The Royal School, Armagh

The Royal School is a co-educational school in Armagh City wholly committed to whole person education.

Operating as usual

Photos from The Royal School, Armagh's post 06/12/2023

Today Year 13 & 14 Art students enjoyed a printmaking workshop with artist Robert Peters. Students were developing techniques using the dry point intaglio method.๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ


Thank you to Mrs. Welshman who delivered an excellent wreath-making workshop to some of our staff today. Don't they look great? As do the Wreaths ๐Ÿ˜€


๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€

Sunday 03 December saw the publication of the Sunday Times Parent Power League Tables for 2023, perhaps the most influential survey of school performance. Schools are ranked according to pupil performance at the top grades in both GCSE and A Level. We are delighted to find ourselves ranked as the 17th best performing school in Northern Ireland and the 83rd best performing secondary school in the United Kingdom. This ranking represents a rise of two places on last year. While we knew that our pupils had experienced significant success at these top grades in the summer of 2023 it is gratifying to see it confirmed in this public way.

Success like this doesnโ€™t happen overnight and it doesnโ€™t come easily. It is the result of consistent hard work by pupils, excellent teaching by our specialist staff and strong support from home. As a school we are committed to ensuring that we continue to provide engaging learning experiences for all our pupils.

Pupils donโ€™t perform highly in examinations unless they are well supported pastorally and have fulfilling school experiences outside the classroom. Thatโ€™s why we are extremely grateful for the extra effort put in by so many members of staff who give sacrificially of their own time to maintain our vibrant extracurricular programme.
While itโ€™s nice to have our success at the top grades recognised, we are conscious that individual success does not require an A* or A grade. As a school which places individual pupils at the centre of what we do we will continue to work hard, to ensure that each pupil is able to achieve their individual potential and enter upon higher education, training or employment in a manner which brings them personal fulfilment.

We are committed to ensuring quality learning and teaching experiences for each pupil, individual care extended to each learner and real opportunities for young people to develop their character and so prepare them for life after school.


Congratulations ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ†Congratulations to Mrs Welshman and the 2ndXI who are into the Ulster McDowell Cup 1/2 finals after a clinical performance in their 3-0 win over Victoria College this afternoon at Newforge.
Goals from Gabi Moore and Faith Jackson ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
Thanks to Mr McCready for umpiring.
The semi final is to be played in February against either Banbridge Academy or Belfast Royal Academy.

Photos from The Royal School, Armagh's post 04/12/2023

Bar Mock Trial Competition 2023

On Saturday 02 December 15 pupils accompanied by the headmaster travelled to the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast to take part in the Northern Ireland heat of the Bar Mock Trial competition. This is a prestigious and demanding competition in which pupils prepare and argue the prosecution and defence sides of two court cases. Four pupils performed the role of barrister, five were witnesses and the remaining 6 comprised half a jury.

In the competition schools are drawn against each other and are assigned to present the prosecution or defence case. Cases are held in real court rooms and presided over by real judges! After each case the judge gives feedback on their performance to the teams. While it is crucial that the barristers understand the important role of asking the right questions in the right way while listening for discrepancies in the answers, it is also essential that witnesses know their statements, watch out for โ€˜trapsโ€™ and donโ€™t say too much!

Participation in the competition requires significant commitment to hours of preparation and practice over a number of weeks. Itโ€™s a lot of hard work both individually and as a team and there is intense pressure on the day but everyone involved really enjoyed themselves.

Commenting on the teamโ€™s participation Mr Montgomery said, โ€œThe Bar Mock Trial is an excellent competition and this was an excellent team. I am very proud of how each of them knuckled down to hard work, listened well to each other and improved significantly throughout the process. We are very grateful to โ€˜Young Citizensโ€™ for organising the competition, to the Royal Courts of Justice for hosting the day and especially to the judges who invested a day of their weekend to help and encourage our young peopleโ€.

Photos from The Royal School, Armagh's post 04/12/2023

๐ŸŒŸ Equestrian News ๐ŸŒŸ
Final Week (6) of the Tri Interschools League**

Team Red - 85cm
Amy Clarke, Molly & Eva McConnell delivered 4 great rounds, securing a 3rd place finish. This placed them 6th in the league.

Team Blue - 85cm
Ellie Coulter, Lily & Maisie Anderson had a terrific day, with just one pole down. They secured 7th place in the league.

Individual 75cm
Lily Zwecker and Eva McConnell both encountered an unlucky pole. Eva finished 9th in the league. The 75cm teamโ€”Lily Zwecker, Eva McConnell, Maisie Anderson, Amy Clarke, Lydia Flanaganโ€”finished 9th in the league.

1m League
Katie Haire finished 15th in the 1m league.

Premier 1.10m Individual Final Week
Peter secured an 8th place finish in the Premier 1.10m Individual final week.

Well done to the horses, riders, and grooms for their participation throughout the league! ๐Ÿ‡๐ŸŽ

Photos from The Royal School, Armagh's post 01/12/2023

Congratulations to all of the Army and RAF cadets involved in the recent biennial review. 38 Brigade were able to get a flavour of what our unique contingent offers our young people. Even though it was a chilly evening the cadets were all smiling. Lovely to see our cadets share their qualities and attributes with our special visitors. Well done everyone! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘


๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฅ๐—ฆ๐—”
Yesterday we were pleased to host a visit from Mr Ronnie Armour, the recently appointed deputy secretary in the department of education. Mr Armour was taken on a tour of the learning and teaching facilities by the head boy and head girl before being treated to some beautiful music by pupils in the Reid Hall. After that the head boy and head girl of boarding escorted him on a tour of the boarding facilities and he then met with a group of pupils to discuss school life at the Royal School and their views on education generally. Mr Armour then met with members of the senior leadership team and representatives of the board of governors to discuss the current challenges facing education including the need for realistic funding and the training of more specialist teachers. While accepting that the education sector currently faces unprecedented challenges Mr Armour was extremely impressed by the many aspects of extensive provision at RSA.


Rugby this weekend - there will be pitch inspections on Friday evening!

Photos from The Royal School, Armagh's post 30/11/2023

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil, Sonny, who continues to prosper in his various acting roles. Sonny had an eventful weekend recently. From a stunning performance on the Late Late Toy Show with Patrick Kielty to advancing to the final round of auditions for the upcoming BBC adaptation of Lord of the Flies, Sonny's talent continues to shine. Not to mention, he wowed audiences in sold-out shows as the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz at the Mac Theatre Belfast. He is looking forward to an upcoming performance at St Anneโ€™s Cathedral in Belfast for a special Christmas Carol Service. ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽค


Well done to all pupils and staff. A busy week in the Home Economics department ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ

We made it to the last day of the GCSE Practical Examinations! ๐Ÿ™Œ Lucy, Mysha, Connie, Lydia, Amber, Amy and Connie worked very hard to produce a fantastic range of dishes. Well done! ๐Ÿ˜Š we have been very impressed with the high standard of dishes produced this week and it is evident that the pupils have worked incredibly hard in preparation for this part of their controlled assessment task. We would like to thank their parents/guardians for all their support at home and helping make this week a huge success! We also want to thank the staff who were able to taste test the dishes and provide valuable feedback to the pupils. All the support is greatly appreciated by us in Home Economics! ๐Ÿ˜Š


๐—™๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜€
You are warmly invited to our annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Our music department will bring the spirit of the season through the voices of our talented pupils. Expect to be captivated during one of the key events in our school calendar.

๐Ÿ“… Thursday 14th December
๐Ÿ•ฃ 7.30pm
โ›ช St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh
Check out our heartwarming throwback to our virtual service from 2021:

Bring your friends and family!


Queenโ€™s Business School (QBS) invites Year 13-14 students, parents and guardians to a virtual event for those considering applying for our new undergraduate course, BSc Financial Risk Management (With a Year in Industry).

Explore the dynamic field of financial risk management with a programme that's designed to propel students into a successful career in areas including investment banking, retail banking, and insurance. This course is also beneficial to students who are interested in the areas of finance and actuarial science.

Hear more about this insight-driven degree with a stimulating placement that will open doors to excellent graduate opportunities.

The event will be particularly useful for anyone applying for September 2024 or 2025 entry.

Date: Wednesday 13th December 2023
Time: 7pm-8.00pm
Where: Virtual event on Microsoft Teams
Who for: Parents, guardians and students in Year 13-14
Why attend: To find out more about this new degree course.

*Register online via this link:

Photos from The Royal School, Armagh's post 29/11/2023

We were delighted to welcome some friends from ASHA yesterday who had travelled from New Delhi. Freddy Martin and Loknathan spent a busy day with us at RSA. Freddy delivered an inspiring assembly on the work of ASHA and Loknathan spent some time talking to classes about his experiences. The school was able to
present a cheque to ASHA after the fantastic fundraising effort over the last few months. Thank you to all who helped in any way. Also special thanks to Armagh Observatory and Planetarium who hosted our guests and gave them a special tour of the AOP.

Photos from The Royal School, Armagh's post 28/11/2023

A huge congratulations to our two fabulous art students Lara & Beth who competed the the Credit Union Art Competition. Lara created a mixed media piece that reflected life in the countryside. Her work was placed 2nd in the 14-17 year old category. Beth also chose to work in mixed- media, creating a piece that reflected the rich cultural diversity in Armagh. Her work was placed 1st in the 11-13 year old category. Bethโ€™s work has now gone on to the all Ireland level of the competition. This is a fantastic achievement for both of these talented young artists. Well done! ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ

Pictured with the students is Mr Kevin Powell from Armagh Credit Union.


๐Ÿ“š Festival of Learning Highlights ๐Ÿ“š

Here's a recap of the 'Festival of Learning' which took place between 21-24 November.

We had daily themes including:
๐ŸŒฑ Growth Mindset
๐Ÿง  Working Memory
๐Ÿ“‰ Forgetting Curve

Each day brought new insights that revealed much about our brains and how we use them! ๐ŸŒŸ

There were plenty of activities throughout the festival. The concourse featured brain teasers, interactive displays, and a celebration of active learning. The Assembly Hall was bustling with events and talks from guest speakers and our Senior Prefects.

Thank you to our fantastic pupils and talented teachers who engaged with the array of activities, making the event a real success. A special thanks to the Senior Prefects who led the festival from the front.

We hope you enjoy the highlights.

Photos from The Royal School, Armagh's post 25/11/2023

Congratulations to our RSA athletes Reuben and Honor who represented Ulster last weekend at the Irish Schools Multi Events Finals in Athlone. This is a gruelling day where athletes take part in 5 events in quick succession. It was Honorโ€™s first time competing at the event and running on an indoor track. She competed well in the long jump, 60M hurdles, shot put and high jump. However it was the 800M were Honor demonstrated her exceptional middle distance running skills. She secured a time of 2:32.28 and was placed 3rd, an amazing achievement. Reuben competed in the long jump, 60M hurdles, & shot put. In the 200M he secured a new indoor PB of 25:39 and in the final event of the competition, the 800M Reubenโ€™s training kicked in and he secured a PB of 2:17.16 and 6th place. Well done to both of our athletes & the hard work you put in to get to the Irish schoolsโ€™ nationals. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŽฝ๐Ÿฅณ

Photos from The Royal School, Armagh's post 25/11/2023

Congratulations to our RSA athletes Reuben and Honor who represented Ulster last weekend at the Irish Schools Multi Events Finals in Athlone. This is a gruelling day where athletes take part in 5 events in quick succession. Honor competing well in the long jump, 60M hurdles, shot put and high jump. However it was the 800M were Honor demonstrated her exceptional middle distance running skills. She secured a time of 2:32.28 and was placed 3rd. Reuben competed in the long jump, 60M hurdles, shot put & 200M. Again it was in the final event, the 800M where Reubenโ€™s training kicked in and he secured a PB of 2:32.28 and 6th place. Well done to both athletes & the hard work you put in ti get there!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ


Thanks to Ulster Hockey for this excellent footage


Well done to our Year 8 Rugby squads who had their first home game of the season against Omagh Academy.

Crusaders lost 10-6
Brumbies/ Stormers won 4-3


Leah Jacobs had three amazing days of swimming last weekend at the Swim Ulster Short Course Championships. Leahโ€™s hard training and determination resulted in her achieving:
6 junior Champions titles
200, 100 and 50 back
100 and 50 Fly
Joint 100IM!
Outstanding achievement, Leah. Well done!๐Ÿ‘โญ๏ธ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ‡๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ


Huge congratulations to Patrick, Charlie, Harry and Daniel who have won the ABP competition. Their topic was 'Farm Efficiencies' which is a very important matter, especially in these times of rising costs in the agriculture sector!

The boys have been prized with five beef cattle which they will now rear.

Stay tuned for more on their fantastic win. Well done, boys ๐Ÿ„

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Videos (show all)

๐Ÿ“š Festival of Learning Highlights ๐Ÿ“šHere's a recap of the 'Festival of Learning' which took place between 21-24 November....
Festival of Learning video from some of our Senior Perfects. What is working memory? Watch to find out.
Our Fancy Dress Day was a huge success! Check out the amazing costume creativity in this video clip. We're thrilled with...
Our Fancy Dress Day was a huge success! Check out the amazing costume creativity in this video clip. We're thrilled with...
Our Fancy Dress Day was a huge success! Check out the amazing costume creativity in this video clip. We're thrilled with...
This week, weโ€™ve been excited to celebrate European Day of Languages. We kicked off with The Language App challenges acr...
We havenโ€™t been able to hold an in-person Open Night this year so we have prepared this video presentation to help give ...
๐Ÿ“š ๐๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ค๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ“š"The library at RSA boasts an impressive selection of books, from fiction to nonfic...
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