The school celebrated its annual Prize Distribution on Thursday 23 October, and we were delighted to welcome a number of distinguished guests, including representatives from NICIE and the NEELB, not forgetting, of course, the huge number of Year 12 pupils who returned to collect their GCSE certificates and other special awards.
This year our guest speaker, Dr Peter Fitzgerald CBE, Managing Director of Randox Laboratories, informed the Year 12 pupils that with hard work, determination and creativity, they could go on to achieve great things in life. “So have faith in yourself and work hard to a worthy goal; anything is possible,” he said. “There are always people who will say you can’t do it or you’re not good enough; just push on and prove them wrong. Remember it is not the falling down, it is the getting up that counts.”
In her address, Mrs McGarry, Senior Leader in Charge, highlighted the many achievements throughout the school year both inside and outside of the classroom. She referred, in particular, to several pupils who achieved outstanding GCSE results: Pierce Slaney, Kirsty Hutchison, Georgia Stewart, Carla Kidd and Reece Kennedy. Continuing on, Mrs McGarry, commended the work of the Student Council ensuring that the pupil voice was heard by the Education Committee in Stormont, as well as the workings of the Positive Behaviour Policy which is now embedded in the school. Mention was also made of the progress the college has made in the last few years culminating in the ETI rating the quality of education in the college as “Good” and DENI’s decision to allow the college to leave the Formal Intervention Process. She concluded her remarks by stating, “I am happy, therefore, to be able to report on a school which is productive, vital to the community, and in which relationships between staff, pupils and parents are positive, caring and productive.”
Mrs McGarry concluded with a quote from John O’Dowd (Minister for Education), “Integrated Education is an important part of the education landscape here and I fully support the valuable contribution it makes to a peaceful and stable future for our young people.” Mrs McGarry added, “The college is already part of this landscape and with the support of all sections of the community we can be a leading school in this landscape as we move towards a new 11-19, all ability school in Crumlin.”
Supper was served in the new gymnasium to over 300 guests where new friendships were formed and old acquaintances reunited.