safety in numbers. You are recommended to take shelter in Regent House School, Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th September from 7.30pm until we are certain Gaston has rid our community of this menacing predator. Generous Gaston has agreed to charge just £8 to adults and £5 to concessions for this safeguarding.

Maths + Charity = win

Maths + Charity = win

This week (8th February) will see Year 10 pupils combine their Mathematical problem solving skills with raising money for charity.

During their double period of Mathematics, pupils will work in groups, to solve eight problems related to Mathematics and Latin America. They are asked to donate £1 to raise money for the charity Children in Crossfire.

Five years of using maths for charity

Since 2010 this competition was known as the LASCO Maths Challenge. Over the last 5 years children from schools all over Ireland, UK and abroad have collaborated and competed together to raise more than £40,000 for the impoverished street children of South America. This money has provided invaluable support to LASCO funded projects in Lima and Sao Paulo, where street children are now living in safe and caring environments, with genuine hope and belief that they can have a better quality of life. These projects deliver education and healthcare to help these children build a future for themselves and their families.

Schools have entered more than 40,000 pupils for this Challenge to date and many have returned year after year, making it a key maths event in their annual calendar. To engage more schools and grow this competition to a point where it can begin to realise its true potential, we have partnered with Children in Crossfire.

Working with Children in Crossfire not only means we can sustain our level of support  committed to the Street Children of South America, but means we can also provide much needed support for children in need, in many other parts of the world.

As a Mathematics department we value the experience that this challenge gives our pupils, both to increase their critical mathematical thinking and to encourage them to think about children throughout the world, who are enduring hardship and poverty.  It is a fun time and there is always a keen sense of competition as each class has to submit their own answers and will be pitched against, not just other classes in Northern Ireland, but also against the other year 10 classes in our school.

Here is a little taster of the sort of questions they will be facing:

Students up for the (maths) challenge!

Students up for the (maths) challenge!

Pupils have been taking part in several maths challenges this month (with some more still to come).  

Thursday 4th February 2016 saw 90 Year 11 and 12 Mathematicians participate in the UKMT Intermediate Mathematics Challenge. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions. Pupils fill in the answer sheet and the Challenge is marked by UKMT. 

This is one of the questions from the paper to have a go at...

Top students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate and each institution receives a Best in School certificate. Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers. A further 5,500 pupils from across all the year groups are invited to sit either the grey or pink European Kangaroo papers. These are one-hour papers with 25 multiple choice questions, taken by pupils from over 30 countries worldwide.

So here is the answer and solution to question 9