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New principal looking forward to new term at Clintyclay Primary.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

New principal looking forward to new term at Clintyclay Primary. thumbnail New Principal of Clintyclay PS, Mrs Fiona Hampsey.

THE start of a new school year at Clintyclay Primary School has also seen the appointment of a new principal.

Clonmore born and bred, Mrs Fiona Hampsey has taken up the reins at the school she attended as a girl, succeeding former principal Mr Barry Randall, who retired in June.

And she has told the Courier of her joy at returning to her old school.

Speaking to the Courier, she said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be back here. I'm a past pupil of the school so it's like I have come back full circle all these years later.

"I'm so excited to be here. We had an impromptu meeting of the Student Council on my first day and the children are very excited and we have great plans for the school." Clintyclay has been under threat of closure for a number of years and the decision to appoint a new principal is seen as a very positive sign for the school's future.

And Mrs Hampsey says she is hoping to help usher in a bright future for the rural school, which is seeing a steady increase in numbers again this year.

"The school is at risk of closure and it is still under judicial review, but we are very positive.

"The numbers have gone up again and we have seven new Primary 1 pupils, five in the reception class and we have already had a pupil switching over to Clintyclay from another school and have had a few more enquiries in that regard.

"The fact the CCMS appointed me as principal is being taken by everyone in the Clonmore area as a very positive move for the school's future." Mrs Hampsey has spent the past 15 years teaching at Holy Trinity Primary School in Cookstown, where she held the role of a senior teacher, having previously worked in Australia and Dublin.

In addition to her duties as principal, she will also be acting as a Key Stage 2 teacher.

And Mrs Hampsey says she is hoping to build up the profile of the school in a very positive manner.

She says: "Clintyclay has always been known as an award-winning school and I think it will in the near future be known for the same again.

"If you expect much, you'll achieve much and I'm hoping I can make a positive impact but it'll be easy with the parents and pupils and staff here."

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