Sep 222017

We wish both Grace Shrestha (Year 14) and Lucy Turkington (Year 12) all the best in their first match tomorrow, on the Ulster U18 Girls rugby squad.

The Ulster U18 Girls squad is made up of the best young players from across the Province, and takes part in an annual competition against the other three Irish Provinces. The 2016 Ulster U18 Girls team won the inaugural U18 Girls’ Inter-Provincial title with 3 wins out of 3.

Grace has also been selected to captain the squad for the upcoming Inter-Provincial matches, which will be played on the following dates.

Sunday 24th September – Ulster v Connacht – Virginia RFC, KO 3:00pm
Saturday 30th September- Leinster v Ulster – North Kildare RFC, KO 1:30pm
Saturday 7th October- Munster v Ulster – Barnhall RFC, KO 3:00pm


 Posted by on September 22, 2017 at 10:32 pm
Sep 152017

On Saturday 9th September, a large crowd was present as the RSD Medallion hosted their counterparts from Friends’ School, Lisburn on the Armstrong Field in the inaugural match for The David Shrestha Shield.  A period of applause was held just prior to the kick off.

RSD started the match with a bang with number 8 Jamie Allen bagging a hat trick inside 15 minutes: the first after good work by open side flanker Michael Tate; the second came when he ran a good support line; and the third was a “pick and go” from the back of a ruck.  Nathan Shaw added two conversions.  From the restart, RSD centre and captain Jordan Redmond saw space open up in front of him and he ran in from 30 metres to leave the half time score 24 – 0 in favour of the home side.

Early in the second half a strong run by full back Joshua Pinkerton was followed by several rucks before Michael Tate crashed over for an unconverted try.  Friends’ School gradually became more confident in their play and put several phases of play together but could not breach the RSD defence.  Mid way through the half, good work by Ben Kelly was followed up by several close drives by the forwards resulting in a fourth try for Jamie Allen which Nathan Shaw converted.

Near the end of the match, Joshua Pinkerton completed the scoring in the left corner following good off-loads by Jordan Redmond and Michael Tate.  Jamie Allen was named as man of the match.

At the end of the match, RSD Headmaster Dr Burnett thanked everyone who came along to support the boys and the Shrestha family.  He then congratulated both teams on the good spirit in which the match was played before presenting the shield to the RSD captain, Jordan Redmond.

 Posted by on September 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm
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