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Glastry College Retiring Staff
Posted Sep 21 2020

The 2019-2020 school year was most unusual, with its lengthy school closure due to covoid-19. 30 June traditionally marks the end of the school year for pupils and teachers, and the start of the eagerly-anticipated summer holidays. In Glastry College, this date assumed a particular significance for three long-serving members of staff, who retired – Ms Jane Attwood, Mr Peter Ferguson and Ms Janet Raife. These three teachers have given almost one hundred of service of teaching service to the community of the Ards Peninsula.

 

Ms Jane Attwood was appointed Vice-Principal(Curriculum) in 2004 when Mr Alan Black was college principal.  In this position Ms Attwood was responsible for all aspects of what pupils learn in school. Ms Attwood led the teaching staff through many new government initiatives on teaching, changes to examination syllabi, the introduction of vocational qualifications, and wrote the annual school development plan, in addition to many other responsibilities. With a meticulous eye for detail, Ms Attwood was perfectly placed to prepare school policies and procedures and to successfully engage with the School Inspectorate.

 

Mr Peter Ferguson was appointed a teacher of PE in 1986, when Mr Beckett was Headmaster. Over the years Mr Ferguson, who was a former Commonwealth badminton player, encouraged many pupils to participate in sports inside and outside school, and organised countless training sessions, tournaments, inter-school fixtures and matches. As Head of Year 12 for many years, Mr Ferguson had a friendly, empathetic yet realistic relationship with his pupils and particularly enjoyed organising the annual school formal and trips and other activities associated with Year 12. On the retirement of Mrs Ormsby, Mr Ferguson became Head of PE. Gifted with a great sense of fun and a ready wit, Mr Ferguson could always see the humorous side of school life and life in general. 

 

Ms Janet Raife was appointed Head of RE in 1980 and has served under five principals, making her the longest serving member of staff in recent years. Primarily responsible for the teaching of Religious Education, Ms Raife was also actively involved in all aspects of school life, including the Scripture Union, make-up artist for school productions and in numerous other cross-community and charity events. In recent years, Ms Raife has been responsible for the successful introduction of the Prince’s Trust vocational qualification and also appointed Head of Year Eight. With a sympathetic and pleasant personality, coupled with her knowledge of the local community and personal acquaintance with family members, Ms Raife excelled in this position.

 

Mrs Sonia Beckett, Head of Modern Languages, also left Glastry to pursue other interests. Mrs Beckett, who had taught in Glastry since 2014, worked with pupils in a calm and pleasant manner, and was highly respected among her colleagues for her efficiency and meticulous organisation.

 

Glastry College wishes Ms Attwood, Mrs Beckett, Mr Ferguson and Ms Raife a long, healthy and happy retirement.

College Fund Letter
Posted Sep 14 2020

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