Annie Production Postponed


As you know, we were very much looking forward to our production of ANNIE in the Autumn term.  Unfortunately, because of the current pandemic, we are having to postpone the production until October 2021. This is beyond our control because of social distancing guidelines.  For now, enjoy the summer holidays and see you in the new academic year!

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!


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.

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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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.






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.

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 »




What a night at Rainey’s Got Talent. Everyone was utterly amazing! We think it’s fair to say Rainey definitely does have its fair share of talent! A special congratulations to Phoebe McIvor, who topped the votes with her rendition of Doris Day’s “Black Hills of Dakota”. #RGT2019


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Rainey Christmas Celebrations 2018



Well done to all for another amazing Rainey Christmas Celebration. Happy Christmas everyone!

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Set Work and Performance Skills


On Wednesday 24 October, Year 14 Music students attended the Set Work and Performance Skills day at Queen’s University, Belfast.  This was an informative day which linked into the A2 set works from a contextual perspective and forced students to think about other, less obvious aspects of good performance practice.  Thanks to the staff from QUB Music for organising the day!

Primary School Music Workshops 2018

A large number of pupils from Magherafelt PS, Woods PS and Castledawson PS took part in our Music Workshops over a period of four mornings before the half term holidays.  These workshops were led by our 6th form Music students and assisted by some of our GCSE students.  Read the rest of this entry »

Shrek The Musical

On Thursday 18th October members of the Junior Choir enjoyed a brilliant trip to see ‘Shrek the Musical’. We loved singing along to the hits and taking in the brilliance and splendour of the Grand Opera House.



Spring Concert 2018




A photo gallery from the 2018 Rainey Endowed Spring concert.
Recorded on 22 March 2018.

Well done to everyone involved. #springconcert


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Rainey’s Got Talent #RGT2018



Last night we were left in absolutely no doubt – Rainey really does have talent!
Well done everyone. #rft2018


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Rainey Carol Service 2017



Well done to all for another amazing Rainey Carol Service last night. Happy Christmas everyone!

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@Castledawsonps1 Music workshop


Earlier this week our sixth year Music classes hosted the Primary Six pupils from Castledawson Primary School for a music workshop. During this they learnt about tempo, pulse and rhythm. In groups they got to create their own rhythms after being inspired at our rhythm café.


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Spring Concert 2017

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Some video snippets and a photo gallery from the 2017 Rainey Endowed Spring concert.
Recorded on Wednesday 22 March 2017.


Well done to everyone involved. #springconcert


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Rainey Pupils selected for Ulster Youth Choir @UYCNI

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The Ulster Youth choir recently visited Rainey Endowed to deliver a workshop for our junior and senior choir. This was a fantastic experience for over 90 of our pupils who attended. Following on from this, twenty eight of our students have been selected for the Junior Ulster Youth choir or the Ulster Youth Training Choir. This is a wonderful opportunity for these pupils which reflects their commitment and talent.


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Rainey Christmas Carol Services 2016




A snippet from the excellent Carol Service of Tuesday 13th December 2016.

Well done to all pupils and staff involved.

Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year


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Music Workshops for P6 & P7 Pupils



For two weeks in November a group of seven enthusiastic A level music students volunteered to participate in four fun-filled music workshops for Primary 6 and 7 pupils from Castledawson and New Row Primary Schools. During the course of the four workshops, we taught the children the basic elements of music – pitch, rhythm dynamics, pulse and texture. We taught these musical elements through powerpoint and of course one or two fun games!


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NYO Inspire Orchestra 2016

NYO Inspire Orchestra 2016 was made up of 71 teenagers from around the UK, including our very own Year 13 student, Caitlin McPeake, who came together for an incredible 10-day orchestral music-making residency. Comprising 6-days of rehearsals at the University of Wolverhampton, the Orchestra then embarked on a 4-day concert tour of the West Midlands, bringing orchestral music to their peers in diverse places from schools to a youth centre. One of the highlights of the tour was performing at The Way Youth Zone Wolverhampton, where the audience was made up of over a hundred teenagers who had never seen an orchestra perform live. Focusing on peer sharing and learning, the Orchestra also led workshops for musicians from local music hubs and schools, exploring the different layers and sounds of an orchestra.

This year, NYO Inspire Orchestra performed Nino Rota’s circus-themed La Strada (the score from the Italian film by Federico Fellini), taking on a unique rendition of the piece that creatively integrates spoken word and movement. See their final performance by clicking this link.

Applications for NYO Inspire 2017 are now open and if you know of any young musicians aged 13-19 who may be interested in NYO Inspire, you can apply by clicking this link.

All NYO Inspire projects are free to participate in.

The deadline for submitting is 9am on Monday 24 October 2016.

Music students perform with The Band of the Irish Guards at Cookstown Primary School

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On Monday 27 June, a small number of our woodwind students had the opportunity to practice and perform with The Band of the Irish Guards at Cookstown Primary School.
They took part in instrumental workshops in the morning before rehearsing with the band in the afternoon. Pupils then performed in a short concert to conclude their day with the band.
Our thanks go to Mrs Cuddy from Cookstown Primary School for inviting us along to this fantastic event!