End of an era for Presentation Secondary School, Kildare

On Sunday, 29th May 2011 Presentation Secondary School, Kildare, held a beautiful celebration to mark the closure of the school. From September it amalgamates with two other schools in the town to form a new community school catering for all second-level students from the town.

The school first opened as a primary school in 1830 and became a secondary school in 1939 and this year will amalgamate with the De La Salle Academy and Kildare VEC from September.











Pictured above the student orchestra performing at the closing ceremony.

The celebration was a wonderful occasion. It was attended by the students from the school, by staff present and past, by Sisters who had served in the school over the years, by current and former members of the Board of Management and by parents and past students.

Sr. Mary Kenny (from the Provincial Leadership Team of the Presentation Sisters), Anne Kelleher (CEO, CEIST - which has taken over the trusteeship of the school in recent years on behalf of the Presentation Sisters) and Sr. Evelyn Byrne and Noel Keating from the former Presentation Education Office attended the service.











Pictured above Sr. Cecelia Molloy speaking on behalf of the Presentation Congregation.

Among the presentations was a painting by sixth-year student and award winning artist Lisa Dunne, of the Presentation convent. Sr. Cecilia Molloy accepted the painting on behalf of the Presentation Sisters.

Presentation Sisters, many of whom were former teachers at the school, travelled to Kildare for the event, including 90-year old Sr De Lourde who taught in the school from the 1960's to the 1980's.

A silver cross, resembling a cross which hangs on the exterior of the school building, was also presented to each student of the school. Following the Mass there was a celebration event at the school featuring a string quartet and a photographic exhibition allowing those in attendance to take a nostalgic trip back in time.

Principal Herbie Wilkins said the event was a fitting way to celebrate the school. "It was a fantastic event. We had 700 or 800 people back at the school and we had a marquee to cater for all the people. The photographs were on the walls and we also had digital versions on a computer loop displayed on classroom whiteboards and other places throughout the school.

It was nostalgic but it was also a celebration of the school," he said.

Click here to view more details on the ceremony.