Presentation Primary School Waterford

A great tradition of education in Waterford since 1798


Our Home School Community Liaison Teacher ( HSCL) Joan Fetton and SNA Josephine Walsh will be retiring from our school at the end of this school year.

Joan started her career in Presentation Primary School as a substitute teacher in 1992 securing a permanent position in 1998. Over the past 27 years, Joan has taught in Senior Infants, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and the Speech and Language class as well as her current role as HSCL.

Josephine Walsh worked in our playschool from 1992 before becoming an SNA in 2000 completing 22 years of dedicated service to children with special needs in our school.

We are privileged to have worked alongside these wonderful ladies. We thank them for their very long service to our school and wish them a long, healthy and happy retirement.

It’s Showtime!

The corridors have been buzzing with excitement over the last few weeks… Almost 60 pupils from Fifth and Sixth Class were busy rehearsing for their production of ‘Annie’.

There were two casts and performances took place on Monday 20th June.

A competition was held to design the programme for the show. The winning artists were: Julija M., Nadirah O., Elodie D., Mikayla A., Leah B., Mya L.O., Charley P., Milicia S. and Emilia O. Well done girls!

A huge thank you to Mrs McAra, Miss Duke, Miss Butler for all their hard work in putting the show together. Another huge thank you to the other members of staff for all their help with set, costume and programme design as well as front of house.

A huge congratulations to everyone involved. Lots of happy memories were made during the last few weeks.

Summer Fun

There have been a lot of fun things going on in the school recently. We had Sports Day and a bouncy castle which were great fun. The ice-cream van arrived too, yummy ice creams!!! 🍦🌞 Everyone had a great time. Pupils took part in a variety of activities from hoola hoop challenges, skipping activities, obstacles courses, tennis racket relays, javelin throws and egg and spoon race to name a few.
We want to acknowledge all the hard work done by all the 6th Classes in setting up our Sports Day but a special mention to Ms. Duke for all her organising. Thank you! 👏

Peace Proms Concert 2022

The three 3rd Classes were delighted to put on a performance of their Peace Proms songs in school recently. They have been working so hard learning the lyrics and actions since last September! Unfortunately, this years concert in WIT Arena was cancelled but they loved having the chance to show off a little of what they learned. Click here to watch our show

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

On Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June, we welcomed all our incoming Junior Infants to a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. It was lovely to see all the new faces smiling in the sunshine. Teddies, bubbles and music greeted all the girls. A huge thank you to the girls from Fourth Class for all their help. Mrs O’Neill, Miss Quinn and Mrs O’hEithir are all looking forward to September and have lots of nice things planned. Continue reading…

Celebrating the Sacraments

Congratulations to the pupils in Sixth Class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on 31st May. Thank you to Ms. Ivory, Miss Duke, Mrs McAra and all who helped make this day so special for everyone.

Congratulations too to all the pupils in Second Class who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 14th May. Thank you to Mrs McCarthy, Mrs McKenna, Ms Butler and all who helped make this day so special for everyone.

Camogie Champions!

Camogie Champions!… The Presentation camogie team, which is made up of 5th and 6th Class girls, had a fantastic victory in the Eastern Final today. This is the first time the Presentation has made the final in 12 years, so it’s very exciting for the school. Huge congratulations to everyone on the team and all who help train the girls too. We are so so proud of you. Pres Abú!
Report from the Eastern Semi-Final…
It was a wet and miserable day, but this didn’t stop the Pres girls from putting in an incredible performance!
They came up against a strong and physical team from Glór na Mara but the girls fought for every ball and played with fierce determination. They won on a final score of 6-4 to 1-0. It was a great team effort and all 16 girls played a part on the day, while also having great fun!
The girls will continue to train hard over the next two weeks and prepare for the final, which will take place in Walsh Park on the 24th of May. Well done girls, we are very proud of you all.
Pres Abú!
Waterford Primary Games…
Lauren Kennedy Rowe (pictured below) was picked to play for the Waterford Primary Games team. She played at half time of the Waterford v Cork match in Walsh Park in May. We are all very proud of her and we’ enjoyed cheering her on. Well done Lauren.

Sixth Class Retreat

Sixth Class Retreat

Sixth class students were delighted to welcome Sr Antoinette to our school on Friday, May 20th.

Sr Antoinette facilitated a wonderful retreat for our students, in preparation for their Confirmation on the 31st of May.

They had great fun at the retreat which incorporated dance, song, art and discussions.

Thank you Sr Antoinette for a lovely, memorable day!


Seachtain na Gaeilge

Everyone was very excited about Seachtain na Gaeilge this year. Lots of lovely activities took place, from colouring competitions to scavenger hunts! A big thank you to Miss Duke, Miss Kavanagh and Mrs McGovern for organising the events. Another big thank you to Ian who had the school looking great…lots of flags and bunting made Seachtain na Gaeilge extra special this year.

Here are a sample of the activities we enjoyed:

  • Ealaín ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’
  • Comórtas Dathúcháin (Naí – Rang 1)
  • Comórtas Póstaeir (Rang 2 – 6)
  • Tóraíocht Taisce
  • Trá na gCéist
  • Ceilí le Rang a Sé!
  • An Paráid Mór
  • Nuacht an Lae le Rang a Sé, Rang a Cúig agus Rang a Ceathair

Texaco Art Competition 2022

We had a huge response to the Texaco Art Competition 2022 in Presentation Primary this year. Classes from 2nd to 6th put their artistic hats on to create original pieces. These have all been sent away to the competition for judging. Here is a selection of the work created from different classes…

World Book Day 2022

World Book Day was a great success on Thursday 3rd March. Pupils celebrated the day by dressing up as a character from their favourite book. They also enjoyed a ‘Story Walk’ around the School garden. The focus text for the walk was The Vanishing Lake by Paddy Donnelly. Thank you to Miss Lyons for organising a great day for everyone.

Camogie News

The Presentation Camogie team had their first match of the league yesterday, students from 5th and 6th Class came together to represent the school.
The girls put on an excellent display of camogie against the Ursuline. The Ursuline were victorious on the day by just two points! We are super proud of our team and cannot wait to follow their journey over the next couple of months.
Well done to all involved, we look forward to welcoming Ballygunner NS next week to the Pres!

Focus on Fitness February

The Active School Committee ran a small ‘Focus on Fitness’ initiative for February.

The initiative included 5 fitness activities across each week. Well done to everyone for taking part!


Library Signs

Beatriz and Ella Noelle from 5th Class created new ‘Fiction’ and ‘Non-Fiction’ signs on canvas, for our school library. They had free reign on the design and deserve great praise for such creativity and artistry!
Well done girls, you both have great talent!

Christmas Cheer!

There was a great air of anticipation at school during December. We spotted lots of Christmas crafts and surprises around the school grounds each day. A big thank you to Ms. Stones and Ger for organizing the displays

Mrs McAra’s Sixth Class we’re busy spreading Christmas cheer throughout the school by painting some festive designs on some of the windows. It was a fun filled festive activity for everyone.

Everyone was very excited about the giant Advent Calendar. All classes enjoyed opening one of the doors to see what was inside!!

Mrs O’Mara led a beautiful Christmas prayer service on the day of the holidays. The service was made extra special with beautiful music from Ms. Tobin and Ms. Butler. Thank you to the readers and choir too.

Science Week 2021

Science Week took place during 7th -14th of November. Classes engaged in investigations, Zooms and experiments. Great fun was had by all. I’m sure you would agree that we have some budding scientists on our hands!

Check out our video by clicking Science Week 2021

Super Stars!

Congratulations to Annabelle Murphy from Senior Infants who is a prize winner in a “Maths Eyes” competition held by Waterford Education Centre. They received a huge response and the standard was very high so many congratulations and well done on this achievement. Well done Annabelle!

Well done to Ella who competed in the World Irish Dance Championships in Killarney from all of us here in the Presentation. We are proud of you Ella!

Congratulations to Candice, Sophie and Lily Ellen who are our Under 12 County Camogie Champions! Well done girls. We are so proud of you.

We are also extremely proud and inspired by our very own Katie from Mrs McAra’s Class. Katie was captain of the Under 12’s Portlaw Soccer team who won their Under 12’s tournament. Congratulations Katie!!

Presentation Day 2021

All pupils and staff celebrated Presentation Day this year through Zoom. Mrs O’Mara led a special prayer service with some lovely singing from the choir to mark the occasion. Thank you to Ms. Tobin who came back to help us today. Over the last few weeks, we learned about Nano Nagle and how she went ‘one step beyond’. Our question is…. how can we go ‘one step beyond’?

Listen to our beautiful choir sing ‘One Step Beyond’…



Halloween Fun

Halloween was in the air at school on Friday 22nd October. Lots of witches, ghosts, pumpkins, fairies, clowns and princesses were seen roaming around the corridors and garden. Halloween games took place throughout the day and the highlight was a Halloween Scavenger Hunt which was created by Mrs. McAra’s Sixth Class. A big thank you to everyone who took part in our Halloween Dress-Up Day. Happy Halloween…….

Maths Week 2021

Miss Duke’s 6th Class were super busy during Maths week, we really enjoyed it! Our theme for the week was ‘bringing Maths to life’.

We loved taking part in our jigsaw relays – they challenged us on multiplication tables. So much fun!

We got to help Miss Duke with her Christmas shopping – she gave us a description of a child, their likes and dislikes, a Smyths catalogue and a budget. We had so much fun preparing a gift guide for each child. We even made sure she had change!

We love Maths trails and challenges, we decided to create our own ‘Solve me’ puzzles which had an ’emoji’ equation inside. We have placed them around the school and encouraged students to get involved!

Mrs McCarthy’s girls from Second Class had great fun playing Maths games and engaging in hands on Maths work for Maths Week 2021.

Mrs McAra’s girls enjoyed lots fun Maths challenges. They made a shopping list for a child’s birthday on a budget while making sure to buy items that fit their interests. Great fun for all.