On Wednesday 25th March staff and students welcomed the First Citizen of Belfast, Nichola Mallon, to assembly, one of her final engagements as Lord Mayor before she relinquishes her role at the end of the week. Ms Mallon spoke passionately about her own time at school and encouraged the Inst boys to commit to their education and avail of the opportunities the School offers them. Ms Mallon presented medals to our successful rowers before congratulating Ethan Glover and Lewis McNamara, captains of the 1st and Medallion XV repspectively, on their recent successes. Staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed Ms Mallon's address and wish her well as she embarks upon a new stage in her career.
Led by captain Lewis McNamara, the 1st XV won the Schools' Cup in the 2015 final against Wallace High School 14-10. This is the 30th win for RBAI, in the most prestigious of the school rugby competitions in Northern Ireland. The success of the team is complemented with the Medallion squad recently winning the Medallion Shield, and securing The Double. Added to the first and medallion victories, the 4th XV face the 3rd XV in the thirds final. This is a terrific season for the rugby club.
Congratulations to the swimmers who brought the Bath Cup back to Inst after an exciting competition and several exemplary performances. Inst won the Bath Cup for the first time in 1977 and many years passed before the cup was won again in 2006, then 2008 and now again in 2015.
Congratulations to the Medallion squad, their coaches and supporters; the jubilant team won their final today against Wallace at a stormy Ravenhill with a final scoreline of 13-5 to the Inst men. This is a promising start to a fortnight of nail-biting rugby, the climax of which will be on St. Patrick's Day when the 1st XV also meet Wallace in the final of the Schools' Cup. Staff, pupils and supporters wish all the teams playing over the coming days the best of luck as they contest their respective matches. For further information about individual fixtures please see the Rugby Roundup on the Sports News page of the website.