The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Pirrie House

Pirrie House

Senior Housemaster: Mr DS Scott

Year 8 Tutor: Mr JA English

Year 9 Tutors: Mrs VH McCord + Mrs L Douglas

Year 10 Tutor: Mr D Ross

Year 11 Tutor: Ms L Gordon

Year 12 Tutor: Mr D McCann

Year 13 Tutor: Mr S Archibald

Head of House: Pearse Ferguson

Deputy Head of House: Edward Tang

House Secretary: Patrick Mackey

Prefects: Thomas Dunne, Pearse Ferguson, Ben Hammersley, Patrick Mackey, Edward Tang.

Mentors: Thomas Dunne, Pearse Ferguson, Ben Hammersley, Ethan Kidd-Beggs, Jack Leathem, Michael Maccreanor, Patrick Mackey, Tom McIlhatton, Alex Orr, Edward Tang.

Valete: Fionnbharr Brannigan, Barry Cheevers, Nick Irvine, Ewan Magee, Marco Manso, James Morton, Andrew Porter, Todd Robinson, Charlie Stafford, Derren Stewart, Ralf Stewart, Aaron Tate, Jason Tsoutsas, Svetozar Zdravkov.

Firstly, I would like to offer a welcoming hand to new members of Pirrie House who have joined this year and, as per usual, we will ensure that your integration into the school is as smooth and easy as possible. Pirrie House was established and named after a highly successful alumni of the school, Lord William Pirrie, so an example is set for the esteemed House you have now been fortunate enough to join. This is evident through the achievements throughout the last academic year.

Last year’s Year 14, who have now left the school, achieved an outstanding set of A2 level results. Most notable performers were Nick Irvine with 2 A* and 1 A grade; Barry Cheevers with 3 As; Seve Zdravkov with a profile of A*AB; Head of House Ewan Magee and Jason Tsoutsas with 2 As and 1 B grade. These are some of the impressive Year 14 results from last year – congratulations to all! Best wishes to all the leavers as they embark on their next step in education or work.

At AS Level, 13P also had a pleasing year with notable performances from Thomas Dunne (ABB), Ethan Kidd-Beggs (BBB), Jack Leathem (ABC), Daniel Marshall (BBBB), Lewis McInnes (BBB) and me (AAA). At GCSE, Matthew Hamill top scored with 32.5 points while Ryan McIvor (31.5) and Callum Reid (30.5) also impressed with their performances. These are just a sample of the pleasing results which were achieved with other pupils getting good grade profiles as well.

Our Junior Years have achieved in their respected fields as our Year 8 have some notable performances from pupils like Adam Bina winning all matches in the House Badminton Singles Tournament. Ben McKee and Ollie O’Hara represented the school in swimming while Ollie and Ryan Hamilton were members of the school golf team. Outside school, Max Wilmott was part of the Instonians team that won the All Ireland Cricket League while Alistair Watt won the Premier Football League with Glentoran and Luca McCafferty was selected to play at a NI Football Tournament. 9P also had a promising year with a notable performance from Nathan Roberts who won the 800m on Sports Day and has gone on to represent RBAI in the Ulster Championship High Jump. The Year 9 team also came second in the House Basketball competition. 10P had a good year with one of the highlights being Allen Lyons being selected for the Ulster Under 16 Hockey Team and Irish Under 16 Trials.

Our senior Years also showed high levels of achievement in sport as Year 11 won House Volleyball with Pirrie coming third overall. 11P also won House Badminton. In House Rowing, Daniel Boomer won the senior indoor competition; Cameron McCusker finished second in Year 12 with Oscar Dunbar in third place in Year 11. As well as this, Year 11 and the Sixth Form team performed strongly in the House Cross Country races finishing in second place which enabled the senior team to share a win in the overall competition. Ewan Magee captained the senior rugby team to second place in the Pirrie Cup House Rugby Competition at the beginning of the year. In Year 11, Oscar Dunbar competed at the Brazilian Ju Jitsu Junior World Championships, winning two Bronze medals which is a tremendous achievement. Congratulation to him! Fellow 11P pupil Jacob Martin achieved a sixth place finish at the Irish Swimming Championships for the 200m backstroke and a ninth place at the same competition for the 100m backstroke. Year 12 pupil Dylan Leeman continued his promising tennis career with a win at the LTA Under 18 Championships in Edinburgh in October. Congratulations to him! In Year 13, Lewis McInnes, Lewis Smiley and Daniel Marshall were members of the 1st XI Football team which won the Belfast League. It was also very pleasing to see old boy Michael Lowry making his senior debut for Ulster Rugby against Leicester Tigers in the Heineken Champions Cup during the year. Well done Michael!

Throughout the year, each tutor group was represented at Pupil Councils by Derren Stewart and Jason Tsoutsas (14P), Daniel Marshall and Ethan Kidd-Beggs (13P), Jay Snoddon and Patrick Mack (12P), Daniel Flynn and Stephen Magill (11P), Timothy Sinclair and Mohammed Niemi (10P), Nathan Roberts and Patrick Woods (9P), Adam Binu and Alistair Watt (8P). The House also held several collections throughout the year to help others around the globe. The charities supported included Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland, Disasters Emergency Committee’s Indonesia Tsunami Appeal, Concern Worldwide and Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland’s Malawi Floods Appeal. I would like to thank pupils, parents and staff for these donations. At the end of year Rewards Assembly, the Pirrie Cup for Leadership was presented to Head of House and Senior Prefect Ewan Magee. The Todd Cup for Best Contribution to the House was awarded jointly to Fionnbharr Brannigan, Allen Lyons and Aaron Tate. House Contribution Certificates were awarded to Adam Binu, Nathan Roberts, Daniel Flynn, Jay Snoddon and Pearse Ferguson while House Punctuality Certificates were awarded to pupils with 0% lateness.

To conclude my report and on behalf of the boys of the House, I would like to thank Mr Scott and his team of excellent tutors, for their pastoral care and assistance enabling us to thrive and make the most of the opportunities that may present themselves at Inst. I hope that every member of the House has an enjoyable and successful year inside and outside of the classroom.

Paddy Mackey (House Secretary)

30 2020
Year 13 Parents' Information Evening
06 2020
Year 11 Parents' Information Evening
07 2020
Amazing Brains Year 11 - to be confirmed
16 2020
Scout Parents' Evening - to be confirmed
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