05/11/14 - Busy Start for New Principal Mr Megaw
Following the retirement of Mr Garnet Mullan on Friday 31st October, Mr Neil Megaw assumed the responsibilities of Principal on Monday morning. After an early morning briefing with teaching staff, Mr Megaw paid tribute to Mr Mullan during a whole school assembly and then referred to the new term as the start of a new chapter at Newtownhamilton High School.
Mr Megaw, who will continue to combine his new role with teaching responsibilities until the arrival of new Vice Principal Mr Andrew Cousins on Monday 1st December, also delivered a presentation to non-teaching staff while making the move from his old office into his new one. Further communication with staff, parents and SELB representatives ensured a very busy start to life as a Principal for Mr Megaw.
Speaking about his new challenge, Mr Megaw stated “First and foremost, I want to again acknowledge the outstanding work of my predecessor Garnet Mullan and take this opportunity to wish him a long and healthy retirement. I am under no illusion of the task that I now face in filling his shoes.
I am very proud to be the Principal of Newtownhamilton High School and will work hard to ensure that our recent success story continues. However, like Mr Mullan, I will be first to acknowledge that I cannot do everything and so my job now is to encourage the best from our committed pupils, parents, staff, governors and community members.
As Principal, I understand that I am now accountable for ensuring the effective delivery of a high quality education that caters for the needs of all our pupils. My dedicated staff and I will strive to achieve this by ensuring that every child continues to be an important child at Newtownhamilton High. As a parent of 2 young children myself, I know that a happy, nurtured child will learn and more importantly enjoy learning. Therefore a child centred approach will be clearly evident in my vision for our school where together as a team we will strive to care for, know and develop each individual pupil.
Finally, I thank everyone who has sent me their best wishes over recent months; I have been deeply humbled by this support”.