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Families First Awards Ceremony

Coleraine College celebrated huge success at the recent Families First Awards which recognises the achievements of secondary schools across Northern Ireland each year.


At a gala event in Titanic Belfast, the College scooped a 'WOW' Award in recognition of excellence in supporting both staff and pupils at the Carthall Road school and also gained a 'Highly Recommended' in the 'Best School - North Region' section.


Acting Principal, Madame Skobel, said:  "We are delighted to receive these awards which we accept on behalf of the whole school community - pupils, staff, parents and the host of individuals and organisations who work with us.  


Such recognition is rewarding and uplifting for everyone concerned and I am so pleased that the staff who work here, in all capacities, have had their dedication and commitment celebrated in this way because they go that extra mile daily to support the young people in our care."


There was even further success and recognition on the night as two members of staff had their work recognised in the 'Support Staff' category.  Classroom assistant Lauren Hutchinson and receptionist Glynis Nicholl were nominated by their colleagues and supported by pupils and parents.


Madame Skobel continued:  "Lauren, a past pupil, is really very deserving of this award. She is a fantastic professional and a very talented young woman who has shown great dedication to the pupils she works with.  Lauren will be leaving us at the end if the year to begin her teacher training course.  Although we are all very sad to see her go, it is great news that she will continue in education, qualifying as a  secondary music teacher next year.  We are so proud of her!"


She continued:  "Glynis is officially our receptionist but, in truth, she is so much more than that and does a whole host of different jobs across the day which makes her vital to the smooth running of the College.  We just could not do without her.  What is more important though, is that Glynis does all of this with a smile and her endless patience and incredibly supportive manner means that everyone she deals with, whether adult or young person, is made to feel special.  The comments made by pupils and parents in support of her nomination make clear that she is a unique individual whose contribution to life at College simply cannot be quantified."

Lauren Hutchinson

Lauren is such a treasure. L- listening ear; A-available to all; U- understanding; R- reliable; E- empathy; N- nurture is her motto!! Genuine support to staff

and pupils.. 

Glynis Nicholl

Glynis is a joy to meet in the school office. Nothing is a bother to her and she is always on hand to help. I did the school photos in the school and she had them

organised and ready for me when I arrived. Such a lovely funny person

and yet very professional at what she did. A well deserving winner. 

Coleraine College

Fantastic school and the teachers go above and beyond. My daughter goes to this school at present and I myself went to this school, also family members. The

teachers are so approachable and friendly. Nothing is too much for

them. Fab school. 

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