19/09/14 - Message from Vice Principal Mr N Megaw
Dear Community Member
Most people in the Newtownhamilton area will probably be aware that our Principal Mr Garnet Mullan will be retiring on Friday 31st October 2014 after 18 years of dedicated and faithful service. During this time, Mr Mullan has worked tirelessly to transform Newtownhamilton High into one of the leading non-selective schools in Northern Ireland. I know that I speak for all our school stakeholders and community members when I say that he will be greatly missed.
Since Mr Mullan’s retirement announcement in March, I have been approached by many individuals from the local community about organising a gift and/or event in order to acknowledge his outstanding contribution over the years. Therefore, following some thought, I established a small ‘Retirement Committee’ consisting of teaching staff, non-teaching staff, School Association Members (parents) and Board of Governors. This Committee met in June and after much discussion, and also being mindful of Mr Mullan’s request for “No fuss”, it was agreed that a gift and event should be arranged as outlined below:
1. Retirement Gift - A donation pot is now available in the school office for financial contributions from Governors, pupils, former pupils, staff, former staff, parents and community members. Contributions should be put in an envelope clearly marked ‘For Mr Mullan’s Retirement Gift’. The closing date for contributions will be Friday 10th October. This money will then be used to purchase a gift that Mr Mullan would like.
2. Retirement Event - An informal Coffee Morning will be held in the school on Saturday 18th October 2014 (10am-12.30pm) and all community members are invited. This event will provide an opportunity to call in for a tea/coffee and a chat with Mr Mullan. At approximately 11.45am, there will be a few short speeches and the handing over of a gift purchased from the financial donations. The event will conclude at approximately 12.30pm.
I encourage all parents, friends and community members to support the above and also to spread the word around local Churches, Clubs, Businesses, Primary Schools etc. Mr Mullan has had a positive impact on the lives of so many in the local community and I know that they will want to show their appreciation.
Finally, it is my wish that the whole Newtownhamilton community will pull together in order to give Mr Mullan the ‘send off’ that he deserves.