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Goodbye Year 14!

The ethos of Ballyclare Secondary School is that every pupil should have a rewarding educational experience.

As a pupil of our school you have been guided onto the way you should go, academically, physically, socially and spiritually. From the moment you joined us in Year 8 or for some in Year 13, teachers have not just taught you the content of a curriculum or an exam syllabus they have worked alongside you, supported you and shared many happy times with you. Your time in Ballyclare Secondary School has been a rewarding experience for you and for staff. As a school, we have gained so much because you were our pupils.

Even though Year 14 ended earlier than we hoped, you are now ready to move on from Ballyclare Secondary School and whilst you may be feeling mixed emotions about that you should look back and be happy because of your school days the lessons learned, the achievements in so many different areas and the friendships made.

You have all grown and developed in so many ways over the years and that is what being at school is really all about. You have learnt life skills alongside subject knowledge, you have built the solid foundation that will enable you to take up your position in society and to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. What is truly important is that you keep on learning about life because there is so much to discover!

It is time to move on to take the next step in the journey and I hope you have been equipped by being a pupil of this school to do this with confidence.

In Deuteronomy Chapter 31 and Verse 8 we read these very meaningful words for those who are about to leave school.

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

It has been a great privilege to share this journey with you and as Principal of our great school; I want you to keep giving your best to every task, keep learning and growing, be proud of your school and build your own success story!

Mrs K Bell


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