Ashfield Girls' High School
Challenging girls today, creating women of value for the future
Mrs Mungavin's farewell to Ashfield Girls' High School
You may have already heard this news from your daughters, but I am definitely retiring this time at the end of December from Ashfield Girls' and so I wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge
thank you to everyone for making my time here as Principal such a rewarding and memorable experience.
This school has been a wonderful and important part of my life; and whilst it has been a tremendous challenge on a professional level, it has brought me much happiness, joy, fulfilment and so much satisfaction. Having worked in schools here in NI, in Scotland and England I definitely saved the best school to last.
The girls of East Belfast have made this school what it is and it has been my sincere privilege to work with them over the past nine and a half years. They are a real credit to their families and community. They are also very talented and have enriched the life of this school by sharing their talent and skills with all of us: whether it is as dancers, stage hands, makeup artists, performers in school Productions and, in the choir, as musicians, artists, fundraisers, or as school leaders and prefects.
When it comes to the academic side of school, it has been a delight for me to witness the focus, determination, perseverance and dedication of so many pupils who have worked hard and made the most of every opportunity here in Ashfield Girls’.
Creating women of value has been my goal for every pupil and it has been a delight for all of the staff to watch so many young women achieve so well in school and go off to make their mark in the world.
However, without my wonderful teaching and non-teaching staff whose talent, dedication and overwhelming commitment to the pupils is second to none, Ashfield Girls’ could not have achieved all that it has for its pupils. They truly are an outstanding asset and I have been so fortunate, and very blessed, to have worked with such an incredible staff.
To the "Parents and Friends" of Ashfield Girls' pupils, I also want to express my deep gratitude for your support. Your dedication has resulted in so many additional opportunities for the pupils in this school. To all parents and carers, your encouragement of, and pride in, your children has been very evident to me in so many ways both in terms of their learning and achievement as well as your attendance at extra-curricular events. I really hope that your daughter's experience in this school has been all that you hoped it would be.
I am indebted to all the governors of this school, whose commitment is second to none and who have selflessly given so much time, energy and care in ensuring Ashfield Girls’ is, and continues to be, an excellent school.
I want to make special mention to the principal, staff and pupils, past and present of Ashfield Boys' High School. Our sixth form programme is something that this community can be very proud of. Each school is highly valued by its parents, past pupils and the community. By working in partnership, the schools have been able to offer more opportunities to the young people than we could do by working alone. Ashfield Girls' High school and Ashfield Boys' High School, each with its own core values, ethos and unique identity work well in collaboration and I hope that it remains as such in the future- Each different, each talented, ALL valued but as separate schools.
I leave the school with sadness but a sense of pride and appreciation for the support, encouragement, challenge and enjoyment I have had over the nine and a half years.
Many thanks to you all – I really will miss Ashfield Girls' High School but sincerely hope that it continues to thrive, to grow and to succeed for the benefit of all its pupils.
I will miss you.