Mrs Mac retired on Oct 28th. We all learned songs and 3rd 4th 5th & 6th came together to practice them. We learned the “Cup song” with new lyrics, “Don’t stop her now” and “Thank you for the music”.We set up tables in a square in the yard so we could do the cup song. We also made a sculpture of a tree for her and each pupil in the school carved out a piece of it. Mary wrote a poem about Mrs Mac. Mrs Mac’s family came in for the day. Aidan McMahon ,Feilim O Cholileáin and Murty Ryan played some tunes and Feilim wrote a song especially for her called “Music Queen of Knockanean”. Williana da Silva a past pupil made a cake especially for her with her sitting at a keyboard and a class in front of her. The Music Club played the “Galway Girl”. We had a really great day!
By Éabha O Driscoll and Ailis Ni Choileáin
After 35 years teaching in Knockanean, Joan received many glowing tributes and good wishes as she embarks on the next chapter of her life. Her immense contribution to the school was acknowledged, her dedication to teaching, looking after the educational needs of the children and her generosity in sharing her creative and musical talents. She voluntarily ran a music club after school, coached children to perform in concerts in cathedrals, halls and airports and lead her musicians to the final of the “Walton’s Music for Schools” competition on three occasions winning bronze, silver and the gold medal in 2015. Since her decision to retire was announced, many happy memories have been shared and there has been a huge outpouring of positivity in relation to all she has done for a generation of pupils and their families. She will be missed by the whole school community. Mile buíochas to Joan for the years of dedicated and selfless service she has given our school. We wish her and Pat every blessing for a long, happy and healthy retirement.