Bus Fundraiser - Family Table Quiz

Bus Fundraiser - Family Table Quiz

Some of our senior students have expressed an interest in trying to run an event to support the fundraising efforts for new minibuses. They have planned a Family Quiz for Friday 29th April at 7pm in the school assembly hall. Tickets will be available at the door on the evening and are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for students.

 I am sure you will agree with me that it is an excellent reflection on our students that they want to support their school in this way. Hope to see you there!

Revision lists for year 8 - 11 now available

Revision lists for year 8 - 11 now available

Revision lists for year 8 to 11 can now be downloaded from the curriculum page of our website, or by clicking on the appropriate button.  

This lists should guide pupils as to the topics / units that should be revised for their summer exams in each subject.  If more clarity is sought then pupils should approach their subject teachers in the first instance.

UKMT Maths Challenge Round 2

UKMT Maths Challenge Round 2

On Thursday 17th March, four pupils took part in the next round of the UKMT Maths Challenge.

We are delighted that they all achieved excellent scores and will be awarded certificates.

William Girvin, Bethany Hipson and Tom Isaacs in Year 12 will receive qualification certificates in the Pink Kangaroo.

James McNinch in Year 10 will receive a Merit certificate (awarded to the top 25% of participants) for his score in the Grey Kangaroo.  

Congratulations to all that took part in this national competition.

Ulster Hockey call-up for Aaron

Congratulations to Aaron Grimshaw who has been selected for Ulster U17 team! We wish him every success throughout the tournament!

U17 SELECTION FOR GAMES V ENGLAND U16 BOYS and SCOTLAND U16 BOYS
The following group of players have been selected to take part in a training camp in Lilleshall, England in the period 29 April to 2 May 2016(inclusive). The camp includes 2 games against England U16 Boys and 2 games against Scotland U16 Boys. The group leaves in the afternoon of Friday 29 April 2016.
Cole CHAMBERS - COOKSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL/COOKSTOWN HC
David CLARKE – METHODIST COLLEGE BELFAST/ANNADALE HC
Matthew CROOKSHANKS – SULLIVAN UPPER/ANNADALE HC
Aaron GRIMSHAW – REGENT HOUSE/ANNADALE HC
Jack HAYCOCK - COOKSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL/COOKSTOWN HC
Jacob HERMON – THE WALLACE HIGH SCHOOL/LISNAGARVEY HC
Michael KERR - COOKSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL/COOKSTOWN HC
Matt MILLIKEN – FRIENDS SCHOOL LISBURN/LISNAGARVEY HC
Joshua MCCABE - COOKSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL/COOKSTOWN HC
Scott MCCABE – COOKSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL/COOKSTOWN HC
Ben NELSON - THE WALLACE HIGH SCHOOL/LISNAGARVEY HC
Charlie NORRIS - BANBRIDGE ACADEMY/BANBRIDGE HC
Michael PATTERSON – METHODIST COLLEGE BELFAST/BELFAST HARLEQUINS
Spencer PINION – SOUTH EAST REGIONAL COLLEGE/INSTONIANS HC
Joel REID – BANBRIDGE ACADEMY/BANBRIDGE HC
Alexander TINNEY – ROYAL & PRIOR/RAPHOE HC
Ben WALLACE – ROYAL & PRIOR/RAPHOE HC

 

Ferris Cup Final

Ferris Cup Final

Regent U14s finished runners up to  Friend’s School Lisburn in the final of the Ferris Cup. The boys had deservedly reached the final with impressive wins over Markethill, Grosvenor and RBAI but the final proved to be one step too far as Friend’s emerged 2-1 winners. However they were to be without their influential goal-scoring midfielder Tom Myles.

The game was a closely fought affair with both sides having a number of chances early on. Regent were put under a large amount of pressure by Friend’s in the first half but the U14s were able to weather the storm. Sam Hamill was impressive throughout this period, and indeed the whole game,  as he repeatedly denied wave after wave of attacks from the Lisburn school. His performance would surely have won him the Man of the Match award had there been one. The U14s held firm and capitalised only moments before the half time whistle. Jack Crossan was fouled in the circle after a skilful run and Callum Walsh dispatched the resulting penalty corner to make the score at half-time 1-0 in Regent’s favour.  

The second half started disastrously for the Newtownards side as they conceded two goals within the first five minutes and ultimately conceding in this quick fire manner made recovery very tough. However credit to the U14s as they continued to pressurise the Friend’s side and even had a number of chances to level the score late in the game but they could not find the back of the net. 

The game ended in a 2-1 loss. Connor Tweedie, the Regent House Captain, spoke very well and was magnanimous in defeat despite it clearly being a tough defeat to take. 

Credit to the U14s for such a competitive final and for the hard work they have put in to reach this final.  

 Team: 

 S Hamill (GK), L McComb, G Moffett , B Nixon , C Walsh , M Rutherford , E Bell , C Tweedie (C) , P Mayne (Year 9) , D McClune , D Grimshaw , J Crossan , J Dobson , J Consiglia , J Green , M McKibbin (Year 8)

Regent House pupil honoured at Hillsborough Ceremony

Regent House pupil honoured at Hillsborough Ceremony

Regent House Pupil, Cadet Flight Sergeant Chloe Tweed, was appointed to the role of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the County of Down. Chloe will be one of nine Lord Lieutenants’ Cadets selected across the Province, taking on a role which is largely ceremonial. She can expect a busy year ahead, attending Mr David Lindsay, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Down on major civic occasions.  In recognition of the award, Chloe will wear a special insignia on her uniform throughout her year in office.

 Chloe is pictured receiving congratulations and a certificate to mark her achievement from Mr Lindsay.

 In the citation which accompanies the recognition, Chloe is recognised and applauded for a raft of cadet achievements, including winning both Wing and Regional Sports Personality of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Her sporting prowess is evidenced by selection to represent the ATC at Inter-Corps level in hockey and, at regional level, in netball and swimming.  At Wing level she has also competed in cross country events and she has channelled her enthusiasm for sport into coaching, with considerable success.

 Along the way Chloe has gained various qualifications in Heartstart; Activity First Aid and Method of Instruction as well as earning her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. Last year she was one of just two female cadets chosen to represent the Air Training Corps on an international exchange visit to the USA. She was honoured to be the wreath layer at Remembrance Day in Donaghadee and helped at the Battle of Britain Day as well as supporting the Wings Appeal.

 In October 2015 Chloe was chosen as the Northern Ireland Wing Cadet of the Year.

 The citation concludes, ‘Cadet Flight Sergeant Tweed’s personal standards are above reproach; her bearing and demeanour are a credit to her. She is a pleasant and articulate individual who is extremely popular with both the staff and the cadets of the Northern Ireland Wing.  At all levels, Cadet Flight Sergeant Tweed is noted for her enthusiasm and ability.”

Chloe 1st in GCSE Chemistry!

Chloe 1st in GCSE Chemistry!

At a presentation event held in Titanic Belfast on Thursday 7th April, CCEA celebrated the achievement of their top performing candidates in 2015.  We are delighted to join with them in congratulating Chloe McMurran who came first in GCSE Chemistry.  Chloe was awarded 10* grades at GCSE level and is currently in year 13 studying Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics and Religious Studies.  She is considering studying Accountancy at university.

Chloe pictured with her teacher Mrs Yeates

Football success for Kirsty

Football success for Kirsty

Recently Kirsty Cameron, a year 10 pupil, played on the u15 Northern Ireland Girls football squad in the Bob Doherty International tournament, held in Wales. Kirsty was representing Northern Ireland and Regent House. Out of an 18 girl squad, 17 schools were represented. Kirsty is eligible to play next year also as she is still only 13.

A busy week for DoE Gold Award

A busy week for DoE Gold Award

This week our participants in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award have been out for some training and over the weekend went on their practice expedition.

The sun shining at 2 o’clock….but an hour later we were building a snowman!

Rhys 'pommels' the opposition!

Rhys 'pommels' the opposition!

Rhys McClenaghan in Year 12 clinched a superb bronze medal behind Max Whitlock and Louis Smith at the British Championships in Liverpool on Sunday.

Rhys, finished behind the Olympic and world medallists in the pommel horse event.

"What the heck just happened?" said Rhys on Twitter.

"I just shared the podium with Louis Smith and Max Whitlock."

Rhys added:"There's nobody happier than I am now."

Link to Rhys on TV

Rhys’s pommel horse score of 15.175 is one of the highest ever produced by a junior.

Don't forget the Senior Spring Concert!

Don't forget the Senior Spring Concert!

The Regent House Senior Spring Concert will be held in the School Assembly Hall on Friday 15th April at 7.30pm.

Tickets are on sale now and are available from Mr Conway in M15 before registration or outside the canteen at break and lunch time for £10 (£7 concession:  pupils and OAP's).

Due to limited seating availability tickets must be purchased in advance to avoid disappointment.

Hope to see you there!

Regent House Music Department

Readathon 2016

Readathon 2016

Year 8 pupils have once again taken part in Readathon, spending their English classes reading books of their choice while raising money for CLICSargent and other local children’s charities.  On 11 March they had the opportunity to come into school dressed as a favourite character.  Some teachers were brave enough to join in!

Ben Clarke wins bursary to study at Princeton University

Ben Clarke wins bursary to study at Princeton University

Congratulations to Ben Clarke (Year 14) who has been accepted by Princeton University, New Jersey to study Economics. 

Ben had to undergo a rigorous selection process as there were 29,000 applications for less than 2000 places. In addition to having a good set of GCSE and AS grades Ben had to undertake essays, assessment tests and Skype interviews.

His offer includes a generous bursary.

Maybe Ben will inspire future sixth formers to consider studying abroad.

Ben is pictured with his teacher, Head of Economics and Business Studies, Mr E. Conway

Lucy selected for Karate World Championships

Lucy selected for Karate World Championships

Congratulations to Lucy Ouldfield in year 10 who has just recently been selected again to represent NORTHERN IRELAND at this year's WKC 2016 WORLD KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS which are being held in Italy in June.

This is a fantastic achievement and we wish her the best of luck!

Jessie Brown wins Art and Design Award

Jessie Brown wins Art and Design Award

Congratulations to Jessie Brown who was awarded a cheque and certificate as the most promising GCSE Art and design student in Northern Ireland – a great honour! This award was presented by Dr Moore ( president of the Association for Art and Design Education and also Head of the Art and Design Department at Methodist College).

Up to the (Maths) Challenge!

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Up to the (Maths) Challenge!

Following participation in the UKMT Intermediate Mathematics Challenge on 4th February, we are delighted that 5 pupils gained a Gold Certificate, 25 achieved a Silver Certificate and a further 25 pupils a Bronze certificate. Congratulations to all the certificate winners and to all those who took part in the challenge.

We are delighted that 4 of our pupils scored highly enough to be invited to take part in the next round of challenges.

We have William Girvan, Bethany Hipson and Tom Isaacs from year 12, who will complete the Pink Kangaroo and James McNinch form year 10, who will sit the Grey Kangaroo.  Both of these challenges will take place on Thursday 17th March, so we wish them well.

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U14 Hockey - Semi-final victory!

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U14 Hockey - Semi-final victory!

Huge congrats to the U14s on their Ferris Cup semi-final victory today after beating RBAI 2-1. Goals came from Jack Crossan and Daniel Grimshaw. 

U14s got off to a lacklustre start to the game and struggled to maintain any meaningful possession. It was RBAI that dominated the first half and they were first to score following a strong run by their winger. He burst through a number of tackles before squaring the ball to a team-mate to finish. The RBAI winger had another chance flash narrowly past the post and the U14s made it though to half time with the score only 1-0.

However following some stern words at half time the U14s were like a different team. They lifted the tempo of their hockey and increased their work rate and consequently saw the game turn in their favour. They had a number of quick fire chances and continued to pressurise the RBAI defence.

As time ticked on and the game entered the final 10 minutes, Jack Crossan broke through the RBAI defence and appeared to be clean through on goal only to be tripped by the last man a yard outside of the 23. The RBAI defender received a yellow card and it was whilst they were down to 10 men that they conceded. Jack Crossan was on hand to turn home a shot that was initially saved by the keeper.

Momentum was well and truly in the U14s favour and with only four minutes remaining Jack Crossan delivered a sublime cross that Daniel Grimshaw ruthlessly dispatched first time past the RBAI keeper who could only watch on. 

Many idioms come to mind but the most apt in this instance is that it was well and truly a "game of two halves". What a finish to the game and the U14s showed real character to turn around what easily could've been a disappointing defeat. 

Now for the final!!

By Andrew McKibbin

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Spring Concert 2016

Spring Concert 2016

Have you got your tickets yet?

Date: Wednesday 16th March
Venue: Assembly Hall
Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: Adult £8 and Child/Concession £5

(Available in school from 1st March, admission is ticket only)

 

The concert will include music from Junior groups as well as Senior Ensembles and Senior soloists.

Interested in coding, games design or robotics?

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Interested in coding, games design or robotics?

Ulidia Education centre are running free workshops over the Easter holiday - if you are interested there is sign-up information below.

CodeCraft 2016 is here!

  We are very pleased to announce a new, exciting range of FREE workshops we are running for p5 - yr10 students.

From Wednesday 30th March - Friday 1st April we are offering a selection of coding workshops specially crafted for different age groups and aimed at getting kids excited about coding!

To register your child's place visit our website and follow the onscreen instructions:

Here is a sneak peak at the workshops we will be running each day:
 

Wednesday 30th March:
Intro to Robotics - P5 - P7

A simple introduction to robotics and coding using Lego Wedo 2.0 and Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot robots.

Minecraft - Yr8- Yr10

Working in teams you will complete a series of survival challenges, will your team survive the night?

Thursday 31st March:
Games Design - P5 - P7

Learn to create your own video game using an iPad. Sketch, code, play and share your game.

Girls Into Coding - Yr8- Yr10

Coding isn’t just for boys. This special course has been designed to get girls excited about coding.

Friday 1st April:
Minecraft - P5 - P7

Playing survival mode in teams you will create a base and defend it from all the monsters that go bump in the night.

Games Design - Yr8- Yr10

Using sketch nations expert mode you will create a 2D platform game from concept through to production.

 

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Borneo 2017

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Borneo 2017

PLEASE NOTE – ANYONE ABSENT FROM LAST NIGHT OR UNABLE TO ATTEND WEDNESDAY’S MEETING DUE TO SPORTING COMMITMENTS (HOCKEY) YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP ONLINE, INFO DETAILED BELOW – I will be leaving spare fundraising resources for anyone who can’t make the meeting so feel free to share this news post amongst your friends who may not have made last night.

The link to sign up is:

https://gateway.campsinternational.com/application-form/

Booking code is 2656 simply fill in the online application form and pay your deposit online.

Alternatively, they can bring along your paper application form and deposit to our meeting on Wednesday 16th March at 15:30. I am able to save everyone a place on the expedition until the meeting, thereafter spaces will be on a first come first served basis.

J Haugh (VP Pastoral)

 

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