The end of term marks a special milestone in the lives of two highly esteemed colleagues, as Mrs Marion Hammond and Mr Jim McCavery celebrate their retirement from teaching after long and dedicated careers in Portadown College. Together, they have deservedly earned the unqualified respect and highest regard of students, staff and parents alike through their considerable contributions to the curricular and extra-curricular life of the College.
Marion’s association with the school can be traced back to the late 1960s, when she joined PC in first year in what was then an 11 – 18 institution. Returning to PC as a teacher in 1980, Marion went on to demonstrate her exemplary skills of leadership and collegiality as Head of Maths and subsequently Senior Teacher. A consummate professional, she has demonstrated the highest standards through her participation in many aspects of College life, including her dedicated service to our charity organisation, Lifeline.
Like Marion, Jim joined the College in 1980, fulfilling the posts of teacher of Spanish and French, as well as Year Head. A passionate linguist and dedicated teacher, he is also renowned for the care and compassion which he brought to his pastoral role in College. From the classroom to the cricket pitch, Jim’s career has epitomised loyalty and commitment to PC.
Together, Marion and Jim embody the ethos of PC, Fortiter and Humaniter. As a College community, we extend to each our sincerest wishes for a healthy, happy and fulfilling retirement.