Catherine to stand down from Academy top job

Forty-one years of service to education in the local community will come to an end on August 31st when Patrician Academy Principal Catherine Fitzpatrick retires. Catherine joined the teaching staff in the Academy in 1977 and served with distinction over the decades, so much so that she was appointed principal of the school in 2008. Now in her 11th year at the helm in the Academy, Catherine has overseen a continu-ing tradition of excel-lence in academic standards, and, with the support of manage-ment, parents’ assoc-iation, teachers, stud-ents and parents, has steered a steady course for the school despite setbacks such as a major fire in recent years. The Board of Management will be interviewing candi-dates for a new principal in the near future.