Presentation Secondary School Tralee
Telephone: 066 7122737 

Email: prestralee@gmail.com 
School Roll: 61450C

RELIGION

 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION is one of the most important forces shaping history, culture, and personal experience. To understand religion is to understand and develop a stance towards the most pressing concerns in life. The approach to this study stresses critical reading and writing skills, a broad base of global understanding, and reflection on ethical issues. Given the importance of moral, social, aesthetic, and other value questions in our lives, religion will expand your educational horizons. It will give you insight into the human condition as well as an international understanding of this and other cultures.

LITURGICAL YEAR

 The Liturgical year is marked in a number of ways:

  • Prayer services at the beginning of the Monthly Assemblies
  • First Year Mass of Welcome celebrated in October
  • Annual School Mass held on Presentation Day - November 21st.
  • Christmas Carol services - December
  • Catholic Schools week - January
  • 6th Year Graduation Mass - May
  • Class groups celebrate specific feasts and seasons through class prayer services and masses.

CHILDRENS' LITURGY

35 Transition Year students from Pres Tralee were involved  in the children’s liturgy programme at Our Lady and St Brendan’s Church as part of the school’s Faith In Action programme co-ordinated through the Religious Education department  under the guidance of Fr Patsy Lynch. The students were presented with certificates on Wednesday 17th of May in the school.Thanks to RE teachers Ms. Foley and Ms. O'Connell.

 1ST YEAR SPRING MASS

The 1st Year Spring Mass was held in St. John's Church on Monday 6th of March at 3.00p.m. The following students took part in the Liturgy:

Reading 1 - Ciara Rath 1E

Reading 2 - Sarah Barrett - 1E

Offertory:

Kerri O'Connor - 1A

Sadhbh Molloy - 1A

Prayers of the Faithful:

Cait de Rís - 1B

Julianne Martin - 1C

Kate Enright - 1D

Blaithnaid McCarthey 1C

Cara Cullen 1B

Lantern Bearers:

Meave Egan - 1D

Ellen Fitzmaurice 1E

Thank you to the School Chaplain Fr. Piotr and Coordinating teachers.

LENT 2017

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Ash Wednesday was marked by the distribution of Ashes at break-time thanks to School Chaplain, Fr. Piotr Delimat and 5th year students. 

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LENTEN TALK MARCH 2017

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TY students from Presentation Tralee and CBS attended a Lenten talk in the Presentation Primary Hall with  Richard Moore organised by the Diocese of Kerry on Tuesday 14th of March.

As a ten year old child, Richard Moore was blinded by a rubber bullet during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Just as his life emerged as a triumph out of tragedy through his experiences of compassion in the face of challenges, Richard’s founding of the charity "Children in Crossfire" draws on his vision to work towards building a better world for those caught in the crossfire of global poverty, injustice and inequality.

 “I consider him not only my friend, but also my hero. Why? Because while I talk about forgiveness, Richard Moore lives it.”  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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 ST. BRIGID'S DAY

Thanks to the TY group who today took part in a workshop on Monday 30th of January to prepare St. Brigid's crosses for distribution to classes on Wednesday 1st of February.

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2017

Catholic Schools week was launched on Monday 30th of January with a wholeschool prayer service featuring music, prayers and reflections. Thanks to the TY students for presenting the service and to coordinating teachers Ms. Foley and Ms. O'Connell.There is also a wonderful photographic exhibition on the theme of "What God means to me" in the entrance corridor.

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 ANNUAL SCHOOL MASS

The School Mass celebrating the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady took place in St. John's Church on Presentation day - 21st of November- at 2.30 p.m.

 

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LENT 2016:

 TY students  distributed Ashes to students and staff in the Assembly area before school on Ash Wednesday and also at lunchtime.

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2016:

The Theme for Catholic Schools week 2016 was “Catholic Schools: Challenged to Proclaim God's Mercy”. Various events were held in Pres Tralee to mark the week with the Catholic Schools week Banner and Sacred space with Catholic symbols providing visual reminders to all on entrance to the school. There was a daily thought for the day as well as whole school Angelus recitation. A TY  prayer service included staff members Ms. Kelly,  Ms. Barry, Ms. Foley and School Chaplain, Fr. Piotr.

As part of their Catholic Schools week programme of events, TY students from Presentation Secondary School Tralee invited representatives from Cuan Mhuire to meet with Transition Year students from each of the local secondary schools. On Wednesday morning 3rd February the Cuan Mhuire team consisting of an addiction counsellor and three clients addressed the students in St John’s Parish Centre Tralee. In thought-provoking and often moving contributions, each speaker shared their personal experience of addiction. TY students also prepared and distributed St. Bridget’s crosses. A 5th year group highlighted St. Blaise with a Blessing of Throats for 1st years.

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PRESENTATION DAY 2016:

The Annual school Mass took place on Friday 20th of November and was attended by many Presentation sisters to mark Presentation Day. The mass was celebrated by school chaplain Fr. Peter and during his homily he reminded all of us that God is there for us 24 hours a day , 7 days a week  - even when we feel most alone.Ms. Lynch and Bean Uí Neill coordinated the beautiful choir and music while Mrs. O'Callaghan prepared the Liturgy. Following on from the mass, a special celebration was held in the school for the Presentation sisters to mark the Year of Consecrated Life and to thank the Presentation sisters for their dedication to our school down through the years . Special candles had been commissioned to mark the occasion and were presented to the sisters for the Convent Chapel by the Transition year students together with flowers for the Altar. Each sister received an individual candle to mark the day. Refreshments followed , served by the TYs who organised the event with Principal Ms. Mary O'Keeffe and RE teachers Sheila O'Connell and Norma Foley.

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LENT:

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK Jan 27th - 31st 2014

  • A Banner proclaiming the week graced the school atrium over the statue of Our Lady, which was adorned with fresh flowers and a special candle for the week.
  • A Sacred space was also created close to this area and posters were distributed around the school highlighting the themes of Catholic Schools Week.
  • Monday - 4th year students held an introductory Prayer service.
  • A Thought for the Day was then read out over the intercom each morning:
    • Tuesday - Ms. Bríd Prendeville , staff member.
    • Wednesday- Ms. Roisín Moore - Deputy Principal
    • Thursday - Sr. Elizabeth, Presentation Sister.
    • Friday - Fr.Gerard Finnucane, School Chaplain.
  • The Angelus was taught to all pupils in the R.E. classes and this has been prayed over the intercom each day by pupils:
    • Monday - 6th Year and Head Girls- Niamh Fitzgerald and Leah Kelly
    • Tuesday - 5th year - Clara Heinrich and Muireann Keating
    • Wednesday - 3rd year - Lauren Kelly and Lauren McGaley
    • Thursday - 2nd year - Aine O'Sullivan and Caoimhe Hanafin
    • Friday - 5th year - Orla Keane and Polly Gill
  • Transition years prepared St. Brigid's crosses which were distributed every classroom in the school as well as the Parishioners of St. John's Parish at the 10 a.m. Mass on Friday.

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 BISHOP VISITS PRES TRALEE TO BLESS NEW SCHOOL GROTTO - DECEMBER 2013

Bishop Ray Browne  visited Presentation Secondary School for the first time on Thursday 19th December in order to bless a new Grotto which has been constructed as part of a Transition year project.

The Transition years of 2012/2013 undertook a very ambitious project - the development of a grotto within the school grounds. The project was part of their Transition Religion programme and also marked the International Year of Faith. In order to fund the project, all students in the school apart from exam students took part in a sponsored silence raising a very impressive €4143. The grotto has been constructed to the right hand side of the school building and a statue of Our Lady is now in place. Some planting around the grotto was carried out by last year’s group with the much appreciated voluntary advice and guidance of Mr. Don Nolan of Liscahane Nurseries and he is also helping this year’s group of students complete the project with further work on the garden around the Grotto.

During his visit, the Bishop viewed a presentation on the Grotto project prepared by the students, made a presentation to  a number of Presentation students who participated in Liturgical dance during the Bishop’s ordination ceremony earlier this year, took part in an Advent Prayer service as well as addressed an assembly of the 6th year students as well as addressing the whole school over the intercom and meeting staff. The ceremony was attended by Presentation sisters past and present as well as representatives of the Board of Management.

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ANNUAL SCHOOL MASS 2013 :

Presentation Secondary School, Tralee celebrates its Annual School Mass on November 21st each year to coincide with Presentation Day. On this day, we as staff and students remember in prayer, Nano Nagle, the foundress of the Presentation order, as we mark another year in the life of the school community. We acknowledge the ongoing commitment of Presentation sisters to education and community work amongst us as they follow in the footsteps of Nano Nagle. This year, Presentation Day is made even more significant with the declaration of Nano Nagle, foundress of the Presentation Sisters (1775), as Venerable by Pope Francis (31 October, 2013).

Prayer of Intercession through Venerable Nano Nagle

O Loving Creator God you filled the heart of Nano Nagle with a tenderness rooted in the compassionate Heart of Christ for the poor and the vulnerable of this world. 

Nano, through your prayer of intercession, assist us in our present need. (Pause)

We pray that, like you, we may live in communion with God and with all of our sisters and brothers and the whole community of life.  Amen. 

Celebrant - Fr. Gerard Finucane

Entrance Procession:

Presentation Cross - Sarah Sheehan

Lantern - Hannah O'Connor

Book of Remembrance - Sadhbh O'Connor

Altar Girls - Faye Odugbesan, Elena Barry

Ushers - Niamh Hanafin, Nora Kearney, Noirin Kennelly, Laura Healy, Meadhbh Horgan, Keidin Lacey

First Reading - Leah Kelly

Second Reading - Niamh Fitzgerald

Prayers of the Faithful - Muireann Keating, Grace Courtney, Isobel Horgan, Ms. Claire Kingston, Katie Ahearn, Ms. Norma Foley

Offertory Procession - Rachel Griffin, Rachel Breen

Reflection - Ms. Inez Jaegar

 IN NOVEMBER - WE REMEMBER....

A Book of Remembrance was made  available for all students and staff members to write in the names of Loved ones who have passed away. This book was presented at the School Mass next week and all those mentioned in the book will be prayed for. This is a very special action for the month of November and is organised by the Transition years.

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 FIRST YEAR MASS 2013

 The First Year Mass of Welcome was held on Wednesday 23rd October and there was a great turn-out of students and their families. The Mass was celebrated by the School Chaplain, Fr. Finucane, who welcomed the girls to the school and spoke to them of the importance of being part of the Presentation Family, making new friends and being part of Presentation traditions as founded by Nano Nagle. Many students participated in the Liturgy:

First Reading:    Maggie Sugrue 1A

Second Reading: Claudine Ward 1D

Prayers of the Faithful:

Rebecca Poultney 1C

Tara Foran 1A

Orlaith O’Sullivan 1D

Sadbh Kilgallen 1C

Feyi Odugbesan 1E

Emma Lynch       1B

Offertory Procession :

Blaithnaid Cotter 1B

Amy Foley 1B

Reflection:

Caoimhe Tobin 1E

Niamh Walsh 1E

Musical Accompaniment for the Mass was provided by Ms. Lynch as well as a number of different students: Piano – Jennifer Hanafin 1C, Flute – Aine Rice 1D,Guitar- Andreea Gergely. Ms. O’Neill also helped out with the singing. The Mass finished with School Hymn “ Who will light the Lantern” and the youngest student in 1st year – Feyi Odugbesan - lit the Lantern on behalf of the class of 2013.

A display of Photographs taken by the students as part of their first year Art programme was on display as well as the "Time Capsule" containing their letters of hope and dreams for their years at Presentation which they will receive back again on the night of their 6th year Graduation.

A special Thank You  to Mrs. O’Callaghan for coordinating the ceremony, along with the first year Religion teachers.

         

 

FUND-RAISING

5th YEAR BOTHAR BANQUET - MAY 2014

The Bothar Banquet took place on Wednesday 14th May 2014. Organised by Mrs. O'Connor and one of her 5th year Religion groups, the lunch was a huge success. Over 40 staff attended the lunch and thanks to their contribution for tickets €482.50 was raised. 

The group would like to thank local businesses who donated food or funds or place settings for the lunch. These contributions enabled all the money raised to go towards a fund the class is putting together to send a cow to Africa.

Thank you to :

Horans Fruit and Veg, Lee Strand, Tesco Manor West,Tesco the Square,Dunnes Stores Tralee,The Grand Hotel,

Seamus O'Sullivan Butchers,Waddings Butchers,Terry's Butchers,Abbey Veterinary, Tralee.

    

 

 "DENIM FOR DONAL DAY" - 6TH YEARS - OCTOBER 2013

"We were sitting in Mrs. O'Neill's Religion class one day and asked if we could do a project or something fun and one of the girls suggested we do something in memory of  Donal Walsh.We thought about doing a Bake-sale but felt this was felt this wasn't anything different from most years. After a bit of thinking and lots of different ideas one of the girls came up with the idea of a "Denim for Donal Day" - wearing Denim jeans with the school jumper and donating just €2 .We had to consult with Mrs. Pontillo about the Denim idea and get permission to hold a bake-sale as well on that day.After discussions, we got the necessary Permission and started to plan. All the other 6th year Religion classes got involved as well which was brilliant.Posters were made and displayed around the school. The next step was to plan what we would bake and who would bake what in order to have as much variety as possible.We were all very excited and couldn't wait for the day to come.

On the day almost all students and staff wore Denim - even Mrs. Pontillo and Ms. Moore! This meant a lot to all the students.

The excitement amongs the 6th years was incredible ! We couldn't wait to leave Maths class to head to the Assembly hall to begin setting up. Once the time came, we headed of as fast as our legs would carry us. Thanks to Colm and Alan, all the tables had been rearranged in a big circle in the centre so we were able to spread out the baking so everyone could have easy access. We had everything set up for 10.55 for small break.Everything looked delicious.Once the bell went, the hall filled up with students who swarmed around the tables like flies!Hands were going 90 everywhere!The short break flew and the tables full of food were demolished!This Bake Sale was so successful and each and everyone of us were delighted with ourselves.

We were proud of the work done for the LIVE LIFE foundation. We raised the enormous sum of €1820 with the help of all  students, staff and Principal.This was by far the best ever Bake sale and we wish to thank our kind-hearted Religion teacher - Mrs. O'Neill.

                                                       

 *** Mrs. Walsh came into the school on the day of the mid-term break - Friday 25th to collect the cheque which was presented by Head Girls Niamh Fitzgerald and Leah Kelly during a special 6th year Assembly. when speaking to the students, Mrs. Walsh reminded them that Donal was a normal teenager just like them. She spoke about the LIVE LIFE foundation and encouraged the students to talk about problems - there was always someone willing to listen.

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ACTIVITIES

2015/2016

NOVEMBER 23RD 

A group of TY students from Pres Tralee participated in the launch of the new DiocesanPastoral Plan 2016-2020, Be Christ's Joy by Bishop Ray Browne  in Killarney on Monday Nov 23rd .The TY students added colour and movement as they wove different coloured flags, reflecting the variety of gifts and creativity within the diocese. Thanks to Ms. Foley for coordinating the students involvement.

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ANNUAL SCHOOL MASS AND CELEBRATION OF YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE - NOVEMBER 20TH 2015

The Annual school Mass took place on Friday 20th of November and was attended by many Presentation sisters to mark Presentation Day. The mass was celebrated by school chaplain Fr. Peter and during his homily he reminded all of us that God is there for us 24 hours a day , 7 days a week  - even when we feel most alone.Ms. Lynch and Bean Uí Neill coordinated the beautiful choir and music while Mrs. O'Callaghan prepared the Liturgy. Following on from the mass, a special celebration was held in the school for the Presentation sisters to mark the Year of Consecrated Life and to thank the Presentation sisters for their dedication to our school down through the years . Special candles had been commissioned to mark the occasion and were presented to the sisters for the Convent Chapel by the Transition year students together with flowers for the Altar. Each sister received an individual candle to mark the day. Refreshments followed , served by the TYs who organised the event with Principal Ms. Mary O'Keeffe and RE teachers Sheila O'Connell and Norma Foley.

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1ST YEAR MASS - NOVEMBER 12TH 2015

The 1st year Mass of Welcome was held on Thursday November 12th at Pres Tralee - a night to remember for each student as they begin their time as a Pres student. Fr Piotr Delimat celebrated the Mass in the Assembly area with a back-drop of 1st year Art work prepared by all the students. Students from each class took part in the ceremony: Ella Egan - 1st Reading, Emily Hayes 2nd Reading, Allanah O'Sullivan, Lizzie Brassil, Sinead Forrest, Leah O'Connell, Victoria Pula and Blaithin McKenna - Prayers of the Faithful, Aoife Hickey and Andrea Feely - Prayers of the Faithful and Rachel Horan brought the Lantern to the Altar. Refreshments were enjoyed by all afterwards.Thanks to Ms. Lynch and Ms. O'Neill who coordinated the choir and also to Alfi Curtin and Caroline Hurley who provided instrumental music. Thanks to Ms.O'Callaghan for overall coordination of the ceremony.

 

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CHILDREN'S LITURGY

20 students from Transition Year in Presentation Secondary School received certificates on Friday 22nd May marking their participation in the Children's Liturgy programme in St John's Parish. The certificates were presented by Eileen Doyle (Children's Liturgy Co-ordinator) and Fr Bernard Healy. 
The Children's Liturgy programme has been up and running at the 10.30am Sunday Mass for many years. It provides an opportunity for children under First Communion age to engage in age-appropriate prayer and an explanation of the Sunday readings whilst their parents attend Mass in the church. This year marks the first year that the students from Pres Secondary have been involved. Over the course of the year they took turns in assisting the regular adult volunteers in supervising and working with the children.
Fr Healy thanked the students for their commitment and dedication in working with the children. "It has been wonderful to see their willingness to get involved in this parish programme and the support they have given to this faith-development project."    
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 2 Transition year students  - Ciara O'Reagan and Ellen Carrick-  Fortune were photographed with  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin who was the guest speaker at the "Journeying in Hope" evening, on Tues Feb 24th  in St. John's Church, Tralee. Archbishop Martin spoke on the topic of "The Church in Ireland - Signs of Hope, New Challenges."
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 LITURGICAL DANCE - JULY 2014

Students from Presentation took part in the Ordination ceremony for Bishop Ray Browne on 21 July 2013 at St. Mary's Cathedral. The student's role in the ceremony was Liturgical dance.Thank you to : Fiona Woulf, Sophie Woulf, Aoife Sheehy,Orla Keane, Lauren McGaley, Laura Kelly, Muireann Keating, Sive Keating and Katie Stack.

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 SCHOOL GROTTO IN PLACE FOR MAY DAY

May is always a special month for students in Pres Tralee as we remember Our Lady. However, in 2013 it was even more special thanks to our Transition year students. As part of their Transition Religion programme, and to mark the International Year of Faith, the students undertook a very ambitious project - the development of a grotto within the school grounds. In order to fund the project, all students in the school apart from exam students took part in a sponsored silence earlier this year raising a very impressive €4143. The grotto has been constructed to the right hand side of the school building. While the permanent statue has yet to be finalised, a temporary statue is in position for this special month and planting around the grotto has been carried out. It is indeed a great addition to the school grounds and we wish to thank all the Transition year students and their teachers Ms.O'Connell and Ms. Foley.

Reflective Thought

" In winter, I plot and plan.

 In spring, I move."

 Henry Rollins

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School Office Hours

8.30 A.M. – 1.15 P.M.

2.00 P.M. - 5.00 P.M. Monday and Tuesday

2.15 P.M – 5.00 P.M. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday