We bid farewell to Class of 2015

Posted on May 23, 2015 Posted under - Picture, Post

A mix of emotions swept through Presentation Secondary School last Thursday as our Leaving Certificate students said goodbye to what has been their second home for five or six years now.
There was excitement for what lies ahead but also a loneliness at the thought of leaving behind friends, teachers, and amazing memories.
Fr Patrick Cahill celebrated a beautiful mass and in his homily he reminded the girls that God has a plan for each and every one of them. He encouraged them to take time in their lives to deepen their faith.The girls sang beautiful hymns, accompanied by their music teacher, Ms Edel McEniry.
At the end of the mass, the sixth years received their graduation certificate, a gift from the school and the Gasice Awards were presented.
Head Girl, Jade Quirke addressed her peers for the last time in an emotional and entertaining speech. Clodagh Hyland, representing Leaving Cert Applied, also spoke reminiscing of the years gone by.
Lorraine Kelly and Tara Curtin brought a impressive twist to the evening as they presented teachers with ‘positive slips’ in a heartfelt bid to show appreciation to all staff for their years of hard work and commitment.
The evening came to a close with a final farewell from Acting Principal, Ms Lorraine O’Keeffe, who recognised the wonderful achievements of this bunch of ladies and wished them the world of luck as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
This group of ladies will be missed!

Presentation Secondary School celebrate excellence at their Awards Ceremony

Posted on May 22, 2015 Posted under - Picture, Post

The annual award ceremony at Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown took place on May 7th. This is a particularly special day in the calendar for our school, where we get the chance to celebrate and showcase the talents and ability of our students and honour the girls in so many areas of the school’s endeavours – some include academic excellence, perseverance, sport, music, leadership and commitment to school life.

Students, parents, staff, members of our Board of Management, Parents’ council, a representative from our Trustee body, CEIST and representatives from Mitchelstown Credit Union, all gathered for this celebration.

Senior members of our school choir treated the crowd to a magical performance. They entertained the gathering with a beautiful rendition of a ‘Fields of Gold”, followed by “Feel Good”. A special thank you to our music teachers, Ms Edel McEniry and Mrs Marie Lineen for their continued involvement and commitment to all of our choir groups, rehearsals, performances and musicals. The students and teachers here certainly exemplify the Presentation ethos by always giving of their time and demonstrating such commitment.

Mr Martin Quirke, Chairperson of the Board of Management, addressed the crowd, recognizing the wonderful achievements not only of the award recipients but also of all students in the school.

In the Principal’s address, Ms Lorraine O’Keeffe congratulated all students and spoke of how justifiably proud all staff are of the entire student body. She also commended and thanked the dedicated staff. She spoke of their generous involvement both in the classroom and in all areas of extra-curricular activities. She mentioned that Teachers at Presentation Mitchelstown “strive for excellence in Teaching and Learning both inside and beyond the classroom”.

The awards committee wishes to thank Mitchelstown Credit Union for the continued generous sponsorship of this event. The Credit Union has always been keen to support this special ceremony and we are most appreciative of their generosity. Thank you to Mr Dermot Long for presenting prizes on the day and to Mr Ian Malcom for his inspiring words.

A special thank you also to Fiona Turley for her work and creativity around the gifts and for sponsoring the Endeavour Award.
Also thank you to our second year student Aileen Kent for show casing her artistic creativity by designing the cover of our awards’ booklet.

List of Award Recipients from the academic year 2013-14

Attendance award
Full attendance is always recognized and encouraged as it develops habits of commitments and good practice, which pays dividends beyond school years

1st year
Shauna Maunsell Julie Moran
Sarah Burke Aisling Cremins
Aileen Kent Sarah Kent
Pratibha Sapkota

2nd Year
Katie Aherne Julie Dalton
Róisín Guerin Olivia Colgan
Jemma Kenneally Aoife Murphy
Rebecca Murphy Ciara O’Shea

3rd Year
Áine Keane Emma O’Brien
Rachel Doyle

5th Year
Tara Curtin Samadi Dedigamuwa
Yvonne Doyle Áine O’Brien

6th Year
Emma Hurley Katie O’Callaghan
Shauna Ryan Carolyn McDonnell
Niamh Mullins

Kelly Boland

Student Awards:
The student awards are presented to students who always see beyond, who are ready to lend a helping had, they stand out among a student body and uphold the ethos of our school.

1st Year – Lucy Roche
2nd Year – Jade McDonnell
3rd Year – Ciara Roche
Transition Year – Annette O’Donnell
LCA 1 – Clodagh Hyland
5th Year – Samadi Dedigamuwa
LCA 2 – Sarah White
6th Year – Shauna O’Sullivan

Academic Awards:
This group of awards recognise excellence of academic achievement. This kind of success is characterized by consistency and hard work.

1st Year Éadaoin Joy
2nd Year Aoife Murphy
3rd Year Eve O’Sullivan
Transition Year Ciara Leonard
LCA 1 Shannon O’Flaherty
5th Year Gemma Kent
LCA 2 Kelly Boland
6th Year Rachel Lane and Leah Fitzsimons

Nano Nagle Award: John Paul 11 Award recipients
This award recognizes student’s ability to respond to school and community needs in ways that are remarkable in time, generosity, selflessness and awareness of the needs of others. These students, like Nano Nagle, are able to light the lantern for others and go one step beyond.

Kelly Boland Megan Fitzgerald
Laura Guerin Maeve Lewis
Emily McMillan Annette O’Donnell
Rebecca O’Regan Niamh Palmer
Ciara Roche Sarah White

This award has been introduced this year for the first time. It is designed for a student who lives out the values of the CEIST Charter. Catherine McCormack, Faith and Governance Coordinator with our Trustees CEIST presented this award to Annette O’Donnell.

Music Awards
We are always excited to honour our musically gifted students. They have always been available to proudly represent our school. The junior award went to Carol Goff and the senior award went to Aoife O’Donoghue.

Sports Awards
It has been a huge year on the sporting front for Presentation Secondary. Great success on the Basketball courts, camogie field, soccer and football pitch along with a strong interest in tennis and the running club. The junior Sports award went to Chloe Barry and Janet Norris was presented with the senior award. Clodagh McGrath was awarded the Kathleen Lane-Aherne perpetual trophy.

Endeavour Award:
The Endeavour award was presented to Gemma Kent, a student that no matter what faces her each day, she rises to each challenge and never without a smile on her face. She has applied herself to every aspect of school life.

Great success for Presentation’s 5Km Fun run

Posted on May 17, 2015 Posted under - Picture, Post

Last week saw our school’s 5km fun run/walk in aid of the school’s development fund.
Thanks to all of you who supported this event and turned out in large numbers to participate. A very special thank you to members of our Parents’ Association, Galtee runners, our Transition Year students, staff, photographer Gerard O’Sullivan and everyone who generously gave of their time to make this event such a success. It is greatly appreciated.

Prize winners on the night were:
1st Lady: Keely Tideswell
2nd Lady: Aine McGrath
3rd Lady: Sinead Kelly

1st Man: Johnny O’Sullivan
2nd Man: Willie O’Conor
3rd Man: Donal O’Regan

1st Student Girl: Alanna Cronin
1st Student Boy: Mike Keanting

Check out our Facebook page for a link to the official photos from the night. See below for the full list of provisional results:
Fun Run Results

Transition Year students at SciFest

Posted on April 27, 2015 Posted under - Picture, Post

Five students represented Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown in the eight annual SciFest at CIT, on the 17th April. The competition offered the students the opportunity to showcase their scientific expertise, and gain valuable experience by competing against 26 different schools in Cork City and County. The Students presented on their “Blue Skies” project of a Bioshower, detailing concepts of innovative technologies based on Biomimicry (the translation of nature into technology solutions).
Well done to Amy Moriarty, Megan Pigott, Courtney O’Connor, Kate O’Brien and Aoife Kenneally along with their teacher Ms. McGrath.

PresActiv8 continues

Posted on April 26, 2015 Posted under - Picture, Post

PresActiv8 kick started many weeks ago and due to popular demand, it will continue for the rest of the school year! It is an initiative incorporating fitness, healthy eating and positive mental health.
Students begun the program by completing the ‘bleep test’ in their P.E. classes. The test will be repeated at the end of term to highlight your progress!
Each day at lunchtime students and staff have walked, ran or jogged a loop around the town. The aim was to complete a 10km/half-marathon or marathon distance over the initial four weeks.
On Tuesdays, senior students could avail of an hour’s free circuit training in the leisure center from 4-5pm. The running club on Thursdays has been particularly active, our tennis players have had Munster coach, Sinead Dunne coming to coach them each Thursday and all after school sports have also been going ahead.
Breda Carr, Pilates and Yoga instructor, took our junior students for Pilates, Frank Murphy ran Taekwon-Do classes for all students and Home Economics’ week incorporated a healthy eating campaign. Numerous positive mental health initiatives have also been run in the classroom.
Just before the Easter break, the whole school took part in a 8km run/walk/jog around the by-pass as a school fundraiser.
The lunch time run will continue every Monday and Wednesday until the end of the school year.

Pres students visit DePuy Synthes

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A group of Transition Year and 5th year science students visited DePuy Synthes on Thursday April 23rd. The students were given a presentation by Jim Mc Grath, head of the Innovation Centre about careers in science and engineering. He also gave the students an insight into the work carried out at DePuy Synthes in Cork. The students were then given a tour of the plant where they saw knee and hip replacement joints being made. The trip concluded with a visit to the wind turbine where Donal Og Cusack explained to the students about the use of wind powered electricity at the plant. The students were on a high leaving DePuy Synthes inspired and motivated to follow a career in science and technology.

DePuy Synthes is part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. It produces orthopaedic and neuro products and services for joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neuro, cranio-maxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials.

Transition Year Students and Psychslam

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Transition students went to UCC to compete against others schools in describing a topic in psychology in a fun and engaging way.
Topics ranged from ‘why do some people love to be scared by horror films’ or ‘Can online friendships be real’ or even ‘does playing video games make you smarter.
Emer O Mahony, Megan Pigott and Carol Goff represented Presentation Mitchelstown. They presented their work at the school of Applied Psychology in the Boole lecture theatre UCC. They presented on the topic ‘can online friendships be real’ The presentation was in the style of Pecha Kucha which is a type of presentation during which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format is used to deliver concise and fast-paced summaries of a topic, where imagery and storytelling is used to great effect.
The girls presented their topic to an audience of students from 11 other schools, psychology students and lecturers from the school of Applied Psychology at UCC. The girls did an amazing job on the day and their work was highly praised. We are very proud of these young ladies.

Presentation Students attend CEIST leadership conference

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The inaugural CEIST student leadership conference was held recently in St. Patrick’s college, Dublin.
Jade Quirke (Head Girl), Clodagh Hyland and Laura Guerin (Student Council members) represented Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown. These girls were chosen to attend as they demonstrate strong leadership qualities within the school. It is students in our schools today that will be the leaders of tomorrow and so our trustee body, CEIST, is committed to playing a part in preparing them for that role.
Dr. Marie Griffin, CEO of CEIST, welcomed the group. Following a morning prayer, students divided into groups and attended various workshops on leadership.
Our girls had a chance to meet with students from other CEIST schools and explore the possibilities of leadership as well as the values associated with being good leaders.
All in attendance were addressed by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who spoke openly about his own experiences and encouraged students to believe in themselves and be the best leaders they can possibly be.

Show Racism the Red Card

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‘Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by colour’
Ms Lally and the Transition Year students from Presentation Secondary School Mitchelstown worked on the Show Racism the Red Card program researching and learning about Racism, stereotypes, bullying, integration. On completion of their research they wanted to highlight the fact that colour is only skin deep and it’s what underneath that counts. They decided that they would write a short film to demonstrate the importance of looking beyond colour.
They filmed and posted their film on Youtube using powerful messages such as ‘Laundry is the only thing that should be separated’ to highlight their message, that beneath skin colour we are all the same.

Pres Mitchelstown sends best wishes to our sporting stars

Posted on March 28, 2015 Posted under - Picture, Post

A big week ahead for many of our students. We would like to wish the very best of luck to Orla Desmond (2nd Year) who is representing Ireland in the Cycling Youth Tour of Scotland, Cayleigh O’Neill (1st Year) who is dancing in the World Championships in Montreal, Valerie Clancy (2nd Year) who is representing Ireland in the U16 Golf Open Strokeplay in Strathmore, and Caitlin Ryan (5th Year) who is Boxing for Ireland against the current European Champion tonight!!! Good luck girls, We are so proud of you all!