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Jones House

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Back Row: Aarav Singh; Aaron Sloan; Dylan Sloane; Jack Smyth; Quintus Wang; Brendan Whelan; Harry Whitear

Second Row: Filip Lasak; Zac Marley; Ryan McCann; Aston McClure; Ryan McCormick, Matthew McCullough; Antonio McKenna; Alex Montgomery; Paddy O’Connor

Front Row: Ben Acheson; TJ Cunningham; Evan Gawley; Ted Geary; Mr Gamble; Mr Wilson; Rory Gibson; Jacob Gray; Christopher Ingram; Efaz Khan

Jones House

Senior Housemaster: Mr D Wilson

L6 Tutor: Mr J Wilson

Year 12 Tutor: Mrs M Matchett

Year 11 Tutor: Mrs K Gilmore

Year 10 Tutor: Mr D Lambe

Year 9 Tutor: Miss K Reid

Year 8 Tutor: Mr S Gamble

Head of House: Tom McGale

Deputy Heads of House: Ben Hamilton, Rory 0’Connor

House Secretaries: Thomas Agnew, Ethan Clydesdale, Jack Woolsey

Prefects: Daniel Camlin, Jack Dawson, Maks Holowienko, Harshit Kokate, Ben McIntosh, Toby Olphert, Jonathan Power, Gabriel Thompson

Mentors: Ben Hamilton, Rory O’Connor, Jonathan Power, Gabriel Thompson, Jack Woolsey

Valete: Finn Anthelme-Walsh, Charlie Barrett, Dylan Benson, Matthew Carson, Luke Clarke, James Dick, Brent Donaldson, Ben Gray, James Green, Adam Herdman, James Hilman, Will Hoey, Corey Jackson, Kobi Johnston, Rory Kelly, Euan Knox, Christopher Macauley, Jude McCann, Jadon McKearney, Daniel Moore, Morgan Murphy, Owen Smith, Matthew Thompson, Jack Turner, Karl Welsh

Firstly, we would like to welcome all new Year 8 pupils and we really encourage them to immerse themselves in the multitude of co-curricular activities offered here at Inst.

We’ve had a somewhat disappointing year for the House Championship, despite the best efforts of all those who represented the House, hopefully things will go better for us this year. Despite this we still had some notable achievements with Jones making an excellent start in the Corry Cup, achieving 3rd place. Then in the Sholdis Cup for Basketball we secured our only victory. In the water-polo competition, we were placed a respectable 3rd. Whilst we were a disappointing joint 4th in the Junior Sports Day event, the senior pupils of the House managed to get onto the podium in 3rd place overall.

Throughout the year many pupils from the House achieved outstanding individual feats. We would like to congratulate Christopher Allsop in 9J who was a key member of the school fencing team that travelled to England, finishing a very respectable 11th out of 150 competitors - the highest placing of anybody from Northern Ireland. Christopher also excelled in table-tennis, representing Ireland in the Home Nations competition and helping the school to become Ulster Champions and All-Ireland finalists. In cricket, Adam Price was selected to represent the NCU U13 team and in football, Zach Lowry played for the Linfield U13 team in the NI Super Cup.

In 10J, Nathan Harbinson had a terrific season as an elite Kayaker, finishing 3rd in the Irish Schools U14 Marathon and Sprint championships as well as successfully participating in a variety of competitions across Ireland. Nathan further demonstrated his versatility by having a lead role in the school drama production of Romeo and Juliet and gained the Chief Scouts Gold Award. Meanwhile in cricket, Ben Walsh was selected for the Ireland U15 team, the NCU U15 team and he was also Joint Captain of NCU U14 squad that competed in Spain. He also made his debut for Instonians 1st X1 Men’s team, which is a remarkable achievement for a Year 10 pupil.

In 11J James West captained the NCU U15s cricket team and played in the NCU U17s in the Interpros. James also played for Ireland at U15s, U17s and U19s – a remarkable achievement for someone so young, and James was a worthy winner of this year’s Jones House Cup. Luka Bates also played for the NCU U15s in the Interpros and played for the Irish U15s in the Barnard Castle festival and against Scotland in the Celtic Cup.

Matthew Gray, Jack Mayne and John Cunningham won the Graham Cup in Cricket for Lisburn U15s and Matthew took 6 for 8 in the final. In Rugby, Charlie O’Connor trained with the Ulster U17 Schools squad and Matthew Elliot trained with the Ulster U16 squad. In Hockey, Jacob McIlhatton was a member of the Irish U16 squad, playing for Ulster U16s in the Interpros and travelled to Nottingham to play in a UK tournament with the Ulster U16s. Jack Mayne was also part of the U16 Ulster Interpro squad and played against the UK Lions team over the summer, whilst John Cunningham was vice-Captain of the Ireland U16 squad that competed in a European tournament in Granada, Spain where they finished a very impressive 5th, beating England, Scotland and Spain in the process. John also represented Ulster at U18 level.

Two pupils also travelled extensively in the summer: Matthew Elliot was a member of the Exodus team that went to Romania and Finn Mantel attended the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea. Finn also attended the CCF summer camp and competed at Bisley, coming 2nd in the 2SM gallery rifle competition and 6th in the Ashburton sixes.

In 12J, Youssef Abdelfattah was part of the Northern Ireland national

junior squad in the Archery GB Youth Festival which took place at the start of August. Youssef performed excellently, winning the bronze medal in the team section of the competition. In Rugby, Reece Graham, Zak Molyneux and Jay McCord were all selected for the Ulster Schools U18 Rugby team. From this Zak Molyneaux was selected to play the five interprovincial matches over the Summer. Yago Azuara-Lois and Cameron Colgan were part of the RBAI Scout group which attended the mini jamboree in Switzerland.

Lastly, Year 13 pupils had a busy year with Daniel Camlin, Thomas Agnew and Gabriel Thompson completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award in the Lake District. Jonathan Power competed in the National Rifle Association competition at Bisley, finishing 2nd in the Northern Ireland group. Pupils Rory O’Connor and Ben Hamilton travelled to Seville with Exodus helping to organise activities with disadvantaged young people and in cricket Harshit Kokate was a member of the school 2nd X1 team that won the Duke of Abercorn Cup.

Once again it was an excellent academic year for the pupils in Jones House. Last year’s Year 12 pupils had some exceptional results, with Yago Azuara-Lois achieving 10A*s; Cameron Colgan achieved 9A*s and 1A; Luke Acheson achieved 7A*s and 3As; Thomas Green achieved 6A*s and 3As; George Craigan achieved 3A*s and 7As and Youssef Abdelfattah achieving 2A*s and 7As. This high level of success was maintained at AS level, with Tom McGale achieving 1A* and 3As; Maks Holowienko achieved 4As; Ethan Clydesdale achieved 1A* 2As and 1B; Harshit Kokate and Ben McIntosh both achieved 2As and 1B; Thomas Agnew achieved 2As and 1C; and Rory O’Conner achieved 1A and 2Bs. The academic success did not stop there: the Year 14 students achieved impressive results in the A2 level examinations. The former Head of School James Hilman achieved 3A*s. Additionally, Luke Clarke, Jayden McKearney and Owen Smith all achieved 3As. Kobi Johnston continued this success with 1A* 1A and 1B, whilst James Dick and Will Hoey both achieved 2As and 1B. There were also excellent results for pupils who were completing BTEC qualifications with Ben Gray achieving 1A 1B and a Distinction, and finally Christopher Macauley who achieved 1B and 2 Distinction*s.

Lastly, we would like to thank Mr Wilson and all the House tutors for their unending dedication and contributions. We hope for continued success, both in exams and co-curricular activities.

Ethan Clydesdale, Thomas Agnew, Jack Woolsey

(House Secretaries)

Youssef Abdelfattah won Bronze representing the NI Junior Squad at the Archery GB Youth Festival

Youssef Abdelfattah won Bronze representing the NI Junior Squad at the Archery GB Youth Festival.jpg

Happy Year 12 Pupils received their GCSE results and the congratulations of their form tutor, Mr J Wilson

Happy Year 12 pupils received their GCSE results and the congratulations of their form tutor, Mr J Wilson.jpg

James West, Winner of the Jones House Cup for Most Significant Contribution

James West winner of the Jones House Cup for Most Significant Contribution.jpg

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