Principal’s Address

A very warm welcome to all of our 160 first year students who begin their educational journey with us here in Presentation Secondary School, Wexford. We also welcome many new transfer students who have joined us here in the school. We all hope that you have many happy years here with us all.

Well done to the Leaving Cert Class of 2022 on their excellent results in their recent state exams. Results were very high, and our students performed beyond expectations. There was an increase overall in the number of our students on average scoring above 400- & 500-point marks. With 3 over the 600 points. 74% or nearly 2/3 of our LC class scored above 300 points what an achievement considering the national average is 275, but more importantly what they experienced during their LC cycle. 53.36% or over half of our students scoring between 400 and 600+ points. A testament to the hardwork of our students, staff & parents. Even more impressive considering the two years of a global pandemic. 

There were also many students with many additional needs, both emotionally, socially & other who performed above expectations and is a testament to the great work that all staff contribute each day here. Well done to those students but also to the staff who worked with these students on their 5/6-year journey. I would like to wish our Leaving Cert Class of 2022 every best wish as they go the many different pathways that they have chosen.

At our school, we pride ourselves on the strong relationships that exist between our enthusiastic students, supportive parents/guardians along with the professionalism and dedication of our staff to ensure a holistic education for all our students. We encourage our students to actively participate in all areas of school life to help them achieve their full potential. In doing so we strive to create a caring and supportive environment where all students are known, valued and respected.

We have a proud tradition of academic excellence, & I would like to take the opportunity 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, Equestrian, Couch to 5K, Badminton, Soccer, Debating, Athletics, Deep-green, Games Club, Choir, Green Schools, Library Club & the Feminist Society there is something for everyone on offer. I would encourage all students to try at least one of the many activities offered to our students by the wonderful staff of the school.

Sadly, at the start of this academic year, we lost a friend, colleague and much-loved teacher David O Sullivan. David taught Irish & religion for over 10 years in our school. He was a pure gentleman and will be sorely missed by us all here in school. He was one of life’s true gents – I do not think there is anyone who came across David who would say a bad word about him – I know for sure he never had a bad word to say about any one.He was our friend and our colleague and a dedicated teacher – loyal to our school, the staff and the students of our school. I first met him back in august 2015 and for the next 7 years, he was a cherished colleague – no matter what I asked of him he did it – he taught Irish with a passion and Religion. The many students who David taught had a love for his subjects – they also loved being in his classes – though unassuming in nature – they loved his lessons. Testament to his relationship with his students was the high turnout of past pupils at the funeral service. Many of David’s past pupils had such a passion for Irish from David that they went on to study it at third level. He was a gentle soul but loved the fun and craic too – whether it was getting involved and dressed up for the 6th year matches at Christmas or summer, taking part in the Christmas carols, playing five a side soccer, and dressing up for Halloween or world book day. He was involved in coaching soccer teams and involved in debating as well. He also set up our Friday morning prayer service here in the school – which credit to our staff and students is still running in his honour. It will take us a while as a community to deal with this loss but together we will work through it. David’s brother mentioned David’s determination at his funeral and David would not want us to be sad but to remember him fondly. David was one of life’s true gents and we all will miss him. May he rest easily now where he is laid to rest in Enniscorthy overlooking Vinegar Hill. We keep his wife Ann, his daughter Catherine and all of his family and friends in our thoughts & prayers.
Suaimhneas síoraí dó agus go raibh a chuimhne síoraí
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine

Billy Ryan 

October 2022

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