Speech Day at Friends’ School Lisburn
- 9 September 2018 -
Speech Day was held at Friends’ School on Friday 7 September. Certificates and progress files were handed out to those who had completed AS and A-level examinations in 2018.
Speech day celebrations
The Guest of Honour at The Friends’ School Lisburn’s speech day was Neil Gibson. Neil is media commentator and Chief Economist for all Ireland at Ernst and Young. He was head of the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy at Ulster University. Neil has also supported Oxford Economics.
The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Philip McDonagh opened proceedings. Philip began by congratulating pupils on their achievements. He also thanked the staff of the school for their work. This day is a celebration for their hard work over the past year. The school claimed the Sunday Times’ Northern Ireland Secondary School of Year. Philip knows this is more than just a reflection of their excellent results. It’s a recognition of everything that had gone on in the school that year.
However, he added that success did not mean that everything was straightforward. Philip highlighted the current financial situation concerns Friends’ and schools across the country. He said that a government at Stormont was urgently required. Philip also appealed to parents to do what they could to persuade elected representatives to address the funding crisis in education immediately.
He said that a government at Stormont was urgently required. Mr McDonagh also appealed to parents to do what they could to persuade elected representatives to address the funding crisis in education immediately.
A speech day message from Philip McDonagh
Philip said that whatever the difficulties, everyone at Friends’ would continue in their work:
“In all this we are determined to protect the tremendous work that goes on in our classrooms, to keep investing in the School to ensure that it is a safe and happy environment for everyone and of course to maintain the caring Quaker ethos on which the School is founded. We want to continue to make school better in spite of the circumstances. In six years’ time, in 2024, it will be the 250th anniversary of the School which opened in 1774, and we are determined to celebrate this anniversary in an appropriate way.”