The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Dill House

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Back Row: Isaac McClean; Sam McCleary; James Morrow; Cameron Skelton; James Steele; Daniel Thompson, Ryan Turkington, Ahmad Umer

Second Row: Rhye Harvey; Archie Hermon; Riley Ingram; Harry Jones; Daniel Knox; Nico Koza; Troy Lee; Callum Lowe; Daniel Mackin

Front Row: Micah Creighton; Noah Culbert; Ryan Devlin; Seth Gibson; Mr Lyttle; Mr Gallagher; Matty Gillespie; Alex Hall; Noah Hamilton; Matthew Hart

House History

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

Senior Housemaster: Mr MH Lyttle

Year 8: Mr R Gallagher Year 9: Mr ND Carson

Year 10: Mrs CA Mayberry Year 11: Ms Z Huston

Year 12: Mrs E Johnston/Mrs K Rodgers Year 13: Mr RP Griffiths

Head of House: Piers Stafford

House Secretary: Aaron Turkington

Head of School: Callum Soper

Deputy Head of School: Josh Gibson

Senior Prefects: Tom Crothers

Prefects: Jamie Beattie, Andrew Collins, Tom Crothers, Fraser Cunningham, Ed Forbes-Davis Joshua Gibson, Jay Hendrie, Ulfat Ifti, Thomas Lowry, Jack McCausland, Matthew Neilly, Ben Oberholzer, Benedict Onattu, Shea Scanlon, Andrew Skilling, Callum Soper, Alex Spence, Piers Stafford, Kyle Stewart, Loughlin Sweeney, Isaac Tener, Aaron Turkington

Mentors: Tom Crothers, Fraser Cunningham, Jay Hendrie, Jack McCausland, Shea Scanlon, Alex Spence, Aaron Turkington

Valete: Robbie Agass, Charlie Anderson, Raymond Beattie, Luke Derby, Carl Devine, Charlie Dooley, Ryley Finlay, Benjamin Haddock, Carter Houston, Daniel Hu, Christopher Hunter, John Johnston, Ethan Kennedy, Nicholas Lo, Ali McCartney, Bailey Marshall, Alex Murray, John Patterson, Jamie Spence, Joshua Tucker, Daniel Walsh, Owen Williams

Firstly, on behalf of Dill House, I would like to take this opportunity to provide a warm welcome to all 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 co-curricular activities, as this will help to ensure their full potential. I would also like to congratulate last year’s Year 14 pupils on their successes and to thank them for their contributions to Dill House throughout their time here.

To help the Year 8 pupils transition into secondary school, several pupils were selected to be mentors to assist settling in and to encourage them to participate in the array of co-curricular activities that the school offers. Additionally, I would like to congratulate those pupils appointed to the role of Prefect or Year 8 Mentor.

As a result of their commitment to Dill House, several Year 13 boys were awarded House Honours: Jamie Agass, William Allen, Ross Campbell, Christopher Chee, Rory Fuller, Tom Galbraith, Alex Garvin, Luke Gibson, Mark Grant, Jay Jayaprakash, Harry Keag, Sam Lamont, Ben McCausland, Patrick McEvoy, James McMurray, Eoin O’Neill and Noah Stafford.

Dill House members recorded an impressive set of results. At GCSE, a special mention goes to Patrick McEvoy who achieved 39 points with 9 A*1A. Congratulations also goes to Christopher Chee 5A* 5 A, Noah Stafford 3A*5A 1B, Luke Gibson1A*8A 1B and Jay Jayaprakash 1A*8A 1B. At AS-Level, Tom Crothers achieved 3As 1B, Joshua Gibson 3As, Jack McCausland 3As, Callum Soper 1A*3As, Piers Stafford 3As, Shea Scanlon 4As, Tim Svetenko 1A*3As and Aaron Turkington 1A*3As. At A2-level Robbie Agass 3As, Luke Derby 3Ds (Distinctions), Nicholas Lo 1A*1A 1B, Bailey Marshall 1A*1A 1B 1C, Owen Williams A*2As, and Ethan Kennedy D*D*(Distinction Star) C.

Away from the classroom, there were other notable successes from Dill House members. In Year 8 Harry McClelland got selected for Phoenix U14 Basketball team after competing in trials against 70 other boys. In Year 9 Isaac Love competed in the Interpros for Ulster Tennis. Another achievement in Year 9 comes from Finn Powell for swimming; he qualified for the Irish Club U13 Swimming Competition with his club Lisburn and was to compete in Limerick later in the year. In Year 11, Ross Dillon continued his success in quad biking as he travelled to France over the summer. He raced against competitors from across Europe and finished 3rd overall. He was also recently crowned the Ulster Quad Champion. Luke McCausland was awarded the Ulster Athletics Council Star Award for County Antrim because of a number of outstanding performances in both athletics and cross country. Cameron McCracken was selected for the Ulster Interpro Athletics team. A further achievement in Year 11 was recorded by Charlie Dobson, who competed in show jumping and dressage, finishing 2nd in the U16 category. In Year 13, Callum Soper, Josh Gibson, Fraser Cunningham and Loughlin Sweeney all represented Ulster U18. Fraser was also selected for the Irish Sevens U18 squad that travelled to Switzerland.

Finally, I would like to thank Mr Lyttle and all the tutors for their hard work and time that they put into the overall running of Dill House to ensuring that every member could achieve their full potential both academically and in their co-curricular experiences.

Aaron Turkington (House Secretary)

Cameron McCracken represented Ulster in the Interpro Championships

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Jack McCausland won the U19 3000m at the Ulster Club Championships

Jack McCausland won the U19 3000m at the Ulster Club Championships.jpg

Callum Soper who received the Dill House Cup for Most Significant Contribution

Callum Soper who received the Dill House Cup for Most Significant Contribution.jpg

05 2023
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06 2023
McCullough Cup - Hockey - Final (tbc)
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