Chemistry at Kilronan

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On Wednesday the 22nd March, five AS Chemistry pupils; Abbie Speers, Pollyanne Fullerton Bungay, Rachel Curry, Rachel Brown, Leanne McKinley , Mrs Short and Dr Peggs visited Kilronan School, Magherafelt, to carry out sensory experiments with the nursery class. We were welcomed at the door by two of the pupils who then escorted us to the classroom where were introduced to the other three pupils within the class.


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Fixture list 2016-2017

Click here for this season’s fixture list

Rainey ES progress to semi finals

On Wednesday 24th February the ‘P Keenan Road Surfacing’ sponsored Rainey ES travelled to Regent House for the replay of the Quarter final of the Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield. Rainey and Regent had played out a hard fought draw on Saturday and on the evidence of this game there was very little between the teams.

Rainey knew a good start was important, so elected to play with the wind. An excellent kick off from Matthew Smyth forced Regent back to their own line. Good work at the breakdown resulted in a Rainey turn over. Great driving work by Wallace Bruce and William Drennan set up a scoring opportunity for Lorcan Quinn who darted through a gap to score. Lorcan stepped up to convert his own try to give Rainey a 7 0 lead.

Rainey continued to dominate both possession and territory but couldn’t get the second score they deserved. They put themselves into some excellent positions but crucial mistakes in key attacking areas let them down. Regent were finding it difficult to get into the game but a missed tackle in midfield gave the Regent centre the opportunity to run in a try. The conversion was kicked and the scores were level at 7 7. This gave Rainey a warning but to their credit went back on the attack. A great carry from Matthew Gordon set up Neal Hastings who powered forward but was held up over the line. With the Magherafelt boys attacking at every opportunity Regent cleared their lines with a few loose kicks. These kicks were dealt with expertly by Matthew Mulholland and Adam Hunter who put Regent under pressure with clever counter attacking. With half time approaching Regent were penalised after a fine break from Matthew Smyth. Lorcan Quinn converted the penalty to make it 10 7 at half time.

Playing into the breeze Rainey put pressure on Regent right from the kick off. They were playing with real purpose forcing Regent deep into their half. The intensity of the Rainey defence, particularly from centres Andrew Brown and Mark Mulholland, was a real positive for the visitors. Rainey forced Regent into a number of errors and Andrew Nevin capitalised with a number of strong runs. As the half progressed the enthusiasm within the Rainey ranks grew and many of the line breaks were well supported, in particular, Andrew Hawe continuing many promising breaks.

The variety of the Rainey attack was causing Rainey problems. A well timed back move involving Andrew Brown and Mark Mulholland put Michael Lynn in space. Michael beat his opposite man before being stopped illegally. Rainey kicked to the corner and from the lineout Anton Lupari drove over the line for an important try. Lorcan Quinn kicked an excellent conversion into the wind to increase the lead to 17 7. A lapse in concentration at the kick off gave Regent a penalty which they converted to make it 17 10.

Rainey responded positively to this set back going straight back on the attack. Many super breaks, especially by Adam Thornton and Anton Lupari, kept Rainey on the front foot. With time running out Rainey kept Regent deep in their own half. However, with full time approaching a couple of Regent penalties put the home team into the Rainey 22 for the first time in the match. With the ‘last play’ called Regent caught Rainey on the hop to score in the corner. To the relief of the large traveling support the conversion was missed and the final whistle sounded. Rainey had deservedly won 17 15.

This was a very mature and professional performance from Rainey. They dominated Regent throughout and never gave them time to settle. There was a lot more energy in this performance and they showed much more variety in attack. They will need more of the same when they play Down HS in the semi-final.

Other results this week included a comfortable win for the U12s over Foyle College. The U14s also had a big win defeating Carrickfergus GS. The U13s lost narrowly to Carrickfergus GS.

On Friday 4th March the U13s and U14s travel on their tour to Dublin. They play High School, Dublin on Saturday 5th March before going to watch Leinster play Ospreys in the Pro 12. The U12s also play on Friday. They travel to Belfast to play Grosvenor GS before going to watch Ulster play Zebre.

On Saturday 5th March the 1st XV play Down HS in the Quarter-Final of the Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield. The game is at home with a 11.00am kick off. All support welcome.



Photo 1 – Damien Lynn of ‘John Lynn Heating and Plumbing Ltd’ presenting new Hoodies to Rainey 1st XV players Michael Lynn and Cameron Stewart

Photo 2 – Andrew Nevin launches another attack

Photo 3 – Anton Lupari breaks from a scrum
Photo 4 – Neal Hastings beats a defender


Did you graduate during the academic year 2014/15? If so the Rainey Magazine would like to celebrate your success by including you on the graduates’ page.
Let us know your subject, degree classification and university and we’ll be delighted to include you!

Rugby Results – Wednesday 3 February 2016

Danske Bank 3rd XV Plate Quarter Final – Rainey ES 5 Wallace HS 20. A courageous performance from Rainey eventually resulted in defeat. With the game finely balanced at 10 5 Wallace HS scored 2 very late tries to give them a flattering victory. The Rainey try scorer was Martin Cudden. 

Rugby Results – Saturday 30 January 2016

Danske Bank Medallion Shield Round 4 – Ballyclare HS 20 Rainey ES 12. Although defeated Rainey ES Medallion players can be extremely proud of their effort in yesterday’s game. Playing into a strong breeze they displayed brilliant courage and went into the half time break trailing by 10 points. In the 2nd half they scored 2 tries by Bryn Davies and Callum Bolton with a Karl Warner conversion. They continued to through everything at the home defence but luck was not on their side. The players showed magnificent attitude and commitment throughout. Many thanks to all the supporters who braved a terrible morning to support the team. 
They are now away to Campbell College in the Q-F of the Danske Bank Medallion Plate.


Open Evenings 2016

Rainey crest clear


A Caring School
Serving the Whole Community
Committed to Excellence

Open Evenings for P6 & P7 pupils
and their parents will be held on

Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Thursday, 14 January 2016
at 7.00 pm

Mr McCullough will address visitors at 7.00 pm sharp

Mr McCullough and the Staff of the Rainey look forward to welcoming
you to their Open Evenings.

Microsoft Office free for all staff and students

In order to help students and teachers get the most from their personal laptops and tablets, every student and Teacher is provided with Microsoft Office free of charge using their C2k username. This will give you access to the latest version of Word, for writing; Excel, for spreadsheets; PowerPoint, for presentations; OneNote, for organization and note taking; and much more.
•        Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!)
•        Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software
•        Office subscription lasts for as long as the student/teacher remains in school and the programme continues

Follow these simple steps to get Office:
1.     For PC and Mac:
a.     Visit
b.     Login with your C2k username and password
•   username must be in the format “”
(please note the @c2ken format – the usual format will not work)
You will be asked again for your credentials a second time
c.      On the installation page select your language and click Install-Run
•   You will be asked to sign in 1 more time with your username and password)

2.     For iOS and Android:
a.     Download from your app store
b.     Sign in with your school credentials for full editing capability

Competition Time!

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This year’s Young Enterprise company are giving away a FREE personalised half zip hoodie, worth £25!!

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Safety Matters





Pupils, with the approach of winter and darker evenings, please consider the following important points.
• Be careful crossing Rainey Street – use the crossing lights; do not run out between buses and cars.
• Be observant when crossing roads; you should not be wearing earphones, texting or chatting on your mobile. Be aware of the traffic and your surroundings.
• Watch when you get off a bus – check for traffic. Wear something bright or stick a reflector onto your school bag so you can be seen.
• Take care going to and from Meadowbank; wear tracksuit bottoms and walk with friends where possible.
• Make sure you let someone at home know if you change your after-school plans; tell them what you are doing and where you are going.
• If someone you don’t know offers you a lift in a car, say ‘No’. Let your parents or teacher know this has happened.
• Trust your feelings; if someone makes you feel scared or uncomfortable, get away as fast as you can and seek help from a trusted adult.


Headmaster Mr  D M McCullough
Vice-Principal Mr N McClements
Assistant Principals
Miss C McClelland Mr I Francis Mr C McDonnell  Mr C Simpson
Art & Design
Miss S McCracken Mrs R Hutchinson
Mrs W McAlister Mr S Staples Mrs L Johnston
Business Studies
Mrs D McGurk Mrs R Frew
Dr L Peggs Dr H Kane
Mrs C Drennan Mrs P Cooke Miss N McKay
Miss M Cusack Mr N McClements
Mrs L Lubwama
Home Economics
Mrs M Watson Mrs C Simpson Miss E Badger
Mrs S Parke
Mr D Laughlin Mr R Henderson Mrs F Ferguson Mrs K Irwin
Modern Languages
Mrs C  Patterson Mrs S Crawford Mrs S Service Mrs L Stewart
Mrs L Glenn Mrs N Thorogood
Mrs K Beggs Mr J Robinson Mrs J Doherty  (Mrs S Gordon)
Physical Education
Mrs C Burns Mr C Simpson Mr C Campbell Mrs J Quigley
Religious Education
Miss C Bingham Mrs D Francis Mrs P Wharry
Mr J Palmer Mr M Boyd


New Books in the Library

New in the Library are Tom Palmer’s ‘Football Series’ and ‘Rugby Academy’.

Library open at break from 11.00 am – 11.15am and lunch from 1.15pm – 1.35pm.

See you there!

Connect Your Own Device

Pupils, you can gain access to wifi throughout the school but you must follow these instructions.



MS Office for Staff

Free download of MS Office for staff. Please follow these instructions.




Help us to raise funds from the comfort of your own home. If you use online shopping then we would like to encourage you to participate in the fundraising programmes we have set up in conjunction with Amazon UK and – its free for you and doesn’t add anything to your shopping costs. Simply click on the logo for either company, navigate to your chosen retailers website through or just shop as you normally would on Amazon and we will automatically receive a donation related to how much you bought.


To use Amazon just click on the logo and shop as you would normally.


To register for Easy Fundraising UK simply follow these steps:

1.Go to

2.Click on the ‘Support a good cause’

3.Enter Rainey Endowed

4.Click ‘support this cause’

5.Create an account

6.Activate the donation reminder (this will remind you every time you shop online to use Easy Fundraising)

7.Start shopping and raising money!

Welcome to The Rainey Endowed


231116JP1RaineyEndowed078Welcome to the website of the Rainey Endowed School. Our school’s reputation has evolved over three hundred years. It is based upon sustained high levels of achievement and excellence within and outside the classroom.

We aim to stimulate and challenge the minds of our pupils in order for them to attain the highest academic achievement. Our interest in our pupils is not confined to academic results. We ensure that our pupils acquire life-long skills, which prepare them for the challenges of the future.

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Board of Governors 2016-2017

The role of the Board of Governors is to manage the School with a view to providing the best possible education and educational opportunities for all of the pupils. They work with the Principal in setting the School’s vision and aims, establishing and maintaining the School’s ethos and ensuring that the School has the correct plans and policies in 

The Rainey Board of Governors are made up of people who know the School and the community. They are committed to ensuring the smooth running of the School. The Board of Governors meet with the Principal a number of times throughout the year in order to fulfill their duties and responsibilities.


corry Mr S Corry
Parents’ Representative
Chair of Executive Committee
As Chair of the Board I see my role as a strategic advisor and support for the principal and his leadership team.
I work and live locally and have a great knowledge of our catchment area and the local population.My passion for education stems from having both parents as educators and having two girls passing through our excellent school.I love the fact that the Rainey is a truly integrated grammar school with a fantastically deserved reputation for excellence in all fields without putting unnecessary pressure on our pupils.I regularly enthuse about the Rainey to all and sundry and feel very privileged and honoured to be part of the strategic leadership team.
barfoot Mr J Barfoot
Business Community Representative
Chair of Finance Committee
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Dr N Black

Department of Education Representative

I joined the Board in 2015, appointed by the Department and feel it a great honour to serve my school again. The academic and family ethos here have supported me well through life and my career. My grandfather taught here, my father, several aunts, uncles and three of my brothers and sisters studied here. I was head boy from 1992-1993 and moved on to study medicine at QUB, graduating in 1999 and returning to graduate MD in 2005. I have been a consultant physician in Altnagelvin Hospital since 2009 and specialise in Endocrinology& Diabetes with General Internal Medicine. I live in Derry/Londonderry with my wife and three sons but had the great pleasure to see the students and staff on show at open night recently. There is a lot to be proud of here and a lot to protect. I’m glad to be part of that again.
Conway Rev T J Conway
Presbytery of Tyrone Representative
Honorary Secretary

I have been a member of the Board for more than 10 years, and, as well as representing the Presbytery of Tyrone, have been the parent of pupils at the school during all of that time.
It has been a privilege to give something back to the school which has given so much to our family and community and to thereby help fulfill Hugh Rainey’s far-sighted wishes.
Thanks to our outstanding students and dedicated staff, for me, Rainey is an outstanding example of what a school can, and should, be.
Clayton Mr J Clayton
Business Community Representative
Chair of Education Committee
Board of Governors’ Designated Officer for Child Protection
Married with 6 grown up children I am the Chair of the Education Committee and a Governor designated with a Child Protection role in the school.

Formerly the Principal of a very large 11-18 co-educational College, since retirement I have worked as an Adviser and Consultant in the fields of education and business.
Curry Rev Dr J A Curry
Minister of First Magherafelt Presbyterian Church

I have served on the board since the start of 2004 when I became the minister of First Magherafelt and have also been a governor of three other schools during my time as a minister. I am married to Lorna and we have four children who have all studied at The Rainey (Three are still pupils). At school I enjoyed sport and in particular Table Tennis and my favorite subject would have been… mathematics! After studying engineering at QUB I worked in England for ICI plc as a control electrical engineer. As is reflected in the ethos of the Rainey I have a passion for the complete development of young people which includes; emotional, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development.
Ferson Mrs R Ferson
Presbytery of Tyrone RepresentativeI am currently in my second term as a Presbytery of Tyrone Representative on the Board of Governors. As a past pupil I have fond memories of my time at the Rainey as have my three children who were also educated here. I currently work as a civil servant and it is good to be able to use my skills and experience to also serve on the finance and HR sub committees. I count it a privilege to be able to give something back to the school that has not only served me and my family so well but also the wider community for so many years.
Francis Mrs D Francis
Teachers’ RepresentativeI have been teaching Religious Education in the Rainey since September 1994 and during that time have held the roles of Form 1 Girls Year Head and SENCO. My husband is both a Rainey teacher and past-pupil and we live in Magherafelt with our two children. This is my second term on the Board as Teachers’ Representative.
Graham Dr F S Graham
St Swithin’s Select Vestry Representative

I am now in my third four year term as Governor at the Rainey having been Chairman for the last period. I was a pupil at the School – indeed I am part of the third generation of my family to have been at the school. My great aunt was in the first cohort of girls who joined the School in 1894. I played in the School’s first appearance in the Schools Cup final in 1963.
My career has been spent entirely in the creation of computer software. I was founder and first MD of Kainos Software Ltd and although now retired, am still on its Board of Directors.
I continue to love everything about Rainey and am only sorry that living in North Down has precluded me from sending my own children there.
I am currently on the Finance sub-committee – which is wrestling with the dramatic financial cuts being served to all schools.
henry Mr D Henry
Department of Education Representative
Chair of Property and Development CommitteeI have been Managing Director of Henry Brothers (Magherafelt) Ltd. since 2000. The company generally operates in the commercial construction market for a variety of government and private clients and forms part of the Henry Group of Companies based in Magherafelt. I have lived in Magherafelt all my life and am married to Diane, we have 3 children. I joined the family business on completing my formal education and worked initially as a site operative before progressing through supervisory and management roles to my current position as Managing Director. I firmly believe that training and development of personnel are key factors to company progression and expansion. My own commitment to development has included achieving Fellowship status of the CIOB and gaining the Institute of Directors Certificate in Company Direction. I have served as a co-opted member on the Rainey Endowed School Board of Governors since January 2014 and am the current Chairman of the Property and Development sub Committee. As Chairman I am a member of the Executive Committee reporting directly to the Board of Governors on all aspects relating to Property and Development within the school. I am keen to share the knowledge and experience I have gained through my business and management career. I am dedicated to utilise my talents for the benefit of the school, its staff and students.
hunter Mrs I Hunter
Armagh Diocesan Council Representative
Chair of Appointments CommitteeI have served on the Board of Governors for several terms of office and currently Chair the Appointments Committee as well as holding the office of Vice Chair. I am a past pupil and have three daughters all of whom have or currently attend the Rainey. The school has contributed much to me both personally and professionally and it would be my hope that in a small way I have contributed something in return by being a member of the Board of Governors. It is a delight to see the Rainey continue to thrive. As a school it derives its reputation from the hard work and dedication of its students, Principal, teachers and staff. As a member of the Board of Governors it is an honour to be part of the school.
Matterson Mrs A Matterson
Parents’ RepresentativeI have strong connection with the school through my 3 children, two are presently in the school and my oldest left in 2014 . I was brought up in the locality and currently work as a Dentist in my Practise, Spires Oral Care . Both myself and my husband,Ron, have always been heavily involved in the community through our participation in coaching a variety of sports such as hockey /football / swimming and rugby. I was elected as a parent representative in January 2014 and sit on the Education sub- committee. I am also involved in careers advice for students.
laker Mrs A Laker
Department of Education Representative
Board of Governors’ Designated Officer for Child ProtectionThis is my second term as a Department of Education representative on the BOG. I am a member of the Education Sub-Committee and a designated governor for Child Protection. Though a retiree, I work on a voluntary basis for the NSPCC/Childline School Support Service and regularly visit P6 and P7 classes in Primary Schools to deliver assemblies and workshops on keeping safe from abuse.I retired from a 35-year teaching career just 6 years ago and moved to Northern Ireland with my husband who was also a teacher. I was originally trained in a PE, and later taught Science, A level Psychology, Health & Social Care and PSHE. The last 8 years of my career saw me as Assistant Head in charge of the Lower School site of a large Comprehensive school on the south coast of England. We have a daughter and grandson here in NI but our two sons (one a teacher and the other a Fire-fighter) and small grand-daughter are still in England, so we make frequent visits.Rainey’s ethos of caring, educational excellence makes it an ongoing pleasure to serve on the BOG.
Palmer Mr J C Palmer
Teachers’ RepresentativeI have been a teacher at Rainey Endowed School for 8 years, 7 of which as Head of Technology & Design. I am married to Annette and am Dad to Katie and John. After leaving Rainey, as a pupil, I studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and worked in the industry for over 6 years before becoming a Teacher and returning to my old school. I am proud to work in Rainey and truly love my job. I was elected to be a Teacher Governor by my colleagues in October 2013 .
Purvis Miss S Purvis
Presbytery of Tyrone Representative
Board of Governors’ Representative on School Council
I  am employed by Belfast Central Mission in their Supported Housing Project which aims to support vulnerable young people aged 16- 21 and seeks to enable them to develop the necessary skills to live independently in the community.I also volunteer with Teen Challenge Belfast who work with young people, men and women who are homeless, many of whom are addicted to drugs and or alcohol.
Scott Canon T Scott
Rector of St Swithin’sI am the rector of the local Church of Ireland parish, St Swithin’s Magherafelt. I’ve been a member of the Board of Governors for over 25 years during which time I’ve served as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Hon. Secretary. My children all attended the school and my wife has taught there. I’m currently a member of the Finance committee. I remain firmly committed to all that Rainey stands for both within the School and in the wider community.
Smyth Mr J Smyth
Presbyterian Moderator’s RepresentativeI work for Sperrin Metal where I started 1st April 1987.
I love sport and represented Ireland in Bowls plus played in Commonwealth Games in Vancouver 94.
I am married to Joanne and have 2 boys Ryan and Cameron.
I am the Community Governor and involved in fund raising.
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Business Community RepresentativeOriginally from Magherafelt I attended the Rainey between 1968/1972. I now live in a place called Carnalea near Bangor. I am the Senior partner in a firm of solicitors in Belfast. For many years I was closely involved with the Old Boys Rugby Club as player and administrator. I am delighted to join the Board of Governors of this iconic school and hope that I can contribute in some way to the upkeep of its excellent reputation
Oonagh Mckay Oonagh Mckay
Department of Education RepresentativeThis is my first term as governor at Rainey Endowed and I am delighted to be in a position to contribute to the school and have the opportunity to help in its continued future success. My background is in finance – I am a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor and work for a multinational firm providing UK and international corporate tax advice. I am a firm supporter of ensuring diversity and inclusion in schools, the workplace and in society – an ethos which is echoed in Rainey’s mission statement and which has been repeatedly proven to allow teams make better decisions, achieve better outcomes and fulfil their potential – something which Rainey Endowed successfully champions for and in its pupils.
McCullough Mr D M McCullough