The Principal, in her role as President of The Association of School Leaders NI, welcomed First Minister Mr Peter Robinson to open the annual ASCL conference 6.11.14. The theme of the conference was "Building for the Future" with guest speakers discussing the changing role of technology in teaching and learning and how to support pastoral leaders. Dr Stephen Farry, Minister of Employment and Learning addressed ASCL on the second day of the conference, focusing on the role of employers in careers education in schools. The focus on raising standards considered the various measures of value added in schools.
The annual Charity Concert will take place this year on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st November at 7.30 in the Common Hall.
The concert is given in aid of CLIC Sargent and The Simon Community, and the programme will cover the vast and eclectic range of musical styles to which Inst audiences have become accustomed, from Handel (“Hallelujah”, “See the conquering hero”) and Bach (“Flocks in pastures green”) to Snow Patrol (“Run”) and The Who (“Pinball Wizard”).
We are delighted to announce that the British Science Association have recognised the hard work of Inst pupils in competitions and project work through the nationally recognised CREST Awards. In the past year, we have had numerous boys entering competitions to gain Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards that we can now use the CREST logo for school publications and the website.
We are delighted that we have approval for the formation of a new elite fencing squad. The selected fencers are to have the opportunity to train during their Games period on Wednesday afternoons. Olympic competitor and fencing coach Katie Arup declared, “This is great news for the top fencers at RBAI. It gives them and me, as their coach, the freedom to focus on the technique that is required at the higher level of competition that these boys are now facing.”