End of an era at Newtown school
THE END of an era was reached in Newtownmountkennedy on Friday night with the retirement of Maureen McDermott after 34 years of teaching.
She began her teaching career in St. Bridget’s Girls School where she taught junior infants for many years before taking on sixth class pupils. In 2004 she became the home school coordinator and was present when the two primary schools in Newtown recently amalgamated.
A mass celebrating her contribution to the local community was held firstly on Friday before everyone was invited back to the junior school building for a reception in Maureen’s honour.
The board of management presented her with a laptop computer and the parents gave her a shopping voucher for the Dundrum Shopping Centre.
Children at the school put plenty of thought into their presentation, a framed 1974 front page of the Irish Times from the exact day she first started teaching.
Maureen plans to continue her tireless work for St. Vincent de Paul and in her retirement also hopes to spend more time with family members based overseas.
Sharon Coster presents Maureen McDermott with a gift to mark her retirement after 34 years.