Colleague recalls contribution to school life

The Late Jim Arbuckle
The Late Jim Arbuckle

Recalling the contribution made by the late Jim Arbuckle to the life of Faughan Valley High School, colleague and friends Gardiner Mitchel said Mr Arbuckle started working in Faughan Valley High School in 1977 as a member of the craft and design department, specialising in metalwork.

“He was also heavily involved in coaching the school’s soccer teams,” said Mr Mitchell.

“School metalwork was generally a male subject at the time and could be quite a hazardous environment for both pupils and teacher. When you entered his room there was the constant sound of hammering, grinding and the smell of the forge as pupils heated metal to red hot.

“Many boys had their first introduction to metalwork through Jim and he helped shape numerous careers.

“As the years progressed much of the more dangerous elements were taken out of the subject and it became craft, design and technology.

“He became Head of Department until 2001 when he took early retirement to work for the teaching union NASUWT after 34 years service in the school.”