Clubs & Societies

Life at RSD is very busy and for all the right reasons. In addition to sport, music and drama there is a good range of extra-curricular activities for RSD pupils to throw themselves into and so many do just that!

These include:

  • Junior Book Club
  • Junior Science Club
  • Chess Club
  • Scripture Union (junior and senior branches
  • Computer Games Design Club
  • ECO club
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
  • Debating Society
  • Magazine & News Team
  • Young Enterprise
  • Safer School Team
  • Charities Committee

In many cases these clubs and societies rely upon pupils to play the role of chair, secretary or general organiser. Clubs for juniors such as the Book Club and Computer Games Design Club are overseen and led by senior pupils while the ECO club and Young Enterprise are run almost entirely by pupils. The Safer School Team provides guidance for pupils and parents on issues such as e-safety, mental health awareness and anti-bullying.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award tests pupils as they learn to navigate their way across the mountains. Teamwork and preparation are the keys to success. The Scripture Union provides a focus for pupils’ spiritual lives and here too pupils take on much of the responsibility for organising events, including the School’s Easter Service. The Charities Committee organise numerous events and fun activities throughout the year and in the process raise thousands of pounds for good causes.

At RSD pupil-led activity is the norm and learning outside the classroom is just as much valued as formal lessons.

Extra Curricular Activities

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Before SchoolLost Property # (H23, 8.25 – 8.40)Lost Property # (H23, 8.25 – 8.40)Lost Property # (H23, 8.25 – 8.40)
SU Prayer Meeting (Y8 – Y14 in K13 at 8.30)
Break timeSchool News Team (Y10-14) in H22
Lunch 1st sittingChamber Choir (Y11 – Y14)Senior Choir (Y11 – Y14)Chamber Choir (Y11 – Y14)Senior Choir (Y11 – Y14)Debating Society (alternate Fridays)
Junior SU (Y8 – Y10)Fitness suite open to Y12-14 rugby playersYoung Enterprise (Y13, 1.00 – 1.55)Fitness suite open to Y12-14 rugby playersJunior Drama Group
Chess ClubU14 hockey FitnessShooting ClubU13 Rugby Skills Session 1.00 – 1.30pm
Fitness suite open to Y11 rugby playersJunior Drama Group‘Safe Space’ (2 nd and 4 th Fridays.
Fitness suite open to Y11 rugby players
World Cinema Club (1.10-1.45)
Lunch 2 nd sittingChess ClubJunior Choir (Y8 – Y10)Young Enterprise (Y13, 1.00 – 1.55)Junior Choir (Y8 – Y10)Band (1.20 – 1.50, Y8 – Y14)
Charities Committee (Y13)Fitness suite open to Y12-14 rugby playersBook ClubFitness suite open to Y12-14 rugby players
Senior SU Committee (Y11-14)Shooting ClubLost Property # (H23, 1.30 – 1.55)
Fitness suite open to Y11 rugby playersComputer Game Design Club (Y8 & Y9)Barnardos Group (alternate Thursdays)
Fitness suite open to Y11 rugby players
After SchoolSenior rugby (Y12 – Y14)U12 hockey (Y8)Senior rugby (Y12 – Y14)Senior rugby (Y12 – Y14)Senior SU (Y11 – Y14)
1st & 2nd XI hockey (Y11 – Y14)U14 rugby (Y10)Medallion rugby (Y11)Senior hockeyVolleyball Club
DoE Silver (Y11)U12 Rugby (Y8)U13 hockey (Y9)
DoE Gold (Y13)U14 hockey (Y10)U13 rugby (Y9)
Art Support (Y11 - Y14 Art pupils)Badminton Club (Seniors Sept – Dec, Juniors Feb – Easter)Royal Strings (5.00pm – 6.00pm)
Science Club (3.45 – 4.30 for Y8)Shooting Club
Netball (Y8 Sept –Oct, Y9 & 10 Nov - Dec)
Cross Country (Y9 – Y14 girls, Nov – Jan only)
  • The library is available before school, breaktime, lunchtime and after school (until 4.45pm) each day
  • K14 (computer room) is available each day at lunchtime (and breaktime for the printing of urgent academic work)
  • # Lost Property:  Lost property will only be open at the above times but essential items can be claimed any day at breaktime or lunchtime (eg glasses, wallets, purses, bus passes, keys)
  • The Drama Society will publish their rehearsals for cast members of the school play on a weekly basis.
  • The Charities Committee will meet on Thursdays (2nd sitting) and on various days at certain times of the year to prepare for events.
  • The Safer Schools Team will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1.00pm at certain times of the year to prepare for events.

Junior SU Christmas Party

At the end of last term, our Junior SU members finished the term with a special Christmas Party

Report: 1XI Hockey Team

This year the 1XI made an enthusiastic and long awaited return to competitive hockey matches following the disruption of Covid-19. A strong start to the season was made as the 1XI won their opening fixture against Down High School 1-0 with a goal from Jessica McClung...

Report: 2XI Hockey Report

This year the 2nd XI were an eager team ready to improve with great enthusiasm shown throughout the year, attending practices after school and lunch times which ensured the team was fully prepared for the upcoming matches.After a long break from matches due to...

Report: 2XV Rugby Report

The team started their campaign well with a convincing 36-10 win over Friends school Lisburn, followed by another impressive win against Sullivan upper 22-17. However, luck ran out with a narrow loss to Royal school Armagh losing 19-12. RSD seconds struggled for a few...

Report: 1XV Rugby Team

The RSD 1st XV have had a very successful season which was celebrated at the QUB sports arena on Thursday 10th March in the Final of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Subsidiary Shield, where we were narrowly defeated by local rivals Royal School Armagh. The team were...

Showjumping Success at Balmoral Show

On Saturday 14th May, our Showjumping team was representing the school at Balmoral Show. The team consisted of Bethany Smith, Erin Mathieson, Emma Jane Orr and Lucy Orr (unfortunately Emma Jane had to withdraw from the competition before Saturday’s event).

House Debating Competition 2022

On Friday 6th April, the House Debating competition took place. The motion was “This house believes that Ireland should be reunited”

Major and Minor Honours | Spring 2022

It was lovely to celebrate the success and dedication of our students this morning in our special Honours Assembly. Students were commended for extra-curricular excellence in a range of areas, including sport, music, drama and debating/public speaking.

A busy term for Senior SU

Earlier this month, thirty-seven of our Year 11-14 pupils attended the SU Inter Schools Formal in the Corick House Hotel. It was great to enjoy the food, epilogue, social games and dancing with young people from other SU groups.

Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid Appeal | Community Support

It's been a busy week for the RSD Charities Committee organising all of the donations for our Ukraine Appeal. We're incredibly grateful for the support of the...

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