THE NEW crest and motto for the Enniskillen Royal Grammar School have been finalised, with preparations intensifying ahead of the opening of the new school in September.
A range of decisions were taken by the interim board of governors (IBOG) of the new school last Wednesday, including the ratification of former Collegiate head Elizabeth Armstrong as principal designate. Feedback from both schools has been considered by the board and will be fed into a revised management structure.
The new crest, which incorporates elements of both the Potora and Collegiate crests and features one of Fermanagh’s most famous landmarks, and motto were also decided upon.
“The crown represents the royal status, which has been retained, whilst the laurels are a symbol of excellence. The colours of gold and red are taken from the former school colours,” said a spokesperson for the IBOG, who added it also featured the 16th century Enniskillen Castle. “The school motto is Perstare et Praestare, meaning to persevere and to excel.’”
The IBOG has also appointed a supplier for the new school uniform, with SD Kells selected as the stockists.
The spokesman added work was continuing to on subject options and structure: “The members of senior leadership teams in each school are continuing to meet to agree on the structure for the school day and the allocation of time given to each subject at each Key Stage.
“Key Stage 4 subject options have been agreed and Year 10 students will receive this information very shortly. Work is continuing on an A Level subject folder which will go to print after the Easter holidays.”
Meanwhile, an agenda has been compiled for a joint staff development day on March 23, as staff from Potora and Collegiate prepare for the opening of the new school on September 1 with the Year Eight intake.
Initially both boys and girls will be taught on the Collegiate site, with existing library services continuing on each campus, while a planning application has been submitted for the provision of additional toilets and changing facilities on each site and scoping exercises have been carried out in relation to a dual site telephone system and the provision of lockers.
The IBOG previously confirmed the new school will admit 130 pupils into year 8 and will have an enrolment of 990 pupils for 2016/2017. The long-term enrolment for the school has been set at 900 pupils.
The location of the new school building has yet to be confirmed.
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Posted: 1:00 pm March 19, 2016