Lillie Jackson with principal Gwen
Forsythe, of Charley Memorial PS, teacher assistant
Marilyn Campbell with Chief Executive of the SEELB
Lillie Jackson with her parents, aunt
Sarah Wilson and the Chief Executive of the SEELB
Irene Knox at Charley Memorial Primary School
THE PRINCIPAL of Charley Memorial Primary
School has praised one of her pupils who has been awarded the
South Eastern Education and Library Board Pupil of Courage
Primary five pupil Lillie Jackson (9) was
presented with the award by Irene Knox, the Chief Executive of
the SEELB last Wednesday. The award recognises the determination
and courage shown by children who overcome serious illness or
trauma, or the unstinting use of their time in the care of
The special ceremony was held at the school,
which is set to close this summer, and was well attended by
pupils, staff, parents and governors.
Lillie suffers from a mild version of
a muscle condition which has weakened her right leg and right
arm. She also wears a splint on her leg to stretch the muscles
and to help her balance.
Principal Gwen Forsythe praised Lillie, from
Drumbeg, who, she said, never allowed her condition to prevent
her taking part in school activities and who continues to show
"She is always cheerful despite her
disability," she said. "She is a very determined young girl and
endeavours to compete with her peers in all aspects of school
"During the past year she has taken part in
tennis, badminton, football, Sports Day, swimming, PE,
Educational Trips and a residential to Killyleagh. Many of these
activities entail a lot of standing and walking.
"She has successfully learnt to play the
recorder and has participated in a group which played in our
recent service of thanksgiving. She always gives of her best, is
very independent and as a result is popular with both staff and
pupils in the school.
"We wish her well as she leaves Charley
Memorial Primary School at the end of June when she and her
brother will transfer t Carr Primary School in September"