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  • Sullivan Fencing: 2024 British Youth Championships

    The 2024 British Youth Fencing Championships were held over the weekend May 4th to May 6th in the English Institute of Sport arena in Sheffield. Four SU fencers had qualified for the event and took part across 2 age groups: Cassidy Ogle, Lennox Brown and Myles Wilkinson in the U16s and Adam Sugar in the U14s. The BYCs is the biggest UK youth fencing competition of the year with all of the UK’s best young fencers competing. All 4 SU fencers put in strong performances including one L32, two L64s and one L128. SUFC 2024 BYC Results U16 girls: Cassidy 27th. U16 boys: Myles 63rd, Lennox 43rd. U14 boys: Adam 77th. David White SUFC Coach 12 May 2024

  • Ulster Schools Athletics

    Congratulations to all Years 8-10 pupils who competed at the Districts at Mary Peters Track on Thursday 2nd May. Well done to the pupils who have progressed to the Ulster Schools Athletics competition on Wednesday 15th May. Max Reid - 2nd 100m Matthew Lockington - 1st 80mH and 800m Nyla Hughes - 1st Long Jump Connie Fulton - 3rd Long jump Jean Robinson - 3rd High Jump Caoimhe Fenlon - 1st shot and 3rd 75mH Abbie Irwin - 2nd Discus Lily Andrews - 3rd Javelin Joy Ifonlaja - 1st 1200m Walk and 3rd shot

  • Debating Society

    Members of the Debating Society attended a workshop organised by Concern Worldwide and hosted by Kate Nichol MLA at the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings on Friday 19th April. The theme of the workshop was Gender Equality and students took part in a range of activities which explored this theme. Member of the Sullivan Concern Debating Team and Junior Debating Society members joined students from: St Dominics; Hunterhouse College; Grosvenor Grammar School and Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle, to vigorously debate issues around the gender pay gap, access to healthcare, feminist activism and traditional gender roles. The students interacting very positively with other students, and Junior members were more than able to hold their own with more experienced debaters.  We continue to meet every Wednesday after school and look forward to progressing even further in next year’s competition.

  • Sullivan Fencing: Junior Irish Open & Junior Commonwealths

    Junior Irish Open The Junior Irish Open was held last Sunday 28th April in the Loreto Abbey Sports Centre in Dalkey, Dublin. Two SU fencers made the trip to this, the largest junior fencing event of the year in Ireland: Cassidy Ogle and Noah Currie. Both gave excellent performances, Cassidy winning gold in the U16 girl’s foil and Noah taking silver in the U16 boy’s foil. Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championships The 2024 Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championships will take place in Christchurch, New Zealand in July and two SU fencers have been selected to represent N Ireland in U17 and U20 age group competitions: Alexandra Ong and Cassidy Ogle. Congratulations to both. David White SUFC Coach 28 Apr 2024 Noah & Cassidy at the 2024 Junior Irish Open

  • Sullivan Fencing: 2024 East of Ireland OpenFencing Tournament

    The East of Ireland Open, the 5th of Ireland’s 6 Senior National Circuit fencing events, was held on the weekend before Easter on 23rd & 24th March in University College Dublin. Three SU fencers took part: Amelia Penny, Cassidy Ogle and Myles Wilkinson. Also taking part were 2 ex-SUFC fencers, now fencing for Oxford University: Victoria Morris and Alexander Penny. In the women’s foil, held on the Saturday, Victoria and Cassidy both made the quarter-finals, Cassidy winning her last 16 fight 15-12, Victoria winning hers 15-13. Victoria was placed 7th overall, Cassidy 8th, while Amelia finished 12th after a narrow 13-15 defeat in the last 16. The men’s foil event on the Sunday saw Myles and Alexander lose tough last 32 fights, Alexander finishing 17th and Myles 24th. For Myles and Cassidy, as under 16s, this was valuable experience in their progression from junior to adult competition. The next event for SUFC fencers will be the Irish National Championships in Dublin on the 20th and 21st April. David White SUFC Coach 05 April 2024

  • Girls Hockey:

    3rd XI Gibson Cup: Congratulations to the 3rd XI for getting to the semi-final of the McDowell Cup. The girls faced Ballyclare High in very cold, wet conditions just before half term. They went 1-0 up very early in the game but Ballyclare came back strongly and equalised in the first half and grew in confidence in the 3rd quarter, but Sullivan defended valiantly. Sullivan dominated the last quarter and came so close to scoring that all decisive goal but unfortunately were denied so the match had to be decided on a series of run-ins. Ballyclare eventually emerged as winners but the girls can be extremely proud of their determined and competitive performance and they certainly showed what a very strong 3rd XI team they have become over the season. Year 8’s: The year 8’s attended the Annual Grosvenor Grammar Tournament and played some good hockey coming away with draws with MCB, Down High, Antrim Grammar and a fine 3-0 win over Wellington College. U14 Junior Shield: The U14’s faced Victoria College in the semi-final of the Junior Shield. The match was very competitive with Sullivan dominating most of the play, making the stronger start and being very unlucky not to capitalise on a few good chances in the first half. They continued to dominate possession in the 2nd half but unfortunately Victoria were the team who capitalised on a quick break and scored in the far corner of the net. Sullivan did not give up and kept fighting to the final whistle but unfortunately could not get that all important goal they so deserved. A tough end to a great game dominated by Sullivan. Huge commiserations girls. 1st XI Senior Shield: Massive commiserations to the 1sts after loosing out 3-2 to BRA in the semi-final of the Senior Shield. It was an exceptionally competitive, entertaining, end to end match. BRA took the lead but Sullivan equalised with an amazing individual goal from Lucy A. Both teams had chances denied until BRA eventually edged ahead 2-1 in the 4th quarter and quite quickly doubled their lead. Sullivan continued to put on the pressure and Hannah L finished off a well worked attacking move up the right hand side to make it 3-2. Despite throwing everything at it in the dying minutes, Sullivan were unable to capitalise on any final attacks and BRA remained strong to the end. An excellent display of school girl hockey. Well done girls and commiserations on an excellent performance. Leavers: This super bunch played their last matches for Sullivan. Thank-you so much for all your commitment, dedication, hard work and fun over the last seven years. Great role models, great memories. All the best for the next chapter….we’ll miss you. (Jessica, Lois and Indie missing) Last matches: We are delighted that we have had over 220 girls involved in playing girls hockey this season. Well done to everyone and we look forward to what next season has in store.

  • Girls Hockey Tour to Glasgow:

    At the end of February, the girls 1st and 2nds squads head on tour to Glasgow. After an early Stenaline crossing to Cairnryn our tour started with two great games v StAloysius College. The 1stXI lost 2-1 (Niamh F) and the 2nd XI had a super 5-1 win (Maddie x2, Ella, Niamh McC, Selena). We finished our first day with dinner at the Hard Rock Café. The second day our Scottish tour consisted of exploring the world of VR, overcoming some fears on a high ropes course, a quiz and some very competitive games involving some singing Day three saw us competing in a very exciting selfie scavenger hunt around the city involving big hats, flags, eating haggis, irn-bru and bagpipes. After squeezing in the viewing of the Ireland v Wales rugby match, we had a very competitive set of matches v Western Wildcats ending in a draw for the 1sts and a loss for the 2nds. The day ended with a visit to La vita Sputina for some great Italian food and of course no evening would be complete without some ice cream Our final day plans changed slightly due to a frozen pitch which meant we couldn’t play our planned match v Scotland Over 35’s but that didn’t dampen our spirits, so instead we headed off for some ten-pin bowling, before heading back to Cairnryn. Some interesting techniques and bowling actions on display, so I think it’s safe to say we’ll stick to the hockey! Thanks to everyone for helping make a very successful and memorable tour.

  • Northern Ireland Schools’ Gymnastics Competition

    Emily MacCormack (8B) and Anna Atkinson (8E) placed 2nd in Under 14 novice pairs. Erin Playfair (10C) and Mia McConnell (9D) placed 5th in under 14 pairs. Sophie Kingston (9D) and Megan Goldring (9D) placed 3rd in under 14 pairs. Patrick Lee (13C) and Sophie Kingston (9D) placed 1st in under 19 pairs and have qualified to represent Sullivan at the British finals in stoke-on-Trent. Erin Farrell (11B) placed 3rd in under 19 tumbling. Amelia Rodger (11E) placed 2nd in under 19 tumbling and has qualified to represent Sullivan at the British finals in stoke-on-Trent. Megan Goldring (9D), Mia McConnell (9D), Sophie Kingston (9D), Leah Atkinson (10D), Rosanna Smith (8B), Caroline Mcdaid (8E) placed 3rd in the under 14 groups. Elsie Buckley (11A), Erin Farrell (11B), Grace Yeates (11F), Amelia Rodger (11E), Erin Playfair (10C), Effie Lappin (11C) placed 3rd in the under 19 groups.

  • Annual pi-day Competition

    The Mathematics Department held their annual pi-day competition on Thursday, March 13th (3.14). The winner is the pupil who can recall pi to the greatest number of decimal places.  We had pupils across Years 8 to 12 taking part, with this year’s winner being Ethan Dilworth in Year 9 with 459 decimal places.  Ethan is typical of many of the entrants who improved their score from the previous year. In fact, his score improved more than 150 decimal places from last year. All the pupils who participated impressed us with their memory.  Special mention should go to Amy Walker in Year 8 with 240, Jody Robinson in Year 9 with 146, Amy Doyle in Year 10 with 135 and Kate Reavy in Year 11 with 350. The Amys were unlucky as both had learnt pi to more decimal places but the pressure on the day resulted in an unfortunate error.  We hope, they and others, take up the challenge again next year.

  • Library Matters

    March has been another busy month in the Library as we celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 7th  with displays, quizzes and competitions and the now annual Inter-House Book Quiz, which was once again won by Praeger after a tightly fought contest. This team was made up of Emilia Huey & Emma West-Hurst 8C, Lila-Grace Coleman 8E and Harry McConkey 9E.  Competition between the Houses has extended into this month’s Accelerated Reader with Year 8 & 9 pupils who score 85%+ in their quizzes going up on the scoreboard. At the time of writing, it’s Praeger who are in the lead! Pupils can also gain house points by entering this month’s Book Review writing competition, which is due for submission by April 9th. Accelerated Reader quizzing has continued well this month with pupils achieving individual word and points targets plus continuing to add to their class totals to see who will win the coveted day trip to Portrush: 8C and 9A are currently leading their respective year groups. So far 114,074,312 words have been read and 2,198 quizzes passed, and we have 27 word millionaires, including 5 of whom are multi-millionaires.  Many pupils continue to complete their 10 x100% cards for which they win a prize from Mr Heaney, Head of the English Department. March also sees the return of the annual Yoto Carnegie Medal Shadowing Book Group which is an internationally established scheme where pupils ‘shadow’ this illustrious book award for children’s writing. Those taking part this year have had their initial get-together and discussed their expectations of the 8 shortlisted books before picking the first to read from a list that proves to be an interesting one. Discussions will take place over the next couple of months before we submit our winner at the end of May.  Next term the group will meet during Tuesday lunchtime and new members are encouraged to come on April 9th if they wish to participate in this during the summer term. It’s a great opportunity to read books you might not normally choose, as well as sharing ideas with like-minded others. There have been a variety of displays in the Library this month from promoting newly acquired books in our ‘Spring Into Reading’ selection, to celebrating Irish writers, to supporting Neurodiversity Celebration Week plus our regular Pupil Librarian recommendations, ‘Fortnightly Focus on’ different authors, and lots of helpful posters giving ideas on ‘What to Read Next’ / ‘If You Like…, Try ….’ Finally, but most importantly, March is traditionally our sponsored read month in which all Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils are encouraged to read as much of whatever they like for pleasure and in turn donate some money to the Read for Good children’s charity.  This charity not only encourages children to read but through their hospital programme provides brand-new, carefully chosen books and regular professional storyteller sessions to the UK’s 30 major children’s hospitals, thus supporting seriously ill children’s disrupted learning, and giving them and their families precious distraction and comfort at a time when it’s needed the most. No matter how small the amount, your contribution is greatly appreciated and your continued support very much valued, and we would encourage everyone to donate something to this very worthy cause. The easiest way to sponsor your child is at https://readathon.secure.force.com/sponsor  where you can donate online. However, if more convenient, you can send cash with the sponsor card to school. Regardless of how you donate, it would be appreciated if all sponsor cards be returned to your child’s English teacher when we return to school after the Easter holidays (by 12th April)  so that that the charity can claim Gift Aid which increases the value of donations by 25%. These are just some of the things that have been happening in the Library this month which is always promoting reading for pleasure and the benefits it brings. To keep up to date please follow us on X @SullivanUpp_Lib

  • Belfast Music Festival 2024

    The following pupils performed  and were successful in the Belfast Music Festival this month: Daniel  McBride (Year 8) second in the following classes - Boys Vocal Solo and Treble Boys Solo Eric McBride         (Year 8)  joint second in the following class - Boys Vocal Solo Emma  Burns (Year 13) second in the  Open Vocal Solo

  • Debating and Public Speaking Society

    Following a successful Junior Debate in February on the motion ‘The world would be a better place without humans’, the Society focused on Public Speaking this month. Senior students led a series of games with members to help build confidence in speaking aloud – no matter what the subject. Some thoughtful and poignant deliveries of song lyrics and the Shipping Forecast were very well received. Then, speakers were invited to address the group on a subject of their choosing, but in the School Hall where we practised projection. Students spoke about: over payment in the Premier League; Corruption; Conspiracy Theories (Are we being governed by reptiles?!); the perils of some forms of gaming and social media; learning languages and the toll homework takes on students and teachers alike.

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