29 June 2019
By Bryan Smyth
The school term has ended for Primary Schools. In the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, following cumulative service of over 160 years, four primary school principals are retiring: Sinead Solleveld (South Abbey National School, Youghal), Harriet Pritchard (Bandonbridge National School), Sharon Hosford (The Model School, Dunmanway), and Heather Smith (Adair National School, Fermoy).
In recent weeks, the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, visited each of those schools and, at gatherings of pupils and teachers, staff and chairpersons, thanked each of the principals for their faithful work and for making each of the schools even better places of learning for the children.
On behalf of everyone in the Diocese and the Diocesan Board of Education, the Bishop thanked each retiring principal and presented each one with a retirement gift of a limited edition print of a representation of the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross which he had commissioned from the renowned artist Annie West. It shows the Diocese as ‘people and place’ he explained to the children.