Royal Recognition for Bangor Academy Teachers

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Royal Recognition for Bangor Academy TeachersAcademy teachers, Dr Allison Gray (Science Dept.) and Mr Geoff Robinson (Technology Dept.), were each celebrating this month as they received separate royal recognition for their years of service to their local and school communities. 

Dr. Allison Gray, has been accepted into the Order of St. John as a Serving Sister for her years of dedication to the St John Ambulance Service. She received the  prestigious honour at an investiture and award ceremony at Belfast Castle. The award is personally sanctioned by Her Majesty, the Queen and recognises her years of dedication as a cadet and 12 years’ service as an adult. 

Dr Gray said:

"I am absolutely delighted to have been accepted into the Order of St John. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of my many roles in St John Ambulance and hope to inspire others to come along and give of their time to help their local community."

Meanwhile, Technology teacher, Geoff Robinson received his Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Long Service Award from HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh himself at a special ceremony at Hillsborough Castle - one of the last official engagements performed by the Duke of Edinburgh before his retirement. Geoff has clocked up fifteen years’ service for the school’s scheme; introducing hundreds of pupils to the core values of adventure, challenge and social contribution. Come rain, hail or shine, Mr Robinson never shies away from a camping trip! He received his award alongside the five latest Gold Award winners from Bangor Academy. 

Mr Robinson said;

“It was a very proud moment to be recognised by the Duke of Edinburgh for the work we do in Bangor Academy. It is only possible because of the great team of staff who give up their time so willingly for the scheme in school but we also have the support of parents and lots of hard work and commitment from our outstanding current and past pupils.”