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Sunday 20 January 2019

Fond memories galore at Sue's send-off

During her decade as college principal Sue helped students reach their full potential

Sue Barrett at her party to mark her retirement as principal of Kennedy College. Here she is pictured with members of staff who were there when Sue first became principal. Front: Jim O’Connor, Tom Dunlop, Sue Barrett and Pat Murphy. Back: Maurice O’Connor and Pat Lynch
Sue Barrett at her party to mark her retirement as principal of Kennedy College. Here she is pictured with members of staff who were there when Sue first became principal. Front: Jim O’Connor, Tom Dunlop, Sue Barrett and Pat Murphy. Back: Maurice O’Connor and Pat Lynch
Sue Barrett at her party in the Brandon House Hotel to mark her retirement as principal of Kennedy College

David Looby

Past and present staff of Kennedy College met for a very enjoyable evening in the Brandon House Hotel to mark the occasion of the recent retirement of Suzanne (Sue) Barrett from Kennedy College after 36 years in education.

Many fond memories were recalled and laughed about as past and present staff mingled and reminisced over the long and eventful career Sue has had in Kennedy College, formerly New Ross Vocational College.

Deputy Principal Dominic Hearne spoke of the great relationship Sue enjoyed with staff, and how well they had worked together over the years and the pleasure it had been to work alongside her.

Sue spoke of the great welcome she received when she first came to New Ross and how this was a deciding factor in her remaining and developing her career in the Barrowside town.

Having began teaching PE and Maths in 1982 in what is referred to as the Old School in Mary Street, which then moved to the new premises in Stephensland, Sue said she enjoyed her teaching career very much over the 36 years, adding that her life's work revolved around encouraging and challenging students to reach their full potential and move forward in life.

Many changes have occurred over these years, not only in New Ross and in education, but also in Kennedy College and Sue oversaw many of these especially during her tenure of ten years as principal. She saw the college change its name to Kennedy College, the introduction of the JCSP programme, the installation of a new roof, new offices and new classrooms, as well as many changes in programmes and methods and new approaches in teaching and learning.

Dominic made a presentation on behalf of staff to Sue and wished her, John, and their family every health and happiness in her retirement.

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