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Presentation Primary School Waterford

A great tradition of education in Waterford since 1798

Presentation Day 2022

We celebrated Presentation Day on Monday 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 and Sr. de Lourdes for such a beautiful ceremony. Pupils remembered Nano Nagle and the wonderful work that she did. We strive to follow in her footsteps and ‘go one step beyond’.

Science Week 2022

We enjoyed Science Week here in Presentation Primary and the theme was “Infinite Possibilities “ with lots of fun activities, experiments and learning going on over the course of the week. Each morning we had “Science with 6th Class” broadcast where 6th Class pupils delivered fun information and facts across our P.A. system. Everyone really enjoyed the week and a big thank you to the teachers who helped make the week such an exciting one.

Visit from the Mayor

Waterford’s mayor, Clr. Jason Murphy visited our school on Thursday 27th October. Members of the Green School committee spoke about their cookbook “Let’s Grow Together”, for which they received a School of Excellence Sustainability Award last year. They also presented the mayor with a copy of the cookbook. It was fantastic to have our hall back in use and to welcome Waterford’s First Citizen.

Children’s Book Festival 2022

On Tuesday 18th October 2022, our 2nd and 3rd Class pupils thoroughly enjoyed a visit from digital artist Wayne O’Connor today in our own school library. Wayne had the girls and boys listening, giggling and responding to his imaginative tales! Thank you to Wayne and Waterford City and County Library. Another Children’s Book Festival well spent!

Summer Stars Reading Awards

On Wednesday October 19th 2022, we had a special morning in our school library, when Ann Marie from Brownes Road Library presented our girls and boys with their Summer Stars Reading medals and certificates. Pupils from Junior Infants to 6th Class participated in this lovely reading initiative during their summer holidays. We are all very proud of these children and envious of their fabulous award. I wonder will more Presentation pupils undertake the summer challenge next July and August?

Climate Action Week 2022

A big well done to all the classes that took part in Climate Action Week. The school was a hive of activity with all classes doing their bit to learn about climate action and changes we can make as a school to save energy.   Remember – If It’s Not in Use, Turn off the Juice! We can all play our part and help reduce our energy use!

The Green School Committee did a fantastic job setting daily challenges for the school on the intercom such as nominating an energy monitor in each class, asking classes to research Sustainable goals, introducing our Green Code and informing us about climate issues. Well done, Girls!

Our School Green Code – Think Global, Start Local- there’s no Planet B!

Friendship Week

During September we celebrated a week dedicated to “Friendship”. During this week, our pupils engaged in and enjoyed all sorts of activities as we focused on what it means to be a friend and to have friends.

Throughout the school, classes at all levels were involved in fun activities like “secret friends”, “happy hampers” and recipes for friendship. Random acts of kindness were flourishing.

Friendship was the theme for art and music activities along with story books and outdoor pursuits. Our infant pupils had the opportunity to get to know their buddies in senior classes as they enjoyed many fun lessons together.

Walk on Wednesday

We had a great turn out for our ‘Walk on Wednesday’ on 21st September to celebrate ‘National Walk to School Week’.  

Well done to all the students and teachers that joined us!  Hopefully we will make our WOW (Walk on Wednesdays) a regular event when the weather is more settled. 

Waterford City Primary Schools Cross Country Races

A big well done and congratulations to all 32 pupils who took part in the Waterford City Primary Schools Cross Country Races. We are so proud of you all and hope that you had a great day. Congratulations! Thank you to the teachers who accompanied the pupils to this event. We could hear you cheering here at school!

Retirements

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.