News from Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry

Information Night a Resounding Success

On Wednesday night the 20th the doors of Presentation Secondary School Balllingarry opened to welcome prospective 1st year students and their parents. Despite the cold weather over eighty boys and girls together with their parents attended the information evening. After a warm welcome by Principal Ms. Cahill the families had an opportunity to view the school.

There was a unique twist to this years’ presentations in that it was current students who met and welcomed parents in each room and who gave an overview of each subject. The parents who attended were highly impressed by the students and felt they got a true insight into our school. Many thanks to all the members of The Parents Council and to the students who gave so generously of their time.

UCD Entrance Scholars Awards 2013

Former student Eamonn Butler and his parents Anna and Richard were special guests at an Entrance Awards Ceremony in UCD on November 11th. 

Eamonn received 580 points in his Leaving Certificate and the college duly honoured this wonderful achievement.

Eamonn resplendent in college gown marched proudly onto the podium to receive his certificate (the first of many we predict) Ms Cahill (Principal) was also presented with a plaque in recognition of the schools part in Eamonn’s journey this far. This plaque now hangs proudly on our walls.

Ms Cahill congratulated Eamonn and his parents wishing them every success in the future. Eamonn is studying Law and History.


Presentation Day Celebrations

To celebrate Nano Nagle being declared Venerable on 30th October by Pope Francis a special liturgy was celebrated in South Presentation Convent Cork. Mrs. Cahill and Sister Teresa represented the staff and students of our school together with representatives from Presentation Schools throughout the world.

On the eve of Presentation Day our school community came together to celebrate a special Liturgy in honour of Nano and a presentation of a bookmarkers to mark Nano being made venerable was presented to each student. We continue to pray for her Beatification.

Poetry Aloud

Congratulations to Martin McGrath 1st year. Martin was successful in advancing to the finals of The Poetry Aloud Competition which will be held in The National Library December 6th. We also congratulate Ciara O’ Connor 6th year on her very fine delivery and who along with Martin did our school proud in the Semi-Finals on Thursday last November 21st. We wish Martin every success in his preparation for the final.

Another highlight of the day was a chance meeting with esteemed Poet and Novelist and Former Professor of Modern Literature at Trinity College Brendan Kennelly who took time to stop and chat with Mrs Regan and wish our students well. It was a fitting start to a day of Poetry.

Academic Progress

Christmas tests began on Monday 25th and for our first years these tests provide an excellent opportunity for them to show off all the new knowledge they have acquired since beginning in September. For all of our students these tests focus study and can reflect the strengths and weaknesses of a term’s work. We wish all our students every success.

Study Skills Day

Sixth and third year students were given the opportunity to register for a study skills day which is to be held on Friday 29th. This day will be facilitated by Mr. Michael Bond and aims to motivate students whilst giving them some very valuable organisational, study and revision skills. We trust that this day will prove to be invaluable for those who opt to attend.


On Friday next the 5th years together with English teachers Mr. O’ Leary and Mrs. Regan will head to the Helix for Second Age production of Othello.

Director John Breen promises an exciting production re imagined for the 21st Century. Having completed a study of the play in class the students are very much looking forward to a live production.

Remembering our Deceased Relatives and Friends

The Religion Department are taking some time out with their Religion classes to remember deceased relatives and friends.

In the central area of our school a tree of remembrance has been erected and students get an opportunity during a class prayer service to write the name of their loved one on a specially designed heart and hang it from the tree.

The names are then recorded in a memorial book which is then placed on the November altar and these names are remembered in the daily prayers of our school. May they rest in peace.

French Film Viewing

On Tuesday 19th November Ms. Bourke together with her 5th year French class travelled to the source Theatre in Thurles to view the acclaimed French film “Untouchable” a moving true story. A great day was enjoyed by all and to quote the students, “C’etait magnifique! On s’est bien amuse!!!”

Sports News

The u19’s began their journey to the final in Our Lady’s Templemore with a comprehensive win over arch rivals Cahir. Once in the semi finals they had to overcome a determined team from the host school Our Lady’s Templemore to secure a place in the final.

A stronger Roscrea team however brought their run to an end winning. Our congratulations go to Aidan Buckley, Cathal Mahony, Ciaran Mockler and Darren Boland. Well done boys!

We also congratulate our u15’s who also secured a place in the final but were beaten by a stronger Templemore side after a very tough game. Well done to Jamie Broderick, Michael Boland, Conor Duggan and Niall Mockler.