To quote The Bard William Shakespeare –“parting is such sweet sorrow”. And that is what the pupils and staff of St John the Baptist Girls School felt on Thursday, June 26.
The school community bade farewell to Margaret White, deputy principal and sixth class teacher who is retiring after 39 years of dedicated service to the teaching profession.
In front of an assembled audience of invited guests, pupils and staff paid tribute to Mrs White and acknowledged the major contribution made by her to the school since she began teaching there 35 years ago. Among those present were members of the Board of Management, Parents Association and past pupils.
A very special welcome was extended to Mrs White’s three sons, Robert, Jonathan and Evan and to other members of the family.
The celebrations opened with a prayer service led by the school chaplain and Chairperson of the Board of Management, Fr. Tom Hearne. Mary Andrews, principal, paid tribute to Mrs White, thanking her for her dedication and commitment to the education of the children of Cashel. She commended her for her role as deputy principal and for her loyal friendship.
Grace O’Dwyer, from sixth class and member of the Student Council, presented Mrs White with a beautiful crib on behalf of the pupils of the school. Presentations were made by the Parent Association and by the Board of Management. Each class also presented Mrs. White with beautiful handmade cards.
Entertainment included the melodious singing of the school choir, poetry readings and reflections all interwoven with a comedy sketch from sixth class girls Eimear, Laura, Kate and Shauna. Afterwards Mrs. White and guests were treated to a beautiful meal in the school hall.
Agus mar focal scor, go mbeadh an t-ádh leat, Go mbeadh an grá leat, agus má bhionn an dá leat t-ádh leat.