The Fencing Club is held on Wednesday afternoons from 3.25pm to 5.00pm in the gym.  Boys from any year group are welcome to attend.  The club is coached by Katie Arup who is a past Olympian from the British Olympic Fencing Team.  Many fencers compete in the N.I. Junior Foil Series which consists of 5 rounds held over the months from November to April.  This year, in the Under 12 age category Matthew McKay finished in 1st place overall and therefore is the Under 12 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.  In the Under 14 age category Aneurin Duffin- Murray also finished in 1st place and so is the Under 14 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.  In the Under 16 age category Daragh Patterson finished in 3rd place and Theo Millar finished in 1st place, meaning that he is the Under 16 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.  Matthew, Aneurin, Daragh, Theo and Paul Verdon all qualified for the British Youth Championships which were held in Sheffield in May.  Fencers in Year 9 and above can enter the Public Schools Fencing Championships which are held each year at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London.

Public Schools Fencing Championships Crystal Palace, London


Last week nine boys from RBAI travelled to Crystal Palace, London to compete in the prestigious Public Schools Fencing Championships. This year was one of the most successful years yet for the RBAI Fencing team.

Paul Verdon achieved 2nd place in the Senior Boys’ Epée tournament out of the 92 boys who took part in this category.

Fencing22Paul Verdon proudly showing off his trophy.

Paul Verdon in action.

Theo Millar achieved 3rd place in the Senior Boys’ Foil tournament with 82 boys in this category.

LFencing 4Theo Millar as he accepts his 3rd place trophy.

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Theo Millar in action

In the Boys’ Mount-Haes Foil we were extremely proud to have Matthew McKay gaining 10th place and Noah Brown achieving 14th place out of a total of 118 boys in the tournament. Rowan Luney and Ross Chambers also fenced well in this category.

In the Junior Boys’ Foil tournament (107 entrants) we had three boys who fenced, Michael Thompson, Nkosinathi Khumalo and Callum Watson.

Overall, it was a successful trip and the boys also had time to visit the National History Museum.

LFencing 6Boys enjoying ‘David Attenboroughs-Great Barrier Reef’ experience.


Fencing Competition Success

Matthew McKay from year 10 had great success when he travelled down to Dublin for an all Ireland fencing competition in October. Despite being one of the younger boys at 13 in an under 15 category, Matthew fenced off strong opposition to bring home a bronze medal.


Fencing Round One : NIJFS

This weekend’s Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series event took place at Hunter House on Sunday 8th Nov. It was the first competition of the 2015/16 season and RBAI fencing club was represented by a strong group of 15 fencers from yr8 - yr12. We had medal successes with Michael Thompson winning the U16 Gold: A great win for Michael who fenced at his very best throughout the day. He won all of his fights in the early seeding round and continued to make light work of all of his matches through to the final where he won 9/8 on time. Matthew McKay gained a Silver medal place in the U14: Yet another top result for Matthew who consistently medals at NI and Irish events. Matthew works hard, making the most of his strength and concentration to outperform his opponents. A special mention must be given to the novice fencers from yr 8 who stepped up to the challenge of their first open competition. They fenced with guts, supported each other admirably and showed their potential to hopefully be champions of the future. Well done to all the RBAI fencers. Next NIJFS will be on Sunday Dec 6th in Holywood Queen’s Leisure Centre.


Matthew McKay above achieved a Silver medal in the U14 boys


Michael Thompson above achieved the Gold medal in the U16 Boys

UK School Games 2015

Congratulations to all the boys from the school who were selected to take place in the recent UK School games in Manchester.

In total we had seven boys selected representing Hockey, Fencing, Swimming and Athletics. A total of five medals were won by pupils from the school.

Pictured is Ben Palmer who won a gold medal in Hockey.

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Theo Millar, Paul Verdon and Aneurin Duffin-Murray all returned with Bronze medals from the Fencing. Theo won medals in both the individual and team foil events, with Paul and Aneurin winning medals in the team épée and foil respectively.

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Also pictured are Robbie Marrs (athletics) alongside Cai Armstrong and Jack McMillan (swimming)

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Fencing: Theo Millar selected for Commonwealth Fencing Championships

Congratulations to Theo Millar in Year 12 who has been selected to represent Northern Ireland in the Men’s Foil Event at the Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championships. Theo will be travelling with the Northern Ireland Team to Cape Town in July and we wish him the best of luck!

Theo Millar Year 12