New faces as school term starts

Mrs Lynne McClimonds, new principal of Mullavilly PS. INPT02-011
Mrs Lynne McClimonds, new principal of Mullavilly PS. INPT02-011

It’s a new school term and new beginnings for two teachers.

At Mullavilly Primary School, the new principal is Mrs Lynne McClimonds who says she is looking forward to continuing to develop the school’s high standards developed by former head Mrs Pamela McCrum.

And a former senior teacher at Markethill High School, Mr Wayne Brown, is leaving after 17 years to take up the post of vice-principal at Cookstown High School.

Mrs McClimonds worked in Ligoniel Primary School for 18 years, the last six of which were spent as vice-principal.

During this time, she taught all classes in the school and was co-ordinator of ICT, numeracy and PE. She also furthered her studies by completing a professional qualification in headship.

She said, “I firmly believe that children learn best when they are happy and strive to create a caring, welcoming ethos where all children are valued.

“I am very passionate about inspiring children to become learners and enjoy the rewards of seeing children develop and grow to reach their full potential.”

Mr McClimonds, a mother-of-two, says she is looking forward to working with the pupils, parents and staff of Mullavilly.

Meanwhile, former Markethill High teacher Wayne Brown has moved to Cookstown High School where he has taken up the post of vice-principal and will assume responsibility for pastoral matters.

A native of County Armagh and educated at Portadown College and Stranmillis University College, Mr Brown spent 17 years at Markethill High School where he was head of religious studies, taught English and was a senior teacher.

He was also seconded to work for CCEA and remains a senior examiner with the board.

Mr Brown holds a Master’s Degree in Education as well as the professional qualification in headship.

“This is a school with a great reputation across the country,” he said. “Good pastoral care is crucial to young people as they settle into school, and to their wellbeing and their ability to learn and succeed after that.

“I know that the pastoral provision here was highly praised by the inspectors and I am delighted that I’ll be able to build on such a sound foundation.”