The educational landscape in Kildare town is set to change forever with the amalgamation of Scoil na Mainistreach De La Salle and Scoil Bhride Naofa.
The new school, which will come into existence in September, will be one of the top ten biggest primary schools in Ireland with 950 boys and girls. Last weekend, open days were held in both primary schools to celebrate their achievements and history. On Saturday June 15 the De La Salle primary school welcomed past pupils, parents, new pupils and current pupils. Projects were on display and a photo exhibition of over 400 photos attracted huge attention.
On Sunday June 16, Principal of Scoil Bhride Naofa, Paula Watters officially announced her retirement along with Deputy Principal Paula Lindstrom and Sr. Brid Kenny. Following a special mass to mark the end of Scoil an Bhride Naofa, there was an open day with exhibitions and a performance from the school band. The flags were lowered and the last school bell was rung. Paula Watters has been at the school for 39 years, 13 as principal, while Ms. Lindstrom has amassed 15 years and Sr Brid - 13 years. “I have loved it, I have loved every minute of it. My memories will be good, and full and strong. I think its the right time as the school moves into its new phase. I have been blessed all my life, especially to be here. The children of Kildare, they just are really special,” said Ms Watters.
- Niamh O’Donoghue