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Stevenson House

Stevenson House

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.

Senior Housemaster: Mr S McMillan

Y 13 Tutor: Miss R Haslett

Y 12 Tutor: Mrs M O’Fril

Y 11 Tutor: Mrs M Wells

Y 10 Tutor: : Mr Scott

Y 9 Tutor: Miss N Cosgrove

Y 8 Tutor: Mr C Woods

Head of House: Hendon Du Toit

House Secretaries: Jon Roche and Johnathon Trimble

Head of School: Keelan Sloan

Prefects: Ben Cooke, Ben Murray, Hendon Du Toit, Jack Campbell, Jon Roche, Johnathon Trimble, Joshua Cuthbert, Keelan Sloan, Timmy Fulton

Year 8 Mentors: Ben Cooke, Ben Murray, Brandon O’Connor, Hendon Du Toit, Nathan Dempsey, Jack Campbell, Jon Roche, Joshua Cuthbert. Keelan Sloan, Timmy Fulton

Valete: Peter Adair, Jordan Bell, Stuart Cameron, Michael Cleland, Matthew Dalzell, Ryan Dhak, Alexis Gowdy, Adam Greer, Mark Greer, Ben Hoy, Adam McAleenan, Daniel Robinson, Callum Stewart, Daniel Stewart, Ben Walker, Harry Wood

This year, Stevenson House saw considerable academic success at all levels. At GCSE, we would like to congratulate Adam Wylie who achieved 7A*s and 4As, Luca Anderson-Muller 5A* and 6As, James Napier 4A* and 4As, Rohan Harkin 4A*s and 4As and Luke Devlin with 1A* and 7As. 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. Keelan Sloan and Reuben Brown excelled with 4 As, Oliver Connolly achieved 1A* and 2As, while Matthew Hull and Carson McDowell gained 2As and 1B.

The overall success of Stevenson’s exam results saw no exception at A2-Level for Year 14 pupils. Exceptional performances were achieved by Peter Adair with 2A*s and 1A, Matthew Dalzell with 3A*s, Alexis Gowdy with 2A*s and 1B and Adam McAleenan with 2As and 1B. These were impressive grades and we wish them and all the other Year 14 leavers the best of luck with their future university careers.

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

Year 8 pupils successfully represented the School impressively: Seb Berryman swam at the Spanish Nationals, winning Gold in the 200 and Bronze in the 400 freestyle. Furthermore, along with Daniel Beggs, they swam at the Irish Nationals, coming 2nd in the 100 back-stroke. In cricket, special mention goes to Daniel Henry for winning three trophies with Instonians. In addition, Charlie Grant won the Maxol Festival Cup with Instonians Rugby Club.

In Year 9, Darcy Hogg, achieved an astonishing set of golfing awards at the Ulster Under 14 Open and Closed Championship; he finished in 1st and 2nd place respectively, as well as 2nd and 3rd at the Leinster Under 16 Open Championship and Irish Under 16 Open Championship. To add to these golfing successes, Angus MacDonald won the Craigavon Shield over the summer break. At the Grand Opera House, Adam Mercer and Thomas Mullan featured in the Summer Youth Project’s take on Bugsy Malone. In addition, Cameron Bates achieved Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Year 10 pupils successfully represented the School with James Clark receiving the PE Award for junior school and Matthew Stewart going through to the second round in the QUB Maths Competition for Schools. Furthermore, Leo Nutt was given the Silver Eco Award for his contribution to the RBAI Eco Club.

In Year 11, Luca Mcgreevey placed 1st in the 100m and 200m with an additional victory in the javelin at Sports Day. Luca also represented RBAI at the Districts and Ulster Schools in the100m sprint. Luca finished in 2nd and 4th place respectively and has been awarded with Athletics Honours. In Drama, Nathan Bester featured as The Beast alongside Alex Brow as Gaston in a superb Production of Beauty and the Beast.

In Year 12, Football Honours were presented to Matthew Wallace and James Napier for their outstanding contribution to the sport throughout the years. Chris Hempton received the prestigious Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for his effort and dedication to the youth programme. Furthermore, Rhys O’Mahony Truesdale earned a Music Scholarship for his dedication he has shown to music at RBAI.

Year 13 pupils also achieved notable successes: Keelan Sloan participated in a tour to Truro with St Polycarp’s Choir and adding upon this he was appointed to Head of School as well as being selected for the 1st XV rugby squad alongside Hendon Du Toit and Ben Cooke. Jon Roche participated in a Behavioral Psychology course at DCU in Dublin, while Timmy Fulton, Ben Murray and Oliver Connelly worked with Habitat for Humanity in Romania.

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.

Jon Roche and Johnathon Trimble (House Secretaries)

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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