May 2022

GAA Skills

We are very fortunate to have Philip Campion coaching our boys and girls from 1st to 5th classes this term in GAA skills. Philip is working in conjunction with the Dicksboro Club and the Kilkenny County Board as our local Games Promotion Officer. We are delighted to have him on board and all the classes look forward to his coaching sessions on Tuesdays.

 

Here we some of our second and fifth class girls learning their skills from Philip.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our Second Class girls who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday  May 7th . It was a lovely ceremony. A big thank you to their teachers, Fr Scriven, Sr Maria and the the Browne family for the beautiful music. We hope you all had a great day celebrating with your families.

Here we can see the girls preparing for the ceremony and displaying their lovely art work.

First Holy Communion Day 2022

Our Second Class girls in Ms Moran’s class,  Mr Burke’s class and Ms Dunne’s looked fabulous in The Cathedral.

Irish Dancing

 

We are delighted that Irish Dancing classes are back again, They are on in the hall every Thursday from 1.30 to 3.30.

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We can see our Senior Infants learning their dancing skills and having great fun with Ms Evelyn White

Camogie

Our Camogie Team are all set to play a match! They played against against Johnswell/John’s Senior on Thursday May 5th.

Summer Art Crafts and Projects

 

 

We can see lots of beautiful art work and craft work , English writing and project work all around the school. The fifth class girls in Ms Doyle’s Room 14 displayed their amazing fairy village.

April 2022

Easter Celebrations

Easter Prayer Service

We had a lovely Prayer Service in the hall, which everybody watched in their classrooms via Zoom. Mrs O’ Shea’s 3rd and 4th classes did a great job saying the prayers and telling the Easter story.

Raffle Prize Winners

The draw for the Easter hampers took place after the Prayer Service and we had a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny himself to present the prizes! Congratulations to Keelan in Room 1, Sophie in Room 17 and Mia in Room 16! We hope you enjoy your hampers.

Congratulations! We are delighted to tell you that €1,200 was collected. Thank you so much everybody for your support. This money will go to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Visit of the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny visited all the classrooms and everybody got a treat from our very generous Parents’ Council. There was much excitement, dancing and fun!

Wow , it’s the Easter Bunny!
Hi Bunny!
Let’s dance!

 

A big thank you to the Easter Bunny for coming to visit us and to our Parents’ Council for all the treats.

 

Easter Art

There was lots of great Easter art to be seen all around the school. We hope everybody enjoys their holidays and we will see you all back at school on Monday April 25th.

 

Save The Bees Campaign

We here in the Pres are looking for your help in saving our bees. One third of all the food we eat is pollinated by bees and thirty percent of Irish bees are in danger of becoming extinct. We are gathering collection cards from Supervalu. We are not asking you to change your shopping habits. Due to all your support, we now have 600 cards and we are hoping to gather another 300 by May 12th so that we are in with a chance of winning a share of €50,000. If you shop in Supervalu, or know anyone who shops there, we would be grateful for your help. Thank you to everybody who brought in cards and to Ms Moran for all her work on the project. Míle buiochas!

Everybody is learning all about our bees.

Easter Raffle

These are the yummy Easter egg hampers that were in our Easter egg draw, which took  place on Friday April 8th . Many thanks to Ms Millea and Ms O’ Shea for all their work on the raffle. There were  also Easter eggs to be won in each class. Tickets were €1 each or 6 for €5 .  All proceeds go to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Thank you all for your generosity.

Every Child A Reader Project

We got some wonderful books from the Every Child A Reader Project. They have been delivered to our senior classes as part of their library/accelerated reading programme.

 

 

 

Here are fourth class in Room 17 enjoying reading their new books.

Spike Ball Blitz

On March 31st the girls from 5th and 6th participated in a Spikeball Blitz in The Watershed. The other  teams taking part were  from John of God, the Gaelscoil, CBS, and Del la Salle schools.  Our girls had a great day and really enjoyed taking part in the blitz.

Confirmation Class

Congratulations to our sixth class girls, who celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation on April 2nd. It was a lovely ceremony. We hope you and your families had an enjoyable day celebrating the event. Thank you to Ms Collins and Ms Carrigan for all their work preparing for the sacrament.

Confirmation Class 2022

 

March 2022

March was a very busy month here in the Pres. We celebrated World Book Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge. Our camogie team have been busy training and playing matches. We now have a Creative Schools Committee and classes have been visiting the Castle Park to learn more about  trees during National Tree Week. Sixth classes have been preparing for their Confirmation ceremony and as always there are lots of projects and art work to be seen around the school.

Welcome back everybody . We hope you all had a very enjoyable mid term break. Thank you so much for your generosity on no uniform day €520 was raised for Special Olympics Ireland! All your donations are much appreciated.

Ukraine Fund : thank you SO much everybody again,  for your very generous donations in support of the people of Ukraine. The total of €1,200 has been forwarded to Mary Pierce of Helping the Homeless Kilkenny who organised a shipment of much needed first aid supplies to Ukraine If you would like to donate toiletries, Infant supplies, camping equipment, tinned /dry food and warm new/like new clothes , Kilkenny Presbyterian Church (R95X588) is a drop off point on Saturdays 2-6 pm.

World Book Day March 3rd

We celebrated World Book day on Thursday March 3rd. Lots of our boys and girls brought in their favourite books and dressed as characters from those books. Some classes went to visit The Book Centre and got to meet a local author, a past pupil of the Pres, Helena Duggan.

These are just some of the characters from different books that were to be seen all around the school.

 

Girls in Room 17 listened intently to Helena as she read from her book A Place Called Perfect. They got to ask her some questions about her life as a writer. It was a very enjoyable experience. Thank you to Helena and to the Book Centre. Of Course we know every day should be a day when we all enjoy reading!

Seachtain na Gaeilge

We have been celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge with lots of different fun activities. Bhí na cailíní agus na buachaillí ag foghlaim agus ag caint Gaeilge ar fud na scoile. Classes have being enjoying learning Irish poems, songs, dances, tunes, seanfhocail and taking part in quizzes. Congratulations to these boys and girls on becoming Gaeilgeoirí na Scoile 2022. Well Done!

Comhghairdeas Gaeilgeoirí na Scoile 2022!

Second, third and fourth classes had a concert in the corridor!

 

 

 

Bhí an spórt ag gach duine ag canadh, ag aithris filíochta agus ag rince.

Creative Schools Committee

Here we see the members of our Creative Schools Committee with Mary Bourke, the coordinator, discussing their creative ideas for the future. Thank you to Mrs Millea , Mrs O’ Shea, Mary and the committee for all their work. This project is run by the Art’s Council who provide funding of €4000! We are very fortunate that our school was chosen to participate in this project. We are looking forward to seeing their ideas being put in place.

National Tree Week

Fourth Class Room 17

Third and Fourth Classes Room 14

Second, Third and Fourth Classes from The Library and Rooms 17 and 18

Lots of classes enjoyed a lovely sunny morning in the Castle Park and learned a lot about trees.

Our Camogie Team

The 5th and 6th class girls in the team are really enjoying training and playing matches in Cumann na mBunscol League. Míle buiochas do na muinteoirí, Mr Burke, Ms Nolan agus Ms Carey

Confirmation Candidates 2022

Spring Art and Projects

 

These are just some examples of the art and project work that can be seen all around the school.

February 2022

February Friendship Fortnight

Friendship fortnight is from Monday February 7th to Friday February 18th. By taking part in Special Olympics Ireland’s Friendship February Mission, we all promise to do two acts of kindness and friendship each day in school or at home. There are reminders and examples of acts of kindness every day. We have lots of lovely ideas and games for  everybody to take part in and enjoy. On Friday the 18th please show an act of kindness by donating €2 to the athletes of Special Olympics Ireland. All donations will go towards supporting children and adults in Ireland who are enjoying the benefits of being part of a Special Olympics club. It is also a no uniform day! The whole school contributed to the creation of our fabulous Friendship Tree. Míle buiochas do gach duine.

Some of our Friendship Tree creators

 

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Soccer Skills

Fifth classes are enjoying learning soccer skills every week at the moment.  A big thank you to David and James for all your work with our fifth and sixth classes.

February Art and Project Work

Art work and project work on all subjects can be seen all around the school. Here are some examples of what is on display.

 

 

Confirmation Candidates

The ceremony of Confirmation will take place on Saturday April 2nd.

 

 

January 2022

Welcome Back

Welcome back everybody. We hope you and your families had a lovely break and you are all set for a new year in school.  We hope everybody and their families stay well in 2022 and in the future. Please see Aladdin for Covid 19 vaccination information  for children aged 5 -11 from the HSE.

Our boys and girls who are representing The Pres in our new school brochure

January Activities

Junior Infants have been out every morning with their teachers and SNA’s doing their steps.

We are doing our steps!
It’s fun being out.

Tag Rugby: third and fourth classes from Rooms 14, 18 and 21 are learning to play tag rugby and being coached by Noel Devlin. They are really enjoying it.

Girls are listening to Noel and learning their skills.

 

Spikeball: fifth and sixth classes are being taught Spikeball by Presentation TY students.

A big thank you to the coaches for teaching our girls the skills of the game.

Art, Crafts and Projects

The corridors are full of art work and project work that is going on in all the classes around the school.

 

December 21 News

Christmas 2021

Christmas babies: congratulations to Ms Lorraine Murphy and Ms Deirdre Malone on the birth of their two boys this month, we wish you and your families lots of joy with your two beautiful babies, Aaron and Tommy.

Parents’ Council: thank you very much for the lovely Christmas treats you sent in for the boys and girls. Thank you also for all the work that you do for the benefit of the school throughout the year. It is much appreciated by all of us.

Christmas Raffle We had some fabulous prizes in this years raffle, congratulations to all the winners! A huge thank you to Mrs O’ Shea and Mrs Millea for all their work in putting together all the beautiful hampers. The  raffle was on  Friday December 17th.  Thanks to everybody who  bought tickets and brought in goods for the hamper appeal. Míle buiochas do gach duine.

Look at all these prizes! We know the lucky  winners will enjoy them !

Friday December 10th was Christmas colours, red and green and or jumpers day! Everybody looked great! Please see our Christmas message to you all on Aladdin. Thanks to everybody for their lovely multilingual messages, jokes, songs, dances and poems. Ms Maria Kealy did a brilliant job putting the video together, míle buiochas.

 

Christmas and Winter Art 

There is some beautiful Christmas and Winter art work to be seen all around the school.

 

 

We hope everybody has a lovely Christmas holiday, and all our boys and girls and their families stay safe and well. We will see you all on Thursday January 6th 2022!

November 2021 News

Team Hope Christmas Box Appeal

We had a fantastic response to the Team Hope Christmas Box Appeal. Thanks  to Ms Collins and all her 6th class for promoting it. The vulnerable children overseas, who will receive these boxes will be thrilled with the lovely surprises they will get in the boxes.

Every Child A Reader

As a result of taking part in the Every Child a Reader competition last year, we have received 250 beautiful books, some of which are  on display in the front hall . Thank you Ms Ciara Moran for all your work on this. Everybody is  enjoying reading them. Children’s Books Ireland is a charity that champions every child’s right to develop a love of reading. Their aim is to engage young people with books, and to foster an understanding of the importance of books. Their mission is to inspire a love of reading in young people and for them to share their enthusiasm with the adults in their lives.

 

Projects and Art Work

 

There is some wonderful art and project work to be seen all around the school.

Nano Nagle: we remembered all the good work in education done by Nano Nagle and the founding of the Presentation Order, with a zoom prayer service on November 19th. Thank you to the Board of Management for sanctioning a half day to celebrate Presentation Day !

 

October 2021

October was a very busy month in the Pres. We said farewell to Frances. We checked to see how our Junior Infants were getting on and of course we had Halloween art and dressing up day.

Farewell Frances 08/10/2021

 

On Friday we celebrated France’s retirement with her. She is loved by children, staff, parents and anyone who met her, for her kindness, efficiency and good humour. Everyone wore bright colours to celebrate. Ms Kealy coordinated a video with messages from all the staff and classes. Ms Dwyer wrote a song to the tune of Abba’s Dancing Queen, which everybody sang in the yard in her honour. We would like to thank everybody who made it such a special day. We wish her many happy years of health, happiness and fun with her family. We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Ms  Theresa Kelly, our new secretary, to the school. We hope she will be very happy here in the Pres.

Here is Frances with one representative from each classroom, all wishing her well on her last day.

We all waited for the guest of honour. Ms Browne provided the music.
Ms Dwyer provided the words.

 

Ms Kealy created the video.
Frances is surprised!

 

The whole event gets the thumbs up from the lady herself!

Baby Seanie slept through his Granny’s farewell!

Congratulations

Pres Baby Boys: congratulations to Ms Kelly, Ms Hennessy, Ms Simpson and Ms O’ Donoghue on the birth of their baby boys recently. We wish themselves and their families all the best with their bundles of joy.

 

Junior Infants Class of 2021/22

Our Junior Infants have settled in really well by now and are enjoying school. Here are some boys and girls from Rooms 1, 2 and 3.

 

 

We have lots of happy boys and girls in Rooms 1, 2 and 3

Autumn Art

Our student noticeboard has a great display of some of the art work that is going on around the school this term.

Halloween 2021

There was some wonderful art work to be seen all around the school. Here are some examples.

 

 

 

Halloween Dressing Up Day 22/10/21

We had a great day at school on Friday October 22nd. All the staff and boys and girls dressed up. There were some amazing outfits to be seen all around the school.

Everybody had a great day. We would like to thank you all for making such a big effort to make it such fun, and for contributing to school funds. We hope everybody enjoyed the mid term break, had fun and stayed safe.

September 2021

Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone. We hope you had a lovely Summer and are all set to go for the new school year ahead. We hope everyone stays safe and well. You will find our updated Covid 19 Response Plan on the Information for Parents page.

Confirmation Class 2021

Our 6th class of 2021 took part in the Ceremony of Light on Monday 6th and received the sacrament of  Confirmation on Thursday 9th in Nowlan Park.  It was a lovely ceremony. We hope everybody had a lovely evening with their families. We wish you all the best in the future.

 

First Holy Communion Classes 2021

  First Holy Communion  took place in the Cathedral on Saturday September 18th. The Masses and ceremonies were wonderful occasions. The children looked gorgeous in their finery! The very talented Browne family provided stunning music and singing. We would like to say  big thank you to the teachers, the Browne family, the children and their families, Fr Scriven and Sr Maria for making it such a wonderful occasion. We hope you all had a lovely weekend with your families.

Third Class First Holy Communion  groups with their beautiful art work.

June Activities 2021

Music generation

Music generation is Ireland’s national music education programme, whose aim is to provide high quality music education to children and young people.

We had a visit recently from music generation’s very talented instructors. They gave lessons in drumming to our younger classes and dance lessons to everybody from 2nd to 6th classes. It was all great fun and all the boys and girls learned a lot.

Drumming Classes

Everyone is listening carefully.

 

Drumming is great fun!
We love this!

Dance Classes

Fifth Class love the dance class.

This is great!

 

Wow what a hand stand!
Thank you Music generation, we had a great time and learned a lot.

Sports and Tours

This year we had sports and tours with a difference. Classes stayed local and enjoyed all the wonderful things that Kilkenny has to offer within walking distance of our school. Every class is did their own sporting activities and had lots of fun being out and about.

Here are the girls from Room 14 enjoying their sports day.

Second Class sack Race Winners
This Sack race is tricky!
Happy girls from second Class
Running is fun !

 

 

All classes went out and enjoyed their sports at different days and times in the last two weeks in June. The green area was very busy!

Zany Hair and Mad Socks Day !

On Friday June 25th all adults and children had amazing hair styles and socks ! It was great fun. Everybody brought in €2 which was spent on yummy treats like pizza and ice cream.

Great hair !

Amazing styles!

Wow!

Zoom Graduation and Prayer Service 

 

This year we said farewell to our 6th class by zoom. We had a lovely ceremony. We wish our 6th class pupils all the best in the future.

Sixth Class 2021

We had a lovely end of year prayer service on June 30th by zoom also.

We hope everybody has a wonderful Summer. Enjoy it and stay safe. school reopens on September 1st.