THE new principal of Árdscoil na Trionóide has spoken of his delight at taking on the role from 1 September.
John McCormack is a past pupil at the school and his appointment to the role follows a six-year period as vice principal of the amalgamated school. The new principal spoke of his surprise when his predecessor Anthony Creevey moved to pastures new.
“I heard during the summer that Anthony Creevey was going to another school and it came as a shock to me, I had no idea that he was planning to move on. I had been acting principal when Mr Creevey took a year out so this is a rerun of the role for me. I am delighted to have been appointed to the role, we have great students, great staff and great parents and I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed to this position.”
Mr McCormack began his teaching career at Scoil Eoin in 1985 as a business and maths teacher and he was later appointed to the role of vice principal. He continued in this role when the school was amalgamated with Scoil Mhuire in 2007. However, from 2007 John largely gave up teaching following the amalgamation and he became a walking vice principal.
Despite this Mr McCormack says he is no stranger to the classroom.
“I still regularly take classes and I keep up to date with the curriculum changes in the subjects I taught. Although I am a native of the town I am don’t live in the town so I don’t have family in the school.”
Last Thursday the school welcomed students back for the new school year.
“So far everything is going like clockwork. We have the debs on tonight (Thursday) and we will welcome back our students who achieved outstanding results in their exams and we wish them well in their futures. I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity. It’s an honour and a privilege and I look forward to the days, weeks, months and years ahead.”