Monday, 19 January 2009 14:40
I have just been working on a European style CV for my teaching work here in Italy.'Royal Belfast Academical Institution' according to my DOS has had many outside employers most interested. Just to let you all know it goes down very well outside the UK. It sounds very impressive (so dont just be throwing down RBAI) Even though looking back school was always school I have to say I miss it hugely, life in the big bad world is a lot more stressful so folks enjoy it while you can. Also thanks to all you teachers that put up with me, know I now how it feels! RBAI was a fantastic school, intensely caring about the individual which is alot more than can be said for many grammar schools in Northern Ireland. I truly hope this mentality has maintained after Mr Ridley and to Miss Williamson I wish you the very best. Kind Regards, Tom Owen.
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 14:39
A Great Performance of "Grease" tonight! Congratulations to all involved!
Saturday, 22 November 2008 14:39
Inchmarlo class of 1959 50th anniversary reunion
I am trying to organise a reunion for those guys who like me started school by entering Inchmarlo in September 1959. If you are one of those people or you know the whereabouts of any of them please get in touch with me. Working from the class photo here is a list of names John Thompson, David Moore, Manfred McDowell, Howard McCrea, Maurice Cassidy, Tony Farr, Peter Angus, Michael Duncan, Graham Taylor, George Hamilton, Nicholas Copeland, Gary McCandless, David Moffatt, William Hanna, Also in the photo is Miss Kilpatrick (Kirkpatrick?) and I would love to get in touch with her or indeed any other teachers from my era.
Monday, 20 October 2008 15:38
Going to Inst is an experience which you never forget. I left four years ago and now have made Dublin my home where I work as a journalist. It's only when you leave you appreciate the skill and patience of many of the teachers..Dr Caruthers (now principal at CAI) and Frank Ormsby to name two of the very best. It's not perfect, it's a tough school at times where you have to be the best to stand out academically or on the sports field. But that level of competition will stand to you for the rest of your life. It's a sad fact but a true one that Inst is for many, including myself a launching pad from Belfast. Bearing this in mind, it's imperative that pupils enjoy their years in Northern Ireland as much as possible and try to squeeze everything they can out of the experience.
Sunday, 28 September 2008 15:37
I'm 45 years old this year. Left the school in 1982. I've lived in England ever since. The English school system has made me painfully aware of how lucky I was to attend Inst and how I wish my sons could have the same opportunities I had. Done many things in my life to date, but I can say that Inst played a massive part in making me who I am. All the memories I had of the school are still vivid. Didn't make it back for the 20th anniversary party at the school. Look forward to the Bicentennial celebrations! Well done on the Medallion Shield win this year. So near and yet so far in 79!
Monday, 30 June 2008 15:36
Congrats on the website. I note that the 200th anniversary of Inst fast approaches - July 3, 2010. Any celebration plans in place yet, so I can start making travel plans? David Wilson (1955-61) Ottawa, Canada
Thursday, 22 May 2008 15:35
Have been remembering back recently to my days at Inst and thought I would have a look at the website -- very impressive! Good to see the success never ends!
Wednesday, 21 May 2008 15:22
Thomas Blain. LLD 1792-1879
Thomas Blain was sometime Master of the English Dept. He was a sibling of my Ancestor, Robert Blain. Any information on this gentleman will be much appreciated.
W. G. Penberthy
Monday, 19 May 2008 15:21
Congrats of Rugby Sucess from Virginia
I saw the tremendous results of the Medallion and 2nd XV teams on the web site. The photos brought back fond memories of when I played on those sides in the early 70's when my family lived in Belfast. My 17 year old son plays rugby, which is in its infancy in the US, for his school team which will play for the National Championship in 3 weeks. I know he will think of these times as fondly as I do of my bygone days at Inst.
Thursday, 15 May 2008 15:20
Life at R.B.A.I.
My time at Inst has been the experience of a lifetime, (although sixteen years is not really a lifetime), and I'm sure that any experiences in the future will pale in comparison. The school has contributed greatly to my social, academical and extra-curricular life and success as well as being a home away from home, (so to speak). The anticipation, felt by myself and friends, of what lies ahead, (GCSE results and the sixth form), is uncomprehendable although we would have it no other way. As the popular saying goes, "Good things come to those who wait."