16th August, 2017.
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
As the new school year approaches, I want to take this opportunity to bid you a fond farewell and to thank you sincerely for your support and kindness during our time working together.
As you may already know, earlier this summer, I accepted a position with the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools. This is the Management Body working with, and on behalf of the 96 community and comprehensive schools across the country and I will be taking up the position as Assistant General Secretary of the organisation in late August.
While I am delighted to be afforded this opportunity by the Board of Management, I am also very sad to be leaving Ashbourne Community School which has been my “home” for the last 22 years. I started in the school in 1995 as a classroom teacher of English and Business Studies before taking on the role of Deputy Principal in 1998. In 2003, I became Principal of the school and have remained in that position for the last 14 years.
During my time as Principal I have been very privileged to work closely with a hugely supportive Board of Management and a wonderful Parent Teacher Association both of whom work tirelessly on behalf of the whole school community.
Throughout the years, I have seen the school grow and flourish into a fine establishment with a reputation across the country that is second to none. Our students are afforded every opportunity to be the best that they can be and this is no mean feat. The school is well recognised as progressive and modern in its approach to all aspects of education.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you, the parents and guardians, for your spirit of partnership and your recognition that to do the best for our children we must sometimes challenge them to be the best version of themselves. I want to pay tribute to all the staff who work with your children daily and to also pay tribute to the students themselves who attend our school and give of their best every day. I will miss the morning’ meeting and greeting sessions and the smiles seen on the corridor throughout each school day. Most of all, I will miss the many friendships and the rich camaraderie which is so evident in our school and which is the foundation of all the positive learning experiences which occur in the school on a daily basis.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Susan on her appointment as Principal of the school and to wish Susan and the school community all the best in the years ahead. I have no doubt with Susan at the helm only bigger and better achievements lie ahead!
Áine O’ Sullivan