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Presentation Secondary School Clonmel Celebrate Refurbishment of School

Minister Mary Hanafin officially opened a 4 million refurbishment at the Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel on Friday 23rd April 2010.

The official opening was a wonderful occasion for the Presentation community, the four hundred and fifty girls, teachers, staff, board of management, parents and members of the Presentation Order who had devoted their lives to the promotion of the Presentation ethos.

The opening marked a milestone in the history of the school, which has undergone a spectacular physical transformation as a result of the 4 million refurbishment scheme. The development includes roof replacement, new heating system, new wiring and plumbing, a new science laboratory and relocated art room.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, accompanied by her mother Nora Brady, who was a past pupil of the school, said Presentation Clonmel, was a welcoming school, a school that meant inclusivity for all and praised the unique dynamic of the school.

Pictured above Presentation Secondary School Traditional group (Teachers & Students).

Minister Hanafin said “this is a fantastic investment for young women in the Clonmel area and the additional rooms and upgraded facilities will serve generations of young women as they start out their lifelong education experience”. The Minister said the Principal Anne Breen and her staff had much to be proud of “and while enhanced facilities are always pleasant, what really matters is what is in the heart of the school - a school which is welcoming and inclusive, as Pres here in Clonmel is.

Pictured above Niamh Healy (President of Student Council) with Minister Hanafin.

She said the school had so much to be proud of academically and the school was very much steeped in culture and sport. “The school has embraced the spirit of the Percent for Art Works scheme and having the artist in residence has enhanced your school in a way that is unique and exciting. We all want to live long healthier lives and being an active participant in sport and leisure pursuits is a key feature of the school, and I was delighted to hear about your students being represented in the All Ireland Basketball series” she said.

The Minister, who was welcomed to the school by Principal Anne Breen and Deputy-Principal Michael O’Loughlin and a Presentation guard of honour, said that such a refurbishment does not happen without a lot of commitment by a great many people.

She paid tribute to all who fundraised though events such as sponsored walks, bag packing and fashion shows. It was down to the thriving community partnership that existed in the town. “The whole school community from the students, staff, parents and wider business community has helped to deliver these high standard facilities. I want to wish Anne Breen and the rest of the staff along with the board of management best wishes for the future and I know the students sitting State exams will achieve their potential after the positive learning experience they have had in Pres in Clonmel” said the former Pres Thurles pupil.

 

Pictured above are Mrs. Rebecca Dromey (Chairperson of the Board of Managment), Sr. Marie Stella (Presentation Community Clonmel) and Niamh Healy (President of Student Council).

She urged the pupils to believe in their potential and talent and to embrace every opportunity presented to them in school, which would enable them to meet every challenge they faced in the future. “The only place for the young people to be in for the next few years is in education and when we get through these difficult economic times we will see the benefits of that education” she said.

Anne Kelleher, CEO of CEIST, also paid tribute to whole school community for their outstanding new facilities and their ongoing work in the school for the students. She was delighted to acknowledge the efforts of the school in developing the new facilities. Anne Kelleher also acknowledged the great work of the Presentation Sisters and the vision that they had brought to education.

Pictured above Mrs.Mona Hanafin, (Minister's mother) and Mrs.Rebecca Dromey (Chairperson of the Board of Managment)

School Principal Anne Breen said the day was one of celebration of our four year journey in the life of the Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel. That journey started when they realised the roof of the school was collapsing and an emergency application was made to deal with the roof.  At that stage the Department suggested a complete refurbishment.

Anne Breen paid tribute all involved in the project at both design and construction stage. She praised tribute to all those involved in fund raising and to local industries who gave generously despite the difficult economic conditions.

The Principal paid tribute to the Presentation Community in Ireland and in Clonmel who offered the use of the boarding school building and for their patience in having their front lawn turned into a building site. The occasion also saw the unveiling of the Percent for Art Works, a project funded by the government in conjunction with the refurbishment project.

The art work involved three commissioned artists, Des Dillon, Donna McNamara and Dorin Sauras who participated in the work .The project involved a mix of commissioned pieces and student workshops. The interaction of the girls with the artists and the resultant finished pieces are a joy to behold.

The official blessing was performed by Fr. Billy Meehan, our school chaplain and Michael O’Loughlin, Deputy-Principal acted as M.C. for the day.