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

Staff at RSD welcoming our Peruvian visitors to the school

Pastor Elisario Vargus who is President of the Baptist Association of Churches in Southern Peru along with his wife Esther who is Vice Principal of a school in Tacha, visited RSD on Monday 22nd May 2017.

They spent time with staff and pupils in the Modern Languages Department, speaking Spanish with pupils from Years 10 and 11.  During lunch hour they spoke to pupils at the Junior Scripture Union.  On both occasions they gave a short presentation about the people, climate and culture of Peru.

They were in Northern Ireland to take part in “Peru 90” celebrations organised by the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland to mark 90 years of Baptist Missions involvement in Peru.  They were accompanied by Desmond and Mavis Creelman from Randalstown.


 Posted by on May 29, 2017 at 12:41 am
May 292017

Ben Nicholl (Yr 13) pictured above was presented with the award shown, by CCEA Chairman Trevor Carson in recognition of achieving the accolade of the top scoring candidate in Northern Ireland at GCSE Further Mathematics.  Ben was invited by CCEA on Tuesday 25th April to receive this special award at a ceremony held by the NI Examination Board, at the Titanic Centre in Belfast. Ben was also successful in being awarded joint recipient of the CCEA John Magaud Memorial Cup for excellence in GCSE Further Mathematics.

RSD wishes Ben every success as he embarks on his AS examinations for Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Food Technology at the Royal School Dungannon.

 Posted by on May 29, 2017 at 12:11 am
Apr 082017

On 30th March, Mrs Jennifer Hobson (a former teacher at RSD) organised a charity fashion show to raise funds for the NSPCC: a leading children’s charity in the UK.

The event took place at in the evening at The Hill of the O’Neill in Dungannon town and proved to be a huge success. Members of the charities committee in school were enlisted to help Mrs Hobson on the night; including Megan Steenson, Angie Lam, Rebecca Shaw, Ellie Finlay, Jono Shrestha, Adam Irwin and Rebecca Richardson (all Year 13). Thank you to all of our volunteer models, to Alannah McMullan and Hannah Ferguson (Charities Committee), Feba Abraham and Matthew Wallace (Yr 14 pupils), Tau Tohi, Jonah Mau’u and Nico Aholelei (our 2017 Dilworth Tutors) and to Mr McDowell and Mr McGuinness (current teaching staff) who also made the night so enjoyable with their catwalk routines!

Mar 312017
Congratulations to Oliver McIlravie, Chloe Acheson and Eve Talbot, all Year 8.

Congratulations to Oliver McIlravie (3rd place), Chloe Acheson (1st place) and Eve Talbot (2nd place), all Yr 8.


Well done to all Year 8 pupils who took part in the competition to Celebrate World Book day, it’s 20th year, on 2nd March 2017. Students completed a poster to advertising their favourite book being turned into a movie. Every student who entered the competition received a bar of chocolate and a £1 book token in recognition of their efforts.

Special congratulations go to Oliver McIlravie, Chloe Acheson and Eve Talbot (pictured) on their winning entries for their World Book Day posters. All three have won gift cards for Easons for their exciting and unique entries.

1st place – Chloe Acheson
2nd place – Eve Talbot
3rd place – Oliver McIlravie


 Posted by on March 31, 2017 at 12:50 pm
Mar 082017


On Tuesday 7th March, RSD welcomed youth motivational speaker Wayne Denner to the school, where he delivered two highly informative sessions to pupils regarding the important issue of e-safety to KS3,4&5. Wayne is retuning to school this evening to deliver a similar session to parents.

Wayne’s goal is to educate young people about e-safety; he provided tips and guidance yesterday on how they could create a positive online reputation. Wayne also offered advice to our pupils on how to use the internet, to ensure that they maximize their employability in later years.

Many thanks to Wayne for his advice and guidance yesterday. We are sure that our pupils learnt a great deal from his teachings.

All parents are more than welcome and encouraged to attend this evening’s presentation led by Wayne, in the school at 7:30pm.

 Posted by on March 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm
Mar 072017

Six of our RSD pupils (Isaac Li, Lewis Connelly, Luke McMullan, Dillon Boyd, Harry McAdam & Dylan Mason) along with three teachers cycled a route of 34 miles to Armagh in the Cycle Against Suicide Event 2017, to help spread the message “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.”  All pupils very ably completed the cycle with some great entertainment and food along the way.

One of the participants, Isaac Li stated that “iI found it very meaningful to spend some time supporting this cause and also participating in my favorite sport.” Isaac had said that although it was exhausting, the experience was priceless.

 Posted by on March 7, 2017 at 11:32 pm
Feb 062017


Dr Burnett, Mrs Hampton and Mr Boyle (of St. Patrick’s Academy) had the pleasure of meeting Prince Edward in October last year, as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) celebrated its 60th year in existence. As part of the Diamond Anniversary celebrations, The Earl of Wessex travelled around the UK to meet DofE participants and volunteers.

The meeting with The Earl of Wessex was an opportunity to celebrate the joint initiative of both schools sharing the DofE and Gaisce awards.

His Royal Highness had travelled to Colebrooke Park in Enniskillen to celebrate this special occasion and subsequently planted a tree in the grounds of Colebrooke Estate.

 Posted by on February 6, 2017 at 9:17 pm
Jan 162017

From September through to November, Year 10 had been studying Poverty and Development. We finished the unit of work by looking at the role of aid in raising development around the world. Many of us were keen to put our learning into some practical help and so donated money for ‘Present Aid’, a branch of Christian Aid. An amazing £223 was raised!

Below is a quote and some further information from Miss Montgomery, Head of Geography at RSD:

“Many thanks to Year 10 for their exceptional generosity. This has allowed them to purchase the following items:

  • Sending a child in rural Bangladesh to school and pay for their education for a whole year. In Bangladesh Christian Aid has set up primary schools in remote areas, trained staff and produced textbooks in local languages. Schools like these have been a great success and many children have been able to go on to high school to continue their education. We have been able to send one more child to these schools.
  • 4 kid goats – Christian Aid is helping poor families in rural Malawi lift themselves out of poverty by giving them pregnant goats. The goats provide milk to drink and manure to use as fertiliser. But more importantly, when the goat has kids, they’re passed on to people’s neighbours, so that others can benefit too.
  • 4 sets of antibiotics to provide desperately needed treatment at mobile clinics in Palestine. Restrictions on movement in the occupied Palestinian territory mean children often can’t see a doctor when they need to. This gift gives much needed medicine to children, like 7-year-old Mohammed who was suffering from suspected pneumonia. Christian Aid’s partner provides a mobile clinic equipped with specialist doctors and medical supplies. These clinics, run by Israeli and Palestinian volunteers, bring life-saving antibiotics for children and provide free treatment.
  • Provision of a nutritious food supplement and de-worming medicine to 4 malnourished children. In the rural Columbian community of Las Pavas, nearly two-thirds of children are malnourished. Five-year-old Marcia suffered with intestinal worms and was malnourished – her growth was stunted and she was so weak. This gift enables Christian Aid partners to help children like Marcia rebuild their strength by providing them with medicine and a tub of nutritious food supplement to bolster their recovery.
  • 20 mosquito nets to protect young children from being bitten by deadly mosquitoes. Every year there are more than 200 million recorded cases of malaria worldwide. A simple mosquito net and some malaria prevention advice from the volunteer who delivers it saves lives in countries like Nigeria.

All of these items will make such a difference to the people involved. Thanks to Year 10 and their generosity, they have made life a little easier for many people in other parts of the world. Well done!”

 Posted by on January 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm
Nov 232016


Pictured above: Jamie McAteer, Chloe Brodison-McMinn,
Molly Watt & Emma Turkington



Well done to the Anti-Bullying poster competition prize winners listed below. Thank you to all who took part, there were some excellent entries.

Keep a look out for your posters around school!

1st prize : Emma Turkington (Year 8)

2nd prize : Jamie McAteer (Year 9)

3rd prize (joint) : Molly Watt (Year 8) and Chloe Brodison-McMinn (Year 9)

 Posted by on November 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm