Royal Belfast Academical Institution’s community gathered together on Sunday at Assembly Buildings for a Service of Thanksgiving, the culmination of this year’s bicentenary celebrations. The church service gave students, staff, Instonians and the wider community the opportunity to reflect on two hundred years of education at a ‘truly remarkable Institution’.
The Visitor of the Day at this year’s Lower Prize Distribution was Mr W. T. Gillen, Instonian and retired Headmaster of The King’s School, Tynemouth and The Arnold School, Blackpool. He spoke warmly to all those receiving prizes and addressed the guests, members of the Board of Governors, staff and pupils, recollecting his own time at Inst and later experiences of education. He spoke with passion and conviction which, along with his great wisdom and knowledge, was communicated to the audience. Moreover, he identified ‘The 5 Fs’, qualities he had learned at Inst which he felt made education a success; family, friends, fitness, fulfilment and faith.
On the 23rd November we will gather to celebrate 200 years of education at Inst. The Service of Thanksgiving will begin at 3pm in Assembly Buildings, 2-4 Fisherwick Place and refreshments will be served in the School Dining Hall afterwards. Staff, pupils, parents and the wider Inst community are all invited and we hope to welcome as many people as possible to this unique event which will be led by Mr Bolton, the choir and orchestra.
The latest work of legendary Vice Principal Brian Todd, Inst and Instonians at War, 1914 – 1918, will be available just before the annual Remembrance Ceremony which takes place on Tuesday 11/11/14 at 11.25 am. The dining hall will be open for refreshments from 10.45am and copies of the book, priced at £45, will be sold then.