Abaana 2020

Our Uganda 2020 team had to postpone their trip to Rainey Primary this June/July however, we have been following the efforts of Abaana in helping communities in Uganda deal with the corona virus crisis.


Abaana are in regular contact with the 15 communities that they work with, to assess where the greatest needs are. To date, they have raised over £25,000 through social media which has helped provide an estimated 30,000 meals to help the families at Abaana schools & support the emergency relief of street children.


This time last year we were getting ready to welcome the Abaana New Life Choir – the families of the choir children were recently given funds to help them buy essential items during the crisis, such as beans, oil, flour, tea, salt, rice, bread & soap.


There will be no Abaana teams heading out to Uganda this year but the work of our school charity continues.



New Intake for September 2021

The Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) has announced its intention to hold the 2020 Entrance Assessment on Saturday 5th December 2020.


PPTC been working with its assessment provider GL Assessment and coordinating with the Association for Quality Education (AQE) in its planning.


There are still many unknowns regarding what will be possible right across society in the late autumn. PPTC recognises that its plans may be affected by the unfolding situation.


The full information released today is:


Entrance Assessment date: Saturday 5th December 2020

PPTC has been able to delay the Entrance Assessment date by three weeks to allow pupils extra P7 time and yet also to ensure that outcomes will be available to be posted to parents ahead of Transfer Form Completion.


Outcomes will be posted on 29th January 2021 to arrive on Saturday 30th January 2021


Registration period: Monday 1st June 2020 – Friday 9th October 2020


The 2020-21 Registration Pack, which includes the Entrance Assessment Registration Form, will be available on the PPTCNI website from Monday 1st June.


PPTC has delayed the start date for parents to register their children to sit the Entrance Assessment from mid-May 2020 to 1st June 2020 to provide more time before registration decisions need to be made. PPTC has also extended the Registration deadline to 9th October 2020 to provide additional registration time when pupils are in P7.


Supplementary Entrance Assessment Date: Saturday 19th December 2020 (This assessment is available for a very small group of pupils, typically less than 1% of pupils sit the Supplementary Entrance Assessment)


PPTC will continue to make further information, including the full 2020-21 Registration Pack, available through its website: www.pptcni.com

DE Education Resources


The Department of Education has collated a range of online resources which are intended to be helpful to families and pupils during the Covid-19 situation. These are listed below:


BBC Bitesize – information and tips for children in Key Stage Three


The CCEA website contains information and resources for children in Key Stage Three and those who are 16 years of age and older.


The CCEA website contains a lot of information and resources for young people in Key Stage Three and further resources can be found at CCEA Home Learning and for those who are 16 years of age and older.


BBC Bitesize – information and tips for those at GCSE stage


Further information is available for children aged 11 and above on the Twinkl website.


Libraries NI provides an online resource with e-books available to read for free.


Staff Virtual Choir

Hello Rainey pupils,


We hope you are all well and we miss seeing you in school. While you were enjoying a break from online learning last week, some members of the Rainey family recorded this message for you. We hope you enjoy it and that it makes you laugh. Remember though, your teachers are only ever an email away if you need us.


Watch right until the end to see the Rainey’s most obedient dog!


Examinations Update


On 19 March 2020, the Minister of Education, Peter Weir MLA, announced that the Summer 2020 examination series would be cancelled to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and that grades would be based on a range of evidence and data, including prior attainment and centre estimated grades. Please see the two links below for full information:


Message to students and families


Guidance for students, parents and teachers



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.




  • 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.




  • 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,








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.

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.

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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