Dalriada Volleyball Girls win their 7th NI League Title in Style
Saturday, 05 April 2014 21:34

The Dalriada Girls retain their 7th Under 16 Schools Volleyball title in style at University of Ulster, Jordanstown. It wrapped up a very eventful day with the younger but very capable Year 11 Girls squad causing a few upsets on their route to the final and the Under 16 Boys team who were defeated by Campbell College in the first round of the finals. Dr Walker, Head coach of the sport at the school admitted “We were apprehensive about our chances this year as many of the league finalists from different regional leagues in the province came together for a finals day comprising three rounds to the final. On such a day anything can happen but we were still confident beating Lismore, Craigavon, and Portadown College in the first two rounds to set up a final against one of the favourites,  Markethill High School. Our younger girls in year 11 also had a great day in their first year of competition and had performed fantastically as the youngest squad to make the finals of 2014.”  

Silviculture with Lynn Finnegan
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:24

altSilviculture, Dalriada's philosophical society, is a forum for discussion and reflection. It began many years ago as an entirely pupil-led group and last week a very special former pupil was our guest speaker. Lynn Finnegan, a former Head Girl, came in to begin a discussion on materialism and the amazing experiences she has had around the world, from working in the UN to living with aborigines in Australia, seeking to support them in their progress towards reclaiming their land rights. It is not an understatement to say that it was an inspiring lunchtime and one of the very best Silviculture experiences to date. Thanks, Lynn!

Dalriada Win Subsidiary Shield
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:24

altDalriada playing in their second Subsidiary Shield final, separated by 39 years the current 1stXV travelled to Shaws Bridge in Belfast to take on local rivals Ballymena Academy. In a tight and exciting game it was Dalriada who led from start to finish, scoring two well worked tries to seal a 12-3 victory.

Playing with the wind in the first half it was the Dalriada boys who started the brightest, making several breaks in midfield. One of these breaks by centre Peter Dunlop resulted in right wing Matthew Lockhart finishing off the play with a try in the corner. They hoped to kick on from this position using the strong wind but were unable to add to the score line before half time.


More Robotics Success for Dalriada
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:02

alt      ...all the Way!


On the 12th-14th March, the Dalriada Robotics club competed against other schools from the UK in the National Science & Engineering Competition.  Over two exhausting days, our Robotics team exhibited their project and made presentations to judges from various industries. 


One particular set of judges from Google took a special interest in the club’s project and eventually awarded them the prize for ‘Creative Technology’ and £500!  Needless to say, the team were ecstatic and, to top it off, Google gave them a special invitation to visit them at their headquarters.  Well done to Oliver Warke, Finlay Roulston, Claire Mulholland and James Hancock.








(Dallas Campbell with Oliver Warke, Finlay Roulston, Claire Mulholland & James Hancock)

1st XV into the Final-Calling all Dalriads
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 01:08

Last Saturday Dalriada turned in another impressive performance at home to secure a place in the Subsidiary Shield Final with a 20 – 0 victory over Bangor Grammar. An excellent performance saw four well worked tries from Adam Barton, Henry Loan, Peter Dunlop and Scott Malcolmson. The victory sets up a final with Ballymena Academy who defeated Limavady Grammar.

The final is scheduled to be played next Wednesday 19th March at Shaws Bridge in Belfast with a 2 30 ko. The team is looking for big support and is hoping for the Ballymoney community to travel to the game in large numbers. Dalriada previously won the Subsidiary Shield back in 1976 beating Carrrick Grammar with current Headmaster Mr Tom Skelton being a member of that successful team.

So Dalriads past and present, young and old, get your ‘flags and old school shirts’ out and make your way to Belfast for this important game.

European Day of Languages
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:01

On Thursday 26th September, Dalriada celebrated the European Day of Languages with several different events.  Year 8 participated in a French breakfast in the refectory where they enjoyed the delicacies of pain au chocolat, chocolat chaud, croissant and jus d'orange – délicieux! They learnt about other European countries through a quiz and games. Some year 8 pupils wore badges they had made about a European country of their choice giving information about the country and the people.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning.

Year 9 participated in a European quiz.  They had to find various teachers wearing a badge with a phrase from a European country.  Some of the phrases were very bizarre and quite entertaining.

Finally, staff in the canteen provided a wide range of delicious European meals for lunch including coq au vin, apple strudel and churros.  Many pupils and staff enjoyed these speciality dishes.  A big thank-you must go to Sinead and all her staff for putting so much thought and effort into creating such a diverse and interesting menu.

2015 Ski Tour
Friday, 07 March 2014 14:28

A ski tour to New Hampshire in the USA has been organised for our current year 8 and 9 pupils. It will take place during the February 2015 half term break, departing on Saturday the 14th of February 2015 and returning one week later. There are a limited number of places available so book yours early. Booking forms and other information can be obtained from Mr. Bradley on Monday 10th March 2014.

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