The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Stevenson House

Senior Housemaster: Mr S McMillan

House History

Stevenson House came into existence in October 1950 and was named after Joseph Stevenson, who was the first Secretary of Inst. He held this office from 1807-1837 and is regarded by many to be the real founder of the school. His personal qualities were said to be ‘untiring energy and conspicuous tact’, and it was hoped these qualities would be maintained by all members of the House. His portrait hangs in the school boardroom to this day.

During the 1980s Stevenson House was phased out of existence in response to a drop in entry numbers and, as the youngest House, it was the first to go, later followed by Jones. Thankfully, by the start of the 1990s the school saw its enrolment rise sufficiently for the House to be reinstated.

Stevenson House

8S 2019

Senior Housemaster: Mr S McMillan

Y 13 Tutor:Mr C Woods

Y 12 Tutor:Miss R Haslett

Y 11 Tutor: Mrs M O’Fril

Y 10 Tutor: : Mr G Hamilton

Y 9 Tutor: Mrs M Wells

Y 8 Tutor:Miss N Cosgrove

Head of House: Stuart Cameron

House Secretaries: Peter Adair and Alexis Gowdy

Senior Prefect: Peter Adair

Prefects: Stuart Cameron, Michael Cleland, Matthew Dalzell, Alexis Gowdy, Adam Greer, Mark Greer, Ben Hoy, Adam McAleenan, Daniel Robinson, Callum Stewart, Daniel Stewart, Benjamin Walker

Year 8 Mentors: Jordan Bell, Mark Greer, Daniel Robinson, Adam Stewart, Cameron Stewart, Daniel Stewart

Valete: Alex Burns, Milo Burns, Michael Darling, Charlie Dornan, Luke Greenaway, Josh Kidd, Patrick Marshall, Kyle McComiskey, Peter McCrea, Jasn McFarland, Leo McHugh, Andrew McKinstry, Ruairi Millar, Fred Pepper, James Polson, Daniel Pyper, Ethan Sloan, Rhys Thomas, Robbie Ware, Mark Williams, Adnan Zahoor-Ali

This year Stevenson House saw considerable academic success at all levels. At GCSE, we would like to congratulate Keelan Sloan with 7A*s and 5As, Oliver Connolly with 5A* as well as 4As, Ben Murray with 3A* and 6A grades and Reuben Brown with 3A*s and 3A grades. Congratulations to all Stevenson pupils who returned to RBAI after GCSE examinations and we hope that these remarkable results will continue.

At AS-Level, the high standard of grades continued for Stevenson pupils. Peter Adair achieved 4 As, while Adam McAleenan gained 3 A grades.

The overall success of Stevenson’s exam results saw no exception at A2-Level for Year 14 pupils. Exceptional performances were achieved by Michael Darling with 2A*s and 2As, Milo Burns with 2A*s and a B, Jason McFarland with 1A* and 2As and Ethan Sloan with 3 As. These were impressive grades and we wish them and all the other Year 14 leavers the best of luck with their future university careers.

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On top of this success in the classroom, over the past year each tutor group in Stevenson House chalked up a significant number of co-curricular acclaims.

Year 9 pupils successfully represented the School in the Districts Athletics with Robbie McCoy coming first in the discus and Luca McGreevey also coming first in the 100m relay. Furthermore, Luca was selected to play for the Northern Ireland Under 15 Select squad and Adam Ly participated in the NCU U15 Inter-pros cricket team in Dublin. In addition, Toby McKnight won the Belfast Scout Archery Competition in a team of three.

In Year 10, special mention should be attributed to Max Allen who won the NI Championships in karting and Angus Macdonald who got in the cricket semi-final of the Craigavon Cup.

The efforts of many pupils in Years 8-10 resulted in Stevenson achieving first place in Junior Sports Day for the third year in a row. This was an excellent achievement by the younger members of the House and suggests we can be optimistic for our performances in the House Championship in years to come.

In Year 11, Adam Wylie played for the NCU U15 cricket team and was selected for the U16 team. Ben Callaghan was selected for the U15 Badminton Celtic Challenge Inter-Pro tournament. In Year 12, the Stevenson Cup for Outstanding Contribution was presented to Keelan Sloan for the second year for his exemplary dedication to the House and School. He also earned a scholarship at St Polycarps Church Choir and represented the School at the Ulster Schools 4x100m relay in athletics. In water-polo, Hamish Beaton participated in the Irish Schools’ Cup for the third year in succession and was selected to participate in the Ulster Trials. In addition, Jon Roche attended a CTYI novel writing course at DCU.

Year 13 pupils also achieved notable successes: Mark Greer competed in the Irish Schools Climbing competition in Dublin and won the Irish Climbing Cup; Adam McAleenan was selected for the Northern Ireland U18 football squad, while Peter Adair, Ben Hoy and Adam Stewart, accompanied by Mr McMillan, climbed Mt Fuji in Japan as part of this year’s Expedition Society adventure; a tremendous challenge, accomplished over several days of ascent. In addition, in rowing, Alexis Gowdy and Ben Hoy won the Portadown Regatta and the Belfast Sprints representing the school in the 1st Vlll. Overall, Stevenson placed 5th in the House Championship, which was an obvious disappointment, but hopefully we can improve significantly in next year’s campaign.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr McMillan and the tutors for their tireless dedication to the House and its pupils throughout the course of the year. Many of the successes listed are down to the support they gave us. We hope all members of Stevenson excel in the forthcoming year, be it on the sports field, the stage or in the examination hall.

Peter Adair and Alexis Gowdy (House Secretaries)

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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