News from Presentation College Athenry

The following school news was kindly shared by teacher, Jason Cotter, Presentation College, Athenry, Co. Galway. 

MEP visits Presentation College

As part of our school’s EU Ambassador’s Programme, regular visitor to Presentation College Athenry, Marian Harkin, MEP met with Mr. Cotter’s EU Studies students and Ms. Tracey’s Business Studies students when she arrived at the school on Friday 26th February.

Ms. Harkin, who is MEP for the Midlands North-West constituency, spoke passionately to students about many topical issues including EU border controls, the possibility of the UK leaving the EU and the EU’s function in improving food quality.

EU Studies student, Mairead Miller presented Ms. Harkin with a hand made gift from Athenry in appreciation of her visit to the school.

After her presentation, Ms. Harkin met with our TY Enterprise students how have secured funding from Athenry Credit Union and will soon launch a savings scheme in the school.

Ms. Harkin, who is a supporter of Credit Unions said ‘I am delighted to see the students becoming involved in their local Credit Union at such a young age.

This project will teach them about the need to manage their personal finances and will help them to develop their enterprise skills’.

Pictured above TY Enterprise students present Ms. Harkin with a Handmade gift from Athenry.jpeg

Internet sensation RTE’s Teresa launches ‘Rainy Day Savings’

Following RTE’s Teresa Mannion’s news report during the storms that hit the West Coast of Ireland last December, Mr. Jason M. Cotter’s Enterprise students were inspired to set up and name their mini company ‘Rainy Day Savings’.

The students are using computer equipment, which was sponsored by the local Credit Union to offer an innovative savings scheme to students who have some spare cash, which they would like to save for their ‘rainy days’.

When Teresa Mannion heard about the student project she was keen to meet with the students and give her support and on Friday, 26th February Teresa visited the students at Presentation College Athenry and officially launched their business.

Teresa said ’it is great to see students getting involved in enterprise and I wish them the very best with their business venture’.

The students will represent the school at the Local Enterprise Office (formerly City and County Enterprise Board) Student Business Awards this March.

Health Promotion Week

Health Promotion Week got off to a great start on Monday 29th in Presentation College, Athenry with the visit of “The Raw Food Coach” Yvonne O’ Shaughnessy to the school.

Tuesday was equally exciting with the line up of guest speakers. Dr. Francis Finucane - Consultant Endocrinologist in GUH addressed the 500 students in attendance at the school gym on Health, Nutrition and Healthy Living followed by a question and answer session. Claire Kerins - Specialist Cardiac Dietitian with Croi and author of the book “Healthy Ways” also took to the stage to present an informative talk about Healthy Eating, Food Labelling, Portion control, Exercise and much more.

In the afternoon PCA welcomed “The Friendly Farmer”, Ronan Byrne to address another group of 500 students on the importance of good quality food. The day finished with a presentation from two well known inter-county GAA players Galway Football Captain, Gary O’Donnell and Galway Senior Hurler, Padraig Breheny who are teachers on the staff.

Together, they spoke to the students about Sport, Nutrition, Exercise, Physio and Hygiene. Chef Nigel Johnson of the LoughRea hotel gave cookery demonstrations to the Junior Cert’s and Second Years who were very keen to try out the tasty dishes which he prepared.

In celebration of the many talented art students, the Principal, Cathal Moore, presented prizes to the winners of the school’s Health Promotion Week Poster Competition.

To view a pictorial record of the event, click on the links below:

Prize Winners

The Raw Food Coach” Yvonne O’ Shaughnessy

Dr. Francis Finucane - Consultant Endocrinologist

Claire Kerins - Specialist Cardiac Dietitian

The Friendly Farmer” Ronan Byrne

Galway Football Captain, Gary O’Donnell & Galway Senior Hurler, Padraig Breheny

Chef Nigel Johnson of the LoughRea Hotel

Event Speaker’s presentations have been recorded and are available to download from our school’s SoundCloud.

Click here to check it out:

Other News

Click here to view our recent article on public meeting held in the school.