Principal’s Address

Welcome All,
In this section of the website, I will keep you updated on recent developments here in the school.
As we start Mid Term break, it is a chance to look back on what has been a busy few weeks since we returned in early January.
It is now an extremely busy time in school— our 6th years and 3rd years have been sitting mock exams, remember that the mock examinations are a very important learning experience for our students regarding time management and how to read questions carefully as these are the two main pitfalls experienced. I hope the past two weeks have been a worthwhile experience for you all.
Our 1st years, 3rd years and Transition year students have been busy deciding on course and programmes for next year. A gentle reminder to Transition years and those going straight into 5th year that subject option forms are due back on the 27th Feb. Reminder to next year’s Transition years that your subject options forms are back on the 1st March. We wish you well in your choices and remember to rank them all fully.
Students and staff have been busy on school tours in the last few weeks as well. All our Transition years spent the week before mid-term in Carlingford Adventure Centre, taking part in activities such as kayaking, sailing, orienteering, paint ball to name but a few. Our senior Geography students and teachers from our Geography department are just back from a wonderful trip to Iceland, taking in the many wonderful natural sights of Iceland. Currently there are a group of students and teachers on our annual ski trip, they are enjoying the slopes of Marilleva in Italy. I would sincerely like to thank all the teachers who give up their own time to lead and travel on all school trips and for the organisation that goes in to same. To the Parents/Guardians thank you for allowing the students to travel on these wonderful trips. I am sure memories will be created that will last a life time.
When we return from Mid-term break the school year will even move faster for some our students with them preparing for orals, practical’s, completing projects and CBA’s etc. A lot of hard work starts to come together; we wish you all well in these areas of school life moving forward.
Congratulations to all of the students who have represented Presentation Secondary Wexford in so many sporting activities, debating, competitions in the last few weeks and since the start of the year
It also is chance to remind parents and students, of the vast amount of extra-curricular activities that are available here in Presentation Wexford, from camogie, Gaelic Football, Basketball, Badminton, Soccer, Debating, Athletics, Deep-green, Games Club, Walking Club, Couch to 5K to the Feminist Society there is something for everyone on offer.
Finally, a reminder to our 2nd year Parents/Guardians that the 2nd year PTM will be held on Wednesday the 6th March. Research shows that students learn more, have higher grades, and have better school attendance when parents/guardians are involved in their education. That is why attending parent-teacher meetings is so important: it is a great way for parents to become involved and stay involved throughout the school year. Parent-Teacher meetings are a good way to meet your child’s teachers and learn about your child’s academic performance, as well as the teacher’s expectations. If you know what is expected in the classroom, you can more easily address any issue that comes up as your child moves through the school year.
By attending these meetings, you also send a positive message to your child that school is important. Keep in mind that you are an equal partner at the meeting. If you have questions or observations, the meeting is a good time to share them with the teacher. Do not forget to share what you know about your child. Your information helps the teacher better understand and teach your child.
I wish all students, staff & parents every best wish for the half term ahead. Enjoy the few days off.
William Ryan
February 2019

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