RBAI: Excellence and Participation

RBAI’s various sports teams have been enjoying unprecedented success. The Rugby Club has had a stellar year with the top teams, the 1st and Medallion XV, completing the double and winning their respective titles in hugely competitive circumstances, this is only the third time such a feat has been achieved in the long history of the competitions.

The RBAI swimmers also clocked an impressive win in the Bath Cup, a prestigious event inaugurated in 1910 in which seventy schools from across the UK compete. The boys came within one hundredth of a second of breaking the record for the competition winning the title, and one hour later the Otter Cup, in style.

The Golf team are the Ulster Schools’ Matchplay Champions; the senior team will now contest the All-Ireland title. The Badminton team have secured their All-Ireland title to become the U19 champions, ensuring that they maintain their tradition of success.

It is not just the sportsmen who have kept the Inst flag flying high. Year 13 won the NI European Youth Parliament title in a fiercely contested final after a day of intense debate and discussion. The team now progress to the UK final where they hope to improve upon last year's third place.

In addition, our musicians continued to wow audiences at the annual Charity Concert. This event always showcases the talents of Mr Bolton, Mrs Reid, Miss O'Hara and our exceptional pupils. As ever, it was a mix of classical and contemporary music arranged by our visionary musical director with the help of his team; everyone involved gave performances which could not be paralleled by professional musicians. The immense pride the music staff and pupils take in their performances made both nights unique events thoroughly enjoyed by all present.

It has been an extremely busy and rewarding term for the whole school, the spectrum of success demonstrates the breadth of talents of Inst students and the ability of staff to recognise and nurture these. This has undoubtedly been a term which has epitomised the RBAI mantra for 'Excellence and Participation'.      

K. Gilmore