We are delighted to learn that one of the school’s Governors and former Warden, Mrs Jacqueline Weir, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Jacqueline has been a Governor in Belfast Royal Academy for 22 years and has served as Warden twice during this time. She received this award in recognition for her services to the community in North Belfast. Alongside her commitment to our school, Jacqueline is also Chair of the Board of Governors of Belfast Model School for Girls, Chair of the Board of Governors of Glenwood Primary School and heavily involved in St Matthew’s Church, Woodvale where she serves as the People’s Glebe Warden. In addition, Jacqueline has been a Girl Guide leader for over 45 years with the 41st Belfast pack and has held senior leadership roles within Ulster Girl Guides.
Jacqueline has served as a Governor and Warden with enthusiasm and expertise, willingly devoting many hours of her time each week to help make Belfast Royal Academy the outstanding school it is today. As a local woman and former pupil of our school, she recognises the power of education to transform lives and to provide young people, regardless of their community background, with the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Most importantly, Jacqueline values the importance of schools being fully integrated with their local communities and responding to current issues and demands.
This award is a fitting tribute to Jacqueline’s dedication to improving the lives of young people in North Belfast and is richly deserved. Congratulations Jacqueline – we are very proud of you!