Today marked the final day for four key members of the Dominican Staff as they begin their well-earned retirement.
Mr Keith Gilmore leaves us after more than 30 years of service firstly as a Biology teacher and, in more recent years as head of Science.
Mr Dermot Bannon joined the Dominican staff on September 3rd 1979 as a Chemistry teacher and continued to pioneer the idea of the outdoor classroom. He leaves behind a strong environmental legacy which will continue in the work of the eco club.
Mr Hugh Doone joined the Dominican staff on the very same day, as a teacher of Geography and RE and would go on to lead the Geography Department. His colleague Mr Crutchley, currently on DofE duties in the Lake District, also leaves the school this summer to take up a post in Down High.
Mr Declan Brolly, our longest serving member of staff, joined the school in September 1976 as a History teacher. He would go on to lead the History department and help lead the school as a senior teacher.
All these men have, in their collective 153 years of service to the Dominican Community, instilled the values of the Dominican ethos, inspired and enriched young people, contributed to the education- in its academic, pastoral, spiritual and extra-curricular sense and led by example.
As a school community of staff, parents and governors we salute the work done by these Dominican men and wish each of them and their families a long and happy retirement as we endeavour to continue to build on their legacy throughout our centenary celebrations and beyond.Thank you Declan, Dermot, Hugh and Keith for the wonderful years of service, laughter and friendship.