Retiring Principal will have fond memories of Monkstown

Monkstown Community High School's Principal Mr Dennis Harvey is retiring after spending 12 years as Principal   INNT 24-404-RM
Monkstown Community High School's Principal Mr Dennis Harvey is retiring after spending 12 years as Principal INNT 24-404-RM

AFTER almost four decades of planning lessons, scheduling school timetables and balancing budgets, the Principal of Monkstown Community School has decided to retire from teaching and enjoy a well-earned rest.

Mr Dennis Harvey, who will celebrate his 60th birthday next month, has decided to call a halt to his 37-year teaching career - one he’s thoroughly enjoyed.

The East Belfast man started his career as an English and History teacher at Carrick College, later moving to Coleraine Girls’ Secondary and then back to Carrick before taking on the role of Headmaster at Monkstown in 1999.

Last year Mr Harvey (pictured) was publicly praised for his work to improve standards at Crumlin Integrated College during an 11-month stint as Acting Principal. He was seconded to the school in February 2010 following a critical report by the Education and Training Inspectorate which raised serious concerns about the management of the college.

Looking back on his 12 years as Principal of the Bridge Road school, Mr Harvey thanked the staff, governors and local community for their hard work and support.

““I’ve enjoyed my time here very much,” he told the Times. “Monkstown is a very friendly sort of a place. The parents and the local community in general have always been very decent people and very supportive to me and the school.”

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