Last Saturday we had a very special evening when we celebrated Mrs Lyons’ retirement in Anglesboro Church and Community Hall. Mrs Lyons has had a huge impact on the area teaching in Anglesboro N.S. for over 10 years, 8 of which were as Principal and she has taught in Knockadea for many years before that. It was great to see so many past pupils, parents, and teachers who worked with Mrs lyons throughout the years present to acknowledge the massive impact she had on their lives. Between the 2 schools hundreds of children have passed through Mrs Lyons’ hands. Fr Kelly always makes our school celebrations special and this was no different. The mass coincided with the ‘Do This in Memory of Me’ programme which prepares 2nd class for First Holy Communion. Margaret Anne McGrath expertly led the school children in the choir. A few of the children also read out pieces they had written thanking Mrs Lyons for all she has done for the school (which you can read below). The mass concluded with a presentation to Mrs Lyons from Maura Treacy the Chairperson of Anglesboro N.S. before the children performed a guard of honour down through the aisle singing ‘Go now in peace’ as Mrs Lyons left the church. Outside the church the Parents Association had organised for members of the Liam Lynch pipe band to play the bagpipes as celebrations moved to the Community hall. Here we enjoyed refreshments as well as the musical talents of Mitchelstown Comhaltas. Some of the children even joined in with their tin whistles. It was a very enjoyable night. On behalf of everyone in the school I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ann for her years of hard work and dedication to Anglesboro N.S. I wish her a very long, happy, and healthy retirement and I hope that she will continue to visit us in Anglesboro N.S. and continue to offer her support and guidance.
Mrs Lyons had a huge impact on our school. She changed our school for the better. She got us the sports hall which was a huge addition to our school. 10 years of teaching is a very long time. She deserves more than a break. She was a great teacher, that’s why she became Principal here so quick. She taught so many people who went onto greater things. She deserves retirement but it was still sad to see one of our favourite teachers go. Anglesboro will miss Mrs Lyons. (By Sean Walsh)
Dear Mrs Lyons,
First of all, I would like to thank you for being a great teacher to me. When I first came into your classroom I was scared because I was moving into the Principals classroom, but you made it so easy for me. We would like to thank you for the changes you made to our school such as the P.E. hall, the special needs room, and the interactive whiteboards. You taught us Irish brilliantly and the amount of new Irish words I learned from you was amazing. The funniest memory I have was when you put a permanent marker on the white board, and when we got the majority of it off, the rest of the whiteboard was pink. Mrs Lyons has been a great teacher. Thanks Mrs Lyons for some great years. (By Paddy English)
Last year I had Mrs Lyons. It was a great year. Mrs Lyons changed the school so much she deserves a big thank you from all of the pupils. I have some funny memories from last year. Once Roisin was sent to get Mrs lyons bag from the hall. Her coat was also in the hall and Roisin came back with Mrs Lyons coat on. Mrs Lyons loved Irish. She has us prepared for our Irish Junior Cert. Every morning we did about an hour and a half of Irish. Sometimes after that we would do Irish poems. She also loved gardening. Last year we planted potatoes and flowers. There was a variety of flowers that we planted. We were all so sad to see Mrs Lyons go. Now Mrs Lyons can spend more time in her own garden. Thank you Mrs Lyons for being a great teacher and Principal in Anglesboro N.S. (By Ali Quane)
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