Hilden was integrated before anyone even knew
what that meant
Carol Duffy and Mrs
Sharon Curran receiving
the Tom Conway Memorial
Awards from Terry Conway
THE final presentation of awards at Hilden
Integrated Primary School took place following the recent summer
It was one of the last events at the school
which has closed for the last time after 95 years.
Mr Terry Conway, Chairman of the Board of
Governors, Mr William Gourley Principal, and Mrs Sharon Curran
Key Stage 1 teacher made the presentations.
Mr Gourley paid tribute to the award winners
and thanked everyone who had contributed to their success. He
also made a special presentation to Mr Conway and expressed the
appreciation of the school for his work as Chairman and all his
endeavours to retain Hilden School.
In his concluding address Mr Conway spoke of
how special Hilden was as part of the model village pioneered by
the Barbour family. Reading extracts from a Linen Thread Co
book, Mr Conway referred to the recognition by the Mill founder
that human values are all important in any stable and successful
Mr Conway explained how Hilden Primary School
had "promoted genuine community integration" and criticised the
decision to close the school as "socially and morally
He talked about how the school had played an
important role in advancing stability in the community and
referred to the "remarkable ethos that had been passed down
through generations by the Principals".
Mr Conway went on to mention the excellent
support team including Mandy Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kate
Hunter, Gillian Gowdy and the various assistants who had played
a vital role in the operation of the school.
He said that everyone had shown exceptional
dedication, especially over the roller coaster ride of the past
three years. During that period the school continued to provide
Mrs Carol Duffy and Mrs Sharon Curran had
taught at the school for ten years and both had shown great
fortitude under difficult circumstances to maintain high
As a mark of his appreciation Mr Conway
presented the Tom Conway Memorial Awards to Carol and Sharon as
the final recipients for outstanding service to Hilden
Integrated Primary School.
The presentations ended with the Hilden PTA
presenting Mr Gourley, staff and assistants with gifts. Framed
colour prints of the school are still available for purchase.
Awards were presented to: Abbey Mc Alonan
(Football), Matthew Duffy (Beverly Richardson Memorial Award for
Key Stage 1 Sports), Ryan Bloomfield (Barton Shield Key Stage 2
Sports), Rebecca Morton (Swimming Trophy), and Zoe Alister (Millenium