GRYPHON Spring/Summer 2018

School Council

I begin my review of the work of the Student Council by congratulating its members on a very fulfilling year’s work. At the beginning of the academic year, we welcomed Mrs Sterrett to the Council. I thank her for her invaluable input and an injection of fresh ideas in which the council has benefited from. This year has proven to be the most successful so far due, in part, to the council becoming more visible on social media (via @BGScouncil on Twitter) and within the school itself.

The junior members of the council felt that the input of staff members such as Mrs Huddleson, Mrs McNally and Miss Crossthwaite has enabled them to directly pose questions about aspects of school policy. Furthermore, we have developed links with St Columbanus and Bangor Academy as part of the Shared Education Programme. Through these meetings, we were able to reflect on our own practises and take pride in the fact that our meetings were frequent yet continuously remained focused on different projects as the year progressed. Our most significant success involved our senior council members, Jamie Stewart and Oliver Hamilton, trialling a walking route from the school to the nearby shops. In doing so, they were, along with the rest of the council, able to state their case to Mrs Huddleson for senior pupils being given permission to leave the school site during lunchtimes. This was ratified in early November of 2017. Similarly, the council’s very positive reception to the four square courts also played some part in new courts being added to the outer quad area. These two examples, of which there are many more, demonstrates the pupil voice can have a tangible impact upon school life.

I would like to take this opportunity, as is now customary, to thank the Year 14s for their involvement in the council over the years and for their enthusiasm in wishing to improve the school for pupils to benefit from in the future.

I am of the belief that the Student Council will continue to develop its own identity. Hopefully it will become a source for pupils to not only critique the running of the school but also act as a source of pride for what the school has achieved and what it can accomplish in the future.

M Dickson, Teacher in Charge

School Library

The BGS Library has had a very successful 2017-2018 school year. We started off with our entry into the International Kids Lit Quiz in November where our two teams fought it out with 29 other schools to show off their knowledge of modern and classic literature. Our Junior team came 22nd and our Senior team managed an impressive 8th place—not bad for our first year.

This month also brought delight as news arrived that Bangor Grammar School, after being nominated in 2016, had won the Accelerated Reader 2017 prize for the Top Performing Secondary School in Northern Ireland. A testimony to the positive reading culture of our school, we were extremely pleased to have successfully beaten our competitors and received this award.

In December we received our novels for the NI Book Award and this created some heated discussions around which book the boys where enjoying the most—would it be Irish author Paedar O’Guilin’s The Call? Or did DJ Brazier’s Alone create more tension? Fantasy fans promoted Dave Rudden’s Knights of the Borrowed Dark and many a debate was had.

January brought open day and saw us flooded with P6 and P7 students. It was all hands on deck to explain how Accelerated Reader, Star Quizzing and our iPads were used in the library, and many students marvelled at our vast array of books—some weary open-day veterans just delighted in having a soft bean bag to take a nap on. In the spirit of competition, a mini Lit Quiz was held, which saw Luke Nickell win the book token prize for most correctly answered questions.

As February arrived we began to prepare for our author visit and we were delighted to have Paedar O’Guilin in to talk about his dystopian novel The Call. Funded by the Shared Education Project, students from BGS, St Columbanus and Bangor Academy all reflected on their experience of the novel and got to hear first-hand how Irish myths had influenced his work. An energetic and entertaining speaker, Paedar answered many (at times challenging) questions and took his listeners through a creative writing workshop which generated some hilarious and unique short stories.

March saw the annual World Book Day and our Scholastic Book Fair taking over the library space. We raised over £300 of free books for the library and swiftly used it to purchase some new novels to keep our literature fresh and up-to-date — a must when you have boys who read as quickly as ours.

April was a slightly sadder affair as we said goodbye to some of our hardest working Senior Librarians who have given years of service to the BGS Library. Tears were shed, a party was had, and next year’s Library Top Team were appointed—the standard has been set very high, boys.

We are now on the home straight and getting ready to have our rewards day for boys who have smashed their individual reading target and earned a little break. Eyes are already turning to next term and how we can emulate the success of this year. Enjoy the summer everyone, 2018-19 is only going to get busier.

A Crossthwaite, Teacher in Charge

Chamber Choir

Fairly early in the year, I recognised that the combined talent and commitment of the 22 boys in Chamber Choir this year was unique and something quite special. For that reason, I felt it was worth investing time and effort to take us beyond Bangor this year, to one of the biggest and best established music festivals in Northern Ireland. On Wednesday 18th April, we boarded a bus, bound for Craigavon Civic Centre, which was the venue for the senior choral competition of Portadown Music Festival. We enjoyed performances from Lurgan College, St Patrick’s College Maghera and Markethill High School, whose names are all engraved on the trophies from previous years. Mrs Helen Deakin was our adjudicator and awarded us first place with an “outstanding” grade and a mark of 90. We were delighted to hear her praise of our rhythmic precision, well graded dynamics, rich sonority and impressive technical control. Simon Harbinson (Year 8) went forward to be presented with the EH Lamb Cup. We were then invited to return for the Gala Concert the following week which closes the festival each year.

Wednesday 25th April, saw the opening day of Bangor International Choral Festival, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. We performed the same programme of Light in the Hallway, by the Pentatonix and Fionnghuala, a traditional Scottish piece, arranged by Michael McGlynn. Greg Beardsell was adjudicator and his impressive profile includes: “Music Director of the Peace Proms, London Youth Chamber Choir and Deputy Artistic Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. He works worldwide as a conductor, adjudicator, workshop leader and presenter.” Greg’s high profile in music education and performance increased our nerves! It was lovely to perform alongside other local schools, and especially to see a boys’ choir from St Columbanus winning a commendation award. Also performing were St Catherine’s College Senior Choir, Armagh, St Columbanus College Junior Choir and Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College Chamber Choir. The standard of performance was very high, with a varied and interesting repertoire presented. Greg’s final adjudication awarded us another “outstanding” grading which was labelled “an exceptional performance, both technically and artistically.” This time, the prize wasn’t a cup, but a substantial amount of money which will fund the purchase of new music for the choir next year, and perhaps a pizza party next week by way of celebration!

Following the end of the Bangor International Choral Festival, we headed off to Portadown again for our final performance of the year at the Festival’s closing Gala Concert. We were treated to an exceptionally high standard of solo vocal and instrumental performances, as well as the Lowry Theatre Group performing an extract from Cats. Our performance was the finale of the evening, following which an awards ceremony was held. Johnny Mason (Year 14) went forward to be presented with another monetary prize for our performance. The best surprise of all, was a very unexpected award for the “most memorable performance of the entire festival”. We were privileged to have been invited back to perform at the closing concert and even more flattered that our performance was significantly memorable. Needless to say, it was a tiring day, but the mood was buoyant on the homeward journey.

Bangor International Choral Festival also had a closing concert on Saturday night at which we were awarded the Marine Court Shield for the best single performance in the Festival. This was based on our performance of Light in the Hallway. What an honour.

Thanks to the festival organisers at both Portadown and Bangor for welcoming us so warmly and treating us so well. We are thrilled with the encouragement and success we have achieved at the end of a year’s hard work. My personal thanks go to Johnny Mason for his exceptional commitment to the technical demands of the Scots Gaelic language used in Fionnghuala and his consistent willingness to carry solo lines in many of our performances this year. Thanks also to Joel Hatty and Jack Riordan (both Year 14) for their level of commitment and contribution to the Chamber Choir this year. The standard has been set high for the younger boys, having such talent in Year 14 to look up to. All three of my Year 14 boys will be greatly missed and I wish them well for their university education and future careers, be it in music (or computing, Joel!!)

C Buchanan, Teacher in Charge

Moving Image Arts

Tuesday 6th February was a busy day for Bangor Grammar as we played host to a prestigious IntoFilm presentation with Catherine Geary, the Location Manager on massive hollywood blockbusters such as James Bond: Skyfall, and recent Star Wars movies The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Pupils from Glenlola, St Columbanus and Bangor Academy also attended the event, as part of our continuing Shared Education project.

The Q&A session was an inspiring insight into the challenges of working within the competitive, high-stakes movie industry. Catherine stressed upon the difficulties faced by a female in a still male-dominated workplace. It was pleasing to see so many students lingering behind to chat to Catherine.

Two of our Year 13 pupils, Conor Meharg and Jonah Loughlin later had the chance to work with Catherine on the set of a Chinese language romantic-comedy which was filming key scenes in Belfast City Airport.

It is hoped that this will be the first of many such opportunities for our pupils. Many thanks to Phil Cartmill for arranging transport for our partner schools and organising behind the scenes.

D Cunningham, Teacher in Charge

Universities & Careers Fair

This was our fourth Careers Fair and by far the biggest to date. We had a selection of universities and local FE colleges represented from all over the United Kingdom and South of Ireland. Presentations were also given on studying in Oxbridge, applying to the South of Ireland through CAO, and entrepreneurship.

Employers were well represented and were able to answer questions from pupils and parents about different career paths in their sectors. Those attending also had some BGS past pupils on many of their stands.

We were delighted that so many employers who have supported us over the years were here once again on the day but we were also very pleased to introduce new companies such as Bauer Academy (education arm of Cool FM) and Mount Charles Catering.

This year a large number of pupils from schools all over the North Down area also supported the event and we are hoping for similar numbers next year. The Fair has definitely grown in size and stature and the Careers Department would be very happy to hear from anyone who would like to have their company represented at next year’s event which will be on Friday 15th February, 2019. Please contact Mrs R Shaw, Head of Careers, if you would like more details.

The Careers Department would like to thank all who took part to make the Careers Fair such a success, especially those who helped with catering and behind the scenes – you know who you are!

R Shaw, Teacher in Charge

BGS at the Homeplace

March saw our Year 13 English Literature students visit the Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Bellaghy. In what is becoming an annual trip for our poetry students, the class soaked up the major influences on Heaney’s work through the interactive exhibition which introduces the sights, sounds and characters of the Nobel prize winning poet’s life.

The students participated in a lecture in The Helicon room, based on a selection of Heaney’s poems from the AS anthology studied on the English Literature course. The following seminar session was facilitated by PHD/Post-graduate students from the University of Ulster. This focused on comparing and contrasting Heaney and Frost’s poems from the anthology and was a fantastic experience for all concerned.

S Ryan, Teacher in Charge

Junior Drama

Junior Drama operates on the theories of devised theatre—students are given stimulus material and use this as a starting point to come up with a unique and original performance piece. It involves Year 13 victims willing directors being locked placed in a room with boys from Years 8 & 9 once a week for two months and seeing what they come up with.

This year’s concept was ‘Movie Sequels’. We brainstormed a lot of ideas such as Titanic 2, before eventually letting the boys loose to explore their own ideas. The final performances were the product of many evenings of hard work and cooperation —albeit with a gentle teacher-edit here and there.

On Thursday 1st March 2018, students, teachers and parents all came together to witness the organised chaos and glory of ‘ Attack of the Sequels!’

Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions, our 2018 adjudicator, playwright John Patrick Higgins, was unable to make it to BGS for the performances. Thankfully Mrs Payne, our ever-ready and utterly impartial Head of Drama, graciously stepped in to assess the Houses.

Mrs Payne commended the boys on the focus which all of the groups demonstrated and the thorough characterisation many performers showed in their acting. All of the boys spoke with clear voices and delivered their lines confidently. They showed excellent skills in creating comedic performances and worked the audience to get some loud laughs! Even the costumes were evidence of the time and effort which the students (and obviously some enthusiastic parents!) had put in at home.

Additionally, many parents spoke to staff about the Year 13 directors and expressed their gratitude at the hours which the older students had devoted to supporting their performers. There were many comments on the positive rapport which the Year 13s had developed with the junior boys and the Drama Department would like to say a big ‘Thank You!’ to all of the directors for their commitment, patience and maturity throughout the Junior Drama devising process.

At the end of the day, however, there can only be one winner! Jack McGreevy, Daniel Taylor, Ben Campbell and Felix Arran all won the ‘Best Actor’ trophies for their respective houses, with Nathaniel Taylor scooping up the overall ‘Star Actor’ award. Ward House were announced as ‘Runner Up’ - with the medals for first being awarded to Dufferin House. Amidst joyous yells it was confirmed that Crosby placed third with School House in fourth place.

We would like to offer warm thanks to all of the boys in years 8, 9 and 13 who partook in Junior Drama, all their peers who came to see them perform and all of the parents who continue to support us through sourcing costumes and attending the show. It’s been great fun and a huge success.

A Crossthwaite, Teacher in Charge

ICT Microsoft Visit

On Tuesday 5th June the Year 10s had the opprtunity to visit the new Microsoft HQ in Dublin. This 34,000 sq m building, with over 2000 employees from all round the globe, is as futuristic as it is impressive. With a digital lake and digital waterfall made up of 125, 000 LEDs, Microsoft branded coffee, five different restaurants, gym and yoga studios, there was a real sense of a working community where well-being is at the core of the company’s success.

As the students walked into the building we were met with a warm welcome by our hosts, reiterated by the 'Welcome Bangor Grammar School' displayed on the massive TV screen in the main foyer. The students had a brief tour of the building whereby they were able to get a feel of how Microsoft try to inspire their employees to promote creativity through spacious working areas, interactive screens and 'chill-out' zones.

After observing the dynamics of the working environment, the students were treated to a banquet fit for, well... 14 year olds. Mini burgers, chips and chicken goujons were on the menu. This impressive spread of food was met with joy from our boys and only further cemented the impressive nature of the company to make students feel welcomed.

After a brief chat from our host Nicole, the students were put into small groups and were given a crash course in the use of Micro bits. This small and affordable computer is used to inspire, enthuse and motivate students who want to learn more about coding. At the moment, ICT, and in particular software development is one of the biggest employers in Northern Ireland. As a department, our aim is to continue to promote Computer Science and let students develop programming skills at the earliest possible stage. The hope is that the pupils will become lot more confident in this vocation and be able to remove the challenging barriers that they face. In fact, the “DreamSpace Experience” that the students have had has only inspired our department to use Micro bit technology in an extracurricular club specifically for Year 8s and Year 9s next year.

After the Micro bits session, the boys were given a chance to experience Photo 3D Mixed reality. The students used this software to create a story using a title of their choice and collaboratively to complete the task of using live photos and superimposing this with 3D objects. As one can imagine, the creativity was broad as it was humorous but all groups worked well together and there was a true sense of togetherness within the group setting.

Before the long journey back to Bangor, each student was given a goodie bag that included crisps, muffins, water, a mini-torch and a pen drive. For some this may have been the pièce de résistance. For Microsoft and ourselves as a school, we hope that this endeavour will only be the start of a beautiful friendship.

P Ramsey, Teacher in Charge

Combined Cadet Force

In January, the CCF took part in two recruit weekends for the year 10 cadets; in total over 80 cadets took part in these weekends. To say these young warriors were put through their paces is an understatement. On Day One they had a four stand round robin comprising field cooking and basher building, obstacle course, command task and camouflage and concealment.

All the cadets threw themselves (some literally) into the tasks with loads of zeal and enthusiasm. The cold and wet did not dampen their willingness to get the tasks done; cadets led by Cadet Walker ended up wetter and muddier than all others. The command task stand became one of the favourites, with the hand grenade crawl proving to be a great opportunity for muddy photos.

Day Two saw the cadets take part in archery, first aid and drill. The archery stand showed that if the Battle of Agincourt was fought today the French would win, but, to be fair, it was rather windy (and the cadets weren’t Welsh). The cadets were taken through CPR and learned vital life skills. By the end of the drill secession they could have easily took over command at Buckingham Palace. A great weekend with loads of activities and delicious food supplied by the Army chefs. Several parents commented that their children slept well that Sunday night, so job done.

On Sunday the 18th February BGS CCF entered a very strong team into the Brigade Cadet Orienteering Competition being held in the grounds of Campbell College. The day was perfect for orienteering; cold and wet with challenging courses for all age groups. All cadet units had entered that day and the field of competitors was large and winning anything was going to be a struggle. But, after all the mud, sweat and navigational errors, BGS CCF came away with some silverware; our Senior Girls took team gold and our Senior Boys took silver. We also picked up a plethora of other silver and bronze medals in individual events and an individual gold in the Senior Girls race. Overall BGS CCF were the winners; not only in medals but in experience - especially for our very strong junior orienteers.

Back Row: CSgt R O'Boyle, Sgt M Dempster, Sgt J Watton, RQMS W Pollock. Front Row: CSM M Mingout, RSM K Sampson, CSM S Hull, CSM M Zoltan

APCA & Naval 2 Star Weekend

On the weekend of 9-11 March, cadets braved the the cold and wet for some focused training at the APCA & Naval 2 Star Weekend. The Army section cadets on Saturday were deep into learning on patrols and tactics and skill at arms while the naval cadets were planning missions on naval warfare and also skill at arms. On Sunday the Army section took part in attacks against a formidable enemy well dug in, in the guise of OC Naval section Lt Robinson; Naval section were put through their paces on the obstacle course and command task stand. Some of Naval section had passed their weapon handling test on the Saturday and so formed Seal Team 6 (which was ironic as there was five of them) to take on the enemy. They battled hard and came away bloodied and bruised, but ultimately managed to vanquish the foe. Well done to all those who took part, and to the senior cadets who taught and demonstrated the skills to the juniors.

This year BGS CCF were given the opportunity to enrol our APCA (Year 12s) onto The BTec Diploma. This is a qualification that our cadets can gain through their CCF activities and the other activities they take part in, such as DoE and sailing qualifications. Both schools were happy for us to hold a BTec day here at BGS during school time. All the cadets enrolled were met by Colonel Passmore, one of the chief instructors and the guru of all things BTec. He went through the process with the cadets and, by the end of the day, there were many sore hands and empty pens as they filled in page after page of information into their portfolios. The cadets now have only one or two sections to complete before they can be sent away to be assessed. These will be a great insert for their CVs and their UCAS applications.

CCF Easter Camp

The annual CCF Easter Camp started early as always, with bleary eyed parents dropping off their children and rushing home for a well-deserved coffee and some peace. The cadets paraded in their matching hoodies all ready for the long journey across the water and down through Scotland into England. The destination was Halton Camp in Lancaster, an old Royal Engineers Training Camp which is now a training camp for all MOD personnel to use as a base for Adventure Training. After a few hours’ drive from Scotland the cadets arrived and were allocated their rooms and groups. A short briefing that evening then bed ready for the rigours of the next three days.

We used Tower Wood Outdoor Activity Centre as our training base, located on the picturesque shores of Lake Windermere. Once we arrived the groups were sent off with their instructors to take part in either water activities/high ropes or the dreaded hill days. The water activities were a mixture of sailing, canoeing or kayaking and as the name suggests it is wet and cold but the centre ensured all were kitted out with the right gear for the activity. Over the three days the cadets did get very wet, some because they wanted to, others because of the forces of nature or their inept shipmates. The high ropes are exactly that, taking you completely out of your comfort zone, hanging from trees and balancing on top of telegraph poles. All the cadets had a crack at it, some overcoming fears which they thought they never would.

Over the three days the RAF graced us with their presence, not only flying over in a C130 transporter and a Chinook but also a low level “Top Gun” fly by in a Eurofighter, some of the cadets said he was that low you could have read his name badge.

The hill days were in the area of the Old Man of Coniston, a famous peak in the Lake District towering over Coniston Water. The area is littered with mines, some dating back as far as the Armada period where sulphur was clawed out for gunpowder. It is a foreboding place in bad weather and resembles a scene from a Tolkien book.

The area has many paths and peaks and on all three days the weather changed by the hour, from minus 5 on the peak on day one to t-shirts then hail on day three. Day two was grim with sheet rain and strong winds; lunch was eaten within emergency shelters which added to the sense of adventure. All the teams over the days managed to “bag a peak” in the area and had a massive sense of achievement once back on the mini bus looking up at what they had just climbed.

The last night before home the cadets were treated to an evening of ten-pin bowling. It is fair to say that for some this was their first time. Roller trollies were a great help to avoid embarrassment to all.

A big thanks goes out to all the staff at Tower Wood for their support and to the CCF staff who accompanied the cadets and also took part in the activities. We would also like to a say a massive thank you to the Royal Irish Regiment Association who donated funds in support to the camp. A final thank you goes to the cadets and their parents who endured the early starts, the lack of phone calls home and the piles of dirty washing the cadets created in the minimum time. Thanks for all your support.

CCF Ship Visit

On May 5th, the CCF were invited on a tour of a visiting ship from the Dutch Navy the HDMS Niels Juel, named after one of their famous admirals. It is a guided missile frigate of the Iver Huitfeldt class, whose main role during war is air defence of the fleet. The ship's company were brilliant, showing the cadets all the different areas of the ship even down into the depths of the gun turret. The ship's pilot officer took time away from his break to show them his new “toy” -a newly-arrived helicopter with less than 300 miles on the clock.

The CCF would like to say a big thank you to the officers and crew of the Niels Juel and to the SNONI who arranged the visit for us it was a massive privilege for BGS CCF and something our cadets will remember.

RAF 100 Athletics Meeting

A week later, on May 12th, BGS CCF attended the RAF 100 Athletics Meeting at the Mary Peters track in Belfast. A team of 17 cadets both male and female, junior and senior volunteered and, on arrival, they quickly numbered up and got straight into it. Medal after medal came their way as they all threw themselves into every race or field event they could enter.

By the end of the day BGS CCF came away with 12 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze medals; we also won the best Under 17 year Boys trophy and Best Team Overall.

A massive thanks to the ATC, the RAF and Athletics NI for a brilliant competition and for all their hard work in organising the day. One last mention goes to LCpl Jamie Campbell who left the track on a stretcher, then an ambulance, after bravely putting everything into qualifying for the final of the 200m Sprint. LCpl Campbell’s determination and courage, even while in acute pain, displays the type of young adult that BGS CCF fosters.

Master Cadet Course 2018

The Master Cadet Course was an amazing opportunity that anyone who gets a chance should take. The course is challenging physically and mentally. I and the rest of my platoon took part in a range of activities across the syllabus over the four-day exercise period, covering basic harbour drills like morning and night routine to 4 Star equivalent field craft.

On Day One of the exercise phase, we located our harbour area and set up the HQ, and reconnaissance patrols were sent out for the rest of the day to locate enemy positions. Day Two consisted of patrolling and helping out friendly forces in command tasks; the most difficult was a casualty extraction. Later that night more patrols were sent out to access the enemy strengths and locations. Day Three of the exercise brought us into deliberate attacks on enemy positions located on the previous day. This saw my section participate in eight separate section attacks. After that we were back to the harbour area to prepare for an ambush that night.

On the last day we did a platoon dawn attack on the enemy’s HQ. My section was the first into contact and, as the section commander, I had to advance and clear dug-in enemy positions for the assault and support to push through and clear in-depth enemy positions. Once the platoon had finished all its end-ex admin we prepared for the course mess dinner to signal the end of the course. I found quite a lot of the course easygoing, but at the same time, being challenged by unexpected events whilst operating on a maximum of four hours sleep a night. The course helps you find out a lot about yourself as a senior cadet, but also what you can possibly achieve. I found it very rewarding am honoured to be the only Northern Irish cadet from the CCF to participate in the course, and one of only nine people from all the CCFs in the UK to have completed it.

Sgt J Watton

CCF First Aid Competition

Saturday 16th June saw the CCF enter three teams into the Brigade CCF First Aid competition with the chance of being the CCF representatives at the National Competition in October.

All three of our teams who were slightly under strength due to exams but did exceptionally well, having to deal with a multiple casualty car crash, firework burns and power saw accident with two amputated fingers.

At the end of the day and much to their surprise the Junior Team came away with the silver medal; our senior teams have to wait until the results of the ACF competition to see where they are placed so will not know until after Summer Camp.

Well done for all the cadets who entered at this very busy and stressful time and great to end the year with yet more medals for BGS CFF. Bravo Zulu.

SSgt Watkins

German Exchange Visit to Lachendorf

Towards the end of the Summer term, seven boys and two members of staff, Mr Nicholl and Mr Ramsey, embarked on the annual German Exchange with the Immanuel-Kant Gymansium in Lachendorf, Northern Germany. The BGS boys enjoyed a fascinating week experiencing life in Germany first hand through living with host families and attending school classes with their German exchange partners. The first shock for many of the BGS boys was the rather prompt time for the start of the school day with the first class beginning at 7.40am. As consolation, however, lessons finished at the rather more civilised time of 1.10pm, giving the boys ample opportunity to rest weary minds in the afternoon.

Several excursions were planned during our time in Germany, including sightseeing trips to the state capital Hannover as well as Celle, the nearest large town to the school and very well regarded for its over 250 half timbered buildings. The highlight trip for most of the boys proved to be the day at Wolfsburg and a visit to one of the larget interactive science museums in Europe. During the weekend of our visit, host families arranged a varied programme for the boys to again enable them to feel truly at home during their time away.

It was with undoubted sadness that our week-long stay in Germany was over all too soon. However, the upcoming visit of the German group to BGS in September means that friendships between the boys will be renewed and strengthened still further.

It is certainly hoped and anticipated that many more BGS pupils will continue to have the opportunity to take part in this unique type of school trip in the years ahead.

G Nicholl, Teacher in Charge


In the summer term, Mr Ramsey (ICT) and Mr Moreland (History) collaborated in a cross-curricular project with Year 8s. The question of how a computer defeated Nazi Germany in WW2 was delivered through a series of lessons in both subjects.

From a history perspective, the Year 8 pupils looked at the causes of WW2, including how the treaty of Versailles, the rise of Adolf Hitler and the invasion of Poland by Germany all lead to world war. From this short introduction to WW2, the boys focused on how the Allies were able to use a computer to defeat the Germany.

From an ICT perspective, the Year 8s were introduced to network security, in particular, reasons for hacking, malicious software and the importance of a strong password. In conjunction with how computers helped to defeat Germany in WW2, students learned how the Computer Scientist, Mathematician and Cryptanalyst, Alan Turing, had decrypted messages from the Enigma machine that were used in the German war effort in an attempt to defeat the allies. Turing had created the 'Bombe Machine' that was used to crack the German communications encoded by the Enigma machine, shortening the war and saving millions of lives.

The project concluded with a viewing of the movie The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch which retells the story of how Turing had cracked the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians and cryptanalysts. On reflection, the discussions, tasks and plenary exercises used highlighted the importance of how Computer Science and History can be used in tandem to promote student learning.

IET Faraday Challenge Day

On Friday, 8th June 2018 we hosted a Faraday Challenge Day in Bangor Grammar School, run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and aimed at encouraging more young people to engage in the STEM subjects and to consider engineering as a possible career path.

We were one of only four Northern Ireland schools hosting an event this year, alongside Queen’s University Belfast. Glenlola, St Columbanus, Bangor Academy and Strangford College joined us for a day of competitive cross-curricular STEM fun, based around a design and build project challenge for six teams of six Year 9 students.

One of the two teams from Bangor Grammar School won the trophy on the day for their design ideas, teamwork and communication skills, and an excellent presentation. The winning team members were Roan Taylor, Jake Campbell, John Guibao, Peter Allen, Patrick Davis and Christopher Anderson, all from Year 9. Well done boys!

S Henry, Teacher in Charge


The chess team lost some vital long-term team members over the 17/18 academic year, which has hit the club hard. However, some new Year 8 pupils have joined the club, helping to fill the void. We look forward to seeing what they are capable of.

The chess club has been very successful for the past five years and this year was no different. We would like to offer our gratitude to Mrs Johnstone, who kindly offered us a room every lunchtime. Also, Mr Wolfenden helped supply the chess club with boards funded through the success of the Senior Debating Society.

We began the new school year with the great news that Samuel Todd had achieved Master status, a very prestigious title. With the chess club looking up, recently newcomer Adam Rushe of year 12 won the U16 Munster individual chess championship. Along with winning the Omagh rapid play competition, it looked as if Adam was in for a good season. Team Captain Samuel Todd was hoping he could replace the vital team members to retain the U19 Ulster schools team championship. He also wanted to send an under 16 team to regain the title that Ballymena had taken from us last year. Samuel and Adam wasted no time showing their dominance at the Ulster schools children chess competition where the school had a long-standing tradition of winning. Adam Rushe won the November competition with Sam as a close second. In December the biggest competition of the year came along, the Ulster Schools Individuals; with the top two seeds coming from the Grammar, we were hopeful to retain it for the third time. After a tough battle, Samuel Todd beat Adam Rushe on tie-break to claim the trophy, which returned to Bangor Grammar for the second time in three years.

Three new recruits, Daniel Taylor, Ben Toogood and Zach Williamson all performed well in their first tournaments and we expect to see them improve next year and continue with their pleasing performances. Bangor Grammar has a long-standing history of boys qualifying to go to Stormont Castle in June for the Grand Prix. This year is no different, with Adam Rushe and Samuel Todd winning shields - Adam winning the Upper Secondary Shield and Samuel winning the Puzzle-Solving Shield for the second time.

Unfortunately, the chess club suffered a blow this year. The U19 team of Samuel Todd, Adam Rushe, Ben Carrigan, Adam Simmonite (with Peter Bull as sub) lost the U19 championships in the last game in Downpatrick. However, the U16 team of Ryan Leatham, Tom Loyal, Ben Toogood and David Lowry played very well, finishing second. Hopefully the U14 team can retain their title if a tournament is arranged before the end of the year. We are already planning for next year, when we hope to win back the U19 title.

Samuel Todd, Year 13

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Training Expedition

Traditionally Saint Patrick’s Day is the start of spring. However, with the arrival of the Mini Beast from the East, the conditions were more like winter with several flurries of snow rather than the bright spring days expected at this time of year.

The Year 13 Gold group consisted of 13 pupils assisted by two staff. Training took place in Tollymore Forest Park where the boys refreshed their campcraft skills, pitching tents before cooking on the portable gas stoves. The evening was spent deliberately getting lost in the forest, with the pupils practising their navigation skills. Night navigation is always a good test of skill but was made more challenging in the freezing conditions and occasional snow flurry. After a long evening we returned to the refuge of the tents, frozen and exhausted.

We awoke to a thin covering of snow. Several boys had found it difficult to sleep because of the cold (a mere minus 5 degrees celsius). There is nothing as good as the experience to reinforce the instruction imparted in the classroom. Some might listen more carefully in future to the advice given about proper equipment. One pupil said it had been, “the worst night in his life”. They had been warned about the freezing conditions and the need for warm clothing even in bed. After some warm refreshments and breakfast it was back to compass work, route planning and then a navigational exercise through the forest.

With the training weekend completed, planning and preparation for the practice expedition has begun.

M Christy, Teacher in Charge

District Cross Country Championships

On Tuesday 6th February, 37 BGS athletes braved the cold conditions at Campbell College, Belfast and competed admirably in the District Cross Country Championships. Four out of the five teams medalled and therefore qualified for the Ulster Championships.

Unfortunately, the Intermediate Team missed out narrowly on qualification finishing in 4th place. However, Jakob Swann qualified as an individual, finishing in 10th place. Particular congratulations should go to Nathan Semple, Daniel Playfair and Michael McDaid who finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively in their races.

P Cartmill, Teacher in Charge

Irish School Junior Golf Championship

Having won the Ulster Schools Junior Golf Championship our team of Jude Devlin, Max Carson and Lewis Gowdy travelled to Monkstown Golf Club outside Cork to represent Ulster in the Irish Schools National Final.

L-R: Jude Wilson, Lewis Goudy, Max Carson

On a windy day, with the course wet from heavy rain the previous day, Jude’s birdie on the first set us off on fast start. In fact, at the half way point of nine holes it felt we were comfortably in the lead. Jude had 20 points, Max 18, and Lewis 16.

The back nine was a more difficult part of the course and a combination of the course and some poor shots saw our scoring deteriorate. As it transpired later on though, we were very much still ‘in the hunt’ as the competition, and the winning team, was decided on the last hole from the last group. Our final best two combined scores totalled 64 points.

The competition was so close that only two points separately all four teams before tie break rules were applied, unfortunately we finished two points behind the winners.

All three boys can be proud of how they competed, and how close they were to the eventual winning team. They produced patches of excellent golf and looked capable of becoming Irish champions. This time, however, is was not to be.

J Todd, Teacher in Charge

Tennis Report

The Senior team progressed to their Final with comfortable wins over Belfast High School, Down High School and Omagh CBS. In this climax to the season they came up against much stiffer opposition in RBAI. On a glorious summer’s evening at CIYMS we produced some great tennis to defeat INST by 4 matches to Nil. Congratulations to the team of Harry Ellesmere, Harry McCracken, Ryan Lyall and John Ewing who become Ulster Tennis Senior Boys Champions to add to their Intermediate Boys’ crown which they won last season.

L-R: Harry McCracken, Ryan Lyall, Harry Ellesmere, John Ewing

In the Intermediate competition BGS punched above their weight making excellent progress to the semi-final having defeated Cambridge House and Banbridge Academy along the way. Against a strong RBAI side we eventually came unstuck but not after giving an excellent account of ourselves. The team comprised Callum McDaid, Ethan Campbell, Lewis Marks and Robbie McKee.

Having topped their group (Regent, Rockport and Foyle College) BGS progressed to the Semi-finals to face a tough Campbell team. With some outstanding tennis being played Bangor held their nerve in a tight and tense match to win 4 matches to 2.

In the Final, BGS were not at their best but still had enough quality to defeat Sullivan by 4 matches to 2 and become Ulster Tennis Junior Boys Champions.

L-R: Max Skelton, Nathan Belshaw, James Skelton, Jamie Lyall

For the first time, BGS entered a ‘B’ team, comprised of Joel Smith, Aaron Lusty, Ethan Mairs, Roan Taylor and Joshua Ross, in the Junior competition to gain some valuable experience which will hopefully stand us in good stead for the future. Unfortunately the team was drawn in the same group as eventual winners Campbell and a good Dalriada side. We did not progress out of the group but I think it was a valuable experience for all selected.

The Year 8 team of Brandon Cree, Conor Boyd, Jack McGreevy and Cameron Forster, had not played a lot of tennis before they arrived at BGS. The team lost to Sullivan and eventual winners Regent, but managed to draw 3-3 with both Rockport and Carrick Grammar School. With 4 matches now under their belt, I hope that they enjoyed their BGS tennis experience and will continue to play throughout the summer and come back enthused for next season.

D Holley, Teacher in Charge

Table Tennis

After the success of the BGS U13 team at the Ulster Schools’ Table Tennis Championships in February 2018, six students travelled to Tallaght, Dublin to compete in the All-Ireland Schools Cup championship. Although the team boasts top-ranking players who have represented Ireland in European competitions, the pressure was very much on. To the dismay of BGS staff and students, the current trophy seemed to be missing the gleaming “Bangor Grammar School” winner engravings. The chosen few, with fire in their bellies and the hopes of the school resting on their shoulders, included James Skelton, Matthew Thomas, Joel Smith & Max Skelton. Due to strict age limits placed on the U13s, who were crowned Ulster champions in February, our team of 'veterans' were joined by Freddie Scott and Nathan Belshaw. With their positive demeanour and willingness to rise to the occasion, Freddie and Nathan were definitely not making the arduous four hour round trip just to bolster our numbers.

After an early start, leaving the BGS campus at 6:30am to guarantee meeting the 9am registration, it became apparent very quickly that this team meant business. Sailing through to the semi-finals with ease, they now faced Black Rock College, a school that had achieved the Leinster Junior league five years running. With a hard fought 5-3 win against one of the favourites in their own backyard, this was seen as a huge scalp for our boys. Following on from this, BGS met Balla Secondary School in the final. Similar to the above-mentioned Black Rock College, Balla Secondary have a successful table tennis team, boasting the Irish Times/Irish Independent League Tables leader board for college entry in Mayo in 2015 & 2016. The BGS boys ran out convincing winners in the final, beating Balla Secondary five games to one.

The students, along with the trophy, made their way back to BGS late in the evening of 26th April 2018. Although it difficult to predict if this is the golden generation of table tennis within the school, it is clear that this group can flourish at U-15 and U-19 levels. With national championship status under their belt this year, it is hoped that we can continue to nurture genuine talent in school to continue this success.

P Ramsay, Teacher in Charge

Medallion Bowl 2017-18

Having lost to Sullivan in a 3rd round replay in the Medallion Shield, and subsequent relegation from the top tier of the competition, we found ourselves with a home draw against Belfast High School in the Medallion Bowl. Our morale was consequently not at its usual height; a long talk with our coaches and a deep look inside helped us to regain our mojo and reset our sights on becoming victors of the competition.

A hard week of training, and possibly the best team run our team had ever had, left us in the perfect position to perform on the Saturday of that week.

The game got underway at 10am on Saturday 27th January. Following a great passage of play, we scored very early in the corner. Sadly, this was not converted. A thrilling first half saw us expand our lead to a respectable 15-0.

We approached the second half with the same hunger and ferocity as the first and soon our hard work was rewarded with another score. We managed to squeeze in a further three scores before the game reached its conclusion. With pride in our defence, an equally impressive achievement was keeping the opposition out for 60 minutes and stopping them from scoring any points.

The game finished with a 37-0 win to ourselves; thus, we progressed to the semi-final of the Bowl. We were drawn to play away to Omagh Academy.

On a cold and icy afternoon, the Medallion XV travelled west to play Omagh Academy in the semi-finals of the Medallion Bowl.

After a long bus journey to reach the venue, the lethargic Bangor team seemed unable to muster themselves beyond a lackadaisical warm-up. This resulted in a poor start to the game; Bangor let their opposition have time and space, allowing their strong ball carriers to get across the gain line with relative ease. After a period of sustained pressure, the Omagh team barged their way over the white wash for the first score of the game. More pressure was to follow with the boys putting in some super hits on their own line, managing to earn a penalty and get out of jail.

Bangor then launched their own sustained period of attack. Eventually Rory Wood charged down an attempted clearance, resulting in a scrum to Bangor. From the scrum the boys executed a set play well, resulting in Robbie Grant barrelling his way through the defence for a score. Suddenly Bangor had their tails up and were back in the game! The try went unconverted... However, this would not deter a resurgent Bangor Grammar team. Straight from the kick off a stellar break by Ewan Kennedy resulted in Matthew Drysdale finding himself in the unfamiliar situation of scoring a try! This try was converted by Jordan Brown and BGS took a 12-7 lead into half time.

The second half was more of a slow burner, with Omagh having a lot of the pressure early on and creating some scoring chances to no avail. Bangor lacked discipline with Ewan Kennedy being yellow carded following a series of repeated team infringements. Bangor were now down to 14 men. Omagh piled on the pressure with a bulldozing run from a big strong forward, however with a turnover in the last play of the match, Bangor kicked the ball into touch and the boys celebrated.

Danske Bank Medallion Bowl Final 2017-18

The Danske Bank Medallion Bow Final, between Bangor Grammar School and Limavady Grammar School, was held on the 24th February 2018 at Roughfort Playing Fields. On the morning of the match, the weather conditions were good with very little wind and the pitch was in excellent condition.

The match began with both teams eager to get the first points on the board. Bangor Grammar got off to a great start with a try from Robbie Grant in the first few minutes of play. The score went unconverted, Bangor 5-0 Limavady. Bangor took a clean catch from kick off and proceeded to attack the Limavady defence. Plenty of ground was made as Bangor piled on the pressure and kept the momentum going forward, resulting in a good team try. The ball went through the hands, with Ben McLean scoring in the corner. The conversion was missed, Bangor 10-0 Limavady.

BGS continued to press the Limavady defence and kept the ball moving quickly, from touchline to touchline. Following some excellent phase build up play, Josh Carroll burst through the centre of Limavady’s defence to score. Again the conversion was unsuccessful.

Limavady put Bangor under pressure from restart and forced a BGS knock on, resulting in a scrum and possession for Limavady in an attacking area, giving the opposition their first real attacking opportunity of the game.

Limavady began to make their way back into the game. Just before the half time break, they broke down the Bangor defence, scoring a converted try under the posts, making it Bangor 15-7 Limavady at the break.

The 2nd half began with Bangor kicking off. BGS got off to another fast start this time by putting excellent defensive pressure on the Limavady attack, forcing them to knock it on and presenting Bangor with possession of the football.

It only took a few phases for Bangor’s Rory Wood to break through and score a wonderful individual try. The conversion was again unsuccessful, Bangor 20-7 Limavady. Bangor made a clean catch and kept the momentum going forward from the restart. This led to some fantastic phases as Bangor proceeded to attack but Limavady did a good job and kept them out. A quick pass from Mark Carberry to Jack Nesbitt saw him break through a weak tackle and barge his way over the line. Try Bangor, this time converted by Carberry. Bangor 27-7 Limavady. Bangor were slow to react from kick off leading to a strong attacking position for Limavady to score a converted try under the posts. Bangor 27-14 Limavady.

Bangor dug deep and once again put pressure on the Limavady defence, going through multiple phases and keeping the ball. This series of plays ended with Robbie Grant breaking the Limavady defence and scoring, converted by Mark Carberry. Bangor 34-14 Limavady. Bangor looked completely in control of the game, finishing strongly as Jack Nesbitt again fought his way over the try line for another unconverted score. Full time Bangor 39-14 Limavady. Both teams fought hard, but on the day Bangor Grammar played some excellent rugby, taking their changes and deservedly taking the spoils.

A representative of the Schools’ Committee of the Ulster Branch and Bangor Grammar School first of all thanked Danske Bank for their continued support of Schools’ rugby in Ulster. He also thanked BRA for the use of their excellent pitch, the referee and assistants, coaches and staff from both teams and all the supporters. Mr Robinson praised both teams for making it such a great match. He then went on to present medals to the Limavady and Bangor players before the presentation of the trophy to the Bangor Grammar captain Luke Norman.

Finn Ritchie, Jack Nesbitt & Chris Pyper, Year 11

Sporting Wall of Fame

Sporting stars of the past six decades gathered at Bangor Grammar School on Tuesday evening for the launch of its new Sporting Wall of Fame.

No fewer than 32 faces appear on the Wall, beginning with rugby international George McIldowie, who gained four caps for Ireland between 1906 and 1910, and ending (for now) with current international Stuart McCloskey, who recently gained his second cap in Ireland’s 23-20 win over Fiji.

Nineteen of the Wall ‘inductees’ attended the launch, along with Byrom Bramwell, great nephew of Thomas Bramwell, another rugby player, who appeared for Ireland against France back in 1928.

The Wall was conceived and funded by Bangor Grammarians, the past pupils association, and was brought to fruition over recent months in co-operation with the School itself. The aim was to collate and celebrate those sportsmen who had gained full senior international honours in their chosen field.

No fewer than 10 different sports are featured on the Wall of Fame: rugby (12), cricket (4), sailing (4), hockey (3), golf (3) and football (2), with one each from rowing, squash, swimming and tennis.

In advance of the formal proceedings, the ‘inductees’ were taken on a guided tour of the sports department where the Wall of Fame is located.

Former Northern Ireland and Arsenal captain Terry Neill, who had flown over that morning from London, rubbed shoulders with Dick Milliken, who captained the first Schools Cup-winning team in 1969 (before going on to play for both Ireland and the British Lions). Golfers Brian Kissock and Garth McGimpsey, cricketers John Elder, Brian Millar and Mark Hutchinson, and hockey Olympic Gold and Bronze Medallist Stephen Martin all joined in the tour.

Other rugby stars in attendance included Roger Clegg, David Morrow and Kenneth Hooks, Olympic sailors Bill O’Hara, Conrad Simpson and Stephen Milne, while squash, rowing and tennis were represented by Jeff Hearst, David Gray and Peter Minnis respectively.

Completing the line-up were Bill Whisker, the school’s only sailing World Champion (the GP14 class in 1975), and swimmer Steven McQuillan, who set seven new Irish individual records between 2008 and 2010.

There were apologies from 10 past pupils who were unable to attend – David McManus (hockey), David Feherty (golf), Michael Rea (cricket), Don Whittle (rugby), Mark Cummings (swimming), Mark McCall (rugby), Keith Gillespie (football), Kieron Dawson (rugby), Chris Cargo (hockey), and the aforementioned Stuart McCloskey.

In many instances they were represented by family members and all expressed the desire to view the Wall for themselves during a future visit to Bangor Grammar School.

Proceedings back in the Atrium commenced with introductions by Board of Governors chairman Paul Blair. He thanked the Grammarians for providing the funding and all those who had made the evening possible, also the school’s jazz band, pupils who had helped with the tours to view the Wall, and the catering staff. There was praise too for the “unsung” work of the sports coaches, past and present.

He also mentioned the forthcoming Alumni Project, stressing the important role played by Alumni in inspiring current pupils and supporting the school.

Grammarians chairman Terence Bowman commended his predecessor, Geoffrey Miller, for proposing the idea of the Wall of Fame and explained that while every effort had made to ensure the accuracy of the information, thanks to the sterling efforts of recently retired BGS Archivist Barry Greenaway and historian Trevor Gray, the Grammarians fully intended to update the Wall in the event of new details coming to light or new internationals emerging.

It was also their intention in future years to develop further Walls of Fame around the campus to recognise other areas where past pupils have brought great honour to the school.

Concluding, he told in brief the story of George McIldowie, who was not represented at the launch. He had a very famous cousin, the Holywood actress Dame Angela Lansbury, while in his working life he had served as Resident Engineer on the Silent Valley reservoir construction project in the Mournes back in the 1920s and 1930s.

The main speaker was Olympic Gold Medal winner Stephen Martin who said there was a rich history of sporting success in the school and it was important that future generations of pupils should be reminded of their achievements.

“School sport was very important to each and every one of us,” he stated, “and that passion for sport continued long after we left Bangor Grammar. Indeed our experiences helped shape how we live our lives today.”

He added: “We were all blessed to have teachers with the knowledge and enthusiasm to guide and encourage our talents in both sport and academic lessons. On nights like this we can take great pride in our achievements and remember the positive influence Bangor Grammar School had on all of us.”

Terence Bowman

Team Photos 2017/18


Front Row. Louis Gault-Reid, Nathan Semple, Ewan Nicholson, Nathan Agnew, Timothy Acheson. Second Row: Shay Ritchie, Finn Ritchie, Adam Skelly, Josh Bunting, Jakob Swann, Aaron Montgomery, Felix Arran. Third Row: Ryan Lynas, Alex Shaw, Aaron Boyce, Isaac Moore, Jamie Lyall, Michael McDaid, Callum Slagter. Front Row: Daniel Irvine, Luke Mingout, Daniel Playfair, Matthew Armstrong-Sanchez, John Ewing, Callum Duncan, Robbie Brown


Back Row: Tim Lloyd, Chris Pyper, Nathan Agnew, Lewis Marks. Middle Row: Mr D Hinds, Ross Fulton, Ryan Lyall, Calum McDaid, Rory Patterson. Front Row: Jamie Lyall, Kieran Martin, Ewan O'Dowd, Nathan Belshaw


Back Row: Jude Devlin, Darren Scott. Front Row: Mark Stoops, Kyle Clarke


Back Row: Ciaran McKee, Rhys Green, Daniel Thompson, Thomas Noble, Ben Riddell. Front Row: Austin Williams, Mark Stoops, Jack Angus, Callum Slaghter

U14 Cricket

Back Row: Christopher Anderson, Luke Swann, Eben Rainey, Andrew Kennedy, Joshua Walker. Middle Row: Finlay Carlisle, Adam Purse, Daniel Onstwedder, Rory Patterson, Mr J Morgan. Front Row: Freddie Scott, Ben McAuley, Michael Skelly, Nathan Belshaw, Alex Shaw

U15 Cricket

Back Row: Jackson Scott, Jack Gilmour, Phillip Atcheson, Rory Christie. Middle Row: Ben Goldthrorpe, Ethan Lowry, Matthew Turpitt, Ross Murray, Mr J Morgan. Front Row: Callum Campbell, Bryn McCartney, Christian Orr, Max Carson, Morgan Paulin

U16 Cricket

Back Row: Ben Escott, Chris Pyper, Finlay Keenan, Jonathan Cheung. Middle Row: Zak Irvine, Aaron Macrory, Michael McDowell, Ewan Kennedy, Sean Mawhinney, Mr D Kennedy. Front Row: Kyle Simpson, Ben Warren, Patrick Boyd, Ethan Moore, Ewan O'Dowd

1st XI Cricket

Front Row: Ross Campbell, Ryan Chambers, Andrew Pyper, Chris Pyper, Conor Cox. Middle Row: Mr N Nowotarski, Josh Webster, William Simpson, Daniel Young, Zach Kerr, Mrs E Huddleson. Front Row: Calum McDaid, Kai McPeak, Matthew Quinn, Rhys Larmour, Adam Simmonite

U12 Rugby

Back Row: Jack Blair, Charlie McCarroll, Brandon Cree, Josh Bunting, Frazer Fulton, Reuben Hawes, Shay Ritchie, Blake Lilburn. Second Row: Michael McDaid, Austin Williams, Will Johnston, Alex Simpson, James Young, Ashton Small, Callum Slagter, Connor Doherty, Nathan Rickerby, Mr S Beggs. Third Row: Mr A Walker, Mr N Nowotarski, Zach Cummings, Finlay Topping, Cameron Forster, Jude Dunne, Carter McCormack, Nevan Young, Max Escott, Luke Mingout, Mr C Moreland. Front Row: Callum Moore, Jack Harpur, Noah McIlwrath, Odin McBrinn, Jack McGreevy, Jamie Ferguson, Rhylan Cordner, Charlie McGrath, Kyle Brown

U13 Rugby

Back Row: Josh Walker, Andrew Kennedy, Nathan Semple, Joshua Parsons, James Mulholland, Charlie Poots, John Cousins. Second Row: Finley Carlisle, Andrew Purce, Jake Sinclair, Jack Mason, Jack Delargy, Michael Skelly, Ashton Greer. Third Row: Alex Shaw, Jude Dowey, Harvey Cave, Isaac Moore, Felix Arran, James Montgomery, Zane Hanna, Rory Patterson. Front Row: Rhys Carroll, Joshua Irwin, Jack Rudd, David Lowry, Daniel Ontswedder, Ben McAuley, Matthew Greer, Freddie Scott, Charlie Gilmour.

U14 Rugby

Back Row: Harry Stafford, Jacob Jamieson, Luke McAleer, , Zac Ward, Ben Gibson, Louis Houston. Third Row: Ryan Butler, Josh Reddy, Oliver Houston, Ben Teggart, Callum Butler, Dylan Adiar, Lewis Wells, Josh Scullion. Second Row: Mr S Robinson, James Skelton, Callum Gunning, Ben McLean, Craig Gordon, James Harpur, Patrick Gould, Rory Christie, Angus Bolton, Mr D Kennedy. Front Row: Ben Goldthorpe, Matthew Turpitt, Christian Orr, Callum Campbell, Bryn McCartney, Morgan Paulin, Ethan Mairs, Ben McCullough, Jackson Scott

1st XV Rugby

Back Row: Oliver Hamilton, Cameron Stewart, Conor Lusty, Gareth Wells, Riley Westwood, Rhys Brown, Robbie Winters. Middle Row: Mr J Morgan, Mr P Cartmill, Dylan Moore, Callum Bain, Adam Pritchard, William Simpson, Angus Christie, Matthew Bell, Ben Cavan, Mrs E Huddleson. Front Row: Matthew Quinn, Reuben McKeown, Ben McCrossan, Jack Gibson, Zach Kerr, Aaron Sexton, Daniel Young, Rhys Larmour, Jonny Gamble

2nd XV Rugby

Back Row: Ryan Bull, Alistair McConnell, Rhys Brown, Andrew Pyper, Robbie Winters, Max Ellis. Third Row: Tim Webb, Callum Bain, Sam Murray, Will Simpson, Harry Angus, Ross Campbell, Jack Bell. Second Row: Mr G Nicholl, Jack Blaney, Harry Blaney, Sam Ayton, Harry McCracken, Michael McCreary, Patrick McLarnon, Mr J Morgan Front Row: Morgan McCartney, Ben Cavan, Conor Johnston, Patrick Dobie, Ewan McKenzie, Olliver Hamilton, James Mahood

Medallion XV

Back Row: Conor McKenzie, Kristen McNeice, Chris Pyper, Jonathan Cheung, Ben Gibson. Second Row: Mark Carberry, Matthew Drysdale, Sam Moore, Rory Wood, Adam Smith. Third Row: Mr J Morgan, Ewan Kennedy, Jack Nesbitt, Harry Stafford, Robbie Grant, Finn Ritchie, Ethan Wetherall, Mr S Henry. Fron Row: Bryn McCartney, Ben McLean, Josh Carroll, Luke Norman, Rory Christie, Jordan Brown, Callum Campbell

Hockey 1st XI

Back Row: Ryan Lyall, Matthew White, Michael Reid, Adam Bell, Zack McKee, Callum Thompson. Middle Row: Mr D Holley, Matthew Squance, Ryan McMillen, Jack Riordan, Cody Walker, Daniel Dow, Ryan Neill, Mrs E Huddleson. Front Row: Paddy Boyd, Stephen Hamill, Matthew Armstrong-Sanchez, Harry Dow, Tim Acheson

Hockey 2nd XI

Back Row: Harry McDonagh, Aqeel Mohammad, Michael Reid, Matthew Finlay, Nick Bleakney. Middle Row: Ms R Murphy, Ben Forsythe, Jamie Gowdy, Ewan Johnston, Luke McBride, Daniel Dow, Matthew Bell. Front Row: Ben Mingout, Jack Bingham, Jamie Parke, Owen Spiers, Benn Cudworth

Year 8 Hockey

Back Row: Callum Parke, Jonah McCrea, Ben Peacock, Corban Connelly, Andrew Brown. Second Row: Sam Lyttle, Peter McAleer, Rory Blair, Oliver Cooley, Callum Duncan. Third Row: Miss K Morris, Daniel Irvine, Robbie Brown, Joshua Adair, Oisin Quinn, Jules McFall, Luke Henry, Mr D Holley. Front Row: Rhys Jeffrey, Jamie Miller, Joshua Routledge, Sam McMillan, Logan Mawhinney, Dawson O'Rorke, Dijo Job

Year 9 Hockey

Back Row: Adam Crosby, Zach McCormick, Dillon O'Hara, Luke Swann, Joshua Finlay. Middle Row: Ms K Morris, Aaron Boyce, Aaron Lusty, Roan Taylor, Marcus Fusco, Roan Taylor, Aaron Lustry, Aaron Boyce. Front Row: Ben Riddell, Joel Smith, Nathan Belshaw, Ryan Lynas, Dylan McKim

U14 Hockey

Back Row: Adam Skelly, Ben Adams, Philip Acheson, Luke Allen, Ross Fulton. Middle Row: Ms A Crossthwaite, Max Carson, Ben McLelland, Jack Irwin, Aaron Montgomery. Front Row: Ryan Thompson, Thomas McGuicken, Owen Stranaghan, Jamie Lyall, Matthew Campbell

U15 Hockey

Back Row: Lewis Marks, Michael McDowell, Ewan Nicholson, Finlay Keenan, Sean Mawhinney Middle Row: Adam McKee, Patrick Boyd, Ben Warren, Jude Devlin, Zak Irvine. Front Row: Jamie Lyall, Ewan O'Dowd, Cohen Boyd, Ben Irwin, Ethan Moore

U18 Football

Back Row: Jamie Hewitt, Jack Tyrrell, Charles Mackinnon, Louis Gault-Reid. Middle Row: Mr M Nesbitt, Jordan Freel, Matthew Rice, Jamie Stewart, Kai McPeak, Mrs E Huddleson. Front Row: Callum Crothers, Tom Mathieson, Matthew Torrens, Cole Magee, Ryan Chambers
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