Welcome to Boarding

As the Head of Boarding, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Boarding Department at the Royal School Dungannon.

The Boarding Department offers both five and seven day boarding for boys and girls aged eleven to eighteen.  The boarding houses are located in the heart of the school, and provide a warm, friendly, home-from-home environment where our pupils thrive.

Pupils are cared for by a team of boarding staff, including matrons, tutors and house parents.  Staff are always on hand to offer support, advice and guidance, and ensure that pupils are supervised appropriately without unnecessary intrusion.

Sarah Winslow
Head of Boarding

Pupils are encouraged to become independent and self-disciplined by taking responsibility for their own organisation, balancing study, activities and social time.  Boarders sign in and out of boarding using a specialised electronic system.

There is a strong focus on academic excellence at RSD, and pupils are supported by staff to ensure that they reach their full potential.  For those pupils whose first language is not English, additional English lessons are provided after school by fully qualified TEFL teachers.

Alongside academic focus, the school also has a strong extra-curricular life, and there are a wide range of activities for pupils to get involved in, as well as opportunities in the wider community.

The boarding department has recently been refurbished to provide pupils with modern and well-equipped dorms and washrooms.  Kitchens have also been fully re-fitted and a new recreation area created for boys and girls to mingle.  Other facilities include a high-speed Wi-Fi network (great for study but also for keeping in touch with home) and satellite Sky TV.

I would encourage you to arrange a visit to school if you are considering a place for your son or daughter.  This can be arranged by contacting me directly via email or telephoning the school reception office.  I would be delighted to give you a tour of day school and boarding, and can arrange a short meeting with the Headmaster.

I hope that you can find all the information you require on our website, however, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or require any further details.

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Boarding Christmas Dinner 2023

At the start of this December, the long tradition of RSD boarding dinner was once again hosted. It was a great night packed with boarding, teachers and staff.

The night started off with a traditional Christmas meal, a feast of turkey. Not only was the main dish gorgeous, the desserts were also a work of art. A big thank you to our team kitchen staff for their hard efforts.

After dinner was a talent show from the boarders. Firstly, we had a performance from our first ever boarding orchestra. It was of a talented bunch of musicians presenting the piece “Joy to The World”.

The second show was a production featuring an impersonation of our very own Mr. Ritchie, Mr. Watterson, and Mr. Black Jr. It was a great success that was well received by everyone

A round of games was next on the programme. It was of a concept of elimination, made up of a total of 5 rounds. The first round was a game of Mr Wolf, followed by tug of war, musical chairs, tangrams and a game of marbles. The winner of the contest was our very own Head of boarding – Miss Winslow.

Certificates for the year and a funny kahoot followed. And the night finished off with an emotional video to recap memories featuring the leavers of 2024 and the photos from the past year.

Once again a big thank you to everyone that made the night possible.

House Badminton Champions!

Congratulations to our House Badminton Doubles Champions, Samuel Chan & Kinson Yu.

Halloween Fun in Boarding

Over half term, various trips and activities were organised for the boarders in the boarding department. It started off with a day out shopping in Belfast on Wednesday. Then an evening out on...

Welcome to new RSD Boarders!

In September 2022, boarding has introduced 12 new pupils across different year groups. Starting off with Evelyn in year 8, Hayden, Paula, Sol in year 9, Claudia, Isabela, Charlene, Minnie, and Loewe in year 10. Ayden, Issac and Jasper in year 11. They have all fitted...

Year 11 GCSE journey workshop

Year 11 enjoyed a great start to their GCSE journey this morning, with an interactive induction day where they explored a variety of revision skills and strategies....

Senior Prefects and Prefects for 2021-2022

Congratulations to the following pupils who have been voted as Senior Prefects for 2021-22. Our Head Girl is Jessica McClung and Head Boy is Benjamin Neill. Our Deputy Head Girls are Caitlyn MacGregor, Catherine McCammon and Sarah Thompson and our Deputy Head Boys are James Girvan and Matthew McNeill.

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE. 18th March 2020 at 8.30pm

The NI Executive have announced that schools in NI will close from Monday 23rd March. There is no defined time period for closure but they indicate this will be a long-term closure, probably through to the summer holidays and possibly beyond. It is essential, therefore, that parents and pupils prepare for an extended period of time out of school and the necessity for ‘distance learning’ via online resources. RSD will operate for the next two days as planned: Thursday 19th March – RSD open as usual for all pupils and staff. Friday 20th March – RSD open for Year 14 only and all staff. Monday 23rd March – RSD CLOSED. A full update has been emailed this evening to the RSD community.

RSD welcomes new Dilworth Tutors for 2020

RSD is pleased to welcome Paolo Aquino, Anthony Bray and Isaac Vaeau-Mulitalo, our three new Dilworth Tutors for 2020.

Farewell to our Dilworth Tutors of 2019

Sadly this week, we had to say farewell to our Dilworth Tutors for 2019. The boys developed some great bonds of friendship here during their year, making many lifelong friends as well as really getting...

Boarding Christmas Dinner 2019

Thursday 12th December marked our boarders' Christmas dinner. We had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas and keeping up the festive spirit before we each head home. Thanks to the...

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