‘Best teacher’ steps up to principal role

LAURA Gormley may be new to the role of principal at St Eugene’s PS, but to the pupils of the Victoria Bridge school she is already one of their best ever teachers.

Taking over the reins from Gavin Gallagher, Laura will become St Eugene’s new head teacher on September 1.

With over ten years teaching under her belt, five-and-a-half of it at St Eugene’s the new principal knows exactly what it is which makes this school so special. Having made such an impression with the school community Laura was nominated for the Best Primary School


Teacher category in the Families First NI awards, a title she was delighted to win in 2017.
Miss Gormley (33) explained, “I am absolutely delighted and incredibly privileged to be appointed as the new principal of St Eugene’s. It is such a fantastic place to work and to be taking the reins at such an excellent and well respected school is just a dream come true.

“I attended a small rural primary school myself and these types of schools hold a special place in my heart as the quality of provision and pastoral care small schools offer is incredible.

“St Eugene’s is a ‘home from home’ for our children, where the dedicated staff and governors work tirelessly to ensure that the interests of the children always come first, where there is a child-centred approach and pastoral care paves the way for how we treat each other, behave and make decisions.”

Speaking about her hopes for the future Miss Gormley explained, “My goal is to build upon the strong foundations that exist within St Eugene’s and I must acknowledge the previous principals for their years of work and dedication, particularly Bridget Devine and Gavin Gallagher who I have had the experience of learning so much from in my time at the school already. I know I have big boots to fill in taking up my appointment.

“I am aware that there will be challenges along the way, the education system as a whole is facing tremendous pressure with regard to school finances. I firmly believe that we as a school community are well-placed to meet the challenges that come our way, as together we share the common goal of wanting what is best for our children.

“One of the things I love about working in St Eugene’s is the strong sense of community, I have always been made feel welcome and supported by the parents and wider community who back in 2017 nominated me for Best Primary School Teacher, which I then went on to win thanks to the incredible support I received.

“I know our families and pupils all very well and in September I will have taught every class within the school, in fact the primary seven children were my first P1 class at St Eugene’s when I started,” she explained.

“The future is certainly bright for St Eugene’s and I look forward to welcoming many more children and families through the doors in the years ahead.”

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