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To have worked in one school for the past thirty five years is outstanding; to have started that journey in your early forties is simply amazing!! The impact that Mrs Jude Genovese has had in both St Kieran Catholic Primary School and Catholic Education over more than fifty years cannot be simply summed up with words. What follows is a brief tribute to a wonderful person, a passionate educator and advocate for special needs education.
Tomorrow our actions will speak volumes of our love and affection to a very special lady in the history of St Kieran. Mrs Genovese’s career at our school has spanned a couple of lifetimes, with most of that time in the last 25 years working with the most vulnerable students in our school. I have only had the pleasure to have worked with her for a very short time but what I have gleaned from many others is that we have had a staff member whose love of learning, whose passion for helping those who needed the most assistance and love of the school community has been evident in the no fuss approach to the day to day teaching of many students over many years. Jude also brings a wisdom to share, and especially for someone who has only been here for such a short time, a willingness and honesty to the types of change that has happened previously and how this has impacted on the children and their learning.
When Mrs Genovese sat down to speak about her decision, she made it very clear that she did not want a farewell, she would just like to quietly slip away. Obviously we as a school community could not let her go without a suitable acknowledgement so this takes us to our mass tomorrow morning, which, in ours and Jude’s faith filled life is a fitting way to say thank you to a woman who has, in many ways truly reflected the spirit of St Kieran.
It would be marvellous if parents if parents could join the staff and children at Mass tomorrow morning at 9.00am in St Kieran church. During Mass we will celebrate and give thanks for Jude Genovese’s wonderful teaching career and acknowledge her loyalty and devoted service to our school.