This school week is dedicated to “Friendship” which as you know is so important for our wellbeing. During this week, our pupils are engaging in and enjoying all sorts of activities as we focus on what it means to be a friend and to have friends. Throughout the school, classes at all levels are involved in fun activities like “secret friends”, “happy hampers” and recipes for friendship. Random acts of kindness are flourishing.
Friendship is the theme for art and music activities. Our infant pupils have been getting to know their buddies in senior classes as they enjoy many fun lessons together.
Thursday 21st September is also World Gratitude Day and expressing gratitude daily is a very important ingredient for wellbeing and happiness. Each class has been given a flower on which to draw or write something they are grateful for.
And on that note, I would like to express my gratitude for the support you give me and the staff of Presentation Primary School. I am so thankful to be part of this wonderful community of parents, guardians, staff and pupils.
Anne Marie O’Mara
On Tuesday 13th June we held a flag raising ceremony for the 2 flags we achieved this year – the Green School Flag and the Amber Flag for Promoting Positive Mental health.
The members of each committee were also presented with their certificates for all of their hard work this year.
Well done to everyone involved.
Congratulations to Eve, Aoife, Molly, Kassie, Grace, Zuzanna, Abbie, Charli, Lily Ellen, Nicole, Lisa-Jane and Sorcha who sang so beautifully as part of the National Children’s Choir at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 29th May. Presentation Primary School was the only Waterford school represented at the event. Many, many rehearsals took place before the big night. A super experience for everyone and lots of happy memories were made. A huge thank you to the teachers involved in the preparation for this event. Work started in September and continued to the regional concert and right up to the finale on May 29th. Well done to everyone!
Congratulations to our Second Class pupils who made their First Communion on Saturday 6th May. Many thanks to their teachers who prepared them so well for this very special occasion in their lives.
Well done to the three 4th Classes who have been working hard on their narrative writing and completed the “Our Class Book” project from CJ Fallon.
Every girl wrote a story and these were compiled and published into Class Books. Pupils and parents had the opportunity to order a copy of these wonderful books.
A special well done goes to the girls in Ms Hennebry’s Class – their book has been chosen to be sent as the sample for all classes in the future!
Mrs O’Dwyer’s 4th Class took part in the Challenge to Change project this year with their project called “Climate Change and Clothes: What Can We Do?”
Their project focused on the impact which Fast Fashion is having on the environment and highlighted sustainable fashion choices. The girls got the opportunity to tie-dye old t-shirts, shorts and socks, and with the help of parents and grandparents, the girls learned how to knit headbands. They then put on a fashion show for 3rd and 4th classes in the hall to highlight the message that you don’t have to have new clothes to have nice clothes. 10 girls travelled with Mrs O’Dwyer to the Challenge to Change showcase in the Lyrath hotel, Kilkenny on April 20th. They enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their project to girls and boys from other Presentation schools and also learn from their projects too. It was a very enjoyable project.
The Presentation camogie team, which is made up of 4th, 5th and 6th Class girls, have gotten their 2023 season underway!
The first game saw our team come up against a strong and physical team from St Ursula’s, the girls fought for every ball and played with fierce determination, coming back from being twelve points down at half time, to being beaten by just one goal at the final whistle. An excellent come back from the girls, who were so unlucky on the day.
Friday saw our team line out against Holy Cross in Cleaboy. They put on a super performance and really worked together as a team. They won on a final score of 9-4 to 1-3. It was a great team effort and all 21 girls played a part on the day, while also having great fun!
A special thank you goes to our 5th and 6th class supporters! We loved your posters and chants on the side-lines
Huge congratulations to everyone on the team. We are so so proud of you. Pres Abú!
A massive thank you to all the boys and girls in our school for bringing in their Aldi rugby stickers!
Together, we managed to fill 8 posters, that is 2400 stickers!!
Our posters have been submitted and we will keep our fingers crossed for the prize draw!
Well done everyone
Pupils and staff enjoyed celebrating Wellbeing Week and with lots of fun ideas and activities. We enjoyed Mindful Monday, Together Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Thankful Thursday and Feel Good Friday.
Each day a member from the Amber Flag committee shared some positive thoughts and activities on the P.A. system. Mindfulness meditation in classrooms followed each announcement. We even had a special song…
Other activities for the week were…
Mindful Monday – Yoga for Infants to 1st Class
Together Tuesday – Buddy Art and Zumba
Wacky Wednesday – Pupils can show their uniqueness and personalities through something ‘wacky’ – maybe odd socks , crazy hair day.
Thankful Thursday – Gratitude activities to reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives
Feel Good Friday – Music in the Yard
A huge thank you to our wonderful Wellbeing (Amber Flag) Team who were involved in the planning, organisation and running of this very special week for everyone.
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!
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?
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!