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Bon Voyage to staff members who are off on new adventures come September. Bon Voyage to staff members who are off on new adventures come September. 

Head of Business Studies, Mrs Leckie is retiring having been on our staff since 2001. She is most fondly remembered for her many and varied Young Enterprise ventures. She harnessed and motivated our most entrepreneurial pupils and whilst share dividends never quite reached BHP Billington’s, they had brilliant fun on the journey. Her fashion shows and sartorial style will also be missed. Enjoy that September holiday we know you’ve booked; the extra time to spend with sons numbers 1 and 2 and 3, not to mention your grand children, and the course at Queen’s. It is going to be a whole new enterprise for you!

Mrs McKinty also joined the staff in 2001. She took a career break for 2017/18 but has decided to leave teaching for now to continue breaking down barriers for young people with learning difficulties. 

As a past pupil, she has strong ties to the Academy and we know the decision to leave has not been an easy one. She was a valued colleague in both the Home Economics and Health and Social Care Departments. Most recently Sian was part of the Sixth Form Leadership team. She set up the robust systems we now have for Key Stage Five support as Sixth Form Pastoral Support Co-ordinator and completed her PHQ amongst her many roles. Her passion, humour and diligence will be missed.

Two other departures involve past pupils and current staff members who are venturing onwards to new challenges. Miss Leitch is taking a career break from our ICT Department to work in London for a year but we are hoping this is au revoir rather than goodbye. The same goes to Miss McKeown who is jetting off to Australia. Cheryl is the ever smiling, calm under pressure and efficient face of School Reception. Australia might offer a more tempting lifestyle than Bangor but the current heatwave might help you forget the dank winter days. No? 

Bon voyage and happiness to you both.

Another past pupil who joined the staff this year as part of her Teaching Assistant qualification is Lucy Mathieson. Lucy is moving to two local primary schools as she widens her experience and completes her TA qualification at SERC in 2018/19. All the best Lucy!

Last, but not least, we have to say goodbye to our Confucius Hub Teachers, Candice and Lily who head back to China following their two year stint at the Academy. Their energy and enthusiasm saw many more of our pupils mastering basic Mandarin. They also helped Mrs Coulter put together the spectacular Chinese New Year Celebration in February and were instrumental in helping Jason Wassall (Year 14) write and deliver his speech in Mandarin at the Waterfront Hall at the University of Ulster’s 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration in March. Their promotion of Chinese language and culture has been very much appreciated by us all at Bangor Academy, not least Mrs Coulter (International Schools Co-ordinator). Thank you.