Leavers’ Assembly


Jones Memorial Primary School Leavers’ Assembly went with a “Vrooom!” this morning!

Motorcycling was the order of the day as the pupils were treated to a Special Guest in the form of local motor cycle star, Melissa Kennedy!

The 23-year a former pupil of Devenish College was in attendance with her Dad. Over her racing career, Melissa has raced at Kirkstown, Bishopscourt, Mondello and Nutts Corner racetracks. She won her first race in 2006 at Mondello, aged 15. She has now progressed to a 125 Honda GP.

At the minute, there are only four or five female racers in Northern Ireland taking on the boys, wheel-to-wheel. Melissa shared with us a little about what it is like to work in this male dominated world.

Our very own keen motorcyclist, Building Supervisor, Oral Graydon, took the opportunity to ride his pride and joy, a Triumph 500 to school so that the pupils could compare and contrast the differences and similarities between the two bikes.

Year 7 treated us to a wonderful display of their talents and we are grateful to Helen Graham (Class Teacher) and Bernie Mc Grath (Classroom Assistant) for all their preparation and input. Anne Beattie, Chair of the Board of Governors presented the pupils with their records of achievements and highlighted the excellent opportunities that the children had received during their time at our Primary School. She also acknowledged parents and families and thanked them for the strong partnership that had been forged, right from the very beginning.

Sandra Isherwood (Principal) congratulated the children on their achievements over the last seven and eight years in school and Rev Stephen Woods encouraged the children to look ahead and step out, taking this opportunity to begin a new chapter in their lives.