A New Dawn for Presentation Secondary School Waterford

Tuesday March 22nd marked the opening of a new chapter at Coláiste Na Maighdine as the sod was turned to begin construction of a new school building.

Great news indeed at a time when it’s badly needed. It is somewhat ironic that this build begins during a period of economic recession. It will stand in the shadow of the Pugin designed convent building constructed during the period of the Great Famine.











Picture above (LtoR) are Principal Mary Ryan, former Principal, Sr. Fidelis Purcell and Deputy Principal, Ruth Gallen.

Our new school has a story to tell even before it comes to being. Approval for a new building was sought from the Department of Education in January 1999. It has taken twelve years of lobbying on the part of the Presentation sisters, CEIST, and school management to bring us to this long awaited and much anticipated moment.
It’s shameful to think that the boom years for the Irish economy came and went before persistence eventually won out and we can now replace the rapidly deteriorating current structure and prefab accommodation that have served us for far too long.











Pictured above former Principals' of the school Mr. Terence White and Sr. Margaret Mary Healy.

Our school community will soon enjoy a wonderful new facility. The new structure will contain 37 new classrooms with specialist facilities for many subjects. Science laboratories (3), Home Economics rooms (2), Art and technology rooms, Business studies and Multi-media rooms to name but a few. There will also be a Parents’ Room, a Guidance suite, and a large performance and assembly area. The school will retain its existing sports hall facility and will enjoy a series of outdoor courts and activity areas when building is complete.

The outlook for students and staff at Presentation is optimistic. Within the year, we will find ourselves in a much changed environment. A major project of this type is a boost for the entire area and will breathe new life into the local community.

Tuesday’s ceremony was presided over by mayor of Waterford, Councillor Mary Roche, with guests from the school community, Presentation sisters, CEIST, Design team, and Purcell Construction. Former Principals, Sister Fidelis Purcell and Terence White turned the sod(s) alongside current Principal Mary Ryan.











Pictured above (LtoR) Sr. Josephine Deegan (Board of Management Trustee), Sr. Margarita Ryan PBVM, Michael Lane (CEIST) and former Principal, Sr. Fidelis Purcell.