• Isabel Russell

Week 1

Updated: Sep 23, 2019

Week 1 – Friday 6th September 2019

Hello Everyone

It is with great delight that I welcome everyone back to the new academic Year in Holy Trinity College – both pupils and staff alike. The Summer holidays are well over and whilst the recent weather may not have been the best, I do hope you managed to relax and have quality time with your family. But it is great to get back into a routine now (I’m a routine person!) and I’m confident it will be another exciting year for the College. By writing this Blog on a weekly basis, I hope to give you a flavour of what goes on in Holy Trinity College - an insight into the daily hustle and bustle of life within.

The Staff have been back since the issue of GCSE Results on the 22nd August and in the past few weeks, we have had staff training, Induction for all Year Groups, terrific exam results to celebrate and Year 14 visits to Queens and Jordanstown Universities for future pathways. I particularly want to welcome to the College our new Year 8 pupils, 153 of them in total. It has been quite a busy and hectic week for them all and I am sure they will welcome the weekend to relax!. Praise must be bestowed on each and every one of them – to date they appear to be a very mannerly year group and appear extremely settled – I have no doubt that will continue!. I am confident that the excellent Summer Scheme back in August attributed to that, so a huge thanks to Mrs Beggs, Mrs Mc Anespie and their enthusiastic Team for the Scheme. Thanks also to Miss Gervin for running the Multi-Sports Camp at the beginning of August as well. In my opinion, both schemes have attributed to familiarisation within the College and learning of new skills and knowledge.

The end of June brought a few retirements – Mrs Herron and Mr Kennedy who have both been on the teaching staff for 36+ years, Miss Gormley who is on secondment, Mrs Mc Cullagh on a Career Break, and we also said goodbye to Miss Quinn(RE), Mrs Dunlop (Office) and to our super housekeeper, Mrs Montgomery. We wish them all God’s Blessing and a very happy and healthy future.

Appointments to the staff were plentiful at the end of last Term with Mr Mc Veigh (ICT / Computer Science); Miss O’ Neill & Mr Litter (Maths); Mr Mc Guigan (Religion); Mr Mc Geary(PE); Mrs Kelly(English}and Mr Muldoon (Science). We also welcome Ms Fox, Mr Maguire and Miss Laverty for maternity posts. I hope that our new colleagues and pupils have a happy and enjoyable time at the College.

First and foremost I must congratulate all Exam students in their GCSE and ‘A’ Level results. We had another exceptional year with 89% of pupils achieving 5+ A* - C at GCSE level, and 59% 5+ A* - C including English and Maths, whilst at ‘A’ Level,99% achieved 2+ A* - E. This is absolutely fantastic and I want to commend everyone: pupils, staff and parents/guardians alike, for their hard work, commitment and dedication in ensuring that we were able to maintain and improve upon our standards.

The year ahead is going to be very busy. In addition to our core business of Learning and Teaching, Raising Standards and Achievements, we will ensure that the basic requirements are adhered to in order to have a consistent and successful year. Extra-curricular and sporting activities will soon be up and running as well.

With regard to the Capital Build, we are still awaiting planning approval. In the meantime however, all subject room layouts are being finalised.

On a final note, I hope that all of our pupils and staff have a happy and fulfilling year at school. The message I have given to all Year Groups is - to be happy, know that you are safe and that you are being cared for in school, to have high aspirations and high expectations, and enjoy your success!. We work very hard to ensure that this happens on a daily basis as they are important goals for us all to achieve. I believe that if we experience these goals every day in school, then everything else will fall into place.

On that happy note, it’s great to be back and I look forward to updating you at the end of each week.

Isabel Russell

Holy Trinity College 9-29 Chapel Street Cookstown / email: info@holytrinityc.cookstown.ni.sch.uk

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