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Presentation Secondary School Waterford - Awards Night

Awards Night at Presentation Secondary School took place on Tuesday 21st October 2014. Awards were presented by Mayor of Waterford Metropolitan District, Councillor Lola O’Sullivan. Head Girl, Niamh Browne, extended a warm welcome to the Mayor and thanked her for her visit.

The Mayor addressed the student body and encouraged our young people to think positively as we look to a brighter future for Waterford. She urged all present to respect the local environment and to responsibly dispose of all rubbish. She stressed the importance for students of getting involved in as many activities as possible both in school and in their Waterford community. She prompted the students to be aware of their potential and of the wide range of opportunities available to them.

Awards Night provides an opportunity for the school to recognise achievements both inside and outside the classroom. All recipients, along with their families and teachers, were congratulated by the Mayor and by the School Principal, Mary Ryan.
Business and Academic Awards were presented by Peter Farrell from Lisduggan District Credit Union. The principal acknowledged the generous donation by LDCU to the school as part of its five year secondary schools’ initiative. The school was very pleased to receive gifts of two defibrillators for use in the main school building and in the sports hall.

Mary Ryan thanked the Parents’ Association and all those who had contributed to fundraising last year. Following the presentation of awards, the Principal gave some up to date information on current events in the school. Coláiste Na Maighdine has a newly appointed Board of Management that will serve for the next three years. The new board was inaugurated by the school’s trust body, CEIST, on October 20th.

Waterford City & County Council engineers have recently informed the school principal that the traffic management plan prepared for the Vincent White Road entrance is now to be completed. Unfortunately, at the time of building, there was not sufficient funding available to implement the safety plan that the school management team had discussed with Mr Michael Walsh, who was city manager at that time. Mrs Ryan was delighted to hear that the promise made then is now being honoured.

Works have been approved to extend the footpath on the school side up to Slievekeale Road, to put in another speed bump and another pedestrian crossing. There will also be realignment works at the two junctions. This is a very welcome development and will make the area around the new entrance much safer for our students.

In her concluding words, Mary Ryan commended the support of the entire school community. She believes that Coláiste Na Maighdine is well poised at this moment. Our students enjoy the best educational facilities in a standard of accommodation that’s second to none. The school is growing and developing and is enjoying a high level of success both inside and out of the classroom.

As the Mayor informed the students in her opening address, the potential and opportunities are there to be availed of as we look to a bright future for Presentation education in Waterford.

Pictured above All-Ireland Basketball winners with Mayor Lola O'Sullivan and Basketball coach Alan Barber.

Business teacher Sandra Keating presenting the Senior Business Award to Emily Fanning, with Peter Farrell from Lisduggan Credit Union who sponsored the award, and Mayor Lola O'Sullivan.

Class Awards presented by Mayor Lola O'Sullivan to Hayley Cox, Courtney Healy, Lauren Hayes, Rhiannon Kavanagh, Nicole Byrne, Kate Madigan with Principal Mary Ryan.

Excellence in Transition Year award being presented to Beth Carton and Michelle Dalton by Mayor Lola O'Sullivan.

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