For over 30 years, teacher Breege McAndrew served with distinction as a member of staff at St Nicholas’ Special School in Ballina.
Friday, October 2 marked Breege’s final day at the school and staff, parents, pupils (past and present) and Board of Management members pulled out all the stops to celebrate her retirement and make her last day on the job a special and memorable one.
With Covid-19 social distancing requirements preventing many people from attending in person, the day began with an avalanche of good wishes for Breege on the school’s messaging groups, followed by the presentation of gifts from staff and pupils in acknowledgment of Breege’s outstanding teaching career.
Breege made a presentation herself of a beautiful wooden bench, hand made by singer Robert Mizzell, to the students.
There was music and tasty refreshments throughout the day thanks to Michelle’s Bakery and local musicians Lorna McGuinness (flute), Clare Dunne (concertina) and Niamh McGowan (fiddle).
Speaking on behalf of the school community, Oliver Rouse, chairperson of St Nicholas’ SS Board of Management, congratulated Breege on her retirement and acknowledged her distinguished contribution to the school across all aspects:
“We thank her sincerely for her dedication and boundless service to pupils and staff of St Nicholas’ school.
“Breege’s sincerity and commitment to her pupils’ education and well-being was precious. Her commitment in time – in fact, years – has served us well as she has been to the forefront of many of the positive progressive developments of St Nicholas’ School.”