Oct 062017

On Thursday 5th October, all Year 8 pupils assembled in the Forum for a Road Safety roadshow event delivered by the PSNI Traffic Branch, in conjunction with Translink.  The roadshow made pupils aware of the importance of staying safe on the roads, whether they are passengers, pedestrians or cyclists.

This was a great event and we would like to thank the PSNI for such an enjoyable and informative morning.

 Posted by on October 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm
Oct 062017

David Saygi, a Year 14 pupil, embarked on a trip of a lifetime during the summer break, organised through The Rotary Club of Dungannon, he wrote of his incredible experience in Scandinavia:

“During the summer holidays I was given the opportunity by Rotary to visit somewhere in Europe where I would never have considered experiencing before. I was the only person from the UK & Ireland to be part of a group of ten international 16-17 year old students heading to the small Danish island of Ærø. There, we met ten local students, one of which I was assigned to spend the first week living with.

During the week, I got to know the other students through self-organised activities such as mini golf, bowling and going to the beach. We also visited various historical sites and museums, were educated about the rich maritime culture of Denmark and the island specifically, enjoyed local cuisine and spent time with our host families.

After only a week since meeting my peers, we embarked on board the wooden sailing ship “Hjalm” (which was over 100 years old) to tour coastal towns and cities across Denmark. We docked in a new location every evening in order for us to disembark and explore. On the ship, we cooked, cleaned and helped hoist and pack sails as well as enjoying live music, climbing the rigging and sunbathing. What I found most rewarding of all was having deep, interesting conversations with the people I shared the ship with. Taiwanese, Egyptian and various different European cultures were represented impeccably by eager, sociable young people; some of whom I still communicate daily with and whom I consider close friends.

On our return we shared our experiences with host families at a Rotary-organised barbeque and were given a chance to say, not ‘goodbye’, but ‘see you again soon’ to all the incredible people we met. I would highly recommend considering a camp like this next summer as it is an inexpensive, content-rich and sociable way to see the world and learn about new cultures. I cannot thank the Rotary Club of Dungannon enough for giving me this opportunity.”

Congratulations to David on his success with the Rotary club. His intriguing account of this trip will undoubtably encourage many other pupils to participate in Rotary events, both locally and internationally.

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 192017

The Safer School Team are up and running and have quite a few exciting projects on the horizon. Mental Health, Anti-Bullying and E-Safety issues will as always be addressed throughout the year via a number of different platforms including whole school and year assemblies, Form Tutor periods and of course workshops provided by outside agencies. The team are also keen to start ‘Safer School Drop-In Sessions’ which will occur on a monthly basis. Pupils in all year groups will have the opportunity to make suggestions as to what they would like covered during these informal guidance meetings.

A ‘Mental Health Top Tips for Parents’ evening will be held on Thursday 12th October where Safer School team members along with the charity Action Mental Health will shed light on some of the issues and concerns for our pupils and parents today.

Finally, watch out for RSD’s Pastoral Support twitter feed (https://twitter.com/RSDPastoral)

Follow us to keep updated with the latest app updates and general pastoral news.


Safer School Committee:

Tori Showkum, Hannah McClung, Natasha Nixon, Katrina Cairns, Laura Burnett, Brooke McCann, Chloe Plunkett, Joyce Liu, Annabel Tong, Joanna Law, Jason Ho, Emily Yiu, Kelly Law, Rebecca Elliott.


 Posted by on September 19, 2017 at 1:03 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
Sep 132017

Pupils in Years 8 and 9 enjoyed events today in our Lower Campus, run by Young Enterprise.

These programmes encouraged pupils to think about their entrepreneurial skills and how best to start their own business through a wide range of interactive activities. Pupils also heard from a local business owner to learn about her entrepreneurial experience and inspire any budding future tycoons from RSD. Watch this space!

 Posted by on September 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm
Sep 132017

‘Colouring Pencils’ by Nadine Graham-Mulgrew

A joint venture between RSD and St Patrick’s Academy, this year’s Ranfurly House Art Exhibition is now open and runs until Wednesday 27th September. Admission is free.

For the seventh successive year, the Art and Design departments from both schools have worked together on this excellent project which celebrates the talent and achievement of pupils across GCSE and A Level.

Why not pay the exhibition a visit and be inspired by the outstanding artwork on show?

 Posted by on September 13, 2017 at 4:12 pm
Sep 132017

Miss Montgomery with Naomi Campbell and Dr Burnett

Last week, Naomi Campbell from Fields of Life visited RSD to receive a cheque from Dr Burnett for £4,800 to fund further improvements at Bethel Royal High School, Uganda.

Bethel was built by the Royal Schools of Ulster back in 2010 and is providing valuable education in a poor, rural region of Uganda to over 1,000 pupils.  Thanks to the tremendous effort of RSD pupils, raising money through their sponsored walk, this huge sum of money will go towards improving the floors and dangerous, uneven ground around the school.  This will make walking between and inside classrooms much safer.  This, together with the £12,000 sent out with the school team in 2015, has dramatically improved the school.

Back in 2015, the money raised completed a water well, so the pupils and staff have clean water to drink, it bought mosquito nets for all the boarders at Bethel, reducing the risk of malaria and it purchased a new school minibus so the pupils can go on school trips.

Keep up the good work everyone – you will never know the tremendous difference your money makes!

Naomi Campbell and Dr Burnett

 Posted by on September 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm
Sep 122017

Our congratulations to Grace Shrestha (Year 14) and Lucy Turkington (Year 12) who were involved with the Ulster U18 Girls Rugby Development Squad which trained regularly over the summer. Both girls were involved in matches against the Canadian side New Brunswick Select at Dungannon Rugby Club and against Stirling County U18 played at City of Armagh RFC with the Ulster Girls winning both matches. Well done to both girls and we wish them well as they prepare for their Inter Provincial series which commences at the end of September.

 Posted by on September 12, 2017 at 10:30 pm