Jack's Argentine Adventure

Jack's Argentine Adventure

During the summer, Jack Rea headed off to Argentina to gain as much experience of the country as he could....

During the summer holidays, I spent four weeks in Córdoba in Argentina with MyProjectsAbroad. My main aim was to improve my skills in Spanish with the added bonus of experiencing medicine first hand — a career which I hope to pursue in the future.
  The experience that I gained in the hospitals was invaluable — helping others only served to further fuel my enthusiasm to become a surgeon and pursue Spanish as an A-level choice. Most days I spent talking to surgeons and observing surgeries including trauma surgeries. On days not spent in the hospital, the other volunteers and I gave talks in schools about dental hygiene and taught kids how they can properly wash their hands and brush their teeth. We also played games like football and taught English to the kids in orphanages. Seeing just how little some of the kids have and hearing some of their heartbreaking stories about the loss their parents was a humbling experience and made me extremely grateful for all I have. 
Of course, all of this wouldn't have been possible without Spanish lessons during the day. They lasted from four until half six and, for the most part, we concentrated on medical and conversational vocabulary but also extended into some grammar and media reviews. Our weekends were a time to relax and enjoy the country. On some mornings, we were given the opportunity to paint some of the poorer hospitals. 
   It is certainly hard to describe everything that happened but overall, the time I spent in Argentina has been invaluable. After the 4 weeks, I had picked up much of the Argentine dialect and local idioms, greatly developed my understanding of medicine in a third world country and vastly improved my conversational and people skills which will undoubtedly help me in the long run. 
Jack Rea (Y13)

 

 

Word of the Week

Word of the Week

Our Word of the Week is:

Brittle (adjective)

Meaning    A texture which easily breaks under pressure.

Example  The glass was very brittle

Synonyms    fragile, delicate

Antonyms    resilient, strong

 

Enjoy using it in your speech or written work this week!

Regent Students on TV

Regent Students on TV

Bethany Johnston and Emily Wilson are appearing in the second series of the BBC documentary “The Commute”. The first episode is broadcast on Monday 19th Sept on BBC1 at 10.45pm and repeated on Tuesday 20th Sept on BBC2 at 10.00pm

Make a note to tune in and see what the girls have to say about their morning journey!

BBC Documentary - The Commute

Parent Your Teen Programme

Parent Your Teen Programme

We'd like to pass on some information regarding a course that might be of some interest!

Parenting NI is delighted to inform you of our upcoming ‘Parent Your Teen’ 8 week programme for parents which is happening in Bangor.
 

Lucy is WORLD CHAMPION

Lucy is WORLD CHAMPION

Lucy Ouldfield (year 10) has just returned home on Monday afternoon from Rimini in Italy with a Gold and a Bronze medal and a title of WORLD CHAMPION after travelling with her team to represent Northern Ireland at the XI WKC World Karate Championships.

This is a remarkable achievement, but one which Lucy has deserved through her hard work, talent and determination.

Up, Up and Away for Regent House ATC Cadets!

Up, Up and Away for Regent House ATC Cadets!

Today was a very exciting day for Regent House Grammar School and its cadets, as former pupil and cadet Wing Commander Andy Barron returned to say hello.  He didn't come alone however, bringing with him a RAF Puma helicopter and it's crew.

 Andy Barron is the Officer Commanding 33 Squadron at RAF Benson.

We'd like to thank Andy and his crew for a very memorable day that undoubtedly will be in the minds of all those present for a long time!

RAF Puma landing at Regent House School

Video from the Mr Purvis-cam

Flying in a helicopter makes cadets happy!

Year 8 Disco Info

Year 8 Disco Info

The Year 8 Disco this year is on Friday the 23rd Sept from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the assembly hall for all those wishing to show off their best 'Dab'bing!  

Tickets available from Year 8 mentors in registration class - £2.

All proceeds go to Friends of Regent House fundraising

Regent House vs Rainey Endowed Highlights

Regent House vs Rainey Endowed Highlights

Regent 1st XV played Rainey Endowed at the weekend, and in what was very much a game of two halves, came back strongly in the 2nd to win the game.

Thanks to Lloyd Edgar (Y13) for the video.

Word of the Week

Word of the Week

Our Word of the Week is:

Aesthetics (noun)

Meaning    An artistically beautiful or pleasing appearance.

Example    We are looking for quality construction, not aesthetics. 

Synonyms    beauty, allure

Antonyms    plainness, hideousness

 

Enjoy using it in your speech or written work this week!

 

Sports Achievement Update

Sports Achievement Update

Many of our pupils have been involved with sports at a high standard this year, and will be in the future also.  We thought an update was due on a few and what they have achieved in the past year and going forwards  -  I'm sure there will be more updates to come from our other talented sportspeople!

Sophie Benton (Year 14) in has been selected to represent GB in Junior Ladies Barebow and Junior Team at the World Field Archery Championships 2016.  The event will be taking place the final week of September and we wish Sophie the best for this! 

Our gentlemen have been busy also..

Robbie Johnston (Yr13) has been heavily involved with Ulster Schools U17 Rugby with some great moments...

  • Trained 3 times a week over the summer in preparation for matches against Ulster U18 Clubs and Munster Schools U17
  • Robbie captained the Ulster U17 side for both matches – beating Ulster U18 Clubs   24-19 and Munster U17 Schools 20-10
  • Robbie scored the winning try in the Ulster Clubs match

We wish Robbie every success in his continued involvement with Ulster School’s Rugby

Timmy Browne (Y13) has been playing football to a high level for quite some time now and recently has:

  • Got selected for Manchester United and Liverpool academies 
  • Played European under 17’s Qualifiers in Israel-Scored first international goal against Israel. 
  • Selected for Northern Ireland Under 18’s School Boys - Wales, England, Republic of Ireland, Scotland in the Centenary Shield
  • Capped 7 times for Northern Ireland 

As Timmy is only just going into year 13 now, we will be very glad of his joining the Senior School Football team!

Next up is Matthew Foster (Y13),  who played for the Ulster Schools cricket team this summer winning the inter provincial series.

He was also called up to play for an Irish U17 side against an NCU Select XI at Laurelvale CC.  It was a warm-up game before their tour to England and Scotland. 

These photos were taken during the first Interprovincial game vs Leinster.

Again, just to wish all our students the very best with their sports and athletic endeavours, and to encourage anyone involved in similar activities to keep sending in information!

You're Hired! as Chloe gets PWC Apprenticeship

You're Hired! as Chloe gets PWC Apprenticeship

Chloe McMurran (14F) has been offered a School Leaver Role in PWC Corporate Compliance Services.  

Chloe took part in a Business Insight week in August with the firm in Belfast and after rigorous assessment tests, interviews and a workshop was offered the position, ahead of the official launch of the programme. She can study for CFAB (Certificate of Finance, Accounting and Business) and then go on to take the examinations to  become a Chartered Accountant.

We wish her every success in this opportunity!

William Girvin at the UK School Games

William Girvin at the UK School Games

I was delighted and honoured to be selected as 1 of 4 male team members to represent Northern Ireland in Fencing Epee at the UK School Games from the 1st to the 4th September 2016.

Day 1 was travelling to Loughborough and attending the Opening Ceremony where the teams were paraded in and treated to an evening of entertainment in the form of song, dance and celebration of sport.

 

The National Cricket Performance Center was our venue for competition. The Individual competition consisted of around of Poules on Friday and Direct Elimination (DEs) on Saturday. At the end of the round of matches in the Poules, I was seeded into 13th position, which was not bad considering 3 out of the 4 medalists were in my section of the draw.  My best result was beating the English number 2.

On the Saturday, my first round of  DEs saw me drawn against the number 4 seed.  This was always going to be a tough fight as this fencer was on the GB cadet team and had won the Silver Medal in the Individual Competition in 2015.  Each match consists of 3 periods of 3 minutes and the first fencer to reach 15 points or have the higher score at the end of the time is the winner.  While defensively I was good, he had the edge on me and in attack and reach.  Although I took him to into the third period of time he was clearly the better fencer on the day and I was out of the competition and placed 13th. 

Sunday saw the start of the team competition.  The 4 Home Nations were seeded according to their individual results from Saturday. England, the top seed were matched against 4th place Scotland and Wales were matched against Northern Ireland.  The winners of both matches would fence off for Team Gold and the other 2 teams would fence off for Bronze.  The format is a “relay style” competition with 9 periods of fencing and each period lasts 3 minutes.  The fencers change over when a team score 5 points or the 3 minutes elapse.  The winner has the highest score at the end of the 9 periods or the first team to reach 45.

Wales proved too strong for us in the semi-final and in the Bronze medal fence off we met Scotland.  Fencing in turns Conal, Paul, Michael and I led Scotland until the penultimate period.  The final period was very tense and the pressure proved too much for Conal and we lost the Bronze medal 45-42.  

There is always next year! ..

St Andrews University talk

St Andrews University talk

St Andrews University came into school today and talked to Year 12, 13 and 14 pupils at lunch time  – Dr Hall was delighted with the turnout and would like to thank Mrs Turney for organising the talk.

Consultation on Draft Behaviour Policy

Consultation on Draft Behaviour Policy

We are currently reviewing and making changes to our Positive Behaviour Policy.  The draft policy can be viewed at the relevant section of our Policies and Procedures page

We would welcome any feedback that you would like to give, instructions on how to do so are on this page also.  

Alzheimer's Society School Collection

Alzheimer's Society School Collection

The Alzheimer’s Society has a campaign that collects any foreign currency you may have left over from your travels abroad.

 
The charity accept the following: 
•    all foreign coins and notes
•    pre-Euro currency
•    old British and Irish money
•    pre-decimal coins
•    commemorative coins
•    obsolete currency


A collection bucket is in place at reception, just in time to catch you on the return from your summer holidays!  If you have any foreign cash that you haven’t managed to get rid of in Duty Free, any donation to our collection would be much appreciated. 

 

GCSE Results Day

GCSE Results Day

Good luck to all our students who are receiving their GCSE results on Thursday.  These will be available in the Sports Hall from 9 am on Thursday morning for Year 12 pupils.  Year 11 module results will be available from 9.20 am

A Level Results Day

A Level Results Day

Best wishes to Regent students expecting their AS or A2 results on the 18th August. Results slips available from 9.15am in the sports hall. If you require any assistance please don’t hesitate to seek advice from the Senior Staff present.

Mr Carville

New Term Dates

New Term Dates

The new term will begin as indicated below:-

Friday 26th August Year 14 09.00 - 13.00
Monday 29th August Prep 1 - 7 09.00 - 12.30
Year 9 09.00 - 11.00
Year 11 09.00 - 11.45
Tuesday 30th August Prep 1 09.00 - 12.30
Prep 2 - 7 Full School day
Year 8 09.00 - 12.30
Year 13 09.00 - 13.00
Wednesday 31st August Year 10 09.00 - 11.00
Year 12 09.00 - 11.00
Thursday 1st September WHOLE SCHOOL Finishing at 3.20 PM

(School Meals and Buses providing dedicated school services will not be operational before 1st September)

Mollie McCullough Year 9 - Bloch Dance World Cup

Mollie McCullough Year 9 - Bloch Dance World Cup

Mollie McCullough represented Northern Ireland at the Dance World Cup. She also had the honour of being Team Northern Ireland Flag bearer.

Out of the 11 dances Molly participated in 7 and was ranked in the top 15 in the world; 2 of which she was ranked in the top 10. Her contemporary solo ranked 11th in the world.

She said she had a wonderful time and it was an amazing experience.