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 Old Pupils Association








Mr David Kennedy, BDS


Senior Vice-President

Liz Weir, BA


Junior Vice-President

 Mr Peter Johnston, MEng


Honorary Treasurer

Mr James Perry, FCA, MSc, BSc (Econ)

261A Galgorm Road

Gracehill, Ballymena




Honorary Secretaries


Miss Hiliary Taylor, BA

47 TullymorePark



Mr John Healy, BA, MEd

9 Grange Road




Life Membership of the Association is £15 (£10 if joining within one year of leaving school).  An application form can be downloaded by clicking on the link Completed forms, together with the appropriate fee, should be sent to:- 

The Honorary Treasurer

Ballymena Academy Old Pupils' Association

c/o Ballymena Academy

Galgorm Road


BT42 1AJ

The annual magazine subscription is £5 (including postage).

Old Pupils’ Association ties (costing £10) may be obtained by contacting Hiliary Taylor at the Academy.

Old Pupils’ Association Committee Letter to Members 2011

We are delighted to confirm that the 2012 Gala Dinner Dance will be held in the Rosspark Hotel on Saturday 3 March  (7.30 pm for 8.00 pm).  Music will be provided by The Big Band Connection  Further information will be available shortly on the Old Pupil's website.

Rosspark Hotel was the venue for our Gala Dinner Dance on Saturday 5 March 2011.  In his opening remarks the President, Dr David Johnston, extended a very warm welcome to everyone present, particularly our guests at the top table - Mr and Mrs J Perry and Mr and Mrs R Hassard.  He was also pleased to welcome a group of Sixth Formers representing the Senior Prefects, Sixth Form Committee, 1st XI hockey and 1st XV rugby.  

David then paid a sincere tribute to former Principal, Mr Denis Jagoe, who was also an Honorary Life Vice-President of the Old Pupils' Association.  During the 21 years of his tenure, the school went from strength to strength and it was fitting that the Sixth Form Centre, opened in 2000, was named in his honour.  

David set the tone of the evening as he spoke warmly of his family's long association with Ballymena Academy and he considered it a particular honour to have been elected President of the Old Pupils' Association.  He recalled with fondness his own school days and, in particular, Mr Greenwood's Latin classes.  Extra-curricular activities had played a very important part during his time at the Academy and he had benefited from a trip to Malawi, as well as attending C.U. and the Debating Club and participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Gymnastics.

He congratulated current pupils on their many and varied successes in both curricular and extra-curricular activities, highlighting in particular the 18 top places gained in public examination, the long-awaited victory by the 1st XV in the Schools' Cup, the excellent school concert and the hugely entertaining school play.  David offered his warmest congratulations to Mr Hassard and his staff, who ensure the tradition of excellence, high achievement and holistic development continues.

In his concluding remarks David thanked all those who had contributed in any way to the organisation of the evening.

After dinner, a very successful raffle raised £560, due to the generosity of all our guests and sponsors.  Dancing to the excellent music of the Big Band 
Connection brought a most enjoyable evening to a close.

The W.H. Mol Assembly Hall was the venue for our Daffodil Tea held on Wednesday, 6 April, 2011.  After being welcomed by the Principal, Mr Hassard, the 200 guests enjoyed music by the Chamber Choir and a String Quartet.  The Head Girl, Emma Dawson, then recited Wordsworth's "Daffodils", followed by Year 9 pupil, Chess Law, reading her own poem "The Flowers of Heaven", specially commissioned for the occasion.  Miss Bassett rounded off the programme with a short outline of the ASHA Project and overview of the team's forthcoming visit to Delhi in October.  Everyone then enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea provided by Jane's Kitchen and served by members of the Delhi Team.  Almost £3,000 was raised for the ASHA Project, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of everyone present.

On the theme of sport, we are pleased to report that ten pupils gained representative honours.  Pride of place must to the Intermediate Girls' Tennis team, who won the Ulster School's Cup and to the Junior Boys' Golf team, who won the Ulster Schools' Junior Championship.  the U15 girls' and boys' Table Tennis teams were runners-up in their Ulster Schools' Cup Competitions.  In Hockey, the girls' 1st XI reached the quarter-final of the Senior Schools' Cup, while the U14A XI were semi-finalists in teh Junior Schools' Cup, losing on penalty strokes.  On the rugby field, the 1st XV won the Ulster Schools' Subsidiary Shield and the Medallion XV reached the quarter-final of the Shield Competition.  Provincial and national sporting successes were also achieved by individuals in athletics, cross-country, golf, hockey, rugby and showjumping.

Academic successes during the past year are once again worthy of note.  In 'A' level examinations 41 pupils each gained at least three A*/A grades and 83% of pupils achieved three or more grades A* - C.  Places in Northern Ireland were awarded as follows:- Sheenagh Aiken, join 2nd in French and joint 3rd in Physics; Adam Buick, joint 3rd in English Literature and 3rd in History; Kathryn Hamilton, joint 3rd in Physics; Sarah Houston, joint 3rd in Music; Katherine Hunter, 1st in Music; Jenna McCammon, joint 2nd in French; Sreelati Periketi, 3rd in Health & Social Care; Michael Walker, joint 2nd in English Literature.

At GCSE, 8 pupils each gained nine A* grades and a further 69 pupils each gained seven or more A*/A grade.  Places in Northern Ireland were awarded as follows:-  Craig Barkley, 1st in Construction; Tanya Bates, joint 3rd in English Literature, joint 2nd in Geography; Katie Fullerton, joint 2nd in French; Jack Gourley, 2nd in Construction; Rachel Herbison, joint 1st in French and 1st in Mathematics; Niall Kennedy, joint 2nd in French; Ross Lorimer, 3rd in Construction; Victoria Walsh, joint 3rd in Religious Studies (Short Course); Ashlea Whann, joint 1st in Religious Studies (Short Course).

We offer our warmest congratulations to all these pupils on their outstanding achievements.

In recognition of outstanding achievements, Old Pupils’ Association Medallions were awarded to Craig Barkley, Naomi Boon, Holly Fullerton, Hannah Henderson, Rachel Herbison, Jordan Hood, Katherine Hunter, Emma Kernohan and Ashlea Whann.

The School Magazine, published annually in June, gives a comprehensive report of all the school's activities.  The cost is £5.00 (including postage) and members wishing to receive a copy should apply to the Hon. Treasurer.  The Editor of “The Braid”, Mrs. Rosemary Coulter, would welcome any information you may have about the activities and successes of all former pupils.  You can e-mail us at info@balacademy.ballymena.ni.sch.uk.

We would like to take this opportunity to advertise some very attractive Old Pupils’ merchandise.  The Association Tie (£10) and a new Rugby Tie (£10) may be purchased through the School Office.  An Old Pupils’ Scarf (£20) may be purchased from Wallace’s (Tel. 028 2565 2577) and a Ladies’ Brooch (Silver - £55), (Gold - £175) is available fromCaldwell’s Jewellers (Tel. 028 2565 2810).  To view these items, please visit the O.P.A. section on the school’s website at http://www.ballymenaacademy.org.uk/Merchandise.aspx.

To help keep our database of Old Pupils’ addresses up to date, we would appreciate it if you would inform us of any change of address. 

Greetings and Good Wishes.

Yours sincerely,

Hiliary Taylor and John Healy (Hon Secretaries)