Mercy Secondary School

A note from our retiring Principal Dr. Treasa Leahy

We have been very fortunate in having Dr. Treasa Leahy leading out on teaching and learning in our school for nearly thirteen years. Here she reflects on her time in Mercy Secondary school.
A note from our retiring Principal Dr. Treasa Leahy

On the first of November 2006, all Saints Day, I had the privilege of becoming the Principal of Mercy Secondary School in Inchicore. On the September 1st 2019 I will retire. I will be very sad leaving this summer, yet delighted with what we have achieved together here in Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore. I saw my role as Principal about empowering people to become all that they can - to travel a journey together towards a common vision.

And on this journey I was blessed from on high with amazing students, staff and families who were my beacon of hope. I also enjoyed a solid working partnership with our local community, colleges and universities serving our city, state agencies and innovative business partners who supported our vision of empowerment and success.

I want to thank each student, past and present, whom I had the privilege and honour to have worked with in my 13 years in Mercy Inchicore. Each one of you are unique and precious and have so much goodness and grace to offer the world. I was indeed fortunate and honoured to have shared some of your education journey and I look forward to hearing about your continued success. Our past pupils, parents/guardians, neighbours and friends have been solid in your support of us also. None of the success on this journey is achievable without this partnership.

When I look back over my time here in Mercy Inchicore, I also remember with great appreciation and awe all the wonderful work of the staff here in the school. I want to thank them for their commitment to developing teaching and learning, that makes Mercy Inchicore the innovative school that it is. I want to pay tribute to them for their support, friendship and cooperation they have consistently given over the years. I know that I could not have achieved success for your daughter without such commitment from them. Their encouragement to strive for greater success academically was only surpassed by their compassion, care and kindness they have shown each student. They are a precious gift in our school serving our students.

I look back with gratitude at the many blessings I have received while here in Mercy Inchicore. Our school has been enriched over the years by such a diverse community that includes generations of those from the local area and those new to Ireland and the area making us a truly inclusive school, educating people of all backgrounds together. We took on many projects that increase the success of our school. Our education retention and education progression increased greatly. This will make a significant difference for you and the community and you deserve the best. The incredibly strong Pastoral Care system in our school continues to build students resilience and develop coping strategies that will support them through the journey of life.

Can I say from the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing me to share in a part of your journey of life. As I leave, I am taking you all with me in my thoughts and prayers. You will be the treasures in my memories. I look forward to hearing about your continued journey in the years ahead.

I am particularly delighted that our past pupil, Deputy Principal and a member of the teaching staff, Ms. Michelle O Kelly was appointed to be our next Principal of the school. I know you will give her every support and encouragement like you gave me. The future of the school, its vision of empowering young people to become all that they can is indeed very secure with Ms. O Kelly as leader of the schools though its next phase of development.

As the day of my retirement on September 1st approaches I reflect on the biblical quote from the Book of Jeremiah that says “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. I hope my time here has enhanced your plans. It did mine. We dared to dream and plant the seeds of hope and we prospered and achieved amazing success. Remember to continue to dare to dream and never give up hope. The future looks bright in Mercy Inchicore.

Thank you


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