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Presentation Primary School Waterford

A great tradition of education in Waterford since 1798

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.

WOW!

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’

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!

Congratulations to Lily Collins!

Well done to Lily Collins in 1st Class who won a prize during Anti Racism month last year. She won this prize from the library for her drawings in the Senior Infant category.
Part of Lily’s prize was for an author called Kensika Monshengwo to visit our school.
Kensika Monshengwo, along with Anne Marie from Waterford Library visited on Friday 29th September and spoke to 1st – 6th Classes in the hall. Kensika read aloud from his book “Okani and the Crocodile Queendom.” Our pupils really enjoyed the experience and discussed at length the topic of diversity.

Friendship Week

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

A Big Well Done…

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.

National Children’s Choir 2023

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!

First Holy Communion

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.

Wonderful Writers

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!

Challenge to Change

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.

Sports News

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!

Aldi Stickers
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 🙂

Wellbeing Week

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.

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!