News /Nuacht na Scoile

February 2020

Visit from Garda Mounted Support Unit 

On Wednesday February 12th we had a visit from Garda Kenny and Garda Daly on their horses Cumhall and Dultach.

The guards gave information about their horses.
Everybody listened and waited patiently to rub one of the horses.
The queue started.
Everybody got a turn to rub Cumhall or Dultach.

Cumhall and Dultach are based in The Phoenix Park with stables at Árus an Uachtaráin. The duties of the unit are community policing, event control, crowd control and searches for missing persons. Thank you Garda Kenny and Garda Daly for coming to visit us.

Fashion Show

On Sunday February 16th a fashion show took place in Hotel Kilkenny in aid of The CBS and Presentation Primary schools. It was a huge success! The Clothes were provided by Goods, Detail Menswear, Radical Menswear, Kilkenny Dance Shop and Hennessy Sports. A huge thank you to Margaret Harkin from Goods, who organised the event, to Hotel Kilkenny, who provided a room free of charge, to Edward Hayden who gave his time as MC free of charge and to Miriam Walsh, who made a guest appearance. Thanks also to the Parents’ Councils, models,  staff from both schools and from Goods, parents, boys and girls  and all who supported the event.

One of our young models
Ms Walpole looking very glamorous!
Ms Moran looking good!
Ms Kelly doing a twirl on the Catwalk
Ms Carey wearing lovely colours
Mrs Power looks great on the Catwalk.
Mrs O’ Shea is wearing a great dress and a spectacular hat!
Avril and her two junior models look very happy!
Ms O’ Donoghue and Luca made a great team!
Ms Deasy looked very elegant!
Ms Dwyer is wearing a very stylish dress and matching head gear.
Mrs Millea looks very at home on the catwalk!
What a beautiful Communion dress!
Another beautiful Communion dress from Kilkenny Dance Shop!
This Young model enjoyed the catwalk! Edward loved her modelling!
Parents will have a huge choice of lovely dresses.
All these dresses are under €100!
Another gorgeous dress being modelled!
At the interval, we had music from The CBS and the Hurl dance. Thanks Evelyn for preparing the dancers.
Pretty in pink!
What a beautiful outfit!
Another lovely outfit from Goods.
More great gear from Goods!
Ms Deasy is wearing a lovely navy dress and matching shoes.
Ms Dwyer is wearing beautiful Spring colours.
Avril is looking very cool, as she waves to her fans!
Mrs Millea looks great in her cool gear too!
Ms Moran is wearing a lovely dress from Goods Spring/Summer collection
Mrs O’ Shea looks like she is heading to a wedding in this lovely outfit.
Family fashion-mother and daughter look great!
Ms Walpole looks great in this beautiful dress, matching hat and boots.
Ms Carey looks very elegant.
Ms Kelly in great dress with matching hat!
Our young model looks great in this gear, head to toe in pink and navy!
Two best friends in school tracksuits fro Hennessy Sports!
Great dress on our happy model!
Another beautiful outfit !
Ms Carey looks great in these trousers and top.
Ms Kelly and Ms Moran are looking good in these Spring/Summer dresses.
Avril is wearing a lovely dress and matching jacket.
Ms Deasy is all set for a day in our Irish Spring weather.

We would also like to thank Emily’s Art, Tip Top Toes, Biddy’s Horse Shoes and Turning Heads for helping to make the event such a success. Mile buiochas also to the companies who set up stalls, sponsored great prizes, and the advertisers who made cash donations.  Approximately €10,000 was raised !!Everybody had a great afternoon. Thanks for the face painting and the kids’ disco. We could not have done this without all the support from local business people. So please everybody remember to shop local and support local business.

Confirmation February 29th

Congratulations to our sixth class girls who made their Confirmation on February 29th. Thanks to all the teachers involved in preparing the girls for this wonderful event. We hope you all had a great day celebrating with your families.

Confirmation Class 2020


January 2020

Welcome back to school everybody. We hope you enjoyed your holidays and are all set for 2020!

Dogs Trust

Maeve from Dogs Trust came to visit us with Penny her beautiful golden retriever. She gave great advice on caring for our pets.

Patient Penny in Room 6 waiting for her treat.
Everybody loved Penny.
Be dog smart!

Annual Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair, organised by Miss Moran in Room 13,  took place on Friday January 31st. She drew up a timetable so everybody got a chance to firstly browse and then  buy some great books.

There are some great posters around the school advertising the Book Fair.

Boys and girls enjoyed checking out the books.
There were great books at very good prices available.
The Book Fair was a great success.

Thank you Ms Moran and thanks to all the parents, boys and girls who supported it.

Fashion Show Fundraiser

Date for your diary: Sunday February 16th.

December 2019

Surprise Santa Visit

What a wonderful surprise everybody got on Wednesday December 18th. Santa came to visit us with his chief elf. He heard some great songs and poems in Irish and English on his tour of the classrooms.

The boys and girls in Room 1 were VERY excited!
Room 2 boys and girls REALLY love Santa!
Santa got a GREAT welcome with lots of hugs in Room 3.
Boys and girls in Room 4 asked very intelligent questions!
Room 5 were delighted to see Santa!
Santa was very welcome in Room 6 too!
Room 7 had a lovely poem to entertain Santa.
Room 8 were thrilled to see Santa!
All the boys and girls were very excited when Santa called in.
The Second Class girls, from Room 10 and The Library,  and the boys and girls from Room 17 got a great surprise.
Santa’s last call was to the hall, where he met third and fourth classes. They were thrilled to see him.

Thank you Santa for coming to visit us. Thank you elves for all your help, and thank you for all the treats. Thank you Ms Deasy for inviting Santa to The Pres, and thank you Clare for giving out all the treats . Míle buiochas Daidí na Nollag. Tóg sos mór tar éis na Nollag agus tar ar ais arís i 2020.

Christmas Plays and Concerts 2019

We were all treated to beautiful songs and plays by Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First Classes and the Junior Language Unit. They all performed for the school and their parents. All the boys and girls were wonderful. Míle buiochas to their teachers, SNA’s and the boys and girls themselves for all their work in preparing their shows.

Senior Infants and the Junior Language Unit performed It’s a Baby. They acted and sang beautifully.
Some of the stars of the show
First Classes performed a school favourite-The Bossy King. Everybody was singing along and doing the actions.
Ms O’ Donoghue led the way with the very entertaining Popsico song! Santa did a great dance!
The main cast of The Bossy King and Santa
Junior Infants sang some beautiful songs in three languages, English, Irish and Spanish! They were great !

The school, and all the parents and families really enjoyed all the performances. A big thank you to everybody involved.

Parents’ Council: thank you SO much for organising the Christmas Raffle during the Christmas shows. We would also like to thank the sponsors who gave fabulous prizes for the raffle. It was a huge success. Thanks also for the selection boxes which were raffled off in a free draw for every class. The Board of Management, staff, parents and children really appreciate all you do for the school.

Kilkenny Christmas Tree Festival St Canice’s Cathedral

The Christmas Tree Festival which is part of Yulefest Kilkenny takes place from the 5th to the 10th of December. Our school has three wonderful entries.

The Butterfly Tree was created By Ms Murphy, with assistance from Ms Bryan, 6th Class girls and her little helpers in Room 1.
The Card Tree was created by Ms O’ Donoghue and her class in Room 6.
The Coffee Cup tree is the creation of Mrs Millea, Mrs O’ Shea and Second Class

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.

Pizza Making in Supermac’s

Mrs Brennan’s 3rd and 4th class had a great treat on Thursday November 21st. They went to Supermac’s and made their own pizzas! Congratulations to Lexi Mc Cormack, who won the Supermac’s Halloween colouring competition and the prize was yummy!

Making your own pizza is great fun!
Look at our creations!

A big thank you to Lexi, Mrs Brennan and the staff of Supermac’s. The girls had a lovely morning. they learned how to make pizzas and then got to enjoy them !


Congratulations to Ms Davis and Ms Hennessy and their families on the birth of their beautiful baby boys. We hope Ms Carrigan and Ms O’ Meara are enjoying their leave with their gorgeous babies.

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.