The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Jones House

Housemaster - DJS Wilson, BA, PGCE, PGQ (NI)

Senior Housemaster: Mr. D. Wilson

L6 Tutor: Mrs. K. Gilmore

Year 12 Tutor: Mr. D. Lambe

Year 11 Tutor: Miss. K. Reid

Year 10 Tutor: Mr. S. Gamble

Year 9 Tutor: Mr. J. Wilson

Year 8 Tutor: Mrs. M. Matchett

Deputy Head of School

Josh Patterson

Head of House

Adam Byrne

House Secretaries

Mark Austin & Carter Clydesdale

Prefects

Noah Brown, Isaac Greer, Yassen Gumaa, Rowan Luney, Jon-Marc Maguire, Benjamin McKeown, Kristian Taylor, Owen Walsh, Joshua Welch, John Woodburn

Mentors

Sunny Chan, Josh Patterson, Jon-Marc Maguire, Noah Brown, Owen Walsh, Adam Byrne

Valete

Reece Anderson, Connor Bowman, Max Campbell, Joel Carson, Christopher Dunseath, Daniel Eakin, Jude Elliot, Ryan Gregory, William Hurst, John Hutton, Nkosinathi Khumalo, Tom Lavery, Rhys Lemon, Andrew Martin, Stephen McAuley, Matthew McCausland, William McMullan, Jack Millar, Finlay Orr, Luke Robb, Ryan Scott, Jack Sloan, Michael Thompson

On behalf of the whole of Jones House, I would like to begin by offering a very warm welcome to all new pupils joining the House this year, and I would like to take the opportunity to wish them every success in the upcoming year and I hope they will take every opportunity that is presented to them.

The House Championship was as closely contested as ever this year. Jones made an excellent start in the Corry and Pirrie Cups, achieving third place and second place respectively. Then in the Sheldon Cup the boys ran an excellent cross country, achieving tied first place with Dill and Kelvin. In the Junior Rugby competitions, the boys achieved third place. In both the Senior and Junior athletics, the athletes did us proud by rallying to second place at Sports Day and in the Sholdis Cup Basketball competition and the House Rowing we won both competitions. All this effort from the pupils, placed us in fourth place overall with us being only one point off third place and eight points off second place – yet again, another competitive year in the House Championship!

In this year’s in-coming Year 8 Jack Mayne won the NI Hockey Finals with his Club, scoring the winning “golden goal”. We look forward to Jack putting his skills to good use in the School Hockey Club and the House Hockey competitions in the years ahead.

In Year 8, Jay McCord was very impressively placed 3rd in the Irish National Mountain Biking Championship and has been selected to represent NI in judo.

In Year 10, Christopher McAuley competed in the Ulster U16 Hockey trails and Luca McDowell was placed 1st in the Irish Bouldering Championships Youth C section.

In Year 11, Jack Owens participated in the ABP Angus Youth Competition as part of the RBAI team and in the semi-final the team’s prize was to rear and care for five calves for the following year. Later this year, the team will be assessed on their ability in the Final and we wish Jack all the best for this. Perhaps we can have a Jones House Angus cow!

In Year 12 and Golf, Luke Kelly won the Ulster U16 Close Championship at Dungannon GC and he represented Ulster at the Interprovincial Championship at the Athlone Golf Club. Marcus McDowell was very impressively placed 5th in the British Bouldering Championships. In Cricket, Tom Campbell represented Ulster for the NCU against Cornwall, Yorkshire and Munster. Sam Duncan participated as an U17 in the U20 category of NI Athletics Decathlon. Nick Thomas travelled to Belgium, and Holland with the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra performing in a variety of concerts and this included a solo performance at the Menin Gate. There is clearly a very impressive and varied array of talent in this year’s L6!

Year 13 pupils also achieved notable success: Jude Postlethwaite was selected to represent the Ulster U18 Rugby team and the Ireland U18 Sevens team that won the European Championships in Poland. Noah Brown represented Ireland at many national events and at the Tattersalls International event at 100 level juniors. Unfortunately, Noah missed out on competing in the Netherlands with the Irish European team as his horse was injured. Josh Patterson was a member of the 1st XV squad that reached the Semi-Final of the Schools’ Cup, he made a significant contribution to the Tennis team that won the Schools’ Cup and he was a member of the school’s 4x100m athletics team that qualified for the All-Ireland competition.

Once again it was an excellent academic year for the pupils in Jones House. In particular, last year’s Year 12 had some exceptional results, with Thomas Johnston achieving 4A*s and 6As; Patrick McColl achieved 2A*s ,7As and 2Bs; Lewis Shiels achieved 2A*s and 8As, Ben Gallagher achieved 1A* 7As 2Bs and 1C and finally David Graham achieving 2A*s 6As 1B and 1C*.

The high standard of success was maintained at AS level as Josh Patterson achieved an outstanding 3A grades, Mark Austin achieving 3As and 1B, Robert McFarlane who achieved 2As and high success in his BTEC, and both Adam Byrne and Sunny Chan achieving 1A and 2Bs and finally John Woodburn who achieved 1A 1B and high success in his BTEC.

The House success in public examinations continued at A2 with the students achieving some fantastic results. Nkosinathi Khumalo obtained 1A* and 3As, and both Joel Carson and William McMullan achieved 1A* and 2As, Daniel Eakin achieved 3As and Luke Robb secured 2As and 1C, and finally Max Campbell achieved 1A and 2Bs.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Wilson and the tutors for their tireless dedication to the House and support that they provide to all the pupils. I wish everyone the very best for the year ahead and hope that we can continue this high level of academic and co-curricular success.

Carter Clydesdale, Mark Austin (House Secretaries)

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10 2019
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Dec
11 2019
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Dec
12 2019
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12 2019
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