On the 30th of September 2022, St.Cronans NS had a ceremony for Mr.Downey as he was retiring after 29 years of being principal of our school.
We started off a few weeks before the ceremony to practice some hymns with Mrs.Broderick. We all wrote cards and poems for Mr.Downey also. The school also got some gifts to show our appreciation for his work here in St.Cronans NS. These gifts included a garden bench, a photo and a John Downie crab apple tree.
After all the preparation for this special ceremony, we went over to St Cronan's church at 1 o’clock on Friday, September 30th and the ceremony began. The ceremony didn't just include Mr Downeys family, teachers and students of the school, but previous teachers, parents, grandparents and many more. Some of the parents were even past students of Mr.Downey’s!
Finally when the ceremony ended, the adults went over to the Parish Hall for refreshments while the students came back to the school to watch a movie and have some treats. It was a great success!
Obviously with Mr.Downey retiring, we needed a new principal and that ended up being Mrs.Laura Duffy. Hopefully we will have lots more memories to come with her too!
By Grace Moran