Presentation College Carlow

Presentation College Carlow is a co-educational voluntary Catholic secondary school, welcoming and serving pupils from all religions, races and backgrounds from first year through to sixth year.

Rooted in the values of the Presentation Sisters, and moving forward toward an exciting future, Presentation College provides a caring Christian environment where academic development and personal growth are achieved every day, providing students with the knowledge and experience to grow and develop into confident, knowledgeable, capable young adults.

All-Ireland Titles 

The last week in April 2010 will go down as an exceptional one for Presentation College, Askea, Co. Carlow as they won not one but two All-Ireland titles in Croke Park!.

Student Enterprise Awards

Five transition year students were the overall winners of the Student Enterprise Awards. The national final was held in Croke Park at the end of April. The team beat competition from thirty-five other student enterprises and won a trip to Barcelona with five hundred euro spending money!

Stephen O'Callaghan, Michael Stapleton, Paul Heffernan, Hugo Hughes Doherty and Paul Farrell, saw off competition from almost 15, 000 students to win the title with their Rap-it product.











The group's product, a keyring that prevents iPod or MP3 earphones from getting tangled, wowed the judges and guest speaker at the awards, Bill Cullen, was full of praise for the team.

According to the group's enterprise teacher, Christine O'Sullivan, the transition year project has "taken on a life of its own". "We were not really that confident to win, but we were happy when it was announced," said Stephen O'Callaghan. "Two Tube are going to buy some and we're talking to Vodafone and O2, we just need to finalise what they want. We have an international buyer interested in distributing it for us as well," added Stephen.

The students appeared on the Late Late Show on Friday night 16th April and pitched their businesses to two Irish Dragons - Sean Gallagher and Gavin Duffy. They displayed their products to Ryan Tubridy and the audience as well as to the two dragons, who were full of praise for the budding young entrepreneurs.










Pictured above Stephen O'Callaghan of RapIt on the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy.

Formula One Schools Competition

To cap a great week, Presentation College Carlow won the Overall Junior Category in the All-Ireland Formula One Schools Competition.

Team Quark who won the Overall Junior Category were represented by Ben Gibbions (Mangager), Brian Rowan, Oísín McHugh, Asia Laska and Richard Mynhardt.

The team also won Best Newcomers for 2010 as well.

The School's Team Dynamo won Best Engineered Car in the Senior Category. Conratulations also for Team Kinematics on reaching the Finals.

It is especially a great achievement for the school as, not only is this the first year they have entered it, but they are also the only school in the country to be represented by three teams! The school is also one of the few schools to machine their own cars in their new technology department.











Pictured above are the winning junior team, Ben Gibbons, Brian Rowan, Richard Mynhardt, Asia Laska and Oísin McHugh with School Principal Ray Murray, and teachers Ms. McHugh and Mr. Ryan.

Capture the Power

Congratulations to Asia Laska and Daria Wolkow who took part in the Bord Gais Capture the Power Photo Competition.







Daria's photo was called "Magical Eye" and had a top twenty placing in thousand's of entries nationwide.

Asia's picture was called "Scream", a picture she took of a friend while in Poland. Both girls are in Third Year and enjoy photography as a hobby.

AIB Build a Bank Challenge

On Wednesday March 3 the AIB Buckeroo Bank team along with their teacher Ms. Donnelly attended the Regional Finals of the AIB Build a Bank Challenge which was held in Kilashee House in Naas.

The students put on an excellent exhibition and scooped the prize for the best customer loyalty programme winning themselves an ipod shuffle each.











Pictured above (LtoR) Niamh Murray, Aine Doyle, Eimear Connolly, Tracey Deane, David Brennan and Sarah Quinlan

The venture is run by a group of Fifth Year Business and Accountancy students (Niamh Murray, Eimear Connolly, Tracey Deane, Sarah Quinlan, David Brennan and Aine Doyle). Congratulations to Shelley Barcoe from Third Year who won Saver of the Month for February.

Past Pupils on Facebook

Presentation College, Carlow recently established a Facebook page for past pupils of the school. It has proven to be a fantastic resource for old friends to contact each other and find out where their former classmates are now.

We have 450 past pupils who have signed up as fans since last October and that number is increasing everyday. These former students are spread out over nineteen countries with 75% based in Ireland, but also as far away as Cambodia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Singapore. There is also a good spread of ages with over half those who signed up over the age of twenty-five and a healthy divide in the sex profile, with 58% female.

Past pupils can contribute to discussions on such varied topics as basketball teams of the past, school musicals from bygone years or simply relate tales from their time in the school. Interest has recently been expressed in starting a Past Pupils Union and we are very interested in hearing views on that.

Another recent feature that we have introduced on the page is the inclusion of Leaving Cert photographs from the 80s, 90s and 00s. We hope to upload one or two of these each week over the coming months and eventually expand it to include old photos from school activities such as sports, musicals, quizzes, etc.

Cecil Day Lewis Literary Award

Congratulations to Grace Byrne from 3rd Year St. John who received an award for her entry into the annual Cecil Day Lewis Literary Award Competition.

Grace and her family along with her English teacher, Ms. Christine O?Sullivan, were invited to the awards ceremony in the Athy Heritage Centre and Museum on Wednesday 28th April. Grace won the award for her One Act Play entitled Saving Stamps, Sandwiches and Azelaes.

Ladies Football Leinster Quarter Final

Hard luck to the Senior Ladies Football team who competed against Sacred Heart Secondary School, Tullamore in the Leinster D Quarter Final recently. The girls put in a huge amount of effort and work over the past few months and were unlucky towards the end of an exciting game. Well done to their coaches Ms. Hayden, Ms. Delahunty and Mr. Kennedy and a particular word of thanks to PJ Digan Bus and Coach Hire for sponsoring a new set of jerseys.


Congratulations to all the boys and girls selected to compete in the South Leinster Track and Field events. Competition on the day of the trials was keen and only the cream of the crop were chosen to go forward to represent the school. We look forward to continued success in competition and thank Mr.Delaney for his commitment to the sport.

Race Night Results

Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Race Night in the Seven Oaks Hotel. Many individuals and local businesses were very generous in their willingness to sponsor a race or buy a stake in a horse. The full list of sponsors is available on the school website and on the school newsletter.

Orals and Practicals

April and the early weeks of May are very busy times on the academic front for all our exam students. Boys and girls donned the aprons for the Home Economic practicals in the week after Easter while Irish, French and German orals were in full swing for the following two weeks.

Meanwhile the school was filled with wonderful sound of music as pianists, singers and drummers engaged in the music practicals. The early weeks of May will see further practicals in LCVP, Art, LCA and Construction Studies. Best wishes to all involved.

French Exchange

Presentation College are delighted to be the only Irish School selected for the Comenius Exchange 2010.

Presentation College Carlow welcomed a group of twenty nine French students, and two teachers from Nancy, France on Wednesday 3rd March.

They were met by their Irish exchange partners and began their stay with a guided tour of Carlow, including trips to Browneshill Dolmen, Carlow Castle and the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, followed by a visit to Kilkenny. Our visitors then spent some time with their host families and spent all day Thursday as guests of Presentation College, experiencing the Irish educational system at first hand. They visited Dublin on Friday and began their journey home to France.

The French exchange commenced for six Presentation students from Fifth and Sixth Year on Sunday 7th March. These students are Rachel Ward, Hayley Byrne, Aine O Neill, Eimear Connolly, Tracy Deane and Ellen Murphy who along with their French teacher Ms. Cadinot will spend a week in Nancy immersed in French culture. During this time they attended school, participated in various activities with their exchange partners and spent a day in Strasbourg. Our students expect that their visit will help to improve their French in the most stimulating environment possible.






Pictured above are the French Exchange group in Presentation College Carlow.

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