Kylemore College’s 50th anniversary celebrations opened at 11.30 today to a rousing musical ensemble followed by a welcome from the principal Deirdre Nolan and an address by CDETB CEO Jacinta Stewart. There followed presentations to nine long service teachers and seven students. Two students received presentations for special cultural achievements and three more for sports. Finally a presentation was made by chairperson and former student Cllr Vincent Jackson who spoke of the unique role the school plays in the community and his pride in the school going right back to his own days as a student.
Jacinta Stewart, who was speaking at her final formal engagement as CEO of CDETB, paid tribute to the students and staff for their faultless organising of a very special and moving event. She spoke of her great pride in Kylemore College which she described as an exceptional school. ‘Kylemore College has always had exceptional principals and staff both academic and administrative who make an excellent team and this school reflects this in every way. Your building is always beautiful and always welcoming. Students from this community are exemplary. Students don’t simply get a good academic grounding in this school – you receive an excellent grounding in cultural and sports activities’.
Ms Stewart went on to say, ‘Kylemore is three schools in one. You serve the community with second level, and with further and adult education and you serve an even wider community musically. The annual celebrations of Kylemore Music School at the National Concert Hall have been one of my favourite events annually’.
A group of staff and students both past and present and members of the community attended the celebration to honour this very special school on its 50th Anniversary.
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