Information Evening for Parents of P6 Children

Information Evening for Parents of P6 Children

Regent House Grammar School is holding an information evening for the parents of any P6 that are interested in applying to schools that use the AQE examination.

Details of the event can be seen in the flyer below.

Our Year 8 Book Review Winners!

Our Year 8 Book Review Winners!

Year Eight pupils produced informative, creative and enticing book reviews for the "Take A Leaf Out Of My Book" competition which took place after the Readathon week. The winner in each class will receive a novel from a selection donated to the school by Tanja Jennings, the Northern Ireland representative on the Greenaway judging panel.

NEW READING IDEAS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAYS

The CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Medals are awarded each year by a panel of twelve librarians who recognise outstanding children’s literature titles. All categories of books, including poetry, non-fiction and graphic novels for children and young people are eligible. The shortlists have been announced and the winners will be announced in June. Students can access information about new writers at www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk

Ellen plays in IRFU World Cup Festival

Ellen plays in IRFU World Cup Festival

The IRFU organised a World Cup Festival for U12 girls in Maynooth at the weekend for teams from each of the four provinces. Each team representing a country participating in the Womens Rugby World Cup later this year.

Ellen Hamilton in year 8 plays for Donaghadee RFC, who were selected to represent the New Zealand All Blacks - a role they fulfilled admirably.

The team won all their matches and were described by Ulster Rugby Officials as "the best team there by far"!

Robbie Johnston plays for Ulster U19s

Robbie Johnston plays for Ulster U19s

Robbie Johnston was selected to play for Ulster U19s against Japan High Schools on Wednesday 22 March at CIYMS Rugby Football Club.

This was a fantastic achievement for the sixth lower pupil who performed incredibly well at out-half on a wet, windy and miserable evening. 

Top class manufacturing in Year 8 and 9!

Top class manufacturing in Year 8 and 9!

Year 8 and 9 have been busy putting the finishing touches to their technology projects - Year 8 have been making mobile phone holders and Year 9 have been making cam-toys.  

Regent House School win a place in the semi-final of the School Choir Of The Year

Regent House School win a place in the semi-final of the School Choir Of The Year

Regent House School is the fourth school to win a place in the semi-finals of the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year, which will take place at Dalriada School, Ballymoney.

Over the course of seven weeks, 60 choirs from across Northern Ireland will be singing to impress as they battle it out for a place in the final of the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year. 

The series, part of BBC Music NI, will culminate in a live final from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on Sunday 30 April.

Competing for a place in the final in the fourth round Senior category were: Regent House Grammar School, Newtownards; Belfast High School; Bloomfield Collegiate, Belfast, and Bangor Academy.

It was  Regent House School, Newtownards (senior category) who impressed the judging panel, made up of Richard Yarr, Senior Producer Classical Music, BBC Radio Ulster; Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council for Northern Ireland and Rebekah Coffey, soprano and vocal coach.

The winning choirs will feature across a range of BBC Radio Ulster’s programming and events during this year.

If you missed the programme, catch it again via the BBC Radio iPlayer by logging on to: bbc.co.uk/radio and follow the links to BBC Radio Ulster.

Junior and Senior Dance Team Success

Junior and Senior Dance Team Success

Our school dance teams recently competed at the Northern Ireland Creative Movement and Aerobic Dance Championships. This took place at Lisburn Leisureplex.

The Junior Dance Team came fourth in a very tough section but most importantly for many of them it was their first time competing at this level. The girls have been training really hard since September and to come away with a score of 93/100 is fantastic.

We also had a junior duet represent the school consisting of Madison Moss (yr 10) and Charlotte Hanna (yr 9). Rachel Craig had been Madison’s partner but had to pull out last minute due to injury. Charlotte learned this dance in the space of four days. Madison and Charlotte won bronze medals for their duet…an incredible achievement in such a short period of time.

Our Senior team have been plagued with injury and unavailability. The girls however did not let it stop them and I am delighted to say that we won our section and are Northern Ireland Champions!

To say I am delighted is an understatement. I am so incredibly proud of each and every one of them. None of this would have been possible without choreography and music and for that I want to say a few thank yous:

  • Emma Berry and Rebecca Burns for all their hard work with Juniors
  • Rachel Craig and Madison Moss for the beautiful duet choreography
  • Holly Dickson and Anna McVeigh for all their fantastic choreography
  • Lloyd Edgar and Mr Lougheed for all their help with our music
  • And  to senior girls for arranging all the extra practices and for keeping me on my toes! You deserve every bit of this success…enjoy the moment.

Next competition is Ulsters and takes place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April.

Lynne Moore

Spring is here! Junior and Senior Concert time.

Spring is here! Junior and Senior Concert time.

As the evening light begins to stretch on a little further each week, the first signs of Spring begin to appear.  Which means it must also be time for the Junior and the Senior Spring Concerts.

The details are:

Senior Spring Concert

School Assembly Hall
Friday 24th March at 7 30pm

Tickets are 10 pounds (7 pounds concession – children and OAP’s)

Junior Spring Concert

School Assembly Hall
Thursday 6th April at 7 30pm

Tickets are 8 pounds (5 pounds concession – children and OAP’s)

Lucy wins Ards and North Down Young Sports Person of The Year

Lucy wins Ards and North Down Young Sports Person of The Year

On Friday 10th March Lucy Ouldfield won the YOUNG SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR (Under 15) AWARD at the Ards and North Down Borough Council Sports Awards Ceremony.  

 

This was a fantastic achievement and we continue to wish her well as she continues in her Karate studies. 

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Joshua at Mount Stewart

Joshua at Mount Stewart

Congratulations to Joshua McClurg who has completed 200 hours as a millennium Volunteer at Mount Stewart!

Year 13 Politics Trip to Stormont

Year 13 Politics Trip to Stormont

On Tuesday 7th February 2017, the Year 13 Politics class accompanied by Mrs Bailie and Mr Keys went on a trip to Stormont. Upon arrival, we were met by Ann- Marie Fleming, education officer for the Northern Ireland Assembly, took us to one of the classrooms where we had a revision session based on the NI Assembly and Executive. This proved extremely useful and it helped pupils see the chronology of events a Stormont and how effective it has been.

We were then joined by the clerk for the Committee for the Executive Office whom we were able to question about her opinion on how effective committees were and if she foresaw any changes in the next term of the Assembly. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet with an MLA’s due to dissolution but we did have the opportunity to tour both the Senate Chamber and Assembly Chamber. Again we learnt about some more of the history of the building and some valuable information that could be used in our essays. 

It was both an interesting and worthwhile trip with every pupil benefitting from the information we were given. 

Aaron Addidle

Regent success in Gymnastics

Regent success in Gymnastics

On Saturday 25th February the gymnastics team represented the school at the Northern Ireland Schools Sports Acro Championships in Newry. There were 51 schools represented at the competition from all around the country and it was the first time the girls have competed.

In the under 14 novice pairs section Maggie Thompson and Kiera Kirkpatrick won the gold medal and Hannah Millar and Naomi Sneddon won the silver medal. This was a fantastic result for the girls.

Sam Crooks at Euroscola European Parliament Debate

Sam Crooks at Euroscola European Parliament Debate

After getting a taste for debating at the EU Mock Parliament at Stormont, Sam Crooks took part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Competition, which led to him representing Ireland at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in early 2017 for the Euroscola event.

Over the course of one day, the young representatives from across the European Union take part in several debates on current political issues that they have, hopefully, researched in advance and these are conducted in English, French and frequently German.

A full report of Sam's trip can be found here - Euroscola 2017

Lucy nominated for Local Sports Award

Lucy nominated for Local Sports Award

Lucy Ouldfield has recently been shortlisted for the Ards and North Down Borough Council 'SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR (UNDER 15)' sponsored by Danske Bank.

An awards ceremony will take place on Friday 10th March 2017, and we wish her the best of luck!

Year 13 Politics Trip to Queens University Lectures

Year 13 Politics Trip to Queens University Lectures

On Wednesday 18th January 2017, 17 Year 13 Politics students accompanied by Mrs Bailie attended two lectures at Queen’s University Belfast. 


The first lecture was delivered by Professor John Barry which was titled “Power Sharing in Northern Ireland or Power Being Shared Out.” This covered from 1998 to present day politics in Northern Ireland and was beneficial as it provided us pupils with additional information and examples which can be used in examination answers. 


The second lecture was conducted by Dr Peter McLaughlin called “Party Competition in Northern Ireland: The Move to the Extremes.” This covered the change in the composition of the Northern Ireland Assembly from 1998 to present day and while the electorate are changing who they are voting for. 


All pupils found this an extremely interesting and beneficial day and also gave us an insight into some of University life and how lectures will be conducted. 

Aaron Addidle

Visit from the Livestock and Meat Commission

Visit from the Livestock and Meat Commission

Wendy Donaldson from the LMC (Livestock and Meat Commission) visited school on 18th January to talk to our year 11 GCSE HE students.  During the demonstration Wendy made two dishes, while discussing the concepts of healthy eating and the farm quality assurance scheme.  Many thanks to Wendy, it was a fantastic talk.  Naturally the sampling at the end was the highlight.