Supreme Court in Waterford for the First Time
It was a great honour to have two of our students, Ebere Edeh and Opeoluwa Olajide meet with members of the Supreme Court Mr. Justice Mac Menamin, Ms Justice O’Malley, Mr Justice Charleton and Ms Justice Dunne at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) on Monday, 24th February. The event was organised by the Law Department at WIT in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Justice to mark the historic first sitting of the Supreme Court in the South East.
there has been a palpable air of apprehension in the corridors and general purpose area throughout the last term. This tension coupled with scenes of Leaving Cert and Junior Cert students huddled in corners, trying to cram in some last-minute facts, was a clear signal that the pre exams were looming! At the same time LCA students lingered nervously outside the meeting room, as they waited for their tasks to be examined. We are certain that all the hard work and dedication will pay off and hope that the girls have enjoyed a well-deserved rest over the mid-term break.
I Wish STEM and Business In the Community
Transition years got the opportunity to attend I WISH, on 31st January in City Hall, Cork. This was an empowering and inspiring event around promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as a career path to young women. There were many intriguing, intelligent and influential speakers at this event, including Dr. Pixie McKenna, who spoke about her own career path, Ruth Daly, Head of ICT at Cork City Council, and 2019 Cork Rose and neuroscientist, Stephanie McCarthy, all encouraging the girls to consider careers in STEM. By the time the girls had navigated their way through all the displays from the various companies, sampling innovative and developing technologies their heads were exploding with tonnes of spellbinding information, ideas, and a feeling that they could conquer the world.
The same group of students endured nerve-wracking mock interviews as part of their participation in the Business in the Community programme, on 11th February, run by Waterford City and County Council. This worthwhile experience and fantastic opportunity also included completing application forms, preparing CVs, and the nerve-wracking experience of doing a mock interview, complete with constructive criticism, to provide the girls with great insight into the activities and challenges of the world of work.
It isn’t just our students who are busy here in the Presentation in Waterford. We also have a variety of activities for parents, organised by our Home School Community Liaison Teacher, Mrs Pauline Beglin. Over the coming weeks, there will be Yoga classes on Thursday mornings from 11.30-12.30pm. A six week cookery programme, ‘Healthy Food Made Easy’ will run on Tuesday mornings from 9.15-11.00 am, commencing on 11th February and on Wednesday mornings (time tbc), a three week food growing programme with Dee Sewell (You can check her out on www.greensideup.ie) will commence on 26th February. Participants in this programme, called ‘Foroige Just Grow Programme’, will be provided with a free growing kit, including a window box, hand tools, seeds and watering can.
All of these courses are free for parents of children in the locality. For further information, please contact Pauline Beglin on 086 7941610.
Young SVP Volunteers Sophie Griffin and Pippi Hennessy were out and about spreading some cheer, when they visited Waterford Marine Search and Rescue to present a jar of uplifting quotes to the volunteers, as a display of gratitude and appreciation for the important service provided to the community. The girls were excited to meet past pupil, Megan Dukes, who facilitated a tour of the facilities, leaving them utterly intrigued and completely in awe of the vital life-saving activities that this completely voluntary group engage in.
SVP members also spread some cheer closer to home, as they surprised the Leaving Certs when they came into the exam centre at the conclusion of the Pre exams with an enormous basket of delicious home-baked cookies, much to the delight of these tired and hungry students.
SVP volunteers Sophie Griffin and Pippi Hennessy on a recent visit to Waterford Marine Search and rescue to deliver inspirational quotes to the volunteers