RSD had the privilege of having Ulster Orchestra violinist, Danny McCann-Williams in school recently. Danny provided a masterclass for Napier Prize winner, Jeffrey Yau (Year 13), for excellence in strings performance. This hour-long lesson allowed Jeffrey to work on his violin technique as well as expressive interpretation of repertoire for his upcoming Grade 7 examination. Members of Royal Strings had the opportunity to also observe the masterclass and pick up some tips for the development of their own performance skills. Once again, we are indebted to former teacher, Mrs M. Napier for providing pupils with this experience.
Royal School Dungannon had the privilege of welcoming the Boarding Schools’ Association National Director, Mr Robin Fletcher, for a visit to the school. As part of the Boarding Orchard initiative started in 2014, RSD was the 126th boarding school to have a tree planted by Mr Fletcher and the 4th in Northern Ireland.
Mr Fletcher was joined by our Headmaster, Dr Burnett, boarding staff, Miss Winslow and Mr Boyd and boarding pupils; Avis, Erioluwa, Benson, Mariia and Tiffany for the planting of the tree.
During his visit, Mr Fletcher enjoyed touring the school’s Boarding facilities and meeting many of the boarding pupils who were able to share their experiences with him.
On the morning of Friday 29th September, the Charities Committee held their annual Charities Breakfast for Sixth Form, with the breakfast being held in the canteen this year and a wider selection of foods available than usual. The breakfast went down a treat for everyone involved with £701.35 raised! The money raised was then given to the charity Action Mental Health, who will put the donations to great use. Thanks to Laura Burnett (News Photography Team) for photographs of this event.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.