A Message from the Principal and Deputy Principal

Welcome to Presentation Secondary School’s website. We hope our site will answer some of your questions that you may have about our school and give you an insight into what we offer.

We are a Voluntary Catholic Secondary School for girls operating under the trusteeship of CEIST. It supports the Religious and Educational Philosophy of its Foundress, Nano Nagle.

Presentation Secondary School is tremendously proud of its history, tradition and past achievements and it recognises the immense contribution of all those who have worked in the school since its foundation. However, we are also committed to embracing new thoughts and processes and are mindful of current educational reform and change.

In this website we give you an overview of school life. If you require any further information, please do contact us at the school directly. We will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

Ms. Nicola Barrett Principal  

Ms. Gillian Murphy Deputy Principal

Psych Slam

Congratulations Jesse, Molly, Niamh, Chloe T, Chloe K and Lily from 4th year who represented the school at Psych Slam UCC today. They presented on the “psychology of food vs. appetite” in the Aula maxima. Their presentation was commended by many other schools and they can be proud of their performance.

Well done girls

One Step Beyond Awards

Congratulations to all students who received ‘One Step Beyond’ awards today. These awards recognise students who go the extra mile and bring positivity to the school community.

Well done girls! #proudofourstudents

Our school choir

What a very special and memorable evening our choir had at the Lord Mayor’s concert, performing to a full house in the city hall and being part of a very special Lord Mayor’s Christmas concert this evening. They sang with Cara O’Sullivan, Majellah Cullagh, Mary Hegarty and Cork Concert Orchestra (which included our Principal Ms Barrett, making the occasion extra special).  Thank you to Ryan Morgan and the organising committee for inviting our choir to be part of such an occasion.

Girls you did us so proud…well done.

Presentation Day

On Wednesday we celebrated Presentation Day with Scoil Maria Assumpta and the Community Presentation Sisters with a beautiful Mass in the Church, followed by refreshments in the Convent to celebrate the Tercentenary of the birth of the Venerable Nano Nagle.

Thank you to our Sisters in the Convent, it was a lovely afternoon

College Awareness Week

We are honoured to be the Cork school promoting College Awareness Week nationally

Day 1 of College Awareness Week kicked off with a study skills session for 1st and 2nd years by Orlagh Farmer and there was a great turn out for the parent’s guidance session with Una Maher from Cork ETB

On Day 2 of College Awareness week, we welcomed back past pupil and all Ireland Camogie star Gemma O Connor, Gemma also spoke with 4th year students about her career in the army. A strong message to all students was “don’t be afraid of trying, don’t be afraid of failing” whether it comes to your sporting or academic careers

On day 4 of College Awareness Week we had a guest speaker from the College of Commerce who spoke to 6th years and LCA students.

We wrapped up College Awareness Week with the presentation of the inaugural ‘Katrina O’Flynn’ scholarships. Students applied based on a Quercus style application form. A Junior and a Senior scholarship was awarded. Well done to Saoirse O’Brien, the Junior winner and Elena Crowley who came 2nd and to Letitia Kirby, the Senior winner and Jesse Mendez who came 2nd. Thank you to Michelle Power from Quercus, UCC, who helped to select the winners and spoke on the day and a huge thanks to Victor O’Flynn and the O’Flynn family for their very kind donation of these scholarships.

Science Week 2018

Well done to all students who got involved in a very exciting Science Week in our school. We had a wonderful display in the foyer followed by many activities and challenges.

Who knows the next ‘Einstein’ May be walking amongst us

6th years enjoyed a performance of Macbeth in the Firkin Crane theatre yesterday.

Always great to bring the classroom alive!!!

On Thursday TY students accompanied by their teacher Ms. Barry Murphy visited Iniscarra dam. This visit was part of a study for their geography class. Students donned hard hats and high vis jackets and were given a tour of the facility.

Thank you to all involved

Career Day

5th and 6th years enjoyed a very informative day at the Career Options day in Rochestown last week.


Huge congratulations to Ms. Dunphy and the choir on winning second place at Derry International Choral Festival.

A fantastic achievement in a competition of exceptional standard.

Many thanks to First South Credit Union, Ballyphehane for their generous sponsorship towards the trip

On Monday we hosted a visit from 5 lecturers from colleges in the Netherlands. The purpose of the visit was to inform 5th and 6th year students about studying a abroad.

Many thanks to our guidance department for facilitating this event


Congratualations to Ms. O’Donovan and 5th year French students, Ife, Caitlin and Sophia who were winners at UCC’s ‘Me, myself and I’ translation competition.

Prizewinners enjoyed a day in UCC facilitated by several members of the language departments.

Félicitations les filles!!

Colour Run

Wellbeing – Positive Mental Health – Physical Fitness – Fun!

All part of a great day for all our students and staff at our Annual Colour Run. Thank you to Tramore Valley Park


Head Girl & Deputy Head Girl

Congratulations to Hannah Albangbee and Caoimhe Barry on their appointment as Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl for 2018-2019..

we have no doubt you will make a great team and lead a vibrant student council

Junior Cert 2018

It was great to see so many happy faces when the girls received their Junior Cert results. Well done to each and every one of you…

we are so proud of you


Awards 2017-2018

Well done to all students who received awards at our inaugural Presentation Secondary School Student Award Ceremony – all awards so well deserved – you are our school. And thank you to our special guests

Mr Victor O’Flynn, Dr. Steele and Megan Horgan


CATS awards



Positive Behaviour awards



Attendance award and a special mention to Natasha and Amy who had 14 and 10 years unbroken attendance



Principal’s awards 



Student of the Year



Tercentenary Concert

Our school theatre is now called, Nano Nagle Theatre. A beautiful choral evening celebrated the rededication, with guest choirs, St.Stephens Episcopal Madrigal Singers from Texas and Scoil Maria Assumpta. Special guests, our Presentation Sisters and Micheál Martin Really enjoyed the evening. Well done everyone on a fantastic evening and a huge congratulations to our own choir. Photos: Finbarr Barry

iwish 2018

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.  Well done to 4th years on presenting their Award winning science app “rattle my bones” and creative art design for junk Kouture at this year’s iWish conference in Cork City Hall. Thank you to Ms Buckley-Kelliher, Ms O’Sullivan & the many teachers that helped out.

County Champions!!

Congratulations to our U16 Camogie team who have been crowned County Champions. Fantastic achievement girls and a great year for Pres Ballyphehane

December’s Cork City and County Youth Team Award Reception

Our All-Ireland Futsal champions at a reception yesterday in the Metropole Hotel where they received the award for December’s Cork City and County Youth team. It was a lovely afternoon for the girls, truly deserved and we wish them the best of luck in the overall awards on February 9th. Thank you John Buckley Sports and the Metropole Hotel who sponsor the awards.