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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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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Amazing Brains

Our Year 11 Amazing Brains ‘Drive for Results’ was a most useful and interesting workshop.  Pupils engaged in a wide variety of activities, all of which very effectively supported our school focus on ‘Learning to Learn’.  Memory strategies, time management techniques and practical guidance on creating effective revision notes all provided timely support for imminent mock and GCSE examinations. Well done to our Year 11 pupils who worked hard and participated fully in all aspects of the programme – you were ‘amazing’!


Gallery of images from the event


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Winter Exam Timetable

The timetables for the Winter exams have been finalised. Please click on the appropriate link below for access to the timetable.


Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Year 14

Open Night 2020

Rainey Endowed were delighted to welcome over 800 people across the two open evenings. Thank you to all primary pupils and parents who came to visit the school and especially to all Rainey pupils for helping to make both nights run so successfully.


Full gallery of photos from the night available here



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English Literature Workshops

The English Department was pleased to welcome lecturers from University of Ulster, Coleraine to deliver workshops in December to our English Literature students on their AS exam modules. The sessions, which proved engaging and useful, were enjoyed by both students and teachers.


Our thanks to Professor Jan Jedrzejewski for generously offering the workshop facility and also to Dr James Ward and Dr Frank Ferguson for visiting. The English Department looks forward to building on this link in the future.

Tayto Visit 2020

On 7th & 9th of January the two Year 11 Business Studies classes travelled to Tandragee to visit the Tayto factory as an educational visit based upon the subject area of production. The aim of the visit was to investigate manufacturing methods used by companies such as Tayto.  This helps the students to consolidate the information that has been taught in class.

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Interested in learning an instrument in 2020?


There are many advantages to learning an instrument.

– Helps strengthen your memory and reading skills
– Reduces stress
– Develops multi-processing skills
– Develops communication skills
– Makes you happy!


However, it does take some time and patience. If you would like to learn an instrument in school, please see Mrs Glenn or Mrs Thorogood for more information.

Orienteering Introduced at the Rainey



Rainey Endowed are pleased to introduce a new sport to Year 9 and Year 10 PE curriculum. In the photographs below, some pupils are negotiating their way round Rainey’s new orienteering course.


The course was designed and developed by Year 10 pupil Rebecca Linton and her Dad, Steven. Rebecca and Steven are both members of the North West Orienteering Club and used their expertise to construct the course and produce a map.


Many thanks to them both.


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Big School Cook Off County Winners




Congratulations to Johnny and Gareth (Year 10) who are county winners in the Mount Charles Big School Cook Off.


They will compete against the other finalist groups in the grand final of the competition in March 2020. Well done boys!

Carol Concert 2019

Rainey Endowed held the annual Carol Concert in the Sports Hall. We’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Read the rest of this entry »

Lego League 2019



W5 welcomed 140 pupils from schools across Northern Ireland to the twelfth annual Northern Ireland FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge on Wednesday 4 December.


The FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers.


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Twelve Rainey Pupils among CCEA Top Candidates



We are delighted to learn that in the 2019 summer GCSE and A-Level examinations Rainey Pupils not only achieved the highest possible grades but some also gained the highest individual marks in Northern Ireland.

This year we had an outstanding 12 CCEA Top Candidate placings with 6 students placing first in their subject overall.
This is a record for Rainey Endowed and we are rightly extremely proud of their achievements.


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Year 10 Winter Exam Timetable



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Rainey crowned Ulster Superleague champions



Rainey Endowed V Banbridge Academy in the final of the Ulster Schools Superleague – Wednesday 27 November at Playball, Stormont.
The Rainey girls 1STXI hockey team won their league group matches 7-0 v Coleraine Grammar School, 4-0 v Glenlola Collegiate, 1-0 v Dalriada and 4-0 v Ballymena Academy to top their Superleague section and reach the ¼ final v Royal School Armagh.


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Olivia Currie wins ILGU Junior Medal



A huge Rainey well done to Olivia Currie who won the ILGU Junior Medal recently at the links at Seapoint. Olivia carded the score of the day in very windy conditions to win the Golf Medal. Playing off 31, she made four pars and racked up 45 points.
Great job Olivia, your school and particularly 9S is very proud of you!

Soroptimist Success for Rainey!



On Thursday 21st November 2019 Honor Graham and Catherine Turkington took part in the annual Soroptimist Public Speaking Regional Competition for Ballymoney and District Area. This is a competition organised annually for girls in year 12 and year 13. The aims of the competition include: “encouraging girls to play a more prominent part in public life” and “encouraging girls to develop the skills to speak effectively and to articulate with clarity.”


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