Ulster U16 Hockey Development Squad

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Many congratulations to Erin Mulholland and Lauren Mulholland who have been selected for the ULSTER U16 HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT SQUAD 2014-15.

The programme for the Development Squad will commence in early May. A selection from the squad will travel to play in a tournament in Scotland in the period 27 to 29 June.

Spring Concerts 2014

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At last it’s Spring and what better way to celebrate than a Rainey Spring Concert. This year again, Rainey pupils reminded us all what an exceptional, talented and happy school we are.

Pupils, thank you for the music……



DE Transport Survey

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Dear Parent/Guardian

The Rainey is co-ordinating the completion of a DE consultation questionnaire by pupils on home to school transport.  This has serious funding implications for schools. Please can you kindly complete the form and email a saved copy to schooltransportreview@deni.gov.uk .The completion date is Friday 4th April. An examplar is also available for consideration.

Kind regards and many thanks for your support. It is greatly appreciated.

Mark McCullough

Rainey Shooting Stars Soccer Fun Day at Moyola FC

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Rainey Shooting Stars Soccer Fun Day at Moyola FC Friday 28 March.St. Brigid’s Primary School, Castledawson Primary School, Knockloughrim Primary School, Lissan Primary school, Spires Integrated Primary School, and St Patricks Primary School.
Sport NI Active Schools backs Rainey’s Shooting Stars

Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt, was recently awarded funding from Sport Northern Ireland through ‘Active Schools’ to deliver an after-schools football programme for primary schools in the local area.

The programme, known as ‘Rainey’s Shooting Stars’, is aimed at promoting and enhancing the development of girls’ football within the area and involves a unique partnership between the school, the Irish FA and a cluster of primary schools including St. Brigid’s Primary School, Castledawson Primary School, Knockloughrim Primary School, Lissan Primary school, Spires Integrated Primary School, and St Patricks Primary School.

Through the unique project fifteen girls (all over the age of 16) at Rainey Endowed School have been trained in their IFA Level 1 Coaching Award and commencing in February will deliver coaching sessions within the primary schools for a 6 – 8 week period. The programme will conclude with a festival of football at Moyola Football Club at the end of March.

Carolyn Burns, PE teacher and mastermind of the project, spoke at the recent launch of the programme at Moyola Football Club;

“We are so excited to have received this funding from Sport NI and we look forward to working with the primary schools in our area to not only develop girls football but also to encourage young children to take part in physical activity. We take sport very seriously at Rainey Endowed and through this project we hope to inspire primary school pupils in our area to get active and stay active”’

Active Schools is a small grants programme developed, funded and administered by Sport Northern Ireland that aims to assist projects that enable the delivery of new/sustained opportunities for children and young people to participate in 2 hours of extra-curricular sports and physical recreation.
Women’s Domestic Football Manager, Sara Booth, commented;

Many Congratulations to Leanna Cochrane of Castledawson Primary School who won the Rainey Shooting Stars Design Your Own Girls Football Kit sponsored by the Irish FA.

All six primary schools from the Sport NI Rainey Shooting Stars project entered. The primary schools were;
Knockloughrim Primary School, Spires Integrated Primary School, Magherafelt, Castledawson Primary School, Lissan Primary school, Cookstown, St Patricks Primary School, Moneymore, St. Brigid’s Primary School, 52 Mayogall Road, Magherafelt. The standard was extremely high and the young Rainey coaches had quite a job picking the winning entry. Many congratulations to Casltedawson on receiving a girls football kit for their girls football team.



Education and Training Inspectorate Report

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27 March 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian


I would like to draw your attention to the Education and Training Inspectorate Report at the Rainey Endowed School from 10-14 February 2014.  This can be downloaded by clicking here and confirms our standing as a caring school, committed to academic excellence for the whole community.


We are also delighted to have been awarded in excess of £5m to provide 12 new classrooms; incorporating Maths, Religious Studies, Drama, Art, Science, a new Sports block with comprehensive refurbishment of toilet facilities and disability, lifts and access. Planning has been submitted and it is hoped the first phase of these works can be completed for Autumn 2014.


Our Tercentenary Year has been an event to remember and I would like to say a special thank you to all our staff, parents/guardians, governors and pupils who are a credit to our school and, I write to you full of pride knowing what a unique and great place the Rainey is to work and study at.


I look forward to working with all staff, parents/guardians and governors on developing our school further as a beacon of 21st Century education. Your much needed support is greatly appreciated now and in the time to come.


Yours sincerely




Rainey Endowed Crowned Northern Ireland Rocketry Challenge winners 2014

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Two Rainey teams of highly talented Technology & Design / Science  students from forms 4 & 5, sponsored by Moyola Precision Engineering, have today competed in the Northern Ireland final of the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) at a nail-biting final comprising seven schools at RLC (UK) in Crumlin.

David Kelso, Mark Mclean & John Porter made up the form 5 Team whilst Jethro Barclay, Shea Toal, Stewart Thomson & Daniel Bell completed a Team from form 4.  We are delighted that the Form 4 team managed to achieve a successful launch to a staggering 874 feet and in doing so won the Northern Ireland heat of UKAYRoC.

The prestigious annual competition is designed to encourage more young people to consider careers in the aerospace industry and is organised by aerospace trade association ADS Group.

Each of the competing teams was required to design, construct and successfully launch a rocket, carrying two raw hen’s eggs to an altitude of 825ft, in a rocket weighing no more than 650 grams, and return the eggs safely to ground within 48-50 seconds.

The challenge provides secondary school student teams, aged between 11 and 18, with a realistic experience in designing a flying aerospace vehicle that meets a specified set of mission and performance requirements.  Students have to work together in teams, just as aerospace engineers do. The challenge is not intended to be easy, but it is well within the capabilities of secondary school students with a good background in science and maths, and some craftsmanship skills.


 David Beatty, Chairman of ADS Northern Ireland, said:

“I congratulate all the schools that took part in today’s competition. Encouraging young people towards these subjects is vital for the future success of Northern Ireland.”

“As our economy becomes more focused on advanced manufacturing it is crucial that we have people with skills and qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths. I am grateful to those employers who sponsored these teams and hope that they continue to offer fantastic career opportunities for the next generation”.

“I wish Rainey Endowed School every success at the National Finals as they represent Northern Ireland.”


To watch all the Rainey’s test flights this year please see www.raineyendowed.com/rocket

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