Rainey Review (DEC 2017)


Rainey Endowed School

Rainey Pupil wins National Award

Headmaster’s Message

Alana Atkinson (L6th) was awarded the BNF (British Nutritional Foundation) Drummond Education Award for CCEA GCSE Home Economics, achieving the highest mark in the coursework element of her exam. Alanna, accompanied by her mother Mrs Isobel Atkinson, attended the awards ceremony on the 14th November in London hosted by The Royal College of Physicians. This prestigious award was presented by the Princess Royal. Congratulations to Alana and to Mrs Simpson (HE teacher). In the busy Christmas period it is important to take time out and remember people who are less fortunate than us. This term at the Rainey, not only have the 6th form committee been busy fundraising but there have been additional appeals to support Magherafelt Foodbank and the Christmas Shoebox appeal. Jenny Thompson, Manager of the Foodbank, came to collect the donations and speak to us in Assembly about the

Dear Parent/Guardian Christmas is rapidly approaching and I would like to thank you for all of your help and support. This has been another extremely successful year in terms of sporting, academic and extra-curricular successes. Results at GCSE were our best ever with 62% of all GCSE grades being an A* or A and 84% of all pupils gaining A*-B at A Level; placing us 5th in Northern Ireland and 40th place in the UK. Congratulations to all staff and pupils. Building works continue apace with new developments planned for the Library, entrance areas and Science block. We continue to invest in our staff and pupils to provide 21st century learners with a 21st century learning environment. Can I thank all parents for their financial input and gently remind others of the £150 fee that can be paid in instalments or in one lump sum? This is essential as we strive for successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens at a time of unprecedented demands on the education sector. Once again, thank you for all your support in helping ‘making the best even better’ and can I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year for 2018. Yours sincerely D M McCULLOUGH Headmaster

Rainey Charity Appeals

ongoing work of the Foodbank. Thank you to Mrs Wharry & the Community Group for organising the appeal and enabling the School to send away 8 crates of food. Mrs Johnston and her helpers were also able to send off 82 shoeboxes of toys and gifts to children in need in other countries. A brilliant effort by everyone involved!

Rome-ing abroad

On 3rd November 36 intrepid Rainey pupils set off for the exotic Bay of Naples and Rome. For the first time RS, Art and Geography departments combined to offer 5 days in Italy to further all their A level courses of study. Of course it wasn’t all smooth sailing. The climb up Vesuvius exposed our different interests as the Geography students sprinted off up the steep slopes with enthusiasm while the Art and RS students ascended at a more sedate pace enjoying

the view! After learning a lot about the volcano’s awesome destructive power we got the chance to see its handiwork the next day as we visited the ruins of Pompeii. Our guide, Alessandro, really deserves to be on the stage as he conveyed many details about the site with typical Italian enthusiasm and humour. From Pompeii it was off to Rome where we spent three exciting days. Our highlights included visiting the necropolis under the Vatican and seeing

the tomb of St Peter before seeing the Sistine chapel later in the evening when it was very quiet, allowing the Art students to fully appreciate Michaelangelo’s frescoes. The RS pupils got to learn

lots about early Rome and its effects on the church, while everyone enjoyed lots of Italian Gelato and getting soaked in a thunderstorm at the Colosseum!

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