RSD in the Community
The RSD Parents, Friends and Teachers’ Association (PFTA) organise events throughout the year which bring the RSD community together, promote the School and raise funds for pupil activities. They are complemented by the work of the Former Pupils’ Association (FPA) which helps former pupils stay in touch with school life and sustain old friendships. The annual FPA dinner at the end of the spring term is a calendar highlight.
The Charities Committee nominates a number of local and national charities each year and School events such as the Sponsored Walk are used to raise funds to help these worthy causes. Working with the Fields of Life charity, RSD has been supporting the building of a new Royal School in Uganda, Bethel Royal High School, for children who would otherwise have no opportunity for education. In summer 2015 our ‘Uganda Team’ of teachers and pupils spent two weeks at Bethel supporting the new school with their brains, brawn and amazing fund-raising.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is run in conjunction with St Patrick’s Academy under the auspices of the Shared Education programme. Pupils from the two schools meet weekly and go on expeditions together for the silver and gold awards. They also perform a public service as part of the award.
This is just one example of a range of activities organised jointly for RSD and St Patrick’s Academy pupils. Others include art exhibitions of pupils’ work, joint history trips and conferences and a collaborative literacy programme for younger pupils (led of course by senior pupils!). The two schools share a common vision of building a shared future in Dungannon for all its inhabitants.
RSD Sixth Form pupils work in Sperrinview Special School for a number of weeks each year and there is a broader emphasis on community volunteering with large numbers of RSD pupils in Years 11-14 earning the ‘Volunteer Now’ certificate for community contributions ranging from 30-200 hours per year.
The School has strong links with local sporting clubs, churches and business organisations and as part of the Dungannon and Cookstown Area Learning Community collaborates with other schools and colleges to ensure the best provision for all pupils in the area.
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RSD was delighted to welcome Captain Preet Chandi, otherwise known as Polar Preet, to school recently. Captain Chandi completed an unsupported expedition to the South Pole in 40 days over Christmas.
The RSD Open Afternoon for P6 pupils and parents will take place on Tuesday 15th February from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Please note that this event is for P6 pupils and parents/guardians only and it is only possible to attend through our online booking system.
Congratulations to both Charlotte Meyer (Year 13) and Hollie Magowan (Year 14) on having their GCSE and AS Level Art and Design projects selected for display within the CCEA True Colours art exhibition.