HRH The Duchess of Gloucester today visited Fleming Fulton School where, as Patron, she opened a new Home Economics facility. Her Royal Highness became Patron in 1987 and takes a keen interest in the development of the school and has visited the premises on a number of occasions.
Fleming Fulton School opened in 1957 and prides itself on the comprehensive package of education, care therapy and medical services it provides for around 150 children and young people. Pupils with physical disabilities come from all parts of Northern Ireland.
On arrival HRH was greeted by Sir Nigel Hamilton KCB DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast.
Her Royal Highness, accompanied by the School Principal, Mr Jeremy Taylor, met representatives of the Board of Governors and examined the plans of the new school playground and viewed the proposed site.
In the Primary One classroom HRH met Mrs Barbara Boyd, Primary Teacher along with classroom assistants and a number of pupils aged five to six years engaged in classroom activities.
In the Home Economics facility HRH met Mrs Mura Kennedy and Mrs Catherine Foster, Home Economics teachers and a number of pupils engaged in Home Economics and cookery activities.
In the Main Hall HRH viewed pupils performing a short musical piece from “The Wizard of Oz” and watched a short film entitled “Class Clowns” directed by Year 8 pupils for the 2010 Teaching Awards. After the performance HRH went on to meet Mrs Nora O’Baoill, Art Teacher, and the pupils who produced the film.
After a few words of welcome from Mr Taylor, HRH was invited to unveil a plaque to commemorate the visit and the opening of the Home Economics facility. Daniel Wake, a post-16 programme pupil, then presented HRH with a gift of a framed print produced by himself for his GCSE Art & Design examination.
Marking the end of the engagement HRH accepted an invitation from Matthew Smyth, former Head Boy, and Chloe Halligan Head Girl, to cut a celebration cake.