Presentation Secondary School Waterford Awards Night 2017


Awards Night at Presentation Secondary School took place on Tuesday 24th October 2017. Awards were presented by Mayor of Waterford City and County, Councillor Sean Reinhardt. Head Girl, Ruth Walsh and Deputy Head Girl Megan Thornton, extended a warm welcome to the Mayor and thanked him for his visit. The Mayor addressed the student and guests, telling them how he impressed he was with the facilities of the school. He remarked that he was delighted to be at the event where there was such wide range of achievements to be celebrated.

Business and Academic Awards were presented by Virginia O’Sullivan from Lisduggan District Credit Union. Adrian Gibbs, Principal, acknowledged the generous donation by LDCU to the school as part of its five year secondary schools’ initiative.

This year was the first year of the JSCP Brenda Holden Award which will be presented annually in memory of Brenda who worked with WSCP and had a long working relationship with the school. Brenda passed away suddenly in January; the award was present to Leah O’Brien by Brenda’s mother, Noreen.

It was also the first year for the Helga Weber-Doyle Spirit of PE Award, which will be presented annually in memory of Helga who had been a PE and German teacher in the school for 20 years and passed away in July. This award was present to Ciara Coady and Dominika Kuzniar by Dan Doyle.

Following the presentation of awards Principal Adrian Gibbs spoke about the fact that as a school all strive to encourage our students’ to achieve academically and holistically. He told the guests that Awards Night is an opportunity to celebrate the success of current students and most recent graduates. The opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of our current students is an important part of the school calendar. The involvement and recognition of past students, now in Third Level, highlights the school’s strong progression rate to university.

The evidence of the academic and sporting achievements is represented, tonight, in all of the awards. The holistic is represented in the school’s Green Flag and Amber flag. To obtain these flags from the Department of Education teachers and students had to work very hard. The Green flag represents the school’s commitment to the physical environment and the Amber flag represents its commitment to positive mental health. The school is currently pursuing the blue active flag and will be one of only 30 schools, out of over 800 Irish secondary schools, to obtain it, and the only in Waterford City.

Adrian Gibbs said that he was delighted to welcome parents, family members, students, teachers past and present as well as the Mayor of Waterford Metropolitan Seán Reinhardt to participate in the celebration.


Mayor of Waterford Metropolitan District, Cllr. Seán Reinhardt, presenting the Academic Achievement Awards sponsored by Lisduggan Credit union

Mayor of Waterford Metropolitan District, Cllr. Seán Reinhardt, presenting the Active Historian Award to Katie Whelan, with Principal Adrian Gibbs.

Mayor of Waterford Metropolitan District, Cllr. Seán Reinhardt, presenting the Junior Art Award to Kim Dalton, with Principal Adrian Gibbs.

Ruth Gallen, DP, presenting a replica of the Spirit of PE Award to Dan Doyle