Mr ÓhÓbáin held his last Assembly on Wednesday 28th of June at 11.00am in the school hall. The whole school assembled to wish Mr ÓhÓbáin well and to present him with some gifts and reminders of his work with us in Saint Mary’s.
Following prayers and readings for Mr ÓhÓbáin, read by a selection of pupils from many classes we sang one of his favourite Assembly Hymns, “We’re here Again” which got us off to a great start.
Mr ÓhÓbáin thanked everyone he had worked with during his 9 years with us and he was thanked in turn by the Chairman of the Board of management, Mr Pat O’Connor.
Pupils from many classes who had maintained 100% attendance during the school year were awarded with a lovely certificate.
Next,the Jack Barrett Awards were presented by Mrs Kate Barrett, to Amy Spratt and Michael O’Sullivan, two sixth class students who displayed the characteristics of hard work, friendship and respect we value in Saint Mary’s, throughout their time here.
The Chairperson of the Parents’Association, Johanne Maher, presented the Principal with a beautifully painted “Friendship Bench” as a reminder of Mr ÓhÓbáin’s big ideas of respect and care for each other.
The children presented Mr ÓhÓbáin with a garden centre voucher so he can buy something appropriate for his garden at home. They also presented him with a giant book of memories from each and every class. This included fond memories of Mr ÓhÓbáin and pictures drawn by the children. It is a lovely book.
During the ceremony, Sixth Class sang “Time of Your Life” with the words altered to wish Mr ÓhÓbáin well. The junior classes sang a lovely selection of Jolly Phonics songs spelling out Mr ÓhÓbáin’s name.
Finally, the entire school sang a rousing rendition of “The Dublin Saunter” as an acknowledgment of Mr ÓhÓbáin’s Dublin roots.
Then Sixth Class paraded through the hall for the last time and exited via their block to begin their well-earned Summer Holidays and the rest of their hopefully, happy and fulfilling lives. We wish them well.
The very last thing on the agenda and a tradition at this time of year in our school was when the pupils moved into their new positions in the hall, recognising their imminent transfer into their new class for next year! There was much excitement as everyone had a look at the hall from their new vantage point, looking forward to September and more exciting adventures!!!
It was a lovely celebration of Mr ÓhÓbáin’s time with us and we were delighted to be able to wish him well in his retirement.
Thank you, from all of us!