DEAR Days

DEAR Days

In a bid to further promote reading here in school, we are going to have a DEAR day (Drop Everything and Read).

This will be held on Wednesday 21st June.

There will be 2 reading slots on this day. One from 9.40 – 10.15 (period 2) and the second from 11.40 – 12.15 (period 5).

Please ensure that your child has some appropriate reading material in school with them on this day. There are many books available in the library which they can borrow in advance.If your child has no reading material with them, they will be given a text book or any other material their teacher finds suitable.

We hope that everyone will embrace the opportunity of having time to read in school.

L Hutton

Literacy Co-ordinator

Year 8 Pupils at the Big Bang Fair

Year 8 Pupils at the Big Bang Fair

On Monday 12th June six Year 8 pupils:  Euphrates Gilpin, Shannon Kaymak, Sophie McGrath, Dominik Rapiej, Emily Simpson and Kyle Thompson,  participated in the Sentinus ‘Big Bang Fair’ at the Ulster University. 

The team had worked for 8 weeks with an under graduate from Queen’s University, James Brown, to design a computer game using Python software. They set up a stall at the exhibition to presented their research and working programs and were interviewed by numerous judges from local industry.  

They spoke extremely well and were a credit to Regent House School.

Harry and Matthew at Regional UK Hockey Championships Festival

Harry and Matthew at Regional UK Hockey Championships Festival

Congratulations to both Harry Crawford and Matthew McKibbin (Year 9) who recently took part in the UK Under 13 Boys Regional Festival of Hockey Championships. 

The tournament was hosted at Beeston Hockey Club in Nottingham and teams from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales all took part. 

The two boys were playing for Annadale Hockey Club and did exceptionally well, finishing 5th. This is quite an achievement considering the fact that Annadale were the only club side there and were competing against regional sides.

Special mention must also go to Matthew who, following his performance at the tournament, has been selected to represent the UK Lions. 

The UK Lions is an invitational touring side selected from the best players at the tournament and Matthew will travel to England for training sessions and matches throughout the next year, all leading up to a tournament in Sardinia.

 

This is a great achievement for Matthew as past UK Lions include current Great Britain internationals such as Sam Ward, Phil Roper, Harry Martin and Barry Middleton. 

Former Scotland captain to coach Regent House Rugby

Former Scotland captain to coach Regent House Rugby

We are delighted to welcome the former Director of Rugby at Northampton Saints, captain of both Scotland and Northampton Saints, winner of the last Five Nations and European Cup Winner with Northampton Saints, Anthony 'Budge' Pountney, to the School's coaching team as Rugby Development Officer. There is a long-standing Regent House / Ards Rugby Club connection and this will be strengthened since Budge will also occupy the same position at Ards, thus ensuring that our pupils will benefit from the same professional 'real life' coaching standards as the Ards teams. 

Further to this announcement I am also delighted to advise that Mr John Andress will be joining our Rugby coaching staff in September. Mr Andress joins us after a long professional playing career with Ulster, Edinburgh, Harlequinns, Worcester, Exeter and more recently Munster. He will join us at the beginning of his coaching career and is a very exciting addition to our staff.

PTA UK use Friends of Regent House Fundraising as Nationwide Example

PTA UK use Friends of Regent House Fundraising as Nationwide Example

The Parent-Teacher Association UK has used the dedicated efforts of our Friends of Regent House to provide our school with another minibus as a nationwide exemplar of how other PTA organisations can carry out fundraising, particularly on a larger scale.

Our 'Totaliser' and supporting cast of 6th Form

This is a good moment to again recognise the time and effort that our PTA has put into making Regent House somewhere that great opportunities are available to all, through their support of many of our school organisations.

For anyone interested in coding...

For anyone interested in coding...

Design, build and launch your own app at CodeCamp 2017

A bit of information from Queens University Belfast regarding their free coding workshops

This is the 5th year of CodeCamp - join us from 24 July – 4 August at Queen’s University Belfast’s brand new world-leading Computer Science labs to learn how to build apps from scratch, take part in interactive sessions with IT geniuses and compete for some very cool prizes.

Tickets are free and are available to students aged 14-18 who are studying a STEM subject and haven’t attended a CodeCamp event before

Kirsty captains u16 Northern Ireland Womans Football Team

Kirsty captains u16 Northern Ireland Womans Football Team

Congratulations to Kirsty Cameron (Y11), who has been given captaincy of the u16 NI squad.  They are currently competing in the UEFA u16 development tournament.

Regent pupils @ Donaghadee RFC welcome Women's Rugby World Cup

Regent pupils @ Donaghadee RFC welcome Women's Rugby World Cup

Team Captains Ellen Hamilton Yr8 and Taryn Schutzler Yr11 as they welcome the Women’s Rugby World Cup to Donaghadee RFC.

It’s a big year for Women’s Rugby this year and if any other Regent girls are interested in playing Taryn and Ellen would be happy to provide further details

Regent Golf Team holds "Nearest the Pin" Charity Challenge

Regent Golf Team holds "Nearest the Pin" Charity Challenge

The Regent House Golf team held a Nearest the Pin Challenge on Wednesday 10th May in aid of the Breast Cancer Now Charity on behalf of the Darren Clarke Schools Golf League.

This challenge saw both pupils and teachers take part, having lots of fun and raising well over £100 for a great cause in the process.” Special mention must go to our year 11 student Lee Mitchell for taking the lead and organising this great event!

Year 11 Pupil Success in Mathematics Competition

Year 11 Pupil Success in Mathematics Competition

In February, eighty of our Key Stage 4 pupils entered the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.  Our three top students in this (James McNinch, Paige Irvine and Tom Myles, all Year 11 ) were then invited to take part in a further mathematics competition called the Pink Kangaroo.  As a result of his score in this, James McNinch has been invited to a Mathematics summer school in August at the University of Oxford .  Our congratulations and best wishes to James.

James McNinch

will be heading to a Mathematics summer school at the University of Oxford

Mia Wins National Art Competition

Mia Wins National Art Competition

Congratulations to Mia Vidamour, Year 13, on winning a special prize in the ‘Texaco Art Competition’ which is a very important national competition. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mia Vidamour

pictured in front of her stunning AS portfolio work

Even More Swimming Success!

Even More Swimming Success!

The Irish Schools’ Relay finals were held on Saturday 26th May at The National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

The Senior Boys Relay Team who came 2nd in the Medley Team Relay and 3rd in the Freestyle Team Relay.jpg

The Senior Boys Relay Team

came 2nd in the Medley Team Relay and 3rd in the Freestyle Team Relay

The Senior Girls Relay Team

came 1st in the Medley Team Relay and 1st in the Freestyle Team Relay

The Senior Boys’ Relay team of Sam Pyper, Iain Jones, Luke Balfour and Coby Cheetham came 2nd in the Medley Team Relay and 3rd in the Freestyle Team Relay.  The Senior Girls’ Relay team of Bethany Houston, Emma Reid, Rebecca Reid and Madelyn Calvert came 1st in the Medley Team Relay and 1st in the Freestyle Team Relay.  This means that they retain their title of top school relay team in Ireland for a 2nd year in a row, which is a fantastic achievement. 

Well done to all swimmers on a great set of results

Swimming Success

Swimming Success

There have been quite a few swimming events recently.

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

Madelyn Calvert

came 2nd in the junior 100m backstroke and 3rd in the 100m freestyle

Wiktor Kozak in Year 12 made the final of the Intermediate 100m Backstroke whilst Iain Jones, Luke Balfour and Sam Pyper all made the final of the Senior 100m Breaststroke, with Sam finishing in 3rd place.

The Senior Boys’ Relay team of Wiktor Kozak, Luke Balfour, Iain Jones and Sam Pyper came 2nd in the Medley Team Relay and 4th in the Freestyle Team Relay.

Senior Boys Relay Team

came 2nd in the Medley Team Relay

Alicia makes it through to Chemistry Olympiad 3rd round

Alicia makes it through to Chemistry Olympiad 3rd round

Congratulation to Alicia Huntley, a year 14 student, who has successfully negotiated the first two rounds of the Irish Chemistry Olympiad.

This is a competition for students in the final year of secondary level education and it is used to select two students to represent Ireland at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad in Nakhon, Thailand.   140 students from Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (RoI) were invited to take part in the first round, held in DCU on the 1st April. Alicia achieved a Silver award and was then one of sixteen pupils invited to attend a two day intensive selection process.

During her time in DCU Alicia attended lectures and practical sessions followed by a gruelling examination in which she was placed in the top six students.  Further selection will occur in May and then in Early July.  The top two students will represent Ireland at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad in Nakhon, Thailand. 

Regent House Grammar wins BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year

Regent House Grammar wins BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year

Regent House Grammar School have been named as Northern Ireland’s top senior school choir in the live final of BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year.

 The final was broadcast from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday 30th April.  Sixty choirs battled it out over the course of the past eight weeks and six schools from across Northern Ireland took part in the live final, with three competing respectively in the junior and senior categories.

The awards to the two schools were presented by guest judge Connie Fisher, actress, singer and television presenter.

The rest of the judging panel was made up of Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council for Northern Ireland; Richard Yarr, Senior Producer Classical Music, BBC Radio Ulster and Dominic Peckham, Artistic Director with the Ulster Youth Choir.

Each choir was invited to perform two songs and the judges decided which two choirs from the junior and senior categories would go head to head to pick up the two titles.

Regent House Grammar School performed Wade in the Water, Locus Iste and Bobby Shaftoe, while St Lawrence’s Primary School performed Pie Jesu, It Don’t Mean A Thing and Benedictus.

Carrickfergus Grammar School were runners-up and Wellington College, Belfast, second runners-up in the senior category.

The competition is produced in association with the Ulster Youth Choir, supported by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and is part of the BBC Music NI project.

The junior and senior 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.

Films and photos of the choirs’ performances will be online at bbc.co.uk/schoolchoiroftheyear

 

Mathematics help for GCSE and A Level

Mathematics help for GCSE and A Level

From next week, specific time will be set aside for anyone who wishes to come in for a little help with their GCSE or A Level Mathematics revision.  Times can be found on the poster below.