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Waterford school support less well-off children and men's hostel for Christmas

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Presentation Waterford support less well-off children and men's hostel for Christmas

Presentation Waterford support less well-off children and men's hostel for Christmas

Even with the Christmas break in sight, the pace of life did not slow down for the staff and students at Presentation Secondary School in Waterford over the last couple of weeks. 

St Vincent de Paul

The St Vincent de Paul group worked hard as Santa’s elves, encouraging their fellow students to dig deep into their pockets so that they could buy hats, scarves and toiletries to donate to the men’s hostel, along with toys that would bring a smile to the faces of less well-off children at Christmas. The staff were also inspired to support the WLR ‘Red to Work’  initiative and were visible all around the school in various, though in some cases dubious, shades of red on last Friday.

Debating success

The senior debating team continued to enjoy success in the Concern Debates, defeating a very strong Presentation Kilkenny team with powerful speeches in favour of the motion ‘The Global Population Time Bomb is Being Diffused’.

Visitors from France

The school also hosted a visit by a group of students and their teachers from its twin town St Herblain and some of the girls had great fun accompanying them around the cultural  sights of the city as well as teaching them how to dance ‘Ionsaí na hÍnse’. The school also got an interesting insight into life in school in France.

Transition Year

Transition year students were particularly entrepreneurial this month as they exercised their selling skills, selling their tidal calendars around the city and county to raise funds for their upcoming musical Mary Poppins. They also participated in the LEO Enterprise Expo in the WIT Arena where they displayed the products and services that they had innovated, researched, costed, marketed and sold as part of their studies.  

Presentation's production of Mary Poppins takes place from March 5-7 in the school gym

The students also hosted their annual Christmas party where they danced and enjoyed food and games with the services users from the Brothers of Charity, who participate with the girls in an integrated PE programme every year. The highlight of the party was the much anticipated arrival of Santa, who popped in to make sure everyone was having a wonderful time.

US Ambassador visit

Ireland's Ambassador to the USA Dan Mulhall will visit the school from 9-11am on January 10 as part of the roll-out of the Department of Foreign Affairs Global Schools Programme.