As the term was drawing to a close in St Marie's school and the children were looking forward to celebrating Christmas the staff and Governors were preparing a surprise celebration for one member of staff.
Miss Oksanna Stecyk, who has served the school for the last twenty five years as a classroom teacher and in latter years as Deputy Head. We could not let such on occasion pass without marking it in some way.
Knowing Oksanna as we do she would not want any fuss so the celebrations had to be kept hush hush until the day of our final school Mass before the Christmas break.
At the end of Mass Miss Stecyk was presented with a Papal Blessing in recognition of her twenty five years service to St Marie's School. After Mass everyone returned to school for a celebration buffet at which various speeches were given in recognition of Oksanna's outstanding contribution to the school. Members of the Ukrainian Community were also invited and they showed their appreciation in song.
|Oksanna being presented |
with the Papal Blessing by Fr. Francis