On March 26th 2021 we bid a fond farewell to our Principal and friend Mrs Carole Fenton.
The day started with a Mass for Carole in the church and the school children and staff watched through the Allen Parish livestream Facebook page.
All the boys & girls went outside and social distanced in their pods all around our Astro turf pitch.
Mrs Fenton got a great surprise upon leaving the church and she was able to walk along the perimeter and wave to all the children.
It was an unusual way to have to say goodbye to someone we all knew and worked with for a long time.
Carole leaves behind a great legacy of co-education in Allenwood, where until 2017 the boys and girls were educated separately.
History of Mrs Fenton!
Carole Moran, originally from Athleague in Co. Roscommon, knew from the age of 3 that she was destined to follow in her mother Carmel’s footsteps to become a teacher. She was thrilled to get the call into Carysfort Training College in 1981 and when she graduated in 1984, she taught in various schools around Roscommon. From here she did a short stint in Scoil Chormaic, Cashel, Tipperary, but destiny called her to Kildare, where she started working in St. Marks in Newbridge on January 7th, 1987, the same day as Raymond Fenton. Love blossomed, and in July 1990 following Carole’s Special Ed course in St. Pat’s Training college, Carole and Raymond became Mr. and Mrs. Fenton and were blessed with 2 wonderful daughter’s Emma and Ruth.
In November 1997 Mrs. Fenton arrived in Allenwood BNS and taught infants until January 2010 when she took over as Principal from Judy Curley. Carole started her principalship in the same way she ended it, with burst pipes, but something so trivial couldn’t phase this Superwoman (the term, given to her by some of the children) who oversaw the extension of the boy’s school to add two new classrooms and new toilets. In early 2017 a decision was taken to amalgamate the boys’ and girls’ schools to bring about what has become Scoil Mhuire Allenwood with Carole taking over as Principal. The new school was blessed and opened by Bishop Denis Nulty on October 19th, 2017 and has gone from strength to strength in that time.
The next year, on the 27th of June 2018, Johnny Doyle opened the school’s AstroTurf, following a huge effort by the Parent’s Association and Mrs. Fenton. Not one to take it easy, Carole’s next project was the school garden and painting of murals, which is an ongoing project in a school the size of Scoil Mhuire Allenwood. Since the inception of Scoil Mhuire Allenwood the school has been awarded the amber flag for mental health awareness, the Erasmus flag for wellbeing projects, the active flag and 5-star GAA flag.
Carole would be the first to acknowledge that she does not do the work alone and credits every member of the team in Allenwood for their work and always made time to listen to what people had to say. She has a huge affection for the people of Allenwood, Allenwood GAA and the general community spirit that exists in the village. Carole leaves Scoil Mhuire Allenwood in fine shape as she heads off to enjoy her retirement. No doubt, once covid restrictions are lifted Carole will fit in as much travel as possible, one thing is for sure, it will not be a quiet retirement.
We all thank Mrs Fenton for her wonderful work over 23 years in Allenwood and we wish her the very best of good health and happiness in her retirement.