The Jubilee Dinner, 28th May 2016
The celebrations for the 50th year of the Teresian School culminated with a most enjoyable Jubilee Dinner for present and past staff, present and past parents, past pupils and friends. The InterContinental Hotel in Ballsbridge was the venue, on 28th May where everyone gathered around 7pm to mix and mingle. Entry into the magnificent dining room produced the surprise of blue and yellow lights focused on the ceiling and walls, – the school colours, which was very special.
MC for the evening was past pupil Rachel Hynes Roche who presented the programme of speakers and introduced them during breaks in the meal. The first to speak was Rosaleen Doherty, Chairperson of the Board of Management and Principal of the Junior and PreSchool who welcomed everyone. Recalling the year’s celebratory events she named and thanked the 50th Celebrations Committee who had organised and managed them. She also gave thanks for the 50-year journey of the school which, with God’s help, has journeyed so successfully to the present day, a journey which began on 20th September 1965 when both she and Ines Neira were present.
The second speaker was RTE journalist Ingrid Miley who proceeded to launch the 50th anniversary book, produced by staff, past pupils and parents which had been over a year in the making. Her enthusiastic and entertaining words gave the book its formal entry into public life, – the most comprehensive account of the school and its history that ever has or will be produced! Ingrid was followed by Anthony Carty, the secondary school Principal, who thanked the editor and book team for all their work and generous giving of their time.
Parent Conor Kenny and member of the Jubilee Building Project committee gave an update on the progress of the Project so far, which it is hoped, will be completed within a school year.
Past Parent and past BOM member, Eugene McCague gave a most amusing account of his long association with the school which had everyone laughing.
A past pupil, Florence Stanley paid tribute to the school and the education in values her daughter had received. She was followed by Paul Byrom who sang a number of songs. Finally some disco music kicked in and dancers soon took to the floor, while others moved around meeting and greeting friends. Time flew and it was 2.30 am by the time the last people departed. Many people said what a wonderful evening it had been, how immensely they had enjoyed it and how it should be made a yearly event, – so warm was the sense of community the school had generated around it.