PRINCIPAL John David Kearney; Ella Quinlan, third year; Bartek Macur, Leaving Cert; Holly Small and Saoirse Steede Duffy, first year; Jamie Forry, Leaving Cert; Brianna Byrne, first year; and teacher Sinead Healy celebrate 85 years of Archbishop McHale College by planting a tree to symbolise the continued nurturing and growth of the school’s students.

Tree of Hope kickstarts celebrations

Archbishop McHale College founded as Vocational Centre 85 years ago

A TUAM secondary school has kicked off its year of celebrations to mark 85 years of delivering education in the town and wider region.

Leaving Cert and First Year students planted a Tree of Hope at Archbishop McHale College last Friday morning, as the students finished up for the mid-term break, in the first of a series of events planned to mark the anniversary.

Principal John David Kearney said the school was going from strength to strength and praised his teaching staff for the incredible contribution they made to school life.

“We have 450 students, welcoming 110 First Year students last month, and while we could do with more facilities, we have a wonderful school that is driven and nurtured by our wonderful staff,” he said.

“We are very proud to be celebrating 85 years, from the opening of the school as a Vocational Education Centre in 1938 down through the years and we will have a series of events to mark this auspicious anniversary all the way through to next June.

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