Letter from Tommy Brennan

Letter to parents

Dear Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to a wide number of people as I retire from Scoil Nioclais Naofa after 23 years. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge my colleagues in retirement, Brigid Barrett and Geraldine Whyte. Both have longer service than I in Scoil Nioclais Naofa and they will be sorely missed. Brigid was the front of house for the school and was often the point of contact for parents. Her efficiency, good humour and compatibility made her an ideal secretary. Geraldine was an excellent class teacher, very thorough and conscientious, who always put the needs of the children to the forefront of her teaching. She also led our Green Schools efforts over the years resulting in numerous Green Flags being awarded to the school.

I was delighted that Michael Moran was appointed as principal. He always worked in the best interests of the school and will continue to do so over the coming years. I have been blessed in my time in Dunlavin to have been surrounded by an excellent staff. Their commitment to the job is second to none and their professionalism, endeavour and enthusiasm is of the highest standard. I will miss their camaraderie but our friendship will endure forever.

I have also been blessed with the parents in our school community. As teachers, our job relies heavily on the support and back up of parents and we get that in spades. From driving children to matches, to preparing refreshments after sacraments, our parents have always been willing to help out in any way. There is a level of trust between staff and parents and long may this continue. I thank all the parents who have been involved for our Parents Association and Boards of Management. I thank all the parents who volunteered for reading in school, for our Green Schools committee, who have fundraised etc…the list goes on.

Dunlavin may not be a big town but it has a huge heartbeat with its community spirit. There are some fabulous organisations and businesses in the town who were very supportive of our school during my time as principal. I also want to acknowledge the connection we have with the other schools in our town and to thank the principals and staff of both St. Kevins Community College and Jonathan Swift NS for their involvement in our school.

The Chairperson of our Board of Management is Fr. Douglas Malone. His predecessors in the parish, Fr. Michael Murphy, Fr. Tony Shaughnessy and Fr. Alex Conlan also assumed that role when they were in the parish. To a tee they were supportive of all our efforts and endeavours in school and facilitated any initiatives we wanted to get off the ground. I want to thank them all sincerely for their involvement in steering our school over the past 23 years.

Finally, I want to thank the wonderful children who attend and attended our school. I have taught in a number of settings but never experienced such pleasant and respectful children as those I encountered in Dunlavin. They are a credit to you all. When I was interviewed for the position of principal all those years ago I was asked to describe the ideal school in one word. Jokingly I said “Closed” but clarified my answer soon after and said “Happy”. I would give the same answer now if I was asked again and I hope that answer proved to be the case for all involved in our school since I arrived.

Tommy Brennan

19 2020
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19 2020
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22 2020
School closing for Christmas holidays at 12 noon
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