The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Dill House


In 1925 the School Song was written and boys were required for the first time to wear the yellow and black quartered caps. A year later the house system was introduced, with the four houses Dill, Kelvin, Larmor and Pirriebeing named after prominent Instonians.

Dill House acquired its name from Sir Samuel Dill (1844-1924), the distinguished Ulster-born classical scholar and educationist. He was born in Hillsborough, County Down, educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and what was then Queen's College, Belfast, held the chair of Greek at Queen's from 1890 until his death in 1924, and was also Pro-Chancellor. He had previously been a fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and High Master of the Manchester Grammar School. As a member of the Belfast University Commission in 1909, he played an important role in the transformation of Queen's College into a university. Samuel Dill was knighted in 1909.

The Dill Memorial Lecture, founded in 1925 to perpetuate his memory, is given on a subject relating to the history, philosophy, language or literature of the classical or medieval worlds. The lecture is delivered every second or third year as occasion presents itself.

Dill House Report

Dill House Report

Senior Housemaster: Mr MH Lyttle

Year 8: Mr AJ Allen

Year 9: Mr RP Griffiths

Year 10: Mr JB Peak

Year 11: Mr ND Carson

Year 12: Mrs CA Mayberry

Year 13: Ms Z Huston

Head of House: Sam Collins

House Secretary: Adam Cooke

Senior Prefects: James Armstrong, Patrick Stafford

Prefects: Ross Campbell, Stuart Campbell, Patrick Colan O Leary, Sam Collins, Adam Cooke, Ethan Donnelly, Daniel Given, Thomas Hall, Xander Mcllwaine, Oliver Metcalfe, Matthew Peak, Callum Wallace, Aaron Winters.

Mentors: James Armstrong, Adam Cooke, Daniel Given, Ben Higgins, Jack Kelly, Xander Mcllwaine, Oliver Metcalfe, Matthew Peak, Callum Wallace, Aaron Winters

Valete: Calisle Bruce, Ben Campbell, Patrick Hanna, Michael Hewitt, Simon Jackson, James Cranston-Kavanagh, Matthew Lloyd, Jack Magee, Connor McKnight, Charles McMurtry, Nicholas Moore, Lewis Nicholl, Benjamin Ritchie, Khaled Salem, Ross Smyth, Peter Todd, Jared Wait, Michael Wilson

Firstly, on behalf of Dill House, I would like to take this opportunity to provide a warm welcome to all of the new pupils entering Dill House this year, in particular those pupils in Year 8. I would strongly encourage them to take full advantage of the numerous opportunities that RBAI provides, both academically and in their extra-curricular, as this will help ensure that they fulfil their full potential throughout their time at RBAI. I would also like to wish last year’s upper sixth continued success outside of RBAI and to thank them for their contribution not only to Dill House, but also the school as a whole through their academic and co-curricular life.

In order to help assist with the hard transition from primary education to secondary education, a series of mentors have been selected to help aid new pupils, assisting and encouraging them to fully engage and participate in the diverse range of co-curricular activities the school provides. I would also like to congratulate the previously mentioned mentors as well as senior prefects and wish them the very best of luck in their new-found responsibilities

In recognition of their commitment to the Dill House, members of the lower sixth have been rewarded house honours for their continued participation and commitment to the Inter-House Championship: Josh Armstrong, Luke Boyd, Brent Brennan, Oisin Curran-Moloney, Luke Dennison, Michael Glasgow, James Lambert, Peter McFadden, Ronan McFadden, Charlie McPherson, Kyle Noble, Joshua Ritchie, Tyrone Simms, Nathan Toland, Max Walsh, Stuart Wilson, and Hugo Wong.

At the beginning of the new school year we want to highlight the academic success brought to Dill house following a series of excellent academic results. At GCSE level special mentioned is well credited to Pauley McKenzie who achieved the highest points at GCSE within the year achieving 7 A* and 4 As. Further congratulations to other results including: Josh Armstrong 4 A* 5 As, Michael Glasgow 9 As 1 B. This academic success also continued into the AS level; James Armstrong 2 As 1 B, Patrick Colan-O Leary 4 As, Ethan Donnelly 2 As, Thomas Hall 2 As 1 B, Patrick Stafford 4 As, Aaron Winters 2 As 1 B. The upper sixth also had a series of extremely positive results with; Ben Campbell 2 As 1 B, James Cranston- Kavanagh 2 As 2 Bs, Nicholas Moore 3 A*, Benjamin Ritchie

In the House Championship Dill finished a very creditable 2nd place. This was achieved by winning the Corry Cup, and both Sports Day Competitions, as well as performing extremely well in the Junior Cross Country, House Basketball, and the House Badminton.

There was other notable success from pupils from the House over the last year. Harry Keag (8D) won the Northern Ireland Cup with Linfield and also represented N.I. International U12 Team. Ben McCausland (8D) played cricket for the Irish U13 and NCU Teams. Christopher Chee (8D) won the U13 Irish National Championships in Badminton. In Year 9, Tom Crothers played for the Irish U13 Cricket Team, and new pupil Ben Oberholzer competed in the BMX World Championships. Jack McCausland (10D) captained the Irish U14 Cross Country Team which competed in the Schools International, finishing 5th in a very competitive race. Oliver Metcalfe in Year 13 has had an outstanding summer playing for various Irish age grade teams, culminating in being selected for the Irish ‘A’ Senior side. Matthew Peak (13D) was selected for the Down County Hurling Team, as well as being selected along with James Lambert (13D) for the Ulster Schools Cricket Team on their tour of Scotland.

Finally, I would like to give a huge thanks to Mr Lyttle and all other Dill tutors, on behalf of the house, for all the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm that they put into the overall running of the house and for ensuring that each member of Dill House feels included and valued while also helping to ensure everyone achieves their full potential both academically and in their extra-curricular life, thank you.

Adam Cooke (House Secretary)

30 2020
Year 13 Parents' Information Evening
06 2020
Year 11 Parents' Information Evening
07 2020
Amazing Brains Year 11 - to be confirmed
16 2020
Scout Parents' Evening - to be confirmed
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