Primary School Principal Helen Farrimond. US23-120A0
THE Principal of Cranmore Integrated Primary School, Ms Helen
Farrimond, has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award
in the prestigious 2006 Teaching Awards.
Ms Farrimond, who lives in Annahilt, has been
Cranmore's only Principal since the school started 13 years ago
and was one of the school's founders.
With 30 years of experience in the world of
education, her staff decided it was time she was recognised for
her dedication to Cranmore and to its pupils, and nominated her
for the award.
When she heard that she was nominated for the
award, Ms Farrimond said she was very surprised. "I was
embarrassed and humbled but also delighted," she said.
She will now travel to the awards ceremony at
the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on Thursday June 15, where she
will join teachers and principals from schools throughout
Northern Ireland to celebrate this recognition of educators in
"I am very much looking forward to the awards
ceremony," continued Ms Farrimond. "The teaching profession
doesn't always get the chance to celebrate its successes but at
the end of the day we provide children with a very strong,
stabilising environment in what is at times an unstable
"Schools become a stabilising influence in
children's lives. They become a refuge; an oasis of calm.
"Frequently teachers aren't given much praise
for what they do but this is an opportunity to recognise
everything that teachers do for children."
After 30 years as a teacher and school
principal, Ms Farrimond still dearly loves the job she does and
she is determined that her nomination for a lifetime achievement
award will not mark the end of her career. "I am just doing my
job; a job I adore," she said. "It is a privilege to be a
teacher and a head and to be able to influence children's
lives," she concluded.
Ms Farrimond will find out if she has won the
prestigious award when the winners and finalists awarded
distinctions and commendations are announced at The Teaching
Awards 2006 Northern Ireland Ceremony.
The event will be hosted by BBC Newsline
presenter, Donna Traynor and attended by local dignitaries and
education professionals, as well as children from finalists'
schools. Caroline Evans, Chief Executive of the Teaching Awards
said: "The Teaching Awards celebrates the work of outstanding
headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and governors - the
people who make a difference to children's achievement,
aspirations and opportunities.
"The Teaching Awards ceremony is an
opportunity to witness the skill, devotion, passion and
professionalism that they bring to their work, and to thank them
for the important contribution that they make."