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Children in Need Day

To commemorate Children in Need, the Charities Committee ran an interactive ‘guess how many sweets are in the jar’ competition for a week, where all year groups competed for a jar of yummy goodies. This was a very competitive way to raise money for a charity who support young and disadvantaged children and the ultimate winner was Joel Clarke in Y10 with the closest guess to the number of sweets in the jar. On Friday a non-uniform day was also held where pupils donated £1 each to wear their own clothes. This was enjoyed by all pupils and raised our overall total to £603.66 which the Charities Committee cannot wait to donate to such a worthwhile cause.

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Stranmillis Panto Trip

One of the highlights of the R.E year is the Christmas trip to the Stranmillis Panto and this year we were joined by the Dramatic Society’s Back Stage Crew. This year’s production was Peter Pan and what a treat it was! Packed with slapstick humour, bad jokes and swashbuckling antics, laughter abounded. Furthermore, the medley of quick-paced dance routines along with well-choreographed fight scenes had the audience happily clapping and singing along.

This year was especially enjoyed by the RSD pupils as past pupil Chloe Kelly was Musical Director and she was accompanied by past pupils Ellie Curry and Rebekah Needham in the orchestra. Needless to say, the music was spectacular and very professionally executed. Past pupil Aimee Johnston was also working hard as part of the backstage and even had her moment on stage in one of the dance scenes.

An excellent night once again and I’m quite sure we will be back again next year…Oh yes we will!

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CAFRE : Future in Food

On Friday 17th November, 25 pupils in Years 12-14 participated in “CAFREs Futures in Food” Careers programme, RSD was paired with local food company Linden ABP. We started our morning in the food processing factory, hearing about opportunities in Linden Foods and heard about studying at CAFRE and Higher Level Apprenticeships from past pupil, Lewis Connelly. We toured the factory and were treated to yummy burgers for lunch. We then went to CAFRE Loughry College to continue our adventure. Pupils were issued a New Product Development task to design a Summer BBQ Burger, adding flavours not normally put together, pupils got stuck in, came up with some interesting flavour combinations and had a fabulous day creating while having lots of laughs. Thank you to @DiscoverCAFRE and @LindenABP for this wonderful opportunity and for opening up our minds to the vast career paths available through Food Industry. We had a great day!

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Ignite with Inspire NI

On Tuesday, RSD hosted Inspire Education who led our Year 8 pupils in their “Ignite” study skills programme. This provided the pupils with lots of helpful and practical tips on how to begin their journey in “big school” when it comes to preparing for examinations. On the same evening, it was great to see so many Year 8 parents come out to hear how they can support their children and to learn how to promote good learning and study habits. A big thank you to Shane from Inspire who led both sessions throughout the day.

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Chemistry at Work Exhibition

Today, Tuesday 21st November 52 Y11 pupils who are studying GSCE Chemistry went to a Chemistry at Work exhibition at QUB. The pupils participated in workshops given by companies who have a strong Chemistry link which included Eakin Medicals, NI Water, Almac, Catagen, Spirit Aero, Norbrook, CAFRE and Dale Farm. The pupils also got to listen to a talk given by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the break which again highlighted jobs and opportunities in the field of Chemistry. Overall it was a very enjoyable morning, where pupils got to see why Chemistry is important and the many varied and interesting career paths which are open to them if they continue to study it further.

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Colour Run 2023 #beyourbestself

The stats are in! Last month, our school community raised an amazing £7,106 for The Royal Marines Charity and Aware NI. Well done everyone for this amazing effort.

Year 14 pupil, Chloe McCollum, described the experience:

“October 24th saw another return to normal for RSD with the Colour Run – an event last experienced in 2018; I should know – I have the multicolour stained t-shirt to prove it! The 2023 Colour Run proved to be just as noisy, messy, and enjoyable as last time. All monies raised are going towards two very worthy causes, The Royal Marines Charity and Aware NI. We welcomed back Mr Phillip Eaglesham, guest speaker at our Prize Day, an advocate for these charities and for mental health awareness. What exactly is a Colour Run?….Well, a Colour Run is known as the Happiest run on the planet! A unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality, it is less about speed and more about having a crazy, colour filled day with your friends – everything you would expect from RSD as we embraced the #beyourbestself theme. Having advised parents what pupils should wear on the day, staff were strategically positioned to make the most of dousing pupils with coloured powder from the buckets they had on hand, and they weren’t afraid to use them! Having started out pristine in our brand-new white t-shirts to mark the event, by the end of the run and with each passing explosion of colour, we were coated in blue, green, yellow, pink, orange, and red. We passed through the finish line in bunches much like handfuls of coloured smarties. To be fair, the staff, some more than others, did get a little messy too. I understand Dr Beckmann Colour Run remover (other brands are available) should do the trick if you are still struggling. Sadly, as a Year 14 I will miss next year’s Colour Run but you might see me lurking with a bucket!”

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