The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Kelvin House

Housemaster - Mr R. G. Pattison, B.A., P.G.C.E.

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 Pattison

Year 13: Ms Miller

Year 12: Mr Seath

Year 11: Mr McMullan

Year 10: Mr O’Brien

Year 9: Mr Hedley

Year 8: Mrs Parks

Head of House: Chris Todd

House Secretary: Ben Young

Prefects: Angus Adair (Head of School), Robert Curry (Senior Prefect), Bradley McNamara (Senior Prefect), Aaron Marshall, Ritchie McGrath, Bradley McNamara, Harry McNellis, Chris Todd, Rhys Waterworth, Ben Young

Mentors: Angus Adair, Lewis Curry, Robert Curry, Matthew Kelso, Aaron Marshall, Ritchie McGrath, Bradley McNamara, Harry McNellis, Chris Todd, Ben Young

Valete: Year 14: Conor Brolly, Roddy Buchanan, Jonny Canning, Edward Creighton, Lewis Cunningham, Jack Gilchrist, James Heyburn, Stephen Hunter, David Keery, Hugo Lowe, Jack McKay, Simon McMaster, David Mitchell, Thomas Ryan, Matthew Shane, David Stewart

To begin, I would like to welcome and congratulate the new Year 8 pupils and other new members of the House on becoming a pupil at RBAI. I wish you all every success as well as hoping that you will have an enjoyable and memorable time here whilst getting involved in the various activities offered.

8K 2019

The House Championship was as closely contested as ever. Kelvin made a good start in the Corry Cup with a creditable runner up spot in this hard-fought 10-aside rugby competition for Years 11 and 12. Another second place in the badminton competition kept us in the hunt for the championship but we faded out of contention after the swimming and water polo events. The senior athletes did us proud by rallying to second place at Sports Day and Year 8 should be pleased with the third place in their hockey competition.

Kelvin were also leading the way academically this year. The Year 14 group had a particularly impressive set of A2 results, with highlights including Hugo Lowe attaining three A*s and an A, Matthew Shane an A* and two As and David Stewart two A*s. Other boys did exceptionally well to attain their university offers. On behalf of the House, we would like to wish the boys good luck as they leave Inst to begin their university journeys and pursue their particular careers.

Furthermore, at AS-Level, Angus Adair achieved four A grades and Robert Curry three A grades, while Ben Young and Rhys Waterworth both attained two A grades. These results should help them towards their goals at A2 next year. Kelvin boys also distinguished themselves at GCSE with Cameron Johnston, Callum Bryson, Sam McLarnon and TJ Pallin all scoring over 30 points, while Oscar Lowe scored over 40 points. Well done to them on these outstanding results.

It is also important to acknowledge the major successes in the co-curricular activities that some members of the House have been taking part in over the past year.

In Year 8, George Palmer was part of the NCU U13 team in cricket, and along with Luke Beattie won the All-Ireland Cup in cricket for Instonians U13s. Oliver Billing represented Ulster in Kayak Polo at U14 level. In Year 9, Ethan Young was selected for the Ulster U13 hockey squad. In Year 11, Andrew Hamill was successful in reaching the final of Young Farmer of the Year competition. Also, Teao Carolan achieved a gold medal in the javelin event at the Ulster Schools’ competition. In Year 12, Daniel Mulholland became the Ulster Champion for the 50m freestyle event in swimming. Congratulations to all these boys on their impressive achievements over the past year.

As ever, the sixth form pupils played an important part in the School’s co-curricular programme. Angus Adair captained the Ulster U19s Schools XV that competed in the Inter-pros against Leinster and Munster. Angus was also been named as captain of this year’s 1st XV and we wish him well for the season ahead.

Aaron Marshall and Josh Robinson both had a brilliant year in golf. Josh represented Ulster’s U18 interprovincial team and finished in 4th place in the Irish Boys’ competition. Josh also reached the last 16 of the British Boys’ Amateur Open and was part of the Fred Daly team which won the All-Ireland competition, another fantastic accomplishment. Aaron also had an outstanding year. He represented Ulster’s U18 Interprovincial team, finishing in last 16 in the British Boys’ Competition, 4th in the Irish Boys’ Competition, and played for Ireland in the European Boys’ Championships and Home Internationals; he also finished 2nd in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and 2nd in the Bridgestone Boys’ International Order of Merit.

Jack Livingstone had a tremendous year in badminton; he was number one in Ulster U17 and was awarded the Most Promising Player trophy for U17 in Ulster. Jack was also ranked 5th in Ireland for U17 and reached the final in the single and doubles of the U17 Ulster Open and won the U17 Munster Open doubles.

Having just revealed Kelvin’s co-curricular exploits throughout this year, I would like to thank Mr Pattison and the tutors for all their efforts over the past year.

Ben Young (House Secretary)

13 2020
Year 12 Trial Exams
22 2020
Medallion A&B Clongowes (Home)
24 2020
Rugby Tour
25 2020
Irish Indoor Rowing Championships, Limerick
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