Loreto College Swords is set to lose three teachers at the end of the school term later this month. One of the teachers, Maura Owens spoke to the County Leader about her time at the Swords school. She said, “I have been here since the school moved out to Swords and I had been in North Great George’s Street for three years before that. I have been involved with teaching Irish up to Leaving Cert, but mostly Special Needs where the subjects taught are English and Maths.
The students I have met during my time here at Loreto have been so memorable and they have been an inspiration for me. I have gotten so much out of teaching them and getting to know them, their families and it has been a great privilege for me to have taught them. Maura was quite emotional when she spoke about her students. She had great praise for her fellow teachers and staff at the school, describing them as ‘so talented, creative and positive and so supportive.
“We definitely give our students a safe, respectful environment in which to learn. One of the most striking changes that Maura has seen during her teaching career has been the holistic approach to teaching. It’s not just about the academic part of things, but how they develop as people and how they get on with their peers and how they socialise. The whole person has become the focus and it’s much better. The students won’t learn or develop if they’re not happy and that’s the number one thing, as they come to school. The pictures on the wall and flowers are a clear indication of this happiness and inclusivity. Upon retiring, Maura wants to ‘keep the brain ticking over’ and hopes to learn a new language. “I like art and exhibitions and I may do some voluntary work and I look forward to spending more time with my family,” she said.