End of an era at Moyle Primary

Mid and East Antrim Mayor Cllr. Paul Reid held a reception for Peter Garrett, principal and Lorna Plenderleith, principal partner, of Moyle Primary School, at Larne Town Hall.
Mid and East Antrim Mayor Cllr. Paul Reid held a reception for Peter Garrett, principal and Lorna Plenderleith, principal partner, of Moyle Primary School, at Larne Town Hall.

Moyle Primary School’s most senior teachers were given a mayoral reception to mark their longstanding contribution to education in the town.

Retiring principal Peter Garrett and principal partner Lorna Plenderleith were welcomed to the mayor’s parlour at Larne Town Hall with members of the school staff on Wednesday afternoon.

Rev Paul Reid, Chair of the Board of Governors at the Moyle Primary School is pictured with Mrs Lorna Plenderleith and Mr Peter Garrett who have both retired as Joint Principal Partnership at the schoo.  INLT 27-002-PSB

Rev Paul Reid, Chair of the Board of Governors at the Moyle Primary School is pictured with Mrs Lorna Plenderleith and Mr Peter Garrett who have both retired as Joint Principal Partnership at the schoo. INLT 27-002-PSB

Mayor Cllr. Paul Reid who is chairman of Moyle Primary’s board of governors paid tribute to the teachers before giving the staff a tour of the town hall.

Mr. Garrett has been principal of the 420-pupil Moyle Primary and Nursery School for the past 17 years. Previously, he was principal of Ballyhenry Primary School, in Glengormley and Upper Ballyboley Primary.

“The last 17 years have been a highlight. I have loved every minute. I have worked with fine young people. We have fabulous parents and outstanding teachers and an atmosphere that is conducive to developing young people.

“Moyle Primary is only one of a few schools which has been designated as outstanding. It has been 17 years of trying to make a difference for young people.”

Lorna Plenderleith has been in charge of the school’s learning support centre that caters for 36 children. She became vice-principal in 2012. Previously, she taught at Antiville Primary School.

“I worked with children with special needs for the next ten years. We help parents adjust to difficulties facing their children and help children deal with the difficulty. We take children with moderate learning difficulty and give them access to mainstream education.”