A 21st century education for young people

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Last Wednesday, September 24, North Coast Integrated College celebrated its annual prize giving ceremony.

The Principal, Mr Paul Mullan, welcomed members of the Board of Governors, distinguished guest and former student Mr Michael O Neil, Ms Jan O Neill a former foundation Governor, parents and colleagues to the event.

Mr Mullan began, “I am delighted to welcome you all here this afternoon to celebrate and affirm the hard work and excellent academic, sporting and extra-curricular achievements of our students during the last school year.

“It is great to see so many parents here to join in the celebration of their children’s success. The achievements of our school would not be possible without the wholehearted support of all our parents both past and present and I express my gratitude to you all for that.”

Mr Mullan paid tribute to the outgoing year 14 students of which many have already started university and have gone further afield, “It seems only

fitting at this point to recognise and celebrate the hard work of your subject teachers, your form teachers, the Head of sixth form Ms Mc Fadden and the careers staff led by 
Ms Mc Clements for their work.

“Leavers of all ages, we all wish you a bright future and feel confident that you will be wonderful ambassadors for NCIC in this exciting new phase of your lives.

“On the subject of 6th form our intake Post 16 has grown to 139 students, our biggest 6th form ever, including many students from other local post-primary schools– all of them wishing to access an already-extensive provision which we will continue to enhance.

“Despite the falling demographic trends across Northern Ireland and especially here in Coleraine, I am pleased to report that our intake numbers

are actually increasing across the school.”

Mr Mullan continued, “You the students are the most important, the life blood of our school and today is your day.

“For many of you today is a dream come true particularly for those who achieved excellent grades in GCSE’s or A levels. For the rest of you students I want to impress upon you the value of having a dream.

“Henry David Theroux the famous American writer and philosopher has a great definition of success. He said ‘If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavour to live the life that you have imagined you will meet with unexpected success.’

He meant that if you have a dream in your heart and you work towards that dream will be yours.”

Speaking about examination results the principal added: ”The results achieved by our GCSE students were excellent, with 75% receiving GCSE grades A* - C. This is a great credit to the teaching staff and the strategies used which we aim to improve upon in the years to come.

“However students, school life doesn’t have to be all about the classroom and homework. We have a very full programme this year of extra-curricular activities.

“May I encourage you to avail of the wonderful choice that the College offers. Would you believe that choice extends to over twenty different activities both during the school day and in the afternoons. From the Animal club to Italian, from gardening to guitar, from soccer to

the School Magazine, from Gaelic to the great North Coast Integrated Bake off the choice is incredible.”

Paying tribute to the school staff, Mr Mullan added:”Here in school the small army of non-teaching staff including the lunch time Supervisors, the cleaners, the caretaker, the canteen staff, the office staff, the bursar, the librarian, the technician, the classroom assistants and the Governors all play a vital role in our school, and I welcome this opportunity to publically thank you for all that you do.”

Concluding the Principal went on: “Today proves that we at North Coast Integrated ollege continue to be committed to this community and together, whatever our role – student, parent, staff member, governor – we shall continue to work in partnership and go from strength to strength, providing a 21st century education for all our young people.”