Wallace High School Technology and Design Teacher Mr David Loney retired this week following a thirty year career at the school. David joined Wallace High directly following his graduation from Stranmillis College in 1973. In his time at Wallace he has seen many changes to his specialist subject area, “Thirty years ago Technology was a skills-based, practical subject but over the past three decades I’ve seen it evolve dramatically. it now has an experimental and scientific core.
New innovations on equipment have made quite a difference too; for example our Technical Drawing used to be done by hand but now we teach Computer Aided Design.”
David has had a busy time in the school, helping out with set design and prop making for school productions and being heavily involved in the Sixth Form Liberal Studies Enrichment Programme, taking particular responsibility for Traffic Education and First Aid Training.
Indeed, David’s First Aid work was invaluable at school spotting events and his work with the St John Ambulance has been outstanding.
He has been involved with the organisation for many years and in that time has acted as Cadet Leader in Lisburn and Deputy Commisioner for the Belfast Area. Looking back on his time in Wallace, David has many fond memories, “It’s great hearing from past pupils, especially when they tell you that career choices have been made because of your subject.
Looking after Lost Property in Walalce has also given me some great laughs – it always seems to be one shoe which ends up in the Lost Property Office – I wonder how pupils can mange to get home with just one shoe on! I also remember one occasion when a boy came to collect his cricket whites only at the start of the new season, almost a year after mislaying them!”
David is now looking forward to spending time with his family, having a relaxing autumn holiday and taking the opportunity of catching up with DIY which he hasn’t had time for during his busy career.
The entire school community wish him a long and happy retirement.
Last modified: February 24, 2016