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Latest News from Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel

Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel has very kindly shared their latest news with the Trust.

Bi Centenary Exhibition and Book Launch “Let the Lantern Shine”

Clonmel museum are hosting a photo and visual exhibition dedicated to the Presentation Sisters as well as the primary and secondary schools that have educated thousands of children in the past two centuries.

The exhibition includes 1,500 images including photos and images displayed on screens, covering school trips, sports days, musicals and all other aspects of life at the Presentation from the early 1900s to the present day.

The exhibition started with the launch of the book “Let the Lantern Shine” complied by Anne Breen, former Principal. The book is on sale in the school. The exhibition will continue until December 2014.

Civic Reception April 2014

The Presentation Community were the last group to be accorded the highest honour the town could give. The council chamber was packed to capacity as the Borough Council gave the Presentation community its last ever civic community.

Mayor Pat English told the gathering the reception was in recognition of the contribution made by the Presentation Community to Clonmel over the last two centuries. Among the attendance was past teachers and pupils of both schools.

Sr. Marie Stella and Sr.de Sales replied on behalf of the Presentation Community and Mr O’Loughlin (Secondary School Principal) and Ms.Conway (Primary School Principal) replied on behalf of both schools. The mayor presented the sisters with a painting of the convent looking back towards St. Mary's church, acknowledging their current place in the community and remembering where it all started.

Leaving Cert Graduation Mass

Our Assembly Hall was packed to capacity for our Leaving Cert Graduation Mass in May. Fr. John was the celebrant of the mass with considerable input form the R.E.Department - Mr Buckley, Mrs Bolger, Ms.Kathriona Murphy. After the Mass, Mr.O’Loughlin, the School Principal addressed the gathering as did Year Head, Mrs Bolger. Chloe Anderson and Zoe O’Brien responded on behalf of the students.

Ailish McCarthy was presented with the Student of the Year Award and Student Peer Award. Sophie McCarthy was the winner of the Leaving Cert Applied Award. Caoimhne Murray was the winner of the Student Leadership award.

Ciara Hackett pictured below was the winner of the CEIST Social Awareness Award.

TY Graduation

TY students presented a night of music, drama and fashion on their graduation night at the end of May.

The TY Student Peer Award was presented to Nadine Mullery Hackman .

Science Department

Scifest Waterford. W.I.T
Both Sinead Cosgrave and Brigid Lambert (pictured on right) represented the school in the intermediate category, and Sinead won highly commended which is second prize.

It is our third year in a row that we have finished second in this category.

TY Variety Show

Pres TY Class 13/14 presented "Rhythm of the night" Variety Concert in the Clonmel Park Hotelon Thursday 3rd April at 8pm.

The following acts performed and entertained an enthralled audience. The Drive..Kate Lonergan...Red Melody...Sinead O Donavan..Kiss me Kate melody...Eoghan Kennedy......Ciara Laste..Alison Condon..Toby Kane.Poppy Kane..Molly Hogan...Ty class..The Ramblers...Ellid Mackey..Ruaairi de Leastar...Tara Horan...Tommy Mullins...On Your Toes...Kathy Mullins...provided a great night’s entertainment.

Two Costumes qualified for the All Ireland Junk Kouture Final 2014

Two of our six original entries for the Junk Kouture Fashion Competition reached the All Ireland Final which was held in the O2 Dublin on Friday May 2nd 2014.

The whole school has once again embraced this competition and all have been collecting, re-cycling and gathering all forms of disposable junk. The 5th and Transition Years have re-vamped, reworked and created amazing wearable art. The competition attracted an initial 1,500 entries. The girls had to use recycled material for their designs. Two costumes have been selected from the regional finals which took place at the University of Limerick Concert Hall in April. Well done to everyone on achieving such great success.

The costumes are ARTEMIS designed by TY students Carrie Fennessy and Laura Ryan, modelled by Naoimi Ryan 5th year, tipped by the presenters at the regional heats as Irelands next super model.

The costume is made from electric wires twine and feathers. The second costume is called Hosiery . It is made from 100% garden hose.

It is designed by Moya O'Dwyer and modelled by Lorna Ni Cheallaigh.

Our Lenten Pilgrimage 2014

Lent is a time to reflect on our relationships with each other and with God. In religion classes during meditation in the sacred space students were asked to think about people they had hurt or times when they were hurt themselves. The religion teachers focused on the quote paraphrased from St John’s gospel , “When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness and letting go is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” We all went outside and looked for a stone or pebble to represent the idea that a hurt inside can be heavy and sharp.

The religion department had the idea of making a pilgrimage to St Patrick’s Well to symbolise our letting go of our hurts. Making a journey to reflect on life has been part of the Christian Tradition for many centuries. It was once said “ As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of the beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow”. A.C. Benson.

On a beautiful day in April we walked as a school community to St Patricks well. Sr Marie Stella, Sr Marie Looby and Sr Pius joined us on our Journey. We all gathered around the lake listening to the song Everybody Hurts.

As we made a slow pilgrimage walk around the water we deposited our pebble in an effort to symbolically let go our hurt. When we left this ancient Christian site we were each given a piece of card with a Christian quality written on it to help us focus our lives during the Easter Season.

There was an atmosphere which was charged with reflection and prayerfulness during this special service.

Thanks to all who contributed in any way. Special thanks to Fr Hegarty who gave us all an Easter blessing.