Technology & Design Students visit ContourGlobal

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Technology is all around us. Everywhere we look we see the impact of good design and careful implementation. It impacts us every hour of every day. How we travel, communicate, work and learn is changing.


The food and drink we consume are not excluded. On Wednesday 16 September Form 4 Technology pupils travelled to the Coca-Cola bottling plant at Lisburn. But we were not there to see the popular fizzy drink being packaged. Instead we were guests of ‘ContourGlobal’, an electricity generating company, who were in this case, powering the Coca-Cola plant.


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Lower Sixth Field Trip to Portrush



On Friday 11th September, 30 Lower 6th Biology students and 3 teachers headed to Portrush for their annual fieldtrip.  We arrived at low tide and took a few minutes to familiarise ourselves with the shore and its inhabitants before getting down to business.  The intention was to gather information on the abundance of several seaweed species across the shore and to measure limpets.

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Biology/Geography Field Work

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This week a joint Biology and Geography field trip took place. The trip included field work in the beautiful grounds of Lissan House and also a tour of the trout hatchery at Orritor road, Cookstown.

Pupils discovered how the breeding programme for fresh water pearl mussels and white clawed cray fish there are benefiting locally endangered species.


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Students from Rainey Endowed School represent the United Kingdom in Euroscola at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

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Students from 21 European countries took the seats of EU politicians for one day

On Thursday 5th February, the third Euroscola day in 2015 was held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Around 600 students and teachers from across the European Union’s member states were in Strasbourg. They came from Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

Year 11 Business Studies – Tayto Factory Visit

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Year 11 Business Studies – Tayto Factory Visit

On January 6th Year 11 Business Studies pupils visited the Tayto factory in Tandragee to view the production processes of one of Northern Ireland’s most famous brands. On the tour pupils learnt about the application of many of the topics they will study at GCSE including Computer Aided Manufacture, Health & Safety, Quality Management, Marketing, New Product Development and Stock Control. Read the rest of this entry »

Animal Shelter Visit

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As part of their studies on the Ethical treatment of animals, GCSE Religious Studies Students decided to do something practical and fill shoe boxes with gifts for abandoned dogs in a local animal shelter for Christmas. Unfortunately, their visit had to be delayed due to a virus outbreak at the shelter but on Tuesday 6th January they finally got to deliver their boxes! 37 pupils made the trip and got to see some of the abandoned dogs. The shelter was nearly full and included many different breeds of dogs who had ended up in the shelter due to different circumstances. The shelter were very grateful for all the gifts the dogs received and said it would make a real difference to their care and the pupils enjoyed putting their class studies to use in a practical way.

Madrid 2014

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I think that we all can agree that the Madrid Exchange Trip was one of the most amazing experiences we have encountered. We met so many lovely people and will treasure or memories with them forever! On Saturday 19th October, 16 pupils, Mrs Patterson and Mr Graham all met up at the Rainey, all eager and excited to get on with our journey. We said our goodbyes to our family and had a photograph together before we started our descent to Dublin International Airport. As we coped with the 2 hour bus journey, time soon flew in and we arrived in Terminal 2 of the airport. We checked in our baggage and then we had some free time to ourselves.

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Business Studies Uform Visit

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Year 12 Business Studies pupils had the opportunity on Friday 10th October to visit the Toome offices of Uform. Uform distribute kitchen doors throughout the UK & Ireland. Pupils had a talk in the boardroom from Mr Eamon Donnelly, MD, about entrepreneurship and the company’s vision.
Joanne Preston, Customer Service manager, brought pupils around the award winning showroom containing 32 kitchen displays, a rare treat, as the showroom is only open to trade customers.


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Rome 2014

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Paris Trip 2014

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Day 1 – At 05:15 on Monday 23rd June, we met up at the Rainey to get on a coach which would take us to Dublin airport. We were all very tired but extremely excited about this trip that we had been waiting for all year. Read the rest of this entry »



Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. This summer the Rainey Endowed was delighted to be part of the MLP trip to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.

The trip was expertly organized by Mr Geoff Burns from Magherafelt High School and Mr John McElholm from St Mary’s Grammar School.  The 50 strong group consisted of pupils, student leaders and teachers from the Rainey, Magherafelt High, St Mary’s and Sperrin Integrated.

Over the five day trip the pupils saw a variety of events including rugby 7’s, hockey, boxing, athletics, badminton, netball, gymnastics, swimming, squash and bowls.

Some pupils were lucky enough to get photographs and autographs from various athletes including the New Zealand Rugby 7’s Team, the Canadian Men’s Gymnastics team, the English Men’s Hockey Team including Iain Lewers from Belfast and Northern Ireland Marathon runner Gladys Ganiel . There was also great excitement when Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry turned up for the boxing and athletics events!

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Dancing at Lughnasa


On March 26th , our GCSE Drama and English Literature students enjoyed a performance of Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, presented by Bardic Theatre in Millennium Forum. Set in a fictional small town in Donegal in August 1936, the play looks at the lives of the Mundy family through the memory of their nephew Michael. A GCSE set text, the trip proved invaluable as revision for the Literature students. For the Drama students, fresh from their moderation success the previous day, it allowed them to learn from the expert manipulation of the key performance skills of voice, movement and facial expression. Thank you to everyone involved for making the excursion so successful!

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Wrightbus Industrial Visit

On Friday 21st September, 12 Technology & Design pupils from Upper and Lower Sixth together with Mr Palmer and Mr Boyd, visited Europe’s leading independent bus manufacturer – Wrightbus in Galgorm, Ballymena.

Following a very interesting factual presentation of the company we were shown various computer simulations of their double decker, articulated, midi and full size single decker buses. Read the rest of this entry »


Day One

An army of green hoodies arrived at Belfast City Airport, at 3pm on Tuesday 19th October excited and apprehensive about the trip we were about to undertake. After a brisk check-in, we made our way to a seated area in the

Departure Lounge and had a surprise celebration for Emily O’Hare’s 17th birthday where chocolate cake was enjoyed by all.

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Year 9 Geography Field Trip

In December 2010, Year 9 Geography went on a field trip to find out more about where our energy comes from at present and to explore the many possibilities for future energy production. Here are some of their reports of the day.

The day had come-14th December 2010. It was the day we had all been waiting for. We set off on a trip to Kilroot Power Station and Greenmount Agricultural College.

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Comenius Project

Sunday 14th November 2010

Sunday 14th November saw the arrival of our exchange partners who had flown in from Germany, Denmark and France.  There were here to spend four days in Sunny Northern Ireland. Some of the pupils had the opportunity to be hosted by our sixth form modern linguists.  I had chosen to host four students and had been informed before their arrival that I would be hosting two Danish and two French students.  We were told to collect our new friends at the Terrace hotel at 6.30 pm and by the time 6.30pm arrived, many texts had been fired back and forth between us to make sure that we all arrived at the same time as we were unsure what exactly to expect.  We walked through the doors of the hotel and we were immediately met by a throng of European students, the initial awkwardness only lasted a short while and soon we had retrieved our guests and we were heading back to what was to be their home for the next four days.

That evening some of us got together and watched a DVD with English subtitles, after all it was supposed to be a learning experience.  All six of the exchange students watching the DVD fell asleep and we realised that it was time for bed.  We all went to sleep that night, excited at the thought of the days to come.
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Rome trip 30th Sept – 4th Oct 2010

It was a very tired but excited group of 6th form students who met in the Rainey car park at 2am on Thursday morning.  They were heading to Rome! 

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Year 10 Adventure Week

Third year pupils took part in the annual adventure week in France. With the normal centre at Tamaris now closed, activities were based on the new centre near Biarritz. This centre, unlike the others, based pupils in chalets just 100 yards from the lake where most activities were organised. These included wind surfing, catamarrans, kayaks and canoeing.    
The wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean was the venue for surfing while the Pyrenees was the centre for white water rafting. Aqualand provided an opportunity for the pupils to expenience a wide range of water based rides. Sadly and unknown to the pupils one of their instructors suffered a hit and run on the first night and died later. We are grateful to PGL for the manner in which their staff dealt with this tragedy and ensured that the pupils experience did not suffer.