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Tribute paid to Dingwall Academy deputy heads 'who will be hugely missed'

By Hector MacKenzie

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Mario Di Carlo and Douglas MacIntosh.
Mario Di Carlo and Douglas MacIntosh.

A LONG-SERVING deputy head familiar to generations of Dingwall school pupils has joked about how he came to decide when to retire from a job he has loved.

Retiring Dingwall Academy depute head teacher Mario Di Carlo never regretted his decision to move north from his native Ayrshire at an early stage in his career and has a wealth of good memories to look back on since joining Ross-shire's biggest secondary back in 1989.

He said: "When you start teaching the grandchildren of pupils you taught, it’s maybe time to go!"

Also retiring at the end of last term was fellow depute head Douglas MacIntosh.

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Both men were long serving members of staff at Dingwall Academy and well-known across Ross-shire.

A former pupil of Alness Academy, Douglas MacIntosh arrived at Dingwall Academy back in 1985 as a fresh faced, newly qualified probationer. He spent time teaching in a number of Ross-shire schools before returning to Dingwall in 1999 as principal teacher of physical education and was promoted to the post of depute head in 2012.

A strong advocate for extra-curricular activities, he was involved in school basketball, athletics and football across the north of Scotland.

Mr Di Carlo Di Carlo taught craft and design, maths and computing before being appointed to the post of principal teacher of guidance. In 2002, he was promoted to depute head. Her has been involved in wide range of school activities including drama, Rock Challenge, trips to France and Germany, and ski trips to Italy and the USA.

Rector Karen Cormack said both men "have given a huge amount to the school and will be very much missed".

She said: Hundreds of young people have benefited from their enthusiasm and commitment, so many people will have amazing memories because of the opportunities and experiences provided by them.The whole school community wish them well for long, happy and healthy retirements."

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