Celebrating Excellence Kelsey McKenna 1st Place in A Level Maths 2014
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:15

euphoria kelsey mckennaI first came across Kelsey when he came to my class one day to recite pi to a great number of decimal places. My pupils were so impressed. The next time I saw Kelsey performing he was solving a Rubik's Cube on the stage in the Riverside Euphoria concert. I always associate Kelsey as someone who enjoyed Maths. I never taught Kelsey but I knew of his great talent for Maths from an early age. Kelsey was an outstanding Mathematician who gained first place in Northern Ireland in 2014 in A Level Mathematics. This is a huge achievement and requires great dedication and outstanding ability. Kelsey had it all. I have put together a few comments from some of his teachers:

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Dalriada means Business!
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:44

In a Jar – Mini Company and Social Enterprise

Our Team - In the company there are eleven team members who are all AS Level Business Studies students. They volunteered their skills and abilities in the subject to create and come up with an innovative idea that would be appealing to members of the public. The product that we came up with was homemade jars which we decorated and added value by making unique alternations to recycled jars, we sourced the jars from fellow pupils and teachers who very kindly donated any empty jars that they may have accumulated over time. We all applied for different roles within the business and were assigned jobs which suited our personalities and skills; Director, Marketing, IT, Operations, Secretary, Sales and Finance. Team members included Lewis Dobbin, Cait Kirkpatrick, Ruth Taggart, Sarah Crossey, Katie Pierce, Rachel Taggart, Emily Mainwaring, Andrew King, Alice Coulter, Ellen Reid and Oonagh Jordan.

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Let's Talk Politics
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:26


On the 6th Febraury , 7 of us attended a 'Let's Talk Politics' event in Roe Valley Cultural and Arts Centre, Limavady. The event was a great opportunity for young people to get involved and have their say in local politics. We took part in live polls throughout the event which were interesting and engaging but the main activity of the event was so-called 'Politician Speed Dating'. We sat around tables with groups of people from a variety of other schools from Northern Ireland and had the opportunity to talk to and ask questions to the local councillors. One or two representatives from each party attended including Barney Fitzpatrick from the Alliance Party, Phillip McGuigan from Sinn Fein and Maura Hickey from the SDLP. Overall, we had a fantastic day and the event was very informative, we'll definitely be getting more involved in politics in the future!

A Year 12 pupil.

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STEM Ambassadors visit Dalriada
Monday, 09 March 2015 11:16

stemfeb2015 2On Thursday 26th February, Year 12 pupils gained an insight into the skills required and the career opportunities in a wide range of STEM professions. Each pupil selstemfeb2015 1ected three workshops from a varied menu which included designing new branded merchandise with Partridge- Peartree, discovering more about Concorde from the Aerospace industry, analysing blood samples with the Department of Clinical Chemistry, searching for oil on the North Coast with UUC School of Environmental Science, extracting DNA from fruit and vegetables with the QUB School of Pharmacy, analysing fingerprints with a CSI Officer from the PSNI and drooling over Nutella chocolate cake as well as the endless opportunities to work with pop stars as they listened to local entrepreneur; owner of Ground and LSFX, an international lighting and sound company. A very big thank you to all those who gave up their time so willingly to share their expertise with us.

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Dalriada 1st XV Winners Again
Thursday, 05 March 2015 22:36

altDalriada's 1st XV picked up their second major trophy in two years when they convincingly beat Rainey Endowed School at Ballymena Rugby Club in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools Bowl Final 31 points to 15. Captain Michael Finnerty led from the front scoring a hatrick of tries. Dalriada took the game by the scruff of the neck in the first ten minutes running in two excellent converted tries. From that point on Dalriada were able to control the game and despite Rainey rallying and scoring an excellent try Dalriada's pressure defence forced another score when a mistake at the line out close to the Rainey line allowed Dalriada to go into half time 19 - 5 up.

 

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IT Sentinus Roadshow
Friday, 27 February 2015 09:34

On 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.

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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.

 

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