End of an era as “inspirational” St Paul’s Principal prepares to retire

October 7, 2013

St Paul’s High School in Bessbrook is approaching the end of an era as the man who steered it to record exam results and led its transformation into an “open, creative learning environment” prepares to step down.

With the school actively inviting applications for the role of Principal to begin on 1st January 2014, it is understood that local champion of comprehensive education, Oliver Mooney, will retire at the end of this year.

The highly revered Principal has been the driving force behind the success of the school since he took over the helm eleven years ago.  In 2010, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the educational system in Northern Ireland, he received the “Principal of the Year” award, one of the most prestigious, awards granted to members of the teaching profession.

As St Paul’s approaches the end of an amazing era with this exceptional leader at its helm, hopes are high that a worthy successor will be appointed to continue and build on the impressive legacy of Mr Mooney.