COVID-19 Information

 

If you have been, or a member of your family has been in an affected area, please follow PHA advice. If you wish to err on the side of caution, please do not send your child to school. Their attendance record will not be affected.

 

Parents’ Evenings have been suspended until further notice.

All sports activities are now non-contact.

 

The Public Health Agency has issued the enclosed document below as guidance for schools in relation to COVID-19. This guidance will assist schools and educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents.

 

The document is available here and we will be issuing regular updates in relation to Public Health Agency advice.

 

Letter from Headmaster 10th March 2020: Coronavirus Update.

 

If you have any further questions, please contact the school office.

24 March Letter to Parents

Tuesday 24 March 2020

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding over these past few days. We trust that you and your families are as well as can be in these uncertain times.

 

I kindly ask for your cooperation with the following matters:

 

Key Workers

 

We request that all parents who are key workers, and who wish to avail of school provision please let the school office know by 2.00 pm, Wednesday 25 March 2020. This allows the school to plan staffing arrangements.

 

Advice on the Definition of Key Workers as issued by Department of Education. This is available in the link adjacent. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-51972132

 

Children attending school will be required to wear their PE uniform.  Please be advised that we will be providing supervision, rather than teaching.  This will allow pupils to complete work set by their teachers or to engage in quiet study.

 

If possible, alternative childcare arrangements should be sought before deciding to send your child to school e.g. with other family members or friends.  Please try and use the school facility as a last resort.  This is to try and limit the number of children and adults together in line with recent social distancing guidance.

 

COMMUNICATION WITH PUPILS AND PARENTS IN RELATION TO SCHOOL WORK.

 

  • Links for pupils and parents for the work that is to be completed have been sent to all pupils and parents via the APP. This information is also available on the school website under the parents’ and pupils’ tab.
  • Parents and pupils are requested to check emails by 9.30 am and 3.30 pm daily.
  • By 3.30 pm on Friday of each week, subject staff will have sent an email to each of their classes, including work which pupils should complete for the following week.
  • A help sheet entitled Work From Home Help Guide is also available on the school website under the pupils’ tab on how pupils can access school email, Documents, Shared Resources, Fronter, Google Classroom and Showbie.
  • If pupils have concerns regarding their work, please email your subject teacher. Professionalism must be adhered to in all correspondence.
  • A suggested expectation on time to be spent on subjects is to follow the schedule for your timetable.
  • However, we suggest that a time period of 30 minutes per period should be adhered to instead of the normal 50 minutes.

 

 

COMMUNICATION WITH PUPILS AND PARENTS IN RELATION TO PASTORAL MATTERS.

  • Your Tutor will be in touch via email on a weekly basis. Year teams will monitor concerns actions will be co-ordinated by Mr Simpson and relevant staff.
  • Mr Simpson will be highlighting information on how to stay safe and well emotionally.
  • If you have any concerns, please contact Mr Simpson on csimpson698@c2kni.net.

 

I must stress that we are doing as best that we can and please bear with us as we go through this together.

 

Thank you to everyone working in frontline services who provide care, treatment and protection for the community.  We appreciate everything that you are doing.

 

Please continue to adhere to UK government and PHA advice.

 

Take care,

 

D M McCULLOUGH

 

Principal

 

 

 

Friday 20 March

 

RES will be closed on Friday to years 8-10, due to staffing constraints. School will be open to years 11-14.

 

However, RES Board of Governors politely request that parents of year 11-14 pupils must make an informed decision on whether they send their child to school based on their individual circumstances and in accordance with PHA guidance. Further details to follow.

 

Thanks for your support and we wish you all well.

 

 

 

Associated Board music exams

 

Associated Board music exams have been cancelled. The most recent correspondence states that candidates will get a 100% refund. This will be processed in due course.

 

Candidates will have the opportunity to discuss the next steps when they meet with their tutors again.

 

We will continue to keep you updated.

Big School Cook Off Final

Johnny and Gareth were 1 of 7 finalists groups competing in the Big School Cook Off Final, having been shortlisted as finalists from 170 entries across Northern Ireland. The boys did a superb job in preparing, cooking and presenting their Piggy and Cod Salsa Dance dish for the panel of judges. We are extremely proud of the boys efforts and Congratulate them on being awarded Big School Cook Off Winners 2020.

 

Full gallery available here.

 

 

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Irish School Cross-country Championship

 

 

Congratulations to Poppy Hasting (Year 9) who finished 42nd in the Irish School Cross-country Championship last Saturday in Santry, Dublin.

 

 

Poppy had a great day and we are delighted for her for qualifying and representing the Rainey at this level!

Ski Trip Equipment Hire

For those parents who have hired ski gear from Altitude:

 

“We are sad to hear of the change to your forthcoming ski trip. We are more than happy to keep orders until next year – we will organise an evening to check all sizes before departure.”

Ski Trip Update

Ski Trip Update

 

12th March

 

Mr McClements has spoken to all pupils this morning regarding the ski trip. They have been briefed on the current situation and an important letter has been sent home with them.

 

Please read this carefully when you receive it.

 

 

 

Moyola Precision Engineering

Mark Semple, the Managing Director  of Moyola Precision Engineering Ltd., and a Rainey Endowed parent, and Matthew Norris, present the Rainey 1STXI Captain, Ellie Montgomery, and Vice-Captain, Dawn Francis, with a sponsorship cheque for girl’s hockey. The Rainey is delighted with Moyola’s continued sponsorship and support of girls’ hockey in the school.

 

The Rainey is appreciative of the strong links with Moyola as one of the main players within Northern Ireland’s strong industrial sector. The company is one of the leading providers of logistical solutions for 5 axis components, kits, sub-assemblies and tooling for the aerospace, defence, power generation, automotive and other engineering sectors and Mark kindly took time out of his busy schedule to take the girls on a very impressive tour of the factory. Many thanks Moyola Precision Engineering!

World Book Day 2020

Well done to all our contestants in Rainey’s special edition of First to Last. Congratulations to our winner, Eunan Doyle, who proved our most average participant today.

 

Thank you so much to our Year 13 Literature students for helping us in the middle of their mock examinations. Books First and Last!

 

A full gallery of images from the event is available here.

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Irish School Cross-Country Championships

 

Congratulations to Poppy Hastings who has qualified for the 2020 Irish School Cross-Country Championships in Santry.

 

Poppy showed her true grit to finish 15th in a very competitive field at the Ulster race in Mallusk on Wednesday, which qualifies her to compete at Irish level.

 

Well done and we wish Poppy all the best!

Ulster Cross Country Championships

 

 

Well done to the Rainey Cross-country runners to attended the USSAA Ulster Secondary Schools Cross – country Championships today at the City of Belfast Playing Fields, Mallusk.

 

It was a bright, dry but very cold day and wet underfoot – all runners had to keep well – warmed up before racing. Nevertheless, all our athletes competed with great spirit with the BBC covering the event by live stream.

 

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Updated Exam Timetable


 

Due to the school closure because of weather conditions today, the internal exam timetable has been amended.

 

Please click here for the updated timetable.

Evening Of Music 2020

 

 

Rainey Endowed celebrated the 2020 Evening of Music with a fantastic night of musical talent on display.

 

Thank you to the Music Department and all those involved for making it such a great night.

 

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Rainey Endowed Ulster Sports Hall Athletics

Congratulations to all the Rainey pupils who competed in the Ulster Sports Hall Athletics in Meadowbank Sports Arena in January.

 

We had numerous medals within the group with 5 pupils also taking Ulster gold/s; Christopher Bates, Krzysztof Sokol, Joel Deans, Luke Caskey & Kate Spillane.

 

Further to this 4 Rainey boys who won gold and Henry Shanker have qualified to compete at the UK Sports Hall Athletics Championships in Sheffield as part of the Ulster U13 Boys team. A massive achievement boys.  Read the rest of this entry »

DNA Technology in Biology

 

 

 

On Tue 4th February the U6th Biology students had the opportunity to get hands on experience of some of the techniques involved within the field of DNA Technology. This fast moving area of scientific research covers wide ranging applications from DNA fingerprinting, Genetic Modification and virus genome mapping.

 

Lucienne McCallum, from TIMSTAR, travelled from her base in Scotland to enhance our students understanding and give practical experience of restriction enzymes, the use of a PCR  machine and Gel electrophoresis to name just a few. It was an experience that the students would otherwise not get to participate in and many thanks to Lucienne for facilitating this for us.

 

 

 

NI Final Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition

 

 

On Saturday 8th February Catherine Turkington in Lower Sixth took place in the Northern Ireland Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition. Catherine qualified for the final after winning the Ballymoney and District heat back in November 2019.

 

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Annie

 

 

Exciting news!

 

A school production of ‘Annie’ will be taking place in in October 2020. There are a few days left to sign up to be part of the cast (either a main role or in the chorus). Please sign up for your audition on the Music noticeboard by 3.30pm on Thurs 6th Feb.

 

Please also take a sheet to learn your audition parts. Speak to Mrs Glenn, Mrs Service or Mrs Thorogood if you have any questions. Auditions will take place after half term.

 

 

 

 

 

Big School Cook Off Preparation

 

 

In preparation for the Big School Cook Off Final in March, Johnny and Gareth completed a live cookery demonstration in the local Supervalu store. The Wheaten Griddle scones went down a treat with customers, excellent work boys!

 

Full gallery of the event available here

 

 

 

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Irish U16 Squad Announcement

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Gabi Scott on her amazing achievement of being selected for the Irish U16 squad who travel to Lilleshall in February.

 

Good luck from everyone at the Rainey!

Mr C E T Flanagan Principal 1993-2002

It is with great sadness that the Rainey Community has learnt of the death of former Principal, Mr C E T Flanagan (Terry).

 

Mr Flanagan was Principal of the Rainey from 1993 until his retirement in 2002. He oversaw the expansion of the curriculum and the improvement of the School’s buildings & facilities.

 

Mr Flanagan made a number of return visits to the Rainey since his retirement. He attended a number of the School’s Tercentenary celebrations in 2013 and more recently the opening of the Sports Hall in 2017.

 

The whole School community sends its condolences to Mrs Flanagan and the family circle.

 

 

 

District C Cross-country Championships

Congratulations to the Mini Girls and Mini Boys (Year 8) cross-country teams who competed in the recent District C Championships in Stranorlar in Donegal.

 

Both teams put on a great performance and each finished third place overall to receive bronze medals and qualify for the Ulster event in Mallusk.

 

These results were aided by some very strong individual running, including a second place finish by Luke Caskey for the Mini Boys; and two top ten finishes by the Mini Girls – Caitlin Gribben (4th) and Ruby Linton (8th).

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