Friday 15 December 2017

Flames of education burn bright at school

Padraig Byrne

Anita Conway art teacher, Ger Lawlor and his teacher Sr Marie Murphy
Anita Conway art teacher, Ger Lawlor and his teacher Sr Marie Murphy

The unveiling of a new piece of artwork called 'Education – the Lighting of a Fire' seemed like the perfect way to mark the official opening of the new Arts and Culture Wing of the Presentation Secondary School last week.

The piece was unveiled by Ger Lawlor, Chairman of the Wexford Festival Trust and was created by students as part of Creative Engagement 2013. This wonderful new piece of art, along with a recently refurbished Steinway Grand Piano, takes pride of place in the school's new wing which also houses an extensive fiction library

Ger, a former pupil of Presentation Boys' School, and accomplished musician and choirmaster, cut the ribbon on the new wing with the same scissors used to open the present school in 1979.

The Presentation carries a strong tradition in the creative and performing arts and the teachers continue to be amazed by the level of talent the students continue to display. 'The creative ability of our Art students is outstanding and is to be admired,' said Anita Conway, Art Teacher. 'As their teacher, I am proud of the tremendous commitment and passion they demonstrate towards school and voluntary projects such as 'The Creative Engagement' project.'

Music teacher Lorna Mahon echoed Ms Conway's sentiments. 'I am constantly impressed at the high standard of talent that the singers and instrumentalists in our school possess,' she said. 'Their dedication and commitment to Music has made it central to school life.'

English teacher Donal McCarthy and Drama teacher Honora Burke also commented on the levels of talent on display from the students and how they believe the new wing will help to nurture that talent.

Principal Breda Cogley said: 'Our new Arts and Culture Wing is a very welcome addition as it allows for even greater opportunities for students to engage with the creative and performing arts. The school is delighted to welcome Grainne Kennedy, Adrian Doyle, David O'Brien and Paul Walsh who will be providing lessons in Voice, Piano, Guitar and Drama, respectively, after school hours. The fostering of the love of and interest in these activities shown by Presentation students will ensure that the rich cultural life of Wexford will continue to grow and flourish long into the future.'

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