Presentation Primary School Waterford

A great tradition of education in Waterford since 1798

Wonderful Wonka!

The corridors were buzzing with excitement in anticipation of Wonka this week! Pupils from Fifth and Sixth Class were busy putting the finishing touches to their musical before showtime!

On Wednesday 12th June all classes were lucky enough to get to watch a performance of Wonka and it was evident from all the smiles, cheers and clapping that the show was a huge success. Parents, families and friends filled the hall on the nights of 12th and 13th June from where, lots more cheering and clapping were heard.

The work and dedication that went into this event is a testament to our great staff and pupils. Ms. McKeon organised a competition to design the programme and congratulations to Valentina and Ana for their winning designs. An extra big thank you to Mrs McAra, Ms. Duke and Ms. Fortune for their wonderful guidance in the preparation of Wonka. Super helpers backstage made everything run smoothly so a big thank you to them too.

A Visit from an Olympian!

On Thursday 30th of May we had a very special visitor to our school. Thanks to Miss O’Connor who entered our school into a national competition to win a visit from an Irish Olympic athlete as part of the Dare to Believe programme. Having been chosen as one of the schools to receive a visit, Olympic athlete Phil Healy came to our school. The children made Olympic torches, Irish flags, medals and posters to welcome Phil to the school. It was a colourful event. Phil spoke to the pupils and teachers about life as an Olympian, what it takes to be a high class athlete and her own journey so far. Everyone found the visit very interesting and inspirational. We wished Phil all the best for her future travels to Paris for the Olympic games this summer.

Bake Sale

A great buzz along with some lovely aromas were wafting from the school hall recently! In preparation for their school musical, 5th and 6th classes ran their Bake Sale fundraiser on Wednesday 29th May. Along with the bake sale there was a ‘Guess How Many Jellies in the Jar’ competition and some extra special cakes to be won in the raffle. All classes took their turn to participate in this fun event. The Bake Sale was a huge success we thank you for your support. Next on the list is the school musical ‘Willy Wonka Junior’. Exciting times ahead!

Sports News

Our school won an Olympic ambassador visit in a competition with the Dare to Believe programme. As a result, Phil Healy will be visiting the school during the month of May.

Pupils from First to Sixth Class who qualify for the county track and field championships will be competing in the RSC on May 14th.

Challenge to Change 2024

On 23rd April, 10 pupils from Mrs McAra’s Fifth Class travelled to Kilkenny to present their project ‘Celebrating Diversity’. All pupils in the class worked very hard this year researching, recording, compiling and presenting their findings on this topic. The opportunity to travel to Kilkenny and meet with pupils from other schools was wonderful. The girls presented their project with confidence and it was clear to see how proud they were of all their hard work. A huge well done to all pupils in the class and an extra well done to Mrs McAra who worked tirelessly since the beginning of project. Congratulations!

Click here to listen to Emma introducing ‘Challenge to Change – Celebrating Diversity’

Kindness Champions

As part of Well-being Week, one student from each class was named Kindness Champion. Well done to Fionn, Nicole, Dominik, Mathilda, Ella, Rhea, Luna, Kaley, Evie Grace, Sienna, Ella, Kim, Shania, Teni, Mia, Ava Rose, Elliana, Zoe, Alice, Chloe, Alva and Faye. Teachers had a very hard time picking a class kindness champion and we are so happy to see such kindness in our school.

Trip to Lourdes

Viktoria will be heading off to Lourdes this Easter with The Irish Pilgrimage Trust. A fund raising ‘Odd Sock Day’ and coffee morning were organised for this trip. A cheque for €475 was presented to Nicola from The Irish Pilgrimage Trust on 21st March. We wish Viktoria the best of luck and look forward to hearing all about her trip after the holidays.

We are a School of Sanctuary!

We are a School of Sanctuary! On  February 21st 2024, we became the first primary school in Waterford to be recognized as a School of Sanctuary! We are so proud of our wonderful school community.

A school of sanctuary is a place that is safe, welcoming and inclusive for all, but especially for those who are seeking refuge, or those that are most in need.

The day began with a school assembly where we celebrated our special school community, our own little world. Our SoS ambassadors chose some special gifts that they felt represented our school and shared the meaning behind them. We heard two beautiful songs from our wonderful Peace Proms choir & some gorgeous poems from our students. We finished the assembly with our school song ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’.

Our SoS ambassadors showed our visitors around the wonderful displays in our school hall & then took them on a tour around the school. We then brought our visitors to visit some of our classes, to hear what makes our school so special.

The visitors commented on the wonderful atmosphere in our school and how truly special the students were!

Take a minute to read our lovely report here:

School of Sanctuary – Report



Cumann na mBunscol Br Anselm Quiz

Well done to our 6th Class students who represented our school in the Cumann na mBunscol Br Anselm Quiz in the Tower Hotel! The quiz was on all things GAA. 

The girls got to debut our beautiful new jerseys, sponsored by Fresh Today! 
Well done Mia, Bonnie, Erin, Keely, Abbie, Eve, Ella & Lily Grace

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2024

Pupils enjoyed participating in activities for Seachtain na Gaeilge in March. Our Lá Glas took place on Friday 15th March. All pupils enjoyed taking part in the annual ceolchoirm. Lots of lovely songs, rhymes and poems were followed by great applause and cheers. Well done to everyone!

A big thank you to Mrs O’Dwyer for organising this special week for everyone.

Peace Proms 2024

The girls were involved in Peace Proms 2024 in the SETU Arena on the 3rd of March. They put in an exceptional amount of hard work and dedication. We have been learning songs since September and all our hard work and effort paid off as we had a fantastic performance on the day. We all thoroughly enjoyed this experience and will remember it forever.

Welcome to Our World

As part of our Wellbeing Week and School of Sanctuary recognition process, we will welcome a team of eight monitors to our school, to meet with some of our students and staff. The theme is Welcome to our World Wednesday’ and the aim is to give an insight into our wonderful class/school community.

There will be a short gathering in the hall, from 2nd – 6th Class on Wednesday 21st February where we will have the countries of our school projects on display, some art work, posters and poems. Pupils will give a little insight about the event, hear two songs from our Peace Proms choir (thank you 3rd Class!) and some poems from our  recent SoS competition.

You can view our school padlet here, which has been shared with the SoS monitors & showcases our SoS journey – https://padlet.com/PresentationPrimaryWaterford/presentation-primary-school-our-school-of-sanctuary-journey-a1nroyp40vft8th9

Catholic Schools Week and Grandparents’ Day

We celebrated Catholic Schools Week at the end of January. It was a lovely opportunity to remember that we are all part of a community – a community of faith. Pupils from Fifth and Sixth Class read a lovely reflection over the intercom each day. We had an extra special event for Grandparents’ Day. Pupils from Senior Infants performed two beautiful songs, read prayers and spoke about what they like doing with their grandparents or special people in their lives. A huge thank you to Mrs O’Neill, Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Mundy for this lovely occasion.

Listen to Senior Infants singing for all the Grannies and Grandads! Today’s for You! and We Sing a Song to Brigid

Kindness at Christmas

Presentation pupils are spreading kindness this Christmas…
We are so incredibly proud of our wonderful school community, for the amazing response to our school Christmas Appeal.
A massive thank you to everyone for coming on board and getting involved, your donations will go a long way to ensuring that lots of people in our community will have food this Christmas! Well done to our 6th Class pupils and our School of Sanctuary Ambassadors for leading this initiative! The season of goodwill is well and truly alive in the Presentation.

Presentation Day 2023

We celebrated Presentation Day on Tuesday 21st November. Both Primary and Secondary Schools joined together to celebrate mass in St. Paul’s Church. Well done to those who read, brought up gifts and sang so beautifully. Thank you to Monsignor Pat Fitzgerald for such a beautiful ceremony.

Mrs Anne Marie O’Mara made a presentation to Sr. de Lourdes to recognise all the wonderful work that she does for the school community.

Pupils remembered Nano Nagle and the wonderful work that she did. We strive to follow in her footsteps and ‘go one step beyond’.

DEIS Action Plan for Improvement 2023 – 2026

The DEIS Action Plan for Improvement 2023 – 2026 is available to read by clicking the ‘Parents’ tab above. An information note for Parents and Guardians – ‘Schools in the DEIS Programme’ is also available on this link.

Amazing Achievements

What amazing pupils we have here at Presentation Primary School….

In Mrs Brett’s Junior Infants Class, Grace Hearne completed Summer Stars reading programme.

In Mrs O’Neill’s Senior Infant Class, Mathilda Horgan and Revan Mohammed both received medals for completing the Summer Stars reading programme. Both Mathilda Horgan and Freya Barry won medals and trophies in their recent Irish dancing feis competitions.

In Mrs O’Brien’s First Class, Emily, Leah and Freya completed the Summer Stars Reading Programme. Isabela, Jorgie , Charlotte and Lily Ryan got a medal for camogie. Freya got a trophy for Irish Dancing.

In Mrs Southard’s First Class, Grace and Maisie completed the Summer Stars reading programme. Grace won lots of medals and a trophy for Irish dancing too!

In Ms. Shiel’s First Class Fatima completed the Summer Stars reading programme.

In Miss Feighery’s Second Class, Amyah Morrissey won a trophy for her treble jig in an Irish dancing competition in Wexford recently. Leah Collins took part in a lyrical dance competition in Dublin and she won a trophy and a medal.

In Mrs McKenna’s Second Class, Aisling Brophy, Sophie Cosgrave and Harper Kent in Ms. McKenna’s 2nd got certs for the Summer Stars Reading Programme.

In Miss O’Connor’s Second Class, Sadie Brazil won a camogie blitz, Sienna Moore completed the Summer Stars programme and received the certificates, Layla Grace Collins Brazil won a kick boxing competition and Natasha Dembinska won the Polish speaker at Polish school.

In Mr. Stokes Third Class, Anika Ratheesh, Emma Pascolini and Daisy Daniels O’ Shea completed the Summer Stars reading programme. Aurora O Brien came 2nd in her set dance competition in Cobh.

In Mrs Cody’s Third Class, Kate Barry, Lemas Yassin and Pietra received their Summer Stars certificates.

In Mr. Curran’s Fourth Class, Amelia O’Byrne recently won her first ever kick-boxing match. ⁠⁠Emily Fitzgerald recently won her Irish Dancing competition for her St Patrick’s Day Dance.

In Miss McNamara’s Fourth Class, Victoria Kosla won a bronze medal in a jiu-jitsu competition in Dublin. Noor Ahmed, Lucy Ryan and Victoria Kosla took part in the Summer Stars reading programme.

In Mrs O’Dwyer’s Class, Ava Keating, Robyn Davies and Aria Jacob took part in a feis in Laois recently, winning countless medals and trophies. Ava Ryan and Alyssa Hennessy Coughlan took part in the Solas Walk for Life. Sadhbh Langford came first in a recent Cross Country final.

In Ms. Power’s Senior Language Class, Dominik and Catherine both completed the Summer Stars reading programme. Max got a medal for a football blitz. Ken won a sack race and received a medal too.

In Miss Fortune’s Fifth Class, Caitlin McKenzie and Caoimhe Dwyer completed a 10k walk for the Solas Centre.

In Miss Curry’s Fifth Class, Ana Kelly won a county final for Gaelic Football. Holly Roche Murphy was selected for the Waterford U-12 Developmental  Football Squad. Ameyah Ratheesh took part in the Summer Stars reading programme.

In Mrs McAra’s Fifth Class, Emily Power was on the winning Gaelic Team U12 Eireanns Own team who won the U12 shield. Hannah Whelan was awarded her yellow belt in Tai Kwando. Emily Butler and Emily Power were on the U12 Mount Sion Camogie team who made it all the way the the county Championship final against Ballyduff Upper.

In Miss Power’s Sixth Class, Weronika came 1st at a recent gymnastics competition. Nicole Murphy completed Summer Stars Reading Programme.

In Miss Duke’s Sixth Class, Abbie, Ella, Lisa Jayne and Eve represented De La Salle in the U11 Tournament in Dunhill and won the cup! Ella placed 3rd in her first ever gymnastics competition. Ehi participated in her first show in Garter Lane, she was a part of Soul Dance Art’s performance of Aladdin. Grace won her first three adjudicator championship in Cork! Lisa Jayne represented Ireland in the World UDO Competition and she placed 3rd in the u12 category! Sofia’s art piece from her art classes was chosen to go on display in the Waterford Art Gallery! Vittoria was chosen to be on the U12 Waterford Development Squad in soccer. Beth had her harp performance on Saturday, after months of hard work and  practice.

Overall, 45 boys and girls participated in the Summer Stars Reading Initiative for reading books from the library during the summer. They received their certificates and medals from the librarian in Brownes Road Library last week.


Maths Week 2023

During October our school celebrated MATHS WEEK and the main focus is to get all our students participating, collaborating and enjoying Maths activities.

Maths is all around us and is a very vital part of everyday life, so the goal is to help students to recognise this and to have some fun with Maths.

Some of the activities included Guess How Many Ducks in the Jar competition, Maths Eyes‘Maths at Home’ photo competition and Maths trails around the school grounds.

Mrs O’Connor’s Second Class… we used cubes to help us learn about the greater than and less than signs.

Miss Fortune’s Fifth Class… we were very busy for ‘Maths Week’ in room 17. We picked a number a day and made as many equations as we could for that number. Our next activity we completed a ‘Figure Me Out’ page, the girls made some equations about themselves for example our age, house number, number of siblings and shoe sizes. We then swapped these with our class members and they ‘figured out’ all the information about us.We also designed some Maths trails for our buddies and brought our buddies on a Maths trail around the school. We also did some fun Maths in the computer room – Miss Fortune gave each of us a budget and we got to spend that budget on designing a room in a house. We researched different websites to find items that we could buy within our budget. Lastly we did some data with smarties. We first predicted how many smarties were in the box, then we counted them and divided them into groups of colour. We made bar graphs based on these. Finally we got to eat the smarties.

We had a great week for Maths Week in our class and saw how Maths is everywhere and can be very fun.


Competition Time – Well done to…

Edie O’Keeffe in Mrs Southard’s Class – ‘Maths at Home’ photo competition. Nearly 100 entries were received for this competition. Edie set up a shop at home and was playing with her mam. in her photograph.

Emma Pascolini in Mr Stokes’ Class- ‘Guess How Many Ducks in the Jar’ competition. 350 entries were received for this competition. Emma was 2 away from the real answer which was 177.

A huge thank you to Miss Stones for organising lots of fun activities and competitions throughout the week. Check out our photographs below to see what we were up to during fabulous ‘Maths Week 2023’

Green Schools

Presentation Primary school has a proud tradition of participating in the Green Schools initiative.

In September we established a new Green school Committee. We meet every month and discuss Green school issues.
Our first job was to organise a WOW- walk on Wednesday to mark National Walk to School Week. We had a great turn out and are looking forward to organising more.
We are currently working on our eight Green School Flag – Global Citizenship Marine Environment.
We are excited to bring awareness of Marine issues to our school community and learn more about our oceans over the coming school years.
Green School Committee.

Summer Stars 2023

Look at all the pupils who took part in the Summer Stars Reading initiative during the summer.
Ann Marie from Brown’s Road Library presented the girls and boys with their certificates and medals last week in our own school library.
The pupils recalled stand-out and favourite books of theirs and promised to show off their medals to their classmates.
This has been our biggest group yet, we might not fit in the school library next Autumn!
Thank you Ann Marie and also to Ms. Lyons for organising it here at school. Keep up the reading everybody!