Nov 082017

Rebecca Elliott, Dion Di Maio, Zack El Marif, Joseph Hamill, Emily Carson, Ciara Cairns and Emma McFarland

Y13 English Literature Pupils attended two short Pinter Plays in the Black Box On Friday 3rd November. They were challenging in content and really encouraged thoughtful discussion after the performance.

One for the Road’… Perhaps Pinter’s most terrifying play, – Victor, an intellectual, his wife Gila and their son, are interrogated by a Government Official, a Grand Inquisitor determined to protect the state from dissent. But is there a personal motive in the background? ….. Will ‘Right’ triumph over ‘Might’? ….Who will be the ‘Victor’?
Contains Strong Language

‘A Kind of Alaska’… Unlike most of Pinter’s plays, is admittedly and specifically inspired by the Oliver Sachs seminal book ‘Awakenings’. Where the memorable film starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro focusses on a group of patients, Pinter places Deborah, who has been in a completely comatose state for 29 years, as the central character. When awoken she inherits the body and mind of Deborah the 16year old.

It was a valuable experience for our pupils and a most enjoyable evening!

 Posted by on November 8, 2017 at 10:21 pm
Nov 012017

On Thursday 19th October, Mr Moore accompanied his A Level French class to the Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast, to view the French film “Manon des Sources”. This experience really challenged our linguistic skills and we all found the film thoroughly enjoyable. We completed a written analysis of the film and Mr Moore kindly treated everyone to ice cream afterwards- there was no better way to end a successful day out! Many thanks to Mr Moore for organising such a great trip.

 Posted by on November 1, 2017 at 10:30 pm
May 282017

Year 9 pupils participated in a visit to the Ranfurly House Visitor Centre in Dungannon earlier this month, in conjunction with their studies on the Plantations of Ulster. This brought the subject to life for the pupils and allowed them to engage in a visual and interactive way with what we had been learning in the classroom.

They groups enjoyed a tour of the Visitors Centre, question time on the history of the Plantations, the Flight of the Earls and Hugh O’Neill, as well as the highlight, a walk onto the Hill of the O’Neill in the sunshine to see the remains of the fort that stood there 400 years ago.

Some pupils enjoyed the trip so much that they have been back already for a picnic and to take in the views from the top of the hill!

 Posted by on May 28, 2017 at 11:08 pm
May 202017

Report on Year 8 Geography Fieldtrip by Robyn Archer, Sienna Fenton and Jessica Wylie 8Q

On Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May all of Year 8 went to Belfast.  We went to see how land use in the Inner City area of Laganside had changed over the years.  We have been studying the growth and characteristics of Belfast in our Geography lessons.  We started off at the Gasworks and walked along the river until we reached the Titanic Centre.  In between, we went to the Waterfront Hall and the Odyssey.  At each location, we learned what the area had been used for in the past and we undertook some data collection to establish what each area was being used for now, i.e. we did a land use survey.  It was interesting to see that many of the new buildings still had a nautical theme from the days of the shipyard building ships; many of the buildings had funnel-shaped chimneys and porthole windows.  A highlight of the trip was stopping at Pizza Hut for lunch!  Unlucky for us, it poured with rain when we stopped at the Titanic Centre, so this bit was cut short as we ran out of the rain and sheltered in the building.  We really enjoyed our day out.

 Posted by on May 20, 2017 at 11:05 pm
Apr 102017

On Thursday 6th April, Year 10 went to Tayto Castle as part of their learning for the Food Safety topic in Food Technology. Pupils had the opportunity to see how the crisps were made, learn about the safety procedures in place and of course sample crisps.

Everyone had a great time- we were kindly treated to some complimentary bags of crisps at the end of our tour and we even got to meet Mr Tayto himself!

Apr 032017

On 26th and 27th March, 27 pupils (in Year 14) from RSD and St Patrick’s Academy travelled to Dublin as part of their Shared History Programme. Pupils visited Glasnevin Cemetery on the Sunday afternoon and saw the resting place of many giants of Irish history. They then went to Kilmainham Gaol where pupils got to visit the cells of many men and women who were involved with the Easter Rising of 1916. Pupils and staff alike shared dinner together in a restaurant in Dublin on Sunday evening.

Monday began with a walking tour of Dublin where the tour guide brought pupils around key sites of historical importance, especially those with significance in light of the 1916 Rising. The afternoon finished off with a little ‘free time’ where pupils were able to get lunch together before travelling back to school. All in all, the trip was a great success. Pupils developed strong relationships and their understanding of their A Level course was enhanced, as well as further preparing them for the presentation they are doing together in Ranfurly House on 5th April.

 Posted by on April 3, 2017 at 10:57 pm
Mar 182017

On 15th of March both Sixth Form RE classes (accompanied by Mrs Matthews, Mr Graham and Mrs McClatchey) had the opportunity to spend a day at Queens University Belfast. We experienced an insight into university life and went to two lectures, both applicable to our courses. The first lecture was about Constantine- The first Christian Emperor who changed the relationship between church and state forever. The second was on The Theology of Acts -an opportunity to delve more deeply into Acts. Both lectures were insightful, interesting and will definitely help with our studies. We also got to spend time in Union Theological College where snacks were provided and we were had the opportunity to socialise with other schools. We finished off our day with lunch at Town Square. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day for all!

Report written by Megan Forster.

 Posted by on March 18, 2017 at 11:07 pm
Mar 072017

On Monday 13th February, Year 10 visited the Somme Heritage Centre in Newtownards with the History Department, as part of their World War I topic.

Pupils had the opportunity to handle historic weapons, try on uniforms and even walk through a replica trench. Overall Year 10 had a great time at the centre and learned a lot from the experience.

Mar 032017

On Thursday 2nd March, fourteen pupils from our Senior and Junior SU travelled to Raphoe in Donegal, for a Royal Schools Scripture Union event at Royal & Prior School. Students from all five Royal schools were in attendance; Royal & Prior School, Royal School Cavan, Royal School Armagh and Enniskillen Royal Grammar School. We all enjoyed a range of fun games, worship and an inspirational testimony from James Goldie at the event. The food was great too!
All of our SU group had a great time and we are looking forward to the next SU event.

Feb 262017


Art and Design GCSE and A Level pupils at RSD visited the Ulster Museum in Belfast this month to view the CEA True Colours art exhibition. This annual exhibition presents some of the best art work created by GSCE and A-level art students across Northern Ireland, from the previous year.

Our students look forward to this exhibition, taking inspiration from some of the work on display. Pupils were able to see a large variety of styles and themes from a number of different local schools, gaining valuable insight into the exam board’s preferred techniques when creating their own art work. Moreover, the pupils looked carefully at how the displayed work was presented, the artists researched, media used and how this could inspire their own work.

The trip proved a great success and was very popular among the students. Hopefully many students can make use of what they learned from the trip, in their own ongoing Art projects. Our thanks go to Mrs Clingan and Mrs Best for organising the event.