The new principal of Carrick-on-Suirâ€™s Presentation Primary School has vowed to continue the good work of her predecessor Sr Veronica Casey, who retired last month.
Valerie Slattery took over as principal of the 18-teacher primary school at the start of the new academic year earlier this month and has paid tribute to the Schoolâ€™s parents, students, teaching staff and people of Carrick for the welcome they have given her.
â€œI have met with many different agencies in the town and I am very excited about working with the people of Carrick-on-Suir and continuing on the good work of my predecessor Sr Veronica,â€ she told The Nationalist.
The Presentationâ€™s 300 students are settled back to their studies, and Ms Slattery reports they enjoyed an All-Ireland celebration day at the school after the recent big match.
The school has achieved an impressive five Green Flags for its environmental awareness campaigns and the new principal plans to continue the schoolâ€™s involvement in the scheme.
Ms Slattery is a native of Killarney, Co. Kerry and one of six daughters of Timmy and Kathleen Buckley. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Studies from UCC and a post-graduate in Primary Education from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. She also completed a Masters in Education at UCC in 2008.
The mother-of-two, who lives in Clonmel, spent the first five years of her career at Scoil Chormaic in Cashel where she worked with children with mild learning difficulties as well as children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and was also involved in the training of childcare workers. She moved to the Presentation Primary School in Clonmel in 2006 and taught a range of classes there until her appointment as principal of Carrick-on-Suir Presentation Primary School this summer.