St Joseph's In The Park's special wedding reception

The Reception Class of St Joseph's In The Park held a splendid Pre-Wedding Reception for their teacher and Head of Early Years Miss Ruth O'Brien.

Miss O'Brien and Mr Jack celebrate with the Reception Class
Miss O'Brien and Mr Jack celebrate with the Reception Class

22nd October 2020 — The Reception Class of St Joseph's In The Park held a splendid Pre-Wedding Reception for their teacher and Head of Early Years Miss Ruth O'Brien. Miss O'Brien has had to re-arrange and downscale her wedding plans seven times due to the Covid-19 pandemic so this was a wonderful surprise. She was even more delighted when her husband-to-be arrived to join in the celebrations.

Ruth O'Brien has worked at the school in Hertingfordbury for three years, and is marrying Sam Jack on Saturday 24th October. Sam is a medically retired veteran of the 33 EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Royal Engineers who suffered a serious head injury and lost his right eye after taking a ricocheted bullet to the head in 2009 in Afghanistan. Sam was in the army for 3 years and then spent two years rehabilitating. He has done a lot for charity, particularly Help for Heroes who supported him on his long road to recovery.

The children wore their smart clothes and each brought a flower to make up a bouquet for their teacher. They enjoyed a feast, a game of Mr & Mrs, then watched Ruth and Sam cut a splendid cake and take to the dance floor for their first dance. The children joined in with the dancing and even had a disco and some formal wedding photographs. They made cucumber sandwiches for afternoon tea and enjoyed balloon games to round off the day. Headmaster Douglas Brown presented the couple with a card and gift from the school and wished them well for the upcoming wedding day.

About St Joseph's In The Park

St Joseph's in The Park is an IAPS for Girls and Boys aged 3 to 11years in Hertfordshire.

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