Popular Midleton Principal Retires After 37 Years

By Seamus Whelehan

Principal of CBS Boys National school Midleton Mary Cunningham with some of her team.

The school bell rang at Midleton CBS Boys National School yesterday (Wednesday, 26 June) marking the end of the school term 2019, and also a career that spans almost 40 years in education for Mary Cunningham.

The popular School Principal brought the curtain down on her career by helping nature with a planting ceremony in the school grounds where, over the years, she nurtured generations of Midleton’s youth. Students and staff in attendance said an emotional farewell to a “brilliant teacher” who has done so much for the children.    Teacher, Jason Bateman led the tribute to Mrs Cunningham who was instrumental in providing a soft play area, climbing frame and new basketball court for the school last year.   He described the Head Teacher as instrumental in the foundations of all the children’s lives saying, “It’s unquestionable the work she does.  It’s unprecedented”

The youngest student in the school, Conor Grant and oldest pupil, Daniel Silva were on hand to help Mrs Cunningham plant two Cherry Blossom trees at the front of the school.

Mrs Cunningham began her teaching career in 1982 having spent 2 years teaching in Lesotho, South Africa, through the agency for personal service oversees APSO.    On her return, she job shared for one year at Scoil Bhride before taking a full time post at Midleton CBS Boys National School where she worked her way up to Deputy Principal in 2007.  She was later made Principal in 2013.

Mrs Cunningham said she will take away fond memories of her time in the CBS.    She said she was “humbled and privileged to lead a team of staff and Board of Management who work fantastically to give every child the best possible chance in life.”