Senior Housemaster: Mr S McMillan
Stevenson House came into existence in October 1950 and was named after Joseph Stevenson, who was the first Secretary of Inst. He held this office from 1807-1837 and is regarded by many to be the real founder of the school. His personal qualities were said to be ‘untiring energy and conspicuous tact’, and it was hoped these qualities would be maintained by all members of the House. His portrait hangs in the school boardroom to this day.
During the 1980s Stevenson House was phased out of existence in response to a drop in entry numbers and, as the youngest House, it was the first to go, later followed by Jones. Thankfully, by the start of the 1990s the school saw its enrolment rise sufficiently for the House to be reinstated.
Year 13: Mrs K Rogers / Mrs L Tomb Year 12: Miss N Cosgrove
Year 11: Mr C Woods Year 10: Miss R Haslett
Year 9: Mrs M O'Fril Year 8: Mr G Hamilton
Head of House: James Hume
Assistant Head of House: Bailey Gribben
House Secretaries: Michael Reid and Patrick D'Arcy
Prefects: Jonathan Bailie, Dylan Bowden, John Cruise, Patrick D'Arcy, Johnathan Dempster, Bailey Gribben (Senior Prefect), Jack Hull, James Hume, Ross Macleod, Sam Morgan, James Peel, Michael Reid, Ben Roche.
Valete: Brandon Anderson, Jacob Baird, Connor Beattie, Russell Coates, Kurtis Conville, William Creighton, John Dickson, Brian Donnelly, Tahia El-Tanani, Omar Helmy, Jack Irvine, Peter Kerr, Robert McAlister, Crawford McCartney, Jack McComb, Mond Parissis, Jack Pepper, Nick Reid, Peter Tipping, Simon Woods
Year 8 2016
Back Row: James Pepper, Reuben Smith, Evan Smyth, Omar Zatari
Third Row: Angus MacDonald, Daniel McCormick, Adam Mercer, Dylan Morrow, Flynn Morrow, Thomas Mullan, Jack Parkinson
Second Row: Ryan Dunn, Oliver Hodkinson, Darcy Hogg, Ben Jones, David Larmour, Daniel Lyttle.
Seated: Max Allen, Cameron Bates, Kyle Blakely, Mr McMillan, Hubert Chlipalski, Luca Cleary, Peter Connolly
This year Stevenson House saw considerable academic success at all levels. At GCSE, we would like to congratulate Alex Burns, who achieved 5 A* as well as 4 A grades; Michael Darling who achieved 3 A* grades and 7 As, Ethan Sloane 2 A* grades and 9 As and Ruairi Millar with 1 A* and 9 As. Congratulations to all Stevenson pupils who returned to RBAI after GCSE examinations and we hope that these remarkable results will continue.
At AS-Level, the high standard of grades continued for Stevenson pupils. Three A grades were achieved by Bailey Gribben, Ross MacLeod, Peter Morrison and Daniel Penney-Gallagher, while Jonathan Bailie, Cameron Hooks and Jack Hull all gained 2 A grades.
The overall success of Stevenson’s exam results saw no exception at A2-Level for Year 14 pupils. Exceptional performances were achieved by Omar Helmy and Jack Irvine with 4 A* grades, Mond Parissis with 2 A* grades and 2 As and Jacob Baird, Peter Kerr and Brian Donnelly with 1 A* and 2 As. These were impressive grades and we wish them and all the other Year 14 leavers the best of luck with their future university careers.
On top of this success in the classroom, over the past year each tutor group in the house clocked up a significant number of co-curricular acclaims. Year 8 Stevenson were the victors of the House Hockey competition, and particular mention should also be given to Luca McGreavey, who placed 1st in both the high jump and the 400m race at Junior Sports Day.
Year 9 pupils were successful in the House Cricket tournament. Individually, Ben Callaghan and Owen McFeely won at the Ulster Schools’ final and qualified for the Irish Schools’ final in badminton.
In Year 10, the group showed tremendous teamwork and placed 1st in the House Rugby competition. Joshua Cuthbert participated for Ireland Youth Baseball in a tournament in Amsterdam. In football, Aaron Brown was a member of the first NI team to win the Hibernia Cup. The Stevenson Cup for Outstanding Contribution was presented to Keelan Sloan for his exemplary dedication to the house and school.
Keelan Sloan, winner of the House Cup for Outstanding Contribution
The efforts of many pupils in Years 8-10 resulted in Stevenson achieving the placing of 1st in Junior Sports Day. This was an excellent achievement by the younger members of the house and inspires optimism for our performances in House Championships in years to come.
Year 12 pupils were particularly successful. In table tennis, Ruairi Millar and Michael Darling won Gold at the Ulster Schools and Silver at the Ireland Schools championships. In addition, Ethan Sloane was selected for the Schools’ Cup winning 1st XV rugby squad. Also, Charlie Dornan was named U16 Player of the Year in football.
Year 13 achieved terrific success on the sporting front. James Hume and Bailey Gribben both played for the Schools’ Cup winning 1st XV, with James scoring a memorable winning try in the final. They were joined by Year 14 pupil John Dickson. Also, Jack McComb (Year 14) represented Great Britain in the hurdles at the School Games and Peter Kerr played for the 1st XI Cricket team and was selected for the Ireland Under 20 team in golf. Nick Reid participated for the Ulster Skullers in rowing.
Overall, Stevenson placed 3rd in the House Championship, which was an improvement on last year’s performance and forms part of an extremely successful year for the Stevenson House.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr McMillan and the tutors for their tireless dedication to the House and its pupils throughout the course of the year. Many of these successes listed are down to the support they gave us over the course of the academic year. We hope all members of the house excel in the forthcoming year, be it on the sports field, the stage or in the examination hall.
Michael Reid and Patrick D’Arcy (House Secretaries)
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
Stevenson House pupil William Creighton kicked off the summer term in style by entering his first ever Circuit of Ireland Rally.
William, who studied hard for A levels in Maths, Business Studies and Physics, took some time off to compete in his first ever International Circuit in a smart new factory-built Peugeot 208 R2.
William, who had chalked up top successes in karting and was the UK Junior 1000 champion in 2014, competed in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and had solid performances in Galway and West Cork rallies under his belt.
MARK WINS POSITION ON PRESTIGIOUS FILM COURSE
Mark's AS Coursework impressed the interview panel
Congratulations to Mark Adair, 14S, who was selected for a place on a skills course run by the BFI Film Academy. This prestigious and highly sought after opportunity involves completing a NCFE Award in Preparing to Work in the Film Industry, making a short film which would be screened at the QFT and attending masterclasses with industry professionals such as Greg Spence, Producer of Game of Thrones and actor Adrian Dunbar, who was filming Line of Duty.
Mark was awarded the position after successfully completing an interview where his knowledge and enthusiasm impressed the panel, as did his Media Studies coursework which helped him secure the interview. Mark was also selected for interview with Cinemagic, another encouraging achievement.