‘Home from home’ for new Principal

Shirley Parkhill. INNT 02-024con
Shirley Parkhill. INNT 02-024con

THE new Principal of Mallusk Primary has said the atmosphere in the school and village felt like a “home from home” as she settled in this week.

Shirley Parkhill, who takes up the role of Principal after having been a senior teacher at Straidbilly Primary School in Bushmills, met with parents and children of Mallusk Primary on Friday (January 6).

“Straidbilly was all I’ve known in my years as a teacher, having lived three minutes from the school,” said Mrs Parkhill.

“It was very much a school at the heart of the community with a great family ethos and that is what attracted me to Mallusk and it is exactly what I expected - it’s home from home and ideal for me.

“I was ready to make the move to Principal but wanted to still teach, so Mallusk as a small village school was exactly what I was looking for.”

Mrs Parkhill, although only having been at the school for a number of days, has already met most of the parents and has held a Governors’ meeting.

“I’ve had a fantastic welcome and the children are all very friendly,” she added.

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