An article by Sr. Carmel Raftery, Tercentenary Project Team
A commemorative ceremony to mark the coming of the first Presentation Sisters to the town of Athenry was carefully planned for the 11thMay in Abbey Row where the Sisters operated their original school. This event was to be held outdoors on the actual school site but torrential rain put paid to that.
However, due to the skill and ingenuity of Jason Cotter and Gerry Ahern, Plan B was quickly activated and from the alternative of the convent parlour we were able to continue electronically. Though we had barely standing room, because of all the equipment and the many guests the ceremony proceeded in a calm and orderly way.
The various speakers who addressed us were all loud in praise of the four valiant Sisters who came from Tuam to Athenry in 1908 and proceeded by carriage to Abbey Row, where after whitewashing the walls of the original building, began their mission of education.
Special attention was given to the fact that the Parish Priest of the time, Canon Canton actually vacated his own house and handed it to the Sisters while he and his sister moved to rented accommodation in the town. He later was to build them a new school before building his own house.
Education evolved from then on, through Secondary Top to full Secondary, growing and expanding all the while right up to our own day.
Preparation is now under way to meet the demands of the 21st century, as students and teachers of Presentation College look forward to entering a sparkling, new and modern college to continue to keep the flame of Nano Nagle’s famed lantern burning brightly.
Congratulations to all of our TY students who graduated today. To listen to their Graduation mass, click on the link below.
Click on the link below to view a pictorial record of our Achievements Day celebrations. Well done to all involved.
A full report on Achievements Day will issue soon.
Click on the PDT below to read a report about this year's Active Schools Week.
Presentation College Athenry's Student Council have held multiple events to increase student participation in the democratic process.
The Council's 'Register to Vote' day was attended by a local member of An Garda Síochanna who was able to verify the student's forms onsite, simplifying a usually lengthy process. Just under 180 students were added to the register of electors on the day. Many of these students were able to pre-register at the age of 17 allowing them the opportunity to vote as soon as they turn 18
This was then followed by a Politics Day where the Student Council hosted three talks on the topics of European Politics, Women in Politics and The Role of Local Government. MEP's Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, Marian Harkin, Anne Rabbitte TD and Cllrs Gabe Cronnelly and Peter Feeney were in attendance.
Below is a pictorial record of the events, thanks to 4th Year Student, Alex Markey.
As part of their studies in Geography, our First Year students are visiting Clare and are pictured enjoying the views at the Cliffs of Moher and with the Birds of Prey at Aliwee Caves earlier today.
Thanks to all those who have kindly donated money / food / supplies to our TY students & their Teachers who are sleeping outside St. Mary’s church tonight. All funds raised are going to Cope Galway who are working with those who find themselves homeless.
Well done to all of our students who took part in the ‘sign up sign out’ challenge. The students involved logged out of all social media for 24 hours and raised over €1500 for Trócaire's Lentan Campaign.
Big thank you to all our exhibitors at our Annual Careers Fair including Smart Futures Ireland, Bank Of Ireland, KPMG, The Defence Forces, Tusla, Marine Institute, Teagasc, Galway Bay Physio, Medtronic, Ericsson and Intel. Great to see some of our brightest and best past pupils in among the
the KPMG and Intel presenters. See you all again in Spring 2019!
The Board of Management were delighted to welcome Minister for Education Mr. Richard Bruton to Athenry today to turn the sod for the new school. A word of welcome was also expressed to representatives of CEIST, the Presentation Sisters, teachers, parents, students, NDFA, JJ Rhatigan and local political representatives who were in attendance. Today was a day of celebration for the culmination of the efforts of the whole school community towards the provision of new educational facilities for the students and staff.
The Presentation Sisters have been involved in the education of students in Athenry since the founding of their school in 1908. Presentation College, Athenry is one of the largest secondary schools in Ireland and currently has 1112 students enrolled.
In June 2012 the school’s Trustees, CEIST, purchased the 20.3 acre site opposite the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry, on behalf of the Board of Management who funded the purchase through a loan. The Board of Management appreciates the continued support of the parents of the school that funds the repayment of this loan.
The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank the Department of Education and Skills for their commitment to fund this New School build that will provide state of the art facilities for over 1000 students. The Board wishes the NDFA (Project Manager) and JJRhatigans (Construction) well during the building project and looks forward to the completion of the new school in the Spring of 2019.
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