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 President Letter 2009
Dear Old Collegian,

Since this is my first letter to you as President of the Old Collegians I would like to pay tribute to Mrs Ethel Irvine for the work she has done for the organisation during the past ten years as President and before that as Treasurer. Ethel was not only an old girl of the school but was on the teaching staff for many years and was Vice-Principal before her retirement. She was very dedicated in her involvement in the school and in the Old Collegians always with cheerfulness and tact. I have a very hard act to follow but will endeavour to do the best that I can. I am very pleased that Ethel is remaining on the Committee and that Ingrid Logan, Margaret McClean and Hazel Scott have agreed to remain as Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

I am delighted to able to pass on news of your old School and its pupils. I rely on receiving news from you, so please send on any information you may have, either by letter or preferably by email, address florence_brunt@hotmail.com If you send me your E-mail address you will receive this letter electronically in future. This will save on postage, which is becoming even more expensive. Please send me a message, subject – Old Collegian, with your name, so that I may add it to those already received.

During the past year many of our friends, both members of the Association and others connected with the School, have lost loved ones. We send them our sympathy and prayers, especially at those times when remembrance is most difficult. Memories are always precious and comforting as the sting of loss recedes. I would particularly like to mention Mr Jim Rooney who was a great friend to the Collegiate. He always sent sweets to the girls taking part in the musicals and adjudicated the House Plays very many times. His presence will be sadly missed.

Wendy Graham was our hostess for the Spring coffee morning in April. We had a most enjoyable morning catching up on all the news from the many people who made the journey to be there. We thank Wendy for allowing us the pleasure of sharing her beautiful home and being such a welcoming hostess.

The Annual Dinner was held in the Killyhevlin Hotel in June. The dinner was attended by 45 people, some of whom had travelled a long distance to be with us. We were delighted that Joan Carson agreed to be our speaker with a talk entitled “Outside the Box”. Joan has had a most interesting life and she entertained us with many amusing stories. Our thanks also go to the Killyhevlin Hotel for once more providing us with an excellent meal and a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy it. The staff were, as usual, very helpful and attentive.

On Saturday 27th September we had our Autumn Coffee Morning for the ninth year in succession, in the Staffroom in the School. Thanks go to the Principal, Elizabeth Armstrong and the Vice-Principal, Irene Dunn, for having us and showing people round the School after coffee. At a very busy time of the school year, we appreciate them giving up their precious Saturday morning for us. Many thanks to Elizabeth for the use of the premises and to the staff of the School meals kitchen for providing us, once again, with delicious home-made biscuits. I also thank the Committee for their unfailing, cheerful help at all our Coffee mornings.

The Belfast coffee morning took place in January (2009) of this year, as planned, in the Park Avenue Hotel. Margaret Lynas organised the morning but illness limited the numbers attending. She asks that anyone in the area please mark the first Saturday in January in their diary and come to what is a very pleasant occasion. The hotel makes the Belfast Old Collegians very welcome.

Lunch on the first Wednesday of the month in FermanaghCollege continues as a firm favourite with many regulars. Some months are missed because of College holidays but the convenience of arriving at the lunch table and being able to meet with old friends without having to make specific arrangements, not to mention partaking of an excellent meal, makes this a convivial occasion. Details of how to book can be found at the end of this letter.

News of Old Collegians
Olive Elliott made her debut on television by featuring in a series of programmes about her son, Rodney and family moving from Maguiresbridge to Dakota to farm there.
Judith Wilson won the Miss Northern Ireland Competition.
Karen Cromie came fifth in the rowing final of the Special Olympics, a tremendous achievement for a new sport to her.
Ruth Little was a finalist in the Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008
Rachel Thompson was presented with her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in St James Palace by the Duke of Edinburgh.
Alison Dickson had an Art Exhibition in the Clinton Centre and a 2nd one in the Devenish Gallery.
Lizzie Keys designs cards for all occasions.
Louise Barr is designing Websites
Carol Graham has just completed her term of office as CountyCommissioner of the Girl Guides in Fermanagh and Catherine Irwin is now taking on the role.
Carol Emerson is the youngest consultant in Northern Ireland.
Arlene Foster has been appointed Minister of Trade and Enterprise

News from the school
Now that the Minister of Education has decided not to set any transfer test, the Collegiate, along with over 30 other grammar schools who have formed the Association of Quality Education (AQE), are setting entrance tests in November/December based on the English and Maths currently being taught in the Primary schools. It is not a position we wanted to choose but we value our academic ethos too much to go down the route chosen by the Minister. As Chairman of the Board of Governors I attended some of the meetings but we are very much indebted to Elizabeth Armstrong for her dedicated involvement on the school’s behalf.
Our Head-girl is Laura Hutton and her Deputy is Laura Pennell. Both girls are performing their duties very well.
At our Celebration of Success in November our Guest of Honour was Dr Aideen McGinley, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Employment and Learning. Grace Ewing received the Old Collegians Cup for special achievement. Hannah Brown was awarded the prize for English Literature, which is presented by the Old Collegians in memory of Ada Malone.
The outstanding “A” level results with 97% of all grades at A-C and at GCSE where 87% of the grades were at A*-B again allowed the Collegiate to occupy the top controlled grammar school in Northern Ireland place in the Parent Power Survey of the Sunday Times. There were some excellent individual achievements:- Grace Ewing was placed 2nd overall in A level Home Economics in Northern Ireland (CCEA) Nadine Gilmour was joint 3rd in A level Biology (CCEA) Stephanie Allen was joint 3rd in Technology and Design at GCSE level (CCEA) and Alison Foster achieved the honour of being named in the top ten candidates in AS Health and Social Care (Edexcel) where there were 3038 entries. At A Level eighteen girls had at least three A grades and four girls had four As.
In October a sponsored whole-day music event “Musical Allsorts” took place which raised £4273.67 for the purchase of a new piano. This was a wonderful day featuring a wide variety of musical and performing talents with even the staff participating for the finale. The day ended with the singing of the school song giving that strong sense of community spirit and belonging.
The girls have many opportunities to be involved in many sporting competitions, art competitions public speaking, field trips, literary and poetry competitions, conferences, drama festivals, team-building days and fund-raising for charities. All of these activities help them to become well rounded young people ready for life beyond the school door.
The school web-site: http://www.enniskillencollegiate.org.uk/ will keep you up to date with successes in these areas. Julianne Elliott, having won the area final, is preparing for the Northern Ireland final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition at the end of this month. We wish her every success.

Our programme for the coming year is as follows :-

Saturday 25th April 2009 at 10.30am – a coffee morning will be held at the home of Joan Fisher, Rossclare House, Killadeas, Enniskillen. Everyone attending will be most welcome.

Friday 12th June 2009 at 7.00pm – the Annual General Meeting followed by the Annual Dinner in the Devenish Room of the Killyhevlin Hotel. This is the 50thAnniversary of the Old Collegians Association so I would appeal to you all to make a special effort to attend this event. We are delighted to say that the after-dinner speaker this year is Judith Wilson. She is going to tell us about her experiences as Miss Northern Ireland and going to the Miss World Contest.
Please reply, to either me (028 89521203) or by email to the address given earlier or Hazel Scott (028 66323229) in early June. Also, in order that friends may have the opportunity to sit at the same table, please tell Hazel or myself if you are a member of a particular party. We have found that this arrangement has worked well for several years.

Saturday 26th September 2009 at 10.30am – a coffee morning in the Staffroom of the MillenniumBuilding. A tour of the school is available if required.

Lunch in SouthWestCollege of Further Education . Every first Wednesday of the month during term-time. If you wish to go, just phone the College at 028 66 342300 and ask for your name to be added to the Old Collegians table. Friends are also welcome.

2nd January 2010 at 10.30am Coffee Morning in the Park Avenue Hotel in Belfast. Please try to attend. You will be made very welcome.

If you have any ideas or suggestions of activities which might interest Old Collegians, the Committee would be delighted to know of them. Contact can be made with me as already mentioned.

I trust that news of your old School has been of interest to you. If there are any other aspects on which you would like me to report, please let me know. Also, if you have news of past pupils please drop me a line about them as already requested.

Yours sincerely

Florence Brunt (President)

Florence Brunt (President) Ethel Irvine
Ingrid Logan (Vice President) Olive Elliott
Margaret McLean (Honorary Secretary) Carole Graham
Hazel Scott (Honorary Treasurer) Avril Dunlop
Mavis Rolston Anne Wilson