Presentation Secondary School Clonmel News – October 2020

Virtual Open Night 2020

This year, Presentation Clonmel will be holding a “Virtual Open Night”. Along with a virtual tour of the school, prospective parents will be treated to some videos made by our current students and some testimonials from past pupils. In preparation for the night, we took the opportunity to get a photograph of our Presentation family connections. There are several members of staff whose daughters are currently attending the school. We also had three generations, Mrs. Marie McCarthy – Home Economics and Irish teacher – was pictured with her mother (a past Pres girl) and her daughter Molly who is in 6th year.  Pictures were taken in the Prayer Room.


TY Home Economics

As the cold weather rolls in, Transition Years enjoyed making delicious Cottage Pie in Ms. Walsh’s Home Economics class. There were some delicious aromas circulating around the school corridors.


LCVP Movie Day

Ms. O’ Dwyer’s 5th year LCVP class were busy on the 30th September making goody bags for their 1st Year Movie Day. All proceeds from the day will go to the Clonmel and District Wheelchair Association. Well done everyone!


6th Year CPR

The students involved in the Leaving Certificate Modified were working hard practising their CPR skills by completing the CPR4Schools Programme under the instruction of Ms. O’ Dwyer.


Retirement News

We would like to wish Mr. Noel Buckley all the best in his retirement. Staff and students agree that the school will not be the same without his positive and inspiring presence. We wish Ms. Mary O’ Dwyer all the best in her new role as Transition Year Coordinator.


1B History Projects

Class 1B showing off their artifacts from home in a fantastic history lesson. Ms. Slattery said the students went to great efforts to bring in such a wide range of artifacts. Well done everyone!


VHI Mini Marathon

The 5th and 6th Year students of the Leaving Certificate Modified Programme completed the VHI Mini Marathon on Monday 5th of October. Well done girls, what an incredible achievement.



1st Year Home Economics

Some of Ms. Walsh’s 1st years had a great time in the kitchens cooking home-made pizza and curry. Well done to all the students involved.


1st Year Science

Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Ryan’s first years had great fun in Science this term testing PH levels and making copper sulphate crystals! It’s all very colourful down in the Science labs these days!


TY Science

Ms. Kennedy’s TY students learned how to start a fire using flint this term – this should come in handy for their camping trip at the end of October with Ms. O’ Dwyer.


1st Year Computer Coding (European Code Week 2020)

This week, all First-Year students in Ms. Hogan’s Creative Computing Tasters have been working on a collage entitled “About Me” using Scratch. The activity was part of Europe Coding Week 2020 and just today we received our Certificate. Well done to all involved.


Transition Year Art

Huge thanks to TYC who completed a fantastic wall mural outside the Science Labs. It has really helped to brighten up the corridors! Well done girls.


1st Year Art

Ms. Fennell’s 1st Year Art students completed some incredible pumpkins this term. They moulded the little pumpkins from clay, set them in the kiln and then painted them. Just in time for Halloween. Great work everyone.


“Home is Where the Heart Is”

2nd Year English students have just completed a module called “Home is Where the Heart Is”. The girls wrote some fantastic poems about what home means to them!

Presentation Secondary School: Academic Awards for Excellence 2019-2020

Cailin Napier 6th Year Award Winner

Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel celebrated the 24th Annual Presentation Awards for Excellence on 7th October. This year, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the ceremony took place in the Presentation Assembly Hall and was live streamed via Zoom into each classroom around the school. While we certainly missed the atmosphere of the church, there was great excitement in the school.

The awards acknowledge the tremendous achievements of the students across the whole spectrum in education in the school. The awards recognize that the pursuit of excellence is not confined to academic achievement but encompasses the whole range of activities that makes for a rounded and balanced education.

Huge thanks to Mrs. Máiread Fennell, Awards Coordinator, who organised such a fantastic ceremony and to Fr. Billy Meehan who opened the ceremony.

A special mention must go to the members of the Student Council and Ms. Antje Hogan who assisted Mrs. Fennell in producing this wonderful event. Year Heads, Jennifer Williams, Margaret O’ Mahoney, Elaine O’ Carrol and Martin O’ Loughlin assisted in presenting the awards.

Mr. Michael O’ Loughlin (Principal) welcomed made the opening speech and welcomed the staff and student body to the awards. Mr. O’ Loughlin acknowledged the excellent work being carried out by the whole school community in keeping our school a safe working and learning environment.

Student of the Year Awards

The Student of the Year Award from the 1st to 6th year groups were presented by the respective Year Head in association with the sponsor of each year group. Nominations from each year were invited on stage and with mounting tension, the Year Head read out the winner. These awards were followed by the Academic Awards.

Academic Awards

Junior Cert Academic Award:

Mrs. Roisín Hennessy (Deputy Principal) presented the Junior Cert Academic Award to Carrie Lyons and Bianca Gouws.

Leaving Cert Academic Awards:

Mr. O’ Loughlin (Principal) awarded the Leaving Cert Academic Award to Cailín Napier.

Cailín could not be with us for the ceremony as she is currently studying in University College Cork.

Special Category Awards

Special Category Awards were presented in areas such as; Creativity, Enterprise & Initiative, Sports Awards, Student Peer Awards, Scientific Endeavour and Master Chef. These awards recognized the tremendous work by students outside the academic area and their participation in extra-curricular areas in the school community.

Mr. O’ Loughlin concluded the ceremony by congratulating all the award recipients for their individual achievements and paid tribute to teachers and students for organizing the smooth running of the event.

Complete List of Winners:

Academic Awards:

  • Junior Cert: Carrie Lyons and Bianca Gouws
  • Leaving Certificate: Cailín Napier

Student of the Year:

  • Saoirse Scully (First Year)
  • Molly O’ Brien (Second Year)
  • Caoilfhionn Conway (Third Year)
  • Sophie Pyke (Fifth year)

Special Category Awards:

  • The Cast of “We Will Rock You” (Senior Creativity Art)
  • Kacie O’ Shea and Saloni Ardurkar (Junior Creativity Award)
  • Pres Tess (Enterprise and Initiative)
  • Sinead O’ Carroll (Sports Junior)
  • Aoife and Orla Barron (Sports Senior)
  • Eimear Dempsy and Leah Hasset (Scientific Endeavour)
  • Olesja Glushak (Junior Master Chef)

Student Peer Awards:

  • 1st Year – Emma Pyke
  • 2nd Year – Nicole Lyttleton and Emily Fitzgerald
  • 3rd Year – Zoey Coffey
  • Transition Year – Makayla Fogarty
  • 5th Year – Ava Brannigan
  • 6th Year – Emma Dennehy

1st Year Student of the Year Nominees

2nd Year Student of the Year Nominees

3rd Year Student of the Year Nominees

5th Year Student of the Year Nominees

Student of the Year Winners

Awards Creativity Junior and Senior Winners

Awards Enterprise Junior and Senior Winners

Awards Sports Junior and Senior Winners

Awards Scientific Endeavour Winners

Junior Academic Winners

Student Peer Award Winners

Junior Enterprise Nominees

Masterchef Nominees

Masterchef Junior Winner

Scientific Endeavour Nominees

Student Council Vice-Presidents

Senior Enterprise Winners

Student Peer Award Winners


September News

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