Friday 23 August 2019

Popular principal retires

Margaret Roddy

Dromiskin native Jim McKenna retired recently as the hugely popular principal of St Kevin's National School, Philipstown.

Jim attended St. Peter's N.S, Dromiskin, and De La Salle College, Dundalk before studying primary teaching at Coláiste Mhuire Oiliúna, Marino, Dublin.

He began his teaching career in Scoil Bhríde National School, Dunleer where he taught before taking up the role of principal of St. Kevin's N.S, Philipstown in 2005. During his time as principal, pupil enrolment at the Philipstown school has practically doubled.

A dedicated and dynamic teaching principal, Jim was highly respected by pupils, teaching staff and parents alike. He oversaw many changes in the school throughout his career including a new extension which more than doubled the size of the school. In addition, the playgrounds have been completely revamped. The holistic development of the pupils, the collaborative style of his leadership with the staff and the involvement of the wider community were always the centre of his focus as principal. Jim acknowledges the huge support he received from the Boards of Management, Parents' Associations, the teaching staff, parents, pupils and St. Kevin's G.A.A. club.

He has a keen interest in all Gaelic sports and he fielded many successful teams from the school over the years. The success of the St. Kevin's N.S. quiz teams in many local and regional competitions over the years was also due to the interest and encouragement which he gave to the pupils.

His contribution to education has been much appreciated by the communities of Philipstown and Dunleer.

The staff, pupils and parents of St. Kevin's National School wish him well in his retirement.

He is succeeded by Mrs Amanda Rowland who will take up her new position as principal in September 2019.

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