Maghaberry Primary School Principal David Taylor with members of staff on his retirement- US2611-109A0
Maghaberry Primary principal David Taylor is presented with a grit by pupils on his retirement. US2611-108A0
THE Principal of Maghaberry Primary is preparing to take life a little easier as he retires after a remarkable quarter of a century at the helm of the village school.
Mr David Taylor, who has been a teacher for 36 years, graduated from Stranmillis College to teach Physical Education and English in Somerdale Boys' Secondary School in Belfast. Three years later he moved to Old Warren Primary in Lisburn.
During that time, he completed additional Post-Graduate Qualifications and in 1986 was appointed as Vice-Principal in Fort Hill Primary School. He was appointed as Principal of the New Maghaberry Primary School in 1986 where he has overseen its growth over the last 25 years.
Speaking about his retirement Mr Taylor said: "My time as a school principal happened to coincide with a series of the most radical government changes to education provision in any century.
`The role of School Principal has evolved in a dramatic way during that time and I have enjoyed dealing with the many challenges which Maghaberry Primary School faced over the years.
"I would like to thank my teaching colleagues, school support staff, Governors, Parents and of course the very many children who have made the job such a satisfying one."
Mr Taylor plans to do some travelling with his wife Olive who is also retiring after a 35 year teaching career.
The couple have purchased a classic car which requires some tender loving care and probably a garage extension, so retirement may not be a completely relaxing experience, explained the Principal who also intends to reduce his golfing handicap.