A2 English Literature pupils enjoyed a workshop focusing on Heaney’s use of the chorus in their A-Level text ‘The Burial at Thebes’. Before the workshop they had the opportunity to view the excellent exhibition at HomePlace. Thanks to Sheila Fullerton for another hugely successful event at this wonderful local resource. @SHHomePlace
Courtney Weir – Second Place in Northern Ireland Final of Soroptimist Competition
On Saturday 4th February 2017, Courtney Weir (year twelve) took part in the Northern Ireland Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition, which was held in Hillsborough Village Centre. Courtney won the local heat (Ballymoney and District) which was held in Ballymoney, back in November 2016 and involved nineteen competitors.
On Thursday 17th November 2016 five Rainey pupils took part in the Soroptimist Annual Youth Award Public Speaking Competition. The Ballymoney Regional round of the competition had eighteen pupils taking part from six different local schools. Emma Payne (Year 12,) Courtney Weir (Year 12,) Ellie Beattie (Year 12,) Emily Ussher (Year 12,) and Megan Henson (L6th) represented Rainey Endowed. The competition requires competitors to deliver a six minute speech on a topic chosen from the Soroptimist list of options, in front of an audience and a panel of judges.
On Tuesday 1st March the Rainey library played host to poet Deirdre Cartmill, who ran a workshop with GCSE English Literature students. A published poet, Deirdre has been running a series of sessions entitled the Poet and the Poem in the local area. This programme is part of a pre-opening education programme for the Seamus Heaney Centre in Bellaghy.
Feeling the light of inspiration? This year we will be running a photographic competition as part of our celebrations for National Poetry Day. Simply upload your photographs on the theme of Light to the school’s facebook page by Wednesday 7th October at 9.15 am. You can respond to the theme in any way you choose. Maybe you have a picture of this week’s lunar eclipse or beautiful sunsets or perhaps you prefer to respond to the theme less literally. It’s up to you. So come on, all you bright sparks! Help us to celebrate the lighter side of life next Thursday.
On Thursday 20th November 2014, three form five pupils took part in the BPW Northern Ireland Public Speaking Competition-Ballymena Heat. The team was comprised of Courtney Rose Crilly (Chair,) Roseanna Hunter (Speaker) and Amy Parke (Expresser of Thanks.)
Throughout the evening the main speaker was introduced to a new team and faced the challenge of answering questions put to them by members of the judging panel and pupils from the team who introduced them. Read the rest of this entry »
As part of the events of the ‘On Home Ground’ festival, some Year 9 and 10 English pupils had the honour of meeting the famous author of teenage books, Eoin Colfer. Eoin Colfer is best known for being the author of the Artemis Fowl series. The author currently holds the laureateship for Laureate na nÓg – a project established by the Arts Council which recognises the role and importance of literature for children. Eoin Colfer regaled the group with stories from his childhood which influenced his writing as well as answering questions relating to his books and the writing process. Books were available for purchase and Eoin Colfer readily obliged with book signings.