November 21st – 24th 2017
The parish of Ballyphehane celebrated this year. Scoil Maria Assumpta was celebrating 60 years and we celebrated 50 years. We celebrated with the Presentation Sisters, who came to educate the children of Ballyphehane over 60 years ago. A team of representatives from both schools, the convent, the local CDP and past pupils, formed a committee, chaired by our own Ms. Catherine Mahon-Buckley, to mark this historic occasion. It was decided that we would celebrate in three ways:
1. We would publish a book of memories to mark this historic occasion.
2. We would have a celebratory Mass and Open Day, with a party afterwards, on Presentation Day (November 21st) and
3. Celebrate with past pupils, members of the parish and staff of both schools, with a dinner/dance on Friday November 24th.
Presentation Day Mass was celebrated at 11.30 a.m. Seven priests (all had connections with the parish) concelebrated Mass with Canon Murphy. The Lord Mayor, a representative from our Trustees (CEIST) Ms. Maeve Griffin, Twenty- two Presentation sisters, members of the Parish, as well as past staff and pupils of both schools, joined us as we celebrated.
Afterwards the school theatre was buzzing with energy. Our wonderful student and staff volunteers greeted the visitors with tea and sandwiches. A happy, friendly, atmosphere permeated, as everyone celebrated the past, delighted in the present and look forward to the future of our wonderful schools, in the centre of the parish.
Dinner-Dance Friday 24th November
Our week of celebrations culminated with a dinner-dance on Friday 24th November, in the Clayton Hotel, Silversprings. Past pupils travelled from England, America and different parts of the country to be with us for this wonderful night of celebration. It was certainly a night to remember for all concerned. A fitting end to a wonderful week of celebration.
The Book: Our local First South Credit Union sponsored our book – It is now on sale from the school reception, priced at €5.