St Peter’s High School Principal Martin Bowen is calling on former members of staff and others to attend a function to mark the closure of the institution.
The Creggan school is to officially close after 42 years on August 31 this year. Principal Martin Bowen has called for anyone who worked in the school or has a close association with it to attend a farewell party in the Tower Hotel on March 1. “The event is aimed at former teaching staff, governors, caretakers, cleaning staff or anyone else who worked in or closely with the school during its history. We’ve tried to contact everyone but if there are people we haven’t contacted we’d like them to contact us. Most of the tickets have been snapped up by now but there are still some available,” he said.
Mr Bowen is also keen to gather as many old photographs of the school in order to compile a nostalgic DVD presentation to be screened during the function.
“I’d appeal for anyone with old photographs from the school to get in touch as we’re making a DVD of pictures and video images. The photographs will be returned as soon as we have copied them.”
In addition a special open afternoon will be held in the school on May 3 to celebrate its four decades of education in Derry.
Mr Bowen, who has been at the school since it first opened on September 1, 1971, said he is set to retire when the institution closes. “I’m here 42 years as well, so my career is exactly the same age as the school. I’ll likely hang up my boots in September too.” Last year Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved a development proposal outlined in the Strategic Report of the NI Commission for Catholic Education (NICCE) to close the school.