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.


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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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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!


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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.