Primary School will, as long as I live, occupy a very prominent place in
my memories. Its well-chosen caption � `Our Happy School' � is so apt
for, as I am quite confident, there has been no happier Primary School
in the length and breadth of our land than Hillhall.
High academic standards have been achieved and sound
principles for life taught to generations of pupils, who have benefited
from being part of an environment that has enabled them to grow strong
and confident. What a sound foundation on which to build their
subsequent educations, careers and indeed lives!!
How sad it is for all of us who have witnessed its
work and worth within the lives of our own children and indeed the wider
community, to see this all come to an end. Surely the closure of our
school will inevitably be to the detriment of our whole community. I pay
tribute to all those parents, teachers, governors and politicians who
worked so hard to convince the South Eastern Education and Library Board
and the Department of Education of its viability and worth. Alas, our
most stringent efforts have been in vain and the doors of our school
will now close to surely the most beautiful sound of creation � the
sound and clatter of happy, confident children.
It would be unbecoming of me not to take this
opportunity to underline the debt of gratitude we owe to a succession of
principals, teachers and ancillary staff who have consistently gone
beyond the bounds of duty to keep Hillhall Primary School what it has
always been � `Our Happy School'.
Only eternity will reveal the blessing it has brought
to so many, whose privilege it has been to have passed through its doors
and benefited from the excellent education they received within its
Rev Dr W T J Richardson Chairman, Board of Governors
Address given at the Farewell Service At Hillhall
June 3rd 2007 by
Mrs Angela Moore (Principal).
� our school � a name that will always conjure up for me memories of
children's laughter and teachers' wonder; of respect given and respect
received; of partnership between parents and teachers; of support of
Governors; of a strong and involved PTA; of a Christian ethos and of
true community spirit; of concerts and
dance recitals; of sports days and outings and
residential trips; of examination worries and butterfly hatchings.
Hillhall is all of these and much, much more. Your
children past and present have been fortunate to have had such a school
and these memories will be with them, as they will be with me � always.
This has been a long and troubled year for everyone
involved with our school. It has been the strength of our team, our
happy focused children, the support of our governors, our parents, our
colleagues, our friends and our families that has made the year more
bearable. It has been the Hillhall community spirit that has pulled us
And so I stand before you this evening with a heavy
and saddened heart in the knowledge that Hillhall Primary School which
has served this community faithfully is about to close its doors for the
very last time.
As I look around me, I feel an overwhelming sense of
pride seeing the boys and girls, young men and women, older men and
women that Hillhall has produced. As a community, and in partnership, we
have reared our children to become responsible citizens, not an easy
task in the world today.
Pride is a sin - but those of you fortunate enough to
be part of Hillhall Primary have every right to be proud of your school
and your memories of it.
I know all here tonight will be affected by the
closure of the school but there are those who will be affected more
strongly; those who are currently involved at Hillhall Primary School...
the Governors, the parents, but especially the staff and the pupils -
the pupils who will now finish their primary education away from
Hillhall. For them especially I would like to read these words from H S
Rice (with apologies.)
Bend in the Road
When we feel we have nothing left to give
For we know that our school has ended.
Now our time is over and the shadows fall
and the darkness of night has descended.
Where can we go to find the strength
to valiantly keep on trying
Where can we find the hand that will dry
the tears that our hearts are crying.
There is one place and that's to God
and without pretence and pride.
We can pour out our problems and our fears
and gain strength with Him at our side.
Together we've stood at life's crossroads
and viewed what we think is the end.
But God has a much bigger vision
He tells us - this is only a bend.
For the road will go on and get smoother
and the change at this time is a rest.
Though the future's unknown, unfinished
It may be sweetest and richest and best
So be calm now, relax and grow stronger
let go and let God share your load.
Your time here has finished, has ended
You've just come to a bend in the road
Mrs E A
Principal 1993 �
Staff of Hillhall Primary School 2007
Photography Courtesy of: OPUS Digital (Roy Clements)
Mrs E A Moore, MEd, DASE
Mrs H Young
Miss S Halliday
Mrs L Casement (part-time)
Mrs C McAteer
Mrs A Carson
Mrs M Simpson
Mrs P Fleming
Mrs P Fleming
Mrs M Simpson
Board of Governors
Rev Dr W T J Richardson
Mrs I Sleator
Mrs D Lyttle
Mr M McAteer
Rev Dr J Richardson
Mrs I Sleator
Mr J Lockhart
Mr P Hart
Mr C McAuley
Mr M Thompson
Assistant Teachers' Representative
Mrs H J Young
Mrs E A Moore
Mrs C E McAteer