As part of our 125th anniversary celebrations in June 2023 we dusted off our archive material and shared some highlights in an exhibition in North Down Museum. If you are a past pupil, your mother, grandmother, great grandmother attended Glenlola and have a special artefact or precious part of the uniform packed away, and you would be interested in donating it to the school archive for future exhibitions, then we would dearly love to hear from you! Please get in touch if you have anything of interest.


During the substantial archiving exercise, an oral archive was produced in which former staff, pupils and friends of the school were given the opportunity to talk about their memories of Glenlola Collegiate.

The full interviews can be accessed via the links below.


Richard Finlay – former Principal


Moya Gibson – former prep and GCS pupil and Head of PE 


Linda McCombe – former English teacher and Head of English Department


Israel Abernethy – former Head of Spanish.


Jennifer Bell – former prep and GCS pupil, Music teacher and Head of Middle School


Anne McClelland – former English teacher




Lorna Monroe – in 33rd and final year of teaching at GCS and Michael Shanks – in 40th and final year of teaching at GCS.


Ruth Cousins – in 34th year of teaching at GCS.



Carol Fitzsimmons MBE – former pupil and current Chief Executive Young Enterprise NI


Joan Smyth CBE – former Chair and Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission [1992-1999],  Chair the Board of the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company, responsible for all public transport in NI [1999-2007], appointed to the Board of the All-Ireland body developing the electric grid [2007-2016].


Suzanne Hamilton – former Head Girl 2010-2011.


Emma Whitford – former pupil 1991-1997, current teacher of Geography.


Lindsey Finch – former pupil, Study Supervisor and temporary Geography teacher [maternity cover]



Ivan Thompson – former Head of the PTA, former Chair of BOG, current BOG member.