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Kelvin House

Kelvin House

Kelvin House was one of the original four Houses, founded in 1926. It is named after the scientist Lord Kelvin, who was born William Thompson at 17 College Square East, Belfast. He attended the Belfast Academical Institution, where his father was a Maths Professor. He later graduated from Cambridge, where he was a champion rower and one of the founders of the university music society.

As a scientist his achievements were many, but he is probably best remembered for his work with temperature, his discovery of absolute zero and his new scale of temperature, now known as the Kelvin scale. He also played a major part in the plans for the laying of a transatlantic telegraph cable, linking Ireland with Canada.

Among many honours and awards were President of the Royal Society, Edinburgh, Chancellor of Glasgow University and Lord Kelvin of Largs. He died in 1907 and is buried beside Newton in Westminster Abbey. A statue in his honour was unveiled at the Botanic Gardens, Belfast, in 1913.

Kelvin House

Senior Housemaster: Mr McMullan

Year 13: Mrs Rodgers/Mrs Stockdale/Miss Johnston

Year 12: Mr O’Brien

Year 11: Mr Hedley

Year 10: Miss Frame/Mrs Parks

Year 9: Ms Miller

Year 8: Mr Ross

Head of House: Ben Beattie

Deputy Head of House: Ronan Boyle

Head of School: Theo Fitch

Senior Prefect: Jack Dickson

Prefects: Jack Baskin, Ben Beattie, Tim Ewart, Alex Hewitt, James Maxwell, Jay McKenna, Gillon Patterson, Luke Tyrie

Mentors: Ben Beattie, Ronan Boyle, Tim Ewart, Thomas Stevenson, Ewan Patterson

Valete: R Adair, C Bryson, E Cummings, Z Cunningham, J Eagleson, C Johnston, J Livingstone, O Lowe, N McAfee, S McLarnon, B Medhurst, J Mitchell, F O’Malley, TJ Pallin

First of all, I would like to welcome the new Year 8 pupils and other new members of the House who have joined RBAI this year. I wish them all every success, as well as hoping that they will have an enjoyable and memorable time at Inst, whilst getting involved in the various activities on offer.

This year saw Kelvin engage in a wide range of events in a highly contested House Championship. Pupils were able to earn wins in competitions such as the Year 10 Cross Country, House Rowing, Year 12 House Rugby and both the Pirrie Cup and Corry Cup for rugby.

Kelvin also led the way academically. Oscar Lowe stood out in Year 14, achieving four A* grades along with Rory Adair, Jonny Eagleson, Jonny Mitchell, Sam McLarnon, Zach Cunningham, Cameron Johnston and TJ Pallin, who all achieved A*-A grades. On behalf of the House, I would like to wish the Year 14 pupils well at university and in their particular career pathways.

At AS-Level, the boys performed well across the board. Standout performances include Theo Fitch, who achieved 4 As and Jack Dickson who achieved three As.

At GCSE, Myles Lowe achieved 7A* and 3As and Patrick Carson achieved 6A* and 4As.

In Year 10, George Palmer represented the NCU as well as being selected for the Ulster Hockey Development Squad. The Year 11 pupils also had a triumphant year with Callum Simms, Zak Pallin, Callan Johnston and Josh Eagleson representing the Medallion XV. Callum Ullah, Jack Holloway, Aaron Rose, Mark Eames, Ethan Young and Michael Knox all represented the Hockey Club, with Callum representing Ulster Under 16s. A number of boys also completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: Ben Henry, Adam Baskin, Reuben Scott, Andrew Thompson, Josh Eagleson, Lewis Tolerton and Jack Holloway.

In Year 12, Jamie Beattie, Ryan Stewart and Conor McGrath were involved in the 2nd XV Schools’ Cup win against MCB. Jamie and Ryan were also selected for the Ulster U17 squad.

Finally, in Year 13, Ronan Boyle, Ben Beattie and Jack Dickson represented the 1st XV while Joel Bassett played for Glenavon 1st XI. In addition, Jack Dickson was selected for NCU U17, while Ronan Boyle represented Antrim Minor GAA.

The pupils of Kelvin House would like to thank Mr McMullan and the tutors for their constant support and guidance.

Ben Beattie (Head of House)

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10 2021
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