Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland

Mission Statement

St. Joseph’s Presentation School is a Christian community based on Nano Nagle’s vision of bringing God’s love to all people and is dedicated to an all round Christian education, based on Gospel values.

Mutual respect is the corner-stone of our philosophy. Parents, pupils, staff and management all have an important role to play in school life at St. Joseph’s.

Ní neart go cur le chéile.

School History

On the 7th October, 1846, the Presentation Sisters came to Castleisland. From 1925- 1945 a Secondary Top operated within the Primary School System.

It was decided to open a full Secondary School in September 1945 and Sr. Marie Therese Scanlon was appointed Principal.

Owing to war restrictions, a new building could not be undertaken. Two classrooms of the Primary School, with a separate entrance, were given over for Secondary work. Towards the end of the year 1946, a notification was received from the Department of Education that no part of the Primary School could be used for secondary work. Alternative premises were sought.

The top floor of the parish hall across the street (now the Veterinary Centre) was rented from Mr. Aloysious Roche. It was opened in September 1946 as “St. Joseph’s Secondary School”. The location of the school was again changed on the 13th October 1951, to what was then known as the Imperial Hotel (now Castletown House). Rev J. J. Enright blessed the premises and over 100 pupils were enrolled.

In 1966 a new Primary school was built; the old premises then became available for a Secondary School. The latter was opened in September 1968 and extensions were added in 1974 and 1978. St. John’s Hall was built in 1972. A new Cookery Room was added in 1993 and a new Computer Laboratory and general classroom in 1996.

News from Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland

14 May 2018
Presentation Castleisland, Co. Kerry success at National Student Enterprise Awards Final

On May 2nd the ‘Complete Camán’ group travelled to Croke Park in the early hours of the morning on…

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24 Apr 2018
Grand celebration as Presentation Secondary School Castleisland Marks 90th Anniversary

Friday 24th November 2017 NINE decades dedicated to educating girls through their teenage years were celebrated at two…

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05 Apr 2018
Presentation Castleisland claim overall prize as ‘Most Enterprising School in Kerry’

On Friday 16th March, Presentation Castleisland sent three groups into the Student Enterprise County Final in IT Tralee….

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06 Feb 2018
Presentation Castleisland win Juvenile Team of the year

Presentation Castleisland completed a remarkable 3 in a row of National League Basketball titles (the threepeat!) recently when…

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