Debbie Bergin with three of her past students Talia, Sosefina and Siale

Long-serving teacher honoured

by Mike Isle

A school is celebrating the valuable contribution of one of its long-serving teachers.

Debbie Bergin left St Bernadette’s School this month to take up another teaching appointment. She was at St Bernadette’s for 34 years.

The celebration was held in the Catherine McAuley Centre at Villa Maria College. It was attended by more than 80 people including Sisters of Mercy who have taught with Debbie, principals, former colleagues, parishioners, family, friends, past pupils and their families.

Father Paulo Filoialii celebrated mass, and this was followed by entertainment from Pasifika students, speeches and afternoon tea. Maureen Moore, a former principal, said Debbie was highly respected in the St Bernadette’s community. She thanked Debbie for her dedication to teaching and her commitment to the children and the families she worked alongside.

Debbie said her passion has always been teaching and she values the many wonderful connections she made with her pupils and their families while at St Bernadette’s.

“I love meeting up with past pupils returning to the school to visit me. It was always great catching up on their news, hearing about their lives after St Bernadette’s, celebrating their successes, and in many cases bringing their own children to meet me.”

Maureen Moore said that from her own experience whenever she meets past pupils or their parents, one of the first questions they asked her is:

How is Miss Bergin?