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Our Community Group held a Christmas party on Monday 15th December for the residents of Brooklands Care Home. There was carol singing, dancing, party games and a special appearance from Santa! The residents seemed to enjoy it! The Community Group is looking forward to continuing their weekly visits to Brooklands in the New Year.
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 »
Irish Girls U18 Panel Named by Coach Francey
The Irish U18 National Coach Graeme Francey has reduced his panel to 25 athletes following the recent U18 trials in Dublin.
“We have selected a training panel of 25 players, including 3 goalkeepers, as we start to build up towards the Euro Hockey Championships in July, 2015. The group will attend a strength and conditioning day in December, before we meet up in February for a three day training camp in Belfast, making use of the new facilities at the Queens University Sports Campus.”
COACH: Graeme Francey
ASST COACH: Richard Willis
Many congratulations to Tori Hastings of Rainey Endowed School who has been selected for the Irish U18 Panel. Tori also played for the Irish U18 National Team last season. This is a fantastic achievement for Tori and the Rainey Endowed School and the school would like to wish her every success.
On the 2nd December 2014 eight pupils from the Rainey went to the Odyssey Arena in Belfast to compete in the annual First Lego League competition.
There had been a lot of preparation leading up to this competition, we had to build our robot that would compete in the competition and we had to come up with an idea to help pupil’s experience in the classroom.
On Thursday 27th November, GCSE English Literature and Drama students travelled to Portadown College to watch a matinee performance of their set text ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’. We were very impressed by the pupils’ performance and the attention to detail on set. Thanks to everyone involved for making this such a successful excursion.
A large number of students have been busy rehearsing for this year’s Carol Services , which will take place on Wednesday 17 December and Thursday 18 December, commencing at 7:45pm in The Johnston Hall.
Tickets, priced £5 can be purchased from the School Office. Proceeds this year are in aid of charities supported by Rainey Endowed this year.
On Friday 21st November 2014, 12 Technology & Design pupils from Lower Sixth together with Mr Palmer and Mr Fields, visited Europe’s leading independent bus manufacturer – Wrightsgroup in Galgorm, Ballymena.
A tour of the factory floor gave us an insight to the many processes and stages involved in bus manufacture. This included composite moulding, various joining methods, painting and electronic installation on the production of both double decker and single decker buses. Many of the stages were demonstrated by our excellent guides, David and Ian. Read the rest of this entry »
Ulster Hockey invited 220 girls from right across Ulster to attend U15 Talent Assessment trials in Belfast on the 27 September 2014.
The girls were tested over 2 hours and the standard was extremely high, all six players from the Rainey who attended performed extremely well.
The Rainey is delighted to announce that three players, Alex Burns, Ellie Montgomery and Betty Scott are to be congratulated on being amongst the 70 girls across Ulster to be offered a place in the Ulster U15 Talent Development Programme. Alex and Betty return from last year while this will be Ellie’s first year. Read the rest of this entry »
I think that we all can agree that the Madrid Exchange Trip was one of the most amazing experiences we have encountered. We met so many lovely people and will treasure or memories with them forever! On Saturday 19th October, 16 pupils, Mrs Patterson and Mr Graham all met up at the Rainey, all eager and excited to get on with our journey. We said our goodbyes to our family and had a photograph together before we started our descent to Dublin International Airport. As we coped with the 2 hour bus journey, time soon flew in and we arrived in Terminal 2 of the airport. We checked in our baggage and then we had some free time to ourselves.
Rachel Stewart was selected following successful entry into the ‘DAWN TIL DUSK’ competition for A-level geographers at the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queens University, Belfast. Here she shares her experience of the day.
After an early 6am start to catch the bus to Belfast, Ciara and I set off for the event ‘Dawn til Dusk’ at Queens University, Belfast. Greeted at the doors by current students and tutors, we were not only provided with a folder of documents to guide us through our day but welcomed with a breakfast feast of bacon butties, scones and most importantly some strong coffee. After meeting the other selected pupils from a wide range of schools across the province, we were had an orientation session with Professor Geraint Ellis, who outlined the day ahead and shared with us a little bit of the ethos and aims of the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queens.
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.
Year 12 Business Studies pupils had the opportunity on Friday 10th October to visit the Toome offices of Uform. Uform distribute kitchen doors throughout the UK & Ireland. Pupils had a talk in the boardroom from Mr Eamon Donnelly, MD, about entrepreneurship and the company’s vision.
Joanne Preston, Customer Service manager, brought pupils around the award winning showroom containing 32 kitchen displays, a rare treat, as the showroom is only open to trade customers.