Newmarket National School hosted an open night to celebrate the retirement of the esteemed teacher, Mrs. Breda Dunphy, and officially open a new classroom. The evening commenced with mass led by Father Liam Cassin, setting a tone of gratitude and reflection.
Principal Ms. Margo Brennan extended a warm welcome to parents, past pupils, neighbours, and friends, who had gathered to celebrate Mrs. Breda Dunphy’s long-serving career. Ms. Brennan expressed heartfelt congratulations to Mrs. Dunphy on her well-deserved retirement, acknowledging her unwavering dedication to nurturing young minds throughout the years.
Mrs. Teresa Broderick, chairperson of the Board of Management, took the stage to express gratitude on behalf of the school community. She thanked Mrs. Dunphy for her commitment to the pupils and the invaluable contributions she made during her tenure on the Board of Management. As a token of their appreciation for her outstanding service, parents presented Mrs. Dunphy with flowers and a gift.
Mrs. Broderick went on to express gratitude to all those involved in the planning, construction, and finishing of the new classroom. She emphasized the collaborative effort that brought the project to fruition and acknowledged the dedication of everyone who contributed to creating a remarkable learning environment.
Principal Margo Brennan conveyed her delight at the newly unveiled facilities, emphasizing the endless opportunities they would provide to the students of the area. Ms. Brennan underscored how the enhanced learning environment would empower students, allowing them to develop their skills, nurture their talents, and become leaders of the future. She extended a special thank you to Joe and Niamh Nolan, the nearest neighbours, for their unwavering support throughout the project.
The open night also showcased the students’ remarkable achievements. Pupils from the senior classes presented a wonderful project on local heritage sites, showcasing their knowledge and dedication. As a testament to their artistic talents, a mural created by the students in collaboration with local artist Sheila Jordan was unveiled, adorning the outside walls of the school.
Mr. John Paul Phelan, TD delivered a compelling speech on the importance of education in shaping the future. Acknowledging the collective effort and vision behind the new extension, Mr. Phelan had the honour of cutting the ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the state-of-the-art classroom.
Refreshments were provided, allowing guests to mingle and reminisce about their own school days. Amidst the laughter and shared stories, plans for the future were also discussed. Principal Margo Brennan revealed the school’s exciting next step – the construction of an outdoor classroom, a unique space that would provide students with new opportunities for learning and exploration.