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Enniskillen Old Collegians

Dear Old Collegian,

It is that time of year again when I write to you as President of the Old Collegians. 2010 has been another very successful year for the Association and for the school of which we are so proud. Again our main function was our AGM and Dinner which was held in the Killyhevlin Hotel on 11th June 2010. Our speaker was Catherine Irwin (nee Morrison). She is the CountyCommissioner for guides in Fermanagh and her talk reflected on guiding over the past 100 years which she illustrated with a power-point presentation. Many of the Old Collegians present had had an association with guides over the years. We thank Catherine for a very enjoyable climax to our evening together. 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.

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. We particularly remember our Committee member, Mavis Rolston (nee Blair), who died as a result of a freak accident last March. We miss her great sense of humour and fun at our committee meetings.

Olive Elliott (nee Beacom) was our hostess for the Spring coffee morning on 24th April 2010 at the Manor Garden Centre, Lisnaskea. We had a most enjoyable morning catching up on all the news from those who made the journey to be there. Some also enjoyed some retail therapy buying plants before they left for home. We thank Olive and her son Timothy for accommodating us so comfortably for our Coffee Morning.

On Saturday 25th September we had our Autumn Coffee Morning in the Staffroom in the School. Thanks go to the Principal, Miss Elizabeth Armstrong and the Vice-Principal, Mrs Irene Dunn (nee Owens), 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. We also thank the Staff of the School meals kitchen for providing us, once again, with delicious home-made tray-bakes. I would also like to thank the Committee for their unfailing, cheerful help at all our Coffee mornings.

News of Old Collegians
A blue plaque has been erected at the former home of Miss Kathleen Bridle in Cooper Crescent.
In August and September 2010 there were dinners in the Killyhevlin by Old Collegians who attended the school in the 70’s
Those who left the Collegiate in June 1990 had a reunion in Franco’s in October. I do hope that some of you will try to come to the Annual Dinner in June.
Gillian Ferguson is the new Irish Union President of the Christian Endeavour.
Joy Graham is President of the Methodist Women in Ireland.
Mrs Daphne Clarke (nee Stuart) received MBE for services to the community.
Mrs Wendy Graham (nee Sloan) is President of Enniskillen Amateur Dramatic Society.
Mrs Florence Brunt (nee Crawford) Lady Captain, Clogher Valley Golf Club in 2010
Mrs Ann Allen (nee Parke) President of Enniskillen and District Soroptimists
Mrs Aly Finlay’s (nee Allen) home was featured on House of the Year 2010 on the BBC

News from the school
The school continues to play a full part in the Fermanagh Learning Community. This year 6th form pupils are able to study Applied Business Studies, PE and Moving Image Arts in the shared post-16 block which involves pupils from six of the Enniskillen schools. Collegiate pupils are also involved in a shared personal development programme funded by Atlantic Philantrophies under the Fermanagh Trust on Friday afternoons along with four other schools. They have a choice of 17 programmes.

Our Head-girl is Ruth Trimble and her Deputies are Deborah Armstrong and Wendy Coalter. The girls are performing their duties very well.
The girls continue to achieve very high results in the academic field. This was highlighted when the Collegiate was named last June as one of the top five most consistently high performing schools in Northern Ireland against the DE benchmarking criteria for GCSE and Advanced levels in the past five years.

At GCSE level Stephanie McConkey was 1st in N.I. in Design and Technology, Hannah Richmond 2nd in Double Award Science and Louise Houston had maximum marks in Art and Design.

At A2 out of a cohort of 69 girls twenty–two girls had at least three Grade A passes and twenty-four girls secured at least one of the new A* grades. Stephanie Allen who achieved three A* grades was awarded an All-Ireland Scholarship by the J P McManus Fund and Miss Armstrong was honoured to accompany Stephanie onto the platform in Limerick University Concert Hall as she received her award. The high calibre of leavers was recognised too by the universities where they have secured places on highly competitive courses. Shirelle Wilson was awarded an elite Athlete Scholarship by the University of Ulster where she is studying Sports Science. Adele Hilliard gained an Eliahou Dangoor scholarship at Royal Holloway University of London where she is studying Environmental GeoScience. Two of last year’s leavers Laura Elliott and Alison Foster were also awarded entrance scholarships at Queens on the basis of their A Level results. Cathryn Gamble was 1st in 16-19 category of the Ulster Media Show.

The Collegiate Tag Rugby team won through to Ravenhill again last February and brought home the Ulster Cup to Fermanagh for the 2nd year running by defeating GrosvenorGrammar School.

The Junior Football team are the Northern Ireland Champions winning the Carnegie Cup.
In the Ulster Grammar Schools Swimming Competition Rachel Ellis and Sally Burrell won Gold Medals. Sally also was placed 4th in the Irish Schools Competitions and was selected for training in Tenerife for the Ulster Team.
I reported last February that Robyn Livingstone was the overall winner of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition in Fermanagh. She went on to win the Northern Ireland Final.

The Young Environmentalist group took their project to Dublin last May and won the Junior Waste Section in the All Ireland Eco-Unesco Competition.

The Music Department won many prizes at Fermanagh Feis, for individuals, ensembles and the Senior and Junior Choirs were 1st and 2nd respectively in the choral section. They are already preparing for the Feis in March.

These are just a flavour of the successes which were celebrated during the year.

At our Celebration of Success in November our Guest of Honour was Dr Sally Montgomery OBE Chief Executive of W5. Her address “What is Success?” was lively and entertaining and gave excellent advice to the girls on the need for a positive attitude even when facing a set-back.
Robyn Livingstone received the Old Collegians Cup for special achievement. Victoria Roberts was awarded the prize for English Literature, which is presented by the Old Collegians in memory of Ada Malone.
The school web-site: www.enniskillencollegiate.org.uk will keep you up to date with successes in these areas and on the sports field.

Minibus Fund
The mini-bus is now a rather old lady and is in need of replacing. The school has been fund raising since the beginning of this school year. Already we have achieved the sum of £11000 from the summer fete, a sponsored walk at Castlecoole and a Christmas Cheer and Bag-packing event in Tesco but we need about 3 times that amount. As Chairman of the Board of Governors I would be very grateful if you could send a cheque to me made payable to CollegiateGrammar School to help us with our big effort if you are not able to come along to one of our fund-raising efforts. The Fund-raising Committee of the Board of Governors have organised an evening of Flowers and Music on Tuesday15th March at 8.00pm. The Demonstrator is Mr Alan Beatty, a national demonstrator and judge. Tickets for this event are available in the school: they cost £10 including refreshments.
David Stuart has agreed to run an Auction in the school on Saturday 2nd April at 2.30pm.

Our programme for the coming year is as follows :-

Saturday 16th April 2011 at 10.30am Coffee morning at the home of our Treasurer, Mrs Hazel Scott, Gortmesson, Enniskillen. All Old Collegians and friends are most welcome.

Friday 10th June 2011 at 7.00pm – the Annual General Meeting followed by the Annual Dinner in the Killyhevlin Hotel. This Year instead of having a speaker the Committee have decided to have some music for entertainment with a group of musicians from school and a flash of Cantari for one night only. I do hope you will make every effort to join us that evening.
Please reply, to either me (028 89521203) or by email to the address given in this letter or Hazel Scott (028 66323229) by 5th 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 24th September 2011 at 10.30am – a coffee morning in the Staffroom of the Millennium Building. A tour of the school is available if required.

The funds that we raise through our Coffee Mornings are used to benefit the school.

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

I am delighted to be 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 at any time throughout the year, 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 stationery, time and 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. It is also important to have registered as a member of the Old Collegians to receive news of events being organised. The Life Membership fee is just £20 or £10 for school leavers. The form can be accessed on the school’s website. If your details need updating please let me know preferably by E-mail. 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 or mention it to any member of the committee.

Yours sincerely

Florence Brunt (President)

President Florence Brunt (nee Crawford)
Vice President Ingrid Logan (nee Wood)
Honorary Secretary Margaret MacLean
Honorary Treasurer Hazel Scott (nee Gordon)

Ethel Irvine (nee Connor) Olive Elliott (nee Beacom)
Averil Dunlop (nee Fleming) Carole Graham (nee Rutledge)
Anne Wilson (nee McConnell) Evelyn Hassard (nee Moore)