As a CEIST school we aspire to stand in solidarity with those who are powerless and marginalized. Our vision and mission is for a compassionate and just society inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Our school aims to promote the founding vision of the Presentation Sisters by:
· Seeking dignity and rights for every person.
· Empowering the most vulnerable in society.
· Encouraging equality of opportunity and equal access for all.
· Enabling young people to become catalysts for social change.
In order for us to be socially aware and ensure that the rights and needs of all are met, we are involved in a number of activities, projects and groups that take place both in school and in the wider local community.
Social Awareness and TY
In Transition Year, it is possible for us to promote social awareness using the curriculum in a number of ways:
TY integrated PE Programme:
This takes place over the course of TY and sees our students working with people from Belmont and START (young people with intellectual disabilities). It is a certified course for TY students but more importantly, it promotes student integration with people with disabilities. The aim of this programme is awareness-raising but also for our students to learn new interpersonal and participation skills. The group takes part in PE activities that emphasise team-building. Outside activities are also part of this programme- trips to the beach and bowling are just some of the ways that students are made aware of the role they play in social integration. There is also an option for TY students to become Special Olympics coaches as an extra-curricular activity.
It is a testament to this course and the people involved that many of our students continue to volunteer with START and Belmont after they complete TY.
In our wider school community we also aim to promote social awareness through a range of activities:
Each year we take part in fundraising for the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage fund. The 5th years under the guidance of their Year Head raise funds to send 2 students to Lourdes as helpers. This year the campaign is being lead by Mr Barber; they have had a non-uniform day, church gate collections and they have been bag-packing. They have raised enough to send 4 students on the pilgrimage in June 2014.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international voluntary Catholic Christian organisation. A key part of the mission of the SVP is to work for Social Justice. Members work closely with many people in our society who still suffer from poverty and social exclusion.
Each year at Christmas, we encourage students and staff to get involved in the local Christmas Hamper Appeal. Students bring in non-perishable food items which will be collected this year by members of the Student Council. They will, in turn prepare hampers with the help of the members of the Social Justice Group that can be distributed by the SVP to those most in need in our local community this Christmas.
Presentation Social Justice Group
Launched in 2010 on Presentation day, the PSJ hopes to further the founding vision of Nano Nagle and the Presentation Sisters by exploring the root causes and highlighting some of the many problems facing our environment and the peoples of our local, national and global communities.
Our motto for the year is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. He advocated for humankind to "be the change you want to see in the world”. In this group, we aim to be the vehicle through which the poor, oppressed and those deprived of their rights can tell their story. We hope to be able to communicate on their behalf and create an awareness in our school community of the difficulties that they face in their everyday existence.
Our first task was a group to help with the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal. After Christmas, we hope to take part in workshops, invite guest speakers and hold our very first Presentation Social Justice Week. In this way, we hope to involve the school community in our findings and to make staff and students more aware of the role we must all play in eradicating social and environmental problems and in being a part of the change we seek.
In 2012-2013 we ran a clothing appeal for the SVP. Click here to read bout the work that has been undertaken in 2014.
The Social Justice group is lead by Ms. Murphy and meets on Tuesdays at 1:30pm.
Social Justice Group 2014-2015
To facilitate the implementation of the new Junior Cycle programme we will have a timetable format for the 2017-2018 academic year, click here to view.
Summer 2017 Newsletter is now available - click on the About Us tab, then the Newsletters tab to read.
Congratulations to our new Head Girl Ruth Walsh and Deputy Head Girl Megan Thornton
Book lists for 2017-18 are now available - click on the Curriculum tab, then the Book Rental tab to view
The timetable for the Summer Exam and revision blocks is now available, click on the Calendars tab, then the Examination tab.
We have been shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Student Theatre Awards on May 17th, best of luck to all.
The timetables for the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams are now available, click on the Calendar tab, then the Examination tab to view.
The Christmas Newsletter is now available - click on the About Us tab, then the Newsletter tab.
The calendars for 2016-2017 are now available - Click on the Calendar tab to view.
Click here to view a fantastic video about our Basketball team's trip to Limoges, April 2015.
Click on the parents tab, then Upcoming Events to read about courses for parents starting in October
Click here to read a letter from the Principal, Mr. Adrian Gibbs
Click on the Calendar tab to view the Calendar for 2015-2016
Click on the About Us tab, then the Newsletter tab to read the Summer 2015 Newsletter
Click here to read the Transition Year 2015-2016 Brochure
The report from the WSE/MLL Evaluation that took place in May 2014 has been published. Click on the Curriculum Tab to read the report.
Scroll to end of this page and click on the photogallery to view photos from Awards Night.
Click on the About Us tab, then the History tab to read 'Looking Back', the reflection delivered by 2 past pupils and 1 current pupil at the Official Opening.