Portadown College says fond farewell to much loved teachers upon their retirement.

Lynda Francis started life in Portadown College in September 1979 and little did she know that the next 37 years of her life would be spent here at PC.

Lynda has been involved in all the school performances with Mrs Hewitt, Daphne Gilmore, Diane Kane, Philip Moore, Pauline Curry, Miriam Nelson and Claire Press and the play became a highlight of her year.  There were many memorable occasions including the production at the town hall and of course the night that the electricity went off in Juno and the Paycock.

Lynda has epitomised the ethos and extra-curricular life of PC, from her involvement in the school play, Lifeline charity events and Scripture Union, to her support of music concerts and carol services.

Mark Smyth came to Portadown College in 1991 from the Boys’ Model, taking on the role of Head of Physics from 2002 – 2012.

Mark was similarly committed to the whole life of the college, helping David Henderson with the ATC including summer camp at RAF Buchan in Scotland. He ran the Fishing Club at PC for several years and with great success, and served on the Board of Governors.

Portadown College welcomed Miriam Nelson in 2004, initially to cover English and RE, but more permanently as a French and Spanish teacher, who later transferred her love of Drama to the classroom, teaching GCSE Drama, with her class of 2015 achieving all A and A* grades.

Miriam has loved every aspect of school life, as wardrobe manager for the school play and her performances  at Lifeline events, most memorably as Cilla Black.

The school motto Fortiter et Humaniter certainly sums up all three as they  completed everything they did for the college with courage and courtesy and Portadown College will truly miss them.

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