Principal of Deele College Joe Boyle gets into the spirit.

Principal of Deele College Joe Boyle gets into the spirit.

George Best was in his debut season as a Manchester united player, The Beatles were sweeping through America and in the town of Raphoe, the doors of Deele College were opened for the very first time.

We never new former principal PJ McGowan was a Teddy Boy in the day!

We never new former principal PJ McGowan was a Teddy Boy in the day!

Yesterday, the staff and students of the school kicked off the 50th anniversary celebrations in some style, with a 1960’s themed parade through the town of Raphoe, before showcasing their talents to a packed Diamond.

There was a cacophony of noise and a vast array of resplendent colours, as the school community, both past and present, joined together for this fun filled day.

Some of the regalia on show included figures from the past, such as Muhammad Ali, JFK and John Lennon, while historical milestones from the era were also celebrated, such as the first lung transplant, the first MRI and the first colour television, showing just how far we have come in fifty years.

There were some brilliant performances at The Diamond from students, who sang, acted and recited poetry, while others ensured there were plenty of laughs with their eccentric outfits.Deele College 019

The event showed the hard work that the students are willing to put in outside the classroom, as well as inside.

Thanks to the students and staff, the day was a massive success and gave students the opportunity to take time out from their busy schedules, to celebrate a significant milestone in the school’s history.

The Student Council and members of staff from The Royal and Prior also attended the event and showed their support for the celebrations, illustrating the great working relationship that exists between the two schools.

A series of events has been organised for the anniversary and they will take place early next year. These events will bring together former students and former members of staff, where they will get the opportunity to reminisce about their days at the school.

The current students and members of staff are looking forward to showcasing the school and it is hoped that the 50th anniversary celebrations will live long in the memory.

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Rosaleen is having a 'Harte to Harte' with these two men in Raphoe.

Rosaleen is having a ‘Harte to Harte’ with these two men in Raphoe.

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