Teachers receive kind wishes as they retire
Friends and colleagues past and present gathered in the Glenview Hotel recently to celebrate the retirement of Maria DeCourcy and Catherine Higgins from St Mary's College Arklow. Catherine and Maria retired from St Mary's in June but were delighted to be reunited with colleagues and retired staff for a night of celebration and nostalgia as they looked back on the wonderful careers of the two gifted teachers who gave so many years of service to St Mary's.
Maria DeCourcy began her teaching career at St Mary's in 1979 and since then has inspired so many girls to follow her example and pursue Home Economics teaching as a career.
Her colleagues described her as being 'a teacher of the highest standard and always kind, generous and supportive'.
While Maria held various Posts of Responsibility, in more recent years she served as a Year Head and was regarded by her students as being fair and compassionate, always there to listen and pushing them to do their best.
Catherine Higgins arrived in St Mary's in 1981 and took up her position as Business, Accounting and Maths teacher.
She spent many happy years in those departments but also spent a few years in Zimbabwe, returning to teaching in 1991, a time of great curricular change, all of which Catherine embraced.
She became a valuable member of the LCVP team when it was introduced to the school and also served as a Year Head for many years.
Her colleagues valued her no-nonsense approach, her sincerity and her generosity and she was commended for bringing humour and her own particular brand of wisdom to whatever was going on in her departments.
Both Maria and Catherine spoke warmly of their time in St Mary's paying particular tribute to the Mercy Sisters during their speeches after which they were presented with flowers and a gift from the staff who wished them both a long and very happy retirement.