Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition 2017



On Thursday 16th November 2017, three Rainey pupils took part in the Soroptimist International Public Speaking Competition -Ballymoney and District Local Area Competition. Alana Atkinson, (L6) Ellie Beattie, (L6) and Eimear Nugent, (L6) all competed in this local round of the competition which was held in Ballymoney. The three girls had to prepare a speech lasting between four and six minutes on a topic from a list of six topics and then on the night they delivered these speeches in front of the audience. There were three judges and all of the judges were very experienced public speakers. 


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Parent Governor Elections

Rainey-crest-clear-253x300Dear Parent/Guardian


The nominations for Parent Governor Elections were received on Monday 6 November 2017. At the time of closing the receipt of nominations, two, properly nominated, names were received. As the Scheme of Management sets out:


“(ix) If only two nominations are received there will be no need for a vote and both candidates will be deemed elected.”


Consequently, as this is the case there is no need to hold a meeting on 13 November 2017. It is now cancelled. The two Parent Governors for the 2018-2021 period are:


Mr Aidan Donnelly and Mrs Sandra Overend


Yours sincerely


DM McCullough



Applied Business students visit to Tobermore Concrete

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Lower Sixth Applied Business and Business Studies students attended an industrial visit to Tobermore Concrete this month where they were given a very informative tour of the HESS plants and sales area.


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Ditty’s Bakery Visit – Form 5 GCSE Business Studies

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Recently, GCSE Business Studies students visited Ditty’s Bakery, Castledawson, in order to gain some essential information for their Controlled Assessment. The visit started off with a general overview of the business by Mr. Robert Ditty.


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Board of Governors

Rainey-crest-clear-253x300Dear Parent/Guardian


I write on behalf of the Board of Governors, to invite you to attend a meeting of the Parents of the Rainey Endowed School to elect two parents onto the new Board of Governors commencing in January 2018. This meeting will be held in the Johnston Hall at 7.00 pm on Monday 13 November 2017. I enclose information regarding this.


The Parent Governors will be expected to attend the Board meetings and school functions and play an active role on the Board of Governors.


I hope you will be able to attend.


Yours sincerely


Honorary Secretary
Board of Governors

#raineyrugby BBQ 27th October

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Rainey Rugby Family BBQ – 27th October at 8pm.
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Ulster U18 Girls squad has been announced ahead of the U18 Interprovincial Tournament

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The Ulster U18 Girls squad has been announced ahead of the U18 Interprovincial Tournament in Belfast (NICS) from the 20th to 22nd October 2017.

Many congratulations to Rainey girls Alex Burns and Betty Scott who have been selected to represent Ulster at the Interprovincial Series next month!!
Robbie McMinn is the coach and Julie Doak will assist. The Rainey would like to wish the girls and the whole team the best of luck!


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Ulster U16 Girls squad announced

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The Ulster U16 Girls squad has been announced ahead of the U16 Interprovincial Tournament in Belfast (NICS) from the 20th to 22nd October 2017.
Many congratulations to Rainey girls Charlotte Beggs and Alexandra McKinlay who have been selected to represent Ulster at the Interprovincial Series.
Joel Cathcart is the coach and Mrs. Burns will assist along with Alex Speers and also manage the team. The Rainey would like to wish the girls and the whole team the best of luck!




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Rainey pupil Bryn Davies represents Ulster


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Everyone at Rainey Rugby offer sincere congratulations to Bryn Davies for his achievement as part of a successful Ulster Schools’ U18 team. Bryn trained throughout the summer with the Schools’ squad, working really hard to improve aspects of his game and in the process impressing the coaches. Late in August the squad played two warm up games against English Premiership Academy Squads.


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Operation Christmas Child

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It’s time….
Grab a shoe box and fill it with small gifts for a child this Christmas.
Please support this appeal by using the suggestions below and return the shoe box to the biology department before half term.
Thank you…..
Search Operation Christmas Child UK for more info or @OCC_UK on Twitter


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Engineering Student’s trip to Moyola Precision Engineering

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Rainey Endowed’s Year 13 BTEC ‘Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering’ students visited Moyola Precision Engineering as part of their Engineering course along with their tutor, Mr David Maxwell.  The three modules being undertaken in the first of the two years of the courses are:-

Unit 1: Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace

Unit 5: Mechanical Principles and Applications

Unit 16: Engineering Drawing for Technicians.


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Ganaway 2017

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Year 8 recently enjoyed a residential at Ganaway. Rainey’s newest pupils had a brilliant time getting to know their new class mates.


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Prize Distribution 2017

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On Thursday 21st September Rainey held their annual prize night. We were thrilled to have past pupil Jeffrey Gilbert as our speaker. He entertained us with many stories from his work in epidemiology, in such far flung places as Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. Rainey pupils really do travel far!


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National Poetry Day 2017

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Fly to freedom on National Poetry Day with a poem from the National Poetry Day ebook.

Follow the link to freedom:

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European Day of Languages 2017

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Rainey celebrates European Day of Languages 2017! Well done to Carly McConnell in 8B who successfully guessed the name of our Spanish bear ‘Benjamín’ (Benji) and to Callum Smyth in 8D wo guessed the correct number of lollies in the jar in French (64) According to Carly, she also really enjoyed the European cuisine in the canteen and the language themed quiz in registration! Vive les langues!


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Technology & Design Pupils Visit Coca-Cola HBC Ireland

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25 per second. Thats how many cans of Coke that the Lisburn based Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company produce. Yes they can!


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Technology & Design 6th Form Visit Emerson Cookstown

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Sometimes it is difficult to fully appreciate the finer details of an Industrial process in the classroom. Sometimes, books and online resources just don’t seem to do the trick. Sometimes, only seeing is truly believing.  So whenever a world class manufacturing facility invites you through its doors to see what they do we jump at the chance.


Today Rainey sixth form pupils were delighted to be the guests of Emerson in Cookstown. A manufacturing facility on our door step specialising in the production of world leading scroll compressors.


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Transfer 2018

Entrance Assessments for Entry to Year 8 in September 2018 at Rainey Endowed School.



Rainey Endowed School held a Transfer 2017 Information Session on Tuesday 6 June at 7.00 pm for parents of current P6 pupils.


This Information Session will outline the process of transfer to Year 8 at Rainey Endowed School in September 2018. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions on all matters relating to transfer procedures.


If you are thinking of applying for a place for your son or daughter at Rainey Endowed School starting in Year 8 in September 2018, attendance at this Information Session is very important.

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Best ever GCSE results

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The GCSE results at Rainey Endowed have been excellent. 26% of all passes were at A* grade and 62% at A*/A grade. 99% of all examinations were passed at a standard of A*-C grade.


Over 60 pupils in the year group had at least 6A*/A grades.


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Rainey Endowed pupils have excelled at ‘A’ Level examinations in 2017

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We are delighted with our excellent results at ‘A’ Level – 52% of all our entries were at A*/A grades; 84% of all our entries were at A*-B and 95% of all entries were at A*-C and highlights the superb pastoral care and learning and teaching at ‘The Rainey’. All our staff and governors offer our congratulations and wish our students continued future success. I want to thank the parents, staff and pupils for all their hard work and support of ‘The Rainey’.


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2017 AS Level results at Rainey Endowed School were excellent

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Our pupils have built upon their prior success at GCSE in 2016 and we commend them for their hard work and success. These are the best AS results for Rainey Endowed School pupils over the past number of years. The demanding nature of our society for achievement and success is met squarely and directly by all those from Rainey Endowed School. We are particularly pleased with the depth of quality shown by our pupils. We look forward to these AS results being substantiated into full ‘A’ Levels next year, opening the prospects of our pupils for years to come.


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EMA Allowance

What is EMA?


Education Maintenance Allowance is a weekly allowance of £30 to help 16, 17, 18 and 19 year olds with the costs of further education.


Getting EMA won’t affect any benefits you or your family already receive.


Who can get EMA?


You could get EMA if all following statements apply to you:


  • you’re studying full time at high school or a minimum of 15 hours at a college on an eligible course;
  • you’re able to meet the antionality and residency requirements;
  • you live in a household with an income of either:
    • £20,500 or less;
    • or £22,500 or less and there’s more than one young person who qualifies for Child Benefit in the household;
  • you have not already received the maximum allowance fot the EMA scheme; and
  • you’re aged 16, 17, 18 or 19.

Packs are available from the school office