The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Pirrie House

Pirrie House

Pirrie House

Senior Housemaster: Mr DS Scott

Year 8 Tutor: Mr S Archibald

Year 9 Tutor: Mr JA English

Year 10 Tutors: Mrs VH McCord + Mrs KS McClean

Year 11 Tutor: Mr JH Seath

Year 12 Tutor: Ms L Gordon

Year 13 Tutor: Mr D McCann

Head of House: Matthew Hamill

Deputy Heads of House: Harry Greer + Joshua McBurney

House Secretary: Cameron McCusker

Prefects: Joshua Bradshaw, Michael Crawford, Harry Greer, Matthew Hamill (Senior), Matthew Kinder, Joshua McBurney, Cameron McCusker, Ryan McIvor, Callum Reid.

Mentors: Michael Crawford, Taylor Gibson, Ethan Knight, Joshua McBurney, Ryan McIvor.

Valete: Thomas Dunne, Pearse Ferguson, Ben Hammersley, Ethan Kidd-Beggs, Jack Leathem, Michael Maccreanor, Paddy Mackey, Daniel Marshall, Phillip McClean, Tom McIlhatton, Lewis McInnes, Alexander Orr, Lewis Smiley, Edward Tang.

Year 9: Alastair Corscadden, Jack Dickson; Year 12: Jacob Martin, Andrew McKittrick.

Firstly, I would like to welcome the new members of Pirrie House who have joined this year and we hope that you enjoy your time in the House. Pirrie House was established and named after a highly successful alumnus of the school, Lord William Pirrie, so an example is set for us all to follow in terms of dedication and creativity. This is evident through the achievements from the last academic year despite the obvious challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last year’s Year 14, who have now left the school, achieved an impressive set of A2 Level results. The most notable performer was Paddy Mackey with an A*AA profile while Thomas Dunne, Pearse Ferguson, Jack Leathem, Daniel Marshall, and Lewis Smiley achieved at least two As or their equivalent. 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 Matthew Hamill (AAAB) and Callum Reid (AAA). Joe Drumgoole, Harry Greer, Cameron McCusker and James Watson also produced high grade profiles. At GCSE, Charles Hamilton top scored with 37 points while Joey Main (36), Cole Dempsey (34), Callum Bennett (33), Alfie McNeill (32) and Mikael McIvor (31) also performed impressively.

In the House Championship, Year 8 performed well with Bruce MacDonald captaining the winning hockey team. Theo Wilson was selected to represent Ireland in the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championship while Caleb de Silva appeared in the ‘The Windermere Children’ film. In 9P, Alistair Watt and Leon Yildiz captained the winning basketball team while the group finished a creditable second in badminton. A number of the tutor group were part of the winning Methody Rugby Tournament squad. In Year 10, the boys won basketball which helped the House to finish in third place overall.

In Years 11 and 12, the swimming teams won their respective competitions which enabled the House to win the McKee Cup as overall House champions which was very pleasing. 12P continued their tradition of House success with wins in badminton and volleyball as well as swimming. Oscar Dunbar continued his excellence in Brazilian Ju Jitsu by finishing third at the World Championships in the Under-16 category held in England. In Year 13, Matthew Hamill was awarded the Susan L Gillen Senior Academic Scholarship while 14P led the House to more success in the water by winning the Water Polo Competition. House Honours were awarded to three Year 14 students and nine Year 13 pupils for their strong contribution to Pirrie House over the years which is commendable.

Throughout the year, each tutor group was represented at Pupil Councils by Tom McIlhatton and Daniel Marshall (14P), James Watson and Ryan McIvor (13P), Daniel Flynn and Cole Dempsey (12P), Timothy Sinclair and David Martin (11P), Charlie Methven and Bailey Hanna (10P), Max Willmott and Dylan Neilly (9P), Ryan Bassett and Aron Reilly (8P). The House also held collections throughout the year to help others, namely the charities Diabetes UK and The Woodland Trust. I would like to thank pupils, parents and staff for those donations. It was pleasing to have old boy Barry Cheevers come in to school to deliver an assembly about how to achieve success at A Level which the pupils appreciated.

The Pirrie Cup for Leadership was presented to Head of House Pearse Ferguson while the Todd Cup for Best Contribution to the House was awarded to 12P’s Oscar Dunbar. House Contribution Certificates were awarded to Bruce MacDonald (8P), Adam Binu (9P), Charlie Methven (10P), Will Kernohan (11P), Adam Draper (11P), Matthew Hamill (13P) and Harry Greer (13P).

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.

Cameron McCusker (House Secretary)

Feb
03 2021
Higher Education Evening - TBC
Feb
11 2021
Year 12 Parents' Consultation - Time TBC
Feb
15 2021
Half Term
Feb
22 2021
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