‘It’s been an honour’

Pupils presented Mr David McConkey MBE with gifts and a special card containing their own personal messages wishing him well for his retirement.
Pupils presented Mr David McConkey MBE with gifts and a special card containing their own personal messages wishing him well for his retirement.
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A SERIES of special events took place at Whitehouse Primary School last week as staff and pupils bade a fond farewell to Principal David McConkey.

Mr McConkey, who was appointed Headmaster of the Doagh Road school in 1987, is due to retire following the Easter holidays, on April 15.

On Wednesday (March 28), staff, pupils, governors and friends of the school gathered for a special assembly in Mr McConkey’s honour. The following evening he and his family got together with staff for a farewell dinner, and on Friday (March 30) he visited pupils at their end of term class parties to say a final goodbye.

Speaking to the Times ahead of his retirement, the 61-year-old, who last year was awarded the MBE for services to education, said it had been “a privilege and an honour” to have served as Principal of the school for the past 25 years.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...