St Joseph’s Boys’ School new headmistress Ciara Deane will put pupils first, insists outgoing headmistress Martina McCarron.
Ms. Deane will take up her role at the start of the new school year in September, once Ms. McCarron has retired.
Martina McCarron, who has worked in the education sector for 32 years, is ending her outstanding career to spend more time with her family.
She says Mrs Deane’s promotion is well-deserved and assures both parents and pupils that her successor will have the children’s best interests at heart and will lead the way to help them progress in their education.
“The new Principal will be my current Vice Principal, Ms. Ciara Deane. It will be a smooth transition as she has worked alongside me for fourteen years.
“Ciara will put students first. She will bring a bit of innovation.
“She has worked alongside me as assistant director and has been an unwavering support throughout, especially during the pandemic years.
“Ciara is dedicated to this role, she is dedicated to St Joseph and has extensive experience as an English teacher and leading and managing our special needs offering. She has also served as Vice-Principal Pastoral for the past four years.
“So she will bring that experience, but also bring that ability to think outside the box, to try something different and always want to see what works best for the boys.
“Ciara is a lovely person – she is very kind, very outgoing and always has a smile on her face.
“I can’t wait to pass the baton to Ciara because she deserves it and I’m really, really thrilled for her.”
Ms McCarron announced her retirement earlier than expected and said the recent Covid pandemic had played its part in bringing forward her retirement date given the additional demands it has placed on her and St Joseph .
She added: “As far as my own departure goes, it’s definitely an early retirement. These two years have been long and difficult and I made the decision to look to the future and spend more time with my family.
“I have been in teaching for thirty-two years now and it has been a delight. It’s a hard job, so I would like to spend some time with my family and maybe do other things because, as I tell everyone, I never left school.
“I have always been in education if you include when I started in primary one until today as headmaster of St Joseph’s. I think it’s time for me to dedicate myself to something other than the school bell.
“The pandemic years probably accelerated my decision to retire. You have plans – like your school development plan – and everything was in place.
“But the pandemic meant that you had to completely rewrite the script – which I think St Joseph did well.
“I had a good team to help the school readapt to ever-changing guidelines amid the pandemic. My management team, staff and parents were excellent.
“Besides, the boys did what they had to do. When they needed to be in school, we had them in school.
“It was difficult for everyone, but as the decision maker, I was the one who had to keep up to date with all the guidelines, regulations and risk assessments. It was a difficult period.
“This year hasn’t been as intense as it used to be, but it’s (Covid) is still here and we’re trying to recover – like every school.
“I hope to have a little bit of rest. I want to travel a little next year _ I have planned some holidays.
“After that, I’m open to being involved in other projects – maybe ending up in education one way or another. I really want to spend some time doing my own thing.
“You have to be in school 24 hours a day. You can go home on the weekends, but you’re still ‘in school’ in your head because it’s ‘plan, plan, plan’ and ‘do. , to do “. I just want to “not plan” and “not do” and take whatever the day throws at me – in the short term anyway. »
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