News /Nuacht na Scoile

November 2019

Team Hope: Christmas Shoebox Appeal

A big thank you to all the boys and girls, and their families who brought in Shoebox gifts for children in need in areas of conflict and poverty. There was a huge response to the appeal, and the children who receive these gifts will be thrilled.

Some of the boys and girls from Room 5 who brought in shoeboxes.

Our Senior pupils went around the school and collected all the shoeboxes, which were ready for collection on November 12th. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

Halloween 2019

Scary Show

Everybody looked amazing on Friday October 24th. Our “Scary Siulóid” became a Scary Show instead. Adults and children made a huge effort with very little notice, and entertained everybody with songs, poems and dances.

Junior Infants made a grand entrance.
Looking good girls
Scary members of staff

More Scary teachers

Room 15-The Pumpkins


Miss Doyle on stage with her Junior Infants
More Halloween entertainment from our Senior girls
Room 12 -Oíche Shamhna
Room 13 -Bubble Away
Mrs Kelly, Miss Kelly and Miss Dunne enjoying the show.
Scary clown!
Room 11-Halloween Party
Mrs Power’s Class entertained us.
Staff Scary Siulóid through the hall was met with screams of delight!
More teachers parade through the hall for adoring fans!
Ms Deasy waves to the crowd with her broomstick.
Scoil Mhuire staff on the stage got a rousing reception!
Thank you Ms Bolger for organizing this fun event and for your running commentary at the end. Everybody really enjoyed it.
What fun we had today!
Happy Halloween everybody!

We hope everybody has a great time during the Halloween break. Enjoy your “trick or treating”,dressing up and Halloween parties. See you all back at school on November 4th.

October 2019


October is a very active month here in The Pres. On October 8th,our  3rd to 6th classes took part in the  Annual Primary Schools Cross Country Challenge in the Castle Park. The training, which has been going on since September, has greatly improved fitness. Third class ran 500m, 4th class ran 800m and 6th class 1000m ! Well done to you all, we are proud of you!

Third and Fourth Classes
Fifth and Sixth Classes

Presentation Football Team

Our girls’s football team is back in action and competing in their second season. They had a wonderful win against a Competitive Goresbridge team on October 8th. The first match of the season was against St Canice’s and then the Gealscoil was next.  The girls showed tremendous spirit in those matches. The team is going from strength to strength since last year. They learned the skills, like hand passing, kicking, tackling and blocking and the solo at lunch time. Briain Riain very kindly came to do a session with the girls and talked about inclusion, participation and enjoyment. We appreciated that. Thank you Briain. They had great fun last year playing a league and everybody enjoyed the “All Ireland Final” at the end.  Míle buiochas do na muinteoirí freisin. Don’t forget all new players are welcome. We wish the team and their coaches all very the best for the rest of the year.

Members of our our victorious football team on October 8th. Scoil Mhuire abú!


September 2019

Welcome back everybody! We hope you had a great Summer and are ready for the new school year. We would like to extend a special welcome to new members of staff, to our new Junior Infants and to all the boys and girls who are new to the school this year. We hope you will all be very happy in The Pres.

Junior Infants Rooms 1, 2 and 3

Our Junior Infants have settled in well and now know all the routines of the school day. Here are some boys and girls from Rooms 1, 2 and 3.

Room 3 boys and girls all pose together.
Room 2 girls and boys playing and learning

Learning our sounds with Ms Dwyer

We are writing.
We love school!
We have lots of books.

We love looking at books and listening to stories.

June 2019

June Activities 2019

June has been an incredibly busy month in the Pres. We have had school tours, 3 Sports Days, Junior Infant Fun Day, Sixth Class Show, Bake sale , official opening of the Junior Yard, to mention a few of our events.

Senior Infants Sports Day

Senior Infants had their novelty sports day on June 25th. They had great fun.

We need to concentrate.
Can our team win?
All the teams looked great in their team colours. Dad is enjoying it too!
The ball and bat  race was great.
The long relay race is hard, but we can do it.
The sack race is great fun, even if we fall!

Thanks to our teachers for the fun sports days and thanks to the Mams and Dads who came to enjoy the fun in the sun.

Junior Infant Fun Day

Junior Infant Fun Day took place on June 26th. The sun shone and everybody had a great time. There was a huge variety of activities to enjoy. All the Junior infants took part in parachute games, Gaelic football skills, novelty races and target practice.  There were sand stations and water and bubble stations, They also enjoyed  face painting and a Disco! Thank you so much to the Junior Infant teachers and to the other teachers involved. A big thank you also to Sixth Class, who were fantastic helpers in all the activities.

Parachute games
Gaelic football skills
Lots to explore here
I can’t wait to start school, its great fun!
Getting ready for target practice
We are having a great time blowing bubbles.
Thank you Sixth Class for face painting.
Don’t we look good, thanks girls.
The sand station  is fun, so is the disco.



Sixth Class Play: Jo White and The Seven

Sixth class put on a great play for the school and their parents on June 18th and 20th. Everybody enjoyed it, and there was lots of humour and talent on display.

Lady P and her talking phone
Jo White and friends all working for Lady P
They plan a surprise party, but will it happen? Forest the gardener has orders from Lady P.
The dancing trees-can they hide Jo?
Can The Seven save her?
The Seven perform on The Y Factor after taking advice fro Jo, who is living safely in their flat. The judges are impressed. They win the Y Factor!
Prince needs to get away from his parents and get a life, but will it be with Jo?
The Seven save Jo and everybody is happy. Gerty Flirty, Maya Playa and Chloe Showy are very interested in The seven ! The Facebook proposal was rejected cas she’s on Instragram, but they will of course remain friends!
What a great cast and a great show. Thank you sixth classes Ms Mc Dermot, Ms O’ Meara and Ms Browne.


Junior fun Sports Day

First classes from Rooms 4, 5, 6 and 17 had their fun sports day on Friday 21st. They looked great in their team colours and matching face paints. There was a variety of novelty races and they had great fun.

We need to concentrate and get the balance right.
Looking good in their colours.
Ball and bat relay race
Sack race
Who will win ?

Thanks to the First Class teachers, face painters and parents who came to support this fun event and support our raffle.

Sports Day 2019

Our annual Sports Day took place on June 19th. It was a brilliant success. The sun shone and everybody had great fun.

Happy winners of 6th short race
Second long race winners
Fifth ball under chin winners
Meanwhile Junior Infants were enjoying their cycling lessons
Medal winners from Room 13
Sixth class girls enjoying their success
Sack racing is fun!
The three legged race isn’t easy!
Yes we won yippee!
Fifth Class winners of the 3 legged race
Second Class Relay Race
Mums’ Race
Winning Dads and proud daughters
The Teachers’  Race was very popular with the spectators !
The Winners
Billy came with his ice cream van and there was a 99 for EVERYONE!
What a better way to end the day, than with Ice Cream! Thank you Parents’ Council Yummy!

A big thank you to Ms Bolger and Ms Cummins for all their hard work and organisation. Thanks to all the teachers involved, and to the parents who came to cheer their children on, and support our raffle. The winners were Keeley in Room 13 and Leanne in Room 10, congratulations girls. Thank you all from 2nd to 6th for taking part and making the day a huge success. Thanks also to John. Míle buiochas!

Junior Infant Cycling Lessons

Junior Infants got a lovely surprise on Friday June 7th. They got cycling lessons from Sprocket Rocket!

Listen to Róisín.
This is great.
Thank you Róisín, that was great fun.

Annual Cake Sale

Our annual cake sale took place on June 7th . It was a brilliant success. A big thank you to Ms Bolger, fifth and sixth class teachers, fifth and sixth class pupils, all the teachers who helped, parents who baked wonderful treats, and thanks to the boys and girls who bought the treats !  Thanks also for supporting the school raffle for Zambia. The raffle money is going to provide school supplies for children in Zambia. Ms Murphy is going there in the Summer to work with children there.

Lovely cakes and buns for sale
Come and buy
Lots of treats here


The Official Opening of our Junior Yard with Special Guest : Brian Cody

Brian Cody and Miss Deasy both acknowledged the work done fundraising for the resurfacing of the yard. They thanked all involved for all their hard work and dedication.
Dylan cut the ribbon with the help of his dad Tomas and Brian. Deborah’s Garden was then officially opened. Deborah Phelan was a very active member of our Parents’ Council. Sadly she passed away in July 2018. The garden will be a reminder to us all of what a wonderful person she was, sadly missed by her family and friends in The Pres.


Boys and girls, come and have fun in Deborah’s Garden.
Ms Deasy announced the winner of the Golden Ticket.
We all sang Circle of Friends.
Brian and the boys-future Kilkenny hurlers we hope!


Brian and the Babies! Sr Eileen looks very amused!
After all that excitement, there was a wonderful cake.
Some members of our amazing Parents’ Council.
Thank you SO much for everything.

May 2019

May 2019

First Holy Communion 2019

On May 19th second class girls from Rooms 10 and 13 and 17 made their First Holy Communion.  It was a wonderful occasion. Father Scriven said Mass. The choir sang beautifully. After Mass there was coffee, tea and treats in the school. After that everybody celebrated with their proud parents and families. A big thank you to Fr Scriven, Sr Maria, Mrs Millea, Ms Mc Carthy, Mrs O’ Shea and Mrs Fitzpatrick for all their work and preparation, which ensured that the day was a great success.

First Holy Communion girls looking beautiful

On Monday May 20th the girls came in to school in their finery to get their photographs taken by Ben Power from hotzphotography. Everybody was looking fabulous as they did a parade around the school. You will treasure your group photograph of your friends and classmates, when you get older!

 More May Events

May is a really busy month in school. We have had Jabba Jabba  Jembe drumming workshops, African dancing, cycling safety and  skills, flower planting, school tours and the Book Fair.


Book Fair : the book fair took place in the hall on May 2nd and 3rd. It was a great success. All the classes visited it and got some lovely books. Thanks to Miss Moran for all her work on the Book Fair and We are Writers project.

Enjoying the Book Fair
Lots of great books on sale
Lovely posters on sale too
We are Writers!

May Flowers: girls in Room 10 were busy planting flowers. We look forward to seeing them come into bloom.

Green fingers in Room 10

Jabba Jabba Jembe

Room 14 enjoying the workshop
David Day giving a hands on experience of drumming
This is fun , we love the hats!

African Dancing

Godfred Asare aka Simon introduced us to some great African dancing.

Lets get ready.
We love this!
Dancing is fun and great exercise.

Let’s follow Simon.

Cycling Ireland

Coaches from Cycling Ireland have been providing lessons on cycling and road safety this month.

We are learning great skills.
We will be safe on the road now, thank you.

Sprocket Rocket

Coaches from Sprocket Rocket came to our school and provided a foundation cycling skills  programme . After completing Level 3 of each skill, boys and girls were presented with a Sprocket Rocket certificate. Races were held on the final day too. It was great fun and everyone learned a lot.

Sprocket Rocket Certificate Day
Lets get ready for the race.
The circuit
Congratulations on coming First, Second and Third in the race! Well done!

Junior Infants First School Tour

Friday May 17th was a big day for the boys and girls in Rooms 1, 2 and 3. They headed off in big busses to Nore Valley farm. Some little people were up since 6am! By all accounts the chicks were the favourite, followed by the donkeys and of course going on the bus!


We can’t wait to go on the bus for our first school tour.

The best seats are at the front!

It’s going to be the best day ever!

Senior Infants have been buzzing with excitement learning all about bees.


Room 9 are having great fun at P.E.

New Junior Infants: on Wednesday May 29th we welcomed our new Junior Infants and their parents to our school. We look forward to seeing you all next September.

Dates For Your Diary:

School closed Monday 3rd and Tuesday June 4th.                                                                                                                                              Sports Day and Official opening of the Junior Yard at 2pm after Sports on June 7th. Teachers and Parents Council have been  working hard on these events. It will be a great day!                                                                                                                                                  Annual Cake Sale: June 11th, we look forward to all the treats.



Welcome back everybody. We hope you all had a lovely time during the Easter holidays, and are all set for another busy term.

Bunny Breakfast was a brilliant success, lots of money was raised for the sensory area in the school. A huge thank you to all the teachers involved. Thanks also the The Easter Bunny who made a guest appearance, boys and girls, and their parents who supported it, and to our very generous sponsors: Supervalu Market Cross, Aldi, The Gourmet Store, Tess’s Home Bakery and The Cathedral Ca

Confirmation: Congratulations to the Sixth Class girls who made their Confirmation on April 6th.

First Holy Communion  will take place on Sunday May 19th.

We Are Writers book is here, and we hope you are all enjoying the Pres collection of poems and stories. Treasure it.

March: Seachtain na Gaeilge

Ceiliúradh Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhí lá iontach ag gach duine ar an 14 ú de Márta. Bhí dánta, amhráin, ceol, rince, seó faisean agus céilí sa halla.

Three Cheers for Saint Patrick!

Cailíní ag rince
Féach orainn ar an staitse!
Ceol le Pól
Rinceoirí na scoile
Gléasta go hálainn don lá
Ms Lisa Browne’s choir proudly holding their trophy
Beautiful singing, congratulations on your win.
Seó faisean
seó gúna mhaisiuil
Gaeilgeoirí na Scoile, Comhghairdeas!

Everybody looked great and had a wonderful day  celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge. Thanks to all the teachers for all their work preparing for the concert and ceilí. Thanks also to the musicians, and to all the boys and girls for entertaining everybody. Míle buiochas agus tá súil againn go mbainfidh sibh go léir taitneamh as an deireadh seachtaine.

January 2019

Health Promotion Activities 

There are lots of activities going on in school this month to promote a healthy lifestyle for all of us. Classes are doing Go Noodle Dancing,   10 @ 10, 12 @ 12 Operation Transformation , Teddy Bear Rock n Roll, yard laps, mindfulness and rethink your drink, to name a few.On Fridays we have Yard Dancing. It’s a great fun and good for everybody.

Room 2 10@10
Let’s do this.
Look at our moves!
Dancing on the “stage” in Room 3!
Room 8-we LOVE to dance!
Yard Dancing
Fun Friday Dancing
Mrs Millea’s Class in Room 13 have made us rethink our drinks!

There are lots of clubs in the locality with a huge variety of enjoyable activities going on, see the list for details.

Health Promotion Committee January Activity


December 2018

Visit of Santa

What a lovely surprise we all got when a very special visitor flew in from The North Pole! He paid a flying visit and left some treats.

Santa with the boys and girls in Room 1, everybody is speechless!
Santa in Room 2, can you believe it?! His helpers came too .
Everybody in Room 3 was very excited.
Room 5, we love Santa!
Ms Deasy, Ms Dunne and all Santa’s fans in Room 6
Room 7 , hurrah for Santa!
Room 8 say Santa is the best!
Room 9 and Room 17 sing for Santa
Santa had a huge crowd of fans from Rooms 10, 11, 12, 13 and 18 in the hall.

Thank you so much Santa,for coming to visit us, and bringing us treats. We know you are REALLY busy, but we hope you Mrs C, and the elves get a good rest after Christmas.

Christmas Shows

It’s A Baby was the Senior Infant  show put on for us by Rooms 6, 7 and 8. It was a wonderful performance.

Some of the cast of the show all set for their performance
More of our Senior Infant stars, looking good
Mary, Joseph, Kings and shepherds and of course Baby Jesus
All our Senior Infants on stage, great singing and actions.

We all loved the show, it was a great performance. Thank you very much to the Senior Infant teachers and their helpers, and to the boys and girls who played their parts so well. All the Senior Infant families loved the show.



Whoops a Daisy Angel was the show put on for the school and Junior infant parents. It was brilliant! The show tells the story of a very forgetful clumsy angel. With the help of all her friends, she brings everybody to see Baby Jesus.

Some of the stars of the show


More glittering stars


Looking good and all set for the stage


All of our wonderful stars from Rooms 1, 2 and 3


We were treated to wonderful singing at the end of the show.


Santa played his part!

It was a wonderful show. Everybody really enjoyed it. A big thank you to the teachers and helpers, for all their preparation work, to our Junior Infants for entertaining us and to all the proud Mams and Dads.

The Bossy king is a well known favourite in the school with First Class. This year Rooms  4, 5, 6 and 17 put on a great show. Everybody loved the singing and the actions.

The Bossy King and friends


The young king with family and friends


Rooms 3, 4, 5 and 17 on stage in moonlight


“Where’s the King?”, The Bossy King and subjects want to know.


The Bossy King goes to visit the real king.


The Bossy King is not bossy anymore. We hope things don’t change!

Everybody loved The Bossy King and joined in all the actions. We were entertained with a lovely poem and song after the play. Míle buiochas do na muinteoirí agus do na buachaillí agus na cailíní i Seomraí a 4, 5, 6 agus a 17. Your families will be very proud of the wonderful performance.

Kilkenny Christmas Tree Festival at St Canice’s Cathedral


Most classes paid a visit to St Canice’s to see 120 trees of all shapes and sizes. There were some magnificent works of art and creativity to be seen. We had four fabulous entries from our school.

The Odd Sock Tree is the creation of Mrs Millea, Mrs O’Shea and their boys and girls.


Ms O’ Donoghue and her boys and girls created this roll tree.


The Word Tree is the creation of Ms Doyle and her boys and girls.


The Tea tree was created by Ms Murphy with assistance from Room 1 and 6th class.

Congratulations Ms Murphy and your helpers. The favourite Tree Vote has been announced and its the The Teariffic Christmas tree! Fantastic news, worth all the hard work ! Well done !

Room 6 boys and girls enjoyed their trip to see the trees.


More wonderful trees, which one will we vote for?

Junior Yard

The Junior Yard looks fantastic now, thanks to the huge effort made by the parents council and everybody who took part in the fundraising for the resurfacing. Room 5 boys and girls were the first to try it out.

This is fun.


We love the yard.


Playtime is great.


Thanks everybody for our fun yard.

All Fundraising from now on goes towards resurfacing the Senior Yard. Tickets for the Bumper Christmas raffle go on sale on Monday December 3rd. €1 for a strip,or 6 strips €5, lots of wonderful prizes, please support.