Donaghey Primary School has during the 2009/2010 school year celebrated 100 years in education. There have been a number of fun filled events to mark this momentous milestone.
Back in October the school held a fun day when the children came to school in ‘Old Time’ dress and enjoyed a wonderful day’s entertainment – Bobby Menary performed some magic and McMullan’s Open Farm brought an impressive menagerie of animals to the playground. In the afternoon parents, friends and past pupils were treated to tea and birthday cake followed by a short programme of entertainment by all 106 pupils. Great interest was shown in the photographic display of pupils down through the years and a balloon release ended the afternoon on a high!
In the Spring term the Parents’ Association hosted a very popular ‘Daffodil Tea’ incorporating a ‘Spring Concert’ featuring all of the boys and girls. A fabulous programme proved one thing-that 100 years further on Donaghey has still got talent!
The celebrations continued into the Summer term when the school took receipt of specially commissioned photographs of present pupils and staff commemorating the 100th Anniversary. A ‘Fun Night’ organised by the Parents’ Association brought a very special year in the life of Donaghey Primary School to a fitting climax.
A caring and supportive school
A recent report by the Inspectorate highlighted ‘the caring and supportive atmosphere which permeates the school and contributes well to the exemplary behaviour of the children and their positive attitude to learning.’ The Inspectorate also reported that the quality of teaching observed was consistently very good and they commended the hardworking, caring and committed teachers, classroom assistants and other support staff. Support from parents and governors to the life and work of the school was also recognised.
In its 100th Anniversary year with principal Mrs Kathleen Forster on adoption leave, Mrs Marcella Wilson has been acting principal. Mrs Wilson has been supported in this role by her team of teachers and classroom assistants – Mrs Rosalind Slaine, Miss Margaret Collins, Mrs Kathryn Nelson, Miss Bronwyn Burnside, Mrs Denise Wilson, Mrs Corrinne McAllen, Mrs Dorithy McKay, Mrs Pauline Irvine and Mrs Suzanne Hardy. Mrs Elsie Gibson takes care of the secretarial duties and Mr And Mrs Bobby Leslie are the caretakers. In the kitchen is school cook Mrs Gail Murphy and her assistant Mrs Bernie
During the school year (09/10) the Parents’ Association continued to make a very valuable contribution to school life. The chairperson was Mrs Joanne Spence, Secretary Mrs K Anderson and Treasurer Mrs J Irwin.
Over the past number of years Mrs Heather McIvor, past parent and present Governor, has sought substantial funding and the school boasts a fabulous outdoor classroom, wildlife garden, trim trail and poly tunnel. The children have many opportunities to learn both in and outside the classroom.
Sport also features strongly at Donaghey with a choice of hockey, football, netball, cross country and tennis. Music resonates regularly around the school and this year the school choir led by Mrs D Wilson and Mrs D McKay won the Forbes Shield at Dungannon Music Festival.
Each year P7 pupils and teachers travel with their counterparts from Orritor and Ballytrea Primary schools to Edinburgh on an action packed school trip.
The whole school community at Donaghey Primary School is proud to have reached this important milestone in its history and is looking forward to welcoming boys and girls through its gates long into the future.