Principal’s Welcome

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Dear Presentation friends, parents and students,

I wish you and your family the Peace and Hope of this blessed Christmas season.

The first term of the 18/19 school year has been filled with great joy and success for our staff and students. I was very pleased and proud as we began the year with the examination results from last year’s 6th years and heard of their success in achieving the 3rd level courses of their choice. We now know that a fantastic 97% of our girls have gone on to third level this year. Congratulations and best wishes to you all. The excellent Junior Cycle results also promise great things for the future.

We have had great success in sports this first term and we are looking forward to all Ireland competition in Basketball in January. Athletics, Camogie, Ladies Football, Soccer, Basketball, Spikeball all provided teamwork, excitement and fun for students all supported by the dedications of coaches from our teaching staff and P.E. department.

Hundreds of you enjoyed and sang along to our school musical ‘Back to the 80’s in October. Our annual collaboration with CBS High School is a highlight of 5th year. Cross curricular cooperation between the Music department and Gaeilge resulted in a trip to Killarney INCE to perform their composition in Comortas Beo and a win of 1000 Euro for a video recording of the making and rehearsing of the song. The year ended with a beautiful masterclass and concert in our Basement Theatre of Medieval carols.

The science teachers made the most of Science Week. We were pleased to host Waterford Institute of Technology and local Primary and Post Primary students to experience the wonders of science. This included a flash mob of science teachers and Transition Year students showing off their knowledge of the Periodic Table in song.

As a STEAM school the Arts are as important as the sciences to us, so, we have had a 2nd year Art exhibition in the Arts’ Centre, a history exhibition including curating family artifacts by Transition Years, a trip to the Theatre in Kilkenny and an Art trip to galleries in Dublin all organized and led by enthusiastic teachers. Students got the opportunity to experience world politics with their involvement in Junior United Nations. These opportunities for experiential learning enhance our students’ skills as critical analysts.

Business and Entrepreneurship were not neglected with many girls getting ready for Market Day.

Five of our staff and their families were blessed with the joy of new life this term with 6 new babies being born. We all share in the excitement of their happiness and wish them long lives of good health and happiness.

Together with Presentation Primary school we will have a major fundraiser in early March in Minella. All funds raised will be used to enhance and develop IT equipment in the school. We will have tickets available early in the New Year and hope that you will support your school. Thank you if you purchased tickets for our annual Christmas raffle.

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise daoibh.

Ethel Reynolds