Joe with Patrician rugby coaches, Ms Langton and Mr Burke
The staff at the Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge were welcomed back on Monday August 27, with a surprise visit from Irish Rugby Head Coach, Joe Schmidt.
"As well as being a Grand Slam and European Cup winner with Ireland and Leinster, Joe is a qualified English teacher and has also worked as a Deputy Principal in his native New Zealand," said a school spokesperson.
"He addressed a number of points during his informal talk, which went down well with all in attendance."
Joe Schmidt with some of the Patrician's staff
Joe with the new management team - Mr Scallan, Mr Cunnane and Mr Moloney