St Cadoc’s says goodbye to long-serving head teacher

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St Cadoc’s Primary has bid a fond farewell to Dr Jim Duffy, who has retired from his role as head teacher.

All 720 pupils walked to St Cadoc’s Church recently for a retirement mass, held by Bishop John Keenan, in honour of their long-serving head teacher.

Dr Duffy started teaching in 1976, having studied at Notre Dame College, and he served as head teacher of St James Primary School in Paisley and St Joseph’s in Busby before settling at St Cadoc’s in 2002.

As well as running the school, he has completed a masters degree and a doctorate, which included a thesis on educational self-evaluation.

Following his secondment to Calderwood Lodge Primary, the teacher has also been deeply involved in the campaign for a joint faith campus — serving both the Catholic and Jewish communities — in Newton Mearns, now scheduled to open in August 2017.

A representative of the school said: “St Cadoc’s would like to thank Dr Duffy for his time as head teacher and to wish him a very healthy and happy retirement.

“We would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped organise the mass.”

Dr Duffy added that his initial plans for retirement include a family trip to Ireland and then a solo cycling tour of Amsterdam, followed by his wife’s retirement at Christmas.