Summer Term  2017

Record Breaker Chelsea Millar


Record breaking performances at Dunclug College Sports Day

Congratulations to Chelsea Millar Y11 on a spectacular performance at the college’s recent Sports Day.  Chelsea managed to break not one, but three records! (Chelsea is pictured centre above)

The first was in High Jump where she jumped 1.47m, breaking the previous 17 year old record set in 2000 by Ruth Forsythe, at 1.43m.

The second record of the day was one of the oldest records in school history, set forty seven years ago and held jointly by J Ramsey (1974) and L Black (1978) in the 100m with a time 13.37secs.  Chelsea was naturally delighted to beat this long standing record, with a new time of 12.93secs, making her the fastest girl in Dunclug history! 

Maintaining the theme of speed, Aysha Moore’s (1992) record 0f 29.2secs in the 200m was smashed, as Chelsea stormed across the line in a time of 26.29secs.

Many times, many individuals have come close to each of these records, but not close enough.  This year, Chelsea was Y11 Champion and Senior School Champion-and our very own record breaker! We are extremely proud of her achievements.

Not to be outdone, Lewis Steele Y9 also set high standards for the boys by setting two new records of his own. In the 100m Andrew Brownlees (2005) record of 11.9secs fell, when Lewis cocked a new time of 11.22secs

The 200m record of 24.65secs set by Tyrone Balmer in 2012, was the final record of the day to be well and truly broken when Lewis set a new time of 23.19secs.  The Year 10 records are his target for next year!!



Latest News

Ulster Call Up for Josh!


Ulster call-up for Joshua

Joshua Courtney, a Year 12 pupil at Dunclug College, continues his meteoric rise on the athletics track this season, with a call-up now to represent Ulster in the forthcoming Inter-provincial games at Santry, Dublin later this month. His selection was confirmed after competing in the All-Ireland Schools’ Championship last weekend, where he finished a highly credible 7th in the Intermediate Boys’ 800m event in a time of 2:03:88, a performance which was good enough to secure his qualification and earn an Ulster vest. Joshua is a member of Ballymena and Antrim Athletics club and is currently being coached by Eddie King, a former international runner himself. Joshua’s selection comes hot on the heels of winning the 800m District title for Intermediate Boys’ and a third place finish, in the same event, at the recent Ulster Schools’ Track and Field Championships. 


Photo Credit: Keith McClure

BBC School Report

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Past Pupil Success

Robert Hamilton, 21 years of age, who is now self-employed following his apprenticeship at Northern Regional College, through employer Rodney Turtle, is aiming to represent the UK in Carpentry at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. Billed as the toughest skills competition in the world, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi will see over 1000 apprentices and students from 70 countries come together to compete to be named the top carpenter in the world. Robert will take part in a four day selection competition from 29 March to 1 April at Stockport College in Manchester where he will compete against other apprentices from across the UK to win a coveted place in Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Robert’s lecturer, Trevor Kernohan said, “Robert has worked diligently to get to this stage and fully deserves all his success to date.  He is an inspiration to any young lad wanting to follow a career in carpentry and the hope is that Robert’s own dream will be fulfilled by getting to the finals.”

Robert was selected to compete for a place in Team UK after being invited to join the WorldSkills UK International Training and Development Programme having excelled in the WorldSkills UK Competitions, the finals of which are held at The Skills Show.

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said:  “Representing your country on the world stage is no easy feat.  It takes hard work, determination and the highest level of skill. Robert has demonstrated all of these attributes and many more and I wish them the best of luck as they compete for a place in Team UK. 
“Participation in the international WorldSkills Competition enables the UK to benchmark apprenticeship standards in this country with those around the world.  It also provides us with a global platform to promote how skilled we are as a trading nation, helping the UK secure its future global competitiveness.”    

Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be announced on 21 April.

School Sponsor

Gary Olphert, store manager of Robinsons supermarket is pictured presenting a cheque to Mark Robinson, accompanied by Megan Davison and Mr Oliver.

Full Attendance Prize Winners

All pupils who achieved 100% attendance from January 2017 were entered into a prize draw to win either a bicycle (kindly sponsored by the Bicycle Shack, Portglenone) or a weekend glamping experience (kindly donated by the JungleNI). The lucky winners were drawn during Summer Merit Assembly and Holly McIlroy (Year 11) won the bicycle, with David McDonald (Year 10) winning the glamping experience! Well Done!!!

Bicycle Winner

Holly McIlroy

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