Marian Getty, principal, and
Katrina Hawthorne, Amy Nixon, Nathan Stewart,
Kurtis Dickson, Lloyd Gillespie, Emma Carlisle
and Amy Walton, pupils at Forthill College, get
ready to plans 'bulbs at the school to raise
funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care as part of
Forthill's 50th anniversary celebrations.
THIS year marks the 50th Anniversary of Fort
And to celebrate this milestone a number of
special events will be held over the coming months.
The celebrations commenced this week with the
planting of a 'field of hope' for the Marie Curie Cancer
Principal Mrs Marian Getty explained: "This
week starts our official launch of the celebrations and what a
better way to start than with the planting of a 'Field of Hope'
for the Marie Curie Cancer Foundation.
"In Miss Gray's very first foreword in the
first school magazine she talked of a school where pupils would
always support others and look beyond their individual
circumstances. I am delighted that we still have the same caring
approach and a field of golden daffodils to show our support of
others is a fitting start to a special year."
Mrs Getty, the third principal of the school
described the anniversary as " special" for so many people in
the Lisburn Community and beyond.
She said: "I have had the great privilege of
leading Fort Hill Integrated College for the past six years.
Prior to that Miss G. Tigchelaar was the 'boss' for 19 years and
before her was of course the founder principal of Fort Hill
Girls High School - the late Miss MJ Gray. "Having worked with
both ladies I can honestly say that although the school has
experienced several name changes since that first year, that the
ethos remains unchanged. We remain committed to the young people
in our care and aim to support them at every level - physical,
emotional, social and academic."
Other special dates include a special
thanksgiving Service and Carol concert in Lisburn Civic Centre
on Wednesday December 17 and an open day on January 30 when
people can take a walk down memory lane and meet old school
friends and staff. In May a celebration dinner will be held in
the Dunadry Hotel and Country Club.
If you have any articles, photographs or
stories of interest that would help with the school's displays
please send to the Fort Hill College, Belfast Road, Lisburn BT27
4TL or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and
address' so that any items can be returned safely.