Dalriada 1st XV into Another Final
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 21:49

altFor the second year running Dalriada 1st XV have made a major Schools’ final after beating Banbridge Academy on Saturday 19 points to 11. Three second half tries turned a half time deficit into a final position where Banbridge had to score twice to win the game.  The final will be played on Wednesday 4th March at Ballymena Rugby Club where the opponents will be Rainey. A big support is required if the Dalriada boys are to land another trophy for what could be the second in two seasons.


Year 12 Parents Information Meeting
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:33


At 8 pm on the evening of Monday 2nd March a meeting for the Parents of our current Year 12 will be held in the John Armstrong Hall.

At 7 pm there will be meeting for Parents and pupils who are not currently enrolled at Dalriada but would like to enter Dalriada School in September 2015 into the Sixth form. For the Parents and Pupils of Year 12 students not currently at our school the meeting will inform you of the criteria for entry into Dalriada's Sixth Form. In addition we will outline  our expectations for being a Sixth Former in Dalriada, covering how we regularly review performance, the privileges, how we support students and the resources provided throughout the two year course. In attendance at this meeting, will be teachers of some of the new subjects that we offer in our sixth form. At the end of the meeting  you will be able to speak to these teachers individually.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please phone the school on 276 63066 to confirm your attendance.

In the meeting for our current Year 12 Parents, it will also cover what options year 12 pupils have available to them post GCSE results. With A level study at Dalriada being one of these options, we will outline to you the entry criteria for our Sixth form. The other options available, will also be presented along with relevant information around choosing suitable courses at A level. In addition as part of the presentation, we will also outline detail around our expectations of being a Sixth Former in Dalriada along with some pointers to help Parents support their sons/daughters through the period leading up to their GCSE exams in the summer.

All year 12 students have received a letter from the school outlining the details of their meeting on Monday 2nd March. Please return asap, the tear off slip on the bottom of the letter, indicating for us whether you will be in attendance or not.

IT Sentius Roadshow
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 22:06

altOn Friday 20th February, the IT department enjoyed a full day of the Sentinus ‘IT Road Show’. This was aimed at our KS4 students to promote an interest in IT, Computer Science and Software Development as a possible career choice amongst students.  Specifically, the programme was designed to give pupils an opportunity to work on key skills including teamwork and problem-solving.  

During the event, the students enjoyed learning to make use of a simplified version of the Java Programming Language giving them the ability to create their own digital images and animations. Also on offer was the chance to experiment with ‘MaKey MaKey’ boards. This was a lot of fun and showed the pupils how one can use everyday objects as a computer input device.

Overall, it was a great insight into the IT industry giving each of the listeners an acute awareness of what the IT sector is looking for and which skills are on demand. The pupils’ exposure to lengthy software programming has certainly given them an appetite for more.alt


Important Change of Date for Evening of Music
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 21:59

The Evening of Music, one of Dalriada's major school events has moved from its original calendar date. The event will now take place on Wednesday alt18th March and not as scheduled on Wednesday 25 March.

Details of tickets sales will be released shortly.

Schools' Cup Rugby
Friday, 23 January 2015 18:17

alt On Saturday 24th January saw the School's 1st XV start their cup campaign. With a healthy travelling support the Ballymoney side fought valiantly throughout the game initially taking the lead in the 1st half. Falling behind to two tries from Bangor the last quarter saw Dalriada come back  with a converted try making the last seven minutes very tense. Bangor managed to score with the last play of the game leaving the final score 27-15. Later on in the day the draw for the Bowl competition saw the 1st XV drawn at home against Grosvenor.

The following saturday the Medallion side were to enter the Medallion Shield competition at the 4th round stage. Unfortunately the weather forced the postponment of the game. Hasty re-arrangement scheduled the game for the following tuesday but again overnight frost forced postponment. Wednesday the same story unfolded but finally the game took place at Ballyclare on the thursday afternoon. 

The game kicked off and almost immediately the reason why this team had been seeded in the last eight became apparent. After five minutes Dalriada saw themselves up  by two tries as Ross Fallowes in the centre cut through the Ballyclare defence. They maintained this threat throughout the rest of the game running in six tries in total leaving the final score 37-16. 

The draw for the Quarter finals saw Dalriada handed a home draw against Sullivan to be played on saturday the 14th with a 11am ko. A real opportunity exists for this team to progress and they would welcome all the support available for this important game.

On saturday 7th February  Dalriada 1st XV played their Quarter Final Bowl game against Grosvenor  and in a tight contest Dalriada came through to secure a 17-15 win. The draw for the Semi-Final made at lunchtime has pitched Dalriada against Banbridge Academy. This game is scheduled to be played at home on saturday 21st February with a 11 am ko, again support is vital if we are to take on these tough opponents. 

Up dates on the score will be regularly posted on the Dalriada twitter account @DalriadaRugby from the match.

altThe 2nd XV team on wednesday 11th Feb took on Rainey in the Plate competition. An excellent performance saw Dalriada run in nine tries with seven conversions ending up 59-0 and now look forward to a quarter final game in the next two weeks.

Celebrating Excellence Grace Torrens
Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:02

At the CCEA Celebrating Excellence Award Ceremony held at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast: Grace Torrens (a past pupil) received an award for obtaining a first place in the Summer 2014 GCE examination in Art. Her teacher Mr. David Bradley also attended the ceremony.

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Success acknowledged by Trinity College Grace Torrens
Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:15

Former Dalriada pupil Grace Torrens has followed in the footsteps of several past Dalriada pupils in being selected for an Entrance Exhibition Award from Trinity College Dublin due to her high level performance achieved in all her A Levels. She received her award in November at a formal reception from the Vice Provost of Trinity College, Professor Linda Hogan. She is now studying History at Trinity College, Dublin.

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