May 292017

Well done to all athletes who competed in the E-District Athletics Championship at the Antrim Forum, earlier this month. The following students achieved a place on the podium and have qualified for the Ulster Athletic Championship.

Mini Boys

Alfie Lewis (Year 8) 3rd in 100m, 3rd in Long Jump
Ben Pike (Year 8) 3rd in High Jump
James McCammon (Year 8) 3rd in Shot Put
Relay 3rd:Cameron Shaw, Scott Boyd, Ben Pike & Alfie Lewis (all Year 8)

Minor Boys

Ethan Carberry (Year 9) 1st in High Jump
Jamie Allen (Year 9) 3rd in Shot Put
Relay 3rd: Michael Tate, Jay Cardwell, James Girvan &  Adam Curran (all Year 9)

Junior Boys

Jordan Redmond (Year 10) 1st in Javelin
Joshua Pinkerton (Year 10) 2nd in 200m
Ben Kelly (Year 10) 2nd in Javelin

Inter Boys

Luke McMullan (Year 12) 3rd in 200m
George Curran (Year 12) 3rd in Long Jump
Relay 3rd: George Curran, Luke McMullan, Jonathan McCammon, Jack Girvan


Minor Girls – (Year 9)

Judith Lavery, 2nd in Shot
Hollie Magowan, 1st in the High Jump

Junior girls – (Year 10)

Sarah Shrestha, finished 3rd in 800m
Ellie Greenaway, finished 3rd in 1500m

Intermediate Girls

Lucy Turkington (Year 11) 2nd in Triple Jump
Zoe Henderson (Year 12) 1st in High Jump and 2nd in 100m

Senior Girls

Lauren Boyd (Year 13) 2nd in Triple Jump

 Posted by on May 29, 2017 at 12:29 am
May 282017


RSD would like to congratulate the following thirty pupils who have recently completed their Millennium Volunteer Awards.  These pupils have committed their time to carrying out volunteering in a variety of environments; sporting, spiritual, youth schemes, music, charity work, National Citizen Service, drama and supporting community members.

Between them this amounts to a staggering total of over 2000 hours volunteering. The involvement in these activities provides pupils with opportunities to develop, amongst many other qualities, a host of social and organisational skills to have at their disposal.

It is a delight and a great encouragement to see so many of our young students commit to the community of which they are part of.  As a school, we are extremely proud of each and every one of them.

Schools Award Recipients
Evan Farmer (Yr 9) Katherine Black, Cara Hadden, Rachael Hall, Victoria Shannon, Anna Gamble & Aisha Farmer (all Yr 11) & Chloe Plunkett (Yr 12)

50 Hours Award Recipients
Louise Boyd, Chloe Davison, Amy Gillespie & Sophie Kennedy (Yr 11) Jake Bell, John Scott, Matthew Watt & Alison Wong (Yr 12) Ellen To (Yr 13) Julie Orr (Yr 14)

100 Hours Award Recipients
Chloe Kelly, Lydia Reid  & Caitlin Walker  (Yr 11) Milan Dickie, Laura Saunders,  Matthew Green,  Kelly Law &  Andrew Mylroi-Lamont  (Yr 12) Angie Lam, Sophie Pinkerton, Ben Robinson & Angel To  (Yr 13)


May 142017

Peter Mylroi Lamont (Year 12) attended the Ulster Age Group and Youth Championships from Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April at Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex, swimming in four events. Peter is now competing in the strongest age group, of 16 – 17 year olds, and reached the final in both of his key events, 100m and 200m breaststroke.

He put in excellent performances in both, recording excellent personal best times and finishing 8th and 5th respectively. Peter also swam well in both the 200m Individual Medley and 400m Freestyle.

Peter plans to continue training alongside his GCSE studies as he works towards his next competition in July. RSD would like to wish him every success for his upcoming competitions.

May 082017

Abbie Hampton (Yr8)

Congratulations to Abbie Hampton (Yr8) on being selected to play for the Ulster Hockey U13 Regional Talent Academy programme, running in May and June this year.

Abbie will participate in eight sessions at Wallace High School, Lisburn. This is a great opportunity for her as she has been selected from a large number of girls, narrowed down to just twenty-two.

May 082017

Congratulations to Lucy Turkington (Yr 11) who was named in April as one of The Ulster U18 Girls 7s squad.

Lucy was chosen amongst a number of other girls selected from a larger training squad, and will play a series of development blitzes against the three other provinces over the course of the next couple of months.

 Posted by on May 8, 2017 at 12:01 am
May 052017

Congratulations to Ellie Kelso (Yr10) who competed recently in the Kanturk 2 Day National cycling Competition in Cork, held from 29th – 30th April. Unfortunately Ellie got off to a rocky start during Stage One, where she ‘crashed out’ but undeterred, Ellie went on to claim 4th place at Stage Two and even clinch 2nd place at Stage Three.

 Posted by on May 5, 2017 at 11:02 pm
May 012017

TEAM R&D: Team 2 (Pictured left) & Team 1 (on right)

Two groups of four AS Level Physics students were mentored through an engineering research and development problem for the past six months by Mallaghan Engineering.

This challenge was a real life and current engineering problem that Mallaghan are dealing with, that of manufacturing automated rig testing software and machinery. The pupils received the problem at a visit to Mallaghan Engineering and then worked both independently and alongside Sentinus and the University of Ulster to achieve a solid proposal. The scheme culminated at a presentation and assessment day at The Braid Centre in Ballymena, where pupils faced a panel of assessors to present their findings. Pupils then dealt with intricate questions regarding their research at their set up display stand. All pupils received glowing praise both by their assessors on the day and from the link engineer at Mallaghan Engineering, who will take the students’ research on to the next level.

As a result all eight pupils have been awarded the prestigious and internationally recognised Gold Crest Award. The school would like to congratulate them on this excellent achievement.

Team 1: Cameron Mullan, Jono Shrestha, Joel Stewart & Patrick Greeves.

Team 2: Jack Thompson, Adam Irwin, David Saygi & Matthew Scott.


 Posted by on May 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm
Apr 152017

Andrew Mylroi Lamont (Year 12) has been very successful in being awarded a bursary from the prestigious Mary Peters Trust to support his training for the Waveski World Championships, which will be held in Northern Spain during the summer of 2018.

He was delighted to receive such an honour, and attended an Athlete Academy meeting in Belfast earlier this month, where certificates and awards were distributed to athletes from a wide range of sporting fields.

We wish Andrew every success as he continues to train for the Waveski World Championships.

 Posted by on April 15, 2017 at 11:43 pm
Apr 062017

Grosvenor GS 8 – 11 The Royal School, Dungannon

The final whistle at the Kingspan Stadium on Monday (5th April) brought great excitement as The Royal School won the Danske Bank Girls’ Schools’ Cup for the first time with a hard fought but deserved win over Grosvenor GS. This was only the second time that RSD had entered the competition but many of the girls play rugby outside the school with local clubs.

The team was captained by Grace Shrestha who had been part of the Ulster U18 Girls squad which had won their inaugural Inter Provincial Championship back in September. There were loud cheers from the RSD supporters who numbered over 500 as firstly all the girls received their medals and then as Grace received the Danske Bank Girls’ Schools’ Cup from the President of the Ulster Branch, Mr John McKibben.

The Girls’ Schools’ Cup is a tag rugby event with teams having 10 players on the pitch at any one time and played on a slightly narrower and shorter pitch to the full game. The game is played over two halves of 20 minutes each and is designed to produce a fast “off-loading” type game where RSD excelled.

Zoe Henderson opening the scoring after 3 minutes for RSD but GGS responded with three scores of their own to lead 1 – 3 and gain ascendancy in the match. However RSD gradually came into the game initially with some good defensive work before scores by Emily Carson and Zoe Henderson took the score to 3 – 3 as the teams changed ends.

An early score by GGS in the second half was cancelled out by one from Zoe Henderson before GGS took the lead again. RSD then took control of the match as they scored 5 times in 7 minutes through Lucy Turkington, Laura Saunders, Sarah Shrestha, Katie Burns and Holly Henderson for RSD to lead 9 – 5, a lead which they never relinquished. A GGS score was cancelled out by one from Sarah Shrestha before a mini fight back by GGS saw them reduce the deficit to 10 – 8. However a final score, and her fourth, by Zoe Henderson sealed the win for RSD 11 – 8 with the final whistle sparkings celebrations both on the pitch and in the grandstand.

To reach the final the girls had taken part in a qualifying quarter final event at at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown on Tuesday 7th March where they won their matches as follows: St Josephs (5-0), Enniskillen Royal GS (1-0) and RS Armagh (6-0).

At the semi-final stage on Tuesday 14th March they were also unbeaten including wins over Enniskillen Royal GS who have won 6 of the 7 previous competitions. The results which saw the RSD reach the Kingspan Stadium final were wins as follows: Enniskillen Royal GS Team 1 (3-2), Loreto Letterkenny Team 1 (5-0), Royal School Cavan (2-1), Fivemiletown College (4-2), Enniskillen Royal GS Team 2 (1-0) and Loreto Letterkenny Team 2 (4-0).

The RSD team has been coached by Mrs Diane Robb and Mr Gareth McClintock. Commenting about the win Mrs Robb said “I’m delighted for the girls who have put so much work into preparing for the final particular. I would like to thank Grosvenor GS for a very competitive match with the results not being certain until the final whistle. My thanks to Mr McClintock for leading the training sessions and for his help with the preparations for the final. Thanks also to those who coach many of the girls at Dungannon Rugby Club and in particular to Charlie Farrell.”

The RSD Headmaster Dr David Burnett was also delighted with the win. He said “It’s a great day for the school and I’m so pleased for the girls on the team who have worked hard to get to this stage and have been rewarded by their success. It was also very pleasing that so many of our pupils, staff and governors were able to attend the game along with many parents and friends of the school.”

RSD Squad: Grace Shrestha (Captain), Lucy Turkington (Vice-Captain), Rebecca Boyd, Katie Burns, Katie Browne, Emily Carson, Aoife Hagan, Holly Henderson, Zoe Henderson, Morgan Jenkins, Sophie Khan, Tiffany McDonald, Laura Saunders, Hannah Scott-Burrows, Sarah Shrestha, Lucy Stewart.

(Images above kindly given with permission from Darren Kidd, Press Eye Photography.)