The Royal School Dungannon Quatercentenary Celebrations 2014
2104 sees RSD celebrate 400 years as a school. Although the Royal Charter was issued in 1608 by King James, the school came into being at Mountjoy in 1614, with John Bullingbroke as the first Headmaster, before moving to Dungannon later in the 1600s.
Governors and senior staff have been making arrangements for a number of celebratory events to take place during October 2014 to mark the occasion. In addition there will be an Exhibition of the Royal School’s illustrious history running throughout the week of 6th October. It is sure to be a great occasion for the whole RSD community and we are looking forward to welcoming guests and friends to the School and celebrating together.
Thursday 2nd October
Whole school photograph
Saturday 4th October
Dilworth tour party arrives
FPA/PFTA barbeque and dance#
8.00 pm – Lower Campus
Monday 6th to Friday 10th Oct
RSD’s ‘400 years’ Exhibition
Morning and afternoon – the Marshall Library
Monday 6th October
Church service for staff and pupils and Dilworth tour party*
2.00 pm – St Anne’s church
Tuesday 7th October
Unveiling of Ulster History Circle ‘blue plaque’ to James Dilworth
10.30 am – Old Grey Mother
RSD v Dilworth rugby match
2.00 pm – Armstrong Field
7.00 for 7.30 pm – School Hall
Wednesday 8th October
Dilworth tour party departs
Friday 10th October
400th Anniversary dinner with Guest of Honour Mr Noel Hadden (RSD pupil 1975-82 and MD Human Resources Deutsche Bank)*
7.30 for 8.00 pm – School Hall
# Tickets available from the FPA (http://www.rsdfpa.org.uk/)
* Invitation only
In addition to the celebration events scheduled for October 2014 we held a dinner for current School staff in June.
We shall also be unveiling a new Honours Board for Distinguished Past Pupils and updating all of the other boards around school.
Please note that the Exhibition will be open to the public with a morning and afternoon session each day, Monday 6th to Friday 10th October. The morning session will run from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon and the afternoon session will run from 2.00 to 3.00 pm. Please use the main entrance as it is essential that all visitors sign in and sign out.
The blue plaque ceremony for James Dilworth is open to the public also and if you would like to attend then simply turn up at the Old Grey Mother for 10.30 am.
RSD volunteers in Uganda 2015
A party of staff and pupil volunteers, led by Ms Montgomery, will be working at the Bethel Royal School Uganda in summer 2015 alongside the Fields of Life team. Bethel Royal School is the legacy project that the five Royal Schools of Ulster embarked upon in 2008 when they celebrated the quatercentenary of their foundation by Royal Charter. Since then, we have worked with the Christian charity Fields of Life to help construct and equip the new Bethel Royal School. This will bring the quatercentenary events to a fitting conclusion with RSD staff and pupils helping to fulfil the original charter for RSD which was aimed at bringing education to an area where none had existed.
New RSD History book available – From Flanders Fields to Lone Gallipoli
Congratulations to our Head of History, Mr Paul Kerr, who has written a superb history of the RSD pupils who served in the armed forces during the First World War. It is packed with information about more than 200 former RSD pupils, including detailed biographies of the 38 men who gave their lives during the conflict. Printed in full colour with illustrations and photographs throughout it is a wonderful testament to the School, the men and their families. A list of the family names of the men featured in the book is below. Coming as it does, in the year of the 100th anniversary of the War and the 400th anniversary of the School, it could not be more timely.
Copies of the book are on sale at £10.00 and are available from the Reception Office. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Fields of Life charity and will contribute further to the building of the new Bethel Royal School in Uganda.
Families featured in From Flanders Fields to Lone Gallipoli