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

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 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
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 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 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