Rainey Endowed School in Magherafelt has been named The Sunday Times Northern Ireland School of the year. The top performing schools in Northern Ireland are revealed in The Sunday Times Parent Power, published in The Sunday Times and online this Sunday, November 27. The definitive guide, which can be found at www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/parentpower contains the top 2,000 state and independent schools, searchable by postcode, town, local authority and name of school.
As well as assessment of all academic results on a school-by-school basis, Parent Power enables parents to compare the performance of a given school with other schools in the same town, local authority or nationally. There are also live links to school websites and schools’ most recent inspection reports.
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 19th October, GCSE Business Studies students visited Ditty’s Bakery, Castledawson, in order to gain some essential information for their Controlled Assessment. Pupils then had a very interesting tour of the bakery from the storage of the raw materials through to the finished product being packaged.
On Wednesday 9th November, Anahorish, Castledawson, Desertmartin, Holy Family, Kilross, Knocknagin, Magherafelt, New Row and Spires Integrated Primary Schools all competed in the Rainey Endowed Football Frenzy event, hosted by the A2 Sports Science Pupils Committee at Rainey Endowed School.
The P6 pupils played all today eventually reaching the finals in both boys and girls competition; Holy Family Girls played New Row Girls and Anahorish Boys were against Holy Family Boys.
Following the U16 Interprovincial Tournament held last weekend in Cork, Irish Coach, Alison McNeill has selected a large training squad.
Speaking about her selection McNeill said ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the Interpros in Cork watching very competitive matches. It’s a strong group this year and we are looking forward to the trials in November and the coming year ahead”
Today the Lego League Team welcomed back to Rainey Endowed our industrial sponsor Sensata Technologies. Sensata are well known in Northern Ireland for their innovation with remote tyre pressure sensing technology. Mr James Coulter, an embeded software engineer, presented the team with a Mindstorms EV3 robotic kit for use in the upcoming National Compeition in Belfast on 2nd December 2016.
Congratulations to our 12 newly qualified pupil librarians.
Mr McCullough awarded certificates and badges to those pupils who had taken part in a three week training programme. During this time the pupil librarians were taught about the role of a school library, how to shelve and keep books tidy and how to use the library computer system to enable them to loan out, return and search for books. The training was given by Mrs Drennan, Mrs McMullan and current pupil librarians. All librarians enjoyed a lunchtime party in the library.
Ulster Hockey’s U16 and U18 teams returned from their final competitive event of their respective seasons following the completion of Hockey Ireland’s U16 and U18 Female Inter Provincial series at the weekend. It proved a successful tournament for Ulster U16s as they became the first Ulster U16 group since 2013 to win the event while the U18s had to be content with a third placed finish.