Their first school was in the Blackpool area of the town. Later they moved to the Parish Church and in 1824 a school was built. The school continued to develop and, despite the hardship of the famine years, the Presentation Sisters, with the co-operation of the local people, erected a new school in the 1850’s.
In 1889 Presentation facilitated the town of Tralee by providing a centre for Intermediate Examinations.
Throughout the decades the school flourished and in 1978, having outgrown its premises, a decision was made to build an entirely new school on a site near the town park. The official opening of Meánscoil na Toirbhirte, Tralee, took place on March 15th, 1985.
While the school is firmly rooted in the traditional and distinctive qualities of the Presentation Sisters, successive Principals and staff have ensured that the curriculum has kept pace with modern educational thinking. They have also ensured that the school is equipped to prepare girls for higher education and the working world of the twenty-first century.
Presentation Secondary School, Tralee, is a community of staff, students, parents and management pursuing excellence in all its educational undertakings.
The school offers each student the opportunity to develop her abilities and talents and so reach her full potential in a caring and happy environment.
Faithful to the Catholic ethos and distinctive mission of the Presentation Congregation we encourage
- a deepening of Christian faith and moral values
- personal and emotional development in an atmosphere of appropriate freedom
- a deep respect for academic excellence, intellectual pursuits and independent thought
- social ease, self-discipline and social skills to deal with the responsibilities of adulthood
- a spirit of equality and justice prompting an awareness of one’s duties towards others, towards society and towards the natural world
- a lively interest in diverse artistic, creative, cultural and sporting activities
- a continual inservice training and education towards staff development and support, thus preserving the traditional, professional standards within the school
- a fostering of links between home, school and the wider community.
Presentation education is centred on the formation of the whole person. Our curriculum is designed so that each student is a valued member of our school and later becomes a confident, well-adjusted and fulfilled member of the wider community.
All our aims are achieved in a spirit of cooperation, shared responsibility, respect and goodwill.
Faith and Spirituality As a Roman Catholic school the tenets of Christian faith are central to life at Presentation. Accordingly, the religion programme reflects the importance we place on spiritual development as part of education. Religious Studies is a core subject throughout the school and is taken as an examination subject at Junior Certificate level. The school Chaplain works closely with the Religious Education department and the spiritual needs of Church of Ireland students are catered for by their own catechist. Given the appropriate instruction, security and support we believe our students will grow in faith, spirituality and full Christian maturity. Prayer is a regular feature of the school day and the students actively participate in Christian practices: class masses and school retreats, seasonal liturgical celebrations, masses of welcome and masses of farewell are all part of the rhythm of life in the school. But religion is not only a subject to be taught but also a life to be lived. The practices and day to day running of the school are inspired by Gospel values and at the heart of the curriculum is the school’s concern for the moral development of each person. A proper scale of values, a sense of responsibility and a respect for the uniqueness of every individual are qualities we wish our student to have when they leave Presentation.
Social Justice By living and sharing life as a Christian community, the school encourages girls to take seriously their commitment to social concerns and to the Christian values of truth, justice, equality and peace. Throughout the year the students take part in many fund-raising ventures and the proceeds are allocated to different charities chosen by the students.
Academic Excellence Presentation values the traditional qualities of sound teaching and learning. Above all we encourage the pursuit of excellence in academic study, both for its intrinsic value and as a preparation for life after secondary school. In the classroom we hope that each girl will open new windows onto the world as she experiences the joy of discovery, from the youngest student looking at a skeleton for the first time to a sixth year student exploring the emotional complexities of Metaphysical poetry. Presentation has an excellent teaching staff and each student’s academic progress is guided and monitored from the day she enters the school. The teachers set the highest standards of behaviour, of responsibility and of intellectual discipline in the classroom. The students, through praise and encouragement, tend to maintain these standards. The curriculum is kept as wide as possible for as long as possible, ensuring that each girl has the opportunity to identify her academic interests and strengths. Practical advice on study skills and time management is given to the students and supervised evening study is available in the school.Presentation enjoys a deserved reputation for outstanding academic results and well over ninety five per cent of our students proceed to further education, entering a wide range of professions and occupations. The school takes pride in this reputation and has a continuous plan of improvement and development with a view to the ever-changing requirements of the world beyond secondary school.