GLENGORMLEY High School this week said a fond and heartfelt farewell to seven long-serving and valued members of staff.
The teaching and office staff, who are retiring this summer, have between them given almost 200 years of committed and loyal service to the Ballyclare Road school.
Mrs Sharman Dunlop started her career at Glengormley High School teaching English, soon becoming Head of English and later Vice-Principal. Known for her characteristic calm and efficiency, she has seen the school through many important educational changes.
Also leaving the school this summer are Mr Tom Weir, the Head of Chemistry and a Pastoral Learning Leader, and Mrs Linda Davies, Head of the Business Studies Department.
Geography teacher Mrs Ann Savage has played an instrumental role in Glengormley High achieving Eco-Schools status, while Mrs Pamela Ross has been a dedicated English and Media Studies teacher for many years.
Mrs Carol Beattie has been the personal secretary to three Glengormley High School Principals - Mr Frost, Mr Stewart and Mr Hayes. And Mrs Cis Gilmore, who is known for her enthusiasm and witty repartee, began her career as a member of the office staff before becoming one of the Administrative Office Managers.
Paying tribute to the outgoing members of staff, a spokesperson for the school said: “Each of these members of staff has endured the many changes that have been part of the education system in Northern Ireland, each approaching them with enthusiasm and professionalism. However, the one practice that has not changed is the fact that the child was always at the centre of everything they did.
“Their enthusiasm and companionship will be sorely missed. However, their influence and legacy will continue on in the staff and lives of the pupils they have impacted. They have epitomised all that Glengormley High has come to stand for.”